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Re: Money Value for a slave
In Response To: Money Value for a slave ()

Hi Cynthia,
Candidly speaking, it's really like pulling straws when we haven't nailed down the last slave-owner or even have a small list of strong candidates. If you find that Mary Fowler has a direct link to the Vance and/or Teague family, then she's a possibility. Or if you can find any other clues that suggest that your ancestors had been enslaved by her or her husband, then that'll add to the circumstantial evidence. But just linking names on an inventory may lead us down the wrong road if that's the only thing we're going on.

Back in May, I visited the SC Archives to do some more research. Fortunately, South Carolina has all of their estate records microfilmed by county. For example, for Union County, I found several inventories that listed enslaved people who bore the same first names as my ancestors. However, those were not my ancestors since I previously knew who the slave-owners were.

In another case, I found the inventories of two siblings' estates. Many of the enslaved on both farms bore the same names, and there's evidence that a number of the people on both farms are blood relatives.


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