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Benjamin GRANT Estate, Henry County, GA
In Response To: Slave Inventory of Margaret BROWN, Henry Co., GA ()
Benjamin F GRANT, b. 1819 to David and Mary GRANT. He was married to Nancy BROWN in 1838, dau. of William and Margaret (WALKUP) BROWN. She died Nov. 1850 during childbirth. Benjamin GRANT went to Texas leaving his children behind with grandmother Margaret BROWN in the early 1850's. He later returned and married 2nd to Sarah Elizabeth FINDLY.
One of the children born to Benjamin and first wife Nancy was:
I posted a few years back regarding finding William P. GRANT in the 1860 slave schedule with what appeared to be a good match for Lucinda and her children, there was one child who's age had me stumped. At the time I didn't have the info I do now, but couldn't figure out how W.P. GRANT, just newly married acquired his slaves. My census research at the time had also found a Henry and Henderson GRANT in 1870 and 1880. Henry names a daughter Lucinda.
Benjamin F. GRANT died 1857 and the following were the slaves mentioned in his inventory dated 11 Apr. 1857 (Inventory and Appraisement Bk C pg. 360)
Negro Woman Linda $800.
Lucinda was also called Linda in the census on one occasion. If Henderson was her child he wasn't listed here. Henderson was drawn by William Hooten and was possibly still on his farm. However sometime between 1854 and 1857 there was an exchange of the slaves drawn by Benjamin GRANT and those drawn by John BROWN and James R. BROWN. I do know that in James R. BROWN's estate inventory he had the slaves originally drawn by Benjamin GRANT.
The last two children born to Lucinda were Gabriel (1856) and Amos (1858). Benjamin Grant returned to the Brown farm from TX about 1855-6 (as the first child from his 2nd wife was born in 1856). Why do you suppose there was an exchange in Slaves? Is is possible Benjamin was the father of Lucinda's children? William Brown's g-g-grandaughter and I kinda danced around with that idea, but no way to ever verify it. However Lucinda was with the BROWN family at least since 1840 and only with Benjamin GRANT since 1854....a few years....he died in 1857!!
The following "Sale of Personalty" found in Sale Book C pgs. 396-398
Returns Book B, pg. 550
"1859, 25 Dec., to:
Annual Return Book C, pg. 2
"Annual Return of James FINDLEY Adms. of Benjamin GRANT deceased for year 1860
Hire of Henry to W.M. PAIR due 25th Dec. 1860
30 June, 1861 James Findley
So THAT is how W.P. GRANT acquired the slaves that reflected in the 1860 Slave Schedule! They were hired out of his father's estate!
Returns Book C, pg. 13
".....for year 1861
Cindy and children for victual and clothes
Returns Book C, pg 68
"....for year 1862
Cindy and children for victual and clothes"
Return Book C, pg. 230-1
"....1863, 25 Dec.
That is it so far. Thanks for reading