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Re: Slave Classification???
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What a great find!
Family relationships are hard to come by.
Classification has to do with value and trading. He would grade/classification/value according to the market value of the nearest market, trade circulars and reports to his farm.
So many varibles went into the grade/classification/pricing - age, sex, shade of skin color, defects, number of children a female had by a certain age or age started having children, stud service of a male, type of work, field to fancy girl/boy which was clasified as an extra class 1 and worth 30 to 50% more then a class 1 and etc according to Speculators and Slaves- Master, Traders and Slaves in the Old South by Michael Tadman.
Hope that helps.