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Baskerville slave records - att. Lloyd
Lloyd - I know you have the shoe list - but have you had a chance to look at any oter of these documents owned by VA historical Society:
56. Baskervill family papers, 1747-1928. 1,962 items. Mss1B2924a. Microfilm reel B3.
Of particular interest is section 15, which holds a number of post-Civil War agreements between William Rust Baskervill and former slaves. These agreements outline the work that various individuals had previously done as slaves and agreed to continue to do as hired laborers. Former domestic slaves had specific parts of the house and grounds (upstairs rooms, dining room, porches, and greenhouses) assigned to them for regular maintenance, as well as attendance on certain individuals. Men signed the contracts for their wives, but single women signed for themselves. The tenant farmers all signed one contract.
An undated list of slaves allotted to Mary Baskervill includes valuations for fourteen men, twelve women, and four children opposite a list of fifty slaves--names only. Another undated item consists of a list of birthdates for thirteen slaves, including parents' names (section 20). An account book belonging to Dr. Robert Dortch Baskervill (section 22) contains two lists, one of males belonging to Eureka plantation and one of females. The lists include parents' names and dates of birth and death, where applicable. Later entries in the account book delineate medical accounts with freedmen and indicate plantations with which they were affiliated, as well as who settled the accounts. Entries vary in detail from "visit for sick child" to "tooth extraction" and matters of women's health.
57. Baskervill family papers, 1751-1904. 755 items. Mss1B2924b. Microfilm reels B004 and C384.
58. Baskervill family papers, 1785-1912. 35 items. Mss1B2924c. Microfilm reel C385.
59. Baskervill family papers, 1787-1891. 622 items. Mss1B2924d. Microfilm reels C385-C387.
Three deeds, 1834–1837, cover slaves bought by Mark Alexander. The first names nine slaves; the second is for Dorcas, a slave woman; and the third is for Billy and his wife Nancy together with their eleven children (section 24). The 1866 agreements of James T. Alexander with nine freedmen outline the conduct and duties of freedmen for operating the plantation and the compensation for each worker (section 35).
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