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Benjamin GRANT Estate, Henry County, 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:
William Pierce. 1839, d. 13 Feb, 1863 at Lynchburg, VA during the Civil War.....

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)
Administrator: James FINDLEY

Negro Woman Linda $800.
.....boy Henry $525.
.....girl Josephine $325.
.....girl Harriet $250.

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
29 Apr. 1857
"Hire of Boy Henry to J. DUKES"
"Hire of Lucinda and two children to J.M. CARMICHAEL until the 25th Dec. 1857"

Returns Book B, pg. 550

"1859, 25 Dec., to:
Hire of Henry to Wm. PAIR for 1859
Hire of Cindy and three children to J. BIVENS for 1859"

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
Hire of Cindy and 3 children to W.P. GRANT

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
25 Dec., Hire of Henry to Wm. HENDERSON

Cindy and children for victual and clothes

Returns Book C, pg 68

"....for year 1862
25, Dec.
to Amt. Rec'd of W.P. for hire of girl
to Amt. Rec'd of Wm. PAIR for hire of Henry

Cindy and children for victual and clothes"

Return Book C, pg. 230-1

"....1863, 25 Dec.
Paid for hire of Henry to N. PHILLIPS
1864, Dec 25, Paid of hire of Henderson to C. M. HOOTEN
Cindy and children ....... ....... but from year to year for their victuals and clothes and were not a source of income
James FINDLEY, 01 July, 1866

That is it so far. Thanks for reading :)


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