Barry-MS-1858-Estate of; Houston-MS-1861-Deed

Bible, Lafayette County, MS

ESTATE OF RICHARD BARRY, 1858, Lafayette County, MS
Taken from small book kept by administrator, A. A. Houston, who was a son in law.

Division of the Negros between the Distributer:

E. M. HoustonPerry$1450.00
A. B. CoffeyThomas$1300.00
J. R. BarryMartin$1357.00
Josiah C. BarryChristy$1000.00
Lavina M. BarryYoung$600.00
Benj. H BarryJohson$450.00

E. M. Houston (Mary Elisabeth), wife of A. A. Houston, daughter of Richard Barry;
A. B. Coffey, husband of Harriett Barry, daughter of Richard Barry;
J. R. Barry (Jesse Richard), son of Richard Barry;
Josiah C. Barry, son of Richard Barry;
Lavina M. Barry, daughter of Richard Barry;
Benjamin H. Barry, son of Richard Barry.

A. A. Houston connected to Houston Bible Record (Aaron Houston was his father). Widow Dowes, Margaret Kilgore Barry, wife of Richard Barry:

1 Negro woman Susy37$322.00
Sally & child40$800.00

Even though it must make one angry to see a dollar amount for a person, it does give an idea of their physical condition, skills, and possible expertise in a certain area.

State of Mississippi, Lafayette County

Received of A. A. Houston Six Hundred and Sixty five dollars in full payment for a Negro boy named Ben about eighteen years of age dark complexion warranted sound in body & mind.

Witness my hand and seal this 26th Feb 1861.
J. N. Houston

J. N. Houston, son of David H. Houston (deceased) who was a brother of A. A. Houston.

You will notice that these Houstons and Barrys are all connected.

Also have the Slave Census Records for 1850 and 1860 that match the list above well. If anybody wants more, let me know. I also have other records that I will be sending along for other families.

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Created: 26 December 1998 | Updated: 8 Feb 2000
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