Humphreys County, TN, Deed Book M, p422

Isaac Thomas put up as surety to James Britt, acting as agent for William O. Britt of Perry Co., TN, 5 Negro slaves: Sela-25 yrs, Fanna-6 yrs, Dica-4 yrs, Satty-2 yrs, and Burt-1 yr for a debt of $1,080.25 and to secure goods, wares and merchandize as needed --- 1 Oct 1855 Humphreys County, TN, Deed Book M, p422

Isaac Thomas sold the 5 slaves, and the latest child, Judd-6mos, for $2,400 to James W. Britt --- 18 Apr 1857.

Apparently the family was:
Sela (b 1830), Fanna (b 1849), Dica (b 1851), Satty (b 1853), Burt (b 1854) and Judd (b 1856).

Contributed by: Robert Darrell Thomas,
By way of:

Note:I don't know where to start. I cannot express my feelings of shock and dismay when I learned that my g-grandfather, Isaac Thomas, put up as surety, a family, and then sold them to satisfy a debt. I want to know what happened to them. For all I know, they could be relatives.

I don't know what surname they took: Thomas? Britt? some other? I've tried looking for them by reading the entire Humphreys Co. and Perry Co. 1870 Census records for that cluster of given names, but didn't find it. Of course, after the disruptions of war, famine, disease, and the passing of thirteen years, it is probable that only the three youngest (if they lived) would be with their mother.

I don't know who to get this information to. Someone may recognize the names and dates of birth (if indeed they were accurately reported). If you think it will be of help to someone, please pass it on.


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