Lot 326: 1829 Freed slave’s North Carolina land deed

PBA Galleries

PBA Galleries

2016-01-13 11:46:55

Lot 326: Author: N/A; Title: Deed of 116 acres of land, in Lincoln County, North Carolina, October 1829, to "York, a molatto man, fread by the last will and testament of John Boyd, senior, deceased"; Place Published: North Carolina; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1829; Description: 4pp., 3 x 8" (docketing panel), expanding to 12 x 15.5", signed by the land owners, Daniel and Peggy Sullivan (who were Boyd's daughter and son-in-law), by the county clerk and registrar, and several witnesses, including John Boyd's son, James - York's "owner", who freed the slave immediately after his father's death in July 1822.In 1820, John Boyd owned 16 slaves, ten of whom were under the age of 14. There were also three young women and three young men - one of whom, apparently, was the fortunate "York", Boyd's "man servant", whom he "bequeathed" to his son until he could be "liberated according to law".Documents of land-holding by freed Southern slaves in the early decades of the 18th century are far more rare than certificates of emancipation. Condition: Very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $250-350
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