Bill of Sale for Enslaved Girl Edny from J. Vanderveer to Mr. Ellison, 1858

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Vanderveer, J.
Title:
Bill of Sale for Enslaved Girl Edny from J. Vanderveer to Mr. Ellison
Collection No.:
SC 0016
Date:
July 1, 1858
Extent:
1 legal folder, .08 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English .
Abstract:
The Bill of Sale for Enslaved Girl Edny from J. Vanderveer to Mr. Ellison, July 1, 1858, consists of a single hand-written receipt documenting the monetary value and sale of an enslaved girl by enslaver J. Vanderveer to a Mr. Ellison.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Bill of Sale for Enslaved Girl Edny from J. Vanderveer to Mr. Ellison, July 1, 1858, SC 0016, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Bio/Historical Note

The document, dated July 1, 1858, describes Edny simply as a "Negro Girl…aged about sixteen years." As such, Edny was likely born into slavery at or around 1842. Her monetary value, as established by enslaver J. Vanderveer, was $550.00. As this bill of sale documents, Edny was then sold to a Mr. Ellison. No further information is available about Edny or her enslavers.

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Scope and Content

The Bill of Sale for Enslaved Girl Edny from J. Vanderveer to Mr. Ellison, dated July 1, 1858, is a handwritten receipt documenting the sale of Edny, a sixteen-year-old enslaved girl, by J. Vanderveer to a Mr. Ellison. Edny's monetary value is documented as $550.00; payments were made to Vanderveer in five installments. The note details a guarantee of Edny's health, namely her eyesight.

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Arrangement

One document housed in a legal folder.

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Language/collection title concerning slavery and centering Edny was updated. 2020-06-02

Further updated to reflect decolonial language as well as identify enslavers and enslaved person in collection and folder title. 2020-10-08

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

James Madison University Special Collections Library acquired this document at auction from Cohasco, Inc in January 2016.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Bills of sale

Personal Name

  • Edny

Subject

  • Slave bills of sale

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Bill of Sale for Enslaved Girl Edny from J. Vanderveer to Mr. Ellison, July 1, 1858 box 1 folder 1