Slave Bill of Sale, 1858

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Summary Information

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

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Slave Bill of Sale, 1858, SC 0016, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Bio/Historical Note

Due to the nebulous nature of slave documentation, little is known about Edny beyond what is described in this bill of sale. The document 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 owner J. Vanderveer, was $550.00. As this bill of sale documents, Edny was then sold to a Mr. Ellison.

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Scope and Content

The Slave Bill of Sale, 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 value is noted 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

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

Subject

  • Slave bills of sale

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Slave Bill of Sale, 1858 box 1 folder 1