Unpacking History One Discovery at a Time
Slave ownership is sticky and not in good way. I wanted to know what happened to Matthew McCrary’s slaves when he died (see past post). I haven’t found a document that told of the final disposition of his slaves in the court records yet. I did find a record that stated that the intention of the heirs was to sell the land and investments, but to not sell the slaves. My assumption has been that they most likely divided the slaves among Matthew’s wife Mary and his 7 living children: Louisa, Reason, Irvin/Irwin, Thomas, Matthew, Lyman and America. This led me to the 1850 and 1860 slave schedules to support or dispute my theory. I found that Louisa (Matthew’s oldest child) and her husband Thomas Davis are the only ones who owned slaves in 1850 and appear to have the same slaves in…
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