SLAVE INHERITANCE PAPER FROM 1854

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Document is a receipt dated May 20, 1854, from the executor of the estate of Milton Ford. Mr. Ford left to his daughter Lucy W. Ford Cottrell, wife of Sutton F. Cottrell, the title to “a Negro girl named Mary Ann.”

Lucy Cottrell was born about 1823 in Tennessee; she married Sutton F. Cottrell in 1838 in Marengo, AL. They are listed in the 1850 census as residing in Van Buren, AR. Sutton died in 1864 and Lucy in 1882; both are buried in Oakland and Fraternal Historic Cemetery in Little Rock, AR.

Born in Tennessee c1789, Milton Ford is found in the 1830 and 1840 Census, with ownership of 5 and 15 slaves, respectively. In the 1850 Census he resided in Wilcox, AL.

Very legibly written in ink on a 7 ¾” x 5 ¼” piece of paper.  Some age yellowing, particular around edges. Otherwise in very good condition.  [ld]

 

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