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Slave Owner's Estate Inventory]
INVENTORY & APPRAISEMENT OF THE PROPERTY OF DR. E. SMITH DECSD
[Spartanburg, S.C.?, 1839. Folio sheet, entirely in ink manuscript, folded to four pages, each 8-1/4" x 13-1/4." A couple of fold splits which do not affect text, light soiling. Good+. A lot of people owed Dr. Smith money and wrote promissory notes to him. They are listed here, but "the most of them out of date, all doubtful and the most of them desperate." In addition to his inanimate property, there are sixteen named slaves listed along with their 13 unnamed children. The name and value of each are listed, market values ranging from $2000 ["Negro Woman Alley & 4 children"], $1800 ["Negro Woman Silvy & 5 children"], "Negro Woman Abby $700," "Negro Boy Sam $1000," "Negro Boy Edward $600." Names listed among those who owed him money include William Underwood Esq., Richard Woodruff, Isaiah Stephens, William Foster, Willis Finch, Joshua Tapp, William Walker, William Moore, A.B. Moore, Theophilus Moore, Hammond Elder, Patience Elder, many others. "Dr. E. Smith" was Dr. Eber Smith [c.1787-1839] of Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Several debtors' names track to Spartanburg; one, William Underwood, was a witness to Eber's will. A prominent physician in the county, Dr, Smitth had been a State representative in 1818, 1820 and 1822. He was the son of Maj. William Smith [1751-1837], Spartanburg County Judge, State Senator from 1788-1792 and 1812-1816, U.S. Representative, and Captain in the Revolutionary War. William left Eber several hundred acres of land and a number of slaves. [Landrum: HISTORY OF SPARTANBURG COUNTY, 1900, pp. 208-209; Copy of the will of Eber S … [Click Below for Full Description]
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