Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: Audley Harrison Bills of Sale, Warren County, Tennessee

Audley Harrison was born in Virginia in 1791 and moved to the then wilderness of Warren, Tennessee before 1820.  The following bills of sale for slaves are found in the Warren County, Tennessee Deed Book, 1814 - 1896. 

Know all men by these presents that I Oliver Towls (Fowls) of the state of Alabama Have this day bargained and sold unto Audley Harrison, a certain negro man Buck, a slave for life, for the sum of five hundred and fifty dollars, the Receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and do by these presents bargain and sell said Buck, aged about 25 or 6 years.  To have and to hold said boy Buck to him said Audley and his heirs forever, and I do hereby warrant the title to said boy and that he is sound in all respects, both in body and mind, as witness my hand and seal this 23rd day of December 1840.  
(Book M, page 295)

Know all men by these present that we Aaron Burleson and Lucinda Burleson is wife, formerly Lucinda Forest, now this day bargained sold and by these presents do claim and sell and convey, for and in consideration of the sum of six hundred and fifty dollars to us in hand paid, to Audley Harrison of the same county and state, a certain negro woman named Rose, aged about 18 years, of black complexion and her child Esther, aged about 10 months.  We do covenant to and with the said Audley Harrison his heirs and assigns that we warrant and forever default to him and to them to the said Rose and her child Esther against the claim of all manner of persons.  We further covenant that the said Rose and Esther are slaves for life and that they are sound healthy and sensible.  This 5th day Sept 1842.
(Book O, page 5 - 6)

Know all men by these presents that I John W. Brinks of the county of Warren, Ten. for and in consideration of the sum of Six Hundred fifty dollars to me in hand paid by Audley Harrison have this day bargained and sold and by their presents do bargain and sell to the said Harrison a negro man of Black complexion named George.  I warrant the said negro to the sound healthy and sensible and to be a slave for life and I further warrant the title to the said negro to the said Harrison against the claims of all previous, this 19th day of December 1848.
(Book Q, page 193)

When Harrison died in 1852, he willed slaves Tout (?), Jepe, George, Clara, Sarah and Esther to his widow, Elizabeth; this is surely the same Esther he purchased as an infant with her mother Rose (Rose is not listed).  George is probably the man he purchased in 1848.  He left a slave named Lenor to his son Alexander, a man named Jack to his son Thomas, a woman named Mandy to his daughter July, and a woman named Philis to his daughter Mary.

Audley Harrison will
Audley Harrison estate inventory
Harrison's will was disputed; the case eventually made it to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1871, at which point the slaves in these documents would have already been freed.