Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Friday, November 4, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: Will of James G. Heard, Jefferson, Mississippi 1811

James Heard was born in Virginia in 1775, the son of Bernard Heard and Nancy Germany.  The family moved to Elbert, Georgia, where James married Ann Lanier Darden in 1805.  He died in 1811 in Jefferson, Mississippi, where many of the Darden and Heard family members had relocated.  James was only 36 at the time of his death and it appears he died without a will and with numerous debts.  Listed among the appraisal of the estate are the following slaves:

One negro wench named Nan at three hundred and fifty dollars
One negro girl named Maria, 6 years old, valued at one hundred dollars
One negro girl named Such? (Susan), 4 years old, valued at sixty dollars
One negro boy named Simon, 2 years old, valued at fifty dollars
One negro man named David, 30 years old, valued at five hundred dollars
One negro girl named Cate, 20 years old, valued at four hundred dollars
One negro boy named Ben, 20 years old, valued at four hundred and fifty dollars

 The papers later show that in January 1813, the following slaves were sold as part of James Heard's estate:

David, a negro, was sold at the sum of $112.00
Ben, a negro, was sold at the sum of $111.00
Jepe, a negro, was sold at the sum of $101.00*
Nan, and three children, Maria, Susan and Simon, were sold at the sum of $300.00

*The above negro, Jepe, was  exchanged and gotten by the admin. of the Estate (Hiram Baldwin) in lieu of rate mentioned in the appraisal of estate.



Hiram Baldwin later sells the slave woman Nan and her three children to James Heard's son, James, when he comes of age in 1826.