Two (2) 1856 slave content letters from Elysian Fields, Harrison Co., Texas regarding claims on property of a C. Deschamps and related correspondence to his attorney, Francis O'Neal. The first letter from August 18, 1856 from Mr. O'Neal discusses the property Mr. Deschamps claims, including, "a list of the names & values of the negros, which I have obtained by considerable trouble: Simon is worth $900, Binah is worth $700, Silva the oldest child, age 14 is $750, Jefferson boy age 12 years value $750, Nola boy age 9 or 11 value $600, Livy (?sp) Boy age 5 value $300". O'Neal goes on to state that a G. W. Mitchell will contend for the property under a verbal will. In the second letter, O'Neal states the slave Binah is still living and has two children. O'Neal states George W. Mitchell bought Simon & Peter Mitchell bought Binah at which time she had no children. George Mitchell moved from Harrison County and carried Simon with him. O'Neal goes on to write that Mitchel had sold Simon in the interim. Upon the death of Peter Mitchell, the woman (Binah) and children were sold to a man by the name of Craig. The letter goes on to review various claims on the slave property and the legal complexities stemming from these claims. Condition: Folds, stains on second page of August 1856 letter, overall toning and a few holes near intersections of folds.
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