Lot 15 of 455:
1850 Slave emancipation document, Kentucky  

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Manumission [Emancipation] of slave Peter Harris, Document Signed.

Turpin, Philip O.

Gallatin County, Kentucky


Feb. 11, 1850


1pg.+ docketing note on verso.

The freed slave, Harris, 50 years old when he was emancipated, was still living in Gallatin County after the Civil War, listing his profession as “farmer” – possibly a share-cropper on the old Turpin plantation. He died – still in Gallatin – in 1891.

Philip Turpin who signed this document attempted unsuccessfully (through Henry Clay) to enter West Point in the 1820s. Instead, he became a physician and secured his future by marrying into the family of the notorious slave-owner Pierce Butler. Many of Turpin's relatives were also slave-owners in Kentucky and Texas.

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