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Antebellum Virginia slave auction proceeds, Document Signed  

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Virginia slave auction proceeds

Trabue, Macon

Richmond, Virginia


Nov. 17, 1855


1 pg., 7x9½”, matted in 11½x13½” frame. 

Document from a public auction held in Richmond, Virginia by Dickinson Hill & Co.

Descended from French Huguenot exiles from Holland, the son of a wealthy Revolutionary War Colonel of Virginia militia and a relative of Henry Clay’s, Macon Trabue was himself a large land-owner. He owned many slaves, including a 28 year-old woman who made newspaper headlines in 1860 because she had given birth in three years to seven twins and triplets. Though Trabue died two years later, during the Civil War, his estate executors sought a slave who had escaped from work in the mines with the help of “Yankee raiders.”  The Dickinson firm which auctioned his brother’s slave, reportedly grossing $2 million in slave sales in 1856 alone.

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