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1854 Slave sale dispute - Tennessee legal documents  

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Original court documents about the Tennessee sale of an "unruly" slave


Pulaski, Tennessee


June 1854


[Legal Deposition] James W. Nowlin vs. James McCallum. 1pg. printed Document (signed by Court clerk) and 12 handwritten pp. held together with string in upper left corner. 

 Manuscript Deposition (Signed by James P. Dysart, Justice of the Peace, Marshall County, Tenn.) in the legal case of a slave sale dispute, Pulaski, Tennessee. June 1854.

A slave woman named Nancy was owned by the widow Mary Nowlin, who, buying a more obedient woman slave, gave Nancy to her son, James, knowing that he was about to emigrate to Texas and would sell Nancy before his departure. Among other witnesses, Nowlin’s brother, a Doctor, gave testimony, transcribed here, that Mary has been “intensely” afraid of Mrs. Nowlin’s husband, but, after his death, became “more unruly and disposed to inculcate bad principles in her children”, these being “high temper with a disposition to disobey commands and quarrel with other negroes”. Perhaps the buyer objected to being saddled with an insubordinate slave woman, of whose“unruly”nature he had not been informed.

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