Blacks Found in the Deeds of Laurens & Newberry Counties, SC: 1785-1827

LAURENS COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA DEED BOOK A: 1785 - 1786


Deed Book A: 134 April 7, 1785. Deed of Gift. Alexander Deale unto his sons Clement and Alexander Deale, all residents, of the Stale of South Carolina and District of 96; for and in consideration of the Natural Love and Affection I bare unto my two sons Clement and Alexander Deale, and for good causes....have and by these presents do make a Free Deed of Gift of all my property, in manner following.

Namely after my decease, I give unto my son Clement Deale a tract of land containing 150 acres on which I now live in the forks of Banks Creek, likewise a negro wench called Pegg, one negro wench called Grace and their increase, also a negro boy called Ceaser and no more. Likewise I give unto my son Alexander Deale, Junr. land containing 200 acres joining land on which I now live called new Survey; a negro winch called Zilphia and her child named Joe and Zilpheas increase and no more... signed 7 April 1785 Alexander Deale. Test Josa Roea, John Meek. Thomas Forkes. Recorded Jan 19, 1786.

Deed Book A: 139 January 20, 1786. Bill of Sale. Charles Saxon, of the State of South Carolina and County of Laurens to Lewis Saxon of the State and County aforesaid for the sum of 100; have sold one certain Negroes man named Prince, between 18 and 20 years old to be his lawful right and property...Set his hand 7 August 1785 Charles Saxon. Test. Joshua Saxon.

Deed Book A: 281 February 17,1786. Bill of Sale. Know all man by these presents that we Hans and Berk of Charleston, Merchants and James Tinker of New York, Master of the Sloop Maria, for and in consideration of the sum of 38; 12 shillings and one penny paid by Mr. Lewis Saxon, sell unto the said Lewis Saxon a Negro wench named Hannah about 16 years old.. Signed Hans and Berk, James Tinker. Wit. John Hunter, Silvanus Walker. Recorded July 19, 1786.

DEED BOOK B - 1787 - 1790

Deed Book B: 275 November 5,1787.Deed of Gift: I John Falkoner of Laurens County, 96 District, State of South Carolina, send greets know that I the said John Falkoner as well for and in consideration of the Natural Love and Affection which I have and bare to my well beloved friend Nathaniel Hall, Sr. for divers other goods and consideration here unto I give and grant unto the said Nathaniel Hall, his heirs after my decease and after my now living wife Elizabeth's decease; all my Negroes to wit. My Negro woman Priscilla, George, Juda, Ephraim, Milley and off there increase... signed John Falkoner. Wit. Robert Hall, Hannah Clardy, John Hall. Proved by John Hall and Hannah Clardy before James Mayson, J.P. 4 April 1788.

Deed Book B: 340 February 9, 1788. James McNees of the District of 96, Laurens County, State of South Carolina. Greetings. Where as I the said James McNees by bond or obligation baring date with these presents became held and firmly found into Robert McNees of the said County and State aforesaid in the penal sum of 100 Sterling money of South Carolina, deliver to the said Robert McNees a likely Negro boy or girl between the year of 14 and 20 on or before 25 December.... Know ye mat 1 the said James McNees for the better serving the payment of the said sum of 50 or the Negro boy or girl as above mentions that the said Robert McNees his heirs, executors, administrators, assigned have bargained and sold to said Robert McNees a tract of land containing 160 acres .... James McNees. Wit. Wm. Jones, Andrew Rodgers.

Deed Book B: 354 April 4, 1788. Laurens County. South Carolina. Know ye that we Reuben Pyles and wife S.E Pyles, his wife, in consideration of the sum of 75 to us in hand paid at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents by Lewis Saxon, to bargain and sold unto die said Lewis Saxon a negro woman named Aimoy about 21 years old, also her negro boy child names Samson about 5 months old... Reuben Pyles, S.E. Pyles. Wit. Lydall Allin. John Pyles. Proved by Lydall Allin before Jonathan Downs, J.P. 4 April 1788.

the Natural Love and Affection which she hath and bequest unto her beloved daughter Elizabeth Tindsley, also the sum of 1 Sterling to her paid....returned back again from when it came to be equally divided among the Col. Williams' children then alive. Viz., one Negro man slave names Peter, one negro woman slave named Tina, one Negro boy slave named Fell, one negro girl slave named Easter, one Negro girl slave named Marian, and one hundred and fifty acres of land. Granted unto Joseph Hutcheson on 6 Mar. 1770 lying upon Mudlick Creek.... Mary Williams. Wit John Williams Junr., Robt. Sayer, Anthony Golden, As. Criswell, Prestings Tindsley. Recorded 24 June 1788.

Deed Book B: 359. May 14. 1788. Deed of Gift: Laurens County, South Carolina. Indenture made 14 May 1788 between Joseph Griffin and Mary his wife of the State and County aforesaid and James Williams and Washington Williams of the same place. Witness that the said Joseph Griffin and Mary his wife as well for the Natural Love and Affection which they hath bequest unto their beloved (?) William Washington, [also lists Negro slaves - copy very poor to read] Recorded June 25, 1788.

Deed Book B: 360 January 26,1787. Deed of Gift: Laurens County, South Carolina. Indenture 1 April 1788 between Joseph Griffin and Mary his wife of the State and Country aforesaid for Love and Affection they have to their beloved daughter Sarah Griffin 270, also one Negro woman slave named Polly, one Negro boy slave named Phillis, one mulatto boy slave named Nath'l, one Negro boy slave named Cato, one Negro girl slave named Molly, one feather bed and furniture ...signed Joseph Griffin, Mary Griffin. Wit, Arche Siers, John Neely. May 13,1788. Reed of the within mentioned Sarah Griffin by the hand of her husband John Griffin the sum of 270 Sterling -if being the full of the consideration money mention in the within deed. Recorded June 26, 1788.

Deed Book B: 375. January 29, 1787. Mary Williams to James Atwood Williams. Mention of Slaves - very poor microfilm copy. Recorded June 30, 1788.

Deed Book H: 412 May 3, 1788 - Deed of Gin. I John O'Neil of Laurens County, South Carolina. In consideration of natural affection and for divers good causes and considerations have given and granted unto my son in law Wm. Shanley, a negro girl Milley. Wit. Angus Campbell, Margret Scott, Jno. Cook. Recorded Sept. 19, 1788. (film very poor)

Deed Book B: 463 August 4, 1789. Mortgage. Wm. Thomason to Nathan Austin a mortgage on two Negroes. Wit. Charles Sullivant, Benj. Camp. Jonathan Downs, J.P.. Recorded November 24, 1789. (film very poor)

DEED BOOK C - 1789 - 1791

Deed Book C:2I. May 3, 1788. Deed of Gift. John O'Neal, of the State of South Carolina, Laurens County. For and in consideration of the natural affection and for divers other good causes and consideration here unto moving have given and granted unto my son in law William Shanley, one Negro girl named Milley.. May 3, 1788. Signed John O'Neal. Wit. (A)ngus Campbell. J.P. (M)argaret Scott, (torn) Cook. Proved 19 June 1789.

Deed Book C: 30. October 27.1788. Bill of Sale. John Edward and wife Mary of Newberry County, South Carolina to John Brison of the State aforesaid for the sum of 45 sell unto John Brison one Negro wench named Clary about 26 years of age and her increase... signed John Edwards. Mary Edwards (mark) 9 October 1788. Wit. Mikie Abney, James Brison. Wit. Proved James Brison 1 Nov. 1788 before Silvanus Walker J.P.. Recorded June 23, 1789.

Deed Book C: 80. November 27, 1789. Deed of Gift: Know ye that I the said Shadrack Martin, of the State of South Carolina and Laurens County Little River Settlement freeholder and planter for and in consideration of the love goodwill and affection which I also have toward my loving daughter Jean Martin of the same County and State and settlement have given and granted unto said Jean Martin, one bay horse, give years old, one white hind foot. Also one good feather bed and furniture. Also to my living daughter Margaret Martin her heirs, executors, administrators. One negro fellow named Isaac, also one Negro wench named Belt with all my goods and chattels... 27 Nov. 1789. Shadrack Martin. Wit. Ezekiel Rolands, Joshua Downs. Wm. Mitchussen? J.P. Recorded November 27,1789.

Deed Book C: 103 April 26, 1789. Mortgage. Indenture made 26 April 1789 between Joshua Roberts and Sarah his wife, of the State of South Carolina, Laurens District and John Simpson, merchant, of said County mortgage on a Negro girl named Bark.....Signed Joshua Roberts (mark) and Sarah Roberts (mark). Wit. Andrew Smith, James Simpson. Proved by James Simpson 5 June 1789 before John Hunter, J.P. Recorded January 2,1790.

Deed Book C: 158 No date. 1769) Affidavit. Laurens County, South Carolina. Personally came unto court Jeremiah Searcy and made oath that sometime in the year of 1769 he was personally present at a plantation formally called Michael Willsons on Simons Creek and saw Samuel Henderson pay Michael Willson, Senior a negro man named Dave, in consideration of said land and plantation which said Henderson had purchased of said Willson and then resided on and was in possession of said land. Jeremiah Searcy, before John Hunter, J.P. Recorded April 27. 1790

Deed Book C: 167 December 4,1789. Bill of Sale. Know all men by these presents that 1 David Bailey of Laurens County, Blacksmith, of the State of South Carolina for the sum of 27, 10 shillings and 6 3/4 Sterling money of the State aforesaid sell to Thomas Wasdsworth and William Turpin, otherwise Wadsworth and Turpin, merchants of the County and State aforesaid a certain Negro man named Joe about 5 ft six inches high, about 27 years of age.....signed 24 December 1789 David Bailey (D). Wit. John Trotter, John Cargill, Junr. Proved by John Trotter March 11, 1790 before Silvanus Walker, J.P. Recorded April 29,1790.

Deed Book C: 207 January 11,1790. Bill of Sale. Know all men by these presents that we Sarah Geary and Comilius Cargill of the State aforesaid for the sum of 75 Sterling; sell to Patrick Cunningham one Negro woman named Hannah about 25 years old and one Negro child named Lewis about 16 months old to have and to hold the said Negro woman and said Negroes child until the said Patrick Cunningham his heirs, Executors, Administrators....forever. 27 January 1790. Signed Sarah (S) Cleary , Cornelius Cargill. Wit. Menusant Walker, Richard Duty. Proved by Hardy Conant 9 March 1790 before Jonathan Downs, J.P. Recorded June 21, 1790.

Deed Book C:214 October 5,1789. Mortgage. Laurens County, South Carolina. Wm. Thomason, Sr. of the State and County aforesaid am held and firmly bound unto Thomas Cuningham of the State and County aforesaid in the full and just sum of 6, 5 shilling and 9 pence. I do pledge by way of mortgage unto the said Thomas Cuningham a Negro girl about 3 years old named Lede, now my own right an property which I never bargained nor sold to any person or persons whatsoever nor neither have I parted from her as my property by way of Deed of Gift... 5 October 1789 Wm. Thomason. Sr. Wit. Isaac James, Jno. McCambridge. Proved by John McCambridge 7 October 1789 before Joseph Downs., J.P. Recorded August 3, 1790.

Deed Book C: 272 March 15, 1789. State of South Carolina, Know all men by these presents that I Duke Williams have sold unto my father John Williams a certain Negroes girl named Rose about 10 or 12 years old for the sum of 25 Sterling... 18 March 1789 Duke Williams. Wit. Jonathan Johnston. Wm. T. Johnson. Proved by Angus Campbell, J.P. March 15. 1790. Recorded September 30, 1790.

Deed Book C: 312 March 16, 1790. Bill of Sale. Joseph Griffin of Laurens County, State of South Caroling for the sum of 35 lawful money of die state aforesaid to James Goodman of Newberry County State aforesaid a certain Negroes man named Will about 35 years of age a native of Africa about 5 feet four or five inches high well set... 15 Mary 1790 signed Joseph Griffen. Wit. John Trotter, Thomas Wadsworth. Proved by John Trotter August 1790 before John Hunter, J.P. Recorded March 9, 1790.

Deed Book C: 338 March 10,1791. Bond. Laurens County, South Carolina. Indenture made between William Milwee of one part and Messrs. John and A. Simpson. That the said William Millwee standith justly indebted to the said John and Alexander Simpson in the sum of 27,15 shillings and 8 pence by notes and bonds and as usual for the better securing and payment of the sum William Millwee hath granted, bargained and sold and assigns a negro man named Frank unto said Messrs. Simpsons. William Millwee. Wit. John Hunter, David Spears. Proved by David Spears 10 March 1791 before John Hunter, J.P. Recorded March 14,1791..

Deed Book C: 359 October 17,1787. Bond. Know all men by these presents that I Silvanus Walker of Laurens County and State of South Carolina am held and firmly bound unto John Faloner of the County and State aforesaid in the full and just sum of 2000 17 October. 1789. The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the aforesaid John Falconer bath through proper to give unto the above named Silvanus Walker and his heirs forever five Negroes, Viz., Priscilla, George, Judith, Ephraim and Milley and their increase... Signed Silvanus Walker, Wit Cornelius Dendy, John Dendy, Armistead E. Stokes. Proved 22 March 1791 by John Dendy before Charles Saxon, J.P. Recorded March 23, 1791.

Blacks Found in the Deeds of Laurens & Newberry Counties, SC: 1785-1827 Source: Motes, Margaret Peckham. Blacks Found in the Deeds of Laurens & Newberry Counties, SC: 1785-1827 Listed in Deeds of Gift, Deeds of Sale, Mortgages, Born Free and Freed. Abstracted from Laurens County, SC Deed Books A-L and Newberry County, SC Deed Books A-G. Baltimore, MD, USA



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