Contracts for hire of enslaved persons by the William Ackerly estateRHS.Coll.0004

Contracts for hire of enslaved persons by the William Ackerly estateRHS.Coll.0004


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Repository
Washington and Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library Special Collections and Archives
Identification
RHS.Coll.0004
Title
Contracts for hire of enslaved persons by the William Ackerly estateInclusive 1860-1864
Quantity
7 Item
Creator
Powers, Richard
Creator
Paxton, Samuel A.
Creator
Pettigrew, Elvira T.
Creator
Harvey, William M.
Creator
May, A. F. G.
Creator
Sprawls, John
Creator
Lovell, Abraham
Language
English .

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of seven one year contracts between Abraham Lovell, curator of William Ackerly's (deceased) estate, and individuals for hire of enslaved persons, Rachel, Fanny, Nancy, James Alexander, Elisha, and Caroline with her three children. Each contract includes the name of the enslaved person, dates for her/his hire, the cost, and the name of the leasee. Further, each document states that the individuals were to be treated "with humanity" or "humanely" and returned with 'the usual amount of clothing' on Christmas day of the same year.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Ackerly, William
  • Contracts
  • Legal documents
  • Slave trade
  • Slavery
  • Virginia

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Ackerly, William
  • Harvey, William M.
  • Lovell, Abraham
  • May, A. F. G.
  • Paxton, Samuel A.
  • Pettigrew, Elvira T.
  • Powers, Richard
  • Sprawls, John