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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2011-01-31 03:31 pm
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Amanuensis Monday: A father's gift to his daughter...

SALE OF SLAVE AND LEGACY TO DAUGHTER: CHARLOTTE
FOR HER CARE, DATED: 19 May 1845.
Know all men by these present that I, Alexander Meek of Marshall County, State of Mississippi. In consideration of the natural love and affection which I have and bear toward my daughter Charlotte Meek of same County and state, and the affectionate care she has given me in my old age, and for the sum of one dollar by her to be paid, and by these I do bargain and sell to my daughter one negro slave (woman) named Harriet, about 17 years of age, and her infant child named Adeline and their increase, also one good horse, saddle and bridle, one cow and calf and half of all my household and kitchen furniture, and I hereby covenant to and with my daughter that if I depart this life without having set apart to her, the horse, cow, calf and kitchen furniture above conveyed is to be taken in full satisfaction of the claim to a distributive share of my estate, so as to leave the residue of my property to be devided (sic) amongst my other children.

In testimony thereof I set my seal
This May 19, 1845
Alexander Meek


The above was transcribed from Volume 2: Guy Meek Family, Descendants #36-#84, at page 413. Digitized at this website.

Alexander Meek was the son of Thomas (IV) and Virginia Ann Meek. Charlotte T Meek took care of her father after the death of her mother, Elizabeth Keys in 1841 until she married Samuel M Blocker on 24 Aug 1856. Charlotte's father died on 8 Sep 1857, after falling and breaking a hip while playing with his grandchildren at the home of his son, Jefferson John Meek.

Alexander Meek was buried in the Meek Family Cemetery, Laws Hill, Marshall Co., MS.

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