Wood County Texas 1862 Civil War Slave Deed of Gift

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State of Texas

Wood County

Slave Sale Bill - Deed of Gift

Chaney Wells to M.L. Swann

The State of Texas ~~

County of Wood ~~

Know all men by these presents that I Chaney Wells of the county of Wood in the State of Texas, for and in consideration of the natural love and affection I bear towards my beloved Daughter M.L. Swann of the County of Smith in the State of Texas, and for the further consideration of the sum of one Dollar to me in hand paid by my said Daughter M.L. Swann, the receipt wof is by acknowledge, have this day given, granted bargained, and Sold, and by these presents do give grant, bargain and sell unto my said Daugher M.L. Swann, a negro man by the name of Ellis about thirty years of age, of dark complexion, to have and to hold the said negro man to my said Daugher M.L. Swann her heirs and assigns forever in fee simple, in testimony wof I have herunto set my hand and seal a scroll being used for a seal this 5th day of November 1862.

his

Attest Chaney Wells { Seal }

Felix Wells X

Mary Beavers mark

Not pictured on the reverse of this personal receipt (another document may have been filed for record at court house) it says:

Chaney Wells

to }{ Deed of gift

M.L. Swann

Texas Slave Documents, in this case a Deed of Gift during the Civil War, are very scarce. Not as scarce as one form the Republic, but much scarcer than Louisiana and/or other states. The amount of $1.00 was used to make the transaction legal and apply a value for future tax valuation.

CRUTCH WILLIAMS

CW2 / cut / uxx

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