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Collection Number: M431
Title: Johnson (Isaac) Affidavit of Slave Ownership
Dates: 1801 July 17
Quantity: 1 item
Abstract: A legal document regarding ownership of a female slave in Adams County, Mississippi Territory.
Samuel Brookes (or Brooks) was a magistrate in the Mississippi Territory.
Thomas Patterson, along with his brother Edward, owned large tracts of property in Adams County, Mississippi Territory, near Fairchild Creek, which formed the county’s northeastern border with Jefferson County. According to the Spanish census of 1792, their grandfather was Robert Abrams who resided at “Sandy and Second Creek.”
Gillis, Norman E. Early Inhabitants of the Natchez District. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 1963.
This document is the sworn affidavit of Isaac Johnson, as recorded by Samuel Brookes. The central issue is ownership of a female slave named Jin, or Jane. Isaac Johnson gave a deposition stating that his neighbor, Robert Abrams, had claimed that the woman was the property of his grandson, Thomas Patterson. The affidavit is signed by Isaac Johnson, in the presence of Adams County magistrate, Samuel Brookes.
Transferred from the Mississippiana Collection, McCain Library and Archives, by Dr. Toby Graham, April 6, 2000.
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