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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Ten People Enslaved by Thomas Layne Estate

On this date 1859, the Franklin Review (TN) paper was quoted reporting on the high prices obtained for selling ten enslaved people from the estate of Thomas Layne. 


The average price paid for a person was about $1,200. By looking through Laynes' probate documents I think I have identified those people by name:
Inventory of Thomas Laynes' estate
Dated July 4, 1859

- Alvin, a 21-year-old man (“boy”) - $1,660
- William, a 16-year-old boy - $1,730
- Washington, an 11-year-old boy - $1,365
- Jefferson, an 11-year-old boy - $1,305
- Houston, a 9-year-old boy - $1,170
Tourks? a 9-year-old boy - $1,000
- Sarah, a 27-year-old woman - $1,220
- Patsy, an 18-year-old woman, and 3-month-old child $1910
- Molly, a 7-year-old girl $1,075

A portion of Thomas Laynes' will
Also enslaved by Thomas Layne and his family were --
Cook, a 43-year-old woman
Phillis, a 40 years old woman
Ann, a 14 years old woman
Peq? a boy about 9 years old
Jim, a boy about 7 years old
Milly, a girl about 3 years old
Susan Frances

Remember their names.

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