by AUDREY CREEL / December 16, 2020
©Audrey Creel, 2020 (All rights reserved.)
There is only one known record for Dinah (last name unknown). Upon Hardy Murfree’s death, his estate and slave holdings were divided amongst his surviving relatives. Dinah, along with his daughter and other enslaved African Americans, was placed in Dr. James Maney’s possession.[i] Dinah and his daughter were assigned a collective value of one-hundred-fifty dollars.[ii] It is unknown if Dinah left behind a wife or other family members. Following the court decision, Dinah likely was taken from his home in North Carolina to work on the Maney’s plantation (present day Oaklands Mansion) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. There are no known records for Dinah after 1814.
[i] Estate settlement, Hardy Murfree estate settlement, Williamson County Archives, Probate Records, .
[ii] Estate settlement, Hardy Murfree estate settlement, .