by AUDREY CREEL / December 16, 2020
©Audrey Creel, 2020 (All rights reserved.)
There is only one known document for George Porter. Upon Hardy Murfree’s death, his estate and slave holdings were divided amongst his living relatives. George Porter was named among the enslaved African Americans placed under the ownership of Dr. James Maney.[i] George was listed with his wife, Luckey Porter, and he is the only individual listed with a last name.[ii] It is unknown how George obtained his last name. George and his wife were given a collective monetary value of one-hundred-fifty dollars.[iii] This indicates that George was likely an older man in 1814. It is unknown if George was taken from other family members as a result of the court decision. George 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 of George Porter’s life after 1814.
[i] Estate settlement, Hardy Murfree estate settlement, Williamson County Archives, Probate Records, .
[ii] Estate settlement, Hardy Murfree estate settlement, .
[iii] Estate settlement, Hardy Murfree estate settlement, .