by AUDREY CREEL / December 16, 2020
©Audrey Creel, 2020 (All rights reserved.)
There is very little information known about Harriett. She initially was enslaved by Hardy Murfree. Upon Murfree’s death, his North Carolina estate and slave holdings were divided amongst his living relatives in 1814. Harriett (last name unknown) is named in Hardy’s estate settlement as one of the enslaved individuals placed under the ownership of Dr. James Maney.[i] Harriett was given a monetary value of one-hundred-seventy-five dollars by the court.[ii] Harriett is not listed alongside any known family members.[iii] Harriett’s age at the time of the estate settlement is unknown. Harriett likely was taken from her home in North Carolina to Dr. James’ plantation (present day Oaklands Mansion) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It is unknown whether Harriett was taken from any living family members as a result of the court ruling or what happened to her after 1814.
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[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, .