by AUDREY CREEL / December 16, 2020
©Audrey Creel, 2020 (All rights reserved.)
There is only one known record of Mogga’s life. Hardy Murfree’s estate settlement shows a period of uncertainty, and Mogga and her family’s fates were left in the hands of the North Carolina court. Mogga (last name unknown) was listed alongside twenty-two other enslaved individuals who were placed under the possession of Dr. James Maney after Hardy Murfree’s death.[i] Both Mogga and her daughter were taken from their home on Hardy Murfree’s plantation as a result of the estate settlement.[ii] The court dictated that Mogga and her daughter together were valued at two-hundred dollars.[iii] It is unknown who Mogga’s husband was or where he was at the time of the estate settlement. It appears that Mogga was separated from her husband as a result of the court decision and was taken to the Maney’s plantation (present day Oaklands Mansion) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Mogga’s age is unknown and there are no further known records of Mogga’s life.
[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, .