by AUDREY CREEL / December 16, 2020
©Audrey Creel, 2020 (All rights reserved.)
There is only one known record for Nat (last name unknown). Nat initially was enslaved by Hardy Murfree. Upon Murfree’s death, his estate and slave holdings were divided amongst his living relatives. Nat was named among the enslaved individuals placed under Dr. James Maney’s possession.[i] Nat is listed with her son, but there are no other known family members named in the estate settlement.[ii] Nat likely was separated from her husband as a result of the court ruling. Nat and her son were given a collective monetary value of two-hundred-fifty dollars.[iii] It is probably that Nat was taken from her home in North Carolina to work on the Maney’s plantation (present day Oaklands Mansion) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Nat’s role on the Maney plantation is unknown. There are no known records for Nat 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, .