by AUDREY CREEL / December 16, 2020
©Audrey Creel, 2020 (All rights reserved.)

Much is unknown about Sam, including his last name. Upon Hardy Murfree’s death, his estate and slave holdings were divided amongst his surviving relatives. Sam was named among the enslaved African Americans placed in the possession of Dr. James Maney.[i] Sam was not listed with any known family members, so it is likely that he was taken from parents and other family members as a result of the court ruling.[ii] Sam was given a monetary value of four-hundred dollars, the highest single monetary value given to an enslaved African American belonging to Dr. James Maney.[iii] This indicates that Sam was probably a young man in 1814, but his exact age is unknown. Sam 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 documents for Sam after 1814.

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[i] Estate settlement, Hardy Murfree estate settlement, Williamson County Archives, Probate Records, [75].

[ii] Estate settlement, Hardy Murfree estate settlement, [75].

[iii] Estate settlement, Hardy Murfree estate settlement, [75].

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