by AUDREY CREEL / December 16, 2020
©Audrey Creel, 2020 (All rights reserved.)
There is only one known record of Selvey’s life. Following Hardy Murfree’s death, his estate and slave holdings were divided between his living relatives in 1814. Selvey (last name unknown) was listed amongst the enslaved individuals who were put in the possession of Dr. James Maney.[i] Selvey was taken to Dr. James’ plantation alongside his wife and child.[ii] Selvey and his family were given a monetary value of three-hundred dollars at the slave market.[iii] This indicates that Selvey was likely an older man in 1814. Selvey and his family likely travelled from North Carolina with Dr. James to the Maney plantation (present day Oaklands Mansion) following the decision of the estate settlement. It is unknown if Selvey was taken from any other family or what happened to him and his family after the estate settlement was decided.
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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, .