by AUDREY CREEL / December 16, 2020
©Audrey Creel, 2020 (All rights reserved.)
There is only one known record of Tim’s life. Hardy Murfree’s estate and slave holdings were divided amongst his surviving relatives upon his death in 1814. Tim (last name unknown) was listed as part of the estate settlement, being placed under Dr. James Maney’s ownership.[i] Tim was not listed amongst any known family members, likely being separated from any family members living in North Carolina.[ii] Tim was given a monetary value of three-hundred-twenty-five dollars, the second-largest monetary value assigned to an enslaved individual travelling with Dr. James Maney.[iii] This indicates that Tim was likely a younger man than other enslaved African Americans given to Dr. James. It is unknown if Tim was taken from a wife or children as a result of the estate settlement. Tim likely was taken from his home in North Carolina to the Maney plantation (present day Oaklands Mansion) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Tim’s age at the time of the estate settlement and his role on the Maney plantation are unknown. There are no further records for Tim after 1814.
[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, .