Bill of sale for Mark, aged 25, to James Neilson for $200

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Title

Bill of sale for Mark, aged 25, to James Neilson for $200

Description

Benjamin Taylor sells an enslaved man named Mark to James Neilson (1784-1862) for $200 on October 15, 1816. Mark is approximately 25 years old. Neilson promises to manumit Mark on March 12, 1821.

[Mark was married to Ambo, a woman who was enslaved to James Neilson's father John Neilson (1745-1833). At the time of this slave sale in 1816, Mark and Ambo already had at least two children together. Mark was the father of Ambo's children Ann, Eliza, and Mark, and probably the father of Ambo's daughter Clara. See related birth records, manumissions, and African Association permission slips for Ambo and Mark Harris family.]

Date

1816-10-15

Temporal Coverage

1821-03-12

Language

English

Text (Transcript)

[FRONT PAGE]

Know all men by these presents, that I Benjamin Taylor Junr of the city of New Brunswick in the state of New Jersey, Mariner, for the sum of two hundred dollars to me in hand paid by James Neilson of the city and State aforesaid, Merchant, have and do bargain and sell unto the said James Neilson his executors administrators and assigns my mulatto slave called and known by the name Mark aged about twenty five years; To have and to hold the said slave Mark to the said James Neilson his executors administrators and assigns forever; and I have this day delivered the said slave into the posesion of the said James Neilson and I do warrant and will defend the said James Neilson in the peaceable posesion of said slave against me and all persons whatsoever. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen.

Benjn Taylor

Sign sealed & delivered in the presence of } Wm P. Deare

[BACK PAGE]

I do hereby covenant and engage to and with the written named Benjn Taylor Jnr his executors administrators & assigns that at the expiration of five years from the date 12 March 1816 I will manumit and set free the written named Mark from slavery and servitude. —Witness my hand & seal this fifteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen.

James Neilson

Sign sealed & delivered in the presence of } Joseph Dunn

Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Archival collection

Neilson Family Papers, 1768-1908 (MC 933)

Archival location

Box 4, Folder 45: J & J Neilson - Papers relating to purchase of slaves

Item Relations

Citation

Taylor, Benjamin, “Bill of sale for Mark, aged 25, to James Neilson for $200,” Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, Rutgers University, accessed December 5, 2022, https://scarletandblack.rutgers.edu/archive/items/show/194.