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Tabb, Henry W. (1791-1864) [Last will and testament of Henry W. Tabb]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03434.22 Author/Creator: Tabb, Henry W. (1791-1864) Place Written: Matthews County, Virginia Type: Autograph document signed Date: 16 May 1860 Pagination: 8 p. : docket ; 25.5 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Last will of Henry W. Tabb, making provisions for his lands, children and enslaved people. Provides two hundred dollars per year for the education of each younger child. Wants his main plantation maintained, "for the support and education of my children," with forty enslaved people and an overseer. Desires that an additional enslaved person "between the ages of twelve and sixteen" be given to each of his younger children. Wishes the remaining of his enslaved people to be sold, but orders that "In making sale of the slaves, I wish my executors to sell them as far as convenient in families so as not to separate children from their parents more than necessary." Includes a later codicil, dated 26 June 1863, and a court docket dated 5 October 1865 following Tabb's death. Court docked signed and authorized by Shepard G. Miller.

Background Information: Henry W. Tabb was a prominent Virginia physician and plantation owner.

People: Tabb, Henry Wythe, 1791-1864

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: EstateDeathChildren and FamilySlaveryEducationFinanceAfrican American HistorySlave SaleEnslaved peopleLand Transaction

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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