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Catalog Number 2016.1.3
Title Deposition of James Almond describing fugitive slaves of Thomas Watts
Credit line Courtesy of Dr. Jean Marshall von Schilling and Martha Booker, in memory of Hunter Russell Booker & Martha Chisman Booker.
Collection Booker Collection
Object Type Manuscript
Date 1814-12-22
Description/Scope & Content Draft of deposition given by James Almond, December 22, 1814. The deposition describes Almond "living in the House & on the plantation belonging to Thomas Watts of Eliz City County" when "on the night of the 12th Dec. 1814" a canoe and other objects ("Auger"?) were taken, "from which circumstance the Deponent verily believes that the slaves aforesaid went on board the British armed Ships of war then lying in the Chesapeake Bay". Almond, "being well acquainted with the quality of the slaves" described their values:
-Will, $400
-Jubiter, $400
-Jack, $400
-Bob, $250
-Peter, $200
-Cesar, $200
-Zoe, $160
-Adam, $150
-Lydia, $300
-Mary, $100
-Frank, $100
Extent of Description 1 leaf
Related units of description See National Archives: Record Group 76 (Records of Boundary and Claims Commissions and Arbitrations, 1716-1994), PI 177 190 / NAID 1174160. This deposition relates to testimony found in claims file 128.
People Almond, James
Watts, Thomas
Will
Jubiter
Jack
Bob
Peter
Cesar
Zoe
Adam
Lydia
Mary
Frank
Topics War of 1812
Slavery/Slaves