Appraisal of a plantation owned by Elisha King listing 43 enslaved persons

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The history of enslaved persons is often difficult to uncover. Printed material provides us with clues about individuals and their history. This is an appraisal conducted on September 10, 1852, on a plantation owned by Elisha F. King in Bibbs County, Alabama. The appraisal goes on to list the property at the plantation, including forty-three enslaved men, women and children. Elisha King was one of the most prominent planters in Perry County, an area known as the Alabama Black Belt, and he owned more than one plantation in the area. At his death, King left 109 enslaved to his widow and son, 42 to a granddaughter, and 35 to another granddaughter; they were valued in 1852 at $113,703.00. Help us transcribe this appraisal and shed light on the stories of not just the institution of slavery, but the individual men, women, and children who helped shape America.

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