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This indenture made and entered into on this the first day of January 1866 by and between Mathew Nevill Planter of Shelby County and State of Tennessee of the first part and the undersigned Freedman of the Second part, to wit. Stefany Nevill and his wife Elzina Nevill former slaves of said Mathhew Nevill and their children Milton and Effa, aged respectively 13 and 11 years, and Matthew Harris and his wife Sarah and her children Henry and Harriet, aged 16 and 14 years witnesses; that the parties of the second part have hired, and by those presents do hire themselves to the party of the first-part as laborers for and during the year 1866 said year to end on the 31st day of December next insuring with the following stipulations to wit the family of the first part the said Matthew Nevill agrees to furnish the Land, Houses Team and feed for the Year and all, the agricultural implements including Harness necessary to cultivate the crop.

The parties of the second part viz Stephany Nevill and his wife Elzina and their children Milton and Effa and Matthew Harris and his wife Sarah and their children Henry and Harriet agree to cultivate said land in whatever the respective parties may agree with the following exceptions viz the parties of the second part agree no spade up and cultivate a Garden in good order and [[strikethrough]] [[illegible]] [[/strikethrough]] some oats on thirty acres, all of which is to belong to the party of the first part though such Vegetables as can be spared by the party of the first part will be furnished to the party of the second part.

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