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Collection Number: 05473-z

Collection Title: Thomas Crawford Papers, 1842-1844

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Abstract Thomas Crawford, who was owned by Thomas Mosley of Mount Sterling in Montgomery County, Ky., was sold as a slave by Mosley to James Crawford, also of Mount Sterling. Thomas Crawford was manumitted by James Crawford in 1842 and moved to Delaware, Ohio, with his wife Hattie and their children. The collection contains a letter, 1 April 1844, from Thomas Crawford to his former owner, Thomas Mosley, commenting on his life in Delaware, Ohio. In the letter, Crawford addressed Mosley as "Farther" and mentioned receiving money from Mosley, which he used to pay off a mortgage debt, and renting property out to "a Dutchman to crop on the haves." Thomas Crawford also mentiond his son, Steward Crawford, in the letter. Also included is a copy of the 1836 will of James Crawford, containing instructions to manumit Thomas Crawford after his death and urging Thomas to move his family to Ohio.
Creator Crawford, Thomas, b. 1817.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Thomas Crawford Papers #5473-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Michael Brown Rare Books for the Southern Historical Collection, received 9 August 2010 (Acc. 101332).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Thomas Crawford, who was owned by Thomas Mosley of Mount Sterling, Ky., was sold as a slave to James Crawford also of Mount Sterling, Ky. Thomas Crawford was manumitted by James Crawford in 1842 and moved to Delaware, Ohio, with his wife Hattie and their children. At the time of the 1880 census, he was listed as a widower and retired barber living in Delaware, Ohio. His sons Steward (b. 1843) and Eugene (b. 1859) and his daughters Francis (b. 1854), Maggie (b. 1856), and Harriot (b. 1857) were also listed in the Crawford household.

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The collection contains a 1 April 1844 letter from freed slave Thomas Crawford to his former owner, Thomas Mosley, commenting on his life in Delaware, Ohio. In the letter, Crawford addressed Mosley as "Farther" and mentiond receiving money from Mosley, which he used to pay off a mortgage debt, and renting property out to "a Dutchman to crop on the haves." Crawford also mentiond his son, Steward Crawford, in the letter. Also included is a copy of the 1836 will of James Crawford, containing instructions to manumit Thomas Crawford after his death and urging Thomas to move his family to Ohio. The will was certified as a true copy by the Montgomery County, Ky., court in December 1841 and was signed and dated with seal on 3 May 1842 by James Howard, clerk, and on 18 May 1842 by Joseph Bondurant, justice of the peace.

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Processed by: Martin Gengenbach, November 2010

Encoded by: Martin Gengenbach, November 2010

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