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Conveyance of Sally Goodman from Thomas Jefferson to Jeremiah A. Goodman, 30 November 1815

Conveyance of Sally Goodman to Jeremiah A. Goodman

Know all men by these presents that I Thomas Jefferson of the county of Albemarle do hereby sell and convey to Jeremiah A. Goodman now of the county of Bedford a certain negro girl slave named Sally, being the daughter of Aggy one of the slaves of the sd Thomas, which said Girl Sally is about three years of age in consideration of the sum of one hundred and fifty Dollars to me the sd Thomas, by the sd Jeremiah in hand paid: to hold & to own the sd girl Sally in absolute property free of all uses, trusts, or other incumbrances: and the said slave Sally I do hereby warrant to the sd Jeremiah A. Goodman his executors, administrators & assigns for ever. Witness my hand this 30th day of November one thousand eight hundred and fifteen.

Th: Jefferson

Witness
Rolin Goodman

The sd girl Sally remains in my possession by agreement in the care of her mother until either the sd Jeremiah Goodman or myself chuses that she shall be taken into his possession

Th: Jefferson

MS (DLC); in TJ’s hand, signed by TJ and Rolin Goodman.

Sally Goodman (b. 1812) was the daughter of the Poplar Forest slave Aggy and the granddaughter of Dick and Dinah. Almost two years after his 1815 purchase of Sally from TJ, Jeremiah A. Goodman reconsidered and TJ agreed to cancel the sale. According to a list of Poplar Forest slaves composed sometime late in December 1823 (ViU: Randolph Family Papers), at that time she was still at Poplar Forest (Betts, Farm Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, 1953 (in two separately paginated sections; unless otherwise specified, references are to the second section) description ends , pt. 1, 131, 167; MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1316, 1372; Goodman to TJ, 19 July 1817; TJ to Goodman, 20, 30 July 1817). A fifty-five-year-old mulatto woman named Sallie Goodman was listed in the 1870 census for Albemarle County, in which Jeremiah A. Goodman resided at his death in 1857 (DNA: RG 29, CS, 1870, Albemarle Co., Fredericksville Parish).

On this date TJ settled his account with Jeremiah A. Goodman and recorded that after this and other transactions, he owed him $413 plus $200 in final wages (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1316).

Index Entries

  • Aggy (TJ’s slave; b.1789; daughter of Dinah); family of search
  • Dick (Yellow Dick) (TJ’s slave; b.1767); family of search
  • Dinah (TJ’s slave; b.1766); family of search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; purchases slave from TJ search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; TJ pays search
  • Goodman, Rolin; witnesses documents search
  • Goodman, Sally (TJ’s slave; b.1812); identified search
  • Goodman, Sally (TJ’s slave; b.1812); sold by TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; buys and sells slaves search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; debt to J. A. Goodman search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Conveyance of Sally Goodman to Jeremiah A. Goodman search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); Overseers at; wages for search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); slaves at search
  • slaves; TJ sells search