Yesterday, I started preparing for a discussion on my family’s history that I will deliver next month at Washington College where my third great-grandfather, William R. Stuart attended school. As I flipped through my Stuart files, I came across an appraisal for the estate of William’s father (my fourth great-grandfather), Dr. Alexander Stuart. The appraisal was part of my genealogy to-do list: documents I’ve had for a while, but have only glanced at. Back in April when I visited Washington College for the first time, I learned that Dr. Stuart lived in Queen Anne and Kent County, Maryland, fought in the Revolutionary War and died in 1806, two years after marrying his second or third wife. He left his son, William, as the executor of his estate as well as the guardian of his children. Yesterday was the first time I noticed that listed in the appraisal were several slaves.
Here are the names, ages and appraised values I was able to make out:
- Tom, 40 years old, $250
- Adam 38, $260
- Richard (last name that I can’t read), 57, $5
- Sam, 19, $270
- Enoch, 18 (to serve 10 years), $180
- Peter 15, $180
- Simon 10, $180
- Hagar, 11, $120
- Sarah, 7, $40
- Rachael, 1, $10
If anyone can make out the other names or words after some of their names, I would appreciate hearing from you. The more information available, the more likelihood some researcher will be able to find another branch on their family tree.