Petition #20185610


Caroline Bird, guardian of her minor children, Georgena and Martha Bird, asks for permission to sell eight slaves--Frances and her child Robert, Suckey and her four children, and John--bequeathed to them by their uncle, Joseph Bird. Since Georgena and Martha Bird do not own land, Caroline is currently hiring the slaves out in the city of Montgomery, but the black children are proving to be an expense rather than a source of profit. Although Caroline Bird states that the slaves were bequeathed by Joseph Bird to her children, it is not clear whether all were owned by Bird before the bequest or whether all or some of the children were born after the bequest.

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Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama