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John Gibbs Slave Bill of Sale

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3243

This collection houses a small bill of sale written by John Gibbs of Anderson County, Tennessee, on October 2, 1837. It documents Gibbs' sale of an enslaved boy named Calloway to John McAdoo for $150.

Dates

  • 1837 October 2

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses a small bill of sale written by John Gibbs of Anderson County, Tennessee, on October 2, 1837. It documents Gibbs' sale of an enslaved boy named Calloway to John McAdoo for $150.

Biographical/Historical Note

John McAdoo (1790-1854) and John Gibbs (1780-1840) were prominent figures in early Anderson County, Tennessee. They oversaw construction of the county's first courthouse and McAdoo is said to have been the first foreman of the first grand jury summoned by the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. The two men were related by marriage, as McAdoo married Gibbs' eldest daughter, Mary Ann. William Gibbs McAdoo, Secretary of the Treasury under Woodrow Wilson, was the grandson of John McAdoo and the great grandson of John Gibbs.

John McAdoo owned many slaves. Green L. McAdoo, son of Jack McAdoo (former slave of John McAdoo), was a black leader after whom the Green McAdoo Grammar School of Clinton, Tennessee was named.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections purchased this collection on June 5, 2007.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480