đź•Š60 Souls to wit: 1841

In the Greensville County Will Book #6, beginning on page 122, the 60 “slaves to wit” of the deceased Thomas Parham are noted.

Greensville County, Virginia Will Book 6: 2 Aug 1841 Appraisement of Thomas Parham’s Estate

The names, ages, and “prices” of the sixty souls:

The Enslaved of Thomas Parham.Greensville County, Virginia
The Enslaved of Thomas Parham Part II

Jesse 55 $300

Ned 58 $300

Primus 50 $300

Adam 40 $400

David 35 $500

Phil 38 $500

Ben—-diseased 32 $300

Wilkins 30 $550

Taswell 22 $600

George 21 $600

Green 21 $600

Nicholas 20 $525

Fed 18 $600

Hartwell 16 $500

Joshua 18 $500

Henry 18 $600

Aaron 10 $325

Charlotte 40 $250

Cherry 45 $250

Jenny 45 $250

Nanny 55 $50

Manerva 30 $200

Jim 8 $300

Judy 6 $150

Ellen- diseased 27 $100

Isaac 10 $300

Mary 6 $175

Rody 19 $450

Lewis 2 $150

Oscar—Infant $100

Almira 14 $450

Polly 14 $450

Winny 30 $350

Billy 12 $400

Vandant 10 $375

Berry 8 $300

Ada 6 $200

Abberta 4 $175

Charles 2 $150

Fanny 27 $400

Joan 10 $200

John 8 $200

Jacob 6 $150

Rainy 4 $140

Tom 3 $120

Jinny—-Infant $100

Hannah 28 $250

Clairy 7 $200

Rhody 5 $150

Malinda— Infant $100

Bob 19 $600

Eliza 16 $450

Giles—Infant $100

Louisa 14 $450

Harriet 12 $350

Collier 8 $300

Nathan 6 $250

Ella 4 $200

Adaline 10 $275

Surry 12 $375

Total amount 21752.54

438 acres Land c/$4— 1752.00

——— —- — – — – – — — – ———-

$23504.54

We know that there is no price that you can morally place on a human life, and yet-in 1841 these cruel calculations were part and parcel of the day. These enslaved lives created a tangible wealth that was literally passed down through the generations.

In today’s (2021) U.S. dollars, the Parham purse from holding the enslaved alone was “worth” more than half a million dollars.

According to the Westegg Inflation Calculator:

What cost $21752.54 in 1841 would cost $591703.30 in 2021.

What cost $1752.00 in 1841 would cost $47657.16 in 2021.

What cost $23504.54 in 1841 would cost $639360.45 in 2021.

Arguably to an order issued from the Court of Greensville on the 2nd of August 1841
We the undersigned having been duly sworn have Appraised all the Personal + Real Estate of Thomas Parham deceased to us produced + Shown and made the foregoing report, which believe to be correct, Given from under hands this 7th day of Feb 1842
James Brown
Mordecai Jones
Mark M Harwell
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At a Court held for the County of Greensville on Monday the 7th of Feb 1842, This appraisement + Inventory of the Estate of Thomas Parham dec’d was entered + ordered to be recorded.

Teste. Jos. Turner C.C.


Arguably to a decree issued from the County Court of Greensville on Monday the 4th of December 1841— We the undersigned Commissioners have allotted to Rebecca Parham the widow of Thomas Parham deceased the following Slaves to wit, Hannah & 3 children Clary, Rhoda + Malinda in fee simple and Primus, David, Taswell, Wilkins, Fed, Louisa, Jim, Charlotte, Minerva + Child Judy, Joan, Ella, Fanny + child Jim, Collins, John, Jacob + Jinny, being her full thirds of said decedents slaves, Except eleven dollars + sixty six cents due by Benjamin M. Parham and after taking a negroe girl
Adaline left by the said decedent to Martha 3 Lewis and negro boy named Surry to Benjamin M Parham, the balance of said slaves we have divided after John L. Parham accounted for Seventeen hundred + fifty Dollars and William E Tomlinson accounted for Fifteen hundred Dollars in the following manner. To John R Parham during his natural life + directed by said decedent the following Slaves Bob, Eliza + child Giles, and to reserve of Benjamin M Parham Eighty four Dollars + sixty six cents —-To William E Tomlinson in right of his wife Mary I. the following Slaves in fee simple, Nathan, Winny, Billy, Green, Cherry after paying James M Lewis in right of his wife Martha E the following—slaves in fee simple, Adam, Isaac, Ada, Hartwell, Rainy, Tom, Henry, Polly & Nanny and to receive of Benjamin M Parham Fifty nine Dollars + Thirty two cents—To Emily C Parham the following slaves in fee simple Ned, Betty, Mary, Phil, Aaron, Charles, Nicholas, Rhoda + child Oscar+ Lewis + to receive from Benjamin M Parham nine dollars sixty six cents—-
To Benjamin M Parham the following slaves fee simple Ben, Vandal, Abberta, Joshua, Ellen, Harriet, George, Almira + Jesse, after paying the same above mentioned

All of which is Respectfully Submitted——-
James Brown
Mordecai Jones
Mark M Harwell

Lewis and Tomlinson are related surnames that Greensville County researchers should keep in mind as they search the paper trail for evidence of their ancestors being enslaved by Thomas Parham (1781-1841).

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