Bill of Sale for Enslaved Girl Edny from J. Vanderveer to Mr. Ellison
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The Bill of Sale for Enslaved Girl Edny from J. Vanderveer to Mr. Ellison, dated July 1, 1858, is a handwritten receipt documenting the sale of Edny, a sixteen-year-old enslaved girl, by J. Vanderveer to a Mr. Ellison. Edny’s monetary value is documented as $550.00; payments were made to Vanderveer in five installments. The note details a guarantee of Edny’s health, namely her eyesight.
- Creation: 1858 July 1
- Vanderveer, J. (Person)
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The document, dated July 1, 1858, describes Edny simply as a “Negro Girl…aged about sixteen years.” As such, Edny was likely born into slavery at or around 1842. Her monetary value, as established by enslaver J. Vanderveer, was $550.00. As this bill of sale documents, Edny was then sold to a Mr. Ellison. No further information is available about Edny or her enslavers.
0.08 cubic feet (1 legal folder)
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The Bill of Sale for Enslaved Girl Edny from J. Vanderveer to Mr. Ellison, July 1, 1858, consists of a single hand-written receipt documenting the monetary value and sale of an enslaved girl by enslaver J. Vanderveer to a Mr. Ellison.
One document housed in a legal folder.
James Madison University Special Collections Library acquired this document at auction from Cohasco, Inc in January 2016.
- A Guide to the Bill of Sale for Enslaved Girl Edny from J. Vanderveer to Mr. Ellison, July 1, 1858
- Dillon Thomas
- October 2016
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- 2020-06-02: Language/collection title concerning slavery and centering Edny was updated.
- 2020-10-08: Further updated to reflect decolonial language as well as identify enslavers and enslaved person in collection and folder title.