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Bequests, John Ashton - Slavery, 1727 - 1817

 File — Box: 41, Folder: 11
Identifier: 119_35_6
Bequests, John Ashton - Slavery
Bequests, John Ashton - Slavery

Scope and Contents

Legal records and papers related to a case over John Ashton's property, wherein was plaintiff: John Ashton v. Jeremiah Turner and Jonas Turner, filed in General Court; and the settlement of John Ashton's estate with Notley Young as the principal heir. The papers document the appraisal and transfer of Ashton's slaves to Notley Young (d. 1815). They include deed of sale for 12 slaves, Peter Attwood to Thomas Attwood, 1772:

Sale of 12 enslaved individuals (1727) by George Attwood to Thomas Attwood; Deed (1772) of J. Campbell to John Ashton, S.J.; Report (1780) of John Ashton to the court relating to property of his own; List of [Mr. Ashton's?] lands written by Francis Neale, S.J. (1815); The certificates and plats (1780) of lands in dispute between John Ashton and Jeremiah & Josiah Turner; A copy of a bond of conveyance (1794) between John Ashton and Richard Owings; Agreement (1794) between John Ashton and Richard Owings; Certificate and plat (1799) of part of Streethbran; Calculation of Richard Owings' part of Streethbran; Extract of Rev. Ashton's testament in favor of Rev. Notley Young. On reverse side is extract of letter (1817) from Giovanni Grassi, S.J., which mentions the failing health of Francis Neale, S.J.; Valuation (1816) of enslaved individuals owned by Rev. Ashton; Deed of sale of an enslaved individual by William Hall (1803); Transfer (1805) from Notley Young, S.J., to Leonard Neale, S.J., for four shares in Eastern Branch Bridge.

**Former finding aid locations: 119_35_6; 107R0-107R7**

Materials on Slavery

This folder contains materials related to Jesuit slaveholding.

"Valuation of Rev. Ashton's Negroes," November 11, 1816 [GSA134]


  • 1727 - 1817

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From the Collection: 308 boxes (212 regular boxes, 25 oversized boxes, 58 restricted regular boxes, 13 restricted oversized boxes, plus 14 card catalog drawers )

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Multiple languages


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