Monroe Country, Mississippi: 1862. Unbound. This one-page document, measuring 7.5” x 12”, itemizes property from C. R. Walker’s estate that was transferred to Martha Moore. Although the document is undated, its text indicates this portion of the estate was settled in 1862. The location is not identified; however, it was purchased with with a lot of documents and correspondence emanating from Monroe County, Mississippi. There is pencil docketing on the reverse related to the purchase of a side saddle. In nice shape with some storage folds and minor foxing.
In this settlement, Martha Moore acknowledged that she had received property from C. R. Walker’s estate totaling $2,397.50 that included
“one negro woman Selda & 2 Children [who were valued at $1601 and]
“one negro Girl Given off By Her Father cald Chartool [who was valued at $400]"
Martha also declared that
“My distributive Shear of C. R Walkers est. is 3078.90 which leaves the Estate due me . . . 681.40.”. Very good. Item #009912
The term “one negro Girl given off by her father” does not mean that Chartool was given away by her natural slave father. “Given off” was a legal term found in 19th century wills and estate settlements. In this case, it means that Martha’s father, Chartool’s master, had already given her to Martha as a gift or loan prior to his death.
This suggests that Martha Moore was the married daughter of C. R. Walker which is supported by online databases where variations of both names appear as contemporary residents of Monroe Country, Mississippi, although no entries specifically identify any relationship between them.