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sales,probate and wills

Posted: 14 May 2011 8:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
Where would I find or check sales, probates, wills where names of slave might be found. With or without the name of Willis.

Re: sales,probate and wills

Posted: 15 May 2011 9:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
The National Probate Register here is for the UK where there was no slavery. But perhaps a master might move to England or Wales bringing slave with them and then leave them a bequest.

Your question needs an expert, but my guess (which you probably already know, my apologies if you do) is that to find a slave named WITHIN a will you would need to know or guess the name of the master making the will? Presumably slave owners did leave bequests to their slaves ... including the gift of freedom?
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