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Box 1: Bill of Sale for Slaves

 Collection — Box: 1
Collection number: MS-1

Scope and Contents

Two Bills of Sale for slaves. Both transactions are for Green G. Ford in what was then Baker County and is now Worth County, Georgia. The first in Baker County for the price of $1,920: one woman, Lucy, about 20 years old and a boy, John, about 6 years of age, signed Lucinda Ferguson and Isaac Gillian on January 3, 1837. The second received by Randal McDonald, Adm. in Pulaski County on January 2, 1839 by Green G. Ford of Lee County for the cost of $1,276.00: one woman named Zelpha about 30 years old and her two chidren Julia and Matha.

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  • 1835-1837


Biographical or Historical Information

Gary Green Ford is the oldest son of John Jackson Ford (1782-1839) and Nancy Elizabeth Graham Ford (1780-1839) a pioneer family settling in Pinder Town in the early 1700s. Born August 4, 1805, he would marry Sylvia Eason Tison (1818-1863) on September 5, 1832 and have twelve children. Green G. Ford, as these documents indicate his name preference, would raise his family on what is known as Ford’s Mill Plantation. According the 1840 Census, Green Ford had a total of five slaves, which these two Bills of Sale of 1837 and 1839 confirm. Pinder Town was located at times in Lee County, Dooly County (Twice) before permanently becoming part of Worth County. Pindertown, or Pindar Town was locate about 17 miles northwest of Sylvester. His obituary from the Albany Patriot records his death on morning of September 11, 1859 from Typhoid Fever in Isabella, Worth County, Georgia, which is about 3 miles outside of Sylvester.

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Revision Statements

  • 2019-03-14: Revised for DACS compliance by Douglas Carlson

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