Chief Justice John Marshall Bill of Sale – Slave Dicey from John B. Johnson to Jaquelin Ambler dated 3 July 1787

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Chief Justice John Marshall Bill of Sale – Slave Dicey from John B. Johnson to Jaquelin Ambler dated 3 July 1787

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African Americans--Genealogy

Description

Handwritten on the page;

I do hereby bargain, sell & convey in absolute property to John Marshall for seventy pounds which I have this received from him  one negro wench named Dicey with her child and do bend myself, my heirs executors & administrators to warrant and defend completely totally unencumbered to the said slave & her issue John B. Johnson

July 3rd 1787

Verso of the page; 

For this within mentioned sum of seventy pounds which I have reserved I bargain, the within mentioned slaves to Jaquelin Ambler Esquire.

JMarshall

Chief Justice

 

The family of Sen. James Dixon, Elizabeth L.C. Dixon and Dr. James Clarke Welling opposed slavery. Why or how this one page document was among the Welling family papers donated to the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History is unknown.

The summer of 1787, John B. Johnson owned and sold an African-American woman, named Dicey, and her child Chief Justice John Marshall for seventy pounds. On verso, Chief Justice John Marshal passes the bill of sale for this mother and child to Jaquelin Ambler, Esq. 

This transaction in 1787, four years after John Marshall of Virginia married Mary Ambler, daughter of Jaquelin Ambler, Esq. of Virginia.

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Johnson, John B.

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Chief Justice John Marshall Bill of Sale – Slave Dicey from John Johnson to Jacqueline Amble
Chief Justice John Marshall Bill of Sale – Slave Dicey from John Johnson to Jaquelin Ambler
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November 10, 2023
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Johnson, John B., “Chief Justice John Marshall Bill of Sale – Slave Dicey from John B. Johnson to Jaquelin Ambler dated 3 July 1787,” e A r c h i V e s , accessed May 21, 2024, https://citizenarchivist.omeka.net/items/show/667.