Limestone County, TX: August 1860].  pp, entirely in manuscript, each page 12" x 7-1/2," on one folded sheet. "Copy" written in ink at upper left corner. Small ink stain, Very Good.
An early manuscript draft copy of Beden Stroud's will in August 1860. Stroud, who died five years later in 1865, settled in Burr Oak Springs, Texas, east of Waco in 1844, along with his brother Ethan. Stroud died childless. His draft estate plan leaves more than thirty slaves to his nieces and nephews. Family relationships of some of the slaves are identified, such as "Nervy and her two children Jim & Raymond." One of Stroud's nephews mentioned here, Logan A. Stroud (1814-1911), was, at the time of Emancipation, purportedly the largest slave owner in Limestone County.
Page four, similarly noted as "copy," records certifications by two of Stroud's relatives, one that he received from Stroud "nineteen negroes with a title," the other "15 negroes." Each certifies that he received the "negroes" "without consideration being paid." Each promises to deliver them "back to said Stroud if or when called for." The certifications are dated August 13, 1860, and August 21, 1860 respectively. Item #36891