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Matthias Crumb and Margaret Vest Legal Documents, 1801, 1807

 File — Box: 4250.001, Folder: 2

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two legal documents. The first, dated September 16, 1801, states that Matthias Crumb, then about to marry a widow, Margaret Eastridge, is to sell some of his property to Abigail Swearingen to establish an estate that will provide for the future maintenance of his new wife and her heirs. The sale included an enslaved person named Bobb, about eighteen years old; as well as "four head of horses, and two feather beds." This document was witnessed by Worden Pope and Alex Pope. The document states that Swearingen was a resident of Jefferson County, Kentucky. The second document appears on the obverse and consists of a receipt dated February 25, 1807, acknowledging payment by Abigail Swearingen of $226.50 to Margaret Vest for, among other things, "hire of the within mentioned negro up to the 20th of November last," and interest on the sale of the "within mentioned horses." Vest, who signed with an "x," added via her scribe that she and William Vest "have parted and live separately." This document was witnessed by Worden Pope and Levi Tyler.


  • 1801, 1807


Language of Materials

From the Collection: Materials are in English. One item is in German.

Physical Description

The edges of the paper are crumbling.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.


From the Collection: 0.4 Linear Feet

Physical Description

The edges of the paper are crumbling.


Formerly MSS.1700

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266