Thursday, February 15, 2018

ALABAMA, Autauga County: Averett and Mathias (1823)

During those forty-five years Benjamin Averiett and subsequently six of his children, accumulated tremendous land holdings primarily in southwest Talladega County. If slave ownership was a measure of wealth, census records document Averiett's prosperity from 1830 until 1870. No research has been made to determine how much land he owned in Lowndes County but he did own 16 slaves in 1830. By 1840 in Talladega County, Averiett had increased his slave ownership to 55, making him one of the largest slave owners in the county. In 1850 he owned 69 slaves while in 1860 his slave population had increased to 102. According to deeds the Averietts held in excess of 10,000 acres by that year.

Know all men by these presents that I, William Mathias, of Prince Ann County, State of Virginia, and in consideration for the sum of $400 have bargained and sold unto Benjamin Averett one slave girl named Cate.
William Mathias
Recorded Autauga County, Alabama, 15th December 1823
James B. Mathews, Clerk
Sanly, Robert. Bill of Sale to Benjamin Averett for Slave Julia
Autauga County, Al.
Deeds & Mortgages, Book A, (1820-1825), p. 59
15 December, 1823

Other Geographies: Princess Ann County, Virginia

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