Thursday, February 15, 2018

ALABAMA, Autauga County: Averett and Hunter (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.

State of Georgia 
Know all men by these presents that I, Adam HUNTER, of the County of Wilkins 
and state aforesaid, have this 3rd day of August 1815, bargained sold and 
conveyed unto Benjamin AVERETT, of the County of Baldwin and state aforesaid, 
three slaves, to wit: a man by the name of Peter, about 19 years of age; a 
woman by the name of Marry, about the age of 19 years; and a girl child by the 
name of Beck, for the consideration of $1,000 cash to me in hand paid� (Signed) 
HUNTERRecorded Autauga County, Alabama, 15th December 1823. James MATHEWS, Clerk

Other Geographies mentioned Wilkinson County, Georgia

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