1793 Sale: Jef

Item

Title
1793 Sale: Jef
Identifier
NJS-EVE-00667
Source
Letter from Robert Finley to John Neilson regarding Jef
Letter from Robert Finley to John Neilson regarding Jef, February 27, 1794. Neilson Family Papers, 1768-1908 (MC 933). Box 4, Folder 45: J & J Neilson - Papers relating to purchase of slaves. Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.
Event Description
Mr. Mattison of Princeton sold Jef to one Mr. Kelsey for the sum of 90 pounds when Jef was aged approximately 21 or younger. Subsequently, the sale was reversed and Jef was returned to Mattison's household at the request of Mr. Mattison's wife. The date of this sale event is unknown, but it occurred sometime before February 24, 1794, when Robert Finley of Princeton mentioned this situation in a letter to his friend Col. John Neilson of New Brunswick. Neilson had asked Finley about the possibility of purchasing Jef for 90 pounds. Finley wrote to Neilson about Jef: "He was once sold to Mr. Kelsey for the sum mentioned in your letter but taken back at the request of his present Mistress."
Event Type
Freedom status transaction: Sale
Date
1793
Date Certainty
Inferred
Location of Event
Princeton
County (Modern)
Mercer
County (Historical)
Middlesex
Related Event
1794-02 Sale: Jef
Primary Participant
Jef (b. 1773)
Participant Details
DETAILS FOR PRIMARY PARTICIPANTS:

*** Jef (b. 1773) ***
Role: Sold Person
Age category: Young Adult
Status: Enslaved
Enslaver(s) of this participant:
- Mr. Mattison
- Mr. Kelsey

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DETAILS FOR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

Mr. Mattison
Role: Enslaver - Seller

Mr. Kelsey
Role: Enslaver - Buyer
Record Contributor
Jesse Bayker

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