Mar 21, 2013 - Sale 2308

Sale 2308 - Lot 29

Price Realized: $ 2,640
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--NEW JERSEY.) Group of five early nineteenth century manuscript slave sale documents. Four folio leaves and one 4to leaf. condition varies, should be seen Bergen County, New Jersey, 1804-1818

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A fine group of slave sale documents from New York and New Jersey; several of which are from the township of New Barbadoes in Bergen County---better known today as Hackensack. There is good deal of genealogical potential in these five documents. Many bear familiar New Jersey names like Terhune, Westervelt, Van Houte, and Kip. Bergen County developed as the largest slaveholding county in the state, in part because many slaves were used as laborers in its ports and cities. After the Revolutionary War, many northern states passed laws to abolish slavery, but New Jersey did not abolish it until 1804, and then in a process of gradual emancipation similar to that of New York. However some in New Jersey still held slaves as late as 1865. (New York ended slavery about 1827.)