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She had at least two children, a daughter named Erie born into slavery about and a son Alfred Van Vactor Thompson, born free in Tennessee about Just how this happened was a very fortuitous turn of events for Nelly and her family. Benjamin and Nelly had been together for a of years, at least fifteen and perhaps more. Benjamin Van Vactor was considerably older than Nelly.Land For Sale: Tbd Gap Creek Road, Bulls Gap, TN 37711 - CENTURY 21
By the time they arrived in Greeneville, Benjamin had three grown children. From all available documentation, Nelly arrived in Greeneville as a free woman of color. The lot aded the property of Alexander and Valentine Sevierboth buried at Old Harmony Cemetery. Indeed, John Sevier was the first Governor of Tennessee.'Hopping Around Town' happening in Greeneville on Saturday
Benjamin petitioned the Court to emancipate his slaves, Erie and her two young children, Jackson who was about five years old and William Greeneville married women was about three:. Nelly took his name as her own. Nelly Van Vactor was a very astute business woman. Nelly had a long term business association with John Dickson lasting well into the mids. John Dickson and his brother William Dicksonboth buried at Old Harmony Cemetery were at the very height of Greeneville aristocracy. The fabulous Dickson-Williams mansion still stands today as an historic landmark in Greeneville.
Nelly invested in real estate, and she was possibly a financier as well, making loans to others and receiving interest income. The Court awarded Nelly a Deed of Mortgage on a acre parcel of land. William Goodman was allowed two years to repay Nelly or the property would become hers. Life had turned out very satisfactorily for Nelly Van Vactor.
In DecemberNelly sold the one-half acre lot on Richland Creek she had inherited from her benefactor, Benjamin Van Vactor, and the three-quarter acre lot she had purchased in Nelly was only one of four women who owned property in Town in their name at this time.
Nelly was taxed on six town lots. As a comparison, Andrew Johnson who would later become President owned two lots. Everyone in Town would have known Nelly Van Vactor. Nelly is not enumerated as a head of household in the census; however, she was included in the District 10 tax list of living in Town on lots 15 and 16 which she had acquired in Erie had a daughter Ellen Ripley born about and a son Elbert who was born about His household included a wife, agetwo young males age and a young male under ten years old, and a young female under ten years old.
Also in the household was an elderly female, age The elderly woman is surely Nelly Van Vactor, who was born about However, Nelly had second thoughts. She decided it was more prudent for her son Alfred Van Vactor Greeneville married women and his family to go first to see how they might like it there.
Nelly never went to Liberia. This property was owned by John Dickson. Nelly had not heard from her son Alfred for quite some time. What Nelly did not know, was her son Alfred stayed only a short period of time in Africa.
From there, Alfred and his Greeneville married women went to Kingston, Jamaica, where they lived about three years before ultimately returning to the United States. Also in the household was Nelly Van Vactor, age Enumerated six households from Nelly was her longtime business associate John Dickson and his next door neighbor, Blackstone McDannelburied at Old Harmony Cemeterythe close confident and friend of later President Andrew Johnson. In JanuaryElkanah Manuel remarried. Nelly sold the half-acre town lot on the Knoxville Road on July 27, to John Maloney, a tailor and innkeeper and a Mayor of Greeneville.
Nelly and the Maloney Family had been neighbors on Irish Street, when Nelly owned Town lots 15 and 16 and John Maloney and his father Robert Maloney, who had also been a tailor and who was the marriage bondsman for Andrew Johnson, owned Lots 17 and It was said by the eminent town historian, Mr.
Nelly continued to be in the District 10 Tax List for the year She is not found in any records in or later. No Will or Estate Settlement has been found for her. There is little doubt Nelly was the very first African-America woman to own land in the Town of Greeneville. What must also not be forgotten is the underlying tolerance and goodness of the people of Greeneville. A daughter Sarah Ellen Thompson was born in Ohio about Alfred was extremely well educated and, he was a prosperous tailor, having been trained as a boy by Andrew Johnson.
The family migrated to Ontario, Canada, before July Alfred Van Vactor Thompson is in the Canadian census as late as It is pd he died in Canada. At that date Jackson was married and had two young children. The marriage is not found in the Greene County records. From all appearances, the family was preparing to leave Greene County, and indeed none are enumerated in the census. The possibility does exist that the age given in the census for James Manuel, born c.
We simply do not know. However, if he was, then descendants of this Manuel family lived in Greene County well into the late 20th century, and some may live here still. If Nelly died in the small village of Greeneville, it is likely she is buried in historic Old Harmony Cemetery. This letter witnesses the exceptional level of education afforded to Alfred, when in these times, most people of any race could neither read nor write.
Nelly, a freed slave, was if not the first person of her race and gender to own land in the Town of Greeneville beforeshe was among the very few to do so.
Affirmation of Moral Character for Jackson Vanvacter: A man of color, and aged about thirty six years, and his wife Anny Vanvacter, a woman of color and aged about twenty three years, and their two children-Eliza aged about two years and an infant aged about five weeks, each of them free persons of color. We further certify that Ellen Ripley, a girl of color, age 16 years is also free. October Session on examination of the reasons set forth in the within petition the Court are satisfied the granting the prayer thereof is consistent with the interest and Policy of the State Joseph Brown Chairman pro tem.
George Brown and John Anderson entered into and acknowledged their bond in these words and figures Know all men by these presents that we Benjamin Vanvector, George Brown and John Anderson all of the county of Greene and State of Tennessee are held and firmly bound unto John Mauris Chairman of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Greene County and to his successors in the sum of five hundred dollars to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves each and every of our heirs executors and administrators tly and severally formily by these presents — Sealed with our Seals and dated this 29th day of October The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the said Benjamin Vanvector by his petition and application to our County Court has represented that he is desirous of emancipating his negro woman slave Airy and her two children named Jackson and William, which petition and application having been judged consistent with the interest and policy of the State and accordingly granted now the condition of the above obligation is such that of the said Benjamin Vanvector his heirs executors and administrators shall reimburse all such charges Greeneville married women this county Greene may sustain as consequence of said Slaves Airy Jackson and William or either of them becoming chargeable to this County then the above obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force and virtue ed sealed and acknowledged in open Court Attest: M.
Payne C. Greeneville married women hereby emancipate and from Slavery set free the aforesaid Erie, Jackson and William hereby declaring them entitled to all the privileges and immenities that other free people of Color in this State are. In the name of God, amean the 26th day of November one thousand eight hundred and twenty two I Benjamin Vanvactor of the County of Green in the State of Tennessee being very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God, therefore calling unto mind the mortallity of my Body, and knowing that it is apointed for all men to die, do make and????
Letter from Alfred V. Thompson, a black man. Cincinnati, Ohio June 5, SIR : I have read your speech two or three times on the colonizing of colored people in South America, and am much interested in it, and must say I am highly pleased with the plan. I have showed it to several, and they are much pleased with the document, and have worn out the speech, and hope you will send us three copies. It is just the plan for us disfranchised Americans. I am naturally of an enterprising disposition, and have never found any cause to so elate me since I espoused emigration inwhen we left for Liberia with the view that we as a people could not attain to any honorable position in this country, nationally speaking.
Greeneville married women was much pleased with our condition in Africa, from the fact that I saw no superior on of color. The Government was a Republic something like this. I don't like the British Government, though I prefer it to our condition in this. Our reason for leaving Liberia, after living there for eighteen months, was on of bad health, and through the advice and persuasion of Dr.
Lugenbeel, our attendant family physician, who said if we remained we should certainly die; therefore, we left for Jamaica. Out of the company of emigrants that left America for Africa, ing two hundred and twenty-five, at the expiration of eighteen months there was not living more than eighty-five or one hundred. We lost two children in the undertaking; my wife and myself suffered immensely. After we left for Jamaica, we stopped for three months at Sierra Leone, Africa.
We lived in Kingston for three years, and in other parts of the island. Lived in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, for two years, having remained out of the United States several years, and having travelled considerable at my own expense, I might say I have some experience in emigration. But, notwithstanding all this loss of time and deprivation, I have acquired a small property and a nice little business. But, with the proper assistance, I am willing to try it again, though my wife says she will never leave the land of her forefathers.
There is a great demand on me from the colored population for information in regard to this project, and I hope you will send me the necessary documents to post myself. You mention in your speech several documents that would be of immense advantage in defending my position. I wish to know how and by what means the necessary aid and protection is to be given, and if in your opinion the Government will give any assistance.
Please inform me where I can obtain a constitution and by laws of the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Society. I learned my trade with Mr. Andrew Johnson, of Tennessee, Ex-Governor, now member of the Senate, who can give any information in regard to me. He will recollect the boy he used to call Alfred. You will do me a great favor to answer this soon. This fine ship sailed from Norfolk, on the 7th July, with a very intelligent and select company of two hundred and thirty-four emigrants, from the States of Louisiana, Alabama, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and the Territory of Iowa, and after a voyage in all respects auspicious, arrived in Monrovia, on the 21st August….
Seventeen, all with one exception liberated slaves, were from the State of Virginia…. Fourteen liberated by the will of the late Thos. Blackledge, Esquire of North Carolina, were not only supplied by this will with the means of emigration, but also with eight hundred dollars to enable them to commence with comfort and cheerfulness, their new mode of life…. Ten were from Murfreesboro, North Carolina, emancipated by the will of the late Mr. You are welcome to copy information found on this Greene County for your personal use, but this information may not be sold, used, reposted or cached elsewhere without expressed permission of the copyright holder s.Greeneville married women
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