Joseph Reese Sr. owned a modest number of slaves, for the time period, when he died around 1826. Some sources suggest that the woman named Cherry and the child called Riddick were the wife and son of Nat Turner, respectively. Some historians speculate that Edith may have been the wife of Hark Moore, and that Tom may have been their son.   

 

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Inventory of Joseph Reese Sr., November 20, 1826

 

[p. 180] Inventory and appraisement of the Estate of Joseph Reese deed taken this 20th November 1826

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[Property]                       [Value in $]                             [Property]                       [Value in $]

1 Negro Man Sam            400.00                                  Negro Girl Harriet            200.00

Negro Man Moses           225.00                                   D[itt]o D[itt]o Becky          70.00

D[itt]o D[itto] Richard     450.00                                   Ditto Ditto Hester             100.00

D[itto] Ditto Tom             425.00                                   Ditto Ditto Manerva         75.00

D[itt]o Boy Jack                275.00                                   1 Grey mare                       30.00

D[itt]o Ditto Jim               300.00                                  1 [illegible] mare               80.00

D[itt]o Ditto Riddick         150.00                                   1 Bay mare                        40.00

Negro Woman Cherry     175.00                                    1 sorrel horse                    120.00

D[itto] Amy & child          300.00                                   1 Bay colt                           90.00

Girl Jenny                          300.00                                   1 yoke old oxen                30.00

D[itt]o Edith                      250.00                                    1 D[itt]o young d[itt]o      18.00

 

 

Will Book 10, Southampton County, Virginia, 1825-1832: Pg. 180

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