Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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Record #1 from Hiring Agreement from the Gilliss Family Collection, 1862

County Worcester
Date 30 December 1862
Enslaved Person(s) Boy Henry
Slaveowner Lemuel Showell and James Whaley
Agreement Text On the first day of January, 1864 I promise to pay to Lem'l Showell + Jas Whaley his Heirs and Assigns, the full and just sum of Twenty Five Dollars and -- Cents good and lawful money of the United States, for the Hire of Negro Boy Henry for the ensuing year 1863. And agree to furnish said Negro Man with the following articles of Clothing, namely: two Tow Linen Shirts, two pair of Tow Linen Trowsers, one Fustian Round Jacket, to be well lined for winter; one Fustian Vest, to be well lined for winter; one pair Fustian Trowsers; all his clothing to have buttons; one pair good long Yarn Stockings, one white Wool Hat, two pair of good strong Laced Boots, to be made in the County; his shoes be kept in repair by half-soleing, &c. All the above clothing to be given in due season, for value received. It is also understood and agreed, that no deduction for lost time will be made unless the money be paid when due, and the provisions set forth in the above agreement be strictly complied with. As witness my hand and seal, this 30th day of December Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty two. Witness, L.W. Carmean
Amount 25

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