Davidson County, Tennessee, Deed Book Z: Personal Property Deeds, September 5, 1835-January 2, 1838


This abstract continues the personal property deed book abstracts for Davidson County, Tennessee in the 1830s and is especially important in tracing African American ancestry in early middle Tennessee. It gives ownership of slaves and relationships in both white and black families. These personal property deeds of the 1830s may provide the link between the family in Mississippi, Texas, California or Illinois with the older generation in Virginia or North Carolina. They are one of the few types of records that name the women and children as well as give the names and ages of the slave families. They may contain the only official entry to make the conclusive link in a period when many of the wills only say “my beloved wife and all my children,” and when the will provides no information on the black family. The entries are in chronological order and are fully indexed.

Mary Sue Smith

(2004), 2016, 5½x8½, paper, index, 298 pp.

ISBN: 9780788424915