13 August 1839 – Samuel McCulloh slave purchase
Know all men by these present that we John Matthew, John needles and John Adams of the City of Baltimore in Baltimore County and State of Maryland re held and firmly bound unto Doctor Samuel McCulloh of Baltimore and State of Maryland in the sum of $1000 to be paid the said Doctor Samuel McCulloh & his executors, administrators & assigns. To which payment will and truly be made and done, we bind ourselves and every of us, our and every of our heirs, executors and administrators in the whole and for the whole jointly and severely, firmly by these present sealed with our seals, dated this 13 day of August 1839.
Whereas the said Doctor Samuel McCulloh at the instance and request of the said John Matthews has this day become the purchaser of Fanny Matthews, wife of the said Joh Matthews and their four children named Sally, Martha, Ann, Henrietta and Mary as slaves for life as a sum far beyond their real value and whereas the said John Matthews in consideration to serve the said Doctor Samuel McCulloh for twelve years from the date hereof for which service he is to be allowed a the rate of one hundred… [ rest not copied].
McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 126
2 September 1804 from Germantown – Anna McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh
I received your agreeable letter by Mr. Simmons. You say in it that you are all well and not one word whether I am a grandmother or not. We have been waiting anxiously for the news for this two months past. I shall be very glad to hear from you and to give me some account of Isabella situation as I am very anxious about her. You did not mention my paying Doc. Wister bill when I received the money from M. Taylor or I should have done it. But it is not in my power at this time as I have got but $60 in the house and that is not suffcient to pay this quarters rent which is due the 11 of September. Besides supporting the family I have put up my winter wood. It has cost $90. I should have written you by Mr. Poor but being out of town and M. Simmons told me he was to sit out a day before he did was disappointed. If you write me before 5th of this month direct to the Care of M. Simmons as I don’t expect to be in Philadelphia before that time.
The children are getting much better of the cough. Isaac, Elly, Ann, William and Mar have all got it. Before we came out of town we had h___ in every part of the house, but we had not been here three days before there was a great alteration in them. Mary C___ Hall is with us and her dear little babe with the same complaint, I think is much better than it was a few days ago. It still has very bad spells of coughing.
My troubles with Henny are renewed. She and James have got married. He cam and ask my consent to marry her. I told him I should consent to no such thing while she was my servant. He pade no attention to what I said but went the next day and got married. There is a prospect of the groom being presenting with an heir. They were married the 12 day of August.
Give my love to Mary till then. Mr. Milldder has got so much better. When he wrote last he was at the bolltanus Springs. From Mr. Le__ has paid the debt. We all must one day or another be tossed very sudant by breaking a blood vessel.
McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 4, frame 261
9 June 1804 from Philadelphia – Margaret McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh
My Dear Brother,
Your letter by Mr. Oliver gave great pleasure to Margt, the affectionate congratulations therein expressed on my safe return. I often read and felt greatful to the Auther of them. The kisses have long since been gathered and a purse made to hold the pocket money in my hand.
Mamma has sold Harry to Mr. Sheiffer for $65 and wishes you to let her know if there is a girl of 14 years or about that age come under your notice. If there has, please not to bargin with or about her before you write us. She also wishes you to send her some money by the first opportunity.
Give a great deal of love and thanks to Andrew for his present. His health together with all Baltimore friends has been drank with it by many. The children all promised it excellent. Be so good as to tell James if the shirt we have sent him fits, the others shall be made like it. This he must inform us soon if he is in need of them.
John is a letter in my debt. Won’t you job his memory. With sincere wishes for the health and happiness of you and my dear sister I finish my scrawl.
McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 4, frame 233
Background: James McCulloh was a younger brother of John McCulloh b. 1747 and the one writing most of the letters in this blog. He lived in Baltimore and was a partner in the firm of Knox, Usher & McCulloh.
31 March 1794
Know all men by these present that I, Levin Bullak of Somerset County in the state of Maryland in consideration of the payment of 56 pounds, 3 shillings, to me in hand paid by James McCulloh have bargained, sold, delivered to the said J McCulloh one negro boy named Gilliss aged about eight years old to have and to hold said negro unto the said James McCulloh his heirs and assigns forever and to his use clear of all claims & demands whatsoever.
McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 435