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In Their Own Words

November 27, 1738

Servants Bought and Sold

While slavery did not exist in colonial Georgia until 1751, this entry in the journal of William Stephens showed that servants could still be purchased and sold, even children:

“…Mr. Christie having in pursuance of the Trustees Orders been supplied with two Servants, from among those imported by Captain Thompson; he had the additional Favour also from the General to get out of the same Ship, a whole Family, viz. a Man and his Wife, and four or five Children, some of which were capable of Work, whom he took on the same Footing with others; and being so well provided, I heard that he had sold and assigned over the two single Men to Mr. Pat Graham, a Surgeon of this Town and a Planter, for a certain Sum paid him in ready Money… “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 234.