[Manuscript]: A Deposition Regarding the Ownership of Enslaved Negroes Claimed by Henry Trammell of Gonzales County, Texas

Gonzales County, Texas: [circa 1857].

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One manuscript leaf. Folio (8” x 12 ¼”). An incomplete deposition statement written in ink on the recto only of a loose leaf (numbered “52” in lower left corner), presumably removed from a larger legal document. Near fine. The deposition was made by a relative of Nathanial Trammell, brother of Henry Trammell, both of whom were the sons of the legendary pioneer Nicholas “Old Nick” Trammell, Jr. who died in Gonzales County in 1856. The deposition reads, in part:

“… Plaintiff was the surviving widow of young Nicholas. It was my understanding that Henry Trammell held the Negroes at the death of Nicholas, Jr. as his guardian … I only know the extent of Henry Trammell’s claim to said Negroes by what he said & as before stated he in 1855 said the Negroes were his. This conversation took place in March of that year – I lived about 12 or 14 miles from Henry Trammell & [?] in Gonzales County. Nathanial Trammell is my Father in Law … He claims them [the Negroes] as his own but never explained to me how he came by them. I do not know who removed the Negroes … from Fayette to Gonzales Co.”

A scarce surviving piece of testimony regarding the Texas Supreme Court Case “Trammell v. Trammell” (Austin, 1857).


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Item #549065 [Manuscript]: A Deposition Regarding the Ownership of Enslaved Negroes Claimed by Henry Trammell of Gonzales County, Texas