Contents and Arrangement

Bill of Sale for Jenny, Enslaved Child, from Joseph Strong to Her Mother Lilpha, Norwich, Connecticut, 1794 April 2

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Jenny, who is described in the document as a "Negro or Mulatto Child" was born on December 19, 1792, to Lilpha, who is described as a "free Negro woman of said Norwich." The arrangement described involves Strong "selling" Jenny to her mother in exchange for two month's of Lilpha's labor but under the condition that Jenny remain in "the service" of Strong "as his own Property" until she reaches the age of 25.

Collection History


No material was removed from the collection during 2020 processing.

Processing Information

A previous catalog record and inventory were updated and converted into a finding aid by Kelly Bolding in September 2020. At this time, descriptions were enhanced to improve the description of enslaved people. Item numbers correspond to a scheme specific to the Scheide Library; materials with no item numbers listed in this finding aid are those that did not have existing item numbers at the time of 2020 descriptive work.

Finding aid updated by Faith Charlton in 2023 to correct information regarding the collection creator.

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Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

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Credit this material:

Bill of Sale for Jenny, Enslaved Child, from Joseph Strong to Her Mother Lilpha, Norwich, Connecticut; John H. Scheide Collection on Slavery in North America, SL001, Rare Book Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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