Martha Phipps Revisited

Another excellent comment was posted in response to recent posts regarding Lazarus Vann and Martha Phipps:

I wasn’t sure which post to reply to with this comment, because the information from this record has information that applies to this post, “Martha Phipps, Wife of Lazarus Vann“, and also to “Slaves of Benjamin Phipps, 1824-1826“, “More About Lucy Tuberville (Phipps) Cross“, and “Response to Last Post“. This record is from Madison County, Alabama, Deed Book S, pg 495. I’ve tried to to transcribed exactly as is, including misspellings, punctuation, etc.:

Lazarus Vann &
Martha G Phipps
Marriage Contract

Whereas a marriage is about to take place between Lazarus Vann & Martha G Phipps both of the County of Madison & State of Alabama & whereas Martha G. Phipps is now possessed of the following negroe slaves Reuben a man aged about twenty five years, Aney a woman aged about twenty years & he children Dick aged about eleven years, Calvin aged about six years, Macklin aged about four years & Robert aged about 2 years & Edinbo rough aged about one month & said Vann is also possessed of property both real & personal. And whereas it is mutually agreed beween said parties that said Phipps shall retain her said property exempt from the controul & free from all claim of the said Vann after said Marriage. & that the same shall be kept by her for her sole & seperate use free from all debts of said Vann now or hereafter to be contracted and that her said property shall at her death ascend to be divided amongst the children of said Martha G Phipps now in life & said Vann doth bind himself to let her during her life dispose of said property in all or parts as she nay choose free from his contract & interference, and said Martha G Phipps for herself doth covenant that in the event of her surviving said Vann to relinquish & she doth hereby relinquish all right & title in & to the property of which he is now possessed or of wich he may die possessed by way of Dower in said property In witness whereof in have hereunto set our hands & seals this 23 day of December 1839

Witness Lazarus (his x mark) Vann
James Robinson Martha G Phipps

Before me Richard B Purdom Clerk of the County Court of Madison County in the state of Alabama this day personally appeared James Robinson the subscribing witness to the foregoing deed of Marriage contract and made oath that he saw Lazarus Vann and Martha G Phipps sign seal and deliver the same on the day of its date and that he said witness subscribed his name thereto as witness in their presence. Given my hand and seal at office in Huntsville this fifth day of October Eighteen Hundred and forty one.

Richd. B. Purdom seal

The foregoing Marriage Contract was delivered into the office of the Clerk of the County Court of Madison County in the state of Alabama for registration on the fifth day of October Eighteen Hundred and forty one and was duly registered on the seventh day of October Eighteen Hundred and forty one

Richd. B. Purdom, clk, c, c


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