Thurmond-Tromwell Slave papers Legal Writ001

These are the opening lines of a legal transcript of a dispute between Thurmond and Tromwell over the ownership of a woman named Pheba. A portion of the dispute ultimately centered on establishing the Pheba’s age and whether she was born before Tromwell’s grandfather died. [Thurmond Tromwell Slave papers, Accession #3853, Box 1, Folder 1, The Texas Collection, Baylor University.]