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Cunningham Slaves in Shelby County, Alabama and other family information on Roebuck, Hawkins, Bowdon, Wilson, and Welch

I present for researchers a list of my ancestor Joseph H. Cunningham's family slaves, from the inventory taken in 1857. Slavery in the South ended in 1865 with the passage of the 13th Amendment. 

Moses, age 25
Alfred, age 21
Jessee, age 18
Lewis age 16
Edmund age 13
David age 10
Harriett age 8
Elijah age 35
Lizzy age 42
Skinner age 40 
Mink age 21
George age 13
Sam age 23
Dallas age 11 a boy
Milly age 17 a girl 
Jimmie a girl age 18
Linda age 42
Bill age 16
Jim age 15
Prince age 21
Aggy 14 a girl 
Felix age 23
Elvira age 11
Eliza a girl age 12
Priscilla and 2 children, she is 19.  
Sarah age 16
Charles age 55
Pleasant age 60 

From an 1851 document, there was
Esther, plantation cook
Lucinda, born 1835

Most of the above people were purchased or inherited by the sons and daughters of the planter in 1857/1858. Some of the family names of the children were Cunningham, Bowden, Hawkins, Roebuck, Welch, Wells, Hail, Frost, and Wilson. 

Tintype photograph I own of Priscilla Cunningham,  age 19 on the inventory above.