Description[Slavery]. Phipps Family of Georgia Bible Listing Slave Births, all dated between 1818 and 1859. The Lincoln County family recorded slave births, as well as Phipps' family member births. Two slave lists occur in this Bible. The Bible has been recovered in coarse fabric over hard covers. The binding has loosened, but only one page (the New Testament title page) appears to have separated completely from the spine. Some books of the Bible are missing. The pages are age toned.
The first of the two lists records the birth dates of ten slaves on one sheet, which is included with five other sheets that record the births of several Phipps family members. These six sheets are inserted and bound with string between the two testaments of this Bible (published in 1790). This first list begins under the heading "Ages of Negroes" and includes the following names and dates: Jane "Bornd June 5th, 1819"; Nancy "Bornd October 27th, 1836"; Charles "Bornd April 29th, 1839"; Rhody "Bornd August 10th, 1841"; Robert "Bornd December 12th, 1843"; Henry "Bornd February 16th, 1846"; Eve "Born Dec 24 1847"; Henry "born May 6th, 1855"; Ann "Borne March 29th, 1859"; and "Charls Born Sept 15th, 1863." All are recorded in ink except for "Charls," the last entry and the only entry recorded during the Civil War, which is written in pencil.
The second list of slave births occurs on the verso of the New Testament title page and is comprised of the following recorded in ink: "Nance Harry was born in the year of our Lord 1818 Jany. the 4"; "Jenny was born in the year of our Lord 1819 June the 5th"; "Nance Charles was born November the 19-1820"; "Nancy M. was born in the year of our Lord Oct 27th 1836"; "Charles was bornd in the year of our lord April 29th 1837." This page has become unbound. In all, the births of thirteen slaves are recorded. (Nancy and Charles are recorded in both lists. "Jane" and "Jenny" may be the same person.)
The front and back pastedowns and free endpapers also include ink and penciled notations and records (some faint) concerning the slave-owning Joseph and Sarah Phipps family. Joseph, the patriarch, was born in 1789 and his wife Sarah Guice in 1778. The birth of their first child is recorded in 1801; the last recorded family birth is 1868. According to Joseph Phipps' will dated 1833 (not included), he owned five slaves on his plantation in Lincoln County, Georgia: Harry, Louisa, Ginny, Nancy, and Eveline.
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