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    [William "Bigfoot" Wallace]. Slave Receipt. One page, 8" x 11", Rockbridge County [Virginia], September 6, 1818. Andrew Wallace, father of the famous Texas Ranger "Bigfoot" Wallace, owned and operated a fruit orchard near Lexington when he purchased a female slave and her infant son from Robert Montgomery. The bill reads, in full:

    "Know all men by these presents that I Robert Montgomery, of the County of Rockbridge & state of Virginia has this day Bargained, sold, & deferred unto Andrew Wallace of the County & state aforesaid One Negroe [sic] woman Named Keziah, a slave for life aged twenty six & her sucking male Child about four months old, Named Andrew for & in consideration of the sum of Six hundred Dollars in hand paid the receipt Whereof is hereby acknowledged, & I do hereby warrant the said Negroes to be sound, sane & healthy, & I do also warrant & defend the said Negroes, unto the said Wallace his Heirs or assigns against the Claim or Claims of any person or persons whatever given under my hand & seal this 6th day of September Eighteen hundred & Eighteen."

    John Ruff countersigns as a witness. The bill is detached along the folds into five pieces with minimal loss of paper at two fold intersections. The text, which is very bold, is still wholly legible. Some water staining is evident along the upper edge and lower quarter, with some minor smudging of the ink in places.

    William A. A. "Bigfoot" Wallace (1817-1899) was born in Lexington, Virginia, where spent his adolescent and teenage years there. At the age of nineteen, after learning of the deaths of his brother and cousin during the Massacre at Goliad, young Wallace lit out for Texas to avenge their deaths. Over the course of the next sixty years, Wallace would ingrain himself in the mythos of Texas. He would try his hand at farming near La Grange, help fight off General Adrián Woll's Mexican army in their invasion of Texas and capture of San Antonio (which they evacuated two days later), serve in the Mier expedition in which he was captured and spent time in Perote Prison in Vera Cruz, join the Texas Rangers and see action during the Mexican War, use his tracking skills to track down runaway slaves, drive a mail hack between San Antonio and El Paso, and guard the Texas frontier against the Comanche during the Civil War. He is buried in the State Cemetery near Austin.

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