James Muse Sr. and his wife, Sophia Pope, had a plantation on the Deep River in North Carolina.
Lydia Muse, a daughter of James Muse Sr. and Sophia Pope, along with her husband, Charles Bristow Seale, lived nearby.
After the death of James Muse Sr., Sophia Pope Morrison sold this plantation in 1759.
James Muse Sr. gave his daughter Lydia a slave by the name of Benjamin. Sophia Pope deeded two additional slaves to Lydia.
James Muse Sr. had three slaves according to the 1755 taxable list. James Muse Sr. paid tithes for his slave Belinda and a few additional slaves. A slave by the name of Pennallopy was deeded to James Muse Jr. by Sophia Pope.
Thomas Muse Sr. gave a slave by the name of Hannah to James Muse Sr. . Thomas' wife, Elizabeth Sturman, went to court to get Hannah back from James Muse Sr.. There also appears to be a dispute over another slave by the name of Moll, that Thomas Jefferson rendered a legal opinion about which can be read here.http://www.loc.gov/resource/mtj1.001_0099_0102/
Does anyone have more information on this plantation? What crops were grown? Who lived and worked there? What became of the plantation? What were the names of the slaves owned by this family?
Witnesses: John Sims, Anthony Seal (son of Charles), Benjamin Sims.
(From page 59 Bk. "1" Deed Book, 1793-1795, Fairfield Co, Clerk of Court, Winnsboro, S.C.
Will of James Muse, Extracts, Cumberland Co. (now Moore Co.) N.C.
Deed Book Page 241 James Muse was the father-in-law of Charles Seale Sr. who married Lydia Muse.
Dated March 30, 1758
In the name of God Amen. I, JAMES MUSE, now living on Deep River in Cumberland County, Province of North Carolina, being sick and weak of body, but of sound and perfect memory......make this my last will and testament in manner and form following.….T0 MY WIFE SOPHIA, use of my estate during her natural life, after her decease, to be divided as follows: To my son James, a negro girl, with what I have given him already. To daughter LIDDY Seal, a negro named Benjamin...To son Thomas a negro girl named Nell and a young mare named Blaze, saddle, bridle, gun and case of razor and strop...To son Daniel, a negro woman named Lucy and a pair of spoon moulds...To daughter Anne a negro woman named Belinda and one bed and furniture....To daughter Anne-Barbary and the other part to be divided between my daughter Sophia Pope Runnells and her son William Seal Muse, My son Daniel to have maintenance of estate until he is fourteen years of age… James Muse
Executors, My beloved wife, my son James Muse and Charles Seal.
Witnesses Robert Dickinson, James Bain, Isaac Dickinson.