Christophe Poulain duBignon
|According to Christophe's estate, he was in
possession of about 33 enslaved person on 31 December 1825, which was after his
death. Christophe stated clearly in his last will and
testament that his "mulattoe" woman Maria Theresa and her daughter
Marguerite were to be freed upon his death as the laws of the state
would allow, or to be allowed to move to another state where she could
live in freedom.
Not only did he free her and her child, he gave her a yearly sum and the enslaved woman Nelly, who was valued at $50. Nelly was to take care of Maria until her old age rendered her infirm. This act of generosity would not have been bestowed upon just any bondsperson. It hints at Marguerite quite possibly being Christophe's illegitimate child.
The following is an inventory and appraisement of Christophe's estate at the time of his death. I have only extracted the enslaved and their value in the order in which they were listed. No age, sex, or family units were noted.
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D page 155
[Glynn County Probate Court]
|Phillis||$500||3 children 4-10 years old||$350|
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