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Hanover Tavern and great house, the place where my master and mistress lived, and on this same farm was located the county courthouse, one square acre of land enclosed by a six foot brick wall, in which were the courthouse, clerk’s office, and jail. In the front of this enclosure a large tree had been sawed down, leaving a stump about 4 feet high. This was the auction block, and on every Saturday while court was in session, when many farmers and slave dealers were gathered, many slaves were sold from this block and separated from their loved ones with little hope of ever seeing each other again. I witnessed with much anguish and heartache the selling of my sister Louisa to a slave trader in Georgia. My two brothers John and Robert were [earlier] sold, though not from this block, John having been taken to Richmond and Robert to King and Queen County. These were all of my kinfolk that were sold, none of whom we saw or had any tidings from until after the close of the Civil War. My mother was a firm believer in God, and his ability to bring things to pass. Morning after morning

Memorial. See Hanover_Courthouse, _Virginia. Just behind the courthouse complex was the plantation’s great house, now called Nutshell Farm. See Hanover County Historical Society, Old Homes of Hanover County, Virginia 94-95 (1983) (with photograph).

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