Jefferson County, Florida Freedmen's Contract, 1867

From: Circuit Court (2nd Circuit: Jefferson County), Miscellaneous Court Records, ca. 1828-1955, L 346

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State of Florida,
Jefferson County

Articles of agreement,
made and concluded this 30th day of January A.D. 1867 at Elbo plantation in the County and state aforesaid between S.B. Alexander, of the first part and the following named, Laborers, Viz. Westley Bryant, Pinckney Bryant, Frank Bryant, Albert Bryant, Mary Bryant, Jim Queen, Ellen Queen, Smart White, Ben White Robin White, Luvenia Brown, Sandy Marry, Peggy, Queen, all of the County and state aforesaid of the second part.

Witnesseth,
That the said of the second part, for the consideration herein after mentioned dohereby, individually, and severally, covenant, and agree, that they will labor faithfully upon the plantation known as the Elbo Plantation owned by the said party of the first part, in the County and state aforesaid from the _______day of January A.D. 1867 until the twenty fifth day of December next, that during said time they will to the best of their knowledge, skill and ability well and faithfully, serve the said party of the first part performing the customary Labor of plantation Laborers, such as


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Tilling the soil fencing repairing Houses takeing care of the stock prepareing the crop for market &c That they will perform the customary labor from daylight, until sunset, with the [usual] allowance of time for meals, and rest, and that they will not injure, any property of any decription owned by the party of the first part, on his plantation any property so injured, the party or Parties found Guilty will be held responsible for the value of the same, That the party of the second part will not leave their work without permission of the party of the first part his agent, or superintendant

That in case of sickness, the party of the second part shall be expected to pay the cost of rations furnished and whatever sum per day not exceeding 50 cts fifty cents, which may be determined on by the parties interested When ever the party of the first part may be absent from the plantation the parties of the second part shall yield the same obedience, and respect, to his superintendant as would be due, the party of the first part were he actually present, In case of the Violation of these articles or any of them without good and sufficient cause


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The party offending It shall be altogether optional with the party of the first what course to persue in regard to them and his decision shall be binding in all cases. And in case of disputes happening amongst the hands, Employ[ees?] on the plantation they will leave it to the decision of the Employer

In consideration where of, the said party of the first part, for himself and his Executors, and administrators doth hereby covenant, that he will furnish them as usual, with food 3 lb meat to the hand & a peck of meal per week to the hand and houses during the time specified and as a compensation for the faithful performance of Labor on the plantation the said party of the first part agrees to give the said party of the first part, One third of the cotten, raised and housed upon the said plantation during the present year and One third the corn housed also Fodder Peas--Potatoes They paying One third for Bagging and Rope to Pack said cotton, And to take care of all stock Mules Hogs Horses Cattle &c owned by the party of the first part and order and Quiet shall be kept on the plantation at all times. it is also agreed that Mary and Ellen, Cook and washer on the plantation for the party of the first part


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shall be Entitled to but one share, which is to be equally divided between them in consideration of their services rendered

In testimony whereof the said parties have hereinto set their hands, and seals this day, January 30th 1867

S.B. Alexander
 
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Westley
Bryant
 
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Frank   Bryant
 
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Pinck   Bryant
 
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Albert   Bryant
 
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Smart   White
 

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Ben   White
 
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Jim   Queen
 
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Ellen   Queen
 
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Sandy   Marry
 
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Robin   White
 
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Luvenia   Brown
 
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Peggy   Queen
 
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Mary   Bryant
 
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Signed in presence of
W.T. Porter