As part of my family research I am trying to learn the fate of three slaves who were sold by Andrew Hutsell in McMinn County, TN in 1850. These slaves were the children of Mariah, a female slave bequeathed to Christina (Teana) Hounshell Hutsell by her father, John Hounshell in Wythe County, VA. John Hounshell gave Mariah and her offspring to Teana Hutsell and her daughters. Mariah's children were Arthur, Frances and Anderson; they may or may not have taken the name Hounshell upon emancipation. The Hounshell/Hutsell family divided over the sale of these three slave siblings and took their case to court. There are records of the case contesting the sale in the McMinn County corthouse. These young slaves, two brothers and a sister were teen-agers when they were sold and only their first names are given in the court records. Did they take the name Hounshell? Are there any other slave descendants of the Hounshell family who might have some knowledge of what happened to them? Any clues will be appreciated.
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