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Jordan, s/o Richard and slave Luvenia
Posted by: Linda (Noland) Layman (ID *****8388) Date: October 17, 2005 at 16:38:26
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In the book "Virginia Kaleidoscope" by Margaret Claytor Woodbury and Ruth Claytor Marsh, 1994, is the following:

"Quoting from Muriel Spoden's second book on the Netherlands: 'When Richard and Margaret Netherland had moved to Long Island (Tennessee) in 1810, they brought at least twelve slaves and their families. Among them were...Luvenia and her so Jordan Netherland."

"In Spoden's first book, she relates that Jordan Netherland, son of Lucinia, was born in 1814 in Tennessee. His name was entered in the family registry in Richard's handwriting with the children of Richard and Margaret. He is the only slave listed in this manner."

"John, Richard's son, was described as 'that tall and stately Netherland' before an accident years later that left him nearly paralyzed.....Jordan, younger half-brother of John, and his slave/servant from 1841 to 1864, had a physical stature similar to John's and probably inherited from their father Richard."

"Jordan Netherland, mulatto of the Netherland household, married Jane Lynn, mulatto of the Lynn household in 1837. Sarah, their eldest child, was born in 1839. We have not found papers of manumission or sale, but some consideration must have been given from the Lynns to the Netherlands for Jane to live with her family. As far as we know from oral history, Jordan and Jane Lynn Netherland settled in Rogersville, roughly 1 day's ride on the Great Stage Road from Kingsport. They lived there the rest of their lives, possibly beginning with service in the household of John Netherland after Margaret Netherland's death in 1841, although there is reference to Fordan assisting John Netherland and his brother, George Washington Netherland, in operating the Inn in Kingsport after 1841."

"Jordan may have been 'protected' in the Netherland family by having him remain with Margaret Netherland after Richard's death in 1832, and to go to live with John Netherland, his youngest half-brother her death in 1841. Her will does not mention Jane Lynn Netherland or her children by Jordan, by which we must assume they were considered the property of the Lynns."

There is further information here on these people.


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