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Re: Cornelius & William Sale - Essex Co.
Posted by: Benjamin Sharp (ID *****4186) Date: September 09, 2003 at 16:11:59
In Reply to: Re: Cornelius & William Sale - Essex Co. by Ed Broadus of 1031

Like you, I am confused about the identity of Sally Broaddus, the second wife of Robert Sale, Senior. Because of the date of her marriage, could she have been a daughter of Thomas Broaddus, Jr.? As you may have discovered, her daughter, Elizabeth Ann, married John B.Puller of Caroline County; and Sally was listed in their household, in the census of 1850 and succeeding years.

There were so many marriages between the Broaddus, the Pullers and the Sales, it is really difficult to sort them out. Unfortunately, Hopkins' abstract of the Chancery Suit between Thomas Puller and Sally Sale did not include a date. The abstract would indicate that Robert Sale, Jr. and Elizabeth Sale were infants (under 21 yrs.) at the time of the suit. Census records, listing Robert Sale, Jr., in King William County, in 1860, showed his age as 64yrs. I have a transcription of a family bible, which recorded his death on 16 Nov. 1883, but did not show his age. There is a marriage record in Spotsylvania County of Robert Sale and Ann Puller, in 1818. It is possible that he later married Catherine Broaddus but not as early as 1823, since there is an indenture recorded in Culpeper County on 20 Nov. 1828, which names his wife Nancy, a devisee of John Puller, Jr. of Alabama (Culpeper Deed Book N W DD, pp.242-246).

One thing is certain, however, Robert Sale, Jr. was a resident of King William County by June 15, 1835, when Lewis Spurlock, a free person of color, sold him a female slave named Sarah J. Spurlock for the sum of $200.00. Apparently this sale was made to circumvent the laws of miscegenation which were in force at that time; because it was a well- known fact in my grandmother's family that Robert Sale and Sally Spurlock lived together as man and wife from then on.They produced a number of children, who used Sale as their family name after the Civil War. They lived on land which was adjacent to "Seven Springs", the home of Thomas B. Puller and Lucy Ann Sale (Robert Sale's sister).

The Spurlocks were an interesting group of mulattos, somewhat reminiscent of the Hemmings at Monticello. Apparently their ancestress was Jane, a slave belonging to Capt. Thomas Cary Nelson. When he died, in 1804, he granted freedom to Jane and her children and left them small parcels of land. Lewis Spurlock, although free, was married to a slave named Jenny and all of his children (including Sally) were slaves. It is difficult to imagine a father selling his own daughter into slavery; unless the purpose of the sale was to improve her condition.


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