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Bequest to Corinna Hinton
Created: July 29, 1864
Medium: Legal memorandum

Bequest to Corinna Hinton

This signed and sealed legal memorandum, dated July 29, 1864, states that Corinna Omohundro, also known as Corinna Hinton, is the recipient of four slaves—Polly, Lavinia, Thomas, and Mariah—purchased for her that day by Richard Cooper. The agreement states that the slaves would remain in the possession of Cooper until the transaction was legally completed. Cooper was the executor for the estate of Silas Omohundro, a Richmond slave trader who died earlier that month. Hinton was his enslaved concubine whom he never legally married but sometimes treated publicly as his wife. They have five children who suvived to adulthood. In his will, Omohundro set free Hinton and their children; he also left virtually his entire estate to her. Virginia refused to recognize a marriage between a free and an enslaved person, however, and denied Hinton the right to inherit under the terms of Omohundro's will. The estate was not settled until the 1880s.

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