Nova Scotia Archives

African Nova Scotians

in the Age of Slavery and Abolition

Bill of sale for slave 'Abram', recorded at the Colchester County Registry of Deeds


Matthew Harris, farmer, of Pictou records the sale of his slave 'Abram' to Matthew Archibald, tanner, of Truro. The sale price is £ 50. Abram, about 12 years old, was the child of Harris's slave in his former house in Maryland.

Matthew Harris was born at Philadelphia in 1735 and died at Pictou in 1819. He and his family settled near Pictou in 1769, two years after his brother Dr. John Harris settled at Pictou on the Philadelphia grant. Matthew Archibald was a New England Planter. He was born in Londonderry Ireland in 1745, and came from Londonderry, New Hampshire to Nova Scotia in 1762. He was member of the Assembly for Truro Township, 1785-1799.

Date: 29 July 1779

Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives  Colchester County register of deeds vol. 1 p. 468 (microfilm copy only available at NSARM, microfilm no. 17438)