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The Slaves of Jeremiah Scales

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In 1850, Jeremiah Scales and his wife Rachel (Bosley) Scales lived in Davidson County, Tennessee and enslaved five people.[1] Susan Childress may be represented by one of the enslaved women in this record.

1850 (age, sex, colour)

In 1860, the following enslaved people were held by the Scales family in Rutherford County, Tennessee.[2] Two of the entries for enslaved people match the approximate ages of Susan and her son Wiley Childress.

1860 (age, sex, color)


  1. 1850 U.S. Census, Davidson County, Tennessee, slave schedule, page 769-771 (penned), Jeremiah Scales owner; digital image, Family Search (FamilySearch : accessed 12 Jun 2021); citing NARA microfilm publication M432 roll 902.
  2. 1860 U.S. Census, Rutherford County, Tennessee, slave schedule, District 2, page 9 (penned), J. Scales owner; digital image, FamilySearch (FamilySearch : accessed 19 December 2021); citing NARA microfilm publication M653 roll 1285.

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