Collection Number: 00719-z

Collection Title: Isabella C. Sourtan Letter, 10 July 1865.

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Abstract Letter from Isabella C. Sourtan, a freedwoman of Liberty, Va., asking permission to return and work for Manuel J. Thouston, formerly her enslaver, in Gloucester County, Va. She also mentioned John, a freedman with ties to Gloucester County, Va., for whom she would send if given the opportunity to return.
Creator Sourtan, Isabella C., Active 1865.
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Isabella C. Sourtan Letter #719-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [Note: Previous title: Manuel J. Thouston Letter]
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Received from George Coffin Taylor of Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Isabella C. Sourtan was a freedwoman in Liberty, Va., in July 1865. She was previously enslaved by Manuel J. Thoustan, a lawyer in Gloucester County, Va.

John was also a freedman in Liberty, Va., in July 1865, with ties to enslavement in Gloucester County, Va.

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Letter from Isabella C. Sourtan, a freedwoman of Liberty, Va., asking permission to return and work for Manuel J. Thouston, formerly her enslaver, in Gloucester County, Va. She also mentioned John, a freedman with ties to Gloucester County, Va., for whom she would send if given the opportunity to return.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, August 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

Conscious Editing Work by: Nancy Kaiser, July 2020. Updated title (previous title: Manuel J. Thouston Letter), abstract, subject headings, biographical note, scope and content note, and container list.

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