Sale of enslaved people owned by the Healy family, January 3, 1854

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Sale of enslaved people owned by the Healy family, January 3, 1854


Slavery--Georgia--History--19th century
Healy Family


Advertisement in the Georgia Telegraph, January 3, 1854, for the sale of enslaved people who were part of the estate of Michael Healy, the father of Rev. Patrick Healy, S.J., who was born into slavery and served as President of Georgetown from 1874 to 1882. Georgetown's Healy Hall is named after Rev. Patrick Healy, S.J..

According to historian James O'Toole, among the enslaved people owned by the Healy family and sold at this auction in Georgia were Daniel; Caroline and her three children; and Ned and Melvina and their children Emily and Ambrose, who were sold to different buyers. (O'Toole, 47)

Patrick Healy donated funds raised from the sale of his father's estate to Holy Cross College to help rebuild Fenwick Hall.

On the sale of the Healy estate, including the people owned by the Healys, see James O'Toole, Passing for White: Race, Religion, and the Healy Family, 1820-1920 (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002), 44-50; and for Rev. Patrick Healy S.J.'s donation to Holy Cross, see "What We Know: Report to the President of The College of The Holy Cross, The Mulledy/Healy Legacy Committee, 18 March 2016," p. 9.


Georgetown Slavery Archive




Adam Rothman






Newspaper advertisement



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Fifty Negroes for Sale.
   Will be sold at the courthouse door, in the town of Clinton, Jones county, within the legal hours of sale, on the first Tuesday next, about fifty Negroes, belonging to the estate of Michael M. Healy, late of Jones county, deceased; to be sold for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of the last will and testament of the said deceased, and in conformity to the decree of the Honorable the Superior Court of said county. The sale to continue from day to day until all of said Negroes shall be disposed of.
   Terms-A credit of twelve months; the purchasers to give notes with good security.
     Robert V. Hardeman}
     William Moreland     } Ex'rs.
     Charles Macarthy     }
nov 15

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Georgia Historic Newspapers, “Sale of enslaved people owned by the Healy family, January 3, 1854,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed July 16, 2024,