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Mary Ann


Fairvue Plantation and Belmont Mansion


Daughter of Maria. Siblings include Ezekiel and William


1847 – September - Listed in September inventory of Isaac Franklin’s estate as Maria’s second child belonging to Adelicia given to her by her father O. B. Hayes. No previous record of this transition has been found, but it is plausible this happened in 1839 when Adelicia married Isaac.

1849 – May – Listed in Joseph Acklen marriage contract as belonging to Adelicia.

1857 - October 8 - Listed in legal document in which Adelicia changed the trustee of her estate from her father, O. B. Hayes, to her husband, Joseph Acklen

Other Possible Sources:

1860 – In a letter, Adelicia wrote that Mary, with the help of Joe, was to put up lace curtains at Belmont. She was to regulate the house as well. Mary Ann could be Mary Fleming, an African American servant listed as working at Belmont in the 1870 census, 28 years old and born in Tennessee. Her actual age would be 31 in 1870 if she were a year old or less in 1839. The difference of 3 years is within the range of age discrepancies found in census records.

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