Note: Slave of James Sims sold to John Huddleston. Lawrence M. Huddleston, Belle, WV, author of "The Huddlestons My Kin" had in his possession the original bill of sale from James Sims to John Huddleston for the slave "July Hulen" when June Settle Ciocca visited him at home more than 12 years ago. At the time she did not realize her relationship to James Sims. On 9 February 2002 in an e-mail in which she shared the photo of this bill of sale, she wrote: "Larry told me that James Sims had previously sold July Helen's mother to the Huddlestons and that both mother and daughter were so heart-broken, he agreed to sell them the child also. Larry had no children and my understanding is that his immense genealogical collection was donated to the archives in Charleston. I would assume that is where this document can now be found."
Bill of Sale "I James Sims of Nicholas County and state of Virginia have bargain =ed and sold one yallow girl named July Hulen aged six years for the sum of one hundred and eighty dollars to me in hand paid to John Huddleston of the county of Fayatt and state afore sd (said) and will warrent and defend the title of sd (said) slave to the sd (said) Huddleston and his heirs forever in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this twenty nineth day of November Eighteen hundred and thirty three James Sims Seal witnesses present Joseph McNutt Elizabeth Tritt third witness illegible"
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