John "Buck" Gowen left a will, Willbook A, page 3, in either Spartanburg or Greenville County, SC probated in 1810. It is in the SC Department of Archives and History, series S108093, reel 0024, frame 00015, item 000.
In his will, he mentions Antlantie, Dorindas and Polly Sanders.
In July 23, 1806, Greenville County Deed Book H, pgs. 30-31, John Gowen give two slave girls to Thany Sanders, "in consideration of the natural love and affection". It says Thany is the daughter of a woman by the name of Polly Sanders at the time of her birth, but now bears the name of Polly Gentry. In this document, he also appoints "my trusty friend Major John Blasingame of Greenville District to act as gardean (sic) for her the said Thany Sanders until she shall arrive at the age of 18 years or marry."
If Antlanie "Thany" is not 18 in 1806, she could not have been born prior to 1788. I have no idea at what age one could own a slave, but not to belabor the point, her birth date range would be 1788-1806.
The wording "of the natural love and affection" and the fact that he appoints a guardian implies kinship.
Does anyone know who Polly, Antlantie and Dorindas Sanders of Spartanburg or Greenville County are? Do you know of a Polly Sanders that married a Gentry in these counties?
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