Lucy and Lucy Ann

Lucy and Lucy Ann

HIDDEN HISTORIES LUCY & LUCY ANN Bill of Sale, Lucy (12 years old), March 12, 1827, from William Hunter to James M. Smith, Buncombe Co. Register of Deeds Know all men by these presents that I William Hunter [sp?][illegible] of the county of Buncombe and the State...
Alfred Walker

Alfred Walker

James M. Smith, Last Will and Testament, February 9, 1850 February 9, 1850: A man named¬†Alfred is enslaved by James M. Smith. Not much is known about the “Alfred” who is willed to “Valentine, Wm W [William W. McDowell], + John P. [Smith]” in...
Lou Bradley

Lou Bradley

Who was Louisa Bradley? We first find mention of her in the Asheville City Directory for 1883-1884 as working as a housemaid for W.W. McDowell. By 1883, the McDowell family had sold what is now known as the Smith-McDowell House on the A-B Tech campus to the Garrett...