On the 24th of October, we talked about using deeds in genealogical research and the types of records found in deed books. One of the most beneficial records often found there is a division of property. The following division has the added benefit of naming the slaves. This document, abstracted from Hopkins County, Kentucky Deed Book 10, page 169, is dated and recorded 14 December 1841.
Whereas we Hannah Eaves (formerly Turbeville) and David C. Turbeville inherited from our mother Elizabeth Turbeville the following named negroes, Vilit, Tom, Paulina, Ben, Mary, Tabitha, Joanna, Cyrus, Spica, Smith, Nance, and Profitt jointly and whereas we are desirous to divide the said negroes it is hereby agreed between John S. Eaves Jr., who intermarried with Hannah Turbeville now Eaves, the said Hannah and the said David C. Turbeville that the above named negroes be divided between John and Hannah and David in the following manner, to wit, John and Hannah are to take as their shair and eaqual half Paulina, Ben, Tabitha, Joanna, Spica & Profitt and David C. Turbeville agrees to take as his shair and equal portion Vilit, Tom, Mary, Cyrus, Nance & Smith and the parties hereby bind themselves to stand to and ratify the division made as above set forth and each party hereby relinquishing all and any further claim in the negroes as set forth in the division. [signed] John S. Eaves Jr, David C. Turbeville.