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Submitted By:  Darrel Dexter
I ran across this item and thought it might be of interest. It comes from the March 20, 1925, issue of the Jonesboro Gazette, published in Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois.   Unfortunately the article doesn't say how the newspaper came across the sale bill.  I am also not sure who the farmer was.  Do you have any ideas? 

 According to a sale bill printed in 1849, a Kentucky farmer wanted to dispose of the following property.
"Having sold my farm and as I am leaving for Oregon Territory by oxen team on March 1, 1849, I will sell all my personal property except two oxen teams, Buck and Ben, and Lon and Jerry, consisting of the following:  Two milk cows, 1 grey mare and colt, 1 pair of oxen, 4 yoke, 1 baby yoke, 2 ox carts, 1 iron plow with wood mole board, 800 feet of poplar weather boards, 1,000 three-foot clap boards, 1,000 10-foot fence rails, 1 60-gallon soap kettle, 85 sugar troughs made of white ash timber, 10 gallons of maple syrup, 2 spinning wheels, 30 pounds mutton tallow, 1 large loom made by Jerry Wilson, 300 poles, 100 split hoops, 100 empty barrels, 1 32-gallon barrel of Johnson Miller Whiskey, 7 years old, 20 gallons of apple brandy, 1 10-gallon copper still, 4 sides of oak-tanned leather, 1 dozen wooden pitchforks, a one-half interest in tan yards, 1 32-caliber rifle, bullet molds and powder horn, rifle made by Ben Miller, 50 gallons of soft soap, hams, bacon and lard, 40 gallons of sorghum molasses, 6 head of fox hounds, all soft mouthed but one.  At the same time I will sell my 6 negro slaves, 2 men, 25 and 50 years old, 2 boys 12 and 18 years old, 2 mulatto wenches, 40 and 30 years old.  Will sell all together to same party as I will not separate them.
"Terms of sale:  Cash in hand or note to draw 4 percent interest with Bob McConnel security.  My home is 2 miles south of Versailles, Kentucky, on McConnel Ferry pike.  Sale will begin at 8 o'clock a.m.  Plenty to eat and drink."