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Blood, Henry, 1811-1885



Henry Blood was born in 1811, the son of a Vermont shoemaker. He was a land speculator, investor, farmer and business man. He was on the board or owned shares in many companies but was heavily invested in land speculation in several states. Blood married Laura Caroline Shelby who in 1859 inherited property in Tennessee, as well as slaves, who then fell into the management and purview of Henry.Blood died in 1885 without a will which made the settlement of his estate contentious between his wife and their eight children.

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Henry and Laura Caroline Shelby Blood papers

Identifier: MS-1482
Date(s): 1830 to 1899
Scope and Contents The papers of Henry and Laura Blood contain correspondence, financial documents including receipts, bills, and account statments as well as deeds and other legal documents. The material documents the extensive business dealings of the family, much of it in land speculation, across five states, Tennessee, Texas, New York, Kansas, Vermont and Minnesota. Much of the business correspondence is between Henry Blood and his managers, in particular with Adrian Van Sinderen (A.V.S.) Lindsley in...
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