As part of an estate, slaves were often bequeathed in a Last Will and Testament to the heirs of the estate. These documents are useful when tracking the fate of specific African slaves. Along with Inventories, Vendues, and Bills of Sale, it is possible to gain better understanding of a slave's path through existence. While not in the majority, some slaves were freed or manumitted at a person's death. Such was the case with James Murphy, born into slavery as the son of Jane, a mulatto "wench".