Yes’m. Allotted? Yes’m. I’m goin’ to explain that. You see there was slave traders in those days, jes’ like you got horse and mule an’ auto traders now. They bought and sold slaves and hired ‘em out.
"Yes’m, rented ‘em out. Allotted means somethin’ like hired out. But the slave never got no wages. That all went to the master. The man they was allotted to paid the master.
"I never was sold. My mama was sold only once, but she was hired out many times.
"Yes’m when a slave was allotted, somebody made a down payment and gave a mortgage for the rest. A chattel mortgage.
"Times don’t change, just the merchandise.
Sarah Frances Shaw Graves, explaining some nuances of the slave trade she experienced, to her interviewer. Born 1850. Interviewed ~1937.