John Armfield

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John Armfield (1797 in North Carolina - 1871 in Tennessee) was an American slave trader. In 1828, he and his uncle Isaac Franklin formed the partnership of Armfield and Franklin to buy African-American slaves in the mid-Atlantic states (Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware) and re-sell them in the newly opened territories of the deep south. They dissolved the partnership in 1835 and sold the business to one of their agents, George Kephart.


John Armfield retired to Central Tennessee in 1835. In 1850 he purchased the resort of Beersheba Springs in Grundy County, Tennessee. He died at Beersheba Springs in 1871, aged 73 or 74.