Tuesday, June 26, 2012


  • (The) African American Experience in Ohio: The African-American Experience
  •  in Ohio 1850-1920 is a digital collection brought together from a number 
  • of individual sources specifically for this project. These sources include 
  • manuscript collections, newspaper articles, serials, photographs, and 
  • pamphlets. (Includes a plantation account book for Eustatia Plantation in MS)
  • Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations From the Revolution 
  •  Through the Civil War: Series J: Selections from the Southern Historical 
  •  Collection Part 6: Mississippi and Arkansas
  • LSU Plantation Records Collection (Lower MS): manuscript collections
  •  documenting plantation society and economy in the Louisiana and Lower
  •  Mississippi Valley. The plantation records and personal papers of planters, 
  • factors, merchants, and others whose livelihood came from plantations 
  •  provide a wealth of documentation supporting research in plantation e
  • conomy, slavery, and the social history of Southern landholding elites 

Baby Place
Bee Lake

Hideout Plantation: Hughes(R.B.) Moor's Plantation: Moor
Pleasantview Plantation: Kearney
Rising Son Plantation: Whittington
River Bend Plantation: Pillow
Roebuck Plantation: Aron
Shellmound Plantation
Starwood Plantation
Wildwood Plantation: McLean, Merrill (Money Planting Co.)
Barry Place
Liberty Hall Plantation: Ervin


 Research Leads for Liberty Hall Plantation
  • Location: Lowndes Co., MS
    Constructed: 1835
    History: William Ethelbert Ervin owned Liberty Hall Plantation, near Columbus, in Lowndes County, Mississippi, near Columbus. He was born to William and Eliza Dick Ervin in Sumter District, South Carolina in 1809. The family moved to Lowndes County, Mississippi, about 1832. His father died there in 1839. William E. Ervin built Liberty Hall in 1835 on the east side of the Tombigbee River. After his home was built he returned to Sumter, South Carolina, and married Sarah McGee Kennedy.

    Associated Surnames: Ervin

  • Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations, Series J: William Ethelbert Ervin Diaries, 1839-1856, Lowndes County, Mississippi. http://www.lexis-nexis.com/cispubs/guides/southern_hist/plantations/plantj6.htm This collection consists of two plantation diaries kept by Ervin between 1839 and 1856. Ervin included information on buying and selling slaves, hiring slaves owned by others, providing slaves with blankets, hats, and other clothing, and paying slaves for their "Christmas work." He made lists of slave birth (and some death) dates. In 1847, he wrote out the rules for slave conduct and punishments in case the rules were broken. There were rules for how to handle quarrels, duties of husbands and wives, absence from the plantation, and the obligation of slaves to be in their quarters by 9 p.m.

Other People Researching This Plantation
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Shields Plantation:    Shields Plantation
Location: Lowndes Co., MS
History: ----
Associated Surnames: Adams, Shields, Smith
Associated Plantations: Smith Plantation (Halifax Co., NC)

Associated Free White Names
  • Charles Shields: owner; resided in Scotland Neck, Halifax Co. North Carolina
  • Howel Adams: overseer at Shields Plantation in MS
  • William Ruffin Smith: executor of the Shields estate

Research Leads
  • Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations, Series J: William Ruffin Smith Papers, 1772-1959, Lowndes County, Mississippi; also North Carolina. http://www.lexis-nexis.com/cispubs/guides/southern_hist/plantations/plantj6.htm Most of the papers in Series 1 relate to the Mississippi plantation of Charles Shields, William Ruffin Smith's neighbor in North Carolina. Shield bought a plantation in Mississippi and took an unspecified number of slaves there to operate it under the supervision of an overseer, Howell Adams, but died shortly thereafter. Smith, as executor of the estate, administered the property for Shields's heirs. 
Lowndes Co. Links

1 comment:

  1. Hi my name is Dr. Muorie and I am searching the geneology of Matilda and Della Pearl Evans. I have them in the North Carolina 1870 Census together and connected to Greenville, NC. Matilda was born around 1842 or 43? Della Pearl was born around 1858....We have them connected with Robert Davis , A Confederated Veteran as the father of Della Pearl's children who was to birth 14 children. I didn't get the connection to Mississippi until I read your post about the Shield Plantation which was also connected to the Smith Plantation in NC and the Eqypt Plantation in NC. You may contact me at idarmuorie@gmail.com if these names sound familiar to you.