Saturday, November 3, 2012

Three Intersecting Plantations

My father's maternal side of the family were slaves on these three intersecting plantations in Copiah County, MS. The slave owners were related and slave marriages were formed among the plantations.

Peachy Ridgway Taliaferro owned (yellow)Spring Hill Plantation. At the time of Peachy's death in 1852, he owned over 90 slaves. Peachy's daughter Mary Peachy Taliaferro married Hezekiah George David Brown who owned (blue)Lucky Hit Plantation. HGD Brown enslaved 46. Edwin Burnley, cousin to HGD, owned (pink)Somerset Plantation. Per the 1860 Copiah County slave schedule, Burnley owned 60 slaves.

Map courtesy of Beverley Ballantine

9 comments:

  1. That's interesting and a nice map.

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  2. Thanks Linda. My Mom remembers several visits by her mother's Aunt whose last name was Taliafero. She never married or had children. We weren't sure how the name came to our family. Thanks

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    1. We need to research this aunt, there is likely a connection to Spring Hill.

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    2. Her name was Rose Taliaferro. She was my grandmother's relation. According to my mom she never married and lived with her family for several years before she died. She was fair and insisted that she not be referred to as a Tolliver. Happy Thanksgiving

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  3. LindaRae, I am very excited to see this blog and this entry in particular. My husband and I were recently in the area looking for the graves of my relatives in these plantations. My relatives are decendents of Peachy Ridgeway Taliaferro. We drove my great uncle Bob Taliaferro's cadilac to go on this journey. Bob Taliaferro is my mother's uncle and he died several years ago. He lived in ElDorado Kansas near my grandmother Margaret Taliaferro Doane most all of his life. I have heard about the family for years and I have been very interested in the relationship Peachy had with his slaves. It is said in our family that most people called him Papa. I wish we would have had this map when we were in the Hazelhurst area. We live in Northern Minnesota so I do not know when we will be in the area again. I would love to know more about you family and the others that you have found in your geneological study. I hope we can continue a conversation around the stories that each of us has heard through the generations.

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    1. LindaRe and Margaret, I happened upon this blog while looking for information on both Spring Hill where my mother's grandfather was born (1861), and another plantation called Long Avenue which I was told was nearby? LindaRe, I will tell you that through my research, I did find out that Peachy Ridgeway Taliaferro was my ( third) or great-great-great grandfather, he was grandfather to Hiram Ridgeway Taliaferro Roberts, who was born at Spring Hill and was my mother's grandfather (she was a also a Roberts). I was so very saddened, when I discoverd that my own family had been slaveowners, I have now come to the place where I'll leave all of that in God's hands. So Margaret Carlson, it seems we're related, what is your relation to the Taliaferro's? LindaRe, I don't know much about Peachy, or the Taliaferro's but I did see his last will and testament online which gives names, ages...of his slaves. It also said that some would stay with his wife Sarah and others would go to a couple of his children (who were adults). LindaRe, If you would like for me to find that information and get it to you, please let me know. My name is Mary Percy Mestre, and my eml address is mpmestre@yahoo.com. Margaret, please contact me also, because I'd love to touch bases with you about the information that you might have about our family. Thanks to you both, and God bless

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    2. Mary, Thank you for visiting my blog. I am a descendant of slaves owned by Peachy Ridgeway Taliaferro and his family, I have Peachy's will and inventory/disbursement list and have put it online on a site named "Remembering their Names".

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  4. Hi, I am Margaret Carlson's sister Susan. I have forwarded this information on to her. I was so involved in this years ago and then somehow got busy. So much has been discovered since then. I am eager to pick this all up again.

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    1. I hope you all can connect with Mary. Let me know if I can be of help and I look forward to hearing of your discoveries of the Taliaferro family.

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