Institution: South Carolina Historical Society

Voices of the Santee Delta Oral History Collection

The Voices of the Santee Delta project’s primary purpose will be to record an oral history of this significant biological and historic area. The Santee Delta was once the location of an important branch of the Rice Kingdom, and a slave labor force whose descendants have provided a lasting Gullah culture. The voices are diverse, …


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Springfield Plantation Journal, 1831 – 1864

The Springfield Plantation journal collection contains a bound plantation journal and loose papers pertaining to Springfield Plantation owned by Francis Withers (1769-1847) and later by Joshua John Ward (1800-1853) in Georgetown County, South Carolina. The journal (1831-1864) contains the names of enslaved men, women and children on Springfield Plantation as well as births, information on …


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Slave Records in the Discrete Manuscript Collection

The selected manuscripts date from as early as 1774 and contain evidence of the lives and experiences of enslaved persons in South Carolina. The items include bills of sale, plantation ledger lists, land plats, court records, family papers, correspondences, labor contracts, last will and testaments and estate records. These manuscripts have proven essential in genealogical …


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Roslin Plantation Journal, 1807-1814

This journal, found in the Perry family papers, contains lists of enslaved persons, cotton and rice accounts, and a planting diary for 1813 and 1814 from Roslin Plantation in St. Paul’s Parish.


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Rose Hill Plantation Time Books, 1878

This collection consists of three time books for Rose Hill Plantation in Beaufort County, South Carolina. The books were kept in the year 1878 by or for a member of the Heyward family. The time books document the names of enslaved men and women working on the plantation and their jobs working with rice, carpentry …


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Richmond Plantation Journal, 1859-1860

The Richmond Plantation Journal, 1859-1860 collection is comprised of a bound volume kept by Richmond Plantation overseer Anthony Weston between 1859-1860. Weston moved to the plantation on January 13th, 1859 under the supervision of the plantation’s owner Dr. Benjamin Huger. Weston began recording activities on the rice plantation related to rice cultivation, vegetable farming and …


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Porcher Family History

This family history was created by Laura Heyward Porcher White for John Porcher Bryan and contains biographical information, anecdotes, and reminiscences concerning Porcher family members who lived on various plantations properties in Berkeley County (S.C.), namely, Ophir, Goshen, Comingtee, and Mulberry. The family history also includes a description of Ophir Plantation, and it is illustrated …


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Letters to Alfred Wardlaw, 1857-1862

The letters from Hiram Tilman to his father, Major Alfred Wardlaw, between the years 1857-1862 comprise the Letters to Alfred Wardlaw, 1857-1862 Collection. Sent from Memphis, Tennessee and other various locations to Charleston, South Carolina, these letters primarily concern slaves on the Wardlaw family plantation, the transport of slaves to Memphis, Tennessee and Hiram Tilman’s …


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Journal of Robert Barnwell Plantations, 1838-1859

The Robert Woodward Barnwell Plantations collection contains a plantation book (1838-1859) created by Robert Woodward Barnwell (1801-1882) listing the names of enslaved men, women and children as well as clothing and blankets given to slaves at Cotton Hope, Bull’s Point, Woodward and the Briars Plantation in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Loose papers in this collection …


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Henry Mouzon Plat Book, 1769-1819

This item is a surveyor’s duplicate book of plats attributed to noted surveyor, civil engineer, and map maker Henry Mouzon. Mouzon conducted surveys for the first map drawn to scale of North and South Carolina, which was published in London in 1775. This book includes an index to the names of property owners and the …


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