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George H. Thompson plantation records

 Collection
Identifier: W-0073

Scope and Contents

This 550-page ledger documents the expenses of Russell County, Alabama, planter George H. Thompson. Entries, dated from 1855 to 1874, are arranged alphabetically and document plantation expenses. A brief notation at the beginning of the ledger describes land purchases in Russell and Barbour counties.

Dates

  • 1855-1874

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None

Biographical / Historical

George Hargraves Thompson was born on October 14, 1814, in Georgia. He married Sarah Willis Richardson and had two sons.

A planter and slave owner, Thompson owned land in Russell and Barbour counties in Alabama. In 1840, Thompson traded his home and a portion of land to Massilon Glenn in exchange for the Cedar Heights Plantation. Initially, the Thompson family grew cotton on the 12,000 acre plantation, but one of his sons later cultivated pecans on the land. The 1870 census valued Thompson's real estate at $20,000 and his personal estate at $4,000. Thompson died on June 26, 1896, in Russell County.

Sources: Census records online and Glenn-Thompson Plantation Nomination Form, National Register of Historic Places Inventory, http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/80000735.pdf.

Extent

0.3 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Ledger documenting the expenses of Russell County, Alabama, planter George H. Thompson.

Physical Location

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Provenance

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

General

Title on phase box spine: Ledger

Processed by

Haley Aaron, 2013

Source

Creator

Title
Guide to the George H. Thompson plantation records
Status
Completed
Date
July 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500