CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE PAST
Plantation House in about 1904. It is thought that, from the front, it looked much the same during the period prior to 1904.
Questions or Comments?
Who do you think the original slaves were?
KEN: John McNeill, Claiborne Holmes, Daniel Boxton possibly Robert Wright and others. I have, from the voter registration records, a list of eight or nine . I dont think they were all alive by 70. [see African American residents of the plantation].
CAROL: The voter registration was in 1867?
KEN: 1869 well, from 67 to 69. There are several people on those roles who said that they had been in Texas from before 1850. So those are probably some of the people who originally came to help build the plantation in 1848. I think Ely Lemons came to the plantation after they got here. I also think he was African, and that George Holmes was also African. George Holmes' death certificate says that, although nothing in the census records ever says he is. I also think that a number of the people who could have been the original nine or twelve or whatever didnt make it to 1870 and/or to the voter registration list.
CAROL: The reason I mentioned it is because on your published paper, that Ive excerpted on the web site, you said that Levi Jordan had 12 slaves. So I was going to have a link which mentioned them by name, if possible.
KEN: I got the original number from the family, and there may have been 12, or there may have been nine. Or some other number. My guess, based on the archaeology, is that in the year or so that it took for Jordan to move down here (and he was here before the 50 census) they built the Block Two cabin area.
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