dr. e. agnew plantation


(Dr. E.) Agnew Plantation

Location: Tippah Co., MS

History: The diary of Samuel A. Agnew gives us an idea of slave life at the Agnew Plantation. Slaves of the neighboring plantations owned by the Agnew and Brice families (and possibly others) interacted as a community. In the Spring of 1863, S. Agnew described the occurrance of organized parties where "Our [Agnews'] Caroline is the belle." Isham and his partner Ross (Agnew) performed the duty of collecting entrance fees, which in one instance was a hank of thread per person. Perhaps the parties were more than just an opportunity for profit. A wedding shower was definitely in order; the following spring (1864) the local "belle," Caroline married Clay, a slave of Larkin Gambrell. The wedding was apparently entirely organized by the slaves, where George (Agnew) served as the minister and Thompson (Agnew) as the master of ceremonies. The wedding must have been an exciting event amongst the slave community; as S. Agnew wrote, "The negro men and women were all dressed in their best and all seem to be enjoying themselves hugely." - May 28, 1864

Associated Surnames: Agnew

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Associated Black Slave Names

1863-1864: Slaves of Dr. E. Agnew
From the Diary of Samuel A. Agnew. For quotations from the diary containing these names, click here.

1865: Freedmen under labor contract of E. Agnew
From Freedmans Labor Contract Data Master File, Contract #46-399, 08/14/1865
Name: age; status; remarks


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