james rogan plantation


(James) Rogan Plantation

Location: Ripley, Tippah Co., MS
Constructed: 1845


Alabama (1826 - 1845)
James Rogan (age 31), his wife Sarah Netherland and their two children Maria and James W. journeyed from Tennessee down the Holston and Tennessee Rivers by flatboat and arrived in Asheville, St. Clair Co., AL in 1826 [Bardsley, 1961]. There, James Rogan founded and operated a mercantile business at Gunter's Landing, a store (Asheville, AL), and later, a tannery. By, 1830 James Rogan's family had grown (6 free whites). One slave, a young black man (age 10 - 24) was enumerated in the Rogan household [U.S. Federal Census, 1830]. He may have traveled with the Rogan family to TN four years earlier. James Rogan eventually co-founded Asheville's first school, Asheville Academy, and church, Mount Pleasant, served as postmaster at Asheville for several years, and was elected Judge of the County Court. After three more children were born, Rogan prepared to move his family to Tippah County, MS.

Mississippi (1845 - 1866)
In 1845, James sent his 14 year old son Lafayette with slaves, livestock, and farming implements to clear the land, plant crops, and build a dwelling house [Bardsley, 1961]. The industrious Rogan slaves had built a well-constructed main house, smokehouses, big barns, stables, and slave quarters strung out across the hill. James and the remainder of his family moved into the finished home in 1846 and began farming operations. Rogan was such an upstanding citizen, he was considered "Judge" of the Probate Court, although he was not officially elected. Through the years leading up to the Civil War, Rogan continued to run his small farm. After his wife's death in 1854, James Rogans noted that it had beent eh first death in his family "white or black, for about 32 years [since 1813]" [Bardsley, 1861]. So it is likely that the same slaves who were with the Rogan family in 1830 - 1854 were all still living.

During the War, Rogan's farm was constantly raided, occupied and pillaged by Union troops. After the War had ended, a few of the Rogan ex-slaves remained at the farm to work on the shares.

Associated Surnames: Boyd, Rogan

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Associated Black Slave Names

1830: Slaves of James Rogan, St. Clair Co., AL
From the 1830 US Federal Census, St. Clair Co., AL

1833: Slaves of James Rogan, Asheville, St. Clair Co., AL
From James Rogan, Hill Country Pioneer, by Virginia O. Bardsley

1850: Slaves of James Rogan, Ripley, Tippah Co., MS
From the 1850 US Federal Slave Schedule, Tippah Co., MS

1860: Slaves of James Rogan
From the 1860 US Federal Slave Schedule, Tippah Co., MS

1860: Slaves of James Rogan
From James Rogan, Hill Country Pioneer, by Virginia O. Bardsley

1865: Slaves of James Rogan
From Southern Claims Commission Files, James Rogan, Claim #16866


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