Scott Plantations ofJefferson County, MS

                      Samuel Scott Plantations of Fayette, Jefferson County, MS

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Research of Plantations

The plantations listed here are all from one plantation owner, Samuel Scott.  Scott was a Slaveholder, land owner, and a wealthy man for his time.  He gave his children in his last will and testament all 167 Slaves including land, farm animals, houses, and all their contents.

 

To those who may wonder why this type of website was created…there are several reasons some personal and some for the greater knowledge of how to find those who suffered under this peculiar institution known as Slavery.  Curious about how family members were related to each other I began to pursue a genealogical study.  As time went on I found documents that were far more important to history than to just a family interest exclusively.  Those documents became the impetus for this website.  In reviewing the documents I found men and women listed without last names how curious…could I find last names for them, could I find families and the search began and of course the search continues. 

 

This genealogical search started with one persons interest in one family and has now blossomed into a project to find and identify men and women of several plantations all of which were owned by the Scott Family.   Delaney Jackson aka Jackson Delaney and his wife Easter Riley were the persons that initially became the focus of this research.  His life was documented by the Slaveholder with his record keeping.  The earliest document found was a 1861 invoice, from Eiseman's Dry Goods Store, showing purchases made by the Slaveholder for his Slaves and Delaney Jackson's name appears on the invoice.  The purchases made by Scott were made for his son, his personal needs, and just what was necessary for Delaney and the Slaves on the plantations to complete their tasks on the plantations.  

We found that Delaney and his sons, became land owners as early as 1868.  They not only received a 50 acre parcel of land from the Slaveholders wife, Medora (after Samuels death), but Delaney also made his first purchase of land in 1879. He added to that again in 1893.  After reading the documents of land purchases (deeds) it led me to ask who owned these properties before Delaney?  Much of what you will find on this website are documents of lands purchased, traded, gifted and inherited by the Slaveholder and those transactions often included Slaves.  Though the initial idea for this site was a website for the families of the Riley's and Jackson's. We found that we needed to have a separate site for the history of these plantations and the Slaves that built this estate and one for the Riley/Jackson Families.  Many of the Slaves listed were thought to be forgotten or unidentifiable because there was no last names.  However, we have identified many and have connected families.

We hope this site will inspire others to find their family members who were lost to Slavery.   Through our research we found several different ways in which to locate families.  The methods used at this site may not be the standard or book documented techniques.  However, we found that you can document those who were thought to be lost in anonymity to the horrible institution called Slavery in a variety of ways.   We of course know even with all the technology and information available that there will be some individuals that will not be found. 

The focus of this research is a rural community in the Delta of Southwestern Mississippi, Latitude 31 42 41 N – Longitude 91 03 38 W, Jefferson County, Mississippi.  Established in 1799 Jefferson County was also known as Pickering County the first county established in the State of Mississippi. 

Our research was aided by a Slave holder that wrote down the names of the Slaves, which he owned, in his last will and testament as family units.   After his death, which was shortly after his last will and testament was written, the courts filed inventories detailing his wealth. Additionally, the court assigned individuals to access his wealth, pay his creditors, and dispose of his estate in accordance with state law and his stated wishes. You will see in the inventory section that the families were clearly identified not by last names but by family groupings.  

 

The plantations featured here are from Jefferson County, Mississippi.  Slave-holder Samuel Scott and his family at the height of his wealth owned 167 Slaves on seven plantations and with other land acquisitions the value of his estate after probate was $146,782.00.  A break-down of plantations listed (smaller farms were a part of these plantations):

Fairview Place

 

$ 29,191.00

Mount Vernon Place

 

   21,197.00

Fort Hill Place

 

   23,025.50

Poplar Hill Plantation

 

   73,368.50

 

 

 

Total of All Plantations

 

$146,782.00

 

 

 

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