This document is remarkable in its own right, with the vast amount of information it reveals. But it also creates bridges between several documents already available to the research community. Together, the documents span the last generation of enslaved ancestors on Heyward family plantations.
The plantations listed in the estate inventory were:
- Silk Hope, Berkeley County
- Blanford [Blandford] Plantation
- Clay Hall Plantation
- Island Plantation
- Ashley Farm Plantation
- Amsterdam Plantation, Combahee River
- Bluff Plantation
- Copenhagen Plantation, Combahee River
- Hamburgh Plantation
- Lewisburg Plantation, Combahee River
- Rotterdam Plantation, Combahee River
- Savannah Plantation
- Middle House Plantation
- Pines Plantation
- Rose Hill Plantation
1. In his pioneering work, Tom Blake identified Charles Heyward of Colleton County, SC as one of the 16 Largest American Slaveholders From 1860 Census Schedules, holding 491 slaves.
2. Lowcountry Africana posted the List of 491 Slaves Freed from Amsterdam, Ashley Farm, Lewisburg, Myrtle Grove, Pleasant Hill and Rose Hill Plantations from Charles Heyward's Account Book. The document was shared by the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina, where it is part of the collection Heyward Family Papers, 1703 - 1975.
3. The Lowcountry Digitial Library at the College of Charleston published the Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923, which include the following:
- Notebook with lists of slaves and cloth assigned to them -- 1850-1852 which includes Rotterdam, Myrtle Grove, Hamburgh and Copenhagen Plantations
- Agreement for settling the Estate of Nathaniel Heyward -- June 7, 1851
- List of Slave Carpenters with New Tools Received, 1852
- List of Slaves for Rotterdam Plantation, 1852
- List of Field Slaves for Hamburgh, Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Myrtle Grove Plantations in 1854-1856, designated by gender and full hand, half hand, etc. 26p
With Aaron's discovery and contribution, Heyward family documents available online, and free, now span the years 1850-1865.
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