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Re: Nottoway, ‘the white castle of Louisiana
In Response To: Re: Nottoway, ‘the white castle of Louisiana ()
Thanks for responding Jari, below is some background information along with the surnames.
Eliza Randolph is believed to have been born circa 1830 at Virginia; born into the institution of slavery to parents documented as Emmelie and George born circa 1803. It is not known at this time how, with whom, or when they came to Louisiana. However, through research by a cousin their names surfaced, as did documentation of Eliza’s baptism on August 4, 1841 at Ascension Catholic Church, Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish. Baptized the same day were her siblings, Josephine Randolph and Robert Maker Randolph. Sibling, Stephen (Steven) Randolph received the sacrament of baptism on August 30, 1846.
With the documentation of their baptism came the name of the person owning them at the time he was the renowned fifth Governor of Louisiana, Henry Johnson, whose term in office ran from 1818 until 1824. At various times during his life Henry Johnson would be a U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, Planter, and owner of Chatham Estate/Plantation.
In 1851, Henry Johnson sold to John R. Thompson owner of Claiborne Plantation in Iberville Parish his half interest in Chatham Plantation. This purchase gave Thompson full ownership; he previously had purchased the other half interest from Phillip B. Key in 1845.
When John R. Thompson died, his son took over management of his interests and became the last owner of Eliza and her children who sometime right before or soon after the Civil War went to work at Nottoway Plantation owned by John H. and Emily Jane Randolph.
Eliza’s children carried the Randolph surname, but by the 1878, Iberville Parish special census had changed it to Thompson.
Emily Green 1850-????
If you are researching any of the individuals listed above, please contact me.