AfriGeneas Military Research Forum
In Response To: Re: Barland ()
Thank you! I received the same information from a Barland descendant some years ago. Linda Rudd got me a copy of William Barland's handwritten will from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson.
One of the Barland's, David Barland, owned a plantation next door to where one of my great grandfathers was born. This was in LA. My great great grandfather, Jacob Stewart, was born in Natchez. His Civil War files shows Ben Barland as his father.
There is a slave named Ben Barland listed in the inventory after the owner's death. This Ben Barland is younger than Jacob Stewart. Another slave, Milly Barland, is this Ben's mother. The name Ben is used a lot on this side of my family.
Jacob Stewart's mother is Margaret Stewart. Jacob, Perry (his brother), and Eliza (his sister) took the Stewart surname of their mother. Sometime, while Jacob was a small boy (according to his affidavit) he was sold to a plantation in LA.
Getting back to the Barland plantation owners serving in the Civil War on the side of the Confederacy seems to change the notion that blacks were only body servants or workers. Like I said before, I don't want to get into a debate.