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Re: [TX] Varner-Hogg Plantation slave documents


I would be interested in any slave records that your family might have preserved. Several ancestral lines of my family originate in South Carolina, including slaves with surnames Cooper, Hazel/Hazell, McCode, and Mitchell.

Thanks for posting the lovely portrait of your ancestors. It's possible they are related to E.J. Brevard, a SC-born resident of Fort Bend County, TX who appears to be the man that Adeline Brevard Willis Marshall calls Cap’n Brevard in her published narrative. It seems that E.J. Brevard was not himself a Confederate captain; but he served with Fort Bend County resident Captain Lewis Stroble in the 3rd Cavalry Regiment of Texas State Troops. It appears that Brevard and Stroble both had a role in buying and selling slaves from the Patton plantation. I've pasted in below a relevant passage from the oral narrative of Adline (Adeline) Marshall published in Rawick, TEXAS SLAVE NARRATIVES.

Lord, Lord, dat sure was bad times. Black folks jes’ raised up like cattle in a stable, yes suh, only Cap’n Brevard, he what owned me, treat de horses and cattle better ‘n he do de niggers. Don’t know nothing ‘bout myself ‘cept on the Cap’n’s place down on Oyster Creek. He has de plantation ‘twixt de Borden’s and de Thatcher’s plantations, and dat’s de only place I knows ‘bout ‘til I’s freedomed. He says I’s a South Ca’lina nigger what he bought back dere and brung me with him to Texas when I was jes’ a baby. I reckon it’s de truth ‘cause I never knowed no mama or no papa neither one…I knows I’s good size when old Cap’n calls us in from chopping and tells us we’s free, but nobody told me how old I was and I never find out. I knows some of us stays and works for something to eat, ‘cause we didn’t know no one and didn’t have no whar to go. Den one day, Cap’n come out in de field with ‘nother man, and pick me and four more what was working, and tell de man we is good workers. Dat was Mr. Jack Adams what had a place down by Stafford’s Run. He says if we want to work on his place, he feed us and give us good quarters and pay us for working, and dat’s how come I leaves old Cap’n, and I ain’t never see him or de place whar I was raised up since, but I reckon ‘cause he was so mean de debbil’s got him in torment long time ago. I works in de field for Mr. Jack, and dat’s whar Wes Marshall what I married worked too. After we gets married we gets us a piece of ground from Mr. Jack and we stays on de same place ‘til Mr. Jack die and we come to Houston. Dat was ‘fore de 1900 storm…My husband and all my chillen die long ago and leave me here, and I jes’ go from house to house to try to find a place to stay. Dat’s why I’m praying to God to take me to his bosom, ‘cause He’s de onliest one I got to call on.

Adline Marshall of 3514 Bastrop St., Houston, TX, interviewed in 1938 by Clarence Drake. See Rawick, TEXAS SLAVE NARRATIVES (2576-2580).

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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