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Re: LAWTON Slave holder
In Response To: Re: LAWTON Slave holder ()

Okay according to "Gentlefolk", by A. W. Maner. This was printed privately, and given to me by a cousin.

Sometime prior to John Seth Maner's marriage he was given a 1170 acres plantation by his father and slaves. John Seth continued this tradition it seems by giving each of his children their own plantation (1500 acres each) and slaves when they married. In 1840 he owned 325 slaves. Initially, he lived at the plantation on the Black Swamp given to him by his father. Later he moved to Gayfield Plantation, about three miles from Robertville. After his death the plantation (Gayfield) was left to Aunt Kitsey (his wife Catherine). He mentions slaves several times in his will, but not by name, unfortunately. If his will survived some how, there may be records of his bequeathing his slaves to his children at an earlier date (as the will states he had).

When Samuel Perry Maner wed Ms. Lawton in 1846 his father John Seth Maner made a gift of "approximately 1000 acres near Palichucola Bluff" in St Peter Parish and also gave him slaves to start to a plantation. He made his first home there. After John Seth's death he inherited another 1500 acres near Palichucola Bluff and on the Savannah River. On Dec 27, 1854, Samuel purchased 1450 acres from his brother-in-law John Goldwire Lawton "on the headwaters of the Coosawhatchie River in Barnwell Dist near Allendale." He built his second home there between 1855 and 1860.

There are a few slaves named in the Will of John Seth Maner's father, William Maner, dated Mar 12, 1818. To his wife he left "the following negroes named Dick, Flora, Charlotte, Priscilla, Judy, and little Phoebe with their children..."


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