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Re: Tayloe Plantation VA/AL
In Response To: Tayloe Plantation VA/AL ()

The Tayloes indeed did run a huge operation in Virginia and Alabama. The Tayloes moved many of their slaves from Richmond County Virginia to the Black Belt between the 1830s and 1860s. There were also many Tayloe slaves in King George and Prince William counties in Virginia. They had such a massive operation that they were forced to keep very good records. Fortunately for us, many of their records do survive and are mostly housed at the Virginia Historical Society. What is very interesting in some of the records is the use of "surnames" for their slaves well before the end of slavery. I guess it was a way to distinguish their many slaves that had the same name. Most of the Tayloe slaves that travelled from Virginia to Alabama ended up in Marengo county. Part of Marengo county later became Hale county. If your ancestors came from the Black Belt, it is well worth looking into the Tayloe records, but you have to have alot of patience. There are around 100 microfilm at the VHS on the Tayloe family. My ggg grandfather John Collins was in charge of bringing many of the Tayloe slaves from Virginia to Alabama. Because of his association with the Tayloes, he became a very wealthy man. Although he was never married he did have many children through at least two slave "wives". Many of the mulatto Collins from Hale county claim John Collins as their ancestor.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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