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Re: Jesuit Plantation Project - MD & VA

I recently came across the Jesuits Plantation Project in my search for George & Emmelie my gggg-grandparents both enslaved (1841 documentation) by Henry Johnson the ex-governor of Louisiana. We were unable to locate records in LA of Henry Johnson purchase of slaves in that state so I broaden my search and low & behold there is a George born in 1808 on the list of 272 individuals sold in 1838 to Johnson. We have estimated our George's year of birth as 1803,(within the 5-year accepted time span).

Henry Johnson sold George and Emmelie's children to John R. Thompson who in turn transferred/sold one daughter that we know of to his son William M. Thompson right before the start of the war, this daughter was my ggggrandmother Eliza Randolph. By 1870 Eliza's children born between 1850-1867 are listed with the surname Thompson. In 1880 they are listed in the cenusus report right below the entry for John Hampden Randolph owner of Nottoway Plantation, which confirms family stories that they were at Nottoway Plantation at onetime. I have often wondered if there is a connection with Eliza's surname being Randolph which she and her sibbings carried even as a child to that of the Randolph family of Virginia, Mississippi and Louisiana, but have been unable to make that connection other than Nottoway Plantation. Could be just a coincidence.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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