John D. Ashmore plantation journal, 1853-1859.

Creator: Ashmore, John D. (John Durant), 1819-1871.
Collection number: 2343-z
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Abstract: John Durant Ashmore (1819-1871) was a planter of Sumter and Anderson districts, S.C.; member of S.C. House of Representatives, 1848-1852; comptroller-general, 1853-1857; and Democratic congressman, 1859-1860. Plantation journal, 1853-1859, of John Durant Ashmore, relating to plantations in the Sumter and Anderson districts, S.C. Entries, made on a daily basis, consist of short remarks on the planting of cotton, corn, potatoes, peaches, and other crops. At times, individual laborers, presumably slaves, are named, but most entries describe groups of workers in terms of “hands.”Interspersed among the Sumter entries are remedies, recipes, and reports of agricultural experiments that were carried out at the plantation. Also included are tallies of “pork killed and baconed” and household property sold in 1854 and 1858, lists of letters mailed, and inventories of books (1475 volumes) and household property.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The plantation journal of Ashmore, planter of Sumter and Anderson districts, South Carolina, member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, and Democratic congressman. Some entries mention individual laborers, presumably slaves, by name, although most describe groups of workers as “hands.” Microfilm available.