John Edwin Fripp papers, 1817-1944 (bulk 1817-1924).

Creator: Fripp, John Edwin, 1831-1906.
Collection number: 869
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Abstract: John Edwin Fripp was a cotton planter of St. Helena Island and Chechessee Bluff, Beaufort County, S.C. The collection includes manuscript volumes and papers relating chiefly to the cotton plantations and family life of John Edwin Fripp; his wife, Isabelle Jenkins Fripp (1833-1883); and their eleven children. The plantations were located on St. Helena Island and at Chechessee Bluff (“The Bluff”), Beaufort County, S.C. Materials also relate to Fripp’s holdings in “The Village” on St. Helena Island and in Grahamville, S.C. Antebellum materials document plantation life and include slave lists, records of slave religious services, and Fripp’s accounts with various factors in Charleston, S.C. Post-war materials include records of how Fripp retired his debts and the small farming in which he engaged. Starting in the late 1880s, there is material relating to Fripp’s position as overseer for the Chelsea Plantation Club, Beaufort County, S.C., where he managed the hunt and rounded up poachers.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Antebellum materials include slave lists and records of religious activities and illnesses among slaves (Folder 3). Postbellum materials contain accounts and copies of letters concerning free black agricultural laborers (Folder 2).