Lewis plantation papers, 1857-1916.

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Creator: Lewis, Ivey Foreman, 1833-1884.
Collection number: 2528
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Abstract: Records of several plantations of the Lewis family of Hale and Marengo counties, Ala., chiefly those of Ivey Foreman Lewis. Plantations mentioned include: Hermitage Place, Gholson Place, Bleak House, Drake House, Ashe Place, Moss Grove, and Hardee Place. Volumes record work done, cotton picked, slave births and deaths, food and clothing issued, accounts with laborers, plantation expenses, inventories, and other items. Loose papers include contracts with freedmen, bills for medical care for laborers, accounts for other services and for merchandise purchased, and slight correspondence.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Records of several plantations of the Lewis family of Hale and Marengo Counties, Alabama, chiefly those of Ivey Foreman Lewis. The collection includes work contracts with freedmen (1874-1878) and records of slave births and deaths (1857-1860). Civil War letters also discuss moving slaves to the interior of the state to prevent their escape to the Union Army. Series 3 contains doctor’s bills for treating the enslaved. Undated slave documents are also located at the end of folder 22.

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