Ravenel family papers, 1790-1918 (bulk 1850-1890).

Creator: Ravenel family.
Collection number: 1022
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Abstract: Descendents of early French Huguenots, the Revenel and related DuBose families of South Carolina ranked among the most prominent members of the state’s planter class. William Francis Ravenel (b. 1828), son of physician/planter Henry Ravenel (1790-1867), achieved note as a lawyer and planter in the Berkeley District. His half-brother, Henry W. Ravenel (1814-1887), became a well-respected botanist. Around 1857, William Ravenel married Ellen DuBose, whose brother, Theodore Samuel DuBose (b. 1785), was a graduate of Yale and a prosperous planter in the Fairfield District. The collection includes papers, chiefly 1850-1890, pertain primarily to estate settlements and postwar plantation finances, and include deeds, wills, indentures, receipts, and cotton factor accounts. Estates represented include the following: Abigail Ravenel (fl. 1840s); Henry Ravenel, Edwin DuBose (fl. 1859), Jonathan Eady (fl. 1850), Frederick Simons (fl. 1880s), and Rebecca H. Waring (fl. 1880s). Personal correspondence and other miscellaneous papers also appear, including livestock records, 1790-1897, and a brief journal of two unidentified sisters in the 1840s. Information on slaves owned by the Ravenels and other families often appears in the correspondence and and estate papers in such items as slave bills of sale, a birth list, and receipts for clothes and other materials distributed to slaves.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The collection contains information on slaves owned by the Ravenels and other families. The Jonathan Eady Estate items include a will naming slaves owned by Samuel DuBose (1857-1858) and a letter fragment and receipt for the sale of a slave named Isaac (1854-1856). See Folder 6.

The Abigail Ravenel Estate papers contain a bill of sale for a slave named Rose; correspondence on hiring out slaves; accounts for goods purchased for slaves; and a slave birth list (1852-1859). Also included is a memorandum on an estate dispute that included slaves (1828). See Folder 9.