William Ethelbert Ervin journals, 1839-1856.

Creator: Ervin, William Ethelbert, 1809-1860.
Collection number: 247
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Abstract: William Ethelbert Ervin was a cotton planter of Lowndes County, Miss. The collection includes journals, 1839-1845, 1846-1856, of Ervin concerning crop cultivation; buying, selling, and disciplining slaves; and other farming activities, 1846-1851. Also saw and grist mill accounts, 1851-1854.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Entries record slave birth and death dates, information on buying and selling slaves, the hire of slaves owned by others, distribution of blankets, hats, and other clothing to slaves, payments made to slaves for their “Christmas work,” and occasional accounts of the amount of cotton picked by slaves. Ervin also wrote rules for slave conduct and punishment, including guidelines on the handling of quarrels, the duties of husbands and wives, absence from the plantation, and curfew (1847). Microfilm available.