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Slave record book

Slave record book, 1761-1865
Slave record book
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Slave record book, 1761-1865, of the Jerdone family of Louisa County, Virginia, containing a list of the births and deaths of the slaves born at its plantation "Jerdone Castle." Volume also contains information on tithes and taxes owed by the Jerdone family for its plantations in Albemarle, Louisa, and Spotsylvania Counties, Virginia, as well as lists of overseers and work gangs at the various properties. Also includes information on the corn, oats, tobacco, and wheat grown at all their properties, and information on livestock owned by the Jerdones in Louisa and Spotsylvania Counties. Entries were begun by Francis Jerdone (1720/1-1771), continuted by his wife Sarah Macon Jerdone (1731/2-1818) and his son Francis Jerdone, Jr. (1756-1841), and finished by the junior Jerdone's daughter Sarah Jerdone Coleman (1808-1863), her husband Clayton G. Coleman (1803-1872), and their children Clayton G. Coleman, Jr. (1840-1908), and Julia D. Coleman (b. 1842). Also included is a note by the younger Coleman's daughter Lucy Singleton Coleman (b. ca. 1864) concerning the Jerdone and Coleman families and the provenance of the original volume
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Francis Jerdone (1720/1-1771) arrived in Virginia from Jedburgh, Scotland about 1740 and established a mercantile firm in New Kent County. In 1752, he moved to Louisa County, Virginia, and built "Jerdone Castle." Jerdone married Sarah Macon (1731/2-1818) 10 February 1753. His son, Francis Jerdone, Jr. (1756-1841), inherited "Jerdone Castle," as well as lands and businesses in Louisa and New Kent Counties upon his father's death, but may have almost lost them during the American Revolution. Jerdone reputedly was a tory, but his mother was a friend of Martha Washington and his property was not confiscated. Jerdone maintained a business network with relatives and friends in New Kent and York Counties, Richmond, Virginia, and England. Jerdone married Mary "Polly" Byars (1781-1821) 20 June 1799. Three of their sons, John (b. 1800), Francis (1802-1874), and William (b. 1805) became planters in Spotsylvania, Orange, and New Kent Counties respectively. Francis Jerdone, Jr., willed "Jerdone Castle" to his daughter Sarah (1808-1863) who married Clayton Granville Coleman (1803-1872) of Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Their son Clayton Granville Coleman, Jr. (1840-1908), inherited the plantation and the register, writing in 1865 that the slaves had been emancipated. His daughter Lucy Singleton Coleman (b. ca. 1864) lent the register for copying.
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Slave record book
  • The Library of Virginia
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Coleman, Lucy Singleton
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