About the Collection

The Account Books of Benjamin Perry’s Wards, 1841-1864 Collection consists of two volumes kept by Benjamin Perry for John Allen Miles (Volume 1) and Jeremiah Jackson Miles (Volume 2). A South Carolina Plantation owner, Senator (1846-1850, 1856-1857) and Secretary of State (1850-1854), Benjamin Perry married widow Sarah Free Waring Miles and acted as guardian for her two sons, John and Jeremiah. Both volumes show expenses for items such as shoes, clothing, travel, boarding fees, tuition for the Citadel Academy and wages for their slaves Amey, Bill, Clarissa, Hector, Judy, March, Miley, Peter, Primus and Will.

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