About the Collection

The Lydia Jane Waring Estate Book, 1840-1847 collection contains a bound volume for the estate of Charleston, South Carolina resident Lydia Jane Ball Waring (1801-1841) who married Francis Malbone Waring (1804-1839). Together, the couple bore three children named John B. Waring, Ann Simons Waring, and Francis Malbone Waring. Lydia Ball Waring’s brother was Keating Simons Ball (1818-1891) owner of Comingtee Plantation in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Upon the passing of Lydia Waring, the Waring children were placed under the guardianship of Keating Simons Ball and Ann Ball Deas, the wife of Dr. Elias Horry Deas. The estate book contains a copy of Lydia Jane Ball Waring’s will, appraisals of goods and chattel at Comingtee Plantation, inventory lists of items such as furniture, bedding, dishes, glassware, sterling, wine and appraisements of enslaved people, their wages and expenses incurred by the enslaved people.

The names of the enslaved persons are listed as: Ann, Billy/Billy (Carpenter), Brutus, Capander, Cassander, Cleopatra, Cretia, Cuffe, Dick, Dorcus, Dye, Frederick, Grace, Hannah, Jenny, Lewis, Mary, Michael, Philip, Pompy, Portius, Rachel, Sack, Sander, Scipio, Stephney, Sukey and Violet.

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