About the Collection

The Springfield Plantation journal collection contains a bound plantation journal and loose papers pertaining to Springfield Plantation owned by Francis Withers (1769-1847) and later by Joshua John Ward (1800-1853) in Georgetown County, South Carolina. The journal (1831-1864) contains the names of enslaved men, women and children on Springfield Plantation as well as births, information on farming, plantation events and pregnancies of enslaved women.

Loose papers include a copy of a directive (1864) issued by the State of South Carolina Horry District signed by J.H. Thompson, Office of the Clerk of Court, to W.H. Tucker, R. Poston and W.W. Oliver to hold an election for sheriff of Horry District. Another paper contains lists of livestock and several torn pages from the volume contain lists of the names of slaves and the slaves receiving tools. Also included on these pages are the names of female slaves and the dates when their children were born.

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