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|Abstract||Ben Sparkman was a rice planter who owned or managed at least three plantations, probably in the Georgetown District of South Carolina. The collection is a plantation journal, dated 1848 and 1853-1859, recording slave tasks and weather conditions, in addition to describing the planting, cultivating, and processing of rice and food crops such as potatoes and corn for local consumption. Places mentioned include "Wilson's Place" and "Black Ground," both presumably in South Carolina's Georgetown District.|
|Creator||Sparkman, Ben, fl. 1853-1859.|
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Most of this journal (about 110 pages) is devoted to a "Memorandum of Planting" (1853-1859), noting slave tasks in planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops, and in various other farm-related duties. Brief descriptions of these activities usually distinguish labor performed by men from that of women.
Shorter entries (about 15 pages) include a "Memorandum of the Weather" and accounts showing the rice crop for 1853 through 1858. Places mentioned in the journal include "Wilson's Place," "Black Ground," and "Home Place," all presumably in Georgetown District, South Carolina.
One page of an account labelled "George Town, April 25, 1848" has survived. About 20 other pages that apparently bore a "George Town" heading have been cut out of the volume.Back to Top
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