Collection Number: 02771

Collection Title: Kelvin Grove Plantation Book, 1853-1868.

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Size 1 volume
Abstract Microfilm only. Plantation book kept by James P. Postell, a white farmer, documents the enslaved people and their labor in growing cotton, corn, and potatoes at Kelvin Grove Plantation, St. Simons Island, Ga. The plantation book includes lists of enslaved people, as well as stock, diagrams of the plantation, and notations, 1853-1854, of daily agricultural work.
Creator Postell, James P., Active 1853-1854.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Kelvin Grove Plantation Book, #2771, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm of typed transcription also available.
Location of Originals
Original in private hands in 1953.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A more complete finding aid for this collection is available at the Southern Historical Collection.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Enslaved people lived at and provided the labor for Kelvin Grove Plantation on St. Simon's Island, Ga., beginning in 1798.

In 1853, James P. Postell (b. circa 1833) married Anne Armstrong Cater, whose family owned Kelvin Grove.

Biographical information was derived in part from GlynnGen.com Coastal Georgia Genealogy and History.

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Microfilm only. Plantation book kept by James P. Postell, a white farmer, documents the enslaved people and their labor in growing cotton, corn, and potatoes at Kelvin Grove Plantation, St. Simons Island, Ga. The plantation book includes lists of enslaved people, as well as stock, diagrams of the plantation, and notations, 1853-1854, of daily agricultural work.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Conscious Editing Work by: Nancy Kaiser, July 2020. Updated abstract, subject headings, biographical note, and scope and content note.

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