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William Cooke plantation book

William Cooke plantation book

Descriptive Summary

Title: William Cooke plantation book
Creator: Cooke, William
Inclusive Dates: 1861-1868
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s) (1 book)
Collection Number: ms1570
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

William Cooke, plantation owner of Creighton Island, Georgia and son-in-law to Thomas Spalding of Sapelo Island.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of "Mr. William Cooke's plantation book, Creighton Island," containing handwritten entries dating 1861-1868. Entries include allowance lists for enslaved people on Creighton Island, and information regarding the number of hands assigned to a job. The volume also includes description of the weather, local news and events, and entries and accounts concerning Charles Harris Spalding's probate of his father Thomas Spalding's estate.

Many of the early entries discuss the enslaved population on the plantation including who works in the field, cooks, nurses, attends to the horses, and serves as blacksmith.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Cooke plantation book, ms1570. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2016.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Account books
Creighton Island (Ga.)
Enslaved persons -- Georgia
Farm management -- Georgia.
Plantations -- Georgia.
Slavery -- Georgia -- History.
Spalding, Charles Harris, 1808-1887
Spalding, Thomas, 1774-1851

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Book, 1861-1868
Named enslaved people working on Creighton Island plantation include Nelson, Sophy, Jani, Qumam, Abram, Lee, Anam, Squire, Solomon, Cuncey, Helpney, Phiby, Phillis, Rose Annah, Patience, Nancey, Sophy, Margaret, Mary, Inary, Eliza, Cook, Cuffee, Chatham, Charles, Samson, Shannah, Sam, Catherine, Aaron, Lucy, Peter, Levinia, Tilla, Clarissa, Peggy, Old Harry, Rose, Old Abram, Susan, Oliver, Old Billy, Daniel, John, Damon, Thomas, Hannah, Betty, Cate, Levi, George. The ledger lists day-to-day plantation activities, illnesses, cooking.