Contents and Arrangement

Ledger Listing Enslaved Persons from Various Plantations in Albermarle County, Virginia, 1836-1850 (mostly 1840)

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This disbound ledger (creator unknown) records the names (first names only), ages, locations, and sometimes births and deaths of approximately 970 persons who were enslaved on various Albermarle County, Virginia plantations in the mid-19th century, including Bunker Hill, Blue House, Plumfield, Barn, Bunker, Millwood, Union Factory, and Marlboro Factory. Most of the entries record enslaved persons on various plantations in May 1840.

Numerous births are recorded, most likely next to the mother's name. In a few cases, the name of the child is accompanied by their birth year. The date and cause of a person's death is also often included. Names are also occasionally crossed out without comment, likely indicating their death or perhaps transfer to other plantations.

In addition to recording the names of enslaved persons, the ledger also records plants and products purchased for the plantations represented and the locations where items were planted. There is also a separate page listing the types and quantities of trees planted at Oaky Hollow in 1847, plus one page containing a recipe for "potable manure."


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator or by the date of acquisition.

Collection History


Purchased from McBride Rare Books in 2022 (AM 2023-103).


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

This item was processed and described by Faith Charlton in April 2023, incorporating some description written by the dealer.

Conservation Note

Item was repaired by Preservation & Conservation staff during 2023 processing.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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Credit this material:

Ledger Listing Enslaved Persons from Various Plantations in Albermarle County, Virginia; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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