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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the George H. Thompson plantation records W.0073

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

July 2013

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

George H. Thompson plantation records

Unit ID:

W.0073

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.3 Linear feet

Dates:

1855-1874

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

Ledger documenting the expenses of Russell County, Alabama, planter George H. Thompson.

creator

Thompson, George Hargraves, 1814-1896

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

George H. Thompson plantation records, A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron, 2013

Biographical/Historical note

George Hargraves Thompson was born on October 14, 1814, in Georgia. He married Sarah Willis Richardson and had two sons.

A planter and slave owner, Thompson owned land in Russell and Barbour counties in Alabama. In 1840, Thompson traded his home and a portion of land to Massilon Glenn in exchange for the Cedar Heights Plantation. Initially, the Thompson family grew cotton on the 12,000 acre plantation, but one of his sons later cultivated pecans on the land. The 1870 census valued Thompson's real estate at $20,000 and his personal estate at $4,000. Thompson died on June 26, 1896, in Russell County.

Sources: Census records online and Glenn-Thompson Plantation Nomination Form, National Register of Historic Places Inventory, http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NRHP/Text/80000735.pdf.

General note

Title on phase box spine: Ledger

Scope and Contents note

This 550-page ledger documents the expenses of Russell County, Alabama, planter George H. Thompson. Entries, dated from 1855 to 1874, are arranged alphabetically and document plantation expenses. A brief notation at the beginning of the ledger describes land purchases in Russell and Barbour counties.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Alabama (localbroad)

Business and Labor (localbroad)

Community and Place (localbroad)

Ledgers (account books) (aat)

Plantation owners (lcsh)

Plantations--Alabama (lcsh)

Ledger Item 1 Box W0073.01