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Burgess Griffin’s List of Blankets and Beds Distributed to Poplar Forest Slaves, [ca. 1811–1812]

Burgess Griffin’s List of Blankets and Beds Distributed to Poplar Forest Slaves

[ca. 1811–1812]

  Blankets given in 1809     in 1810
 At black water    At black water
  Betteys Cate & marey 1    Nase 1 
  hall 1    Abbey 1 
  old bettey isld 1 1    Little dick Will’s2 1 
  yellow dick. Aggy’s3 2    will 1 
  Big hanner Cate’s4 1    Sukey 1 
 Sukeys Children 1    Aggay 1 
  Austern 1    Seasor 1 
  florow 1    Big lucy (Alb)5   1  
  fanney 1    8  
  Eday   1  
  11     
 At bar creke 1809    At bar creeke 1810   
  Rachal 1    Going Sal Will’s6 1 
  merrear Cate’s7 1    hubarts Sal 1 
  Cate hubart   1     Eve Alb8 1 
    3     purchd 9 mat Caffs Jim     1  
 total  14    4  
     total  12 
 Blankets gven in 1811     Beds given out in 1809
 At black water    At black water
  yellow dick 1   
  Cate & marey Isld Betty’s10   1    Diner 1 
  old bettey 1    hannah 1 
  hall 1    Lucinder 1 
 Big hannah 1   olde bettey 1 
  Austan 1    Eady    1 
  Bess 1      5 
  little Cate11 Sucky’s12    1   At bar creeke 1809
    8.    Rachal 1 
      Cate hubrt   1 
      2 
 At Bar Creeke 1811       7 
 Cate hubert 1   At black water in 1810
  Mareear 1    Nanney 1 
 Rachal 1    florow 1 
  Dannel 1    lucy   1 
  Rubin   1      3 
    5   At bar creeke 1810
 total 13    Eve 1 
      mureear 1 
      Goings Sal   1 
    3 

MS (ViU: TJP-ER); in Griffin’s hand, with additions by TJ; undated; written on both sides of a single sheet, with first side consisting of blanket lists for 1809 and 1810; endorsed by TJ: “Pop. Forest. Griffin’s list of blankets & beds given 1809. 10. 11.”

Griffin probably prepared this list in connection either with handing over his responsibilities as overseer at Poplar Forest to Jeremiah A. Goodman late in 1811 or with the settlement of his accounts with TJ, which he completed on 11 Sept. 1812 (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1282).

big hanner: Big Hannah. austern: Augustine. seasor: Caesar. florow: Flora. bar creke: Bear Creek. going: Gawen. merrear: Maria. mat caffs jim: TJ’s slave James (b. 1772), whom he had purchased in 1806, worked at Poplar Forest and was later moved to Lego (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1194).

1Word (abbreviation for “island”) added by TJ.

2Word added by TJ.

3Word added by TJ.

4Word added by TJ.

5Word (abbreviation for “Albemarle”) and parentheses added by TJ.

6Word added by TJ.

7Word added by TJ.

8Word added by TJ.

9Word added by TJ.

10Preceding two words added by TJ.

11Word interlined in place of “dick.”

12Word added by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Abbey (TJ’s slave); on Poplar Forest slave list search
  • Aggy (TJ’s slave; b.1789; daughter of Dinah); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Augustine (Austin) (TJ’s slave; b. ca.1775); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Bear Creek plantation (part of TJ’s Poplar Forest estate); blankets and beds for slaves at search
  • beds search
  • Betty (Bess) (TJ’s slave; b.1747); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Betty (Island Betty; Old Betty) (TJ’s slave; b.1749); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Blackwater (part of TJ’s Poplar Forest estate); beds and blankets distributed to slaves at search
  • blankets; for slaves search
  • Caesar (TJ’s slave; b.1774); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Cate (TJ’s slave; b.1788; Betty’s daughter); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Cate (TJ’s slave; b.1788; Suckey’s daughter); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Daniel (TJ’s slave; b.1790); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Dick (TJ’s slave; b.1781); on Poplar Forest slave list search
  • Dick (Yellow Dick) (TJ’s slave; b.1767); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Dinah (TJ’s slave; b.1766); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Edy (Eday, Eady) (TJ’s slave); on Poplar Forest slave list search
  • Eve (TJ’s slave; b.1779); on Poplar Forest slave list search
  • Fanny (TJ’s slave; b.1788; daughter of Abby); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Flora (TJ’s slave; b.1783); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Goodman, Jeremiah Augustus; Poplar Forest overseer search
  • Griffin, Burgess; lists blankets and beds given to Poplar Forest slaves search
  • Griffin, Burgess; Poplar Forest overseer search
  • Hall (Hal) (TJ’s slave; b.1767); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Hannah (Hanah) (TJ’s slave; b.1770); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • household articles; beds search
  • household articles; blankets search
  • Hubbard, Cate (TJ’s slave; b.1747); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Hubbard, Sarah (Sally) (TJ’s slave; b.1788); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Jim (TJ’s slave; b.1772); on Poplar Forest slave list search
  • Lucinda (TJ’s slave; b.1791); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Lucy (TJ’s slave; b.1783); on Poplar Forest slave list search
  • Maria (TJ’s slave; b.1776); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Mary (TJ’s slave; b.1792); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Nace (TJ’s slave; b.1773); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Nanny (TJ’s slave; b.1778); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • overseers; list slave beds and blankets search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); beds and blankets for slaves at search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); Overseers at; list slave beds and blankets search
  • Rachael (TJ’s slave; b.1773); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Reuben (TJ’s slave; b.1793); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Sally (Sal) (TJ’s slave; b.1777); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • slaves; blankets and beds for search
  • Suckey (TJ’s slave; b.1771); on Poplar Forest slave lists search
  • Will (William) (TJ’s slave; b.1753); on Poplar Forest slave lists search