Records from Hopeton & Hamilton Plantations*
These records were taken from the accounting done by James Hamilton
Couper as executor of James Hamilton's estate during the years
1837 to 1852.
James Hamilton owned a vast amount of land on St. Simons, in
Brunswick, and other counties and states as well. The plantations
Hamilton, Village, and Hopeton are most mentioned in the accounting
located in the Glynn Co. Probate Court.
To get a feeling of how vast his land holding were, I have extracted
one item in particular that showed up yearly, that was the purchase of
shoes for the slaves. In the year 1838 James Hamilton Couper,
acting as executor of the estate, purchased:
427 pairs of shoes in 1838
411 pairs of shoes for Hopeton in 1842
449 pairs of shoes in 1844
443 pairs of shoes in 1845
According to the inventories below, James Hamilton was in
possession of 653 enslaved persons at the time of his death, that amounted to
$119,425, the total estate value was appraised at $154,477.07 in 1828 when
the first inventories were conducted. This does not seem like much
in today's standards, but for 1828 it would be like having almost $3
million, more or less, in the 21st century. Mr. Hamilton was a VERY wealthy
man in property, it almost seems as if it would have been easier to sell
everything before he died, and just live off the proceeds.
12 Feb. 1842: 7 Negroes sold to R. Hazlehurst from James
Hamilton estate viz. Daniel, Daphne, Abraham,
Abby, Abigail, Harry, and Bulami--$2800.
(Image 3i & 3j)
7 Mar. 1842: L. Harris, Jailer, fees at Brunswick for Negro
Philip--$4.28. (Image 31 & 3b)
Recorded in Book D pgs. 416-421 by Isaac Abrahams; 7 July
2 Mar. 1843: Amt. paid Rev. E.T. Walker for religious
instruction of Negroes at Hamilton--$50.
(Image 4f & 4g)
9 Apr. 1843: Amt. paid Rev. M McIntosh for the
religious instruction of the Negroes at Hopeton--$50.
(Image 4f & 4g)
Book D, pgs. 1-10 by Isaac Abrahams; 5 March 184 (no
26 Jan. 1844: Paid M. Poncell for a hog stolen by Negro
Jim--$5. (Image 5d & 5e)
1 June 1844: Paid Rev. M. McIntosh for religious instruction
of Negroes at Hopeton--$50. (Image 5j & 5k)
14 Nov. 1844: S. Lee for 20 hogs, 2920 [unreadable] @ 3
cents per pound for Christmas [unreadable] for Negroes--$87.60.
(Image 5j & 5k)
Book E folios 27-37 by Alex Scranton; 4 Feb. 1845
22 Feb. 1845: Cash paid Coroner in Darien for inquest over negro
man Adam (apoplexy)--$16. (Image 6d & 6e)
5 Dec. 1845: S. Palmer, Treasurer for subscription on the
part of the estate to suppress illegal trafficking with Negroes--$50.
(Image 6l & 6m)
Book E folios 60-68 by Alex Scranton; 6 March 1846
30 Jan. 1846: Rev. J.B. Bartow for religious instruction of
Negroes--$50. (Image 7b & 7c)
16 Nov. 1846: To F. Seaman (not sure of name) for cow killed
by Negro at Hopeton--$4. (Image 7j & 7k)
Book E folios 87-93 by Alex Scranton; 16 June 1847