Benjamin F. Cater
1840

 

Benjamin F. Cater was the owner of Kelvin Grove Plantation on St. Simons Island.  Many of his slaves intermarried with those of the Retreat Plantation, before and after the Civil War.  According to history, Benjamin's father, Thomas Cater, was murdered by his own wife, Elizabeth Cater, and the overseer who she was having an affair with.  Benjamin was taken by a slave, Ben, to Retreat Plantation, due to Ben's fear that the child would be murdered as well.

William Page, of Retreat, became young Benjamin's guardian until he reached his majority and could maintain the Kelvin Grove plantation on his own.

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pgs. 379-380
[Glynn County Probate Court]

NAME AGE VALUE NAME AGE VALUE
Mary 65 $185 London         60 $150
Chloe 30 $550 Dembo 65 $200
Peggy 27 $550 Dembo 25 $600
William 25 $600 Jenny 65 $100
Robert 19 $550 Charlotte 60 $250
Harriet 16 $500 Ruthy 20 $550
Joseph 13 $450 Jenny 23 $550
Henry 20 $200 Betty 17 $550
Jane 8 $200 Pender            18 $550
Cassius                1 $100 Molly 30 $550
Sam 60 $300 Nancy 10 $300
Sam 20 $600 Flora 6 $250
Juno 27 $550 Toney 4 $200
Jim 25 $600 October 2 $150
Nancy 22 $550 Eve 1 $100
Ally 18 $500 Phillis 1 $100
Robin 14 $400 Jim                 27 $600
Mary 7 $250 John 60 $250
Morris 2 $150 Liddy 55 $250
Nelly                    45 $450 Clarissa 45 $450
Jenny 60 $150 Charlotte 35 $450
Monday               55 $250 Jacob 18 $600
Boatswain 60 $250 Joe 22 $600
Clarissa 30 $350 Nelly 16 $500
Nicholas 10 $325 Davy             10 $300
Delia 14 $350 John 13 $400
Peggy 8 $220 Clarissa 6 $250
Charles 3 $200 Liddy 4 $200
Edward  infant     " $100 Charity 5 $220
Rinah 25 $550 Casar          3 $200
Francoise 11 $300 Robin 65 $250
Jupiter 4 $200 Robin          21 $600
Charlotte 60 $250 Summer 25 $600
Hester 3 $200 Hannibal 18 $550
Cato 2 $200 Hannah 30 $550
Charlotte 4 $200 Nanny 27 $550
Rose                 35 $550 Sary 23 $550
July 65 $200 Elsey 60 $180
Peggy 55 $180 Elsey 7 $220
Andrew 25 $600 Hannah 5 $200
Jack 35 $600 Hester 4 $200
Phillis 23 $550 May 4 $200
Betsey 20 $550 Trim           2 $200        
Pender 7 $300     $15,270
Lenny 5 $250     $16,410     
Nelly 4 $200     $30,580
Judy                1 $100              
    $16,410      

 

The following is a list of slaves sold by Hugh F. Grant from
the estate of B.F. Cater, and who purchased them.

5 June 1841

H. Dubignon:

July
Peggy
Andrew
Jack
Phillis
     For $2330
Betsy
Penda
Jeanny
Nelly
Judy
Lucy
 

Wm. Berrie:

John
Clarissa
Judyann
    For $2000
John
Nelly
Davy

M. Dart:

London
Jenny
        for $140
Monday

H.A.? Grant:

Jim
Charlotte
Charity
       for $1760
Caeser
Lydia
Clarissa

J. Armstrong:

Lou   for $580

 

 

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