Berne Plantation, Camden County, Georgia
Berne Plantation Ledger; Louis Anderson Holtzendorff
This ledger was brought to the Bryan-Lang Historical Archives in Camden County, Georgia in hopes that they would purchase it for their collection. Unfortunately, at the time, there weren't any funds available to purchase the ledger book and it is unknown where the original is today. However, someone at the archives had enough foresight to make Xerox copies of the ledger which can be found at the archives today.
The ledger was "titled" with Louis Anderson Holtzendorff's name, suggesting he was the author of this ledger which was a collection of dates for planting and harvesting, as well as some recipes for blackberry wine and medicines, for example, one was a "Cure for Dysentery". Even the names of some of Louis' children, with dates, are listed in this ledger.
I did not have time to read the entire ledger, it's not very big, but, it's a Xerox copy of handwritten pages from the 19th century; therefore, I merely scanned the pages looking for the names of the enslaved. And, scattered throughout the many listings for "planting cotton" were remarks like "Fannie sick", "Betty sick" and "Israel sick". Therefore, it would be wise for someone to transcribe the entire ledger and extract every instance of a name and the dates.
A side note, it's possible this Israel, was later known as Israel Littlfield after Emancipation and their daughter, Mary, married the man known after Emancipation as Tony Nightingale. Also, Israel's wife, according to the 1870 Camden County, Georgia census, was Betty.
While thumbing through the pages, I was shocked to find a list titled "Births of Negros" starting in 1821!
Most of the listings have a complete birth date and some even have a death date/year, however, I'm not sure what was intended as the death date was written in between those named, thus, it could be the death date for the person above the date or below the date. I am going to assume that the death date was written above the person for whom it was intended, for example, Louisa was listed then Sarah and in between the two was a death date, I have attributed the death date to Sarah.
Also, while transcribing the list found on "page 22" I noticed that it was copied several times in this packet, however, turns out, someone actually rewrote the list a second time because the names are not in the same exact order, and where on one list a day of birth was missing, the second list recorded the day.
For posterity, I have merged the lists into one, matching the order found on "page 22" because on the latter copies, Minty was missing completely and Polly was listed twice.
There were only 26 people listed and any surnames are my own assumptions and not original to the document.
|Nelly||25||October||1860||0||OOO||0||Nightingale (Tony's daughter?)|
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