Location: Adams County, Mississippi; along Second Creek to the south; divided by Homochitto River (half in Adams and half in Wilkinson Co., MS)
Date Constructed/ Founded: not determined
Associated Surnames: Duncan, Gaillard
Historical Notes: Ellislie was originally owned by Isaac Gaillard. In 1828 his relative (by marriage) Dr. Stephen Duncan (of Auburn Plantation) purchased Ellislie, which included over 2000 acres of land. In 1830, Dr. Duncan started taking advantage of the public land sale from the Choctaw cession of 1820. Eventually his holding included 11,000 acres in Adams and Issaquena Counties. This land, referred to as “Duncan’s Reach” or “The Reach” by locals, was organized into several adjacent cotton plantations including Homochitto, Carlisle, Holly Ridge, Duncansby, Oakley, Reserve, Duncannon, Middlesex, and Ellislie. There may have been additional plantations as well (names unknown).
Associated Pages: Auburn Plantation (Adams Co., MS), Duncan’s Reach Plantations (Issaquena Co., MS)
ASSOCIATED ENSLAVED PERSONS
1820: 25 slaves [1820 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules, Adams Co., Mississippi, Isaac Gaillard]
ASSOCIATED FREE PERSONS
Gaillard family: Isaac Gaillard (b.?-d.1823) – owner, brother of Margaret Gaillard Ellis; Isaac Gaillard – son of I. Gaillard
Duncan family: Stephan Duncan (b.1787-d.1867) – owner (1828), see also Auburn Plantation; Margaret Ellis Duncan (b.?-d.?) – first wife of S. Duncan (m.1811), daughter of Abraham “Abram” and Margaret Gaillard Ellis of Ellis Cliffs Plantation
RESEARCH LEADS AND RECORDS
- Duncan, Stephen, 1787-1867. Family papers, 1817-1877. 158 items, 2 ms. vols. Location: S:120. Planter and banker of Natchez. Duncan plantations included L’Argent, Auburn, Camperdown, Carlisle, Duncan, Duncannon, Duncansby, Ellisle, Homochitto, Middlesex, Oakley, Rescue, Reserve, and Attakapas…Papers include legal documents, bills, and receipts. A daybook includes lists of slaves present at Homochitto Plantation. Manuscript Resources on the History of Music, Drama, and Other Performing Arts in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections Hill Memorial Library, LSU. https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/record.php?id=122588191
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- Brazy, MJ. An American Planter: Stephen Duncan of Antebellum Natchez and New York. LSU Press.
- Rootsweb World Connect: Genealogy of Hugh and Marian (Yancey) Zorger, Entry: Marguerite “Margaret” Gaillard, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ourancestry&id=I70996