Berkeley Plantation


Location: along both sides of Second Creek east of the Mississippi River south of Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi
Date Constructed/ Founded: ca. 1805
Associated Surnames: Conner, Savage, Gaillard, Gustine, Baker, Buckner, Young
Historical Notes: Berkeley Plantation was the home plantation of William Carmichael Conner Sr. and his wife Mary Savage Conner. William Carmichael Conner Sr. claimed land on Second Creek that was in the name of his mother-in-law, Ann Gaillard Savage, daughter of Isaac Gaillard. The land was part of a 1789 Spanish land grant. William Conner claimed additional land on Second Creek in 1805 from Samuel Lewis, Sarah Lewis, and Robert Robertson which was part of a 1776 British land grant. Also founded Clifford Plantation east of Second Creek and north of the Homochitto River in Adams County, Mississippi. Henry LeGrand Conner, a son of William Carmichael Conner Sr. and Mary Savage Conner, inherited Berkeley Plantation. He had become a wealthy planter and owned property in Adams County, Mississippi and in Tensas Parish, Louisiana. He married Susan Evelina Baker and their daughter Louisa Russell Conner inherited the plantation. Louisia’s sister Mary Savage Conner married Benson Heighe Blake of Blakeley Plantation in Warren County, Mississippi near Vicksburg. Blake fled to Georgia in 1862 taking the majority of his slaves, stores, and silver when the Union Army approached Vicksburg.

Associated Pages: Rifle Point Plantation (Concordia Pa., LA), Clifford Plantation (Adams Co., MS), Blakeley Plantation (Warren Co., MS)


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Conner family: William Carmichael Conner, Sr. (b.1771-d.?) – owner; Mary Savage Conner (b.1770-d.?) – wife; Ann Gaillard Savage – mother-in-law

Conner family: William Carmichael Conner, Jr. (b.1978-d.1843) – son of W.C. and M.S. Conner; Jane Elizabeth Boyd Gustine Conner (b.1803-d.?) – wife (m. 1821); William Gustine Conner (b.1826) – son; Lemuel Parker Conner (b.1827) – son; Henry LeGrande Conner (b.1829) – son; Rebecca Anne Conner (b.1832) – daughter; Farar Benjamin Conner (b.1834) – son; Margaret Dunlop Conner (b.1836) – daughter; Anna Elliott Conner (b.1838) – daughter; Richard Ellis Conner (b.1841) – son; Mary Anne Duncan Conner (b.1843) -daughter

Conner familyHenry LeGrand Conner – owner; son of W.C. and M.S. Conner; Susan Evelina Baker – wife; Louisa Russell Conner – daughter; Mary Savage Conner – daughter (wife of Benson Heighe Blake; Blakeley Plantation, Warren Co., MS)


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  • Leland, R. Database rl1946. Rootsweb World Connect Database.

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