Taliaferro Plantation


Location: Copiah County, Mississippi; fifteen miles from Hazelhurst
Date Constructed/ Founded: ca. 1840
Associated Surnames: Beasley, Brown, Chapman, Taliaferro, Tolliver
Historical Notes: none
Associated Pages: Reed Plantation (Chicot Co., AR), Walnut Grove Plantation (Yazoo Co., MS)


Beasley family: John Beasley (b.1775-1781-d.1881) – of Virginia, sold five times for rebellious behavior against his masters and ended up in Claiborne Co., MS, finally purchased by Susan Reed ($1500.00) under the condition that Agnes come to Arkansas as well (ca.1855); Agnes Taliaferro Beasley (b.1792-1794-d.1865) – wife, born in Washington Co., VA, daughter of Washington (a free Indian man) and a slave woman, owned by William Q. Taliaferro and later bequeathed to Peach; Lucretia Taliaferro Alexander (b.1849-d.?) – daughter of J. and A.T. Beasley, owned by Peach R. Taliaferro, then by Susan Reed; Unnamed son and daughter – L.T. Alexander mentioned an older brother and sister in her narrative [Narrative of Lucretia Alexander, ex-slave]

1860: 44 slaves, R.H. Taliaferro (Note: This may be Richard Henry Taliaferro, b.1827, nephew of William Q. Taliaferro) [1860 US Federal Census (Slave Schedule), Copiah Co., MS, R.H. Taliaferro]


Taliaferro family: William Quarles Taliaferro (b.1811-d.1840) – owner; Susan Ann Chapman Taliaferro (b.1815-d.?) – wife (m.1839), widow of William Q. Taliaferro, after William Q’s death she married Mr. Reed and moved to Chicot Co., Arkansas (ca.1855-1858); Peachy Ridgway Taliaferro (b.1840-d.~1860) – son of W.Q. and S.A.C. Taliaferro

Overseers for the Taliaferro family: Kurt Johnson – overseer; Mack McKenzie – overseer; Phil Womack – overseer

Taliaferro family: Richard Henry Taliaferro (b.1827-d.1908) – son of W.Q. Taliaferro’s brother Peachy Ridgway Taliaferro (b.1805); Melissa Ann Brown Taliaferro (b.1832-d.?) – wife (m.1852), see Walnut Grove Plantation (Yazoo Co., MS)


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  • Copiah Co., MS Largest Slave Holders From the 1860 Slave Census Schedules. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ajac/mscopiah.htm
  • Rootsweb World Connect Project, Brown RatcliffeNovember2006 (W.Q. Taliaferro family), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:3274648
  • Voices From Slavery: 100 Authentic Slave Narratives. Edited by Yetman, Norman R. pp 11-14.

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