Argyle Plantation

OVERVIEW

Location: Tensas Parish, Louisiana; on what is now (2019) the intersection of Highways 566 and 571, on both sides of Hwy 566 south. Boundaries of this plantation were probably Waterbule Bayou on the north, Green Bayou on the east and Tensas Bayou on the south. It was in parts of sections 29, 30, 31 and 32 (see Johnson’s Plantation map).
Date Constructed/ Founded: prior to 1811
Associated Surnames: Hunt
Historical Notes: The land was purchased by Abijah Hunt prior to his 1811 death. His nephew David Hunt, who inherited a lot of Abijah’s estate had Argyle Plantation on this land. By 1860 this plantation had been put into a trust for four of David Hunt’s grandchildren by his then deceased son Abijah (named after David’s Uncle Abijah). They were being raised by their mother and stepfather, Edgar Wood, on Calviton Plantation in Jefferson Co., MS which adjoined David Hunt’s Woodlawn Plantation (Mississippi). This plantation was not a residence for any of the Hunt family before the Civil War {D. Hunt 1908}. It would have been operated for David Hunt and later for David’s son Abijah’s children by a plantation manager who lived on the plantation.
Associated Pages: Calviton Plantation (Jefferson Co., MS), Woodlawn Plantation (MS)


ASSOCIATED ENSLAVED PERSONS

1860: Slaves of David Hunt, 1860 lave Schedule {T. Blake}
139 slaves – HUNT, Est. A., E. G. Wood in trust 4 minors, ARGYLE, page 269B (Note: Hunt estate, held in trust by E. C. Wood for the grandchildren of David Hunt)

ASSOCIATED FREE PERSONS

Hunt family: Abijah Hunt (b.1753-d.1811) – founder; Jeremiah Hunt (b.?-d.?) – brother; Jonathan Hunt III (b.?-d.?) – brother
Note: Abijah and Jeremiah settled in Natchez, MS and Abijah Hunt purchased land in Tensas Parish, LA

Hunt family: David Hunt (b.1779-d.?) – owner of Argyle, lived at Woodlawn Plantation, nephew and heir of A. Hunt (b.1753),  held Argyle in a trust for his four grandchildren*; Margaret Stampley Hunt (b.1778-d.1823) – first wife (m.1800); Mary Calvit Hunt (b.1792-d.1809) – second wife (m.1808), from Calviton Plantation; Ann Ferguson Hunt (b.1797-d.?) – third wife (m.1816), from Oakley Grove Plantation

Hunt family: Abijah Hunt II (b.1820-d.1851) – son of D. and A.F. Hunt; Mary Agnes Walton Hunt (b.?-d.?) – wife (m.1841), later married Edgar C. Wood (m.1855); *Thomas W. Hunt (b.1842-d.?) – son; *Ann Hunt (b.1844-d.?) – dau.; *Mary Floyd Hunt (b.1845-d.?) – dau.; *Ella Agnes Hunt (b.1846-d.?) – dau.; Catherine Hunt (d. as a child)


RESEARCH LEADS AND RECORDS

  • Johnson’s plantation, section and township map of Tensas Parish, Louisiana: showing the several wards, roads, levees and ferries and the change in the river since 1828. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA dcu. Online: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g4013t.la000264/

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

  • Originally submitted by Andy McMillion

IMAGES


REFERENCES

  • Johnson’s plantation, section and township map of Tensas Parish, Louisiana: showing the several wards, roads, levees and ferries and the change in the river since 1828. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA dcu. Online: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g4013t.la000264/
  • Hunt, D. Sketch of David Hunt. The Fayette Chronicle, 29 May 1908, VOL XLI. No. 35
  • McMillion, A. Plantations of David Hunt. http://jeffersoncountyms.org/davidhunt.htm
  • McMillion, A. The Hunt Family of Jefferson County. http://jeffersoncountyms.org/hunt_family.htm
  • Blake, T. Tensas Parish, Louisiana – Largest Slaveholder from 1860 Slave Census Schedules. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ajac/latensas.htm

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