Location: Carroll County, Mississippi; town of Duck Hill
Date Constructed/ Founded: ca. 1835
Associated Surnames: Eskridge, Ammons, Grantham, McNeill
Historical Notes: Thomas L. Eskridge, son of the wealthy Duck Hill planter Richard Eskridge, amassed his own fortune in land and enslaved persons in the same town as his father. Persons once enslaved by T.L. were distributed to several family members after his untimely death in 1838 (age 37): Richard E. (son, Richard E. Eskridge Plantation), Albert McNeill (son-in-law, McNeill Plantation), and Sarah Grantham (daughter, Grantham Plantation). Fifteen enslaved persons remained with T.L.’s widow Mrs. Julia A. Eskridge in 1850.
Associated Pages: Richard E. Eskridge Plantation (Carroll Co., MS), McNeill Plantation (Carroll Co., MS), Grantham Plantation (Carroll Co., MS)
ASSOCIATED ENSLAVED PERSONS
Brown family (Carroll Co., MS): Moses Brown (b.1800-d.?) – from Virginia; Lucy Eskridge Brown (b.1805-d.?) – wife, from South Carolina; Tom Brown (b.1852-d.?) – son; Synthia Brown (b.1856-d.?) – dau.
Roberts family (Carroll Co., MS): Thomas Roberts (b.1830-d.?) – could be “Tom”; Parthenia “Parthurey” Brown Roberts (b.1843-d.?) – wife, dau. of Moses and Lucy Brown; Jinny Roberts (b.1866) – dau.; Bettie Roberts (b.1868-d.?) – dau.; infant (b.1870-d.?) – son
Bennett family (Carroll Co., MS): Nero Bennet (b.1817-d.?) – from North Carolina; Ferraby Eskridge Bennet (b.1822-d.?) – wife, from South Carolina; Anne Bennet (b.1854-d.?) – dau.; Isaac Bennett (b.1856-d.1910) – son; Ned Bennet (b.1858-d.?) – son, worked pumping water on the railroad in 1860; Martha Bennet (b.1860-d.?) – dau.; Amanda Bennet (b.1862-d.?) – dau.; Anthony Bennet (b.1864-d.1915) – son; Caroline Bennet (b.1868-d.?) – dau.
Note: Lucy Eskridge Brown and Feraby Eskridge Bennett were the daughters of Rose, who was enslaved by Burdett Eskridge in South Carolina.
Information from Antebellum Census & Estate Records
1845: Amanda ($575), Betsy (225), Brown (366.66), Lucy and child Porthena (466.66), Moses (341), Nancy (275), Patsy (500), Rose (160), Samuel (275); to Albert McNeil in right of his wife (son-in-law, husband of Mary Tabitha Eskridge) – Abigail (200), Dolly and child Harril (600), Fanny (325), Feriby (500); to Richard Eskridge (son) & William Eskridge (son) – Bill (125), Ruth (500), Winny and child Squire (500) [1845 Estate of Thomas L. Eskridge, Carroll Co., MS]
1850: Male age 54 (b.1796), Female age 50 (b.1800), Female age 44 (b.1806), Female age 24 (b.1826), Female age 23 (b.1827), Female age 22 (b.1828), Male age 14 (b.1836), Female age 12 (b.1838), Male age 7 (b.1843), Female age 6 (b.1844), Male age 3 (b.1847), Male age 2 (b.1848), Female age 0 (b.1850), Male age 0 (b.1850), Female age 0 (b.1850) [1850 US Federal Census (Slave Schedule), Carroll Co., MS, Julia A. Eskridge]
1851: To Sarah R. Grantham (dau.) wife of John Grantham, slaves belonging to the heirs of Samuel B. Eskridge – Lot #1 – Jim ($500), Mary, children of Mary and Jim Dorcas, Paldon (250), a child Edam (100); Lot #2 – Jacob (225), Maria (650); Lot #3 – Jiny (500), Becky (350); Lot #4 – John (300), Harriett (250), Polly (275) [1851 Estate of Thomas L. Eskridge]
1854: Lot #1 drawn by W.C. Eskridge (son) – Moses ($1200), Nancy (300), Betsey (700), John (600), Tom (475); Lot #2 drawn by Mrs. Julia Eskridge (wife/widow) – Brown (1150), Lucy (51), Patsey and child (1200), Parthurey (700) [1854 Estate of Thomas L. Eskridge]
1860: Group 1 – Male age 40 (b.1820), Male age 21 (b.1839), Male age 13 (b.1847); Group 2 – Female age 50 (b.1810), Female age 12 (b.1848), Female age 10 (b.1850), Female age 8 (b.1852), Female age 8 (b.1852); Group 3 – Female age 28 (b.1832) [1860 US Federal Census (Slave Schedule), Carroll Co., MS, Julia A. Eskridge]
ASSOCIATED FREE PERSONS
Eskridge family: Thomas Livingston Eskridge (b.1801-d.1838) – son of R.E. and N.L. Eskridge, see Richard Eskridge Plantation (Carroll Co., MS); Julia A. Lilly Eskridge (b.1805-d.1869) – wife (m.1824); Richard Edmund Eskridge (b.1826-d.1896) – son; David Lilly Eskridge (b.1831-d.?) – son; William Chiles Eskridge (b.1833-d.?) – son; Sarah Rebecca Eskridge (b.1836-d.?). – dau.; Mary Tabitha Eskridge (b.?-d.?) – dau.
Grantham family: John D. Grantham (b.1826-d.?) – owner of Grantham Plantation (Carroll Co., MS); Sarah Rebecca Eskridge Grantham (b.1836-d.?) – wife (m.1851), dau. of T.L. and J.A.L. Eskridge; Samuel Thomas Grantham (b.1859-d.?) – son
Eskridge family: Richard Edmund Eskridge (b.1826-d.1896) – son of T.L. and J.A.L. Eskridge; Luisa Ann Ammons Eskridge (b.1828-d.?) – wife (m.1845), see Richard E. Eskridge Plantation (Carroll Co., MS)
McNeill family: Albert F. McNeill (b.?-d.?); Mary Tabitha Eskridge McNeill (b.?-d.?) – wife (m.?), dau. of T.L. and J.A.L. Eskridge, see McNeill Plantation (Carroll Co., MS)
RESEARCH LEADS AND RECORDS
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- Wiltshire, Betty C. Carroll County, Mississippi Estate Records 1840 – 1869 with Freedmen Apprenticeships.
- Hanks, Stephen. Akee Tree: A Descendant’s Search for His Roots on the Eskridge Plantations. PepperBird Books, Portland, OR. 2005.
- Rootsweb World Connect: Raper, Vanderford, Kingsland, Wilkins and Connecting Branches (Richard Edmund Eskridge, ID: I75469)
- Book of Estate Records, Carroll Co., MS. MS Department of Archives