Brighton Plantation


Location: Adams County, Mississippi; Adjacent to Brighton Woods place, near Second Creek
Date Constructed/ Founded: unknown
Associated Surnames: Mosby
Historical Notes: Brighton was a relatively small 180 acre plantation run by about twenty slaves during John S. Mosby’s ownership. John Mosby, born in Virginia in 1801, was a prosperous farmer, but not wealthy by Adams County standards. In spite of his second-class economic status, he established close connection with many of the wealthier planters in the vicinity through the school, Elva Academy, located on his land. His wife was visited by their very well-off immediate neighbor Mrs. Annis Dunbar Jenkins and her children. Mosby’s plantation suffered from wavering financial stability: He borrowed money heavily and often used his slaves as collateral. This was a constant threat to the fragile family integrity of the slaves on the plantation.
Associated Pages: none


Scott family: Harry Scott (b.?-d.?) – enslaved by Dr. Scott; Alfred (b.?-d.?) – son

Mosby family: Nelson (b.?-d.?); Harriet (b.?-d.?) – wife; Wesley (b.1839-d.?) – son


1850: John S. Mosby, Road Duty UTA, Road Duty MDAH – Nelson, Orange, Henry [W.D. Jordan]

1854: John S. Mosby, Road Duty UTA, Road Duty MDAH – Alfred, Harvey, Wesley

1860: Three middle-aged women; four children; Harriet – cook, wife of Nelson; Wesley – son of Harriet, age 21; Harriet’s other 3 children; Maria – female, substituted for Harriet ($8631.25) [W.D. Jordan; Adams County Deeds, Book LL, 535, Book MM, 273, 443]

1862: Twelve remaining slaves listed in the name of Frances B. Mosby (wife of J.S. Mosby) [W.D. Jordan]



Mosby family: John S. Mosby (b.?-d.?) – owner; Frances B. Babbitt Mosby (b.?-d.?) – wife (m.?)



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  • Elva Academy: a school on the Brighton Plantation attended by the sons of wealthy plantation owners who chose not to hire a tutor at home


  • Jordan, Winthrop D. Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry Into A Civil War Slave Conspiracy. 1993. Louisiana State University Press.

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