Binford Plantation

OVERVIEW

Location: Carroll County, Mississippi; town of Duck Hill
Date Constructed/ Founded: ca. 1834
Associated Surnames: Binford, Bradford, Campbell, Sykes
Historical Notes: John A. Binford (also spelled Bentford or Bentfer in the US census) was one of the first white colonizers in the area after the Indian Removal Act of 1830. He acquired land in 1834 and established a large cotton plantation that eventually included 640 acres (according to his 1871 Will) near Mt. Zion Church.
Associated Pages: none


ASSOCIATED ENSLAVED PERSONS

Binford family: Elisha “Lisha” Binford (b.1827-d.?); Pink Binford (b.1857-d.?) – son; Melissa Binford (b.1845-d.?) – dau.; Alvira Binford (b.1863-d.?) – dau.

Munson family: Richard Munson (b.1854-d.?); Melissa Binford Munson (b.1845-d.?) – wife (m.1880); Scot Munson (b.1884-d.?) – son; Henry Munson (b.1883-d.?) – son; Albert Munson (b.1888-d.?) – son

Information from Antebellum Census & Estate Records

1860: Group 1 – Male age 40 (b.1820), Male age 35 (b.1825), Male age 30 (b.1830), Male age 27 (b.1833), Male age 30 (b.1830), Male age 27 (b.1833), Male age 40 (b.1820), Male age 30 (b.1830), Male age 35 (b.1825), Male age 27 (b.1833), Male age 45 (b.1815), Male age 10 (b.1850), Male age 11 (b.1849), Male age 12 (b.1848); Group 2 – Male age 55 (b.1805), Male age 30 (b.1830), Male age 40 (b.1820), Male age 30 (b.1830), Male age 25 (b.1835), Male age 23 (b.1837), Male age 28 (b.1832); Group 3 – Male age 90 (b.1770), Male age 18 (b.1842), Male age 18 (b.1842), Male age 18 (b.1842), Male age 18 (b.1842), Male age 14 (b.1846), Male age 13 (b.1847), Male age 15 (b.1845), Male age 16 (b.1844), Male age 13 (b.1847), Male age 14 (b.1846), Male age 13 (b.1847); Group 4 – Male age 30 (b.1830), Male age 14 (b.1846), Female age 45 (b.1815), Female age 47 (b.1813), Female age 40 (b.1820), Female age 40 (b.1820), Female age 37 (b.1823), Female age 28 (b.1832), Female age 27 (b.1833), Female age 26 (b.1834), Female age 25 (b.1835), Female age 25 (b.1835), Female age 26 (b.1834), Female age 25 (b.1835), Female age 22 (b.1838), Female age 21 (b.1839), Female age 20 (b.1840), Female age 25 (b.1835), Female age 18 (b.1842); Group 5 – Female age 80 (b.1780), Female age 65 (b.1795), Female age 16 (b.1844), Female age 16 (b.1844), Female age 14 (b.1846), Female age 14 (b.1846), Female age 13 (b.1847), Female age 13 (b.1847), Female age 11 (b.1849), Female age 11 (b.1849); Group 6 – Female age 30 (b.1830), Female age 20 (b.1840), Female age 25 (b.1835), Female age 12 (b.1848), Female age 12 (b.1848), Male age 10 (b.1850), Male age 10 (b.1850), Female age 12 (b.1848), Male age 10 (b.1850), Female age 8 (b.1852), Female age 6 (b.1854), Female age 3 (b.1857), Male age 2 (b.1858), Male age 4 (b.1856), Male age 2 (b.1858), Female age 11 (b.1849), Female age 2 (b.1858), Male age 4 (b.1856), Male age 3 (b.1857), Female age 2 (b.1858), Female age 1 (b.1859), Male age 6 (b.1854), Female age 3 (b.1857), Male age 6 (b.1854), Female age 3 (b.1857), Female age 1 (b.1859), Male age 9 (b.1851), Female age 6 (b.1854), Female age 4 (b.1856), Female age 2 (b.1858), Male age 1 (b.1859), Male age 11 (b.1849); Group 7 (p. 251) – Female age 6 (b.1854), Male age 2 (b.1858), Male age 3 (b.1857), Female age 1 (b.1859), Female age 3 (b.1857), Female age 1 (b.1859), Female age 6 (b.1854), Male age 10 (b.1850), Female age 1 (b.1859), Female age 2 (b.1858), Male age 3/12 (b.1860), Male age 7 (b.1853), Female age 6 (b.1854), Female age 4 (b.1856), Female age 2 (b.1858), Female age 10 (b.1850), Female age 10 (b.1850), Female age 4 (b.1856), Female age 6 (b.1854) [1860 US Federal Census (Slave Schedule), Carroll Co., MS, John A. Binford, 113 total, 21 houses]

ASSOCIATED FREE PERSONS

Binford family (Carroll Co., VA): John Alexander Binford (b.1800-d.1876) – founder of Binford Plantation; Priscilla A. Bradford Binford (b.1810-d.1859) – wife (m.?); Margaret M. Binford (b.1834-d.1915) – dau.; Isabella Vass Roberts (b.1826-d.1913) – dau.; James Robert Binford (b.1839-d.1918) – son; Thomas J. Binford (b.1845-d.1906) – son

Sykes family: Solon M. Sykes (b.1832-d.1900); Margaret M. Binford Sykes (b.1834-d.1915) – dau. of J.A. and P.A.B. Binford

Binford family: Lt. Colonel James Robert Binford (b.1839-d.1918) – son of J.A. and P.A.B. Binford, legislator credited for developing Jim Crow Law of Mississippi later adopted by the Southern states; Frances “Fannie” L. Campbell Binford (b.1844-d.1913) – wife, inherited real estate from her father C.C.P. Campbell in 1867; Lloyd Tilghman Binford (b.1866-d.1956) – son; Fannie Binford (b.1870-d.1886) – dau.; James Campbell Binford (b.1876-d.1907) – son

Binford family: Thomas J. Binford (b.1845-d.1906) – son of J.A. and P.A.B. Binford; Emma M. Binford (b.1854-d.1915) – wife (m.?)


RESEARCH LEADS AND RECORDS

  • Melissa Munson: Slave Narrative (1977) – Melissa Munson (101 years old) was interviewed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). She recounted Colonel J.R. Binford’s attempt to hide during from Union soldiers who arrived at the Binford Plantation during the Civil War. [Rawick G. 1977]

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

  • None

REFERENCES

  • Wikipedia: Duck Hill, MS, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_Hill,_Mississippi
  • Ancestry.com. 1860 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.
  • Ancestry.com. 1850 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
  • Find-A-Grave: John Alexander Binford (ID: 19131875), https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/19131875/john-alexander-binford
  • Rawick G (1977). The American Slave: A Composite Autobiography (Supplement, Series 1) – Vol 9.
  • Wiltshire BC (1997). Carroll County, Mississippi Estate Records 1840-1869 with Freedmen Apprenticeships.

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