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Guide to the Ballard's Valley and Berry Hill Penn Plantation Records, 1766-1873

Abstract

Plantations in St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica.

Records of sugar and livestock plantations in St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica. The material prior to 1837 is chiefly plantation records. Later papers include letters from managers of the estate to the owners describing crop conditions, trouble with freed blacks in 1838, the importation of coolies in 1846, sugar traders' reaction to the repeal of the corn laws in that year, and plans for the erection of a Church of England chapel in 1848. The plantation records reveal the number and condition of slaves and stock, purchases of goods, accounts payable, size of crops, and sales of sugar, rum, and cattle.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Ballard's Valley Plantation (St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica)
Title
Ballard's Valley and Berry Hill Penn Plantation records 1766-1873
Language of Material
English
Extent
6.0 Linear Feet, 244 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

This series contains 235 items and 9 volumes of the records of sugar and livestock plantations, Ballard's Valley Plantation and Berry Hill Penn, in St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica. The material prior to 1837 is chiefly plantation records, including financial papers and account books. The plantation records reveal the number and condition of slaves or apprentices and stock, purchases of goods, accounts payable, size of crops, and sales of sugar, rum, and cattle. Later papers include letters from managers of the estate to the owners describing crop conditions, trouble with freed Negroes in 1838, the importation of Chinese laborers in 1846, sugar traders' reaction to the repeal of the corn laws in that year, and plans for the erection of a Church of England chapel in 1848.

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Contents of the Collection

Papers, 1766-1827
Box 1
Papers, 1828-1839
Box 2
Papers, 1840-1848 and undated
Box 3
Volumes
Box 3
Photocopies
Box 4
Account book, 1793-1804 (St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica)
Volume ff:5660
Account book, 1793-1809 (St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica)
Volume ff:5661
Account book, 1831-1839 St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica)
Volume F:5662
Ledger, 1793-1806 (St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica)
Volume F:5663
Ledger, 1838-1846 (St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica)
Volume F:5664
Ledger, 1847-1848 (St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica)
Volume F:5665
Cruickshank, John and James: Ledger, 1773-1825 (London, England)
Volume F:5666
Cruickshank, John and James: Ledger, 1793-1806 (London, England)
Volume F:5667
Supply lists, accounts, etc., 1807-1848
Oversize Folder 1-2
Miscellaneous
Oversize Folder 3

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ballard's Valley and Berry Hill Penn Plantation Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Ballard's Valley and Berry Hill Penn Plantation Records were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1957.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff,

Encoded by Jane Metters, September 2011

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.