“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – MANDELA: Long Walk To Freedom
Since discovering Samuel WINGFIELD’S plantation ledger last month at Duke University, I acknowledge after all these years of researching, I can still be sickened by what I discover. When I consider the experience and not the data, the barbaric nature of Slavery leaves me speechless — and angry.
I’d decided not to publish additional images from the 300 page ledger. It’s painful enough to read; can’t imagine how much my Ancestors suffered enduring it.
Overseer Samuel WINGFIELD was a meticulous record keeper. Void of all humanity, the ledger is a difficult read — especially for this WINGFIELD descendant.
Before migrating to WILKES County, Georgia in 1783 with Thomas WINGFIELD, my Ancestors were enslaved in HANOVER and MIDDLESEX Counties, Virginia. Thomas WINGFIELD worked my Ancestors in every possible way, as well as frequently leasing them to labor for others.
Ralph WORMELEY V (1745-1806) was the Virginian planter my Ancestors provided the most labor for. Whether my Ancestors built/maintained the Rosegill Plantation in Middlesex County or worked some other land owned by WORMELEY, I’ll never know. Honestly, I really don’t care. That’s not the history I care to research or record.
What I do know is along with WINGFIELD and many others, WORMELEY profited from my […]
Looking forward to rising early tomorrow to spend the day watching Alex Haley’s ROOTS with the kids. I haven’t seen ROOTS in many years, and this will be the kids first time! Many of the things I appreciate most about life today, I discovered on the HALEY Farm.
Hoping we’ll have time to visit once again on our trip to the Tennessee State Museum in February to view the Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation Exhibit, and to visit with Aunts Hannah and Lena in Cincinnati too.
Yes, it’s time to journey home!:)
Original Post 18 July 2011: Sentimental Sunday: The Road Home… Still Following The Signs!
It’s been almost 6 years since I traveled I-75 North heading to Cincinnati, Ohio. Although my Georgia and Alabama family roots reach deep, I was raised in Cincinnati, so the trip home is always warm and familiar.
I hadn’t planned this journey but I see now that doesn’t make it any less predestined. I was supposed to make this trip… at this time.
For the first time, I was blessed to experience the 157 acre Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee all by myself — well sorta — […]
I’ve never seen the face of James, my 4th Grandfather owned by James Nelson and Susan WINGFIELD. I have several pages of Ancestor names captured from Samuel WINGFIELD’S Plantation Ledger and numerous names grouped into lots across various WINGFIELD estate inventories, wills and division of slaves probate records, but not one, single face.
Tonight a random GOOGLE search for WINGFIELD sightings landed me here – Tombstone Tuesday: Annie, Resthaven Cemetery, Washington, Wilkes Co., GA via Digging in the Roots, and though I tried, I couldn’t shake the heaviness of this very brief blog post nor the weight of ANNIE’s headstone.
I left the blog. Returned. Bookmarked the post. Left and finally decided to leave this comment:
“My Ancestors were owned by Thomas WINGFIELD who migrated to Wilkes County from Hanover, VA in 1783. The WINGFIELDS were prominent planters. Every African-American WINGFIELD in Washington-Wilkes descends from the first 23 slaves who arrived with Thomas WINGFIELD. Many, if not most of the white WINGFIELDS are buried at Resthaven, and when I stumbled upon your post tonight, a heaviness I can’t quite […]
SUPER excited to learn today (thanks LaKesha!) of the upcoming Tennessee State Museum FREE exhibit featuring the genealogy research and slave artifacts of John BAKER’s Ancestors – The WASHINGTONS of Wessyngton Plantation.
Some years back I met John BAKER at an Atlanta AAHGS presentation and book signing, but missed the opportunity to tour Wessyngton Plantation as part of the National Black Arts Festival offerings in 2010.
“The exhibit, Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation, looks at the lives of both the enslaved African Americans and their white owners on the 13,000 acre plantation in Robertson County, Tennessee. The exhibition, which is free to the public, will open Feb. 11 and close Aug. 31, 2014.”
Definitely won’t be missing such a historic exhibit and teaching opportunity for my children to see first hand plantation life as many our Ancestors experienced. I’m also hopeful AAGSAR Community members who are close-by will join us! How cool would that be?!
So mark your 2014 Calendars – Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation will run from February through August 31, 2014 and will be FREE to the public!
Giving the Ancestors their voice and due reverence!:)
“While flipping through my social studies textbook I spotted a photograph of […]
I’m not going to front, Ancestry.com has been very, very good to me!:)
I can still find online 13-year-old queries from my early days when in pursuit of all things WINGFIELD and CODY! Fast forward 14+ years, with an abundance of genealogy data acquired and a transformed family history to share, I frequently turn to Ancestry to support my work.
So yes, I’m an advocate for and long-time user of Ancestry’s genealogy tools.
I am hopeful my product knowledge combined with the fact I’ve launched online technology applications for as long as I’ve used Ancestry, gives credence to my ask that Ancestry’s Business Analysts, User Experience Leads, Information Architects and Application Developers consider updating the current Ancestry Leaf Hint functionality and user experience.
It’s time for a 1.2 or 2.0 enhancement of the Shaky Green Leaf experience offered to users presently. Why? Because though the core requirement (provide customers a user-friendly means of introducing “hints” to support family tree building) has been met, there are user experience considerations and a few business requirements to update and/or add.
Based on our understanding Shaky Green Leaf functionality has been introduced and applied by Ancestry users, here’s my technical wish list of modifications:
- Coach Marks. To support an enhanced Shaky Green Leaf (SGL) experience, add concise, dynamic “coach marks” to guide […]
Ask and you shall receive, right? John WINGFIELD’s estate Division of Slaves record was *hidden* — a book inside a book I almost missed! Thanks to my Ancestors for prompting me to take a 2nd look and jump to image 170 which just so happened to be the COVER image of the book I was searching for! From there I navigated to page 105 (image 226) to find my WINGFIELD Ancestors. Quite a coincidence huh?!:)
- Bonner *
- Cus * $400
- Mary $150
- Edmond $400
- Polly $200
- Eleck $375
- Peter $200
- Charles $375
- Melinda $200
- Jordan $300
- Cicily $275
- William $250
- Louisa $275
- Clary $350
- Harriet $50
- Jude $100
- Lucy $200
- Juley $300
- Sit with all the newly discovered probate records and my Ancestors to determine my next steps!:)
- Compare slaves names of probate records to the 1841 Indenture of James Nelson WINGFIELD. James Nelson was the owner of my 4th Grandfather James WINGFIELD and son of John WINGFIELD.
- How can I BEST map the movement of my Ancestors across the probate records/family shuffle?
- Determine if the Indenture record was submitted to the court and available […]
I’ve learned more about the WINGFIELDS in the past 4 months than I have in the 15 years of doing Georgia research.
This AM I summoned for the Estate Inventory of John WINGFIELD and this evening I located the executed May 12, 1806 record via Family Search, along with an index of all WINGFIELD probate court records.
So tonight as I take in my Ancestors names, I wonder if James could be my 5th Grandfather, father of James the 4th. Does the presence of Jack and Nelson confirm their connection to my James beyond a WINGFIELD slave owner? Is the Mother of James here too?
- Tom $450
- Clus * $300
- Nelson $300
- Cesley $400
- Woman Milly $450
- Milly Bonner * $350
- Clarifa $350
- Maria $200
- Charles $150
- Jordan $175
- James $75
- Bob $80
- Hubard $30
- Edmond $180
- Julia $150
- Lousa $100
- Jack $50
The Georgia Genealogy Trails narrative I discovered this morning regarding John WINGFIELD’s estate:
There was, however, immediately after the Revolution a large influx of Virginians who were in better circumstances, and who brought with them in their large wagons from Virginia a supply of better furniture, and furnished their tables more bountifully.
As illustrative of this we have the inventory of John Wingfield, or as he is written, John Winkfield, who died in 1798, and whose inventory is elaborate and extensive. He had, besides a sufficient supply of plain household and kitchen furniture, some articles mentioned in […]
I’m not quite sure what ‘prompted’ the following December 19, 1827 Inventory and January 10, 1828 division of Thomas (d. 1797) and Elizabeth (d.1802) WINGFIELD slaves in the Ordinary Court of WILKES County, GA. Possibly the passing of a WINGFIELD heir who held their possessions?
I’ll work on having the December 27, 1797 will of Thomas WINGFIELD transcribed. I’m finding the actions of his descendants in respect to the handling of slaves all generate from the directives stated in the will.
I’ve always been told the WINGFIELDS didn’t sell their slaves; they were moved around the family. This *appears* to be true. Across a lot of records I’ve only seen two (2) slaves names mentioned as being sold. But there were many WINGFIELD deaths and more probate records to follow. Who knows what I’ll find?
At some point, I’ll need to return to the dreaded Plantation Ledger of Samuel WINGFIELD (d. 1820) to map all of the new information to his records. As Overseer and inheritor, I can’t avoid going through the 300+ pages of account book. Ugh!:(
The Ancestors have something they want me to find. After 15+ years, I know the signs. I located this WINGFIELD inventory while searching for the estate of John WINGFIELD (d. 1798 eldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth; father of James Nelson WINGFIELD — the owner of my 4th Grandfather James). This morning, […]