Please note: Unless otherwise noted, the information contained on this page is from the Diary of David Gavin of St. Georges Parish, SC, 1855-1874. I have attempted to "construct" family groups, but many slaves are mentioned in the diary as individuals with no obvious connection to other family members.
As it was common practice to "hire out" negroes to other land owners, sometimes it is difficult to determine the owners, so the same individuals may be linked to two owners. There also are some slave sales mentioned in the diary with no information as to the seller or purchaser.
I am copying this information from a photocopy, and may have mis-read names. If anyone with a better copy finds an error, please let me know! If anyone has additional slave data from another source, please let me know and we'll add it here. If anyone has access to slave schedules, let's work on getting data online. Thanks! Pat Sabin
This is a work in progress! Last updated 6-16-01.
|JOHN BELL - Estate Distribution, Oct 28, 1861
To: NED N. BELL
To: GEORGE W. BELL
To: JACKSON J. BELL
To: ANGELINE BELL
To: ADRIAN F. BELL
|MRS. MARGARET CANADAY - Estate sale 1860 - sold to W.
Nelly & Children
Jake or Jacob
Mary & Children
|MRS. MARGARET CANADAY - Estate sale 1860 - sold to Mr.
Westbury and wife Elizabeth.
Keziah and Children
|MRS. MARGARET CANADAY - Estate sale 1860 - sold to
Oct 29, 1856, purchased from J. S. Murray by David Gavin for his brother, Charles:
William Gavin left Charleston, SC, Dec. 29, 1857 for Florida (Alachua Co), taking five negroes purchased by David Gavin for his brother, Charles at the J. L. Inabnet sale:
Rose and children:
|MAJ. DAVIN GAVIN, TEXAS
When reminissing about the "old days" of 1843, Gavin mentions five slaves: Friday, Peg, Elsy, Philis & Abram.
On April 10, 1859, David Gavin owned a total of 4,699 acres of land in St. Georges Parish, and 26 negroes. The names here are mentioned in the diary over a period of years, from 1855 to mid 1860s.
Mary and youngest child, Tenah
yrs old); bought
Big Mary (Bryant)*. She had at least one daughter, Mildred. Her mother was Peg. - land left to this family in David Gavin's Last Will and Testament
Harriet and son,
Nolli / Nolly (male)
*These appear to have been trusted individuals in key positions on the plantation
|ESTATE OF JOHN GAVIN
650 acres of land
|WILLIAM GAVIN & WIFE - purchased at sale at Mrs.
Tenah (not purchased at the above sale - died of
|ESTATE OF JAMES HUTSON AND HIS MOTHER HESTER
Hector - sold at estate sale Feb. 21, 1856
At same sale:
|J. L. INABNET (INABINET)
Listed Dec. 9, 1859 by David Gavin
(Implies but does not actually state that these are family units)
Rachael, about age 40
Binah, 10 (single)
Mar. 22, 1861, Maj. Gavin notes that Talle(y) and Fanny came
to complain that a Wm. B. Harley to whom they had been hired out from
J. L. Inabnet Estate, was mistreating them - not feeding them enough
making them work too hard.
|H. INABNET (INABINET)
Peg (attempted runaway February 28, 1857)
|MRS. E. MOORER owned 340 acres of land and 8 negroes
MRS. E. MOORER - sale May 27, 1856
D. W. MOORER at sale of Mrs. E. Moorer, May 27, 1856
At same sale - no mention of who purchased:
|JOHN R. MOORER
Sale of Mar. 5, 1861: Sampson, Jenny and Child (does not state that this is a family unit - no buyer noted)
|R. E. MOORER
Listed with 769 acres of land in April 1860, and 13 negroes
Lot #2, Drawn by P. L. Horn:
Jane & Children
Lot #1, Drawn by P. L. Horn & Mary Horn
Sophia & Joe, Jr
Left for Florida March 2, 1857 and sold his negroes to Fly & Witherspoon, traders of Memphis, TN:
Ceale or Celia and her mother
Abb (female) died 1855
|MRS. ANN RUMPH
|COL. J. S. SHINGLER
Cato (escaped and was captured Feb. 28, 1856)
|T. J. SISTRUNK
March 5, 1861 - Sale of John (48 years old) for $675.00. (no buyer listed)
|SUMMERS (Martha S. Summers' estate)
Ceasar - sold to J. S. Horn,
Jan 1, 1856
|DR. MOSES WEST, SON IN LAW OF RUMPH:
Sued Rumph 1855 for negroes he purchased from S. Canaday -
Jude & Children
|MRS. S. E. WEST - April 1860
|SALE OF OCTOBER 17, 1859
NO BUYER OR SELLER LISTED
OTHER MENTIONS OF SLAVES:
210 negroes belonging to the estate of Wm. A. Carson were sold a few days ago for about $600.00 per head, amounting to $125,000 and his rice plantation on Cooper river called Dean Hall at private sale for $50,000.00 total land and negroes $176,000.00."
FREE NEGROES mentioned:
As a point of refernce for a timeline on this family, David Gavin's father, John Gavin, was born 1780 in Orangeburgh District, and died 1838. His grandmother, Bathiah Byrd Gavin, was born about 1750 and died in Mississippi.
Index of Slave Names
David Gavin Diary, Main Page
Dorchester County SCGenWeb