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Slaves of the Clarke family Plantation near Keysville, Charlotte Co VA
  • unlannm September 2016
    I have references to slaves in a document prepared by my grandmother, who did extensive genealogical research on our Clarke ancestors in Virginia. She also interviewed her grandfather, Joseph Washington Clarke, who was the owner of the plantation in Charlotte Co and a confederate soldier. I am hoping that someone may recognize some of this information or the names. I also have 2 letters written by a slave boy named Peyton Stirren.
  • unlannm September 2016
    This is from an interview with Jos. Washington Clarke:

    "Joseph Washington Clarke and Mary Susan Glenn were married 3 Sep 1856. She died in 1864 during the War Between the States of what was said to be "galloping consumption". She was desperately ill during the last year as her letters and those of her mother, Elizabeth Stephenson to Jos. W. Clarke indicate. They were begging him to try to get medicine and try to get leave. Neither of which was accomplished. He was captured by the Federals during the Seven Days Battle around Richmond. He was in the battles near Farmville, VA and Scales Creek; was captured at the latter place and imprisoned at Point Lookout, MD, where he remained for 3 months while she was dying. He was released in early spring of 1865.

    He had three little children, left motherless with no one to care for them except "Black Mammy", who had a baby of about the same age, moved into the Big House and nursed both babies; hers at one breast and the white baby at the other.

    Eliz. Stephenson Glenn, his wife's mother was not well; with only slaves to care for her. All of the children stayed at home under "Black Mammy's" care until their grandmother was able to take her granddaughter, Rosa A. Clark into her home. The little boys remained home until their father's return in the spring of 1865.

    His wife was dead; the Federal troops had carried off all stock; killed the cows and hogs; stripped the country of all grain as long as there was any. He said "Black Mammy" had about a gallon of black-eyed peas she had managed to hide. That spring they planted some of the peas; some of the slaves had found a crippled horse the Federals had turned loose. They all pitched in and tried to raise something to eat. They had no money, nor anything else. One of his slaves, Uncle Patrick, was a fine wheel wright. He opened a shop in Keysville and divided what he made with all on the farm. His master was always his master as far as he was concerned. He died on the farm many years later. His master gave him an acre of land on the side of the farm nearest Keysville on which he built himself a home. He had a nice business as long as he was able to work; died when about ninety. George Washington Clarke, a black boy, looked after the children for "Black Mammy" until his master's return. He was not "Black Mammy's" child. He had been the children's nurse before their mother was taken sick. In 1904, when Rosa Clark went to visit her father, George Washington Clarke was a very dapper old negro, selling bunches of calamus root and some other things as he met the trains. He was over-joyed to see his "baby" again.

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