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Collection Number: 00506-z

Collection Title: Thomas Middleton Plantation Book, 1734-1813.

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Abstract Thomas Middleton, son of Henry Middleton (1717-1784) and grandson of Arthur Middleton (1681-1737), was a planter on the Combahee River, which forms the border between Colleton and Beaufort counties, S.C. The collection is a volume with the inscription, "Thomas Middleton's Plantation Book," on the first page. The volume contains lists of slaves owned by Thomas Middleton and by the estate of his father, Henry, as well as a copy of an act establishing a free school at Dorchester, S.C., in 1734, and miscellaneous accounts, perhaps of Arthur Middleton (1785-1837).
Creator Middleton, Thomas, 1753-1797.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Thomas Middleton Plantation Book #506-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy available.
Additional microfilm: All or part of this collection is also available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Alicia Middleton before 1940.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Thomas Middleton, son of Henry and Mary Williams Middleton was born in Charleston, S.C., in 1753. Members of the Middleton family were wealthy merchants and planters and prominent in South Carolina politics from the late seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. Thomas Middleton's father was briefly president of the First Continental Congress in 1794. His brother, Arthur, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Middleton married Anne, daughter of Peter Manigault, and owned plantations on the Combahee River, which forms the border between Colleton and Beaufort counties, S.C. He was a member of the South Carolina Congress, 1774-1776. He died in 1797.

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This collection consists of one volume. Writing appears on 24 of the volume's 276 pages.

The volume was first used in 1734 to record an act of the South Carolina General Assembly establishing a school at Dorchester, S.C.; this record was presumably made by Arthur Middleton (1681-1737), grandfather of Thomas.

The volume was then used fifty years later in 1784 to list slaves owned by Thomas Middleton. It was used the following year to list slaves owned by the estate of Thomas's father, Henry (1717-1784).

Finally, there are various accounts, 1807-1813, at least some of which were entered by a Middleton. This was perhaps Arthur Middleton (1785-1837), who presumably who signed page 1, and who had brothers named Thomas and Henry and a sister named Esther.

Pages beginning from one end of the volume are numbered 1-251. Beginning from the other end they are numbered 252-276.

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Processed by: Shonra Newman and Tim West, June 1990

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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