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Montpellier Plantation Ledger [manuscript] 1858-1880.

Dabney, William Pope
The ledger contains records of William Pope Dabney's Montpellier plantation in Powhatan County, Va. and consists of 6 unnumbered leaves followed by 153 numbered pages including the rear pastedown; from page 45 forward the pages are numbered only on rectos. Approximately 70 leaves have been excised with stubs remaining.
The unnumbered pages were used to record services given or received from neighbors and tradesmen and often refer to other, numbered pages that are no longer present. Philip St. George Cocke is mentioned for "ditching" and clover.
The remainder of the ledger contains records for crops and land management for various Dabney properties, but chiefly Montpellier, Woodson, and the land on which Elmington was to be built in 1858. Dabney was taxed on more than 1300 acres in 1861.
The ledger lists crops that were grown in various parts of Dabney's land including clover, corn, cotton, flax, oats, potatoes, sassafras, sorghum, sugar cane, tobacco, and wheat. Dabney records the location of the crop, how various plots were treated (fallow, application of lime, guano, etc.) and the yield for the year.
There are extensive records dealing with Dabney's slaves including lists with names and values, several of which contain a few birthdates and some parentage information of children; provisions and meat rations issued; shoes made and issued.
1 volume.
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Montpellier Plantation Ledger, 1858-1880, Accession #15682, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
Judge Dabney paid taxes on 1,327 acres in 1861.
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Coles-Special Collections Fund, 2013/2014.
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