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Huntley Plantation

Page history last edited by Andy McMillion 8 years, 3 months ago



(County and State where the plantation/workspace was located.  Information to help others locate the plantation is optional.)


  • Jefferson Co. MS. This plantation was located on Cole's Creek at T9N-R1E section 10 & 11 and T9N-R1W section 3 & 26 ("Jefferson County Plantations and Tracts," http://jeffersoncountyms.org/plantations.htm ,15 Aug 02, MSGenWeb Project, retrieved 15 Jan 08). This location can be found on the county highway maps at the MS Dept. of Transportation website. 
    • See the land on a modern map atMississippi Department of Transportation website.
    • See original land survey atGeneral Land Office website of the bureau of land management.  The plantation was where one can see the words "Legal Reps of William Murry" in the upper right corner of the map.
    • See photos of the land from above at www.google.com, , click on "map" search, type "Rodney Mississippi" in the search bar, click on "satellite" view, use the zoom feature to find the area where the Natchez Trace Parkway and Frasier/Aldridge/Rodney Road (or whatever its name is) intersect.  This intersection would have been right in the middle of Huntley; however, the Natchez Trace Parkway didn't exist back then and the Old Natchez Trace which did exist ran slightly to the south/east of Huntley through T9N-R1E, sections 31 & 32.
    • Follow the Natchez Trace Parkway south to it's intersection with Highway 533 to see where Huntley was   http://www.panoramio.com/photo/7130691
    • The tip of Huntley Plantation can be seen in the upper left of this map where "Wm Murry" and "Jacob Cable" are written. Huntley extends into the adjoining map at: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/SurveySearch/Survey_Detail.asp?dmid=74204&Index=9&QryID=56579.8 where "Legal Reps of William Murry" is written.  Coles Creek entered the MS River on this map in the extreme upper left corner just above Edward Green's land. It isn't shown, but that is where it was. 


Date Constructed/ Founded

(Year the plantation/workplace was established and/or built.)

  • Approximately 1798 when Abijah Hunt moved from Cincinnati, OH to the Natchez District or shortly thereafter. 


Associated Surnames

(List of names associated with this workplace)


  • Hunt


Historical notes

(Historical summary of the workplace.)

  • Huntley Plantation was Abijah Hunt's plantation.  When he died in a duel in 1811, it is thought that Abijah was burried on Huntley in T9N-R1E, section 11.  His nephew David Hunt inherited it.  Then David gave it to his son George as a wedding gift and residence.  It was a cotton plantation. 


Associated Slave Workplaces

(Plantations/ workplaces connected to this one via owners' family and/ or enslaved persons.)


  • Connections via the owners
    • About 1800 to 1811, Huntley was associated with owner Abijah Hunt's, other plantations.  Basically, Abijah had a chain of probably six general stores from Natchez up the first sixty miles of the Old Natchez Trace.  He had public cotton gins with his stores and usually a cotton plantation near each store.  Huntley was near Abijah's Old Greenville store and gin in Jefferson County on the Old Nathez Trace.
    • From 1811 to 1848, Huntley Plantation was associated with owner David Hunt's plantations - see Woodlawn Plantation MS.
    • From 1848 to the Civil War, Huntley Plantation was associated with owner George Hunt's other plantation -Georgiana Plantation and possibly also Anna Watson's father's plantations. Her father James Watson owned Buena Vista Plantation - Claiborne MS in Claiborne Co., Waterloo Plantation in Jefferson County, and possibly another plantation on Deer Creek in Issaquena County.  George and Anna got Huntley as a wedding gift and residence from George's father David Hunt.
  • Associated by enslaved persons

Associated Free Persons

(Bulletted list of free persons: plantation-owning family, overseers, etc. Example: "John Doe (b.1841-d.1885) - owner; inherited Doe Plantation from his father Joe Doe")


  • Plantation owning families 


    • William Murray and Jacob Cable owned most of the land that was to become Huntley Plantation
    • Abijah Hunt. 
    • David Hunt.
    • George Ferguson Hunt and his wife Anna Watson - owners;  George got Huntley and Georgiana plantations as a wedding gifts from his father David Hunt in 1848.
      • The following is an accounting of George F. Hunt's household from the 1860 U.S. Census in Jefferson County, MS (Tennessee State Library and Archives, retrieved from an on-line database in 2007). Link to the census image:  http://www.usgwarchives.org/ms/jefferson/census/1860/0610.gif 
        • George F. Hunt, age 32, planter, real estate value $18,700, personal estate value $69,950. (These dollar amounts are probably only for Huntley Plantation. George's other plantation - Georgiana located on the Issaquena/Sharkey County line - had 160 slaves which would have pushed his estate's value up considerably past $88,650.)  Georgiana (including it's 160 slaves) was probably worth about $175,000.  This would put George's net worth at about $250,000 - so basically a millionaire by today's standards.
        • Ann Hunt (George's wife), age 29.  Ann was Anna Watson, daughter of Planter James Watson.  James is listed as a small slave owner in the early 1808 census that lists Abijah Hunt in Jefferson County.  Later James is shown as a large slave owner in Claiborne County.
        • George and Ann's children - David, age 11; Martha, age 9; Abijah, age 7; and James, age 5
        • Ida Maddox, age 14
        • John Thuer (The name Thuer is probably not transcribed correctly), music teacher, personal estate value $2,000, born in Switzerland.

Associated Enslaved Persons

(Bulletted list of enslaved persons. You can add several separate lists with subheadings like "1850 - 1860: Slaves listed in the Doe Family Bible")


  • Abijah Hunt - 18 slaves in 1810 in Jefferson County.  They probably worked on Huntley, though this is not certain. 
  • George Hunt - 219 slaves.
    • Jefferson County, MS - 59 slaves.  From the 1860 slave census, George Hunt had 59 slaves in Jefferson County.  They most likely worked on Huntley Plantation because this was probably the only Jefferson County plantation that David Hunt gave his son George when George married in approximately 1848.  (Tom Blake , “JEFFERSON COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI,LARGEST SLAVEHOLDERS FROM 1860 SLAVE CENSUS SCHEDULES,” mindspring, April 2001, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ajac/msjefferson.htm , (20 Jan 2008).
    • Issaquena County, MS - about 160 slaves.  George had his Issaquena County slaves on Georgiana Plantation on Deer Creek.

Research Leads and Plantation Records

(Bulletted list of primary sources, plantation records from archives, books, microfilm, etc., that you think would help the reader to find his/ her ancestors.)


  • Library archives.
    • The University of Texas at Austin is supposed to have the bulk of the known plantation records for Abijah Hunt, David Hunt (Abijah Hunt's nephew who seems to have gotten the bulk of Abijah Hunt's estate) and George Ferguson Hunt (David Hunt's son who got Abijah Hunt's Huntley Plantation in Jefferson County, MS)
      • The Natchez Trace Collection Supplement has a folder with some of Abijah Hunts papers in Box 4BZ25, lot 7.  The page at the following link tells what is in this folder.  Scroll down the page slightly to see the information.  http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/01227/cah-01227.html
      • The Natchez Trace Small Manuscripts Collection has folders containing some of the papers of Abijah, David Hunt and George Ferguson Hunt.  This is a link to the index of the collection.  http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00140/cah-00140.html 
        •  The Abijah and David Hunt folders are in Box 2E562
        • The George Ferguson Hunt folders are in Box 2E1004 and 2E1007. 
      • Email the UT at Austin library here http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/contact.html with the collection name and box no. asking approximately what is in the folder you are interested in and how many documents it contains.  They give you three options to get more specific information.
        • Visit the library yourself and get copies of what you want from their collection
        • E-mail them an order with your credit card number to have an entire folder copied and mailed to you.  They will not search out specific papers from a folder to copy and send to you - you must get the entire folder.  With sometimes hundreds of papers in a folder at 25 cents per page plus other charges, it could cost you close to $100 to get the information sent to you.
        • You can hire a "proxy" researcher from their list to go in and sort through the folder(s) you are interested in, who can copy only what you want and mail it to you.  http://www.cah.utexas.edu/services/proxy_researcher.php
    • The public library at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA has a collection of papers from the David Hunt family.  The collection has 21 items in it pertaining to David Hunt.  This link tells in general what is in this collection.  http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/guides/natchez.html 
    • The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattisburg has "The Natchez Trace Research Collection".  It has information pertaining to the Hunt family plantations.
    • The Mississippi State Archives in Jackson has folders for David Hunt and for James Archer (married David Hunt's daughter Mary Ann and got David's Oakwood Plantation).  You can do a search at the following link to get a description of the contents of their folders at:   http://mdah.state.ms.us/
    • The Adams and Jefferson County MS libraries as well as the Concordia and Tensas Parish public libraries probably have information on the Hunts.
  • Books
    • The book, The Natchez Court Records by May Wilson McBee has early records on the Hunts.  It is in most of the bigger libraries.
    • Antebellum Natchez by D. Clayton James.  Doesn't have slave names, just general information on the Hunts and other planters in the Natchez area.
    • Early Settlers of Mississippi by Walter Lowrie shows only land purchases by the early Natchez area planters like Abijah Hunt.
    • Mississippi-Louisiana Border Country:  A History of Rodney, Miss,, St. Joseph, La,, and Environs by Marie T. Logan has only information about the planters like David Hunt (not the slaves) and their plantations in and around Rodney, MS.
    • Several books have photo spreads and information about Lansdowne and Homewood Plantations (belonged to David Hunt's daughters Charlotte and Catherine).  They don't give slave information - just info on the plantation owners and how opulent the houses were for their time.
      • In Old Natchez by Catharine Van Court has - no slave information.
      • Natchez The Houses and History of the Jewl of the Mississippi by Hugh Howard and Roger Straus III - no slave information
      • Under Live Oaks The Last Great Houses of the Old South by Caroline Seebohm and Peter Woloszynski 

Miscellaneous Information

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  • none


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  • Books
    • Lowrie, Walter: Early Settlers of Mississippi; Southern Historical Press 1986. 

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