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Wilderness Plantation

Page history last edited by Andy McMillion 7 months ago




Date Constructed/ Founded


  • Probably founded between 1800 - 1811.  This land is shown as belonging to William G. Forman.  Mr. Forman was a business partner of Abijah Hunt betwen 1800 and 1811.  Abijah died in 1811. This was not David Hunt's Wilderness Plantation, which was in Issaquena County, MS.


Associated Surnames


  • Forman, Hunt, Marshall 


Historical notes


  • Size and description of the work done on Wilderness Plantation
    • about 600 acres in size. 
    • Cotton was the cash crop and corn was grown to feed the people on most of the area plantations.  Wild land was land that had not been cleared. Thus, the name Wilderness suggests that the land possibly was some of the last to be cleared in the area, or that much of the plantation's land was not cleared. 
  • In the 1950s the Marshalls (descendants of David Hunt) at Lansdowne subdivided Wilderness into home lots and sold them to blacks in the area.  In the 1950's banks were charging higher interest rates to blacks than to whites - a practice called "Redlining."  The Marshalls held the mortgages rather than the banks so that the area blacks could get similar reasonable interest rates like whites could at the time. 


Associated Slave Workplaces

Associated Free Persons

  • William G. Forman - owner; business partner of David Hunt's Uncle Abijah 
  • Wilderness later passed through the Marshall family of neighboring Lansdowne Plantation 

Associated Enslaved Persons

  • none recorded yet

Research Leads and Plantation Records

Miscellaneous Information

  • none


**From the WPA Slave Narratives, Cyrus Bellus. http://www.rootsweb.com/~msjeffe2/aframerican.htm

*The Hunt Family of Jefferson County, by Andy McMillion http://www.rootsweb.com/~msjeffe2/hunt_family.htm

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