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Wilderness Plantation

Page history last edited by Andy McMillion 11 years, 4 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, and his nephew David wound up with Wilderness Plantation and Oakwood Plantation , which was also shown as being owned by Mr. Forman on the original land survey maps.  Abijah and William were partners in the purchase of Huntley Plantation which David Hunt also wound up owning.


Associated Surnames


  • Forman, Hunt, Marshall 


Historical notes


  • Size and description of the work done on Wilderness Plantation
    • Three of David Hunt's plantations - Wilderness, Lansdowne and Homewood Plantation - were a cluster of adjoining plantations just north of the town of Natchez.  Each was about 600 acres in size.  David probably got Wilderness from his Uncle Abijah's estate, while Lansdowne and Homewood came from David's wife Ann Ferguson's ancestors by the name Dunbar.
    • Cotton was the cash crop and corn was grown to feed the people and livestock on all of David Hunt's 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 WPA Slave Narrative of Cyrus Bellus, he states that he had been born in Jefferson Co in 1865 and that his parents had been slaves of David Hunt (Woodlawn Plantation). He goes on to say that later he farmed on Wilderness Place in the Cotton Belt of Mississippi. Thus, it would make sense if he was speaking of the Hunt's Wilderness Plantation in this location.
  • 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
  • David and Ann Ferguson Hunt - owners, got Wilderness from the Abijah Hunt estate.
  • Charlotte and George Marshall - owners;  Charlotte got Wilderness from her parent's estate.

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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