James Potter plantation journal
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James Potter plantation journal

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Potter, James, 1793-1862.
Title: James Potter plantation journal
Dates: 1828-1831
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0630

Biographical/Historical Note

James Potter (1793-1862) was the son of John Potter who emigrated from Ireland to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1784. In 1817, John purchased the original Colerain plantation tract; his son, James, supervised its operation. He purchased additional tracts and after John's death these plantations were owned by his sons, James and Thomas. By the late 1830s, James Potter owned all of them, as well as several other contiguous tracts along the Savannah River. These plantations included Onslow and Argyle Islands on the Savannah River. Under James Potter's management, Colerain became one of the largest and most efficient rice plantations in Chatham County.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of James Potter's plantation journal for the years 1828 until 1831. This journal is for Argyle plantation, but includes some notes on Onslow and Colerain plantations, which also belonged to Potter. It contains a daily journal of work done on the plantation and that day's weather, weekly charts of the number of field hands working on particular jobs, a weekly total of slaves on the plantation, and a weekly list of sick slaves. The back of the journal contains a number of charts, listing the names of all the slaves and their overseers on Argyle plantation as of January, 1828; lists of slave births, including the date, the child's name and the mother's name, and lists of slave deaths, both of children and adults, for the years 1828, 1830, and 1831; and list of the disbursement of tools and the names of the slaves using the tools.

Index Terms

Journals (accounts)
Plantation owners--Georgia.
Potter, James, 1793-1862.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from the Georgia State Archives, which received it from the Connecticut State Library.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], James Potter plantation journal, MS 630, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Georgia Department of Archives and History, 1956.


Publication Rights

Collection is open for research.

Access Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Plantation journal, Argyle plantation, 1828 March 10-1831 October 22