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Poague Family Agricultural Account Book and Slave Register

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0476

Scope and Contents

This account book documents agricultural operations for a southern Rockbridge County farmer between April 1863 and June 1867. The compiler is possibly Johnathan Poague, whose son, John William Poague, signed the book on the inside front cover. John William Poague attended Washington College in 1868 for one year. Contents include expenditures and receipts for day to day farm operations, crop production numbers, and diary - like entries. Contents of specific note include a registry of names of Civil War period enslaved persons in 1864 who then transitioned to paid employees when the estate owner was ordered to submit to freeing his slaves on May 29, 1865. The registry details their work schedules and account charges through June 1867. Locations mentioned are Greenlee’s Ferry and Gilmore’s Mill, both on the James River near Natural Bridge, Va. Other surnames mentioned in the book include Sterling, Peck, Tolley, Burks, Watson, Bryan, Locher, Patterson, Simpson and Wilcher. .


  • Creation: Inclusive 1861-1867
  • Creation: Majority of material found within Bulk 1863-1867


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1 Item : Approximately 70 pages. Item is in fair condition. Binding loose. ; 6.5" x 8"

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