Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Wederstrandt Slaves of Harlem Plantation (Plaquemine & West Feliciana Parishes)

In October of 2016, I visited the West Feliciana Parish Courthouse and discovered my 4th great-grandmother, Antoinette "Annette" King, listed as a slave in the inventory of John C. Wederstrandt, owner of Harlem Plantation.  The inventory is apart of his Last Will & Testament recorded in Notarial Book K (1849-1853), pages 451-458.

Below,  I transcribed pages 456 and 457 which itemized all 83 Harlem Plantation slaves and their estimated values in the year of 1851.  Please note that the slaves were grouped according to family structures or organized groups.

Although Harlem Plantation was located near Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana in Plaquemine Parish, this Last Will & Testament was recorded in West Feliciana Parish because the last 15 slaves listed (including Annette) lived in St. Francisville, Louisiana which was located in the parish.  I'm not 100% certain, but I would assume this document is potentially recorded with Plaquemine Parish as well.


  1. Valuable Information Cousin, thank you for sharing!

  2. Keep up the great work, Michael.

  3. Michael am I correct in assuming that the .1's are in reference to pregnancies?

  4. Hey Cuz!

    That's a good question. I really don't know.

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