See also UPA microfilm: 6061, Series B, Part 2, Reel 11

GOOD HOPE PLANTATION PAPERS

(Mss. 0161, 3644)

Inventory

Compiled by Claudia C. Holland

March 1990

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2003

Revised 2010

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ...................................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
SERIES DESCRIPTIONS .............................................................................................................. 5
INDEX TERMS .............................................................................................................................. 6
CONTAINER LIST ........................................................................................................................ 7

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SUMMARY

Size.

0.5 linear feet

Geographic locations.

Louisiana, Mississippi

Inclusive dates.

1864-1867

Bulk dates.

1865

Language.

English

Summary.

Correspondence, legal, and financial papers of lessees of Tyconia, Good Hope, and Hermitage Plantations in Concordia Parish, Louisiana.

Organization.

Series I, Correspondence, 1865-1867

Series II, Legal papers, 1864-1865

Series III, Financial papers, 1864-1866

Restrictions on access.

Copies must be made from microfilm.

Related collections.

N/A

Copyright.

Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law. Property rights retained by LSU Libraries.

Citation.

Good Hope Plantation Papers, Mss. 161, 3644, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

U:145

Also available on.

UPA microfilm 6061, Series B, Part 2, Reel 11.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

George Gillson Klapp of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and James D. Waters (1832-1892) leased Tyconia Plantation in Concordia Parish, Louisiana, from Albert Davis for the year 1864. Klapp and Waters (referred to as government lessees) jointly leased Good Hope and Hermitage plantations from Levin R. Marshall (a "loyal" plantation owner) during 1865 and 1866. These contiguous plantations were situated on the west bank of Lake Concordia, three miles northwest of the town of Vidalia in Concordia Parish.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The collection consists of correspondence, legal, and financial papers of George Gillson Klapp and James D. Waters, co-lessees of Tyconia, Good Hope, and Hermitage Plantations in Concordia Parish, Louisiana. Labor reports filed with the Natchez District Freedman's bureau, payrolls, and labor contracts provide information about the operation of these cotton plantations at the end of the Civil War.

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Series I. Correspondence, 1865-1867, undated (44 items)

Correspondence includes letters between George Gillson Klapp and James D. Waters regarding plantation supplies and services. Some of the problems mentioned include the shortage of adult men for hire, the theft (among laborers) of cotton and other property, transportation of supplies and people across the Mississippi River, and the risk of high water episodes causing levee crevasses and flooding. The letters also discuss the lease of Tyconia, Good Hope, and Hermitage plantations, planting strategies, the removal of freedman from the plantation, and the rigors of filing reports to the Freedman's Bureau.

Two printed items a newspaper clipping about Alexander H. Stephens' speech against succession and a small broadside advertisement for a boarding and day school in Natchez, Mississippi also are included, as are three envelopes.

Series II. Legal papers, 1864-1865 (21 items)

Legal papers include mule loans, an arms permit, papers granting permission to transport, permission to own a skiff and a flat boat, and documents describing the punishment of freedmen for stealing cotton and other items. Contracts between plantation owner (Albert Davis) and lessees (Klapp and Waters) as well as between laborers and employer are included. Labor contracts list names, ages, rates of pay, and special skills of hired hands.

Reports compiled by Klapp and Waters are comprised of lists of freedmen (including women and children) living and working at Tyconia and Good Hope plantations, presumably submitted to the Freedmen's Bureau in Natchez. The reports include names, ages, and work performance comments.

Series III. Financial papers, 1864-1866 (35 items)

Financial papers consist of promissory notes and receipts for goods and services, post office box rental, and taxes. Also included are accounts of merchandise purchased by laborers.

Payroll documents list names of persons, rates of pay, numbers of days worked, amount of cotton picked, and wages paid. Deductions for rations received and “pig” or “hay” fines are also recorded on some of the payrolls.

Inventories of real and personal property of Good Hope Plantation reflect the livestock, tools, farm equipment, and household goods owned, loaned, or hired by Klapp and Waters during their tenure at Good Hope. Occasionally the value of items is reported.

INDEX TERMS

Subject

Series Location

Agricultural wages--Louisiana.

III

Contracts, Agricultural--Louisiana.

II

Cotton picking--Louisiana.

I, III

Fines (Penalties)--Louisiana.

I-III

Flatboats--Louisiana.

I-II

Freedmen--Louisiana.

I-III

Klapp, George Gillson.

I-III

Louisiana--History--1803-1865.

I-III

Plantation workers--Louisiana.

I-III

Plantations--Louisiana--Concordia Parish.

I-III

Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)--Louisiana--Concordia Parish.

I-III

Skiffs--Louisiana.

I-II

United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands.

I-II

Waters, James Devereux, 1832-1892.

I-III

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

U:145

1

1-2

Series I, Correspondence, 1865-1867, undated

3-4

Series II, Legal, 1864-1865

5-7

Series III, Financial, 1864-1866

MF 6061

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Series B, Part 2, Reel 11