MF 6061, Series B, Part 3, Reel 12
PUGH (WILLIAM W., AND FAMILY) PLANTATION RECORDS
(Mss. 740, 753)Inventory
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Size. 6 linear feet (131 items; 14 volumes)
Inclusive dates. 1852-1912
Bulk dates. 1903-1908
Summary. Financial and legal documents and manuscript volumes for Woodlawn and Himalaya sugar plantations in Assumption Parish, owned by the William W. Pugh and related
W.P. Flower families. Survey plats, maps, and associated notes depicting the Pugh property holdings, as well as other property boundaries.
Organization. Grouped chronologically into folders according to types of materials and size considerations.
Restrictions on access.
No restrictions. If microfilm is available, photocopies must be made from microfilm.
Alexander Franklin Pugh (Mss. 354);
W.W. Pugh Sketch (Mss. 540);
Thomas Pugh Succession Document (Mss. 779); Whitmell Hill Pugh (Mss. 810);
Francis and William Scott Pugh Wills (Mss. 1077);
Mrs. W.W. Pugh, Jr. Civil War Account (Mss. 1756); Richard W. Pugh (Mss. 2052);
Col. William W. Pugh and Family Papers (Mss. 2052); Welman F. Pugh Diary (Mss. 2113);
Josephine Nicholls Pugh Civil War Account (Mss. 2618);
Pugh Family Genealogical Records (Mss. 2747).
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Citation. Pugh (William W., and Family) Plantation Records; Mss. 740, 753; Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections; LSU Libraries; Baton Rouge, La.
Stack location(s). G:38-39; OS:P
Also available on. Microfilm 6061, Series B, Part 3, Reel 12.
Folders 3-5 (maps, sketches, notes) have not been filmed.
William W. Pugh (1811-1906) was a sugar cane planter of Woodlawn Plantation in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. Pugh was colonel of the Assumption militia regiment; hence he was commonly called “Colonel Pugh.” Pugh married William Ann Thompson (d. 1843) in 1831 and Josephine Wilhelmina Nichols (1824-1868) in 1844. He had at least ten children with wife Ann (Mary Eliza, William W., Jr., and Robert L. are known) and four with wife Josephine (Welman F., Edward N., and Lawrence H. are known).
Pugh was active politically in Louisiana as a member of the state House of Representatives (ca. 1845 and 1852-1858), chairman of the 3rd District Levee Board, and president of the Canal and Claiborne Railroad. He was also chairman of the Woodlawn Planting & Manufacturing Co., Ltd., from its inception in 1903 until his death in 1906.
Detailed information about William W. Pugh and his family may be found in Barnes F. Lathrop’s dissertation The Pugh Plantations, 1860-1865: A Study of Life in Lower Louisiana (1945) [LaColl E 565 L36]. A colorful description of the Pugh family is provided in Growing Up in Louisiana, 1913 to 1933, by Mary Flower Pugh Russell (1984) [LaColl CS 71 P9785].
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
Papers include correspondence, legal and financial papers, township maps and survey plats, and printed materials. Financial volumes deal with Woodlawn, Himalaya, and Mount Lawrence plantations. Papers also include minutes of the Woodlawn Planting & Manufacturing Co., of which Pugh was chair; maps of land holdings in Assumption Parish; and cashbooks, ledgers, record books, and a time book.
Series I, Correspondence, 1888, 1909-1910, undated (4 items)
Correspondence consists of a letter from Pugh Bros. & Co., cotton and sugar factors in New
Orleans; a letter of request for work; a letter from W.P. Flower regarding his lease of Mount Lawrence Plantation; and a note about W.P. Flower’s debt.
Series II, Legal, 1858, 1903-1906 (1 item; 1 volume)
Legal items consist of a petition to the Louisiana Legislative Committee on Banks and Banking
from the Mortgage Stockholders of the Citizens’ Bank of Louisiana (February 20, 1858), and a volume (volume 10) recording the formation of the Woodlawn Planting & Manufacturing Co., Ltd., as well as names of officers, and minutes of the Board of Directors’ meetings (1903-1906).
Series III, Financial, 1855-1912 (9 items; 13 volumes)
Financial papers include Ulyssi Himel’s expense account with Woodlawn Plantation &
Manufacturing Co., Ltd.; sugar order slips of Woodlawn Planting & Manufacturing Co., Ltd.; a mimeograph letter from Harry Bros. Co. of La., with labor notes/payroll on reverse; and labor payroll notes.
Financial volumes 1 and 2 are cashbooks in which daily cash disbursements and expenditures of laborers were recorded. More detailed information regarding expenditures for itemized merchandise purchased by laborers and credit or cash for labor provided were recorded in volumes 3 and 4. Volume 3 also contains lists of supplies given to cooks to make meals for “white hands” working at Mount Lawrence Plantation. Volume 4 contains expenditures of the Howard Memorial Library and the Fish Free and Public Library, both in New Orleans, as well as accounts (1865-1866) associated with shipping (boat and rail) costs and receipt of goods and commissions (possibly through Pugh Bros. & Co., cotton and sugar factors in New Orleans).
Volumes 5 through 9 consist of ledgers. Credit and debit records for various members of the Pugh family are described in volume 5, whereas volumes 6 and 7 were used to record the credits and expenditures of laborers. These latter volumes also included the number of days worked, rate of pay, and cash received by laborers. Volume 8 contains details about the sugar cane crop of 1909 and volume 9 was used as a plantation ledger. It records the cash received from sugar and molasses sales from the sale of merchandise, as well as cash disbursements for plantation expenses and payroll.
Volumes 11 through 13 are record books for Woodlawn and Himalaya plantations containing production of and prices for molasses and sugar for the 1903-1908 crops, Mount Lawrence Plantation expenses, and sugar sales. Volume 14, a time book of only two pages, lists laborers’ names, job titles, time worked, rate, and pay.
Series IV, Township Maps and Survey Plats/Maps, 1852-1889, undated (111 items)
Loose items include sketches of property boundaries, size of tracts, and ownership of land in
Assumption Parish; sketched township and range maps (measuring 8.25”x8.25”); and notes and correspondence about land ownership and transfer. Additionally, ten undated maps illustrate the route of a survey line through property, including Hermitage, Rearwood, and Belle Helene plantations, in Assumption Parish. These maps occasionally illustrate vegetation and structure locations on the landscape.
Township and Range survey plats filed in the Surveyor General’s Office and associated notes (not survey field notes) of the William W. Pugh and family property holdings in Assumption Parish. Many of these maps depict property boundaries and owner names.
Series V, Printed Materials, 1884-192-, undated (6 items)
A copy of Louisiana Act No. 38 requiring the police juries of each Parish (excepting Orleans) to
conform abstracts of title to the township and range system for ease of tax assessment; a copy of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Circular No. 22; a blank promissory note of the Marshall National Bank; two blank copies of an Oil, Gas, and Mineral Lease (different years); letterhead of Pugh & Williamson, Attorneys at Law; letterhead of Himalaya Planting and Manufacturing Co.; and, the cover of a pad of stationery.
(Materials about the topics on the left may be found in the Series, Folders, and Volumes listed on
Citizens’ Bank of Louisiana.
Himalaya Plantation (La.)
Mount Lawrence Plantation (La.)
Pugh, William W. (William Whitmell), 1811-1906.
Pugh Brothers & Company.
Sugar growing--Louisiana--Assumption Parish.
1-4, 6-9, 14
Woodlawn Plantation (La.)
Woodlawn Planting & Manufacturing Co.
Contents (with dates)
Correspondence, 1888, 1909-1910, undated
Financial papers, 1905, 1911, 19—
Sketched maps and associated notes, 1894, 1897, 189-, 1900, 190-, 1933,
Printed materials, 1884, 1900, 190-, 192-, 19--, undated
Volume 1, Cashbook, Woodlawn Plantation, W.W. Pugh, 1907-1908
Volume 2, Cashbook, W.W. Pugh, 1908-1909
Volume 3, Journal, W.P. Flower, 1855, 1876
Volume 4, Journal, David McCoard, 1865-1866, W.W. Pugh, 1903
Volume 5, Ledger, W.W. Pugh, 1885-1897
Volume 6, Ledger, payroll accounts, Woodlawn and Himalaya
plantations, W.W. Pugh, 1905-1906
Volume 7, Ledger, Labor accounts, W.W. Pugh, 1906-1908
Volume 8, Ledger, payroll accounts, Woodlawn and Himalaya
Plantations, W.W. Pugh, 1909-1910
Volume 9, Ledger, general accounts, W.W. Pugh, 1911-1912
Volume 10, Woodlawn Planting and Manufacturing Co., Ltd.,
Woodlawn Plantation, Assumption Parish, 1903-1906
Volume 11, Record book, Woodlawn Plantation, expense account and
Volume 12, Record book, Sugar and molasses, Woodlawn and Himalaya
Volume 13, Record book, Cane record, Woodlawn and Himalaya
Volume 14, Time book, W.W. Pugh, 1908
Petition, Feb. 20, 1858 (Series II).
Township maps and survey plats/maps, 1852, 1857, 1860, 1889, undated