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Ball Family Freedmen's Labor Contracts
Comingtee Plantation, Berkeley District, SC, March 1, 1866
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Ball Family Freedmen's Labor Contracts, Comingtee Plantation, Berkeley District, SC, March 1, 1866

Alana Thevenet
Co-Administrator, USF Africana Heritage Project

On March 1, 1866, ninety freedpersons signed labor contracts with Keating S. Ball of Comingtee Plantation, Berkeley District, South Carolina. Africana Heritage Project Co-Administrator Alana Thevenet has followed these freedpersons forward to the 1870 and 1880 censuses, and has prepared family group sheets for each. Alana's research is a first step towards identifying descendants for an anticipated Ball Family Freedmen's Reunion in Charleston, SC.

Does your family connect to these records? If so we would love to hear from you! Please contact us at info@africanaheritage.com, so that we may gather additonal information for you, from the Ball Family Records!





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You may click on the document name to read the text of Ball Family Freedmens Labor Contract, Comingtee Plantation. Berkeley District, SC. Below is an abstract:

Freedmen's Labor Contract, Keating S. Ball with Freed People, Berkeley County, SC, 1866
Source: Records of the Field Offices for the State of South Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872
NARA Record Group 105, MC 1910, Reel 62, Target 3

TITLE OF CONTRACT:


Keating S. Ball with Freed people

DATE OF CONTRACT:

Feb. 23, 1866

PLACES MENTIONED IN CONTRACT:

Berkeley County

South Carolina

SC

Comingtee Plantation

Cooper River

NAMES OF FREEDPERSONS:

Marcus Dart, Foreman
Daniel Pinckney, halfhand
Judy Pinckney, halfhand
Becky Vanderhorst, quarterhand
Dublin Easton, halfhand
Binah Easton, halfhand
Monemia Easton, halfhand
Benjamin Gadders, halfhand
Isaac Johnson, halfhand
Rose Johnson, halfhand
Alec Ladsden, halfhand
Rachel Ladsden, halfhand
Solemon Heyward, halfhand
Sue Heyward, halfhand
Polly Simon, halfhand
Phoebe Gamble, do. hurse
Stephen Green, halfhand
Celia Green, halfhand
Mathias Withers, halfhand
Phillis Rivers, halfhand
Manza Singleton, halfhand
Bella Withers, quarterhand
Lavinia Aiken, quarterhand
Sarah Aiken, halfhand
Jane Brian, halfhand
Primus Singleton, halfhand
Cloe Singleton, halfhand
Eleg Simon, quarterhand
Devonshire Simon, halfhand
Sucky Simon, quarterhand
Peter White, halfhand
Mosey White, halfhand
Coena Watson, halfhand
Peter Broughton, halfhand
Jeffry Bennet, halfhand
Jeffry Bennet Jnr, quarterhand
Manza Roper, halfhand
Violet Roper, halfhand
Cupid Green, quarterhand
Marian Simon, halfhand
Hannah Lash, quarterhand
Hezekiah Black, halfhand
Sally Singleton, halfhand
Fender Fayall, halfhand
Nanny Wigfall, halfhand
Ezekiel Wigfall, halfhand
Carlo Wigfall, halfhand
Hannah McKnight, halfhand
Tenang McKnight, quarterhand
William Pinkney, halfhand
Rachel Evens, halfhand
Rhina Brian, halfhand
Rachel Fleming, quarterhand
Chloe Collins, halfhand
Jewel Wigfall, quarterhand
Ceasar Collins, halfhand, carpenter
Martin Parker, halfhand
Phillis Singleton, halfhand
Hannibal Singleton, halfhand
Peter Frost, hostler, halfhand
Maria Frost, halfhand
Nellis Frost
Peter Frost (Nellie and Peter are in brackets), quarterhand
Cupid Frost, halfhand
Jack Robinson, quarterhand
Marian Pinkney, quarterhand
London Ellington, halfhand, carpenter
Marcus Ellington, halfhand, blacksmith
Gibby Pinkney, halfhand, stockminder
Bella Pinkney, quarterhand
Dido Horlebeck, 1/2 hand
James Horlebeck, halfhand
Flora Collins, quarterhand
Brawley Hasgill, quarterhand
Binah Hasbill, quarterhand
Jenny Gadders, quarterhand
Dorcas Pinkney, quarterhand, midwife
Bella Broughton, quarterhand
Hannah Ellington, quarterhand
Ben Singleton, halfhand
Adam Ash, halfhand
James Collins, halfhand
Auba Collins
Susan Collins (Auba and Susan are in brackets), halfhand
Patty McKnight, halfhand
Samuel Gainey, halfhand
Longon Williams, quarter
Carlos Fork, halfhand
Fortune Gilland, halfhand
Judy Johnson, halfhand
Philip Green, halfhand

Below are family group sheets from the 1870 and 1880 census, that match the names of freedpersons who signed the labor contract:

AIKEN, John T. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Flood Twp., Charleston, SC, Page 1

AIKEN, John. Family Group Sheet. 1880 Census (p1), Charleston, SC

AIKEN, John. Family Group Sheet. 1880 Census (p2), Charleston, SC

AIKEN, Lavinia. Family Group Sheet (page 2), 1870, Sumter County, SC

AIKEN, Lavinia. Family Group Sheet, 1870 Census. Sumter County, SC

AIKENS, Sarah. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

ASH, Adam. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

BENNET, Jeffry. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

BENNET, Jeffry. Family Group Sheet, 1880, Charleston, SC

BENNETT, Jeffry. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Goose Creek, Charleston, SC

BLACK, Hezekiah. Family Group Sheet (p1). 1870 Census. Botetourt, VA

BLACK, Hezekiah. Family Group Sheet (p2). 1870 Census. Botetourt, VA

BROUGHTON, Bella. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

BRYSON, Rhima with BROUGHTON, Peter. Family Group Sheet (p2), 1870, Charleston, SC

BRYSON, Rhima with BROUGHTON, Peter. Family Group Sheet (p1), 1870, Charleston, SC

BRYAN, Rinah and Smart. 1870 Census (p1), Beaufort, SC

BRYAN, Rinah and Smart. 1870 Census (p2), Beaufort, SC

BRYAN, Rinah and Moses. Family Group Sheet. 1870 (p1), Beaufort, SC

BRYAN, Rinah and Moses. Family Group Sheet. 1870 (p2), Beaufort, SC

BRYSON, Dolly. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

COLLINS, Flora. Family Group Sheet (page 1), Leake County, MS

COLLINS, Flora. Family Group Sheet (page 2), 1870, Leake County, MS

COLLINS, James. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

DART, Marcus. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

EASTON, Dublin. Family Group Sheet (p1), 1870, Charleston, SC

EASTON, Dublin. Family Group Sheet (p2), 1870, Charleston, SC

ELLINGTON, London and Hanna. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

ELLINGTON, London and Hannah. Family Group Sheet, 1880, Charleston, SC

ELLINGTON, London. Family Group Sheet (p2), 1870, Charleston, SC

ELLINGTON, London. Family Group Sheet (p1), 1870, Charleston, SC

EVANS, Rachel. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Fairfield County, SC

EVANS, Rachel with March. Family Group Sheet. 1870, Sumter, SC

FLEMING, Rachel. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Barnwell County, SC

FORK, Carlos. Family Group Sheet, 1870, St. Francis, Phillips County, AR

FROST, Cupid. Family Group Sheet, 1880, Charleston, SC

FROST, Peter. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

GADDERS, Benjamin. Family Group Sheet (page 2), 1870, Charleston, SC

GADDERS, Benjamin. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

GAINEY, Samuel. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

GREEN, Cufred. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

GREEN, Phillip. Family Group Sheet (page 1), 1870, Charleston, SC

GREEN, Phillip. Family Group Sheet (page 2), 1870, Charleston, SC

GREEN, Phillip. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Flat Rock, Kershaw County, SC

GREEN, Phillip. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Pendleton, Anderson County, SC

GREEN, Stephen and Celia. Family Group Sheet, 1880, Charleston, SC

GREEN, Stephen and Celia. Family Group Sheet. 1870 Census, Charleston, SC

HEYWOOD, Solomon. Family Group Sheet (page 1), 1870, Charleston, SC

HEYWOOD, Solomon. Family Group Sheet (page 2), 1870, Charleston, SC

HORLBECK, James. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

HORLBECK, Sylvia. Family Group Sheet, 1880, Charleston, SC

JOHNSON, Isaac and Rose. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

JOHNSON, Judy. Family Group Sheet (page 1), 1870, Amelia, Orangeburg County, SC

JOHNSON, Judy. Family Group Sheet (page 1), 1870, Conwayton, Horry County, SC

JOHNSON, Judy. Family Group Sheet (page 2), 1870, Amelia, Orangeburg County, SC

JOHNSON, Judy. Family Group Sheet (page 2), 1870, Conwayton, Horry County, SC

JOHNSON, Judy. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Calvery, Clarendon County, SC

JOHNSON, Judy. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

JOHNSON, Judy. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Fairfield County, SC

JOHNSON, Judy. Family Group Sheet, 1870, St. Andrews, Charleston County, SC

LADSON, Aleck. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

MCKNIGHT, Hannah. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

MCKNIGHT, Patty. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

PARKER, Martin. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

PINCKNEY, Daniel. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

PINCKNEY, Dorcas. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

PINCKNEY, Judy. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

PINCKNEY, William and Mary. Family Group Sheet. 1870 Census, Charleston, SC

PINCKNEY, William and Millie. Family Group Sheet. 1870 Census, Charleston, SC

ROBINSON, Jack. Family Group Sheet (page 2), 1870, Bogansville, Union County, SC

ROBINSON, Jack. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Bogansville, Union County, SC

ROBINSON, Jack. Family Group Sheet. 1870 Census, Colleton, SC

ROBINSON, Jack. Family Group Sheet. 1870 Census, Charleston, SC

ROBINSON, Jack. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Gills Creek, Lancaster County, SC

ROBINSON, Jack. Family Group Sheet. 1870 Census, Beaufort, SC

ROBINSON, Jack. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Darlington County, SC

ROPER, Manza and Violet. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

ROPER, Mauser and Violet. Family Group Sheet, 1880 Census, Charleston,SC

ROPER, Mauser and Violet. Family Group Sheet, 1880 Census, Part 2. Charleston, SC

SEMMONS, Will with SIMON, Sukey. Family Group Sheet (p2). 1870 Census, Charleston, SC

SEMMONS, Will with SIMON, Sukey. Family Group Sheet (p1). 1870 Census, Charleston, SC

SIMMONS, Maman. Family Group Sheet, 1870 Census, Charleston, SC

SIMON, Devonshire. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

SIMONS, Elsy with Frank. Family Group Sheet. 1870 Census, Colleton, SC

SIMONS, Pollly with MILLER, Nunty. Family Group Sheet. 1870 Census, Charleston, SC

SINGLETON, Ben. Family Group Sheet (p2). 1870 Census, Charleston, SC

SINGLETON, Ben. Family Group Sheet (p1). 1870 Census, Charleston, SC

SINGLETON, Chloe with SEGAR, Aby. Family Group Sheet (p1). 1870 Census, Charleston, SC

SINGLETON, Chloe with SEGAR, Aby. Family Group Sheet (p2). 1870 Census, Charleston, SC

SINGLETON, Hannibal. Family Group. 1870 Census, Charleston, SC

SINGLETON, Manza. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

SINGLETON, Paimus. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

SINGLETON, Sally. Family Group Sheet, 1870, St. Thomas & St. Dennis, Charleston, SC

VANDERHORST, Becky. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

WHEADFALE (Wigfall), Jewell and PINCKNEY, Gibby. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

WHITE, Peter and Mary. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

WIGFALL, James. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

WILLIAMS, London. Family Group Sheet (page 1), 1870, Wateree, Kershaw County, SC

WILLIAMS, London. Family Group Sheet (page 2), 1870, St. Lukes, Beaufort, SC

WILLIAMS, London. Family Group Sheet (page 2), 1870, Wateree, Kershaw County, SC

WILLIAMS, London with John. Family Group Sheet (p1). 1870 Census, Beaufort, SC

WILLIAMS, London. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Cross Creek, Cumberland County, NC

WITHERS, Mathia and Phoebe and SIMMONS, Binah. Family Group Sheet, 1870, Charleston, SC

William Ball executed a similar contract with several freedpersons in 1866:

Freedmen's Labor Contract, William James Ball with Freed People, Berkeley County, SC, 1866
Source: Records of the Field Offices for the State of South Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872
NARA Record Group 105, MC 1910, Reel 62, Target 3


TITLE OF CONTRACT:

W.J. Ball and Free people

DATE OF CONTRACT:

March 2, 1866

PLACES MENTIONED IN CONTRACT:

Berkeley County

South Carolina

SC

NAMES OF FREEDPERSONS:

Daniel Irving, halfhand
Mary Irving, halfhand
Tyra Mathews Sr., halfhand
Emma Lawrence, halfhand
Thomas Lawrence, halfhand
Rachel Cigor, halfhand
Andrew Cigor, halfhand
Moley Washington, halfhand
Judeth Lawrence, halfhand
Ann Haywood, halfhand
Isaac Haywood, halfhand
Billy Nesbeth, halfhand
Robeth Nesbeth, halfhand
Katy Nesbeth, halfhand
Edward Nesbeth, halfhand
Enoc Nesbeth, 10 compas
Cupid Nesbeth, halfhand
Israel Mathews, fullhand
Esna Cigar, halfhand
Rose Cigor, 10 compas
Francis Irving, halfhand
Elsy Irving, halfhand
Sarah Cigor, halfhand
Jeremiah Vanderhorst, halfhand
Hetty Vanderhorst, halfhand
Elizabeth Vanderhorst, halfhand
Tyra Mathews Jr., halfhand
September Vanderhorst, 10 compas
Ezakeal Mathews, halfhand

Please check back - we will be posting family group sheets for these families soon.
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