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Philip St. George Cocke's Plantation and Farm Book

Plantation and Farm Instruction, Regulation, Record, Inventory and Account Book.

This is the title page of an 1852 farm book "for the use of the managers on the estate of Philip St. Geo. Cocke, and for the better Ordering and Management of Plantation and Farm business in every particular." The book includes instructions on farming and forms for keeping plantation records. Cocke, who owned plantations in Powhatan County and in Mississippi, required detailed manuals for directing the work of his plantation managers. The title page shown here includes an epigram from Alexander Pope: "Order is heaven's first law." This book came from Cocke's private library.

Original Author: J. W. Randolph, publisher

Created: 1852

Medium: Title page

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

"Inventory of Negroes" in Philip St. George Cocke's Farm Book

This is the first of a two-page "Inventory of Negroes" recorded on January 1, 1857, by a farm manager for a plantation owned by Philip St. George Cocke. The list of sixty-four men, women, and children shown on this page includes each slave's name, age (from eleven to eighty-one), occupation on the plantation, and monetary value (ranging from zero, for the eighty-one-year-old, to $800, for a thirty-six-year-old carpenter). Cocke owned plantations in Powhatan County and Mississippi that accounted for more than 27,000 acres of land and more than 610 enslaved people. The book containing this inventory was from Cocke's private library.

Original Author: Farm manager for Philip St. George Cocke

Created: January 1, 1857

Medium: Handwritten inventory

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

"Inventory of Negroes" in Philip St. George Cocke's Farm Book, p.2

This is the second of a two-page "Inventory of Negroes" recorded on January 1, 1857, by a farm manager for a plantation owned by Philip St. George Cocke. The entire inventory contains the names of 127 men, women, and children. Forty-one children are listed at the end of the accounting, with their mothers' names next to each one—except for ten-year-old Braxton, who is cited as an orphan. Cocke owned plantations in Powhatan County and Mississippi that accounted for more than 27,000 acres of land and more than 610 enslaved people. The book containing this inventory was from Cocke's private library.

Original Author: Philip St. George Cocke

Created: January 1, 1857

Medium: Handwritten inventory

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • Plantation and Farm Instruction, Regulation, Record, Inventory and Account Book.

    This is the title page of an 1852 farm book "for the use of the managers on the estate of Philip St. Geo. Cocke, and for the better Ordering and Management of Plantation and Farm business in every particular." The book includes instructions on farming and forms for keeping plantation records. Cocke, who owned plantations in Powhatan County and in Mississippi, required detailed manuals for directing the work of his plantation managers. The title page shown here includes an epigram from Alexander Pope: "Order is heaven's first law." This book came from Cocke's private library.

    Original Author: J. W. Randolph, publisher

    Created: 1852

    Medium: Title page

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • "Inventory of Negroes" in Philip St. George Cocke's Farm Book

    This is the first of a two-page "Inventory of Negroes" recorded on January 1, 1857, by a farm manager for a plantation owned by Philip St. George Cocke. The list of sixty-four men, women, and children shown on this page includes each slave's name, age (from eleven to eighty-one), occupation on the plantation, and monetary value (ranging from zero, for the eighty-one-year-old, to $800, for a thirty-six-year-old carpenter). Cocke owned plantations in Powhatan County and Mississippi that accounted for more than 27,000 acres of land and more than 610 enslaved people. The book containing this inventory was from Cocke's private library.

    Original Author: Farm manager for Philip St. George Cocke

    Created: January 1, 1857

    Medium: Handwritten inventory

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • "Inventory of Negroes" in Philip St. George Cocke's Farm Book, p.2

    This is the second of a two-page "Inventory of Negroes" recorded on January 1, 1857, by a farm manager for a plantation owned by Philip St. George Cocke. The entire inventory contains the names of 127 men, women, and children. Forty-one children are listed at the end of the accounting, with their mothers' names next to each one—except for ten-year-old Braxton, who is cited as an orphan. Cocke owned plantations in Powhatan County and Mississippi that accounted for more than 27,000 acres of land and more than 610 enslaved people. The book containing this inventory was from Cocke's private library.

    Original Author: Philip St. George Cocke

    Created: January 1, 1857

    Medium: Handwritten inventory

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections