Inventory of Negroes” in Philip St. George Cocke’s Farm Book”
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.