The Bible and its inserts, owned by Thomas Jones Davies, contain vital statistics of enslaved African Americans living on Davies’ plantations located throughout Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. The plantations mentioned in the records include: Malvern and Gardner’s Swamp, of Beech Island, SC; Swamp Place, near Hamburg, SC; Cherry Hill and Waldburg of Burke County, GA; and Edgefield and Barnwell of Bolivar County, MS. The vital statistics of the enslaved African Americans span from 1830 to 1865, and consist of 82 births, 36 deaths and 11 marriages.
Diary of William Couper (1884–1964), a native of Norfolk, Virginia, who served as Construction Officer at Camp Jackson (now Fort Jackson) in Columbia, South Carolina, during WWI.
Writing from Charleston and Barnwell District, South Carolina, as well as on trips across the South and to the North, William Gilmore Simms did more than anyone to frame white southern self-identity, nationalism, and historical consciousness.
Via interviews with former slaves, notes on folklore, and articles on prominent African Americans and African-American organizations, these materials provide us with one of the richest sources of information on African-American life in South Carolina at the time.