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Faunsdale Plantation

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This page is dedicated to the enslaved peoples of Faunsdale Plantation.

NOTE - The following list of enslaved on this plantation includes surnames, or Last Name At Birth. These surnames sometimes lead to the enslavers who held them before their existance at Faunsdale. Due to the Collins daughter marrying a Harrison and moving to Alabama from North Carolina, many of the enslaved came with them from North Carolina and the Somerset Plantation. Ex: Iredell is a North Carolina surname, later to become a county name. These surnames are references to human sales transactions.



When Louisa Collins' father, Josiah Collins II, died his slaves were divided amongst his heirs and some of them taken from North Carolina to Faunsdale Plantation in Alabama.[1]

Faunsdale Plantation was established in the 1830’s by two planters, a Mr. Pearson and Henry Augustine Tayloe. In 1843, Faunsdale (960 acres) was purchased by Thomas Alexander Harrison who moved to Alabama with his wife Louisa Collins bringing with them a large number of slaves.

The house was built by African Americans, Peter Lee and Joe Glasgo.[2]

Plantation records reveal that Louisa Harrison often paid her slaves for doing jobs that weren't the normal slave jobs. She paid Willis for caining a chair, and Grace for making a hat.[2]

After emancipation some of the former slaves stayed at Faunsdale to sharecrop.[3]


Although listed as part of Louisa Collins estate, the following enslaved persons may have been sold before 1846, or for some reason did not move to the Faunsdale Plantation with the others. They do not appear on any of the Faunsdale Plantation slave lists.[4]

These are the peoples who were brought from Chowan, NC to Faunsdale at Marengo, AL in the 1840's[4][5]

These persons were added by Thomas Harrison, and born at Faunsdale Plantation by 1846[6]

  • Lank age 32, listed with Charlotte Paine
  • Henrietta age 2, child of Charlotte Paine
  • Fred(Fed) age 56, listed with Nancy Paine
  • Luke age 1, child of Nancy Paine
  • Nelson age 37, listed with Catherine Johnson
  • Manuel age 5, children of Catherine Johnson
  • Molly age 2
  • Granville age 23, listed with Calista Standing
  • Alfred age 24, listed with Milly Standing
  • Harriet age 1, child of Milly Standing
  • Samson age 21, these are listed with Miles Standing
  • Emily age 19
  • Edie age 16

These persons were born or brought to Faunsdale between 1846 and 1857[7]

  • Mary age 11, child of Margaret Johnson Wills
  • Herbert age 3, child of Airey Harrison
  • Peter, age 10, child of Linda Harrison
  • Lydia age 6, child of Edie Harrison, (and Miles?)

These persons were born or brought to Faunsdale between 1857 and 1864[8]

  • Joe Harrison age 18, born 1846, listed with Delpha and Joan
  • Eliza Tamar age 3, born 20 Nov 1861, child of Stephen Tamar and Katy
  • Fred Harrison age 5, born 1859, children of Manuel Johnson Harrison and Charity Paine
  • Richard Paine age 5, born Feb 1859, children of Adeline (Black) Paine
  • Amanda age 3, born 1861, died 13 Jan 1865
  • Rose Harrison, age 4 mos, born 23 Mar 1865, died 3 Aug 1865, child of Robert Harrison and Adele (Adeline) Harrison
  • Amelia Davis, age 1, born 12 Aug 1863, died 5 Jul 1865, child of Mary Davis (dau of Margaret Johnson)
  • George Harrison, age 8, born 1856, died 31 Aug 1864, grandson of Joan Harrison


1850 Slave Schedule - The 1850 census enumeration under Thos A. Harrison in Marengo Co, AL.[9]

1860 Slave Schedule - The 1860 census enumeration under L. M. Harrison in Marengo Co, AL.[10]

1866 Alabama Census - This is Alabama state census book lists all the African-American's in Marengo Co, AL in 1866. They were listed in Alphabetical order. If you can't find your ancestor name in this list try looking under these last names: Collins, Harrison, and Stickney.[11]


These lists were compiled by African American Genealogy. Please see this reference[12] to access these lists

  • 1846: List of Negroes for 1846 from the Faunsdale Plantation
  • 1857: List of Negroes for 1857 from the Faunsdale Plantation
  • 1864: List of Negro Families for Jan 1, 1864, Faunsdale Plantation
  • 1864: List of Negro Males and Females rendered to Confederate Tax Assessor, Dec. 13, 1864
  • 1864: Mortality of slaves at Faunsdale Plantation

Labor Contract

After emancipation a labor contract between Wm. Stickney and a number of hired servants was signed on the 24 Dec 1867.[3]

The people who signed the labor contract were:


  1. https://historicsites.nc.gov/all-sites/somerset-place/history/plantation-timeline/1840-1843 *Somerset Plantation 1840-1843
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-0e7370939a8 The Alabama Experience, The Story of Faunsdale Plantation
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://cdm16044.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p4017coll8/id/1458
    • 1867 Labor Contract, signatures are on p.4
  4. 4.0 4.1 Petitions to County Court, 1816-1841:"Petitions to County Court, 1816-1841"
    Catalog: Petitions to County Court, 1816-1841 Petitions to County Court, 1816-1841
    Film number: 007513284 > image 317 of 346
    FamilySearch Image (accessed 19 November 2021)p.307-308
    • Lot F March 1840
  5. https://digital.ncdcr.gov/digital/collection/p16062coll15/id/228 Josiah Collins Papers, p.10
  6. Faunsdale 1846 http://sites.rootsweb.com/~afamerpl/plantations_usa/AL/faunsdale_1846names.html
  7. Faunsdale Plantation 1857 Slave List http://sites.rootsweb.com/~afamerpl/plantations_usa/AL/faunsdale_1857names.html *Family name list
  8. Faunsdale Plantation Family List http://sites.rootsweb.com/~afamerpl/plantations_usa/AL/faunsdale_slavefamilies.html *1864 Family List
  9. United States Census, 1880: "United States Census, 1880"
    Catalog: 1880 federal population censusAlabama, 1880 federal census : soundex and population schedules Alabama: Madison (cont'd: E.D. 207, sheet 19-end) and Marengo (part: beginning-E.D. 94, sheet 36) Counties (NARA Series T9, Roll 22)
    Image path: United States Census, 1880 > Alabama > Marengo > Faunsdale > ED 94 > image 25 of 37; Citing NARA microfilm publication T9, (National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C., n.d.)
    FamilySearch Image (accessed 19 November 2021)
  10. United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1860: "United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1860"
    Catalog: Population schedules of the eighth census of the United States, 1860Alabama, 1860 federal census : population schedules
    Image path: United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1860 > Alabama > Marengo > Township 17 R 5 E > image 14 of 20; Citing NARA microfilm publication M653 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
    FamilySearch Image (accessed 19 November 2021)
  11. State census for the state of Alabama in the year 1866: "State census for the state of Alabama in the year 1866"
    Catalog: State census for Alabama for the year 1866 Macon County
    Film number: 004808466 > image 485 of 1191
    FamilySearch Image (accessed 19 November 2021)
    • 1866 Marengo Co, AL, this census is alphabetical.
  12. http://sites.rootsweb.com/~afamerpl/plantations_usa/AL/faunsdale.html
    • SANKOFA'S SLAVERY DATA COLLECTION, Faunsdale Plantation, Location: Marengo Co., AL
  • See also: Wikipedia [Faunsdale Plantation]

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    This plantation's category has been updated to "Faunsdale Plantation, Marengo County, Alabama"
    the plantation slave and slave owner categories have been added to this page. Thanks!