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Fauntleroy Plantation, Leon County, Florida

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Date: 1836 [unknown]
Location: Leon, Florida Territory, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Chaires slavery black heritage
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Benjamin Chaires was the wealthiest planter in Florida. He originally bought 500 acres in 1832 which became Verdura Plantation, and added to the plantation throughout the 1830s. His largest land purchase was in 1836 when he bought a plantation from George Fauntleroy for $25,000. This included 800 acres, 57 slaves, and all improvements on the property. From that point on the property remained Verdura. Tax records in 1839 showed his estate to consist of 9,440 acres (3,820 improved land) and 80 slaves. [1]

Plantation Owners


These enslaved persons were purchased from George Fauntleroy in 1836.[1]

Slave sale

After his death in 1838, a public notice was posted on 29 Jun 1842 for the sale of slaves[2] from Fauntleroy Place. They included:

For more information please see the Slaves of Benjamin C Chaires of Leon County, Florida


  1. 1.0 1.1 Deed:"Deeds, 1825-1886; index, 1825-1940"
    Catalog: Deeds, 1825-1886; index, 1825-1940 Deeds, v. F 1829-1842
    Film number: 007903536 > image 37 of 402
    FamilySearch Image (accessed 9 January 2022)
  2. Public notice for a slave sale on June 29, 1842 near Tallahassee. 1842. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <>, accessed 18 June 2021.

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