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Little River Plantation, Orange County, North Carolina

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The Bennehan-Cameron Plantations



The Little River Plantation was located in Orange Co, NC. The Little River store is seen in the Cameron Family Papers as early as 1769. [1] It is unknown if the Little River store, located on Snow Hill plantation was moved to another property or if the Snow Hill plantation was divided and Little River Plantation grew out of it.


The Little River Plantation was one of many plantations owned by Richard Bennehan 1743-1825, a merchant and planter. He was born in Virginia and lived his adult life in Orange Co, NC.

Thomas D. Bennehan 1782-1847, son of Richard Bennehan, was born in Orange Co, NC and there he spent his life. Thomas never married and when he died he gave the bulk of his properties to his nephew, Paul C. Cameron.

Duncan Cameron 1777-1853 was a planter. He spent his adult life in North Carolina where he raised his family. He was the son-in-law of Richard Bennehan, and shared plantations and expenses with the Bennehan family until brother-in-law, Thomas D. Bennehan, died. After that Duncan's plantation partner was his son, Paul C. Cameron.

Paul C. Cameron 1808-1891, raised on Fairntosh plantation, received Stagville and other plantations from his uncle Thomas D. Bennehan when he died in 1847. Paul continued expanding the plantations in North Carolina, and planted new ones in Alabama and Mississippi.


1847 The Little River Plantation grew cotton and was worked by slaves.[1] Thomas D. Bennehan was owner of Little River plantation after his father died. When Thomas died in 1847 the Little River Plantation as listed in his probate inventory, along with the following enslaved on it:[2]

For more information on the enslaved, and the other plantations, please see the Bennehan-Cameron Plantation page.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cameron Family Papers https://finding-aids.lib.unc.edu/00133/#folder_3642#1 Southern Historical Collection, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    • 1769, Folder 3632, Volume 93: 1769-1773
    • Slaves, Folder 3642 (digitized 11 scans), Volume 104: 1808, image 11
  2. Cameron Family Papers https://finding-aids.lib.unc.edu/00133/ 1847 Thomas Bennehan probate inventory for Little River plantation,
    • Folder 2154, image 17, Southern Historical Collection, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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