Slaves of Robert Habersham of Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia

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Plantations Index


Rice Plantations of Robert Habersham in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia

The history of these three adjoining rice plantations can be found in Savannah River Plantations.[1]

Slaves of Robert Habersham

Slaves Purchased from Joseph Habersham

There was a judgment against Joseph Habersham, Robert's father, for $10,000. A number of his enslaved persons (25) were sold at auction to the highest bidders. They were purchased by Robert Habersham and Joseph Habersham Jr. on 4 Apr 1815 for $7,100. They also purchased Joseph Habersham's estate of 2500 acres with house and all improvements for $4,000.[2]

Slave Census Records

Robert Habersham was enumerated on the1850 US Census Slave Schedule with 261 slaves on several plantations. The listings cover almost 4 pages of the census. They do not give the names of the slaves, but do list age and sex. Some of the entries are listed as Plantation no. 1 and Plantation no. 2, but which specific plantations they refer to is unknown.[3] The 1860 Slave Schedule in Chatham County, Georgia, lists 55 slaves in on entry.[4] On the White Bluff property, Habersham had 213 slaves.[5] Just click on the links to go view the lists, as they are too long to repeat here.

1850 Slave Schedule

Listed first is Robert Habersham with 50, then Susan Habersham with 17, then Robert Habersham Plantation #1 with 128, then plantation #2 with 83.

Slaves Purchased From Herman Blodgett in 1852

At the time Robert purchased his final piece of property, Causton's Bluff Plantation, Chatham County, Georgia, in 1852, he purchased 82 slaves from Herman Blodgett.[6]

Freedman Bank Records

Other slaves of Robert Habersham have been found in applications to the US Freedman Bank Records of Savannah, Georgia.[7] Most of the records do not indicate on which plantation they worked. The ones found in the bank records with Robert Habersham listed as their "Master," or who were living on his plantations as freedmen include:

Freedmen's Bureau Labor Contract

On 15 Mar 1866, Robert Habersham's employee, John A Oliver, made a labor contract with 7 freedmen to work for 12 months on Habersham's Deptford Plantation in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. A photo of the contract is posted on this free space page. The freedmen who signed the contract with their mark included:


  1. Savannah River Plantations, Savannah Writer's Project, Mary Granger, Editor, The Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, 1947, Chatham County. Plantation series : Caustons Bluff, Deptford, Brewton Hill three allied plantations, pp1-54 <
  2. Deed: "Deeds, 1785-1900; index to deeds, 1784-1910"
    Catalog: Deeds, 1785-1900; index to deeds, 1784-1910 Deeds, v. 2E-2F 1812-1816
    Film number: 008564914 > image 375 of 590
    FamilySearch Image: 3Q9M-C3Q5-37PR (accessed 29 April 2022)
    • Deed Bk FF p.109-111
  3. "United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850 ", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 23 February 2021), Robert Habersham in entry for MM9.1.1/MVH2-XD3:, 1850.
  4. "United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 16 October 2019), Robert Habersham, 1860.
  6. Deed:"Deeds, 1785-1900; index to deeds, 1784-1910"
    Catalog: Deeds, 1785-1900; index to deeds, 1784-1910 Deeds, v. 3I-3K 1851-1853
    Film number: 008191845 > image 175 of 585
    FamilySearch Image (accessed 13 January 2022)*1852 Bk JJJ p.319, slaves
  7. United States, Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874 Savannah, Georgia Roll 8, Jan 10, 1866-Dec 17, 1874, Accounts 1-1137, 1298-4947

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