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The Brame Plantation, Marengo County, Alabama

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The Brame Plantation was owned by John D. Catlin. Purchased from Henry Brame in 1843,[1] John owned the plantation until he died in 1857.[2]

The Brame plantation was a few miles north of the town of Dayton in Marengo Co, AL. It encompassed about 776 acres. There was a chapel built on the plantation exclusively for the enslaved. Services were held every Sunday, usually with a white minister employed or assigned.[3]


There were about 55 enslaved persons listed on the probate inventory for John D. Catlin at the Brame plantation. Their names are listed here.[2] It is unknown what happened to these persons after John D. Catlin died. They were most likely absorbed into the plantation families of the children of John D. Catlin.




  • Emeline
  • not named - this girl had some type of developmental disability. She was described on the probate paperwork as idiot and worthless.
  • Daphney
  • Juliet


1850 Slave Schedule John D. Catlin[4]


  1. Deed: "Deeds, 1820-1901; general index, 1820-1905"
    Catalog: Deeds, 1820-1901; general index, 1820-1905
    Film number: 008248539 > image 514 of 860
    FamilySearch Image (accessed 7 January 2022)
    • Brame plantation, purchased from Henry Brame 21 Jun 1843, Bk K p.171, Sec 35, Twp 17, Range 4E, purchase price $20,000 for 776 acres, located at SE 1/4 of Sec 34, the W1/2 of the SW1/4 Sec 35, E1/2 of the SW1/4 of sec 35, W1/2 of the SE 1/4 of sec 35, all in Twp 17 R4E. This property was north of Dayton on what is now called Marengo County 51 road. (5430 Marengo Co, Rd 51 on part of this property)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Miscellaneous records, 1823-1930 [Marengo County, Alabama]: "Miscellaneous records, 1823-1930 [Marengo County, Alabama]"
    Catalog: Miscellaneous records, 1823-1930 [Marengo County, Alabama]
    Film number: 007737730 > image 323 of 921
    FamilySearch Image (accessed 7 January 2022)
    • 1857 inventory of Brame plantation owned by John D. Catlin
  3. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/92070123/1906-plantation-chapels/ The Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Alabama, 16 Dec 1906, Sun, Page 67
    • Planters and Plantations
  4. United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850 : "United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850"
    Image path: United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850 > Alabama > Marengo > Marengo county > image 15 of 259; Citing NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
    FamilySearch Image (accessed 10 January 2022) 1850 Slave Schedule p.15-18

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