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The Grove Plantation, Huntsville, Alabama

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Location: Huntsville, Madison, Alabama, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Slavery Black Heritage Manning
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Plantations Index


Dr. James Manning is said to have been the largest slaveholder in Madison Co, AL. See: Dr. Manning's other Plantations. [1] He died in 1841 in Marengo County, however his probate paperwork was in Madison County.[2][3]


In the 1840 Census he was enumerated as having 9 slaves.

  • 1840 Madison Co, James Manning,
1 male age age 70-80,
1 female age 50-60;
1 male slave age 10-24, 2 male slaves age 36-55;
2 female slaves under age 10,
1 female slave age 10-24,
3 female slaves age 35-55;

Total slaves: 9

When Dr. Manning died on 3 May 1841, his probate paperwork listed each of the slaves, their ages, and many of them with spouses and children. Where no last name was specified in the probate and inventory papers the listed person was given the last name Manning.

The following slaves were to stay at The Grove, in Huntsville, Madison Co, AL, with Sophia Manning at the death of her husband James Manning in 1841.[2]


  1. Roberts, Frances Cabaniss. The Founding of Alabama: Background and Formative Period in the Great Bend and Madison County. United States: University of Alabama Press, 2020. *Chap 8 p.180
  2. 2.0 2.1 Probate records, 1819-1937:"Alabama Probate Records, 1809-1985"
    Catalog: Probate records, 1819-1937 Probate record v. 8-9 1837-1841
    Image path: Alabama Probate Records, 1809-1985 > Madison > Probate records 1837-1841 vol 8-9 > image 566 of 666
    FamilySearch Image (accessed 14 November 2021)*James Manning will p.446-448
  3. Alabama Probate Records, 1809-1985:"Alabama Probate Records, 1809-1985"
    Catalog: Will records, 1853-1926 Probate records, 1819-1937 Will record v. 1 1853-1876
    Image path: Alabama Probate Records, 1809-1985 > Madison > Probate records 1851-1858 vol 16 > image 120 of 266
    FamilySearch Image (accessed 14 November 2021)
    • Estate of James Manning, B. M. Lowe exet'r, 229-235
  • United States Census, 1840:"United States Census, 1840"
    Catalog: Census schedules, 1840Alabama, 1830 and 1840 federal census : population schedules Alabama: Morgan, Marion, Marshall, Madison, Randolph, St. Clair, Talladega, Russell, Shelby, Sumter, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Washington, Walker, and Wilcox Counties (NARA Series M704, Rolls 13-16)
    Image path: United States Census, 1840 > Alabama > Madison > South Half > image 47 of 81; Citing NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • FamilySearch Image (accessed 14 November 2021)

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