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Cherry Hill Plantation
Warren County, North Carolina

Located at:
2740 NC Highway 58

Warrenton, North Carolina

Built in 1858 by John A. Waddell, the house is a part of the National Register of Historic Places

Cherry Hill Plantation was the property of George Washington Alston (1801-1849)who left the land to his wife's care when he died. His wife, Marina P. Williams- Alston (1810-1897), whom he had married February 14, 1829 in Warren County, took over the operation of the plantation and built a new plantation home, which is still standing today in Warren County. George W. Alston was the son of Philip Guston Alston (1762-1820) & Mary Williams Harris, married ca. 1784; Philip G. Alston was the son of Philip Alston (ca.1706-1784) & Winefred Whitmel (1729-1795)married ca. 1745; Philip Alston was the son of John Alston (1670-1758) & Mary (ca. 1700) who had lived in Chowan Co, NC.

Marina P. Williams was the daughter of William Williams (1760 -1838) & his 2nd wife, Elizabeth Kearney (1769-1863) who married December 4, 1790; William Williams was the son of Solomon Williams (ca. 1723 -d. July 29, 1794) & Temperance Boddie (d. May 11, 1784),who married June 23, 1757; Solomon Williams was the son of Samuel Williams (ca.1698-1754) & Elizabeth Alston (ca. 1711-aft.1792) who had lived in Edgecombe Co.,NC.

The owners of this plantation were also associated with the following plantations along with the surnames of their owners: Myrtle Lawn (WILLIAMS) and Tusculum (ALSTON) in Warren County; Linwood Farms (DAVIS), Rocky Hill (THORN) and Vine Hill (DAVIS) in Franklin County.

Slaves named in records from this family:

From 1784 will of Philip Alston to wife, Winefred, following slaves:

  • Tom
  • David
  • Old Perry (or Penny)
  • Lucy
  • Phillis
  • Squire
  • Perry (or Penny)
  • Easter

From 1820, will of Philip G. Alston to son, George W. Alston, following slaves:

  • John
  • Lucy
  • Charles
  • John
  • Saffrony
  • Beedy
  • Sally
  • Allen
  • Caroline
  • also Demsey, after wife's decease.

From 1838, will of William Williams to Marina P.(Williams) Alston, following slaves:

  • George
  • Sooky, wife of George
  • five children of George & Sooky follow-
  • Ned
  • Surry
  • Willie
  • Daniel
  • Gabriel
  • Dinah, her six children with Ross follow -
  • Shadrack
  • Winny
  • Ross
  • Harry
  • Rhoden
  • Ryna
  • Elizabeth
  • Caroline (wife of Nelson)her two children-
  • Cornelia
  • Dick
  • Willis, and wife Eliza, their two children -
  • Thena
  • Amy
  • Penelope (child of Mariah).

George Washington Alston died in 1849; then in 1852, his brother, Philip Guston Alston also died, leaving a portion of his estate to his nieces & nephews. In February 1860, the Court ordered a division of the Slaves from both Estates to be distributed to the children who were now starting to come to legal age.  

From May 1860, the Estate of George W. Alston, a list of the following slaves, including ages & Values:

NAME

AGE

VALUE

Nathan

25

$1000

Mary

32

   700

Harriet

  8

   700

Trim

21

 1400

Harry

20

 1400

Oliver

21

 1400

Aleck

22

 1400

Eliza

19

 1200

Robert

21

 1400

John

19

 1400

Mariah

14

 1200

Dick

24

 1400

Molly

18

 1000

Martha

 1

   200

Joe

28

 1300

Polly

28

   900

Enoch

 6

   400

Ned

 2

   200

Henry

19

 1400

Pitsy

17

 1200

Hilliard

26

 1400

Norfleet

21

 1400

Rhoda

21

 1400

Melissa

2 mos.

   200

Eaton

26

 1400

Rodin

14

 1400

Wiley

14

 1400

George

12

 1400

William

12

 1400

Eaton

12

 1200

Nelson

11

 1300

Allan

10

 1300

Henderson

 9

 1000

Joe (blind)

20

 1000

Allan, little

35

 1000

Delia

35

   700

Bet

10

   900

Brister

 5

   400

Elbert, albino

28

     50

Harry

43

   900

George

35

 1000

Panda

15

 1200

Willis

 8

   500

Sally

 6

   400

Sophrona

 4

   300

Jeff

50

   700

Adam

45

   900

Lett

18

 1200

Tom

35

 1100

Molly

35

   900

Surry

50

   700

Caroline

40

   700

Margaret

 7

   550

Wyatt

 4

   400

Surry

 2

   200

Bedy

14

 1200

Allan, big

46

 1000

Winea

50

   500

John

65

   100

Caroline

55

   200

Leacy

13

 1200

Marina

42

   600

Catherine

11

 1000

Mourning

14

 1100

Ann

13

 1200

Henrietta

13

 1200

Charity

23

 1200

Winea

18

 1200

Jane

18

 1200

Judy

18

 1200

Sophrone

65

   100

Amy

45

   600

Viney

14

 1200

Jesse

 1

   150

Elisa

33

 

Sam {scrofulas}*

 5

}

Jim  {           }

 1

} 400

Susan, idiotic

20

   100

Total Valuation

 

$68,550

*Note: Scrofula was a form of tuberculosis; a disease characterized by the growth of ulcerated tumors on the neck.

Additional slaves belonging to the Estate listed in May 1860, to be divided between his three children:

Billy

23

$1000

Elias

 9

    900

Calvin

24

    500

Whit

30

  1000

Dilcy

 

    600

Lizzy                              

25

Easter                             

 7

}  400

Bob   

 3

}

Winea

11

  1100

Total Value

 

$5500

From these, the following were allotted to son, Philip G. Alston in May 1860:

  • William
  • Harry
  • Eaton ($1400)
  • Dick
  • Molly
  • Martha
  • Surry
  • Caroline
  • Margaret
  • Wyatt
  • Surry
  • Winea
  • Jane
  • Sophrone
  • Amy
  • Viney
  • Jesse
  • Henderson
  • Judy
  • Wiley
  • Calvin
  • Whit
  • Lizzy
  • Easter
  • Bob

From May 1860, the Estate of Philip G. Alston (d.1852), list of his Slaves to be divided among the children of his brother, George W. Alston; that is, Philip G. Alston, George W. Alston, & William H. Alston:

 

Phil

  8

$  800

Mourning

16

$1000

Monsieur Touton

23

  1400

Polidore

60

+ 250 }

Nancy

55

    250

Betsy

45

-  250 }

Isham

17

  1300

Jack

11

  1000

Norfleet

17

  1400

Elisabeth

10

    900

Washington

37

    800

Venus

  8

    700

King

14

  1200

Reuben

  6

    500

Medicus

20

  1400

Polidore

  3

    300

Sally Ann

16

  1000

Mariah

50

    500

Edward

21

  1400

Sarah

12

  1200

Isaac

34

  1100

Lewis

  8

  1000

Sam

22

  1400

Lucinda

  9

    800

Green

12

    500

Amarillis

  3

    350

Dick

75

    100

Marcus

55

    700

Matilda

27

  1000

Jane

14

  1200

Eviline

  6

    400

Pink

16

  1200

Dick

  3

    350

Peggy

10

    800

Henry

  1

    200

Mariah little

21

    900

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brister

  5

    500

 

 

 

Lydia

  9

    700

 

 

 

Ann

19

  1100

 

 

 

George

  1

    150

 

 

 

Aley

60

    100

 

 

 

Hester

13

  1100

 

 

 

Judy

  9

    800

 

 

 

Mary

17

  1200

 

 

 

Porter

15

  1000

 

 

 

Priscy

39

      50

 

 

 

Milly

30

    800

 

 

 

Tilla

12

    700

 

 

 

Emeline

35

    200

 

 

 

Catherine

18

  1200

 

 

 

Ann

  1

    100

 

 

 

Total Value

 

$38750

 

 

 

One third is

 

$12916.66 2/3

 

 

 

From the above list, the following were allotted to Philip G. Alston, son of George W. Alston & Marina P. Williams:

  • Isham
  • Peggy
  • Mourning
  • Polidore
  • Betsy
  • Jack
  • Elisabeth
  • Venus
  • Ruben
  • Polidore
  • Edward
  • Porter
  • Ann
  • George
  • Mary
  • Milly
  • Tilla

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In January 1850, the following slaves from the Estate of George W.Alston's plantation in Wilcox County, Alabama, were sold:

  • Roden - to A. M. Creah
  • Charles - to A. M. Creah
  • Penelope (her 3 children follow) -all to A. M. Creah
  • Henry
  • Maria
  • Luna
  • Aggy - to A. M. Creah
  • Leasy - to A. M. Creah
  • Shade - to Wm. F. Perkins
  • Sally (wife of Shade) - to Wm. F. Perkins
  • Ned - C. F. McMillan
  • Beady (wife of Ned) - C. F. McMillan
  • Unnamed child of Ned & Sally - C. F. McMillan
  • Esther - to R. L. Slater

 

Many of the former slaves of the Warren County, Fork, Shocco & Fishing Creek Township area having the surnames of ALSTON, WILLIAMS, KEARNEY & DAVIS, were from Cherry Hill and Fishing Creek Plantations, both owned by George W. Alston, and its sister plantation, Myrtle Lawn.

See further Cherry Hill & Myrtle Lawn  information and photographs.

Transcribed copies of the following wills & estates with additional slave records are also on this website:

 

 

References:
Lucy Tunstall Alston Williams Papers and the Annie Blackwell Thorne Papers both at the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Wills & Estates of Philip Alston, probated July 1784, Philip G. Alston, probated November 1820, George W. Alston, probated November 1849, Mary Alston, probated August 1848, and William Williams, probated May Court 1838, all in Warren County, NC.

Bible Records: Alston, Kearney Bible, Phil G. Alston Bible, William K. Kearney Bible, Dr. R. Edgar Williams Bible, Solomon W. Williams Bible, Solomon Williams, Temporance Bodie Bible, Williams,Polk,Davis Bible transcriptions located at:

http://www.ncgenweb.us/ncwarren/bibles/idx-1.htm

 

 

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