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Re: Help needed with Attala Co plantations
Posted by: Dennis Boswell (ID *****6534) Date: April 13, 2010 at 03:33:45
In Reply to: Help needed with Attala Co plantations by Lenny Green of 701

Lenny, I think one reason you have not received a response to your note is the word "plantations" has different definitions. Not all plantations were like Tara in "Gone with the Wind." I am aware of large farms in the 1850s, with rough-hewn log cabins, that were called "plantations" by their owners. Typically, such "plantations" had no names, other than "so-in-so's" place.

If you are looking for plantation records from the 1860s, I suggest you query the Special Collections Departments of the three state Universities. Based only on my own experience, I would start with Mississippi State University in Starkville. You can find many indices to such holdings right on the web.

As you observed, from Census records, you can locate Township and Range coordinates. To apply those coordinates, you should go to the Attala County History page and retrieve the Township Range map. That will give you a rough approximation of the location of a home enumerated on the Census.

To pin it down any more closely, you should take a look at the deed books in the Attala County Clerk's Office or purchase (can't remember the name of the company) one of the books on (in this case) Attala County that shows home locations right down to the Aliquot Parts - another term defining the location of property within a Range x Townshikp coordinate .

Hope this helps you, Lenny.

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