Manuscript Collection

Windsor and Kensington Plantations Diary - Accession 807

Windsor and Kensington Plantations Diary - Accession 807



Accession 807

Inclusive Dates

1840-1858, 1886-1888


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

1 microfiche



Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of microfiche copies of a narrative diary handwritten by the owners of Windsor Plantation and Kensington Plantation both located on the Eastern Branch of the Cooper River in Berkeley County, South Carolina. The diary begins when Dr. John Beaufain Irving (1800-1881) bought Windsor Plantation in November 1840 for $2,000. Dr. Irving later bought Kensington Plantation in March 1846 for $6,900. The narrative diary records the purchase and refurbishing of the two plantations, summations of work done each year, the purchase of slaves, lists of slaves owned, and the reasons for certain decisions. There is a separate list of slaves that includes the Name, Description, How Obtained, and years Born and Died (1842-1858) following the narrative Diary. The slave list appears to be maintained through 1872. Although the regular entries ceased in 1852, they resume in 1886 after the Kensington was purchased by Greene, Dillenbeck, and Smith and continue through 1888. The diary mentioned many prominent names in the area including Huger, Corbett, and Harleston.

Additional Notes

There are digital scans of the microfiche available for use in the Pettus Archives Research Area.


The Windsor and Kensington Plantations Diary were purchased for the Archives from the South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS 51-90) on August 31, 1992.


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Windsor and Kensington Plantations Diary - Accession 807

LC Subject Headings

Irving, John Beaufain, 1800-1881--Diaries; Kensington Plantation (Berkeley County, S.C.); Plantations--South Carolina--Berkeley County; Plantation owners--South Carolina--Berkeley County--Diaries; Slaveholders--South Carolina--Berkeley County--Diaries; South Carolina--History--Sources