Source: Records of the Field Offices for the State of South Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865–1872 (NARA Micropublication M1910), Reel 59
Randolph, William J.
Haywood, Chas. F.
Does anyone know if the W.J. Randolph who wrote the Labor Contract for Freed men and women to work at the Pope Plantation is the same as Captain W.J. Randolph from the 33rd United States Colored Troops (First S.C. Infantry (U.S.A.) serving under Lt.Col. J.F. Strong, First South Carolina, U.S.A. (African Decent) from 1862-66? Are these Freed slaves the same people who were slaves at Pinckney Island Plantation of Charles C. Pinckney, Beaufort, SC 1826? Did he go there and get them to work at Pope Plantation? My father (deceased, born in 12927) is a Pope who's father is from S.C. My grand father died in 1968 in Pennsyvania, he was about 80 years old. I am wondering if his parents were on that list of Freed slaves of W.J. Randolph. My father became a very prominent African American Federal Gov leader in D.C. for more than 40 years.
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I would not be surprised if the W.J. Randolph who wrote the document was the same W.J. Randolph in the 33rd USCT. Hilton Head and surrounding areas were entirely under the control of Union forces at that time so it would make sense that a representative of the Union forces would write a labor contract.
Fold3.com has a free collection of estate inventories and bills of sale for SC here: http://www.fold3.com/title_700/south_carolina_est….
Also, here is a collection of pages we've made from documents in that collection. You may find Pinckney documents there: http://www.fold3.com/page/282783107_lowcountry_af….
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