A plantation journal from the Billups family farm has been donated to the Billups-Garth Archives. The journal begins in 1847 and ends in 1859. It belonged to either T.C. Billups or his son John M. Billups.
The journal covers a wide range of topics relating to pre Civil War farm life. Information includes conditions relating to crops; contracts with overseers; weather; accounting of acreage, workforce, and supplies; crops successes and failures; and much more.
Another aspect of the journal is that it includes the lives of the slaves living on the Billups plantaion. It records the slaves births, marriages, and deaths. This is a rare Lowndes County record and an opportunity for African Americans to trace their ancestors when other information may not exist.
Below is an example: