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MASSENBURG PLANTATION
(a.k.a. WOODLEAF PLANTATION)

 Franklin County, North Carolina

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PLANTATION NAME: MASSENBURG PLANTATION
ASSOCIATED LINK(s):

wife, Lucy Henry Davis, was sister to owner of ARCHIBALD H. DAVIS PLANTATION

OWNER: Nicholas Bryar Massenburg (1806-1867)
BUILT: ca 1838
ASSOCIATED SURNAMES: Massenburg, Davis, Cargill
HISTORY:

 Nicholas Bryar Massenburg, b. Apr. 5, 1806, at Mill Brook, Wake Co, NC, d. Oct. 25, 1867, Franklin Co.,NC, was the son of Cargill Massenburg (Sep. 29, 1768- d. Nov. 7, 1809) & Ann Bryar (b. Mar. 26, 1786- d. Apr. 13, 1815; Ann remarried in 1813 to Kimbrough Jones). Nicholas purchased 614 acres of land on the waters of Fox Swamp & Mill Swamp on the North side of Halifax Rd. on Oct. 27, 1830 from George F. & William Freeman for $2800. He purchased another 14 acres in 1832, and 13 acres in 1835.  On Dec. 8, 1831, he married Lucy Henry Davis (b. Oct. 11, 1811, d. Sep. 26, 1896) who was the daughter of Archibald Davis & Elizabeth J. Hilliard, and was the sister to Archibald H. Davis of Cypress Hall Plantation.  More land was purchased over the years, and in March 1838, construction began on expanding the earlier house. Massenburg kept a daily journal for many years, in which he recorded many of the days activities, house accounts, church info, tax records, family information, and Slave records. He also owned Egypt Plantation in Franklin Co., which he worked alongside with Woodleaf, where both workers and slaves were shared between the 2 plantations. In his journal covering the years 1834-1840, it is indicated that Egypt was the larger of the 2 plantations, containing 1312 Acres of land. 

 
SLAVE POPULATION: In 1850, Nicholas Massenburg had 49 Slaves; and in 1860, he had 46 Slaves and 18 Slave houses. He was also serving as the Executor of the Estate  & Guardian to the children of A. H. Davis, where there were 67 Slaves, and 10 Slave houses in 1860.

From the Nicholas B. Massenburg Papers 1823-1908, the Journal of Nicholas B. Massenburg, Pages 301-302
Slaves, Ages, as received from A. H. DAVIS, To wit, this 1st March 1834:

1. CARY - 39 years
2. CLARA - 34
3. PEG - In May 15th is 17 died Jan 19th 1840
4. MARIAH - 16
5. MARY ANN - 14
6. SUCKEY - 12
7. CYTHIA - 9 Taxed 1838
8. LILA - 7
9. MINERVA - 6
10. ROSABELLE - 4
11. COLUMBUS - born March 31 1831
12. HARRIET - In June 15th is 1 year
13. POL - 52
14. KIZ - 34
15. ABRAM - 30
PHIL [crossed out] - 27 Swapt with Dr D. for LEWIS
16. WASHINGTON - 24
17. CHARLES - 19
18. WARREN - 12
19. GARRICK - 8 Taxed 1837 1st time
20. LUCINDA - 6
21. CLARICA - 3
22. VENUS - 6
23. MARY BLICK- 17
24. LUCY - 30
25. FANNY - 4
26. JULIA In Sept 30th is 1 year
27. HENDERSON - Son of PEG & WASH born May 24, Satd 1834
28. JOE -Son of CARY & CLARA born Feby 6th 1835
29. LEWIS - 27
30. ALFRED -Son of WASH & PEG was born Sun Sept 4th 1836
31. BETSEY - daughter of CARY & CLARA born 21st Jan 1837 (Saturday)
ELLEN [crossed out]-daughter of KIZ born Satd 17 June 1837 died May 28th 1838
LOUISA [crossed out]-daughter of MARY BLICK born Sun Aug 13th 1837 died 1839
32. MATILDA -daughter of MARIAH born Satd 18th Novr 1837
33. PITSEY -daughter of PEG born Wednesday 13th June 1837
34. TOM HENRY - Son of CLARA & CARY born Mon 15 Octo 1838
35. ROBERT - Son of MARIA & ALFRED born Monday 22d April 1839
36. CHERRY - (Bot of G. PATTERSON Jan 4th 1840)
EMELINE - daughter of KIZ born March 1840
GEORGE - Son of MARY BLICK born Feby 1840- See Book B
 

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Taxes pr the year 1838 & given in 1839;
Viz 1312 Acres Land (Egypt) valued at $275 pr Acre
760  Acres Land  (Residence) ditto $500 pr Acre
18 Black Pole & 1 White viz;
1.  CARY
2.  CLARA
3.  PEG
4.  MARIAH
5.  M. ANN
6.  SUCKEY
7.  CYTHA
8.  LILA
9.  KIZ
10. ABRAM
11. WASH
12. CHARLES
13. WARREN
14. GARRICK
15. M. BLICK
16. LUCY
17. LEWIS
18. DOCTOR (a hired boy)
 
Taxes Given in 1840 to G. LEWIS, viz;
1312 Acres land (Egypt) valued at $2.75 pr acre
760 Residence ditto $5.
21 Blk pole 1 white pole viz
1. CARY
2. CLARA
3. MARIAH
4. M ANN
5. SUCKEY
6. CYTHA
7. LILA
8. KIZ
9. ABRAHAM
10. WASH
11. CHAS
12. WARREN
13. GARRICK
14. M. BLICK
15. LUCY
16. LEWIS
17. VENUS

Hired:
18. JOE hired at $70
19. HARRY hired at $70
20. WESLEY hired at $71
 

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Nicholas Massenburg's mother, Ann Bryar, was left a widow in 1809, and then married Kimbrough Jones in 1813. She died in Wake County in 1815, where she left an Estate.
 

Estate of ANN JONES, 1815
Wake County, North Carolina

State of North Carolina
Wake County
To wit 26th December 1815

In pursuance of the following order to wit, Wake County, Nov Term 1815, ordered that HENRY MOORING, DARRELL ROGERS, DANIEL L. BARRINGER, BURWELL PERRY & ALLEN ROGERS or any three of them, are appointed a committee to divide the personal Estate of ANN JONES, formerly ANN MASSENBURGH, amongst her three children & the Administration of JOHN J. JONES dec'd & report to next Court.
Test
B. S. KING CC

We the said Committee met accordingly & proceeded to the division of said property and allotted as follows, viz:
Lott No. one consisting of the following Negroes, to wit:
GEORGE, JACK, ISAAC, DAVID, DOLLY & Child, COMFORT & DICK & SILLA

Lott No. two consisting of the following Negroes to wit:
HARRY, SAWNY, DAVID, NOAH, MARY & Child, MILLY & Child, MARIA.

Lott No. three consisting of the following Negroes, to wit:
DENNIS, JOSEPH, QUILLA, NED, JENNY & Child, LUCY, GRANVILLE, SARAH & RAINEY.

Lott No. four consisting of the following Negroes, to wit:
HALL, BEN, CAESAR, MILES, NANCY & two Children, PATTY & GRACE.

 

Lott No. one was assigned to LUCY MASSENBURGH
Lott No. two was assigned to the Administrator of JOHN JONES dec'd
Lott No. three was assigned to MARIAM STAMPS MASSENBURGH
Lott No. 4 (four) was assigned to NICHOLAS MASSENBURGH

Lott No.1 assigned to LUCY MASSENBURGH, Converting of
GEORGE valued at $800
JACK valued at 450
ISAAC valued at 350
DAVID valued at 300
DOLLY & Child AARON valued at 400
COMFORT valued at 280
DICK valued at 150
SILLA valued at 115
Total valued: $2845

Lott No.2 assigned to the Administrator of JOHN JONES dec'd (KIMBRO JONES) to wit:
HARRY valued at $750
SAWNEY valued at 500
DAVID valued at 360
NOAH valued at 300
MARY & Child BOSTON valued at 450
MILLY & Child SOLOMON valued at 340
MARIA valued at 150
Total valued: $2850

Lott No.3 assigned to MARIAM STAMPS MASSENBURGH, to wit:
DENNIS valued at $600
JOSEPH valued at 500
QUILLA valued at 400
NED valued at 300
JENNY & two children MARY & DENNIS valued at 500
LUCY valued at 250
GRANVILLE valued at 125
SARAH valued at 125
RAINEY valued at 25
Total valued: $2825

Lott No.four(4) assigned to NICHOLAS MASSENBURGH, to wit:
HALL valued at $500
BEN valued at 500
CAESAR valued at 400
MILES valued at 350
NANCY & two children BEN & COMFORT valued at 500
PATTY valued at 360
GRACE valued at 260
Total valued: $2870

All which is respectfully submitted by the Committee under our hands & seals this 26th day of December 1815.
DANIEL L. BARRINGER
HENRY MORING
ALLEN ROGERS
[plus 2 Seals, no signatures]


Wake County, February Term 1816
The above report was returned into Court and ordered to be recorded
B. S. KING CC

Recorded in Clerks Office of Wake County
in Book Nine Page 263
 

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RESEARCH NOTES: N. B. Massenburg's sister, Lucy Cargill Massenburg (1802-1835), was the 1st wife of Archibald H. Davis of Cypress Hall Plantation.

Journal of Nicholas B. Massenburg, Page 300.
Family Records
MARRIAGES:
Nicholas Bryar Massenburg To Lucy Henry Davis
Dec 8th 1831 at Cleveland, Warren County, NC

BIRTHS:
Nicholas Bryar Massenburg Born at Mill Brook, Wake County, NC April 15th 1806
Lucy Henry Davis Born at Columbia Farm, Franklin County, NC October 11th A.D. 1811
Archibald Cargill Massenburg Born at Woodleaf Feby 1st 1834 Son of Nicholas & Lucy
Willie Perry Massenburg Born April 30th 1836 [entire entry crossed out]
Lucy Cargill Davis daughter of C & A Massenburg Born Dec 31st 1802 [1st wife of A. H. Davis]
Mariam Stamp Massenburg daughter of Cargill & Ann Massenburg Born Oct 18th 1808
Willie Perry Massenburg son of Nicholas & Lucy Born April 30th 1836
William Edward Son of Nicholas & Lucy Massenburg Bor 13 October 1837
John Nicholas Massenburg son of Nicholas & Lucy Massenburg Born 23d January 1839
Mariam Stamp Massenburg daughter of Nicholas & Lucy Born 2d June 1840

DEATHS:
Lucy Cargill Davis died May 7th 1835
 

Note on Pg. 292.
N. B. Massenburgs Crops. Cotton Made & Sold
Bot [sic] this farm (Woodleaf) of Robt Freeman in the Fall of 1830 and commenced farming 1st Jany 1831.


MISCELLANEOUS: Ben & Silvester Massenburg Bibles; Davis-Massenburg Bible; National Register of Historic Places Application 1; Application 2; Nicholas Bryar Massenburg Papers 1823-1908; Massenburg Plantation, NCSU Libraries; Estate of Ann Jones, 1815, Wake County, NC

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