SANKOFA'S SLAVERY DATA COLLECTION
Location: Talladega Co., Alabama
Founded: circa 1843
History: James Seeds Stockdale, born in the County of Down, Ireland, and his
wife Sarah journeyed to North America, originally settled near Charleston, N.C.
circa 1828, and finally settled in Alabama around 1839 as one of the first founding
families of Talladega Co. James Stockdale purchased land circa 1843 on which he
founded a plantation and owned many slaves. He was the owner of Stockdale Station
until his death in 1865. After serving as a Confederate Major in the Civil War,
Dr. John Stockdale, eldest son of James Stockdale returned home and settled near
his father's homeplace. He practiced medicine at Stockdale Station until his death
July 2, 1912.
Associated Surnames: Stockdale
Associated Free White Names
- (1839 - 1865) James Seeds Stockdale: founder of Stockdale Plantation;
born in the County of Down, Ireland, July 18,1787; died in Talladega, AL November
- (1839 - ) wife Sarah Stockdale
- son Dr. John Stockdale: died in Talladega, AL July 2, 1912
Associated Black Slave Names
Description of Associated Architecture
- Stockdale Homes: After the end of the Civil War, Dr. John Stockdale,
a Confederate Major, was granted a large parcel of land of at least 1,000 acres.
On this land, he had built a home down the road from his father, James Stockdale.
The two homes remain standing today.
- Slave Cabins: Cabins that were occupied by the Stockdales' slaves were
located behind the main house. These cabins are no longer standing.
- Slave Cemetery in Talladega, AL (just off Stockdale Highway) - a cemetery
in the vicinity of the historical Stockdale property. The markers bear many Stockdale
names, many of which could mark the graves of slaves. The free white Stockdales
were laid to rest in a seperate private plot just across from St. Mark's Episcopal
Church in Talladega.
Research Leads and Plantation
- National Archives in Washington D.C.: Stockdale war and census
records on microfilm list many names of their slaves.
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