MADISON PARISH PLANTATIONS and LANDOWNERS 1875-1979
Based Upon Tax Roll Data
Richard P. Sevier June 2011
Wylie Barrow, Tyson Hatch and Heather Baldwin of the U S Geological Survey’s
National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette supplied Madison Parish Tax Roll
images for most of the years between 1875 and 1943. This data has been combined
with the pre-existing tax roll data from the years 1879-1881
to form a table showing ownership of most plantations at approximate five-year
intervals between 1875 and 1943. Not every plantation is listed; nor did every
piece of property have a name, especially those that had little or no
cultivation. Those that are listed were chosen by their size, historical
significance or length of existence and unique name. The large timber holdings
are listed because of their size even if they weren’t plantations.
the pre-existing tax roll data did not include Non-Resident ownership, the
years 1879-80, 1885-86 and 1889-90 are a combination of the pre-existing
1879-81 and 1885-90 data with the new USGS data, which shows all owners.
these images are of fairly high quality considering their age, but in some
cases name spelling is questionable due to the quality of the original recorder
and/or the quality of the images. Unfortunately the 1908 Non-Resident images
were illegible as were a few others. Non-resident owners are shown with a light
green background. However this seems to be inconsistent, and, starting about
1928, few owners were identified as Non-Resident. In fact in 1943 none of the
owners were separately-listed as Non-Resident.
original table was so large that it was very easy to get “lost”, because the
identifying row and column headings, showing name or date, disappeared as the
table was scrolled down or to the right. To somewhat alleviate this, the table
has been broken into eight smaller tables by plantation name, however scrolling
to the right must still be done to see the dates. More than 75 plantations are
Many plantations do not show up every year. They may have been merged with other plantations, or the plantation name just may not have been listed or the image may have been illegible. In particular, Trinidad was especially difficult because the three original plantation names were Good Hope, Oak Ridge and Waterford (1875-1894), then later merged into Trinidad (1894-1924) and even later returned to their old names (1930 on.)
Interestingly enough several plantations have more that one location. There are three totally different locations for Sharkey. California and Wyoming both have two different locations. There are probably more.
Names, Owners, Acreage and Dates are shown below:
Plantation and Land Ownership Maps
Click on the maps below to see a detailed view of Madison Parish plantation locations, landowners, names and most property containing at least 160 contiguous acres. Maps have had the section lines along the Mississippi River restored to their circa 1830 locations. After the map downloads, click again to enlarge it. (Maps are large downloads.) Due to the small-scale maps and quality of the source material, land ownership lines in many instances are only approximate. Acreage on all three maps is plotted on a recent (post 2000) Madison Parish Highway Map base.
1903 Plantation & Ownership Map
NOTE: The 1903 map was made primarily to show the vast holdings (shown in red) of the 70,000 acre Ashly Co. Ltd of Dundee, Scotland. Unfortunately, due to the many land description mistakes and omissions in the 1903 tax rolls, some property locations may be totally unreliable.
Who is viewing these Madison Parish Plantation Maps?
The following two maps show the locations of those who
have been interested enough to view Madison Parish Plantation data during the
period June 2011 to June 2013. It is interesting to note that people from all
over the world have accessed these maps. The first map is a detail of the
United States, while the second map shows the entire world.