Missouri's Little Dixie

 

 

   PRICE PLANTATION OF CLAY COUNTY, MISSOURI

 

An 1854 runaway slave notice from

Liberty, Clay County, Missouri,

written by the slave's owner, R. M. G. Price.


 

    

Price, who was a large slave owner, owned George and had purchased him in Jackson County, Missouri.  Apparently, George ran away after Price purchased his new estate.   

 

 

   Price Plantation, east of Liberty, Clay County, Missouri.  

      

Located between Excelsior Springs and Liberty, Missouri, Colonel Richard M. G. Price built this big house on his plantation some time between 1854 and 1857.  Known as the "Camron Farm," Richard purchased the plantation in March 1854.  The original tract contained between 400 and 500 acres, and was sold with "no buildings of value" for $28.70 per acreBoth Mr. Price and his wife had relatives living in the area and had lived in Clay County for some time.  In 1850, the Prices lived in the Liberty Township and owned a 910 acre hemp plantation that produced 13 tons of "Dew Rotted Hemp."  In that same year, Price owned 20 slaves.  During the Kansas and Missouri Border Wars, Price joined other Clay County men in fighting during various skirmishes with the "Free State" men of Kansas.  In 1856, during one of these battles, J. M. Sullivan accidently shot and killed his pro-slavery comrade Colonel R. M. G. Price.  (See the web site "Legends of America: Bleeding/Missouri Border War Time Line.")  After his death, Price's wife Lucy ran the plantation.  In 1860, Lucy still owned the plantation and 420 acres and 15 slaves.  Lucy maintained the hemp plantation, raising some 6 tons with her slaves.  Her overall worth in 1860 was $42,000, a very substantial amount for the time.  During the Civil War, the Price Plantation was visited by "Bushwhackers" under the command of R. S. Osborn.  During this raid the thieves carried off an old negro man, "whom they inhumanly murdered in a corn field nearby."  After the War, Mrs. Price remarried Lindsay T. Petty.  Their daughter inherited the  plantation and with her husband, T. J. Wornall, renamed it in the late 1880s "Grassland Farms." 

                         

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