Cornhill Plantation - Charleston County South Carolina SC

Cornhill Plantation – West Ashley – Charleston County

Basic Information


  • 1694 – Earliest known date of existence (3)

    On December 31, 1694, a warrant for 500 acres was issued to Captain Burnaby Bull for his arrival rights for himself, two servants and a slave, Mingo (3).

  • 1701 – The grant was issued to Captain Bull on May 17 (3).

  • ? – House built

  • 1715 – On March 19, the property was conveyed to William Elliott, Thomas Stocks and Shem Butler (who lived on the property) to be held in trust for life for Captain Burnaby Bull and after his death for John, Mary and Martha Cockfield, the children of John and Rachael Bull Cockfield (3).

  • 1758 – John Cockfield Jr. conveyed the property to William Roper on April 18 (3).

  • ? – Benjamin Dart Roper, son of William Roper, became the plantation's owner.

  • 1852 – Benjamin Dart Roper died leaving Cornhill Plantation to his son Richard Roper.

  • 1855 – Richard Roper sold the plantation to Arthur Middleton (3) (4).


  • Number of acres – 500 in 1694; 481 in 1855 (3)

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Number of slaves – 1 (Mingo) in 1694 (3)

    21 in 1852 (Sampson, Sylvia, Nancy, Maria, Jenny, Fanny, Tennah, Sophia, Frank, Primus, Phillis, Eliza, John, Moses, Alex, Sheba, Gussey, Old Carson, Jessey, Bob, and Young Carson) (5)

References & Resources

  1. Claude Henry Neuffer, editor, Names in South Carolina, Volume I through 30 (Columbia, SC: The State Printing Company)
     Order Names in South Carolina, Volumes I-XII, 1954-1965
     Order Names in South Carolina, Index XIII-XVIII

  2. Buist Real Estate File, South Carolina Historical Society
    –  Online Catalog

  3. Information contributed by Lodi Palmer which she discovered in issues of the SC Genealogical Magazine while researching the history of her family, the Cockfields.

  4. Arthur Middleton papers, 1837-1878 - held by the South Carolina Historical Society

  5. fold3 - Slaves at Cornhill Plantation

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