I have been fascinated with cemeteries, grave yards and burial grounds since I was very young. I'm the kind of person who has to stop and go look through an old cemetery, whether I know anyone buried there or not.
I live on Mulatto Bayou straight across from the site of JFH Claiborne's Plantation Laurelwood. In the 1800's, within a ten mile radius, there once were 3 large plantations in this area. Sea cotton was grown and picked by many slaves on these prospering plantations.
There are also several very old cemeteries dating back to the mid to late 1700's. I have gone through these cemeteries many times and have only questioned one thing.
Where were the slaves buried?
Normally when there are plantations, whether large or small, there are graves of the slaves nearby. I have never been able to locate any graves or burial records for any of the slaves. Where did they bury their slaves? I know that JFH Claiborne from Laurelwood was also a slave trader with slave pens under his plantation house and was reported to be a very ruthless man. I've read documents about some of his slaves "running away" and JFH Claiborne sending a crew of men with lighted torches out into the marshes/swamp to capture them and then returning with a dead slave or reports that the alligators had eaten them alive. Survival in these swamps are very slim. So where did they bury their slaves?
I hope these good people were given a proper burial so they would at least hopefully find some peace once they passed on. I'm praying that they did not dispose of their bodies in the swamps or marshlands around here. Maybe one day this mystery will be solved.