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vocabulary problem

Posted: 7 Dec 2010 3:06AM GMT
Classification: Query
In an 1842 will, James Anderson states "I bequeth to my beloved wife the plantation in which we now live"

Is the word "plantation" an Irish term or an PA/VA term?

I thought I had seen the term in Irish books???

I had thought my James Anderson Irish like his wife. However, my brother swears he has roots in Virgina.

Thank you for any suggestions.

Re: vocabulary problem

Posted: 7 Dec 2010 3:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
Plantation is a common noun for a farm in Virginia and Pennsylvania. It does not have the connotation later ascribed to it (for example, Tara).

Re: vocabulary problem

Posted: 8 Dec 2010 10:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am still confused. (Sorry) Perhaps the people in PA/VA were Irish.

My problem is that in the 1820-40 censuses, my Andersons are in an Irish community. I thought that they had come from IR in 1800. However, my brother says that the Anderson who wrote the 1842 will had VA roots, came from Mercer Co., and that he may be living in his wifes Irish community.

I guess my question is, would a person born in Ireland be likely to use the term plantation in an 1842 will?

I have come to the conclusion that my brother is correct and that I must go to Mercer Co for 1800 records.

However, I am still bothered by the plantation term. I want to be sure that it's not an irish term.

I guess this sounds like a silly question, but I have been searching for 15 years for my Anderson with no luck.

Re: vocabulary problem

Posted: 9 Dec 2010 2:56AM GMT
Classification: Query
All I can tell you is that the people who used in, in the research I have done, were definitely not Irish. They were German and English, mainly.

Re: vocabulary problem

Posted: 23 Jan 2011 1:57AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am pretty sure that there was no such thing as a plantation anywhere in Ireland or elsewhere in the British Isles. We had farms, holdings or estates. The word plantation has been used, but I think more in modern times, but only in the sense of a relatively small group/area of trees usually planted for commercial purposes. Plantation is a very colonial word - India, tea, Malaysia, rubber.
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