The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation
The Wessyngton Plantation was established in 1796 by Joseph Washington 1770-1848, a cousin of President Washington. By 1860 Wessyngton encompassed more than 15,000 acres and held 274 slaves there. Names associated with the plantation include: WASHINGTON, CHEATHAM, BLOW, GREEN, WHITE, WILLIAMS, TERRY, LEWIS, SCOTT, and GARDNER. I have traced all the families from this plantation (descendants of the plantation owners and the enslaved population). A detailed history of the plantation can also be found in my book The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation: Stories of My Family's Journey to Freedom.