On a 600 acre plantation located on the Cumberland River, near Iaka, Livingston County, three (3) miles below Grand River owned by the George family. It is another place Dr. Wesler is trying to locate for possible future field research.
Recounted in the Black Indian Slave Narratives (ISBN: 0-89587-298-6) by Patrick Minges (see pages 6-10), former slave George Fortman was interviewed by a W.P.A. field worker for the W.P.A. Slave Narrative Project. He was the descendent of a Blackhawk brave and a Choctaw maiden and African slaves. His owner was Patent George.
Patent George married a Hester who upon his death married a Mr. Lam. Hester George Lam is said to have been buried on the plantation sometime prior to the Civil War.
Patent George worked his full-blooded Indian slaves in the iron-ore mills of western Kentucky (Hillman, Dixon, Boyer, Kelley, and Lyons Furnaces, owned by a Mr. Trigg(?) and collectively called the “Chimneys”) .
If you have any knowledge of this plantation, please send it to us either by email or regular mail. Because of his busy schedule, Dr. Wesler has asked the JPHS to act as a gathering point. There is no time limit for sending us your information. We will check out each submission, do further research, and present what facts we uncover to Dr. Wesler.
This is another part of our dialogue with Dr. Wesler.