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Despite the lack of paper evidence documenting the lives of the enslaved workers of the Jackson Plantation, it is still possible to piece together some of who they were and what their life was like. Below are different sources containing information about individuals and groups of enslaved people owned by Abner Jackson.


About the sources:

Many of the documents contain original language appropriate to the time it was written. In an attempt to maintain historical objectivity, the language has not been changed.

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Circa 1840s 

Bricks made by enslaved laborers at the Jackson Plantation with finger impressions. 

 Lake Jackson Historical Museum 

Poldo Sanco 

Poldo Sanco was one of many victims of the  Atlantic Slave trade. According to the article below, Sanco is said to have been born in Africa around 1800 and was brought to Charleston, South Carolina as a slave. He remained in Charleston for fifty-years and was later sent to Georgia, where he stayed for six years.  Eventually, Poldo Sanco was bought by Abner Jackson and brought to Texas to work on the plantation. Sanco stayed in Lake Jackson for forty-three years.  The following documents allow us to get a glimpse into the life of Poldo Sanco. 

The document below is the census that begins on June 1, 1879, and extends to May 31, 1880. In this document, Poldo, his wife, Leah Sanco, and their son are recorded as living in Brazoria County. 

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Poldo Sanco

and his

wife,Leah Sanco. 

"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 December 2015), Texas > Brazoria > Precinct 4 > ED 20 > image 10 of 19; citing NARA microfilm publication T9, (National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C., n.d.)

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