FANNIN-MIMS PLANTATION

Diana J. Kleiner

FANNIN-MIMS PLANTATION. The Fannin-Mims Plantation was located on the west bank of the San Bernard River four miles west of Brazoria, near the present Sportsman Span bridge in southwest Brazoria County. The plantation was jointly owned by Col. James Fannin, Jr., and Joseph Mims from 1834 until Fannin's death at Goliad in 1836. Fannin, who engaged in slave trading, provided slaves for the enterprise. After completing a five-year partnership contract, Mims acquired Fannin's portion of the property, built a mansion, and raised cotton. Mims's estate at his death in 1844 comprised 3,000 acres, thirty-nine slaves, sixty cattle, and 220 bales of cotton but was heavily encumbered with debt. After Mims's death, his widow, Sarah (Weekly), converted the plantation from cotton to sugar production. Between 1852 and 1858 she harvested five sugar crops, 368 hogsheads in 1852 alone. The estate continued to expand, and by 1860 had 700 improved acres and 103 slaves. In 1860 Sarah Mims reported real property assessed at $73,480 and personal property valued at $96,030, and the plantation produced 700 bushels of corn, 105 bales of cotton, and 65 hogsheads of sugar. The plantation's activities ceased with the Civil War.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Randolph B. Campbell, An Empire for Slavery: The Peculiar Institution in Texas, 1821–1865 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989).

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, Diana J. Kleiner, "FANNIN-MIMS PLANTATION," accessed September 15, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/acffl.

Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
visit the mytsha forums to participate

View these posts and more when you register your free MyTSHA account.

Call for Papers: Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Events, Symposia, and Workshops
Hi all! You may be interested in this call for papers I received from the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies at Collin College...

Katy Jennings' Ride Scholarly Research Request
I'm doing research on Catherine Jennings Lockwood, specifically the incident known as "Katy Jennings' Ride." Her father was Gordon C. Jennings, the oldest man to die at the Alamo...

Texas Constitution of 1836 Co-Author- Elisha Pease? Ask a Historian
The TSHA profile of Elisha Marshall Pease states that he wrote part of the Texas Constitution although he was only a 24 year-old assistant secretary (not elected). I cannot find any other mention of this authorship work by Pease in other credible research about the credited Constution authors...