|The Lavender Family Association
An Great Effort to Present Information About the Lavender Families descended
from the enslaved negroes of a Mantua Plantation
A Typical Cotton Plantation in the Mantua Community of Greene County , Alabama
Several Lavenders in the cities of Eutaw, Aliceville, Carrollton, Tuscaloosa, Buhl, Birmingham, Escambia, Alabama and other cities and states such as
Monroe & Winnsboro, Louisiana, Marshalltown, Iowa, Cumberland & Lynch, Kentucky, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, New York, Atlanta, Memphis,
Washington D.C., and Los Angeles are the descendants of German, Russian, Dutch, French, Native American, and African ancestral lines.
The first enslaved negro that took the Lavender name was China Kolb (1778 - 1830), who was the multi racial daughter of German Planter Peter
Kolb (1740 - 1791), who was the son of Hans Casper Kolb (1701 - 1770). Her mother, Cate (1751), was the domestic servant for the Kolb family
for almost 4 decades until she was given her freedom on July 12, 1801. Unfortunately, Cate's daughter, China and her granddaughter, Margaret,
were not given the same luxury before she was sold to an Irish-Scottish Planter in Newberry County, South Carolina in 1802. His name was William
Lavender. As Margaret matured into a young woman, she was deeded to William’s oldest son, David and his new bride, as a wedding gift in 1810.
Margaret was trained to be the domestic servant for Eleanor and became the primary servant for the Lavender children. Oral history revealed that
David & Margaret entered into a sexual relationship during this time and she became his concubine. As a result, she conceived at least four racially
mixed-children: Lucinda, Solomon, Harvey, & George. When David died in 1826, Margaret and her seven children, now became the property
of Eleanor and her six children.
Margaret was a valued domestic servant, whose children occupied the most important household and trades positions. As in the Lavender's household,
the presence of lighter-skinned slaves as household servants was not merely an issue of skin color. The Black Lavender children grew up to be closely
involved in the Lavender staff activities; Her oldest daughter, Lucinda and middle son, Harvey, became domestics, while the younger ones assisted in
By 1830, Eleanor and her family inherited 12 slaves. She already owned Margaret and her 7 known children, plus another child named, Elizabeth
that she gave birth to. In addition to 5 slaves, Peter, Eliza, Joseph, China, George, she became the guardian of China and George as they were
willed to Eleanor's oldest daughter Jane. Since Jane died in 1827, China and George were reverted back to original estate. Peter , Eliza, Joseph
remained in Eleanor's guardianship until her second son, Hugh reached the age of 21! By the summer of 1835, Eleanor Lavender and her family
officially left South Carolina & explore the land of opportunity. They traveled west to Georgia to join her family. It wasn't until the following year that
the entire Lavender family migrated to the Southern District of Pickens County, Alabama. They loved the area so much that not only did they purchase
land, but they called their little community "Lavender". The finances Eleanor received from her husband's estate, she invested 400 acres in what is
now considered Mantua.
Eleanor Lavender's 400 acre cotton plantation sat in the SW ¼ of Section 7 all in Township 24 Range 2 East. Also the SE ¼ of NE ¼
Section 13 Township 24 Range 1 East. E ½ of the NW ¼, the W ½ of the W ½ of SW ¼ Sec. 18. SW ¼ of NW ¼ Section 18
Township 24 Range 2 East, and the NW ¼ of NW ¼ Section 18 Township 24 Range 2 East. The property adjoined her brother in laws,
Hugh Smith & Robert Lavender, whose farms were larger than hers. To the east of her plantation was the wealthy and prominent medical doctor,
Samuel Snoddy, who was one of largest slave owners in the community. To the east and west of her farm was the prestigious Morrow, Jordan, and
Lyons family, who were major pillars of the community.
Margaret remained Eleanor's personal and dedicated house servant and the caretaker for Eleanor's oldest son, William, who was deaf and suffering
from a severe mental illness. Outside of the demands of her mistress, Margaret spent majority of her time surrounded by her children and
grandchildren. By Christmas of 1861, she had 8 children and 30 grandchildren. Margaret emerged as a celebrated public personality in her own
right, as she occupied a much more prominent and interaction in the lives of the slaves around her.
As a descendant of Margaret, she will always be recognized as "The Great Lady". Her presence on the Lavender Plantation was a break from the
traditional role of the being a wife, mother, and friend. Her enduring legacy did not stem from holding her just being a Black woman, but she
subordinated her formidable intelligence and skill for her sole advantage.
Alexander Lee Barrett
The 5th Grandson of Margaret Culp Lavender