“Afte he died, Miss Elviry’s brother, Mr. John Jones, an’ her mother, Miss Fanny Jones, come to take charge of de plantation. De slaves thought Marse Dan was hard, but when Marse John come he was de hardes’ man ever lived. De slaves had a good time befo’. Marse John would give ’em a peck of meal ever’ Monday mornin’ an’ tell ’em it had to las’ ’til nex’ Monday. He give ’em fo’ pounds of meat, an’ dey had to grow dey own taters an’ garden. Marse John kep’ a li’l book, an’ whenever a Nigger didn’ do right to please him, he put dey name in dis book. Den when Friday night come, he would call up all de ones whose name was in de book an’ tell ’em to strip, an’ dey had to pull off ever’thing, jus’ lak dey come into dis worl’, women an’ men. Den he would tell de driver to lay on de lash, an’ would tell him jus’ how many lashes to put on each of ’em. He laid de lash on heavy.
“De white folks had whut dey call de ‘patteroll,’ an’ when slaves visited other plantations widout a pass, dis ‘patteroll’ would run you. Sometimes a slave would run ‘way, an’ de ‘patteroll’ would run you down wid dogs, an’ den de lash was laid on heavy. Sometimes dey tied you when night come, to keep you frum runnin’ ‘way ag’in.