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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wealthiest Woman in the South Despised Plantation Life - Houston Co. GA Wills, Estates, Marriages

Jeannette Holland AustinWealthiest Woman in the South Despised Plantation Life
By Jeannette Holland Austin

At one time, cotton was "King" in Georgia. The crop is still grown today in South, Central and Southwest Georgia in counties such as Dooly, Colquitt, Mitchell, Worth, and Decatur. During the early days Georgia grew the lucrative cash crop of rice, however, before the American Revolution (1775 to 1783) cotton became another staple in the southern home. spinning wheel The Sea Island Cotton imported from the West Indies was grown along the coast because it produced a long, strong fiber easily separated from the seed. The invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitley was a welcome relief to planting and weaving. Southerners wove their own cloth from raw cotton, hemp and other crops. The plantation life from sun up to sun down was shared by all of the family members, including the lady of the house whose duty it was to teach slaves to sew and weave cloth as well as to harvest herbs and plants for medicines. It is laughable to read how the actress, Fanny Kemble, hated plantation life and wrote a stinging criticism and rebuke of it in her book Life on a Georgia Plantation. She was married to one of the richest men in America, Mease Butler, who owned thousands of acres in New England, the South Carolina and Georgia. No doubt, the actress lived a finer existence than the average planter.

Houston County Wills, Estates and Marriages

Houston County Houston, Peach and Bibb County records should be simultaneously researched by the genealogists to locate threads of family information. Houston County, Georgia was established in 1821 from Indian lands, and was named after Governor James Houstoun. Families came to Houston County from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and from Houston County migrated after the Civil War into Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and especially Texas. Early Settlers: William Amos, Daniel Adams, Simon Barden, James Burnsides, David Clark, Curtis Daniel, Jeremiah Dupree, Thomas Doles, James Everett, James Grace, Michael Howard, James Killen, John Lafoy, Joshua Mercer, Jesse Pollock, and James Vinson.

Houston County Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

  • 1820 to 1850
  • Marriage Book B, 1852-64 (index of brides and grooms)
  • Houston County Marriage Book C, 1875-1898 (index of brides and grooms)
Houston County Wills 1827 to 1855

Indexes to Houston County Probate Records
  • Will Book A, 1827 to 1855.
  • Will Book B, 1855-1896.
  • Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book A, 1824-1833
  • Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book B, 1833-1848
  • Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book C, 1847-1851
  • Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book D, 1852-1853
  • Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book E, 1853-1854
  • Annual Returns and Vouchers, Book F, 1854-1855
Miscellaneous Records
  • Clark, Dempsey, LWT
  • Strong, Christopher (will)
  • Vinson, James (will)

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