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Monday, January 11, 2016

The First Plantations in Savannah

Isle of Hope
Noble Jones, who was very active in the Crown's politices at Savannah, owned a plantation in Christ Church Parish, near Savannah, near the mouth of the Vernon River, on an island called Hope Island.  (Isle of Hope) He built a fort nearby to prevent the poor people of Frederica from escaping to other places in search of bread.  On the surface, this may seem cruel, however, those settlers transported at the expense of the Trustees had agreed to remain in the Colony.  On the Isle of Hope there were three plantations: Mr. Jones, Mr. Parker, Mr. Fallowfield. Mr. Fallowfield's house burned down in 1738. 
Later on, Noble Jones built the beautiful Wormsloe in Savannah,  which was later inherited by his son, Noble Wimberly Jones.  

Chelmsford was owned by Thomas Parker, a Gentleman of Savannah. 

In 1737, Mr. Thomas Causton, Storekeeper and Chief Magistrate of Savannah, built Ockstead, a house described in William Stephens' Journal as "handsome, fit for any gentleman".  This plantation was planted with 500 mulberry trees and after several years had passed, Causton and his wife, harvested the leaves and sold them to the filature for the purpose of silkworm manufacture. This plantation did not fair well under the management of Causon who was ultimately charged with not properly dispersing the estates of the settlers. He returned to England to clear his name and upon his return voyage, the ship sank and he was drowned.  After that, Mr. Williamson, the lazy husband of his niece, took charge of the plantation and allowed it to go to ruin.

William Stephens, Secretary of the Colony, lived on a plantation on the Vernon River with five or six servants to tend it, and seven or eight acres of cleared land. 

Mr. Carteret's plantation was on the main opposite Frederica, and he had about twenty servants. 

The 1500-acre plantation of Robert Williams, Merchant, was called Landiloe, and was located on the Savannah River. He he kept forty servants and spent about 2000 pds. sterling improving it. 

Jacob Matthews, the husband of widow, Mary Musgroves, bought some land formerly owned by Mr. Musgroves which he called Cow Pen, near Augusta, and he lived there for sometime with ten servants. 

Capt. Watson and Mr. Cooksey's plantations were near Augusta. 

There was a creek dividing Augusta from Indian lands, and a little below this creek was a plantation called Irene where John Wesley built a pretty house for an indian school, but soon grew weary, and left it. 

Hugh Anderson resided on St. Simon's Island where Oglethorpe told him to settle, with seventeen persons in the family, and servants. But he left this place in 1739 to go to Charles Towne, South Carolina, on account of hardships, later returning. 

In 1739, Hugh Mackay had a plantation on Amelia Island where he raised corn with some of his trust servants he brought to America with him. 

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