Thanks for replying to my post. The 1850 Federal census for Randolph County GA lists nine children in the household of B. M. and Susan Garrett. The same number appears in their family on the 1860 census schedule for Randolph County. The three oldest children on the 1850 census -- James, Elizabeth and Emily -- are not reported with the family in 1860, but three new children are. Counting Allison, a son born in 1864, that makes thirteen children -- quite a lot, by almost anyone's standard.
Five older sons all appear to have enlisted in Co. "G", 55th Georgia Regiment. I don't see James Garrett on the 1860 census schedule, but if his home stood near that of his father, he would certainly provide a good example of the point described. To venture further, if Elizabeth and Emily had married and also lived nearby, they, too, would be examples, provided their husbands did not own slaves and no slaves had been bequeathed either daughter after marriage.