Re: "Very Small Percentage" Owned Slaves
Elizabeth married William D. Bryant, and Emily married John Bryant. Both couples lived adjacent to B. M. Garrett, and both William and John died in the war. The other girls, to the best of my knowledge were still somewhere around home in 1860. One of them married a Spurlock neighbor. However, there are 3 girls I can't account for, who may have died before 1860, or married unknown men. In all, born between 1833 and 1864, with one set of twin girls. There were 11 girls and 6 boys. As wasn't unusual, B. M. Garrett tended to give his children pieces of his land to live on. James was the oldest, and he was the only one I know of who left the area the family land by the time of the war. My great grandfather was Jefferson Franklin, one of the 55th Georgia vets, ended up in Andalusia around 1882, where he died in 1911. Interesting thing about these brothers was that 3 of them ended up in Camp Douglas, and the other two ended of with the contingent sent to Camp Sumter at Andersonville as guards. All were on one side, or the other, of a prison fence. Regarding his slaves, I do know that some stayed on after the war. Nicey, who was a house servant and nanny, was still there after 1900, and I believe was buried in the family cemetery on the land. Her son, Sam, was still there as late as 1950 when the land was sold to a lumber company.