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Slaves-Wayne , Brooks, Glynn, Brantley, McIntosh, Camden and Thomas Co., GA
Posted by: David Hopkins (ID *****2104) Date: June 09, 2006 at 19:19:13
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Subject: Slaves-Wayne , Brooks, Glynn, Brantley, McIntosh, Camden and Thomas Co., GA

Could you please help me locate the original primary records and any additional information for the attached documents? Perhaps you can help with Hopkins slave names, or know someone who can.

The African Diaspora Library in the AOL Genealogy Forum
Subject: GA Families [slave data] (Wayne, Glynn, Brantley, Camden and McIntosh Counties)
Date: 10/17/96
File: GAAFAM.TXT (27137 bytes)
Some surnames are: Jenkins, Hopkins, Johnson, Gignilliat, and Livingston.
Anyone needing access to information in the private collection in Atlanta from
which much of the unpublished info. is taken should contact ???“egun” (Dr. T.S. Hopkins 1863 Will and other documents,

I am trying to locate information on my great grandfather and great grandmother (Randal Hopkins, born 1824 in GA and Nancy Hopkins, born 1845 in VA). (Randal Hopkins Family of Thomasville, Georgia)

The following is information on Randal and Nancy Hopkins of Thomasville Georgia. I am seeking to find additional linkage between Randal and Nancy Hopkins and Dr. T.S. Hopkins. There are no documents whose sole purpose were to record the names of slaves. However, the slaves’ lives are inseparably intermingled with the lives of the citizens with whom they lived”1870 Brickwall”.

Because slaves were property, they are liable to be found in any record which documents property rights.

1) Randal and Nancy Hopkins first appear in the 1870 U.S. Census living in Thomasville, Georgia.

2) Dr. Thomas Spalding Hopkins also appear in the 1870 U.S. Census living in Thomasville, Georgia

3) There are not any Hopkins at all living in Thomas County, Georgia in the 1860 U.S. Census

4) Dr. Thomas Spalding Hopkins is recorder in the 1860 and 1850 U.S. Census living in Wayne County Georgia

5) Dr. Thomas Spalding Hopkins moved to Brooks and Thomas County in 1863, when he sought refuge from the Civil War. Although the Hopkins family lived in Thomasville, Thomas Co., GA, their plantation was located in nearby Brooks Co.

6) Dr. Thomas Spalding Hopkins 1860 Slave Schedule from Wayne county list male and female slaves ages. Randal and Nancy ages are found in 1860 Slave Schedule for Dr. Hopkins.

7) Note written about 1930 by Judge Henry William Hopkins son of Dr. T.S. Hopkins. “Some of the names of slaves owned by his father Dr. Hopkins that he remembers (Jim Crow, Handy man - Tully, Yard man and we boys possum hunter,- Squash)” {some former slaves changed their names.}

8) Memory of Octavius Hopkins, son of Dr. T.S. Hopkins Jan. 6, 1935 {this has been transcribed as it was written.} Original in private collection, Atlanta, GA. {“none left after the war or ran away…Some kept the name of Hopkins”}.

9) Randal and Stephen Hopkins are the only Black Male Hopkins listed in the 1870 U.S. Census for Thomas or Brooks County Georgia.
I am also looking for the following primary documents:

1). Marriage Settlement of (Dr. Thomas Spalding Hopkins first marriage in May 1839, to Miss Julia Mary Dufour, daughter of Louis and Marie (Ponce) Dufour, a French family, from St. Mary’s. She was born in March 1821 at St. Mary's and died in Brunswick, October 15, 1846. The second marriage was on November 14 1847, to Miss Jane Elizabeth Gignilliat, daughter of John and Jane Mary (Pepper) Gignilliat of Glynn County. She was born at Oak Grove in Glynn County, July 14, 1821, and died March 18, 1886, in Thomasville.

2). Dr. Thomas Spalding father’s, Plantation Journal will and/or family papers, inventories, appraisements with slaves names (Francis Hopkins, Brig. Gen., Birth: 1772 near Bluffton, S.C., Death: 5 MAY 1821 in McIntosh Co., GA, Note: wife: Rebecca Sayre Hopkins), they were a prominent McIntosh County family of early days of that county. Francis Hopkins met his friend, Thomas Spalding of Darien (in Savannah) who suggested moving to McIntosh Co, agreeing to sell him 2 to3 Plantations. First settled on Sapelo Island at "Chatelet", a plantation from Mr. Spalding 22 Jan 1805. But in 1808, he bought a home at Bellville on the mainland lived there a year, then moved to High Bluff Plantation which he had bought and where his mother died in 1812. Also owned plantations at Sapelo, Skiesfield on Hird's Island, Bellville and Baisden’s Bluff. (Francis Hopkins Family Tree at RootsWeb)

3) .Dr. Thomas Spalding Hopkins Plantation Journal, will and/or family papers, inventories, appraisements with slaves names born in Bellville, McIntosh County June 15, 1818, and died at his home in Thomasville November 12, 1904. His first practice was in Wayne and Glynn Counties, living on a plantation near Waynesville, which he bought. He later moved to Sherwood Plantation near the same town, where he lived with his family until forced by the dangers of the Civil War period to move further inland, and in this way came about his removal to Thomasville April 1863. (Dr. Hopkins registered as a physician in Brunswick on 30 April 1887) (Dr Thomas Spalding Hopkins Biography)

4) The Plantation known as “Sherwood”, the home of Dr. Thomas Spalding Hopkins; from which he removed his family to Thomasville, Georgia, was rebuilt from three stories and nine fireplaces to two stories and five fireplaces in 1928.(Now called "Gibson Farm").The house is located about one and half miles from Waynesville, Georgia on the Browntown road. The home in Waynesville still stands underneath one of the renowned “Council Oaks”. It was underneath these oaks that the Indians held council meetings. There are only a few of these trees in Georgia. John Gignilliat is believed to be the original settler of Sherwood Home. (Bill Gibson purchased the farm in 1902). (Council Oak Tree on Dr. T.S. Hopkins’ Sherwood home.)

5) Dr. Thomas Spalding Hopkins Plantation Journal, will and/or family papers, inventories, appraisements with slaves’ names. He bought home in Thomasville & lands to move slaves & stock in Brooks County, near Morven, "Pike tract" "Perkins Place" land recently purchased from the "Pikes" in Brooks County Ga. The family were removed to Morven and lived there several months until they could get possession of the residence know as the Braswell Place, corner Crawford & present Remington Ave. on Jan. 1, 1864 about seven acres , now in the residential section of the town . He bought the entire block to Jackson & thence down present Dawson for $5,000, July, 1863.

6) There are a few references to Thomas Spalding Hopkins, Belleville Plantation, and the 1850 and 1860 slave schedules in Buddy Sullivan’s book Early Days on the Georgia Tidewater: The Story of McIntosh County and Sapelo, published in 1995. (I am getting a copy of it). General Francis Hopkins Family Cemetery Transcript

7) Other resources that I have identified and I am checking are:

Francis Hopkins correspondence listed in Manuscripts index of GHS.
Bessie Lewis Collection includes her research notes as McIntosh County’s first historian. A file on “Hopkins” is listed in the collection inventory GHS.
McIntosh County tax digest for 1825 (on microfilm) GHS.
Darien Gazette for the years 1818-1828 (on microfilm) GHS.
Bellville, Georgia, the First Hundred Years by Pharris DeLoach Johnson, 1996 GHS.
All Under Ban: Roswell King, Jr. and Plantation Management in Tidewater Georgia, 1819-1854, edited with an introduction by Buddy Sullivan, 2003 GHS.
They Called Their Town Darien: Being a Short History of Darien and McIntosh County, Georgia, by Bessie Lewis, 1975 GHS.
The Seed That Was Sown in the Colony of Georgia: The Harvest and the Aftermath, 1740-1870, by Charles Spalding Wylly, 1910 GHS.

Thank you and God bless you for your help and assistance.

Dave Hopkins
(609) 868-2733 Cell (Randal Hopkins Family of Thomasville, Georgia)

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