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Re: Anna Townsend, Pickens Co., GA, Holcomb????
Posted by: Daniel Eaton (ID *****7885) Date: September 16, 2002 at 18:22:14
In Reply to: Anna Townsend, Pickens Co., GA, Holcomb???? by Glenna of 503

I too am down this line through their daughter Pheobe and would love to trade information with anyone that is interested. Here is what I have on Edward:


Edward accumulated a large estate in Pickens and Cherokee Counties as indicated by inventory and appraisement of his estate on February 3, 1860. He owned 2100 acres of land, 18 negro slaves and all needed supplies for a large farming operation. The land he owned has not been traced down to present owners, but based on the location of his grave we believe at least a portion of it must be owned by the marble company near what is now the town of Tate, Georgia. His grave site, located at the Tate Mansion in Tate, Georgia, is surrounded by vacation cottages. He, his wife, Anna, and their daughter Elizabeth have a single stately six foot monument for their graves. The Tate name appears as attorney on adoption papers for Edward Townsend's idiot sons. Source: World Family Tree CD, Volume 1, Pedigree #1215, Broderbund Software, Inc.

According to family oral history, Edward was a big man, expecially in stature, weighing around 350 pounds. He had a special made chair to accommodate his size and this chair has survived through the generations and is owned by a descendant and namesake.

Edward died intestate 29 January 1860 leaving a big estate consisting of land, slaves and personal property valued at over $30,000. Edward's estate papers show he was being treated almost daily by Dr. John Lyons from 24 December 1859 to 25 January 1860. He performed surgery on Edward 31 December 1859. On 5 January 1860, Dr. H. D. Cunningham performed surgery to removed a carbuncle.

It took about 12 years to settle Edward's estate. Most of his children left Pickens County and went to Alabama when the estate was finally settled. Source: Pickens County Heritage Book, page 424.

Here is what I have on Anna:
Anna Taylor was half-Cherokee Indian. Anna Taylor's mother, Ruthy, was abducted from a corn field by Cherokee Indian Chief Richard Taylor and taken to his camp in Red Clay, Tennessee. She had a child by him. While he was away on a hunt, Ruthy and her child Anna stole away. They lived on nuts and berries until they reached her home in Georgia. Ruthy's parents arranged a marriage and a wedding supper for their daughter and the Indian who abducted her, but he did not show up.

Anna and her husband Edward Townsend are buried in a private cemetery behind the Tate Mansion, Tate, Georgia. Source: Letter dated June 29, 1998 from Mary Crow Gravino, 690 E. Main Street, Canton, Georgia. Mary is the grandchild of James Albert Crow, brother to my great-grandfather, McKinney Crow. Mary's aunt, Victoria Crow Jones, told her the story when she was a child. Mary later verified the story in documents connected with the Indian roll(s) application. When I was a child, my mother, Gwendolyn Chapman, also told me the story of an ancestor who was stolen by the Indians, then escaped, coming home with a daughter.

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