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Old Fairfield Plantation


Fairfield Plantation

Fairfield Plantation was the home of Congressman John Floyd, born 3 October 1769 on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and died on his plantation in Camden County on 24 June 1839. The plantation is located in Camden County at Fairfield Point, near Bellvue and Hermitage Plantations. All of these plantations are on private property. It is located midway up the coast of Camden County. North of Pine Barrens and Bellevue and East of Hermitage Plantations. Floyd's Neck. The Floyd Family Cemetery is located about a quarter of a mile from the site of the former Fairfield Plantation House.



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Camden County Court House

St. Mary's, Georgia

St. Mary's, Georgia

Famous "Light Horse Harry" Lee Died at Dungeness

Dungeness

Lee was known for his equestrian skills for which he earned the sobriquet of "Light-Horse Harry" . On September 22, 1779 the Continental Congress voted to present Lee with a gold medal; a reward not presented to any other officer below the rank of general. It was given for the action of Lee Legion during the Battle of Paulus Hook in New Jersey, on August 19 of that year. Lee was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and was assigned with his Legion to the Southern Campaign. During January of 1781, his Legion proceeded to raid the British outpost of Georgetown, South Carolina with General Francis Marion. Then, Lee joined with General Francis Marion and General Andrew Pickens in the spring of 1781 to capture numerous British outposts in South Carolina and Georgia including Fort Watson, Fort Motte, Fort Danby, Fort Galphin, Fort Grierson, and Fort Cornwallis, Augusta, Georgia. But it was General Nathanael Greene who see Lee to Augusta to prevent British occupation. From there, Lee's Legion and local militia companies engaged to intimidate the Loyalists in the region. There was a wide turn out of militia especially after Colonel Banastre Tarleton ("the butcher") cut down the rebels under a flag of truce. Their revenge would come at the Battle of Cowpens, when Tarleton lost and retreated into North Carolina followed by Lee and his Legion to fight in the battles of Guilford Court House, the Siege of Ninety-Six and the Battle of Eutaw Springs. He was present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. As a result, Lee signed many certificates granting bounty lands in Georgia to soldiers who had served under him. From the time that Lee entered the Southern Campaign until the end, he knew victory and defeat, and shortly after the surrendered at Yorktown, he left the Army claiming fatigue and disappointment with his treatment from fellow officers. But his service did not end there. In 1794, he was summoned by Washington to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania. Lee commanded the 12,950 militiamen sent to quash the rebels; there was no fighting due to peaceful surrender. In 1798, Henry Lee was appointed a major general in the U.S. Army with the threat of a war with France. In 1808, he was re-commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson as major-general to fight an expected war with Great Britain wherein he organized the Virginia militia. At the onset of the War of 1812, he asked President James Madison for a commission, but it was denied. Soon after the Revolutionary War, his beloved wife Matilda and son Philip died and he was married to Anne Carter. Tragedy struck againas this couple lost their four children. During the war and all of his personal struggles, Lee had loaned money to his friends who could not repay. Not fully charged with debt, in 1809, this situation caused the distressed Lee to turned himself in and was placed in debtor's prison. It was there that he wrote his memoirs which he would live to see published. By 1810 Lee was free, but bankrupt and the family moved to Alexandria where they hoped to live peacefully. While in Alexandria, Lee got in a scrape with a mob. They beat him senseless and left him lying in the street. The doctors who attended Lee learned of his identify and the new of it made headlines. His recovery would be slow and painful and Lee and Anne decided to travel to the West Indies for recovery. In February of 1818 while sailing home, near Georgia, Lee asked to be let off near the now deceased home of General Greene known as Dungeness on Cumberland Island where he was card for by a daughter of Nathanael Greene, Louisa. Still suffering from illness Light-Horse Harry Lee died there on Mar 25, 1818 . Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee was buried with full military honors, provided by an American fleet stationed near St. Marys, Georgia in a small cemetery at Dungeness. Some say that Lee was buried in Lexington, Virginia.

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Camden County Wills, Estates, Marriages, World War I Records



Orange Hall in St. Mary's, Georgia The first known residents were the Mocoma Indians, a predecessor to the Creek confederacy which controlled this land until 1763. On San Pedro Island the Spanish built two missions and had a presidio, at least for a while. By 1690 the Spanish mission was gone but this county was dangerously close to St. Augustine Florida and the site of the Spanish fort which ruled the country until 1745 when General Oglethorpe of Georgia won the land war against Spain. Throughout the colonial period, the Spanish converted local Indians to Catholism (called "Spanish-Indians" and used them for raids against the Georgia colony. Two parishes were created during Colonial days, the Parishes of St. Thomas and St. Mary in 1765, from the Creek Land Cession of 1763. This country played a vivid history during the American Revolution, with Loyalists escaping into Florida via the St. Mary's River. After the Revolutionary War, it was one of te the "Original Counties" which were created in the 1777 and was named for Charles Pratt, the Earl of Camden, who was a strong supporter of American Independence. During the 19th century some of the Loyalist traitors returned to Georgia to reside in Camden County. Reseaching the census records for Camden County reveals persons born in Florida and Georgia. Researchers should consider bordering Florida counties as a source of Will Book B was burned.

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Marriages
  • Camden County Marriages 1818-1890
  • Camden County Marriages from Newspapers 1885-1886
Miscellaneous
  • Camden County Wills 1795-1829 (abstracts)
Images of Camden County Will Book B 1777 to 1787
Testators: Aken, James; Argerette, John; Arnold, John; Atkinson, Nathan; Bailey, John Jr.; Bailey, John Sr.; Berniss, Eleazer; Bixby, James; Bryant, Langley; Bulkley, Ichabod; Bullin, Bela; Bunkley, Britain; Campbell, Jane, Mrs. alias Jane Taylor; Christopher, Hester; Cole, Ann, Mrs., widow or Richard; Collier, Thomas; Courter, Harmon; Crews, Micajah; Crozier, Samuel; Dallas, William; Davis, Ephraim; Delany, Daniel S.; Deloney, Martha; Desclaux, Joseph; Dilworth, Aramenta; Dilworth, James C.; Eaton, John; Elliott, Alexander; Ester, Richard; Evans, Evan; Gamble, John; Gascognie, Richard; Gorman, William; Gorman, William Jr.; Graham, Alexander; Graham, Ann; Gunby, Levin; Hagin, John; Hay, John; Hebbard, Elihu; Hodge, Joseph T.; Hollingsworth, Timothy; Howell, Catharine; Hubbard, William; Johnston, William; Judson, Joseph; Keegan, Allen; King, Thomas; Kitchell, John or Joseph; Kuhn, C. F.; Keegan, Allen; Lafurgue, John; Lathrop, Asa; Lefevre, Marie Louisa; Madison, John R.; Mafford, Thomas; Madison, John Ripley; McClure, William; McFarlane, Sarah; McGregger, James; Mecklin, Sarah; Miller, Catharine; Miller, Phineas; Morrison, George; Mussault, Frances; Niblack, William; Nightingale, John Clark; Norris, Thomas; Norris, Thomas; Nunes, Daniel; Ogden, Alexander; Parker, John; Pelletier, Basile; Proctor, Richard; Ragland, Irby; Rains, Cornelius; Ready, William; Richards, Genevieve B.; Richardson, Thomas; Rogers, Lebbiers or Lebues; Ross, John Dr.; Rowe, John; Rudolph, Robert; Shaw, James; Shearman, Elizabeth; Sherman,, Edward; Skipwith, Peyton; Smith, James; Spalding, Johnson; Stafford, Robert; Stafford, Thomas; Starling, Francis; Staunton, William; Thomas, Allen; Thomas, Joseph; Vincent, James; Ward, Bryan; Williams, Jane; Williams, William H.; Williams, Wilson; Wood, John; Woodland, James; Wright, Henry; Wright, James Nickels; Wright, Thomas

Images of Will Book A 1795 to 1829
Testators: Aken, James;Argerette, John;Arnold, John;Atkinson, Nathan;Bailey, John Jr.;Bailey, John Sr.;Berniss, Eleazer;Bixby, James;Bryant, Langley; Bulkley, Ichabod;Bullin, Bela;Bunkley, Britain;Campbell, Jane, Mrs. alias Jane Taylor;Christopher, Hester;Cole, Ann, Mrs., widow or Richard;Collier, Thomas;Courter, Harmon;Crews, Micajah;Crozier, Samuel; Dallas, William;Davis, Ephraim;Delany, Daniel S.;Deloney, Martha; Desclaux, Joseph;Dilworth, Aramenta;Dilworth, James C.;Eaton, John; Elliott, Alexander;Ester, Richard;Evans, Evan;Gamble, John;Gascognie, Richard;Gorman, William;Gorman, William Jr.;Graham, Alexander; Graham, Ann;Gunby, Levin;Hagin, John;Hay, John;Hebbard, Elihu; Hodge, Joseph T.;Hollingsworth, Timothy;Howell, Catharine; Hubbard, William;Johnston, William;Judson, Joseph;Keegan, Allen; King, Thomas;Kitchell, John or Joseph;Kuhn, C. F.;Keegan, Allen; Lafurgue, John;Lathrop, Asa;Lefevre, Marie Louisa;Madison, John R.; Mafford, Thomas;Madison, John Ripley;McClure, William;McFarlane, Sarah; McGregger, James;Mecklin, Sarah;Miller, Catharine;Miller, Phineas; Morrison, George;Mussault, Frances;Niblack, William;Nightingale, John Clark;Norris, Thomas;Norris, Thomas;Nunes, Daniel;Ogden, Alexander; Parker, John;Pelletier, Basile;Proctor, Richard;Ragland, Irby; Rains, Cornelius;Ready, William;Richards, Genevieve B.;Richardson, Thomas;Rogers, Lebbiers or Lebues;Ross, John Dr.;Rowe, John; Rudolph, Robert;Shaw, James;Shearman, Elizabeth;Sherman, Edward; Skipwith, Peyton;Smith, James;Spalding, Johnson;Stafford, Robert; Stafford, Thomas;Starling, Francis;Staunton, William;Thomas, Allen; Thomas, Joseph;Vincent, James;Ward, Bryan;Williams, Jane;Williams, William H.;Williams, Wilson;Wood, John;Woodland, James;Wright, Henry; Wright, James Nickels;Wright, Thomas;

Images of Camden County Will Book C 1885-1900
Testators: Ammons, William;Anderson, Ben;Arnow, Joseph S.;Baker, Jeff;Barnard, Fannie E.;Baxley, James W.;Beaty, Richard;Benson, George W.; Berrie, Catharine A.;Brazick, James;Brown, Philip;Buncke, Gustar; Bunkley, William R.;Caldwell, W. J.;Carnegie, Lucie C., Mrs.; Carnegie, Thomas M.;Clarke, William H.;Clinch, D. L.;Clubbs, Sarah F.; Cohen, Mary A.;Crichton, Ann;Curtis, Alexander;Davis, J. S. N.; Dunham, Andrew J.;Floyd, John W.;Floyd, Marie;Fordham, Silas; Grubert, Jane U.;Harrington, J. B., Mrs.;Hawkins, Thomas D.; Hayes, Calvin;Helveston, McGillis;Hopkins, William F.; Jaflores, Virginia, Mrs.;King, Dolly;King, R. N.;Lang, Caroline; Lang, Cornelia T.;Lang, George;Lang, Isaac;Lang, Isaac Sr.; Lang, Nancy;Lang, W. C.;Long, Alexander;Long, Daniel J.; Long, Julia M.;McCorman, Charlotte;Mitchell, Augustus; Morrison, Charlotte E.;Morrison, George;Pacetty, Julia A.; Peeples, A. M.;Proctor, William;Rains, Joseph C.;Rightman, Anita M.; Ring, Mary;Ripley, Francis L.;Rose, D. F. Sr.;Scott, Alexander C. Sr.; Simmons, John W.;Stafford, Robert;Thomas, Benjamin;Tompkins, John; Trolock, Isabella C.;Walton, Grace;Wilkinson, Elsie;Wilkinson, Eley; Williams, John M.;Wingate, Thomas Military Records
  • Camden County World War I Service Records 1917-1919 (Army, Navy, Marines (Digital Images)
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Camden County Index to Estates 1811 to 1828
  • Camden County Index to Annual Returns 1829 to 1848
  • Camden County Index to Will Book 1795 to 1829
  • Camden County Index to Will Book 1868 to 1916
  • Camden County Index to Will Bk C 1885-1900
City Directories
  • 1892 St. Marys, Georgia City Directory (Digital Images)
Special Notes
  • Origins of Early Settlers of Camden County

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