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Fruit-Growing in Middle Georgia
"Charles T. Smith, Concord, Ga. Concord is located in the fruit belt of Middle Georgia. The country is slightly rolling and well watered. The soil is productive and can easily be brought to a very high state of fertility. For years cotton has been the staple crop, but King Cotton has a powerful rival now in peaches and grapes. Fruit-growing was introduced into Middle Georgia about twelve years ago. The first plantings were small and there were many scoffers. The industry proved to be very remunerative, and each year showed an increased acreage until fruit farms of 100 to 500 acres are now not uncommon, and hundreds of carloads of grapes and peaches are shipped annually and are known far and wide for their superior quality. Georgia grapes and peaches bring a higher price in all the leading markets than the same fruits from any other State in the Union, and with each season their popularity is increased. The future outlook is very encouraging. The prices to be obtained now are not so large as heretofore, but with increased production came better methods of growing and hauling and better shipping facilities, and the profits to be derived are much the same, and far more satisfactory than any other crops that can be grown. This industry has been largely fostered by Northern men, who have always been with the foremost in progress. Their efforts have been crowned with success, and they may now look with pleasure not only on the handsome properties they have amassed but also on this splendid new industry in the development of which they have been pioneers." Source: Letters from Northern and Western Farmers, Giving Their Experience in the South; The Southern States, March 1864 by Richard H. Edmonds.
Pike County Wills and Estates
Pike County was created by the Act of December 9, 1822 and was taken from Monroe County, Pike County. It originally contained parts of Spalding, Upson and Lamar Counties. The county was named after Zebulon Montgomery Pike (1779-1813) who led the 1805 expedition to trace the Mississippi River to its source. Later he explored the interior of Louisiana and was promoted to Brigadier General in 1813; killed in Toronto, Canada while commanding the American forces. He descends from the Pike family of Charleston, South Carolina. The first officers of Pike County were: Willis Whatley, Sheriff; John H. Broadnax, Clerk, Superior Court; William Myrick, Clerk of the Inferior Court; Joel Moore, Coroner; James Lowery, Surveyor. The town of Newnan was named after Major General Daniel Newnan, a Revolutionary War hero. a Revolutionary War hero. Newnan was the site of the first court house, a tavern and a trading post for Indians who came from the territory beyond the Flint River to barter their furs. Researchers in Pike County should also research Monroe, Crawford, Spalding, Lamar and Upson Counties.
Pike County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Digital Images of Pike County Will Bk A, 1823-1829
Testators: Allen, Drury; Britton, Sarah; Collins, Ludwell E.; Cook, orphans; Evans, John; Hale, Josey, orphans; Hambrick, James; Ledbetter, Joseph; Palmore, orphans of Elizabeth; Pichitt, Priscilla; Sasser, Britton; Sims, John, a minor ;Snead, Samuel M.; Trammell, Thomas; Westmoreland, Elizabeth.
Digital Images of Miscellaneous Deeds
Indexes to Probate Records
- Head, G. M., executor of G. W. Head estate. Head, J. M. to W. N. and H. R. Estates
- Wills, Book A, 1823-1829
- Wills, Book B, 1829-1844.
- Wills, Book C, 1844-1876
- Wills, Book D, 1876-1914
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