Monday, March 21, 2011

Who Do I Think I am? Wow! part 10

Two of John Hunter’s children married children of William Richard and Margaret “Patsy” Montgomery England. Harriet Hunter (1821 – aft 1900) married Daniel England (1818 – 1897) and William Johnson Hunter (1813-1899) married Margaret Elizabeth “Peggy” England (1819 – 1895).

Daniel and Peggy England’s aunt Nancy England was, of course, William Richard England’s sister.

Nancy is not blood related to us Hunters. She was related to in laws of the Hunters.

Nancy married Moses Harshaw. Moses was considered at one time, the meanest man in Georgia.

Among other things Moses is said to have killed his slaves when they got too old to be profitable, forcing them to leap from cliffs of nearby Lynch Mountain or dig their own graves if they were still able. When traveling about in his buggy, Harshaw some times had a slave in tow, the unfortunately black pulled along behind at the end of a long leather strap securely attached to a collar fitted snugly around his or her neck.

It is said that his tombstone bore the words "Died and Gone to Hell", however now the grave is unmarked.
-"LIVING ON THE UNICOI ROAD" pg53, by Matt Gedney

Moses Harshaw House, now Stovall Bed & Breakfast in Sautee Valley

History of The Stovall House
Constructed in 1837 as a private residence, The Stovall House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The original structure, one of the first residences in the area after the departure of the Cherokee Indians, was built by Moses Harshaw, a colorful Character in the history of the area who was reputed to be "the meanest man who ever lived ". Although an attorney by profession, he worked the land as a farmer and gold miner. He built the house and settled in the Sautee Valley because of its extraordinary beauty.

The Inn is named after the William Stovall family who resided in the house from 1893 to the late 1940's and developed the house to its present state. - WEBSITE

Daniel & Harriet Hunter England

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