Benjamin & Nancy Hart
|Benjamin Hart and his wife,
Ann, who was
the daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Alexander) Morgan, at one time lived
Benjamin came from North Carolina to Georgia, and lived in Elbert County
prior to the Revolutionary War, and at the outbreak he enlisted.
While her husband was away, Nancy, as Ann was known, became a nationally
acclaimed heroine by capturing several Tories on her property who were
At the close of the war they came to Brunswick, settling in the area now
known as Wright Square. The earliest found record of Benj. was in the Tax
Digest of 1794 where he returned 15 slaves for taxes.
The land he owned was a 50 acre tract located in the southeastern part of
the city, beginning at a stake in the edge of the marsh (on the Boulevard)
and running S 63 degrees E (line on the drain) to the corner of Cochran
and First Avenues; thence down First Avenue to a "chinkapin" within a few
feet of the corner of Carpenter Street; thence S 19 1/2 degrees E (being
practically the line of Carpenter St.) along the side of a ditch to a
cedar post in the edge of the marsh and, following the edge of the marsh,
to the point of beginning.
It is assumed that Benj. died about 1801 to about 1802 as his will was
filed in this county in the latter part of 1801 and his estate appraisal
was entered 29 February 1802. His wife presumably left with a son,
to live in Clark Co., Alabama. Other sons, Thomas and Benj.
Jr., may have
stayed in Glynn County. Nancy and son John, and his family, moved from
Alabama on the Tombigbee River to Kentucky. John Hart died in 1821 and
Nancy continued to live with her daughter-in-law. Nancy was buried in the
Hart graveyard in Henderson, Kentucky.
His grave is unmarked but is believed to be buried in Wright Square, which
was the public burying ground at that time, in the northwest corner
directly in front of the J.M. Burnett home.