|One of the early settlers to Glynn County, Thomas
Dover, was the proprietor of Dover Hall Plantation near the town of
Bethel here in Glynn County. This plantation is located on Hwy. 99, just
North of Hwy. 82. His neighbors included the Tison family at Bethel
and Coleridge and the Hazlehursts on Anguilla Plantation, which was
also considered a small "town" where the train would stop.
There are three graves located on this site, one of Thomas Dover and the other two for John Vickery and George March. The graves are in ruin and have been demolished by the negligent bulldozing of the property during tree farming by the paper company. This was originally a cotton plantation and apparently quite a prosperous one. In March of 1849 there was an entry for $2716.60 from proceeds of cotton and the total value of the 74 enslaved persons working the plantation was $20,850. The household items alone totaled over $26,000.
The following records were extracted from the probate record of Thomas Dover. Since he was quite wealthy, there may be more enslavement records to be found in the deed books. Calculations are those of the filing clerk. Lines were drawn under certain names, perhaps denoting families?
Dover hall 26 July 1845 Glynn County, Georgia
A bill of appraisement of the property belonging
to Thomas Dover late of said County, deceased
[image Appraisement 2a & 2b]
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pgs.
55 & 56
[Glynn County Probate Court]
Freedman's Bureau record found for a Nancy Johnson who claims her father was Thomas Dover and Rachel, states that she was born at Dover Hall but her master was General White of Savannah, she was yellow in complexion [could the slave master Thomas Dover been her father?]. Her husband's name was George and she had children Charles, Quivis, Joshua, and Matilda.
Elsie Stevens has a record as well, stating that Thos. McNish of Savannah was her master [the McNish family is intermarried with the Hazlehursts who owned property near Dover, even Dover Hall itself at one time]. She was yellow in complexion, the wife of Ishmael and had children Cornelia and James.
It's possible that both of these women are listed above in the slave inventory with Old Tom and a Rachel to be found within their grouping. Maybe their father was the illegitimate son of the slave master Thomas Dover, or he just took the last name for himself.
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