|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1763|
|Death: ||Mar. 26, 1831|
Sarah Porter Hillhouse was born to Elisha Porter and Sarah Jewitt. She married David Hillhouse in 1781 at the age of 18. She came to Washington, Georgia, with her husband in 1786. In 1801, David purchased the town's first newspaper, The Monitor. After his death in 1803, Sarah became the first woman to edit and publish a newspaper in Georgia. She ran the newspaper for more than ten years as well as managed the print shop her husband had established. The print shop was also used to print the official records of the state legislature. Typical newspaper articles dealt with interesting events happening in Washington in the 1800's. The newspaper had a circulation of 700-800 subscribers. Sarah was also engaged in land and commerce business ventures. She was definitely a pioneer in her own time, successfully running a newspaper, and being actively involved in her growing community.
Her home,(now Slaton Home),which she began in 1814 is located at 205 E. Robert Toombs Avenue in Washington, Georgia, and is a historic landmark. Her home was renovated in 1869, when General Toombs bought the property and moved the end rooms from the Toombs Plantation on log rollers and added them to the house. The house remained in the Toombs family for more than a century.
David Hillhouse (1756 - 1803)
Caroline Sophia Rebecca Hillhouse (1801 - 1807)*
Specifically: Buried in Maj. Shepherd's grave yard in a field south-west of his house and not far from the tan yard. Source: Historical and Genealogical Collections Relating to the Descendants of Rev. James Hillhouse by Margaret P. Hillhouse, 1924
Created by: Heather R. (Schmid) Satc...
Record added: Oct 22, 2009
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