Location: The location is unknown today. Family history said it was "by a large oak on the banks of the South Newport River." This land is currently U.S. Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge.
History: Major Jonathan Thomas acquired the plantation, which he named "Peru" because of its fertility, sometime prior to 1816. He married Mary Jane Baker and their son, John Abbott, was born in 1816 at Peru Plantation. Jonathan Thomas' first wife died prior to 1820 as no females are listed in the 1820 McIntosh Co. Census. He married in 1827, secondly, Mary Ann Williamson Houstoun (1786-1854), widow of James E. Houstoun, Sr. A family record, "Memoirs of a Southerner", written by the grandson, Edward J. Thomas, states that Jonathan died and was buried in the family cemetery on Peru Plantation. (source 2) Jonathan Thomas' Estate was being settled in the spring of 1852; he died, probably earlier that year. Edward also, records his father's death and his burial "by a large oak in our private burying ground on the banks of the South Newport River."
The Thomas family owned about 125 slaves in the 1850s. Those who were identified will be listed as they, probably, were buried somewhere on Peru Plantation.
Local oral history says that Miss Clapp was buried near her home.
(source 2) Sullivan, Buddy, EARLY DAYS ON THE GEORGIA TIDEWATER, THE STORY OF MCINTOSH COUNTY AND SAPELO. 4th Edition, 1995. The Darien News, Darien, GA.
Slaves on Peru Plantation
1. "Mama Chaney" Thomas children's nurse
2. "Mama Martha" Head servant, Keeper of the keys
3. Fanny Servant to M.A. Huguenin Thomas
4. Phyllis Cook
5. "Mamma Peggy" Housekeeper
6. Ann Seamstress
7. Lizzie Seamstress
8. Little Lucy Maid
9. Zelleau Maid
10. Nancy Washerwoman
11. Old Lucy Keeper of the Chickens
13. Daniel Butler
14. "Daddy Phil" Coachman
15. Joe Servant to Ed. J. Thomas
16. "Daddy John" Driver
17. William Hostler
18. Bony Fisherman h/o "Mamma Peggy"
19. Henry Gardner h/o Nancy
Solomon, Dick, Daniel & Jonas, Mark, & "Daddy Emanuel".
Landcaster h/o Nelly of Harris' Plantation.
Information posted from "Cemeteries of McIntosh County, Georgia" copyright 2000; with written permission from the Lower Altamaha Historical Society.
- Added: 29 Jun 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2455376
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