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Anna Matilda Page King
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Birth: 1798
Georgia, USA
Death: 1859
Saint Simons Island
Glynn County
Georgia, USA

The wife of the frequently absent Thomas Butler King, Anna single-handedly ran their St. Simons Island Plantation, Retreat, caring for their "family, black and white," raising crops, and preparing their children for productive and honorable lives. Anna Matilda Page was raised in the understanding that she would marry a planter, have children, and tend to her family's domestic affairs. Rare for her time, she was also educated by her father in all aspects of plantation management, from seed cultivation to building construction. That grounding would serve her well. By 1842 her husband's properties were seized, owing to debts amassed from crop failures, economic downturns, and extensive investments in land, enslaved workers, and the development of the nearby port town of Brunswick. Anna and her family were sustained, however, by Retreat, the St. Simons Island property left to her in trust by her father. She managed to raise her children, get the crops in, and in her "spare" time, she cultivated a gloriously beautiful garden, the flowers of which, legend has it, ships' captains' could smell several miles out on St. Simons Sound. The Avenue of Oaks, which once led to the "Big House" at Retreat, and the ruins of the slave hospital, still remain as reminders of the former glory of the plantation. The Sea Island Company has changed the old Corn Barn into the Retreat Golf Course Clubhouse.
Family links: 
  William Page (1764 - 1827)
  Hannah Page (1759 - 1826)
  Thomas Butler King (1800 - 1864)
  Hannah Page King Couper (1825 - 1896)*
  William Page King (1826 - 1833)*
  Thomas Butler King (1829 - 1859)*
  Henry Lord Page King (1831 - 1862)*
  Georgia Page King Wilder (1833 - 1914)*
  Florence Barclay King Jackson (1834 - 1912)*
  Mallery Page King (1836 - 1899)*
  Virginia Lord Nisbet (1837 - 1901)*
  Richard Cuyler King (1842 - 1913)*
*Calculated relationship
Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery
Saint Simons Island
Glynn County
Georgia, USA
Maintained by: Meredith Drew Trawick
Originally Created by: Graceann Macleod
Record added: Apr 19, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8654159
Anna Matilda <i>Page</i> King
Added by: Graceann Macleod
Anna Matilda <i>Page</i> King
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Anna Matilda <i>Page</i> King
Added by: Meredith Drew Trawick
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