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 Daddy Jack

Daddy Jack

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Burial Elberton, Elbert County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 20057 · View Source
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American Revolutionary War Figure. In February 1779, at the height of the Revolutionary War, Georgia black slaves Daddy Jack, with his wife Mammy Kate, became American patriots. When there master then Georgia Governor Stephen Heard, was captured, he was traveled and sent to the British prison camp in Augusta. Sentenced to be hanged, Daddy Jack and Mammy Kate volunteered to wash clothes for the British officers, a deed that gave them access to the prison. There, they entered the compound with a clothes basket, secured Governor Heard in the basket and carried him outside the prison to freedom. Heard was grateful for their ingenuity and bravery, he gave them both their freedom, along with some land. They both insisted on staying at the Heardmont Plantation, where stayed until their deaths. When Heard died in 1815 without a will, his son John A. Heard, administrator of the estate, created and filed a will in 1816 with the courts. Mammy Kate and Daddy Jack are each mentioned in the former governor’s will as drawn up by his son. In 2011, Daddy Jack and Mammy Kate, became the first black man and woman to be honored by the Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20057
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Daddy Jack (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20057, citing Heard Cemetery, Elberton, Elbert County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .