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Edward Miles Lovejoy

Edward is my 5th great grandfather. He was born in 1777, in Fairfield, South Carolina. He was born to Edward Lovejoy and Jemima Mobley. Edward was 39, and Jemima was 32.

The family moved from South Carolina to Jasper, Georgia. In Georgia they owned a cotton farm. In 1809 Edward married Rachel Spear. Rachel dies after giving birth to their daughter. Edward then marries Mary Moate Weathersby from Maryland.

In 1820 Edward lived in Monticello, Jasper, Georgia. There were a total of 18 people living on his farm. Twelve were white people, and six were slaves. In 1832 the Lovejoy family was given a lottery of land. Land that was really owned by the Cherokee and Creek people. Tickets were pulled from giant barrels, and the land that the Cherokee and people were driven from for the gain of the government was given away to people so they could settle the property. The Supreme court decided to protect the lands for the native people, but President Andrew Jackson decided to forcibly remove the natives out west. Eight lotteries took place over a time of 28 years. Seventy five percent of the land had been distributed to “pioneers”, but the system was disbanded in 1833.

Land was distributed to able bodied “white men” that could afford to bring laborers to develop the land. The lotteries gave land to 100,000 families.

By 1860 there are no slaves. Edward dies at the age of 70.

 

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