Friday, 10 July 2015


  The year is 1836. Davy Crockett arrives in Texas just in time for the Alamo. Sam Huston was elected the first president of the republic of Texas. Arkansas became the twentt fifth state of the Union. Martin Van Buren was elected president of the U.S and Old Hickory left from politices to settle into retirement at the Hermitage, his plantation in Tennessee.
  In south Georgia, an Irish immigrant named John Barton, along with his wife Chloe, and three children had just finished their trek across the Atlantic Ocean, for John to find work with the Flint Railroad and Canal company in southern Georgia. A.H. Brisbane, the principal promoter, had included quite a few of his countrymen in Ireland to work for shares or pay. John Barton had owned a pub in Dublin for years, but when Mr. Brisbane came in one day, regaling stories of men coming to work for him so they could own there own land, and become wealthy entrepreneurs, John took the bait, hook, line, and stinking sinker. So he and his family sold his business, boarded a ship, and came to America. When they got to Savannah, Georgia, he took a small portion of the money he had gotten from his pub that he sold, to buy a horse, a wagon, and provisions for the family trek from Savannah to Irwin County Georgia, near Irwinville, where construction of a railroad line was being laid. When they arrived in Irwin county, John met a plantation owner named Patrick O'Hara, who was a fellow Irishman, who had been a landlord in Ireland. O'Hara had sold his land in Ireland and bought a huge piece of land in Irwin county dirt cheap.
  Mr. O'Hara invited John to settle on a small corner of his land property, if John would help Mr. O'Hara at times with his land, as payment for the property. In times that John might be working for the railroad, his sons could help out. Mr O'Hara showed John a parcel of land next to a natural spring, that fed into a creek that ran through Mr. O'Hara's plantation. John agreed to build his family's home there.

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