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Spivey Plantation - Eatonton, Putnam, GA

My father's name was Wiley Spivey. His parents were Claud Spivey and Mary Jane Murray. In 1920, they lived at 909 Ash Street, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia. There were two other older sons, Henry and Claude. I have not been able to find any other record of Claud, Mary Jane or Henry except for Claud's WWI registration card.

I heard of a 'Spivey Plantation' that was in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia, and wonder if my grandfather or his ancestors were workers on that plantation. Here is information I have found to date:

The town of Spivey was basically a cotton gin and few small stores. "Papa" Spivey owned this cotton gin. He ran a plantation that was officially called "Seven Oaks" Plantation [one oak tree was planted for each of his sons]. The main house of the plantation was just down the road from the old town of Spivey and the cotton gin. At one time there were lines of small houses in this area that the "workers" lived in. Robert Russell Spivey was one of seven sons of "Papa" Spivey. Robert Russell Spivey inherited the main house since he was the only son that was willing to stay on the plantation. This plantation was also referred to as the 'Spivey Plantation'.

Basically, their plantation stretched from their place all the way to Eatonton (which is about 10 miles), so at one time it must have been a large farm. The main house of the plantation is 9.6 miles east of Eatonton on the Sparta Hwy."

[The above information was garnered from posts made on the Rootsweb.com message board around 1999.]

Although we have found no supporting documentation, presumably a slave owner in the area named Spivey sold some of his slaves to the Burks Plantation, and those slaves assumed the surname Burks. This could mean that the Spivey slaves and the Burks slaves are related.

There is a photograph taken in 1920 of John Greene Spivey in the cotton fields of the Spivey Plantation located in the Rockville Area of Putnam County. The photo can be viewed with accompanying detail by visiting this site: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/cgi-bin/vanga.cgi?format=photo&query=id%3Aput015&_cc=1.

If anyone has any information about what became of this plantation and its inhabitants [including the 'workers'] please let me know.

Thank you.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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