[Excerpt from http://www.lowcountryafricana.com/ Washington County Biographies]:
Dathie’s mother was a Cherokee Indian named Chloe and her father was black, ame unknown. She and her family were living in the North Georgia – Cherokee, NC area when she was captured by some white men while picking berries in the woods with her brother (name unknown) and sold into slavery.
Dathie’s brother was able to escape. She was sold into slavery at Louisville, Georgia to Nathan and Jane Haines. Nathan gave Dathie to his granddaughter Missy Haines as her personal slave. Both Dathie and Missy were 6 years old. Missy and Dathie went to live with Missy’s aunt and uncle, James “Jim” and Lentittis Haines.
Jim was from Ireland. Dathie had four children during slavery by her owner Jim (Mary, Joe, Washington Beauty Spot “Wash”, and Betsy). Dathie had one child that was not Jim Braswell’s; her name was Sally.
After slavery Jim Braswell gave Dathie and the children 600 acres of land to live on.
However, because they could not read or write, they were tricked into putting their X’s on a document giving the land away.
This land is located in Jefferson County near the Washington County line at Fenn’s Bridge.
Dathie, her children Mary, Joe, Betsy, grandson Joe other children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren are buried directly behind Mt. Zion AME Church in Davisboro, Georgia. (Photograph and information compliments of Mrs. Tommie Braswell Merritt)
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