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Mammy Kate

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Posted: 4 Jun 2011 10:52PM GMT
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Looking for descendants of Mammy Kate. There is possibly a special Grave ceremony October 2011 to recognize she and Daddy Jacks service in the Rev War. The only lead I have is Excerpt from History Elbert County, Georgia 1790 - 1935. Please contact me!
Thank you, Dwight Whitney

Mammy Kate. A house slave belonging to Governor Stephen Heard , was a giantess,
more than six feet tall. In an old letter, written in 1820, she was referred to
as, "The biggest, the tallest, the most imposing Negress I have ever seen and
she has proven herself to be a strong, a kindly, a never failing friend to
Colonel Heard and his family." Kate was pure African blood and declared herself
to be the daughter of a great king. She was entirely fearless and when she
learned her master had been captured and sentenced to death by the Tories,
followed him to his prison for the ostensible purpose of caring for his wants.
One morning, carrying on her head a large covered basket, she presented herself
at the fort and asked the sentry on duty for the privilege of securing her
master’s soiled linen. The request was carelessly granted and the guard offered
the information that, "The damned Rebel would soon be hung."
She entered the cell, secreted her master, who was small of stature, in the
basket, covered him with clothing, and conveyed him from the place of
incarceration on her head, calmly sauntering past the sentry, and several
British and Tory officers, who stood about the quadrangle.
The night previous to this remarkable rescue she had brought two of Stephen
Heard’s fine Arabian horses, Lightfoot and Silverheels, to the outskirts of
Augusta and left them in keeping of a trusted friend of her master. She
leisurely made her way to the place of concealment where they mounted the horses
and galloped away.
While they were traveling homeward her master turned to her and said, "Kate, you
have this day saved my life and I shall set you free."
"Na, Marse Stephen, " she answered, "You may set me free, but I ain’t ’gwiner
you free!"
Mammy Kate was given her freedom, a deed to a small tract of land and a
comfortable four room house, but she faithfully remained with the Heard family
until her death.
On her death bed she gave each of Governor Heard’s children on of her own. She
lies in the corner of the Heard, Allen, McIntosh, Mattox burial ground at
Heardmont. No marker shows the resting place of this heroine.
Mammy Kate has a number of descendants living in Elbert County today and all of
them are respected members of the Negro race. Among them are Andy Clark, Moon
Clark, Mary Clark, Lucinda Clark and Georgia Clark.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
dwightwhitney... 5 Jun 2011 4:52AM GMT 
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