The Columbus Manufacturing Company's agricultural land in Muscogee County
- I have recently transcibed a list of farmers in Muscogee County, GA,
in 1884 (from the city directory of Columbus, GA). The list actually
appears to be a list of owners of agricultural land in the county,
probably based on the tax rolls.
Included on this list is the Columbus Manufacturing Company with 630
acres, valued at $12,600, served by the Columbus Post Office.
Although there are several partnerships included on the list, this
appears to be the only corporation. Inclusion on the list suggests
that the land was primarily designated for agricultural use (although
not entirely, as this acreage evidently included the Clapp's Factory
village and the mill site itself). The Columbus Manufacturing Company
likely either rented the land out for cultivation or employed
individuals to farm it. Perhaps cotton was grown on it that was then
processed into cloth and thread in the mill. Farmers who appear near
Clapp's Factory on the census records, 1840-80, and are renting their
farmsteads may have been renting from the Columbus Factory (prior to
the War) and/or the Columbus Manufacturing Company (following it).
This illuminates another possible facet of the enterprise that
generated revenue for the Clapp's Factory's owners and made up a
segment of the Clapp's Factory community.