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  • Kathy Byrd
    Allen - I found this to be very interesting myself. Kathy
    Message 1 of 2 , May 2, 1999
      Allen -
      I found this to be very interesting myself.

      Allen T. Cronenberg wrote:

      > From: "Allen T. Cronenberg" <croneat@...>
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      > Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 13:19:45 -0500
      > To: alabamahistory@onelist.com
      > From: "Allen T. Cronenberg" <croneat@...>
      > Subject: Re: [alabamahistory] AL 1849
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      > At 10:18 PM 4/28/99 -0500, you wrote:
      > > Does anyone know where I can learn more about this time???
      > >Thanks Katie
      > Dear Katie,
      > I can tell you a few intersting things about the building where my office
      > is. My office is in Auburn, Alabama. I teach at Auburn University.
      > The town of Auburn was founded in 1839, mostly by settlers who came from
      > Georgia, and some from South Carolina and North Carolina. The land where
      > Auburn grew up was originally owned by Creek Indians. Most Indians in this
      > part of Alabama were forced to leave the state in the 1830s and their lands
      > were sold to settlers.
      > The name "Auburn," by the way comes from a poem by Oliver Goldsmith called
      > "The Deserted Village." This was a favorite poem of a sixteen year old
      > girl who lived here named Lizzie Taylor who liked the name "Auburn."
      > One of the families who settled in Auburn was the Scott family. They moved
      > to Auburn from Georgia because land was plentiful and cheap. The Scotts
      > bought land that had been originally owned by a Creek Indian named
      > Sundilla. The Scotts called their plantation "Pebble Hill" but we don't
      > know why they liked that name.
      > In 1847 the Scotts built a beautiful house which to this day is called
      > "Pebble Hill," and this is where my office is. This is not a huge
      > plantation house, but a cottage style house that was very popular in
      > Alabama in the 1840s and 1850s. The kitchen was not connected to the house
      > but was located in a separte building in the back yard. Can you guess why
      > it was not attached to the house? There was a spring close by which
      > provided lots of cool water.
      > According to the 1850 Census, the Scotts had 48 slaves. The slaves lived
      > in small shacks nearby. Some of the slaves worked in the fields, but
      > others worked in the house. Some of the slaves were skilled carpenters,
      > masons, and craftsmen. They probably built most of the Scotts's beautiful
      > house.
      > The 1850 Census also says that Colonel Scott had about $12,000 in property,
      > but that was enough to make him a very rich man in those years.
      > The Scotts had eight children. The oldest was Mary who was born in 1830
      > and the youngest was Nathaniel who was born in 1849. Life could be very
      > hard, and sometimes dangerous. Young Nathaniel died probably before 1860
      > when he was only ten or eleven years old. We don't know the cause of his
      > death or that of his older sister America who died when she was about
      > fourteen. There was no hospital in Auburn then, and there were few doctors
      > in this part of the state.
      > Colonel Scott believed very much in education. He and a group of other
      > leaders founded two schools in Auburn--one for boys and one for girls.
      > Students came from all over Alabama and Georgia. Some were as young as 11.
      > Would you want to leave your parents and go live in a strange town? They
      > must have thought it was very important to get an education.
      > The people of the town rented rooms to these students. Fourteen of
      > them--ten boys and four girls--lived in Pebble Hill. So counting Colonel
      > and Mrs. Scott, their eight children, and the fourteen student boarders,
      > there were 24 people living in this house. I can't imagine where they all
      > slept. There are four big rooms downstairs. Upstairs there were two large
      > rooms that looked like dormitories. I don't know if they had bunk beds
      > back then or not!
      > There is one big mystery about the Scott children. We don't know if one of
      > the children was a boy or a girl. The 1850 Census says there was girl
      > named Fletcher living in Pebble Hill. She was seven years old. The 1860
      > Census says this girl's name is Emily, and that she is seventeen years old.
      > But Scott, now named Embree, enlisted in the Confederate Army and died
      > outside Richmond, Virgina, in 1862. He was about eighteen years old. This
      > person's tombstone reads:
      > Embree F. Scott
      > Company G 3rd Alabama Regiment
      > Embree would have been the same age as the Scott child who in 1850 was
      > called Fletcher and in 1860 was called Emily. What do you think happened?
      > Best wishes to you and your class. Hope you are enjoying studying Alabama
      > history.
      > Sincerely,
      > Allen Cronenberg
      > Auburn University Center for Arts and Humanities
      > Pebble Hill
      > Auburn, AL 36849-5637
      > 334-844-4948 (voice)
      > 334-844-4949 (fax)
      > croneat@...
      > Auburn University Center for Arts and Humanities
      > Pebble Hill
      > Auburn, AL 36849-5637
      > 334-844-4948 (voice)
      > 334-844-4949 (fax)
      > croneat@...
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