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1800 - 1866
1813 - 1872
1813 - 1900
1830 - 1885
1836 - 1899
1843 - 1911
1846 - 1925
1848 - 1937
1857 - 1943

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Sep 19, 1844 - Unknown
Jan 15, 1906 - Dec 28, 1999
Mar 30, 1905 - April 1971
Jun 23, 1992 - Jan 4, 2006
Dec 1, 1896 - Nov 1, 1988
May 16, 1905 - December 1964
Dec 21, 1910 - Jan 10, 1989
Feb 4, 1908 - October 1984
Nov 18, 1902 - March 1963
Aug 7, 1893 - January 1973
Feb 14, 1934 - Aug 14, 2008
Nov 12, 1921 - Mar 31, 1988
Sep 29, 1902 - February 1996
c. 1973 - Unknown
c. 1961 - Unknown
c. 1841 - Sep 25, 1907
Dec 31, 1969 - Sep 23, 1965
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c. 1920 - Unknown

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Oldest Mcalpins

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Jun 28, 1875 - October 1979
104 years
Nov 6, 1892 - Nov 23, 1996
104 years
Apr 16, 1870 - July 1969
99 years
Jan 30, 1894 - Jan 17, 1994
99 years
Sep 16, 1901 - Nov 1, 1998
97 years
Nov 7, 1899 - Nov 14, 1996
97 years
Jul 9, 1904 - Oct 13, 2001
97 years
Jun 6, 1892 - Jun 3, 1990
97 years
Oct 8, 1911 - Sep 11, 2009
97 years
Jun 16, 1901 - May 31, 1998
96 years

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"Few can dispute the fact that Henry McAlpin built an impressive empire that helped build Savannah. Yet, how he built his empire would not pass today's standards of morality or human rights.

Born in Scotland in 1777, Henry McAlpin emigrated to the United States in 1804 at the age of 27. Arriving at the port of Charleston, South Carolina, McAlpin made his way to Savannah by 1812. He was described at the time as a man of ruddy countenance with straight forward blue eyes and a strong chin.

McAlpin married Helen McGinnis, a native Charlestonian. Together they had eight children, but only seven survived. When Helen died prematurely at the age of 31, the children were separated. The boys remained with their father in Savannah, but the girls were sent to Charleston to live with relatives.

Ambitious to establish himself as a businessman, McAlpin acquired property before he became naturalized. McAlpin's friend, William I. Scott, purchased the Hermitage Plantation for him at a public auction on April 4, 1815. The Hermitage, located on the banks of the Savannah River, was one of several area plantations known as the Savannah River Plantations.


In 1819 McAlpin built a brick manufacturing plant on the Hermitage. The Hermitage became the only plantation in the area to earn the bulk of its revenue from non-agricultural production.

Savannah, in need of building supplies after a devastating fire in 1820, turned to McAlpin for help. The brick plant became a thriving business, supplying thousands of bricks to help rebuild the city.

Much of the brick produced became known as Savannah grey brick. Made from grey clay found on the plantation, the brick -- which is actually a reddish brown color -- was popular because of its low cost of production and its subsequent low selling price.

The Central Georgia Railroad building was built with Savannah grey brick, as was Fort Pulaski. Many of the older homes still standing in Savannah are built with Savannah grey brick. This inexpensive brick, once sold at cut rate prices, now demands a premium.

It was McAlpin's brick manufacturing which created the need for a railway, the first in the United States. In 1820, he needed to move a building from one kiln to another, so he constructed a crude rail system. A car pulled by a horse ran on track connecting the two kilns. After its use, it was disassembled.

Not only did McAlpin run a thriving brick business, but he also owned a foundry and lumber mill. In addition, he owned rice fields on the low-lying areas of his plantation. Of course, to have such an enterprise takes considerable manpower and McAlpin fueled his industry on the backs of slaves.

Not only was the slave trade lucrative for McAlpin, but he utilized it to the utmost. He used his slaves as a means to maintain a positive cash flow. He bought, borrowed and traded using slaves. On several occasions, he secured loans using slaves as collateral.

Yet, by all accounts he wasn't a harsh master, at least by 19th century standards. He would allow older slaves, no longer able to work, to remain on the plantation, and he usually kept slave families intact, rare in the slave business.

At the time of his death in 1851, McAlpin owned 172 slaves valued at $53,490 and 16 house slaves valued at $4,800. McAlpin was buried in a cemetery on the Hermitage Plantation, but was later reburied at the Colonial Cemetery in Savannah.


Tangible proof of the Southern plantation is often difficult to come by, particularly in Savannah. Some were destroyed by neglect and the ravages of time, and some simply ceased to exist. As the 20th century unfolded, the Savannah River Plantations slowly gave way to modern industry. In 1935, Union Camp purchased the land that was once the Hermitage and built an impressive pulp and paper mill. Mulberry Grove became the site of the Georgia Ports Authority and BASF Corporation. The Tweedside/Colerain Plantation became the site of Savannah Sugar. Kerr-McGee (formerly Kemira) is located on the site of the old Deptford Plantation. And Brampton Plantation became the site of several warehouses. Wormsloe Plantation, 10 miles southeast of the historic district, is the only early plantation in the area unblemished by industry, testimony to another time and different way of life. "
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