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Hawkins Phillips, s/o Joel Phillips, Jr.; An Interesting Account of Event

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06 May 2017 14:22 #1779 by Mamie
The First Decade of Settlement.
George Sharp, an early settler in the county, stated that this band of cattle thieves dominated the first election of district magistrates in the county. He reported seeing in 1831 or 1832 a group of three men driving a herd of cattle near his father's house in the northern part of the county. A short time later two white men, Hawkins Phillips and John Goodlin in company with four Indians, stopped for the night at Sharp's home. On inquiring about some cattle that had been stolen from Indians in Alabama they were told that they could probably find them in Almon's pasture, a fenced-in canebrake near the future site of Temple. On finding the cattle and identifying them, they permitted the Indians to drive them back to Alabama. Almon refused Goodlin and Phillips the hospitality of his house for the night but rode with them to Villa Rica, "the nearest honest settlement." Before arriving there, however, they met a number of cattle thieves and in an encounter which followed one of the thieves was shot to death.
Source: Georgia's Last Frontier: The Development of Caroll County, by James C. Bonner, published by University of Georgia Press, 2010; Pg. 33

NOTE: Information in this article should not be accepted as factual unless verified by other reliable sources. It is an interesting account of an event pertaining to Hawkins Phillips, and is posted as such.

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