|Sons of the American Revolution medal.|
|Here is the official portrait in the library of Congress. There is no doubt that Few's are related. Looks like my dad!|
|Here is a picture that was hanging in the church of William Few. Likely a young portrait.|
After breakfast, we still had lots of time, so rather than take the direct route to our next Few stop, we decided to go north a bit to Winfield, GA to make a pass through the Few lands that were here. By the early to mid 1800's the Few family had acquired over 45,000 acres of land in the area. That is over the 70 square miles of land for comparison! The main estate was named Mount Carmel, after the hill in the area of the same name. I say hill, because I was unable to see it over the towering trees that line the current properties so that you cannot see past them. So I took a screenshot of the Google Maps satellite imagery. This is probably only a 5 mile square view of the Mount Carmel portion of the land. Now expand that by nine times. Another example would be, They owned all of the land be tween half the distance from Augusta to Atlanta, and the same distance to the north and south. That is how much the Few family owned prior to the Civil War.
During the Civil War, the Few family fought on both sides of the conflict, and sold the land to help fund the cause for whichever side they were on. This of course depleted the land and the assets associated with them. That so ended the golden age of the Few's. Not before our next friend, Ignatius A. Few came along though.
Thanks to Ignatius, we have pretty good descriptions of what the Few family characteristics were like and a personal look into the lives and families of the era. Additionally, Ignatius was an integral part of starting Emory University, which had its beginnings in Oxford, GA and has since moved to Atlanta. This was our next and final stop Few related stop on this trip. A couple of months ago, I contacted the Dean of Campus Life on the Oxford campus (where all of the Few history is) just to get permission to visit the campus and take some pictures. I was quite surprised to get a response back letting me know that they would be happy to let us stop by and even give us a tour and history lesson! Also, an additional member of the Emory historian team was going to drive 45 minutes from Atlanta to give us the rundown of the place.
Today was that big day, we arrived on campus and Gary, the Atlanta based historian and his wife met us in the parking lot. Joe, from the Oxford campus met us shortly, and we started in front of Few Hall. One of the older buildings on campus. It was once the building the "Few Society" used (did I mention Ignatius Few was the grand master of the Free Mason chapter in the area?) There was also a competing society that I don't remember the name of that was housed on the other side of campus. Few Hall is now a performing arts building.
In center campus, stands a monument to Ignatius A Few, of course you can see the Masonic influences. A number of years ago a tree fell pretty close to the monument after some rains and knocked the cap stone ajar. It was repaired, but it was also found to be a bit of a time capsule. The items were left, and the capstone repaired.
|Few Monument on Emory Oxford Campus|
|Presidents House, where Ignatius A. Few lived.|
It was fun to meet the historian team for Emory University. We were able to even exchange books. Gary gave me a book he wrote on Emory history, and I gave him a copy of the first few chapters I made of the Few family book I spoke of at the beginning of the blog. History is pretty interesting in and of itself, but even more so if you have ancestors that are a part of it. This time we did get a picture! Thanks to Gary, his wife, and Joe for spending some time with us today. It was great meeting you all! They even said William was a shoe-in to attend the University. We will see what he has to say about that in oh, 17 more years. :)
We are now getting ready to head back home tomorrow. It has been fun, but I am looking forward to getting back into a rhythm and not having to move every few days. Unfortunately, the Holidays are now upon us. Means work will be busy and, you guessed it. more travel! We have had fun, lets see what our last day of travel adventures will bring!
P.S. If you would like to learn more about Emory University history visit this URL: http://emoryhistory.emory.edu/index.html Keep an eye on the "Historians Blog" in the Historians Corner section. I hear we are soon to make the front page!