Mildred Venitucci, 13 Feb 2000
Note: Some of the
grown children stayed in GA, moving from Meriwether Co., to Macon, and 1
moved on to Sumter Co, FLA. To my knowledge, none of Benjamin Jr.'s
brothers and sisters left GA, and all were born in SC.
From the ARKANSAS GAZETTE, April 2, l922
Headline--KNEW LITTLE ROCK BEFORE CIVIL WAR--Mrs. Eliza Marguth Migrated
From Georgia via Caravan in 1845
"Coming to Arkansas from Georgia in a caravan of three wagons of personal
belongings, and a tent wagon and stock bringing up the rear, in the early
days when travel was difficult, Mrs. Eliza Bridges Marguth knew Little Rock
when grape vines grew along the west side of Louisiana Street and the "town
branch" wandered at will through the town.
Mrs. Marguth celebrated her 91st birthday Tuesday with an all-day reception
at her home, 1101 Park Avenue. She was born in Reed Co.,GA, moving to
Little Rock in the early days with her father. She has lived in Arkansas
since 1845. She is the daughter of Dr. Benjamin Bridges and Mary Cival
Hennegan (Henagan), who was a daughter of Darby Henagan, and a sister to
Barnabas K. Henagan, former governor of South Carolina.
Mrs. Marguth was the seventh child in a family of 13. She tells many
interesting incidents of home and family life in the early days. The
pilgrimage from Georgia was made very much as other journeys of that day.
The caravan moved slowly to the west, always resting on Sunday. A definite
halt was made near Montgomery, Ala., also in Mississippi, but Dr. Bridges
believed that he owed it to his growing family to give them the
opportunities of a new country; therefore, he crossed the Mississippi river
in flatboats, and was not satisfied until he was at least as far west as
central Arkansas. The family first settled in White County, but before long
established near Little Rock. General Robinson was their nearest neighbor,
located one mile away on the Memphis highway. It was at his home that Miss
Eliza Bridges met Louis A. Marguth, whom she married March 10, 1850....."
NOTE: Eliza's father was the Benjamin Bridges, Jr., who signed along with
his brothers and sisters, the land over to Rebecca Stubbs Bridges, which she
in turn sold to Thomas Hartlee/Harlee.
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