05 May 2015

Gov. Stephen Heard's Grave (Tombstone Tuesday)

Gov. Heard's Grave
Stephen Heard, Governor of Georgia in 1781, lawyer, planter, surveyor and soldier of the Revolution, lies buried in this
family cemetery.  With a price on his head he was captured by the British at the Battle of Kettle Creek, and
condemned to die.  On the eve of his execution he was rescued by his servant "Mammy Kate" with the aid of her
husband "Daddy Jack," both of whom lie buried near him.  Heard's home "Heardmont" once stood nearby in the 10 acre
park established by the Stephen Heard Chapter, D.A.R.  Coming to Georgia from Virginia, Heard, an Irishman,
established Heard's Fort, now Washington, Ga., in 1773.

Sacred to the memory of Colonel Stephen Heard. He was a soldier of the American Revolution,
and fought with the great Washington for the liberties of his country. He died on the 15th of
November, 1815, in the 75th year of his age, beloved and lamented by all who knew him. "An
honest man is the noblest work of God."

Programming Note: Mammy Kate was profiled yesterday on this Southern Graves blog.

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