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    Felton Farm Treasure

    On the Felton Farm near Cartersville, on State 41, Bartow Co.
    A chest containing around $50.000 in gold and silver coins was
    burried new the barn.

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    Re: Felton Farm Treasure

    That was an 1,800 acre farm during the Civil War period when the cache was buried due to the advance of Shermans forces in the spring of 1864. The Feltons fled for a safer location further South in the state, but I'm not sure where. There is a Georgia historical marker by the highway near the house - which I don't know if the house is still standing or not. If you figure the cache was all in gold coin, then $50,000 will weigh over 200 lbs., which was the reason they had to bury it, as it was too cumbersome and risky to try and move with that much cash in coin, especially with Yankee cavalry running the roads. This burial was conducted by the elder Mr. Felton, as his son was serving in Confederate forces. The elder Felton couple, and their daughter in-law, Rebecca Latimer Felton of later political fame, fled south. The cache was supposedly never recovered, due to the elder Mr. Feltons death before he was able to return to the farm and retrieve the family fortune. Thats what I can remember off the top of my head on this one. The original homesite might be a good place to look around if you can obtain permission. I would think it was buried further out somewhere on the original 1,800 acres though.

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    Problem with this lead

    The problem with this story is it isn't true lol. The SON did not marry Rebecca - she was the SENIOR Felton's wife NOT his son's wife. No gold was buried and the man did NOT die right after the civil war.

    Here are the REAL facts:
    Born: June 19, 1823, Lexington, Georgia
    Died: September 24, 1909
    Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Cartersville Georgia
    Married: Rebecca A. Latimer; Ann Carleton
    ◾1844 Graduate of Medical College of Augusta, pursued a career in medicine and farming in Bartow County
    ◾Served as a volunteer surgeon in Macon during the Civil War
    ◾Politically active his entire life, known as an outstanding orator and debat0r.
    ◾Wife Rebecca Felton erected a monument to his memory on the lawn of the 1903 Bartow County Courthouse

    Graduating from Franklin College in 1842 and from the Medical College of Augusta in 1844, Felton pursued a career in medicine, with an active practice in Bartow County, Georgia until it proved too strenuous for his health and he began farming full-time. He married Ann Carlton of Athens, Georgia in 1845. Sadly Ann died in 1851 leaving one daughter. Licensed as a Methodist minister in 1848, Felton served in various capacities and as a popular preacher in Bartow County for almost fifty years without remuneration. In 1851 Felton was elected to the Georgia legislature as a Whig representative from Cass County, and was a delegate to the Southern Commercial Convention at Knoxville in 1857. At the commencement of the Madison Female College in 1852, Dr. Felton met his future wife while delivering the literary address. Felton would marry Rebecca A. Latimer a year later. During the Civil War, Felton served as a volunteer surgeon in Macon, where he had refugeed from the war. Following the war, Felton again became politically active when the Democratic leadership of the New South began favoring industry over agriculture in the otherwise rural South, and in 1871, ran a successful campaign as an Independent Democrat for Congress, serving on the Ways and Means and the Commerce committees his freshman term. Felton’s re election in 1876 established him as the acknowledged leader of the growing Independent movement in Georgia.

    By 1882, the Independent movement was on the wane, and Felton lost two further bids to Congress. Later elected as a representative from Bartow County to the state legislature, from 1884 to 1890, Felton embraced prohibition, championed prison reform calling for the abolition of the convict-lease system, and battled successfully for a bill to improve education funding.

    An outstanding orator and formidable debater, Felton led several liberal and progressive movements in attempts to “purify” politics in Georgia with random success, but without achieving the “new order” he hoped would materialize. Campaigning and in office, Felton kept his wife, Rebecca, close at hand, with pen in hand. In Washington, Mrs. Felton, who proved to be a deft political strategist, served as her husband’s secretary and general counselor, and was respected as “the most politically informed woman of the South.” Back home, the Felton’s partnership included establishing a school in their home and editing The Cartersville Free Press and The Cartersville Courant. Dr. Felton died September 24, 1909. A monument erected on the lawn of the 1903 Bartow County Courthouse by Rebecca Felton bears this inscription, “A fearless patriot, A spotless record” and “A model citizen of Bartow County for 62 years”.

 

 

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