Dathie Haines: Tricked into Signing X on Documents Which Gave Away 600 Acres of Family Land

0 Posted by - March 11, 2017 - Injustices, LATEST POSTS

After slavery it was common for slave owners to promise their freed slaves a roof over their head and land, and anything else they thought would keep them around to do the hard labor.

Dathie Haines mother was Cherokee Indian and her father was a black man. Haines was captured in the woods in North Georgia while picking berries with her brother. Her brother was able to escape but Haines was sold into slavery in Louisville, Georgia. She was sold to Nathan Haines as a personal slave to his granddaughter, Missy Haines. At the time both Haines and Missy were 6-years-old. Missy and Dathie went to live with Missy’s aunt and uncle, James “Jim” and Lentittis Haines.

Haines went on to have four children by her owner. He gave her and her children 600 acres of land after slavery. However, since they could not read or write they were tricked into signing X on documents which gave their land away. They were defrauded out of their land and left with nothing.

This land is located in Jefferson County near the Washington County line at Fenn’s Bridge. Haines, her children Mary, Joe, Betsy, grandson Joe other children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren are buried directly behind Mt. Zion AME Church in Davisboro, Georgia.




  • Velma Phlegm Watson March 12, 2017 - 5:42 pm Reply

    This is just another story to add to many stories inwhich our ancestors were stole and sold into slavery. Our Maternal Ancestors had children for their master. Whatever was left for the children, usually nothing, it was taken by the Masters Family in time. My great grandfather, made my mother, his grand daughter promise to never sell the few acres he had left, after another White Man took 1500 acres of the 1769 he had worked hard to purchase. We still own some of the 269 acres, that our family has been on since 1818. In 1834 the Mexican Government gave the man that was to become the owner of the land that my people were on running the White Man’s wild mustang camp that started in 1818, a 10,000 acre land grant. I have a copy of the land grant.

  • John Kelly December 12, 2017 - 4:46 pm Reply

    I am also a decendent of Dathie Haines…this is my family story.

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