Parland

TO
the memory of
JOHN PARLAND
who departed this life
on the 7th September
1836
in the 58th year of
his age.

He was a native of Scotland.

Almost 170 years ago, John Parland, known as the Colonel, died on his beloved island known as Colonelís Island.  For those of you familiar with Brunswick, Colonelís Island is where many automobile makers import their cars to distribute to auto dealers around the country.

John Parland was a native of Scotland settling in the Glynn County area on Colonelís Island and Blythe Island.  When Parland was 58, he was thrown from his horse and killed.  He was buried on a forested bluff overlooking the Brunswick River, not far from his plantation home on Colonelís Island.

According to legend, when John died he left his daughters Jean Adams Parland and Frances Ann Scarlett Parland, by wife Mary Ann (Scarlett) Parland, the first and second wealthiest people in Glynn County in the year 1836.

Frances never married, and Jean married Henry C. King of Wayne County in 1856, having three daughters.

During Johnís time on the island his main crop was sea island cotton.  He also produced other staples to sell to neighboring plantations which included corn, potatoes, and poultry.  John owned three other plantations, Longwood, the Dyke, and Gowrie, where he cultivated sugar, rice, and processed lumber.

Upon his death, his two daughters inherited, Jean and Francesí grandfather, Francis M. Scarlett, managed the estate for them until Jean married, when her husband assumed responsibility for her share, and their uncle Francis D. Scarlett managed Francesí share.

By 1886 all of the land was either sold or leased, and in 1970 the Ports Authority gained ownership of this island, which is now divided in half by highway 17.  By the year 2000, only Johnís grave was the last remaining parcel of land left undisturbed by the growing Ports Authority.

On 16 August 2000, Johnís body was exhumed, and removed to a new location at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Brunswick, directly behind the chapel.  There a plaque was erected signifying the move, and the original tombstone was laid upon his grave.

Grave was surveyed in October 2003.

 

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