February 19, 1936
I am having this letter typed to be sent the living descendants of Dr.
and Mrs. Robert Grant, who I can locate.
Children of Hugh
Fraser Grant, Jr. are Miss Rose Grant, and her two sisters,
Carrie Grant Sinclair, and Nan Grant Huntingdon, and his only
son, Roger Grant's only child, Catherine Grant Pumphrey.
Children of Louisa
Grant Conrad, one daughter, Mr. [sic] J.D. Randall.
Children of Sarah
Grant Hogan Hatch are Edith Hatch Banks and Robert Hatch.
Note these are
grandchildren of Frances Amelia Grant Troupe; Phineas Miller
Nightingale, Mrs. Chas. K. Lennig, Mrs. Wm. Crovatt and Mrs.
Since the rice
plantations of Dr. Robert Grant, and his son Hugh Fraser Grant
of Glynn County, Ga. have passed into the hands of too many for me to give
dates and details, other than to mention William DuPont of
Wilmington, Del., who bought Elizafield Plantation some ten years ago to
add to his holdings already acquired, Altama Plantation, as Elizafield
adjoined Altama. At Mr. DuPont's death, the property did not
attract his daughter, and she offered it for sale.
Two years ago, Mr.
Cator Woolford of Atlanta, Ga. bought the DuPont holdings in
toto. Soon after Mr. Woolford purchased this property, he
conceived the idea of making part of Elizafield Plantation into a public
park. The tabby ruins on this plantation having been under
discussion for some years, as being one of the Spanish Missions of the
The State of Georgia has
been quite in the forefront with State Park activities and accepted Mr.
Cator Woolford's offer of this tract of land. Immediately after
acceptance, the State Began the development of this part to be known as
Santa Domigon [sic] State Park, and on Friday, November 22nd, 1935, the
Park was formally given to the State by Mr. Cator Woolford, and
accepted by the Governor, Eugene Talmadge, with fitting ceremonies.
To this spot already
beautiful by nature, the work of man has added to its attractiveness with
drives, walks, etc. The tabby ruind [sic] I have mentioned before,
also the spring, many old ruind [sic] of houses of days gone by, and the
burial place of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Grant and three small
children. The lodge and keeper's house, the new buildings; are of
My interest in the
development of lands that were owned by my ancestors, is very keen.
Some years ago, Mr. Howard E. Coffin, bought Retreat Plantation on
St. Simons Island, Thomas Butler King's home, and made the
beautiful Sea Island Golf Links. At both of these places, Santa
Domingo Park and Sea Island Golf Links, the descendants are made welcome
as distinguished guests.
As a little matter of
record, let me add Santa Domingo Park is easy of access on the Coastal
Highway from Darien, Ga., where the Coastal Highway coming South is built
on the rice fields, markers are placed here directing the traveler to the
left of the highway, where you turn to Santa Domingo Park.
Elizafield, Evelyn and
Grantley were the three rice plantations owned by Dr. Robert Grant
and his son, Hugh Fraser Grant. Elizafield is now Santa
Domingo Park. Grantley and Evelyn Plantation are now owned by Mr.
Frank D.M. Strachan, Jr., who married Florence Lord Aiken, my
daughter, and in a way is owned by a Grant descendant.
I am mailing the local
newspapers under separate cover with the account of the presentation of
Santa Domingo Park on November 22nd, 1935.
Hoping this will not
prove to be a bore and uninteresting, but intensify the interest in the
Mrs. Franklin Dunwody Aiken [signature]
Buford K. Aiken [typed]
I find many ??? in
this paper, i.e. many descendants not given. My own children who
they married, Mrs. Maxey's [sic] & her daughters. Mrs.
Parks? has no children. [This was handwritten by Mrs. Aiken]