10 in cultivation. We raised, cotton, corn, peanuts /tobacco - and there were all kinds of fruits and vegetables for family use. The darkies who did the field work and other work around the place had most of them been born there, and their mothers and fathers before them. You see we were rather a large family. The hands were all paid wages - at the rate of 60 cents a day for the ten men, and 50 cents for the four women, and they all had accounts at the village store in Dalton. Of course, mother had to be responsible for their accounts. Sometimes plantation owners had their money tied up in cultivation of crops and had to wait until cotton, peanuts, tobacco, etc., in season, were marketed before there was money to pay off. But the hands had their own houses, or cabins, there was plenty of ground around each for them to have their own garden, to raise chickens and keep a pig or cow, if they were able, so they never wanted for anything. The account at the store enabled them to purchase clothing, and they had no living expenses such as rent, water, lights, etc., that colored people have to be liable for now in towns and cities, where they are engaged in industrial or other day's work. So they were really as well, or better off, than many of their race are now, and for the most part were trusty and reliable. This was in the early 1880's.
“The new owner did not wish to take over the house servants, which presented quite a problem, as there were six of them: An elderly negro man and woman, two younger women, one of them Janie - and two young girls fifteen and eighteen. They had never lived anywhere but at “Whitehall” - that was the name of our place - mother could not turn them loose on the public to make their own way, so nothing undaunted, she gathered them all up and away we went to Atlanta - mother, seven children, and six darkies. Quite a family!