Picolata to Deep Creek

Property owners in the general vicinity of Fort Picolata included John Leadbetter, James Smith, Spencer Man, William Moss, Robert Bonsall, John Joyce, John Fox, and Wade Stubbs. Captain Benjamin Dodd had a 1,000-acre tract on Little Trout Creek. The Reverend John Forbes had 2,300 acres in three tracts in the vicinity of Fort Picolata. Only twelve of the fifty acres fit for rice on Forbes's property were cleared and planted, but nearly 60,000 trees were boxed for turpentine at evacuation time. A surgeon named Robert Scott employed eighteen slaves at a 500-acre estate near Picolata, as well as 200 acres across the river on the western shore. In 1784 Scott said his farms were producing an annual net income of £1000 Sterling. John Fox, a refugee from Georgia, received 500 acres east of the river between Fort Picolata and Miller Hill Hunt's plantation. John Forbes and William Panton, merchants in Indian trade, had property close to Fort Picolata, acquired in the expectation that the location would become important for trade with the Seminole Indians. George Barnes, a Loyalist refugee, received a grant of fifty acres in 1782, located near Fort Picolata. Barnes intended to engage in the Indian trade.