William Mangum, a refugee from Georgia, settled 500 acres on Doctors Lake following the evacuation of Savannah. He and two male slaves built two houses, a detached kitchen house, and other buildings, and cleared and cultivated an eighty-acre provisions field. Bandits plundered the property, abducted one of his slaves, and forced him to flee to a small tract near the Cowford Ferry. At this new location Mangum cleared trees and brush and planted a 12-acre field of provions until the British evacuation. Incoming Spanish residents abducted his remaining slave, prompting Mangum to depart in haste and abandon a horse, a cow, and a large sail boat.