04 Jan Phillip Fitzgerald purchases “Tara”
August 9, 1853
Phillip Fitzgerald purchases “Tara”
Henry McElroy owned and operated a cotton plantation of over 1200 acres on present day Tara Road in Clayton County (then part of Fayette County). He competed a home that was partially built and later sold it to Phillip Fitzgerald, great-grandfather of Margret Mitchell, author of Gone with The Wind. Phillip Fitzgerald made additional changes, especially after the Civil War. Phillip Fitzgerald, born in Ireland, had lived in Fayette County several years before purchasing the property. The sale of 8/9/1853 is recorded in Fayette County Superior Court Book G 1851—1857 page 399. The price was $4,800, plus a tract of land in Florida.
By Debi Riddle
Source: McElroy Family File by Suzanne Huckaby (Ancestry File)