My 3rd great grandfather, John Miller, and his brother Aaron owned 490 acres of land in Hahira, Georgia. An 1863 deed shows that through their guardian, Hamilton Sharpe, they purchased the “Old Henry Vickers” place for $1350.00. John was 33 years old at the time and until the time of purchase, he was a farm laborer. MeauringWorth.com calculates $1350 in today’s unskilled wage to be $187, 000.
Did Sharpe give John and Aaron the money to purchase this land? If so, why? Being a legal guardian costs money as well, so why invest so much into these men unless there was some close bond.