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1860 There were a lot of Northerners in Macon, Makin' some money

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

Total Personal Wealth 1860 all districts in Macon


$584,620 East Macon

$420,469 Godfrey

$313,435 Hazard

$742,905 Howard District

$10,295,752 Macon

$500,254 Rutland

$2,591,824 Vineville

$375,508 Warrior

Macon Total Personal Networth $15,824,767


Top Earners in Macon per district in 1860

Macon - John B Ross Personal Estate $332,000 No Real Estate listed NC Merchant

East Macon -Elisha Davis Personal Estate $64,000 Real Estate listed $36,000 VA Planter

Godfrey - Seth Cason Personal Estate $34,300 Real Estate listed $15,000 NC Planter

Hazard - Arthur Foster Personal Estate $73,000 Real Estate listed $20,000 GA Farmer

Howards - William S Holt Personal Estate $86,500 Real Estate listed $53,000 GA Planter

Rutland - Stephen Woodard Personal Estate $35,610 Real Estate listed $12,000 SC NO occupation

Vineville - Leroy Napier Personal Estate $300,000 Real Estate listed $100,000 GA Planter

Warrior - C A Tharp Personal Estate $30,000 Real Estate listed $12,000 GA Farmer


So to put those numbers in perspective in 1860. I took the top 5 states in that list above. Just went to https://www.in2013dollars.com/us/inflation/1860...

$1,301,280 $1,301,280 in 1860 is worth $40,197,636.67 today

$712,275 in 1860 is worth $22,002,775.46

$333,225 in 1860 is worth $10,293,601.28

$223,125 in 1860 is worth $6,892,519.43

$198,800 in 1860 is worth $6,141,099.66


To explain how much an obscene amount of money is look at this list of what groceries cost in 1860. GROCERIES

Then, as now, a lot of a household’s budget went to food. Here are the costs of some dietary staples of the 1860s:

Rice: 6 cents a pound

Beans: 6 cents for a dry quart

Sugar: 8 cents a pound

Beef: 9 cents a pound

Cheese: 10 cents a pound

Bacon: 12 cents a pound

Butter: 16 cents a pound

Eggs: 20 cents a dozen

Potatoes: 40 cents a bushel

Coffee: $1.20 a pound (for coffee beans, which you then had to roast and grind yourself)

Macon Networth (Does not include the other districts)
















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