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The Meaning of a Gentleman #genealogy #georgiapioneers


The Meaning of a Gentleman

colonial coupleHundreds of years after the age of ladies and gentlemen, where proper manners and integrity were at the forefront of social and business actions, the word "gentleman" is still understood to mean a polite person of good manners and decorum. However, the practice of doing business with a handshake, because the family was known to be honest sorts, or the loaning of goods and materials necessary to maintain plantations (or farms) was a promissory note. Such notes are readily found in the estates of gentlemen, and, upon death, the obligations were honored to the heirs.. A close examination of old wills, inventories, sales and annual returns describes an time of hard labor and industry, yet a more gentle era where trustworthiness was essential to its core. Plantations begat communities and communities begat industry and invention. While truth and good manners enabled American progress, it also assured stability in the home. 


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