My interest in your family has to do with an undeveloped lot here in Savannah, Georgia which faces Calhoun Square. This lot is the eastern half of what was originally called lot 18, Calhoun Ward, laid out in 1851. (John C. Calhoun had died the year before, the ward was named in his honor). By 1853 Adam Short, who was a brick mason and master builder from Delaware, had built a nice pair of houses facing the square on the adjacent lot 17. He seemed to build these houses on speculation having lived at number 3 Pulasky Square in 1847 before he moved to Calhoun. I assume that Adam was in Savannah because it was a 'happenin' place. Not much work has been done relating to his family tree that I know of, and what is on the Internet about the Short's geneology is quite a mess! (pardon me if I am mistaken, no offence intended). Mr. Short went bankrupt in 1855 and by 1856 Joseph Ford Pelot & wife paid ground rent on the pair of houses. In 1857 Mr. Pelot sold the Eastern half to James A. Courvoisie and purchased the adjoining undeveloped lot 18. Joseph Ford Pelot did not sell the properties until 1869. If I am interpreting the ledger correctly, back taxes were paid on the properties at that time through 1857. Thanks to all the work you have all put into your geneology site, I have learned a lot more than I knew before about the Pelot family. The connections to the old Southern families ( Pinkney, Calhoun, Habersham, cooper, Bolton, Gignilliat) is apparent and the involvment in the conflict impresses & saddens me. My question for you all is this: Is it possible that Joseph made improvements to the house prior to the outbreak of War? (1857-58-59-60) As he was selling ornamental iron work, could he have put on side porches which were subsequently melted down for the war effort? There are scars from a porch evident and records I have researched show thata wooden porch existed from at least 1884 through 1937. The only proof I can see that the porches did not exist prior to 1871 is the 1871 "panoramic view" at the GHS Library which shows a grassy lot and trees further to the west. A garden was, I believe laid out, probably whenever the porches were first added. The original garden wall with ornamental iron work on top was still extant until 1992. Any evidence of the original garden (correspondence, a journal, sketches, a photo) enhances the likelyhood that this historic site might be returned to its original configuration one day. Thanks in advance for your time in reading this, and any help you are able to offer.