Hancock County Ga.
In the News 1820 - 1829
March 21, 1820
Southern Recorder
STATE OF GEORGIA. BY His Excellency John Clark, Governor and Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of this state, and of the Militia thereof.
  WHEREAS  I have received information from Abraham Alfriend, Esq. Sheriff of Hancock county, that on the 4th inst., a certain  Ransom Duke was apprehended by virtue of a states warrant for the murder of Britain Jones, and committed to the Jail of said county.
  And whereas I have this day received information f rom the Sheriff aforesaid, that the said Ransom Duke, did, on the night of the 7th inst make his escape.- Whereupon I have thought proper to issue this my proclamation, hereby offering a reward of TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS to any person or persons who may apprehend the said Ransom Duke, and deliver him to the Sheriff or Jailor of said county of Hancock, in order that he may undergo a trial for the crime of which he is charged-And I do moreover, hereby charge and require all officers, civil and military, to be vigilent in endeavoring to apprehend the said Ransom Duke, if to be found in this state.
  Given under my hand, and the Great Seal of the state, at the State-House in Milledgeville, this 22d day of February, in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and twenty, and in the forty fourth year of the Independence of the United State of America. John Clark. By the Governor, Abner Hammond, Secretary of State. February 29.

July 3, 1820
Vermont Republican
MARRIED - In the church at Mount Zion, Geo. by the Rev. Nathan S. S. Beaman, Mr. Richard Warn, of Schenectady, N. Y. Rector of the Academy at Powelton, to MissJulia Pierpont, of Manchester, Vt. teacher of the female department of the same institution.

October 3, 1820
Georgia Journal
Mr. CHARLES M'DONALD....He died on the 25th ult. at his residence  in Hancock county, aged 75 years. He was a native of Scotland, but at an early age came to America where he spent the last fifty-eight years of his life. His name stands recorded in the history of the revolution as one of those who suffered the most distressing hardships in the case of liberty. He was hones, affectionate and kind, He was a christain (sic)....

February 26, 1821
New Hampshire Observer
Marriages. In the church at Mount Zion, Georgia, Jan. 7, the Rev. Joseph Wood, Rector of Powelton Academy, to Miss Mary Warner Doty, principal Female Instructor in said Academy.

March 2, 1821
New-York Specator
Mount Zion, Geo. Feb. 16. Yesterday, the 1st inst. Jesse, a son of Mr. Emelus Jordan, living near this place, a child of about 4 years old, was killed by a negro boy of the same age. They were chopping with axes on a piece of timber, standing on opposite sides, and it is presumed that the unfortunate little boy, in the act of stooping, received the other's axe on the top of his head which split his skull open to the brain; he lived but five minutes.

September 18, 1821
Georgia Journal
MARRIED - At Spring Grove, Hancock, on the 13th ult. by the Rev. L. Pierce, Mr. JOHN REES, of Sparta, to Miss ANN B. BROOKING, daughter of Capt. Edward B. Brooking.
DIED - In Hancock county, on the 23d ult. Major CHARLES ABERCROMBIE, in the 77th year of his age. The deceased was a valuable officer of the revolutionary army, and has since been honored with various appointments from the hands of his fellow citizens. His eulogium is written in the hearts of those who knew him intimately.

November 22, 1821
Chronicle & Sentinel
$50 Reward
Stolen from a wagon encamped at the foot of the Sand Hills, on the night of the 6th instant, a large bright Sorrel Horse; no marks or white hairs on him recollected. He is about five years old, has a large bush tail, and long mane; is about five feet one inch high; shod all round. The above reward will be paid for the apprehension of the Thief with the Horse, or Ten Dollars for the horse alone. Apply at the Globe Tavern, or to Wm. A Cobb, Fort Creek, Hancock County, Geo.

January 5, 1822
The Farmers Cabinet
From the Mount Zion Missionary, Dec. 3
Distressing Event- On Saturday evening, 25th ult. Mr. Newdy G. Connell of this county, was burnt to death about a mile from Warrenton. - He was on his way to Augusta with a waggon, and last observed sitting over a fire which he had prepared for the night, and is supposed to have fallen into it in a fit. We found, the flesh on one arm and one on his body was burnt almost to a cinder. He continued in the most excruciating agony until Monday afternoon, when he expired.

May 17, 1822
Daily Georgia
MARRIED, In Powelton, Ga., on the 5th inst. Mr. JAMES H. BURNET to Miss SARAH S. TUCKER.

May 25, 1822
Portsman Journal of Literature and Politics
MARRIED - In Sparta, Georgia, Judge Taft, formerly Senator in Congress, to MissSarah Griffin.

January 2, 1823
Augusta Chronicle and Georgia Advertiser
DIED, In Hancock County, Mr. Thomas B. Kendall.

January 27, 1823
Evening Post (New York)
MARRIED, On Wednesday evening, Jan. 1st., by the Rev. Hugh Smith, Rector of St. Paul's Church, Augusta, (Geo.) Mr. Thomas A. Smith ,merchant, of Sparta, (Geo.) to
 Mrs. Eliza Justina Fraser, of New York.

February 6, 1823
Augusta Chronicle and Georgia Advertiser
Married, On the evening of the 2d instant, at Mount Pleasant, Hancock County, by the Rev. Jesse Mercer, the Rev. Gideon Hagood, of Barnwell district, S.C. to Mrs. Mary Brown, sister of the late Governor Rabun of this State.

February 6, 1823
Augusta Chronicle and Georgia Advertiser
Honorable Court of Columbia county, for leave to sell a part of the real estate of William Stark, sen. dec....one other of 287 1-2 acres granted to James Calk, in Hancock county, formerly Washington.
Bowling W. Stark, Admr. October 5  

March 6, 1824
Augusta Chronicle and Georgia Advertiser
Married, In the vicinity of Mount Zion, Hancock County on Tuesday the 24th ult. by the Rev. Dr. Brown HENRY CUMMING, Esq. of this City, to Miss JULIA A. daughter of Joseph Bryan, Esq. of the former place.

March 13, 1824
Augusta Chronicle and Georgia Advertiser
NOTICE. Agreeable to an order of Columbia county, will be sold, on the first Tuesday in May next, at the Court House door in Sparta, Hancock county, to the highest bidder, one tract of Land; situate, lying and being in the county of Hancock, containing 287½ acres, adjoining James Mitchel and others, it being a part of the real estate of William Stark, deceased, sold for the benefit of the heirs and creditors of said dec. Terms made known on the day of sale. Bowling W. Stark, Adm'r. March 8

 March 18, 1824
Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, PA)
Attempt to rob the Mail. - Extract of a letter from the Postmaster at Milledgeville, Georgia, to the Postmaster General, dated Feb. 18, 1824.   "An attack was made on the stage driver, four miles west of Powelton, about 2 o'clock, A.M. on Tuesday last by three persons, evidently with an intention to rob the mail. One of them fired at the driver from the side of  the road, and, at the same moment the other two attempted to stop the horses. The ball passed immediately before his breast, and made several holes through his clothes, but did him no injury. The discharge of the gun caused the horses to dash off with great rapidity over the obstructions which had been place in the road, and the two persons who attempted it were unable to stop them. I have offered a suitable reward, and will use every exertion to have them detected."

April 28, 1824
Augusta Chronicle
Sportsmen Attend. A MAIN of Cocks will be fought in the town of Sparta, Hancock county, on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of May next. April 10.

May 5, 1824
Augusta Chronicle
Came to Jail, On the first inst. an old negro woman named Sarah,  who says she belongs to Mr. Nathan Saunders, of Hancock county, of the state of Georgia. The owner is requested to call, prove property, pay charges, and take her away. Walter A. Appling, Jailer, Columbia county, Georgia. May 5.

May 15, 1824
Independent Chronicle and Boston Patriot
   Married In Sparta, (Geo.) Mr. Joseph W. Curtis, of Shrewsbury, (Mass) to MissMary Carew.

September 22, 1824
DIED, In Sparta, on the 14th ult. of bilious fever, Mr. HYACINTH RAFNER, aged  27, a native of Italy.


August 30, 1825
Georgia Journal
A Proclamation. Georgia - By his Excellency George M. Troup, Governor and Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of this State, and of the Militia thereof.
  Whereas, I have received official information, that on the 12th inst. a certain WILLIAM CURETON, of Hancock county, did commit an aggravated and premeditated murder upon the body of John Pullen of the county and state aforesaid - And whereas it has also been represented that he has fled from justice, I have therefore thought proper to issue this my proclamation, hereby offering a reward of Two Hundred Dollars to any person or persons, who may apprehend the said William Cureton, and him safely deliver to the sheriff or jailor of the county aforesaid, and I do moreover charge all officers civil and military, within this state, to be vigilant in assisting to apprehend the said William Cureton, that he may be brought to trial for the crime with which he is charged.
  Given under my hand and the great seal of this state, at the State House in Milledgeville, this eighteenth day of August, eighteen hundred and twenty-five, and of the Independence of the United States the fiftieth.
G.M. Troup. By the Governor: Everard Hamilton, Secretary of State,
Note- Said Cureton is about 20 or 22 years of age, 5 feet 8 or 10 inches high, of ordinary stature, full eyes and face, dark complected, and has a down cast look.

September 7, 1825
Georgia Journal
~excerpt~ DIED - On the 29th of Aug. in Hancock county, FRANCES LA FAYETTE, daughter of Mr. J. S. Calhoun of this place, eighteen months old, wanting a few hours..

November 23, 1825
Middlesex Gazette
DIED. In Sparta, Geo., Mr. Benedict L. Brown, 23, formerly of N. Haven

February 15, 1826
Sentinel and Witness (Middletown, Conn.)
MARRIED. In Hancock county, Geo. on the 12th ult. Sophos Staples, Esq., praticing attorney, formerly of New Haven, to Miss Sarah P. Ambercrombie, daughter of Col. Edmund Ambercrombie.

March 11, 1826
Augusta Chronicle and Advertiser
His Excellency Gov. Troup, has issued two proclamations, one offering a reward of two hundred dollars for the apprehension of Joseph Culver, of Hancock county, for a murder committed on the body of Groves Colbert, and he other offering a reward of two hundred and fifty dollars for the apprehension of Michael Whatley, of Morgan county, for committing murder on the body of Oren H Youngblood - In addition to the two hundred and fifty dollars, the citizens of Morgan county have subscribed Five hundred dollars for the apprehension of Whatley. They are described as follows - Joseph Culver is about 6 feet high, dark complexion, black hair and eyes, spare made, a flesh mole in the right cheek, and a little round shouldered; is about 35 years old. Michael Whatley is 33 or 24 years of age, about 5 feet 10 or 11 inches high, straight made, of light red complexion, with blue eyes and lisps a little occasionally when speaking.

August 10, 1826
Baltimore Patriot
Died. At Saratoga Springs, on the 2d inst. HUGH TAYLOR, esq. an old and respectable inhabitant of Sparta, Georgia.

August 16, 1826
Middlesex Gazette
Died. In Sparta, Ga. Sophos Staples, Esq. late of New-Haven, aged 35.

October 28, 1826
Augusta Chronicle and Advertiser
DIED, In Sparta, on the 24th of October with the Bilious Fever, Mr. Abraham Pratt, Merchant, aged about 35, a native of Saybrook, Conn. He had resided in Sparta about 11 months and was much esteemed by the citizens of that place.

November 14, 1826
Macon Telegraph
Married. In Hancock county, o the 2d instant, by the reverend D. Duffey, Major William P. Ford, merchant, of Augusta, to Miss Julian Harris, daughter of Samuel Harris, Esq.
    on the 24th ult. by the reverend J. Brinson, M. Brinson, Esq. of Jefferson county, to MissCelia Tarver, of Hancock county.

December 4, 1826
Connecticut Courant
DIED. At Sparta, Geo Abraham Pratt, Esq. late of Saybrook, and formerly Deputy Sheriff of Middlesex County.

January 9 1827
Macon Telegraph
Is this day opened for the reception of Scholars, under the superintendance of Mrs. Julia Warner. A gentleman liberally educated will aid in teaching the Languages, higher branches of Mathematics, and Natural Science. The institution is furnished with a Philosophical and Chemical Apparatus, a Mineralogical Cabinet, and Library.
  Music will be taught by a lady highly recommended. Board can be had in the most respectable families at one hundred dollars per year. The price of tuition will be at eight, twelve, and fifteen dollars per term of five months, to be regulated according to the branches which the scholars may respectively pursue. John Lucas, President. John Davies, Secretary.

January 27, 1827
Augusta Chronicle and Georgia Advertiser
  The "Hancock Troop" again!  We learn by the last Milledgeville papers, that Governor Troup has sent one of his aids to confer with the Little Prince on the subject of his late orders to stop the proceedings of the Surveyors on the other side of the New Treaty line. The Recorder, in speaking upon this says, "should this Chief persist in resisting the survey, the Hancock Cavalry are held in readiness to protect the surveyors while they are engaged to protect the surveyors while they are engaged in completing their work; and the "Hancock Advertiser of the 23 inst. says, "the Hancock Troop of Cavalry were to assemble in Sparta yesterday, prepared for a march to the Creek Nation." So it seems that hostilities will in all probability ensue; for we presume that the Little Prince will be as pugnacious, in defense of his cause, as even Governor Troup himself.

January 31, 1827
Macon Telegraph
The Mount Zion Advertiser of the 23d instant, says, "the Hancock Troop were to have assembled in Sparta the day previous, prepared for a march to the Creek nation."

March 26, 1827
Macon Telegraph
DEATHS.  In Hancock county, Mr. Andrew Tarver, in the 62d year of his age.

June 23, 1827
Macon Telegraph
Married in Hancock Co., Mr. James Harris, of Warrenton, to Miss Sarah N. Andrews.

July 9, 1827
Southern Recorder
  ~excerpt~DIED, at his residence in Hancock county, on the 27th ult., at 2 o'clock in the morning, WALTER HAMILTON, Esq. in the 64th year of his age. He has been a member of the Baptist Church for many years. A few days before his death, he dreamed that he was in a very beautiful place (something like a city,) and as he walked along, the sound of delightful music saluted his ear-he looked to see where the music was, and he saw two Turtle-doves coming towards him, on on each side of the street; and when they approached near him, he beheld in them his two children, Alfred and Caroline, who died one, one last year, and the other the year before-they told him they were in Heaven, and that he would shortly follow them to that happy place, he heard the music again, and they flew off in the same direction from which they came. He has left a widow and several children to mourn his irreparable loss. But amid their afflictions, they have one of the greatest consolations; that is, they mourn not as those who have no hope.

September 4 1827
Macon Telegraph
DIED.   In Hancock county, on the 22d inst. General Epps Brown, for many years past a Senator in the State Legislature.

October 18, 1827
Southern Recorder
DIED, in Hancock county, in consequence of a fall from his horse, produced by the breaking of a stirrup leather, JOHN DANIEL, Esq., aged 49 years, 8 months and 27 days, leaving a widow and six children to lament his loss. He was a worthy citizen, generally beloved by those who knew him. He survived the accident about seventeen hours.

January 14, 1828
Macon Telegraph
DIED..Near Powelton, on the 21st ultimo, Mrs. Martha T. Seals, wife of Thomas Seals, aged 14 years, 11 months and 5 days, leaving behind her a disconsolate husband, and a lovely babe 9 months and 7 days old.

January 14, 1828
Macon Telegraph
MARRIED. In Hancock county, John W. Rabun, Esq. to Miss Harriet Amanda, daughter of Rev. Gideon Haigood.

April 12, 1828
Charleston Observer
Died. In Hancock co., Ga. on the 26th ult., Mr.Amos Brantley, in the 70th year of his age. He was a revolutionary soldier...

April 15, 1828
Connecticut Herald
MARRIED In Hancock County, Geo. on the 20th of March last, Mr. Eli Mansfield, formerly of this city, to Miss Nancy B. Hardwick, of the former place.

May 5, 1828
Macon Telegraph
Married. In Powelton, Hancock county, on the 24th ultimo, by the Rev Mr Glenn, James W. Fannin, esq. of Columbus to Minerva D. Fort, of that place.

May 19, 1828
Macon Telegraph
Died. In Sparta, Hancock county, Mrs. Jane Smith wife of Mr. Horace Smith.

January 3, 1829
Macon Telegraph
Married. In Greensborough, on the 18th inst. Mr. Willie Alston of Sparta, to Miss Elizabeth Sarah, daughter of the
Rev. John Howard of the former place.

January 24, 1829
Macon Telegraph
Married. At Powelton, on the 14th instant., by Thomas Hudson, Esq. Mr. Milton Clayton to Miss Caroline E. Hunter, eldest daughter of Rev. James Hunter, all of Jasper county.

January 28, 1829
Augusta Chronicle
Married,   In Hancock county, on Sunday evening the 11th instant, by the Rev. Joseph Roberts, the Rev. EDMUND SHACKELFORD, of Morgan county to Mrs. MARY HAYGOOD.

January 31, 1829
Macon Telegraph
Died. In Hancock county, on the 19th inst. Mr.James Lundy, in the 50th year of his age.

February 14, 1829
Macon Telegraph
Married. In Hancock county on the 5th inst. William Williams, Esq. of Macon, to Miss Dimas Broad, of Sparta.
  In Hancock county on the 5th inst. Mr. Robert A. Holt of Walton county, to Miss Emeline Randle. 

April 7, 1829
DIED, In Jones county, on the 17th ult. CAPT. BENJAMIN I. HARPER, a citizen of Hancock county, aged 52 years.

December 10, 1829
Georgian (Savannah)
MARRIED, At Sparta, Ga., on Thursday evening December 3d, by the Rev. Mr. Howard, Major John F. FLOYD of Camden co. to Miss ANN, second daughter of Col. W. Alston, of the same place.
   In Warren co., N.C. on the 19th ult. Col. AUGUSTUS ALSTON, of Sparta, in Georgia to Miss M. H. HAWKINS, daughter of the late Col. Jos. Hawkins, Comptroller of this state.

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