Twiggs County Georgia
Misc. Biographies


          Daniel H. Adams, clerk of the superior court, Macon circuit, Bibb County, Ga., was born in Twiggs County, that State, January 28, 1834. His father, Daniel Adams, a native of South Carolina and son of John Adams of North Carolina, was born November 23, 1801, moved to Alabama in 1822, and in 1824 settled in Twiggs County, Ga., was one of its largest planters, and there died in October, 1880. The mother of our subject, Mrs. V. Adams, was born in Washington County, Ga., in 1805, and was a daughter of Ephraim Ellis, who was a planter from Maryland.  To Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Adams were born eight children, of whom five were reared to maturity, as follows: Obadiah F., E. Bennett, Daniel H., Robert R. and George B.; three girls died in infancy. Daniel H. Adams, at the age of ten years was taken from Twiggs to Houston County, where he was educated, going to the academy of Professor James Dunham for sever years, and to that of Prof. Henry Hudson two years. At the age of eighteen he commenced clerking in the store of Lightfoot & Flanders, remaining from 1852 until 1853; he was then employed by the Confederate Government as cotton shipping clerk, in which capacity he served until the close of hostilities in 1865. He then became connected with the firm of McGrath & Patterson, at Macon, with whom he remained one year, when he began speculating in cotton, etc., operating another year. In the spring of 1868 he returned to the old firm, which had changed its style to D. Flanders & Son, with who he remained until May, 1885, at which time he became deputy clerk, which position he filled until August, 1886, when he was elected clerk proper, and is the present incumbent of the office. During all these years of clerking, for twenty eight years he was also a magistrate. July 8, 1857, he married Miss Helen E. Snow, of New York City, and has been blessed with a family of eight children, born in the following order: Fannie, William H., Julia, Daniel E., Charles B., Laura, Mollie and an infant not named at the time of this writing. Mr. Adams is a Knight of the Golden Rule, and his wife of the Episcopal Church. Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida. Chicago, IL: F.A. Battey & Company, 1889.

     Christopher C. Anderson, civil engineer, Hawkinsville, was born January 7, 1840, in Twiggs County, Ga. His parents are Thomas W. and Susan (Roach) Anderson. Susan Roach was a native of Georgia. Thomas W. was born in St. Augustine during the Spanish occupation of that colony. The children born to these parents were three: George, Susan F., wife of J. M. Gatewood, living in Albany, Ga. and christopher C. Our subject was one of forty-three who graduated at Mercer College while the same was located at Penfield, class of 1861. He enlisted in Company _, Sixth Georgia Regiment of Infantry, Twiggs Guards, in 18_,. Later he served in Blunt's battalion of Light Artillery. He saw service in twenty-eight pitched battles, besides skirmishes. Twenty-six years ago this day (April 5, 1888), he heard the first bomb shell, and saw the first Yankee soldier. The sound of that shell was music, sweet music to his ears. He had been lying idle so long and drilling he was anxious to get to business; but before the war closed the sound of that death-dealing instrument had lost its charms. That night he saw for the first time a limb amputated. The different battles in the order of their occurrence were as follows: Siege of Yorktown, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Mechanicsville, Cold Harbor, Savage Station, White Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, Boonsboro or South Mountain, Sharpsburg or Antietam (in his opinion the hardest fought battle of the war), Fredericksburg, and again under General Hooker, Wilderness, Chancellorsville, battery Wagoner, Fort Sumter siege, James Island, Ocean Pond, Petersburg, Drury's Bluff,  Cold Harbor (june 1, 1864), same June 3, Petersburg (june 16, same June 28, Petersburg blow-up (July 31), (April 7, 1863_, Petersburg, same April 2. He surrender at Appomattox. At Ocean Pond was shot in the side and returned home on sixty days' furlough. At Petersburg was wounded twice, not seriously. He was never taken prisoner, and his general health was splendid. The war closing, he taught school one year, then went to civil engineering, in which he has been quiet successfully engaged ever since. he was married December 13, 1865, to Miss Laura,  daughter of Joseph and Mary j. (Johnson) Tooke, of Houston County. Several times has their home been made happy in the birth of children, as follows: Charles E., on the telegraph corps at Macon; Lela, Thomas W., Payton, Marie L., Alma and Julia. Mrs. Anderson is a member of the Baptist and her husband a member of the Episcopal Church. Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida. Chicago, IL: F.A. Battey & Company, 1889.


was born in Prince County, Maryland, November 16th 1800. His father moved to Georgia in 1808 and settled in Warren county, where Robert was reared. He received his education at the common schools in Warren and at the age of 15 was sent to Raleigh, N.C. where he completed his education. He studied law in Georgia in the office of  Judge Montgomery in Augusta and was admitted to the bar  at the age of 20. He moved and practiced law in Marion, Twiggs county, in partnership with Judge Thomas Holt.  When Judge Holt was promoted to judgeship of the superior court in 1824, Beall, by executive appointment, succeeded him as solicitor for the district.  Robert Beall was "ambitious, a man of rare genius-ardent in his temperament and fearlessly brave, and of course had positive friends and implacable enemies." Twiggs county politically was almost equally divided on both sides; prominent among these were the Wimberlys and the Glenns, and every election for every office in the gift of the people was closely contested. "
   "A foe of his ambitious as himself and quite as brave, was Thomas Mitchell (South Carolina native) of Twiggs. At the dinner table of Martin Harden, Beall spoke freely and bitterly of Mitchell. "   A consequence of this was a duel where two shots were exchanged, and by the interference of friends the two uninjured duelists  left the field uninjured.
   Soon after the duel, he ran for the legislature, a member of the States Rights party,   from Twiggs but was defeated by Robert Glenn.  "Before the meeting of the legislature in 1825 Moses Fort resigned his position and Beall was elected for the position.  He was re-elected in 1826." He "moved to Macon where he had a large plantation and slaves. Didn't do well in planting,  became embarrassed with debt. sold his plantation". His "passion for gambling was his ruin and he died Died July 16th 1836, at age 36. Sources: W. H. Sparks, Atlanta Constitution, 6-25-1881;

Among the most widely known and respected of the earlier settlers of Twiggs county stands the name of  Wm. Beckom, the grandfather of the above-named gentleman. A native of  Washington county, he came to Twiggs when quiet a young man and bought large tracts of unimproved land, all of which he merged into one plantation. In time his possessions became very valuable, for in addition to his landing estates, he owned numerous mercantile establishments. Though not soliciting political favor he was largely instrumental in bestowing the same on many of his friends, among whom were number some of Georgia's most distinguished men. His death occurred April, 1839. His wife, who was Miss Dolly Nusum, a member of an old and prominent family of Georgia, died in 1829. Their family consisted of nine children: Sherwood, Amanda, Mary,  Sarah, Allen and Solomon G., all deceased. Those living are: Simon N., removed to Texas, 1859; Susan, Mrs. Hardin T. Smith, and Laban. The last-named, the fourth child and twin of  Sarah, is the father of Allen F. Beckom, and was born Dec. 4, 1808, in Washington county, Ga. He was reared on the old family plantation and received such education as the schools of that time afforded. Like his father, he followed the occupation of planter, and going to Twiggs county, he located on a plantation there. Married to Sarah, daughter of John Faulk, they became the parents of the following children: Amanda H.,  Mrs. Dr. Richardson; Allen F., W. H., Thomas and Susan, who are dead. Allen F. was born in Twiggs county Dec. 23, 1837. His school days were spent at Griffin, where he acquired a good education. At the age of twenty-four he enlisted in James M. Folsom's company, Twiggs volunteer infantry, but soon after active service began, illness caused his return home. After his recovery he became a member of the state troops and took active part in many engagements, having had command of a company at the battle of Griswoldville. The battle was particularly fierce, many being killed or wounded. However, good fortune attended Mr. Beckom and he escaped without a wound. Returning from the war he settled on the plantation, and in 1868 was united in marriage to Mrs. Ella Johnson (nee Wiggin), daughter of Mary S. and W. W. Wiggin. One daughter came to bless the union, Ella G. Mr. Beckom is a true democrat and a member of the M. E. church. He devotes his entire time to the cultivation of his large plantation of 2,500 acres. He is spoken of as one of the most successful agriculturist in the county.
Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1 Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

"You say you have seen the old lady, the mother of (Capt.) Isaac Brown. I never saw her but once, and that was in Twiggs county, Ga., about the last of February, 1818. It was at her own house. I called there to get Isaac to go with me into Florida, as I had been ordered by General Jackson to collect as many Indians as I could and join him at Fort Scott. Isaac had no horse that was suitable for the trip. I left my horse with Gen. Wimberly, and we took it on foot to Fort Early, trusting to Providence for horses after that. When we were about to leave, the old lady said, "Isaac, my son, the Indians killed your father,
and may kill you, but I had rather hear of your being killed than to hear that my son had acted the coward." This is all the acquaintance I ever had with the old lady; but I have had her history from many that knew her well. When Isaac was an infant, his father, who was a fearless man, crossed the Oconee river near what is known as the Long Bluff. The Oconee was then the line between the whites and Indians. Brown built him a house, and was preparing for stock raising. He always kept on hand a number of loaded guns and some fine dogs. One morning about daylight his dogs commenced barking; he opened the door to look out and was shot dead by an Indian, who had secreted himself near the house. At the report of the gun, the Indians raised the yell. Mrs. Brown drew her lifeless husband into the house, shut the door, and commenced firing at the Indians, and succeeded in driving them off. They soon returned, and set fire to a board shelter attached to the house. She climbed up the wall on the inside; and with a basin of milk extinguished the fire; and while in the act of pouring the milk on the fire, with her arm projecting through the log, the Indians shot at and broke her shoulder. With one arm and the aid of a small boy, the son of one James Harrison, she succeeded the second time in driving the Indians away. She then escaped across the river with her children. A company was collected and repaired to the house, and they said it had not been a sham fight, for they found the white man in the house shot dead, and not far from the house two dead Indians, and not far from their trail were discovered signs as though they had been dressing wounds. Now you can account for Isaac Brown's being a soldier as easily as to account for Lexington and his half-brother, Lecompte, being race horses--it's in the blood. The boy that was with Mrs. Brown, was the son of James Harrison, who was a man of great daring and had suffered much from the Indians, and they in return had suffered much from him. He was the man who killed the father of the present speaker of the Creeks, Hopothleyoholo, and was known to the Indians as Epha Tustanugga, or Dog Warrior, and to the whites as Davy or David Cornels. Davy Cornels, I suspect, was the cause of more mischief done to the whites by the Creek Indians than any man that ever lived in the nation. He was troublesome during the Revolution and long after. While Seagroves was agent, Cornels sent him word that he wished to be at peace, and would meet him at Colerain, not a great way from St. Mary's. Seagroves unfortunately let it be known that he was expecting a visit from Cornels. Harrison heard of it, collected a few men, and I suspect Brown's father among the rest. All had suffered long and much from the depredations of Cornels and his men; they knew his path; they watched it closely, and one day as he approached them with a white flag, Harrison killed him. So ended the life of the most bitter enemy the whites ever had among the Creek Indians, Sowanoka Jack excepted."
Woodward's reminiscences of the Creek or Muscogee Indians, contained in letters to friends in Georgia and Alabama / by Thomas S. Woodward, of Louisiana (formerly of Alabama) ; with an appendix containing interesting matter relating to the general subject

James Clement Burns was born March 7, 1840, and died Jan. 8, 1894. He was the son of James C. and Belle Burns. His father's death occurred in 1861, and his mother, whose maiden name was King, died in 1869. They left four sons and two daughters. Two of the sons, Joseph K. and Francis M. Burns and the two daughters, Mrs. G. A. Glover, and Mrs. F. B. Floyd, still survive them. The boyhood days of James C. Burns were passed on his father's plantation in Twiggs county, where he received a common school education. When older he attended school at Hot Springs, Miss. On returning home he became actively engaged in farming on an extensive scale, and was one of the most prominent and successful planters in Twiggs county. In 1861, Mr. Burns married Mrs. Mary Ellen Hall, a daughter of Joseph Williams, a prominent planter of South Carolina. To this marriage no children were born. At the time of his death he had accumulated quite a large property, the result of a life of honesty and industry. Though not a professed member of any church, he lived an upright, exemplary life, ever ready to contribute liberally to any charitable project, never turning a deaf ear to the appeals of the poor and needy, but always acting in a liberal but unostentatious spirit; charitable and generous to a fault; a stanch  defender of the right, and always frowning down and spurning corruptions and immorality in any and all places. In politics he was a lifelong democrat, and took an active interest in political matters, though he was in no way considered a politician.   His wife, two brothers and two sisters survive him.    Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1, Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

Jeffersonville, for many years a practicing physician of this place, who devoted a lifetime to the amelioration of the ills of mankind, died June 1, 1895, mourned by all who were fortunate to know him. Dr. Carswell was born in Telfair county, Ga., Nov. 26, 1830, the son of Alex. Carswell. The latter gentleman was born and reared in Louisville, Jefferson Co., while the town was the capital of the state. He became a planter and later in life moved to Twiggs county, where he died in 1853. Dr. Carswell was but six years of age when his parents removed to Twiggs county. This was in early days, indeed for Jeffersonville at that time had not even entered the mind of man. The town was afterward laid out, and an academy established, the site being called Jeffersonville in honor of a noted teacher of the county, Jefferson Bryant. The academy was a marvel in its day. Here Dr. Carswell was reared and educated, and selected medicine as a profession, began its systematic study. He graduated at Jefferson Medical college, Philadelphia, in 1851, but being conscientiously opposed to entering upon the active practice of so important a profession as that of medicine without thorough training, he continued his post graduate study until 1856, when he located at a point now known as Allentown. After three years he removed to Jeffersonville, and afterward practiced from that point. The doctor was twice married and reared an interesting family of children of whom he was justly proud, they having received readily and creditably an excellent education. The doctor's first consort was Carrie C. Sears, of Allentown, whom he married Aug. 26, 1858 while she was not yet fourteen, and who became the mother of five children: Carrie Lela, Mrs. Jas. Evert; Eli S. (deceased); De Witt, Twiggs county; Robert (deceased at fifteen); and Cornelia, Mrs. Wm. Booth, Pulaski county. The mother of these children was called to her reward Nov. 19, 1880, and on Dec. 15, 1881, Miss Mattie R. Harrell became the doctor's wife. Although reared in the principals of whigism the doctor bowed with the best grace possible to the inevitable and entered the democratic party after the war, and with which he affiliated until his death. Profoundly religious from his youth, he early united with the M.E. church, of which he was a faithful working member from his fourteenth year.
planter, Jeffersonville. This prominent citizen of Twiggs county is a descendant of a family always, and wherever found of wide influence and of fine character. The above gentleman's paternal grandfather Matthew Carswell, was a native of Jefferson county, Ga., his father before him having emigrated from Ireland. he was a planter of large means, his chief moral characteristic having been his intense loyalty to the Methodist church. He married and reared five children: James, Alexander, Wm., E., Samuel M., and Sarah. Of these Wm. E. was the father of Capt. Carswell. He was born in Jefferson county in 1807m received a superior education for those early times, and was from many years a prominent educator in his section. He married Elizabeth J. Gilbert of Wilkinson county, who bore him five children: John, Rufus, Eugenia, James, and W.E., four of whom died in infancy. William E. Carswell was a man of fine intellect and during his lifetime accumulated a fine property. He was in political belief a disciple of Henry Clay, and a devoted member of the Missionary Baptist church. He died in Wilkinson county, where he had passed his life, in 1887. Capt. William Edward Carswell was the youngest child and was born Nov. 5, 1836, in Wilkinson county. He was educated at Jeffersonville academy, and has passed his life as a planter. In 1861, he enlisted in the Carswell guards, a company so called in honor of his father, who equipped them at his own expense. Third lieutenant at the outset, promotion soon came to him and he led the company as its chief officer during the major part of the war, participating in a number of engagements, and received several serious wounds. The principal engagements were Malvern hill,  Roan station, Gettysburg, where he received a ball in his left leg. Petersburg, where he was wounded, Sharpsburg, Cold harbor, Wilderness, Chancellorsville, and many minor engagements. His marriage was consummated while on furlough in 1863, Dec. 16, with Miss Anna, daughter of John Chapman, of Twiggs county. He located in Twiggs county after the surrender, but soon returned to Wilkinson, where he remained until 1875, when he settled on the plantation he now cultivates. This consist of 1,200 acres of choice land, which, together with his other real estate interests  will aggregate thousands of acres. A democrat, but not a politician, Capt. Carswell affiliates in religion with the New Providence Baptist church. A large and interesting family of children have been and are being reared about his hearthstone, in whom the captain feels a just pride. Their names are: Eugenia, married; Laura L.; Mattie M.; Mrs. Dr. W. A. Daniel, state physician during Gov. Northen's administration; Anna T.; Iverson C.; Elizabeth; Wm. R.; and William E., Jr., deceased.  Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

      the able superintendent of the Georgia penitentiary farm, near Milledgeville, Baldwin county, was born on a farm in Twiggs county, Ga., Jan. 26, 1859, a son of James R. and Sarah E. (Boothe) Coombs, the former born in Twiggs county, in 1820, and the latter in Pulaski county, in 1833. The father was a successful planter and his death occurred in 1873. His widow is still living and resides in Pulaski county. Of the five living children the subject of this sketch is the only son; Mary S. is the wife of H. S. Wimberly, of Telfair county; Charlotte T. is the widow of J. A. D. Coley, of Pulaski county; Elizabeth M. is the widow of L. T. Peacock, of the same county; Zilpha H. is the widow of W. H. Frazier and likewise resides in Pulaski county. Ashley B. Coombs secured his education in the schools of Twiggs and Wilkinson counties and in Mercer university, and has been identified with agricultural pursuits from his youth up, so that he is well fitted for the responsible duties which devolve upon him in his present official capacity. He began farming operating on his own responsibility several years before attaining his legal majority, and in time became one of the most successful, progressive and popular planters of Pulaski county, his reputation in the regard leading to his appointment to his present office, in October, 1903, at the hands of the state prison commissioners. He has fully justified the wisdom of the commissioners in making the appointment, and is doing a most efficient work in managing and directing the affairs of the state farm. In 1905 he produced on the farm 457 bales of cotton, the highest previous record having been 352 bales. The farm comprises 5,000 acres, about seventy plows are operated on it and it is being brought into model condition under the present superintendent. Mr. Coombs is a  Democrat in his political adherency and he and his wife are members of the Baptist church. On March 1, 1880, he was united in marriage to Miss Charlotte Elizabeth Plane of Charlston, S. C., and they have six children, namely: Annie S., Charlotte P.. James R., Ira Dupree, Mary D., and Ashely B., Jr. Annie S. is now the wife of O. N. Maxwell of Baldwin county, and Charlotte P., is the wife of R. J. McGriff, of Pulaski county.
Source: Georgia:comprising sketches of counties, towns, events, institutions, and persons arranged in cyclopedic form ... Allen Daniel Candler, Clement Anselm Evans. State historical association, 1906
Note: Ira DuPree Coombs married Eleanor Eason of McRae, Ga. June 5, 1909. Ashley Coombs resigned his position as Superintendent of the Prison Farm Oct. 1, 1909 and was replace by J.M. Burke of Wilkinson Co.

     Hon. William A. Davis, senior member of Davis & Balkcom, warehousemen and general grocers, was born in Bibb County, Ga., April 4, 1847. The Davis Family is descended from John Davis, Sr., who came from England in an early day-married a widow by the name of McCormick, and subsequently took part in the Revolutionary war, being killed in the battle of Brandywine. John Davis, Jr., his son, was at the time of this battle two years of age. Some years later he married Miss Rebecca Jones of Virginia. They moved to Burke County, Ga., in 1800, where his son, Judge Elisha Davis, the father of William A. Davis, was born in 1805. From Burke he moved to Twiggs County in 1815, being one of the old pioneer settlers of his adopted county. Mr. Davis was a planter and a man of great influence. He represented his county in the legislature at Milledgeville in 1856, and was judge of the superior court for many years. In 1834 he married Miss Mazie G. Parker. a native of Twiggs County, Ga. This lady, the mother of our subject, is still living, a devoted member of the Baptist Church, at the advance age of seventy-two years. Her people were from North Carolina. They moved to Twiggs County in 1816. Judge Davis's death occurred in 1866, at the age of sixty years. He also represented the faith and doctrines of the Baptist Church. These parents had nine children: Benjamin F., deceased; John N., Gilbert M.., Rosa V., now Mrs B. T. Ray; Cordelia, deceased; William A.. Robert E., died at the age of twenty-two years; David P., died at the age of two years, and Mollie, now wife of Rev. G. W. Tharp. Three of the brothers served in the late war, John N., served for a time as a private in the Bibb Cavalry, and subsequently was transferred to another command. He was a good soldier, brave and true. Gilbert M. commanded the Bibb cavalry and surrendered with the same. He served the entire time; was in every battle in which the command was engaged; was an excellent soldier, and was never known to shrink from duty, or to be absent in time of engagement. William A., enlisted at the age of sixteen, and served more that two years. He served with the Georgia regulars - cavalry; was in the battles of Mission Ridge, Chickamauga, and in all the Atlanta campaign. Neither of the brothers was wounded or taken prisoner.
     William A., our subject, received his education in Twiggs County, his instructor being J. E. Crossland, who had a reputation second to only one as the best teacher in the State. He began business as a planter at the early age of nineteen years. About the time his father's death occurred, and our subject was appointed the administrator (though under age) at the urgent request of the other members of the family, and by appointment of the court of  ordinary. The estate was encumbered to the amount of $10,000. He could have taken advantage (and was expected to do so) of the homestead relief law, but this, though urged even by his creditors, he refused to do. It took several years of very nice work and good management to accomplish this, but he paid every dollar of the indebtedness; thus releasing the moral as well as the legal obligation. In this transaction he kept in view the maxim of Edwards, which was. "Money is an essential element of power. Character is the means of obtaining money from others when we have it not of our own. Character, therefore, is capital, and the loss of it is the most disastrous species of bankruptcy, since it may find us unable to help ourselves, and destitute of the means of   obtaining help from others." At the age of twenty-nine he was elected to the State legislature. Here it may be said in all truth that his official services were efficient, and in harmony with his well known principles of fidelity to a public trust. He served on term and declined re-election. He has been alderman of the city for six years (three terms of two years each), the last two terms receiving the largest vote. The last time he  received more votes that any man ever received for the same office in this city. For four years he has served as mayor pro tem. In his six years as alderman he has missed but four meetings, and then because he was absent from the city. He  has also represented the city in minor positions. He has represented the county in the State Agricultural Association, of which he is now a member. He was married in 1869 to Miss Mary R. Summers, daughter of J. W. and Susan (Barlow) Summers, of Laurens County, Ga. Mrs. William A. Davis was educated at Auburn, near Lewiston, Me. Her father, J. W. Summers, was a native of Georgia. He was a successful planter, and a person of character and influence. The children of William A. and Mary R. Davis are: Hattie, who is now a senior at the Wesleyan College; Edwin, who is in the preparatory department at Mercer; Mabel and Gussie. Mr. Davis is senior warden in the Blue Lodge; king in the Chapter; senior warden in the Scottish Rites Masons, and has been generalissimo of the Knights Templar order. He was also first vice-president of the Public Library and Historical Association. Mr. and Mrs. Davis are member of the Baptist Church, the former being a deacon in the same for several years. Mr. Davis is classed among the honest, responsible, well-to-do business men of the city. He has an enviable reputation in good character and square dealing. Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida. Chicago, IL: F.A. Battey & Company, 1889.

"The author acknowledges his indebtedness to Mr. John Smith, father-in-law of Mr. Dennard, for the use of papers and letters which are of inestimable value to his family, and which are, of themselves, exceedingly interesting. Among these is a sketch by Rev. A. T. Holmes, D. D., of which he makes free use, as if written by himself. No man was better qualified for the task than Dr. Holmes.

The subject of this notice was born in Twiggs county, Georgia, October 28, 1818, where he was educated in an excellent academy, under Mr. Milton Wilder. In 1834, he removed with his parents to Houston county, and soon joined a company of volunteers, raised to protect the settlements from hostile Indians. He served as a soldier about three months, and secured the confidence of his companions by his fearless and manly deportment. On his return home, after spending some months without any positive employment, he studied law under Kelly & Rice, in Perry, and was admitted to the bar July, 1839. He continued the practice of law about five years, and his friends were encouraged to hope that he would distinguish himself in the honorable profession which he had chosen. But "He who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will," and who makes kings, as well as soldiers and lawyers, his willing subjects in the day of his power, had other and more important work for him to do. Some time in the spring of 1845 he was made to feel that he was a guilty sinner. Under his deep convictions, he mingled with the people of God and listened to the preaching of the gospel as one who felt that he had a special interest in the glad tidings which it proclaims. In good earnest he sought the forgiveness of sin through the blood of Christ, and was soon enabled to rejoice in an humble hope of peace with God.

In the commencement of his christian career, he seemed to realize, in a peculiar manner, the spirit of the Apostle, and his inquiry was, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" To submit to the authority of his Divine Master, to obey his commands,
and to consecrate himself to his service, seemed to constitute the spirit of his religion. He took a high position at once as a christian, and secured fellowship with the people of God, as one whose elevated [elevated] purpose was to adorn the Saviour's doctrine, and to walk worthy of his high vocation. He was baptized by Dr. Holmes some time in the month of October, 1845, and soon thereafter, yielding to his convictions of duty, he engaged in the important work of the christian ministry. His knowledge of theology being quite limited, and being desirous of showing himself "approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed," he became a diligent and prayerful student of the scriptures. It soon became obvious that he had entered upon the study of this Book of books with the full conviction that it contained the will of God respecting himself and those among whom he expected to labor. With childlike simplicity he sat at the feet of the Great Teacher and learned of Him, and as he learned, he taught. In December, 1846, he was ordained, at the request of the Baptist church at Perry, and entered at once upon the work of an evangelist.

After spending two years in closing up his business as a lawyer, he left the State of Georgia and settled in Alabama, when he abandoned the legal profession and devoted himself exclusively to the work of the ministry. He was soon called to the watchcare of four churches, his connection with which was characterized by prayerful faithfulness not only to them, but also to the unconverted of their congregations, for while he fed the flock of God, he manifested deep concern for the salvation of sinners. He continued in the service of these churches about three years, during which time they prospered greatly. From the time of his conversion, however, he had been impressed it was his duty to bear the news of salvation to benighted Africa. These impressions finally ripened into a fixed resolve, and he set about in earnest making the necessary preparation. It was believed that married men stood a better chance of success in that field, and, finding in Miss Frances Smith, daughter of John M. and Nancy H. Smith, one of kindred views on the subject of missions, and one whom he believed would prove an "help-meet" to him indeed, he sought her hand in marriage. The following extracts from a letter to  her father are expressive of his views and feelings on this subject: "For years the subject has been impressed upon my mind in such a manner as to make me dissatisfied in every situation in which I have been placed, and often to make me unhappy, I reasoned upon the subject in this way: Our blessed Lord and Master commands us to 'go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.' The benighted heathens are God's creatures--for them a Saviour has died. They have never heard the gospel. Under the command of Christ, it is the duty of somebody to go and preach it to them. Why is it not my duty as well as that of any one else? Who can determine this solemn and important question? Can relations or friends do it? Can they think and feel as I think and feel on this vastly important subject? Can they come in as judge between me and my God, and decide what is my duty? Will that release me from the obligations I owe to Christ, who says to me, and to all who would follow him, 'If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.' 'He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me.' Are they prepared to make an impartial decision? Who, then, was to decide this question? I, and I only, could decide it. I have decided it, prayerfully and rightly, I trust. Go I must, whatever the cost may be."

Mr. Dennard then proceeded to apply the same course of argument in the case of Mr. Smith's daughter, who, it would seem, had consented to become his wife and accompany him to Africa, provided her parents would give their consent. What it cost them to give that consent, may be imagined but not described. It was given, however, and they were united in marriage on the 19th of June, 1853. Having received an appointment from the Foreign Mission Board at Richmond, they sailed for Africa, from Boston, via England, on the steamer Niagara, on the 6th of July following, and arrived at Lagos the 29th of August. The following brief extracts from letters from him and his wife afford some idea of their feelings. The first is from him, and is dated July 7th:

"We are now at sea. We sailed from Boston at twelve o'clock on yesterday. We could not but feel a little sorrowful as our native land receded from our sight. Tears gathered in our eyes and rolled down our cheeks when we thought of those whom we love so well, that are far away from us, and every moment now widening the distance between us. This feeling of sorrow was only momentary. We thought of the high and holy mission in which we are engaged. We thought of dark, benighted Africa, and her millions who are perishing for want of the bread of life! And as we thus thought, we could adopt as our own the sentiments of the hymn--"
Yes, we hasten from you gladly,
From the scenes we loved so well:
Far away ye billows bear us--
Lovely, native land, farewell. etc.

The following is from Mrs. Dennard, and is dated"

Lagos, Africa, September 7, 1853.

"Dear Sister:--We are now at the house of Mr. Golmer, a missionary of the Church of England. We came to his house immediately upon landing, which was on the 29th of last month. Your brother and myself were very unwell then, and have been quite sick since, but are now fast improving. Indeed, I think I may safely say my health is better than when I left home. Our friends here think we are well prepared for the climate. I am sorry to say we may be detained here for several weeks, owing to the hostility of one of the kings, who is trying to make war with the Lagos people; so we can't go any farther until peace is made. We have met with kind friends wherever we have been.

They were detained at Lagos only a short time, however, as the following extracts will show:"

Abbeokuta, September 19, 1853.

"My Dear Parents:--Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, we arrived at this place in safety Friday. It is in the interior of Africa, and about seventy-five miles from the coast. The population is estimated at between fifty and seventy-five thousand.

It seems to be a city of rocks. There are in view of the place where we are staying two high hills, which are almost mountains of solid granite. The name Abbeokuta means under a rock. We do not intend to establish a station here, but go farther into the interior.

Fannie and I have both had an attack of African fever. I was attacked the night before we left the ship, and she the next day, before we reached the shore; but on landing, we were met by kind christian friends, Mr. and Mrs. Golmer, Episcopal missionaries at Lagos, at whose house we staid until we recovered, which was about a week. Our sickness was short but severe. Fannie seems to have entirely recovered from it; I am yet feeble.

From Lagos to this place we had quite a romantic trip. All our company, together with our baggage, came up the river Ogin in canoes, rowed by the people. We were three days on the river, camping every night upon its banks. Everything was new and strange to us. The large, tall trees, the thick undergrowth called the bush, so thick in some places that it would seem impossible for a rabbit to penetrate it; the rich and luxuriant vines, that hang over the banks of the river; the monkeys, parrots and various other beautiful birds, all so different from anything we had ever seen before, made it exceedingly interesting to us.

As far as we have seen the people, we are much pleased with them, and entertain great hopes of being useful to them. We have many evidences that God has prepared them for the reception of the gospel, and that thousands of them are now ready and waiting to hear the glad tidings of salvation. Ethiopia is stretching forth her hands unto God. Fannie and I are happy, and it is cause of exceeding great joy to us that God, in His infinite mercy, has chosen us to bear an humble part in the great work of regenerating Africa, and our daily prayer is that he would qualify us for it and make us just such missionaries as he will own and bless.

He seems not to have remained long at Abbeokuta. It was deemed necessary that one of the missionaries should locate at Lagos, in order that regular communication might be kept up with the missionaries in the interior, and that supplies might be forwarded to them. For this purpose he returned to the latter place. How long he had been there before the death of his wife, is unknown to the author, but it could not have been long. Intelligence of this mournful event was communicated to her parents in the following sentences:"

Lagos, January 21st, 1854.

"My Dear Parents:--Your dear daughter is dead. She died in this place on the 4th day of this month, after an illness of nine days. Her disease was nearer the yellow fever than any that I know of. I suppose it was a very malignant case of what is termed African fever. She was not very sick until the fifth day. In the morning of that day she seemed to be clear of fever, and was so well that, about ten or eleven o'clock, she got up and dressed. She sat down on the side of the bed and complained of being chilly. She lay down and drew a little covering over herself. She soon commenced shivering, and I discovered she had a severe ague. I threw some blankets over her. She told me her hands and feet were very cold--so cold that she could not move her fingers and toes. I felt of them, and they were as cold and stiff as death. I was afraid she was then dying. I applied stimulants to them, and while I was rubbing her feet, she exclaimed, 'Oh! I shall die! If I die now, my race will be a short one.' In a few minutes the ague passed off, her hands and feet became warm, and was followed by a burning fever--such a fever as is known only in this climate. She soon became delirious, and remained so, except at short intervals, until her death. Soon in the morning of the day on which she died, as I was sitting on the bed beside her, she opened her eyes and looked at me with a natural smile on her countenance, and said, 'How pleasant I feel; I believe I shall not die.' I asked her if she had thought she would die. She replied, she had thought so all the time. I asked her why she had not told me. She answered, 'I knew it would distress you so much.' Immediately after speaking these words, she again fell into that sleepy, delirious state in which she had been for the last four days. About ten o'clock I had her placed in a warm bath. This revived her very much. She seemed, for a while, to come entirely to her senses. I sat down beside her and took hold of her hand. She squeezed mine, and said, 'Oh!
my dear, sweet, precious husband!' I soon discovered she was again sinking. Her mind again wandered, and she remained in that condition until she died, which mournful event occurred that evening, about five o'clock. Her body now rests in Mr. Golmer's graveyard; her spirit is with Christ.

After giving expression to the most pathetic and heart-rending lamentations over his great loss, he proceeds: "I do not regret coming here; I have never regretted it. At one time there arose in my mind something like a thought of regret. I think it was the third day after we arrived here. The night before we left the steamer I was attacked with the fever, and next day, before we reached the shore, (we had above five miles to go in a boat from the steamer to the shore,) she was also attacked. And while we were sick at Mr. Golmer's, both in the same room, she on one side and I on the other--neither of us able to assist the other--once, when I was looking at her, I, for a moment, regretted our coming here; but it was for a moment only. My mind was immediately directed to Calvary, and there I beheld our blessed Saviour nailed to the cross--hanging, groaning, bleeding and dying. My heart was melted with love, my soul was made glad, and I rejoiced that he had called us to the high privilege of suffering for his sake. While I live, I desire to live for Christ."

The reader will please bear in mind that the foregoing sentiments were expressed by Dennard only two weeks after he had closed the eyes of his youthful and lovely wife with his own hands in "the dark land of Ham," and consigned her precious remains to the earth. And yet he does not regret having undertaken the mission, and still retains the desire to live for Christ. What an instance of moral heroism! What an illustration of the power of christian faith! He "endured as seeing Him who is invisible."

Mr. Dennard seems to have remained at Lagos, after the death of his wife, until late in the following spring, when we hear of him again at Abbeokuta. Only two or three letters were received from him at the latter place, when his death is reported by Rev. T. J. Bowen, under date of June 24th. He says: "Brother Dennard is dead. He was attacked with severe fever on the 7th instant. After being considered entirely out of danger, he was seized again on the 17th, and expired next day. During his illness, he was carefully attended to, not only by the missionaries, but also by an excellent physician, Dr. Levine, of the Royal Navy. He died in the faith. I may add, also, that he died at his post, like a good soldier of the cross. I arrived here to-day, having come to look after brother Dennard's affairs, and to employ an agent to forward supplies to Ijaye." Thus did his sun go down at noon-day. Though he was not permitted to accomplish all for Africa which he had purposed and desired, yet he had obeyed what he conceived to be the call of God, "and it was accounted unto him for righteousness." As Bowen says, "he died at his post." He fell with his armor on, and with his face to the foe. The Master said to him, "It is enough--come up higher." "Well done, good and faithful servant; enter thou into the joys of thy Lord!"

In person, Mr. Dennard was rather under the medium size; his countenance was exceedingly pleasant and benign, but indicated stability of character and fixedness of purpose; in manners, he was affable, calm and dignified. Altogether, he was a most interesting character, and when his death was announced, the saints "made great lamentation over him."

Mrs. Frances Dennard was born in Upson county, Georgia, the 24th of August, 1833, and was baptized by Rev. C. C. Willis, at Harmony church, Muscogee county, in August, 1847, in the fourteenth year of her age. Though so young, her friends had great confidence in her piety. From the time she embraced the Saviour as her hope and salvation, she felt a strong desire to devote her life to the missionary work, and to the day of her marriage with Mr. Dennard, she devoted herself to the preparation of her mind and heart for this glorious undertaking. With the chosen companion of her toils and sufferings, she sleeps in peace beyond the ocean. Having aided in lighting the torch that is to shine brighter and brighter upon benighted Africa, they rest from their labors in obedience to the command of Him who sent them forth, and who will, in due time, supply their places with others."
Source: Campbell, Jesse H. (Jesse Harrison), 1807-1888 Georgia Baptists : historical and biographical / by J. H. Campbell

a prominent physician of Twiggs county, comes of excellent lineage, of French extraction, and of a family conspicuous for estimable social and mental characteristics. His father, Ira E., Sr., was born in Washington county, Ga., April 26, 1800. Not having the advantages of a good school he yet applied himself with such assiduity as to perfect himself in several languages, being able to converse fluently in French, German and Latin. Strange to say, he also became noted as a mathematician, two branches in which one mind very seldom becomes proficient. he studied medicine, and in a continuous practice from 1825 to 1869 became widely and most favorable known. He too great interest in public questions and was a great admirer and defender of the principles of the great commoner, henry Clay. He was elected to the senate in 1860, and in that body was the opponent of Joshua Hill for congress. A dead-lock ensued, which was at last broken by one vote, giving the election to his opponent. he was for many years the president of the State Medical association, a fact which evidences the value set upon him by his peers. He was a man of superior oratorical attainments, of most commanding presence, standing six feet two inches in his stocking feet and weighed 220 pounds. He died March 17, 1869  after a long and well spent life. His life was complemented rightly by the presence of a noble woman, Miss Travis Bryan, who was a daughter of John C. Bryan, a prominent member of the state legislature of North Carolina. She bore him children as follows:, and died June 9, 1885: Ellen, now Mrs. M. J. Carswell, of Irvington, Ga. (sp); James, a leading attorney and ex-member of the state legislature at Macon,; Mattie, who became the wife of H. A. Snetting, of Atlanta; and Dr. Ira E. This last named gentleman was born Oct. 20, 1854. At twenty he was graduated from the Louisville Medical college, immediately after which he returned home and established himself in Twiggs county, where he rapidly gained in reputation, and built up a practice limited only by his powers of physical endurance. Ambitious of being a complete master of his profession he went to New York in 1884 and attended a course at the Post Graduate Medical school in that city; and in 1889 attended a course at and was graduated from the New York Polyclinic. With his early and subsequent equipment he has practiced his profession for twenty-three years in a rural region, and had the rare success of accumulating a fortune. He is now located at Danville, where he also cultivates a large plantation. The doctor was happily married to Fannie C., daughter of Dr. Richard D. Moore, of Athens, Ga., to whom have been born two bright children: Daniel Hughes, and Elliott Moore. In the matter of religion the household is somewhat divided, the doctor being a Baptist, while his wife is an Episcopalian. Though not a politician, the doctor takes a lively interest in the welfare of the democratic party, which elicits his hearty support.  Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1,Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

      William B. Guerry was born in Twiggs County, Ga., April 21, 1820. His father, James Guerry, was born in South Carolina, moved to Georgia in the early part of this century and settled in Baldwin County, and afterwards removed to Twiggs County, where he died in about 1831. He was by occupation a farmer and one of the most substantial in his day. His wife, Mary Michau, was born in South Carolina. She bore him eleven children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the youngest. He and one brother, T. L. Guerry, are now the only surviving members of the family. Our subject was brought up in Twiggs and Muscogee counties, and in early life lived on the farm. In 1841 he commenced to read law with Alfred Iverson and his brother, Jacob M. Guerry, of Columbus, Ga., and in a short time was admitted to the bar, and in the fall of the same year moved to Americus and began the practice of his profession, which he has continued ever since excepting a few years devoted to teaching, and is one of the oldest members of the bar in southwest Georgia. In 1845 he was elected judge of the inferior court and served several years, and then was judge of the district court for some time, and was also county solicitor of Sumter County. From 1855 to 1860 he edited the Southwestern News, a Democratic organ, which at that day had a good circulation, and was one of the leading papers of south-western Georgia. At the outbreak of the war he joined the Confederate army and served with Cutt's artillery for a short time as sergeant. During and after the war hew as professor in the Furlow Female College, then located at Americus. In 1862 he served in the State senate as journalizing clerk. He is a man that stands well in his profession, and is well thought of by all. January 29, 1846, he was married to Miss Sara A., a daughter of Thomas H. and Martha R. (Miller) Dixon. To this union were born eleven children, viz: Thomas L., Du Pont, William R., Carrie M., Augustus G., Ellen B., Mary R., ALice, Homer, Edgar and Edna (twins).
  In the presidential election of 1860 he actively participated in the canvass in favor of Douglas and Johnson, being a member of the State executive committee and alternate elector on the Douglas electoral ticket. Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida. Chicago, IL: F.A. Battey & Company, 1889.

of Georgetown, Ga., was born in Twiggs County, Ga., March 4, 1829, and is the eighth of ten children born to James and Temperance (Brown) Harrison. His father, born in North Carolina in 1787, settled in Twiggs County, Ga., in 1811, and was by occupation a farmer and for many years sheriff of Twiggs County. In 1835 he purchased land in what is now Quitman County, and settled on the same in 1838, where he died September 10, 1870, He was always a prominent man in his county, and was for more that forty years a deacon in the Baptist Church. His wife, Temperance Brown, was born in what is now Washington County, Ga., in Teller Fort in 1791, and died June 20, 1864.
   William Harrison was reared and educated in Twiggs County. In 1837 he came with his parents to what is now Quitman County and remained until 1859, when he removed to Louisiana and in 1861 joined the Confederate army as a private with a Louisiana cavalry company. He afterward organized the Sixth Louisiana cavalry, and was colonel of the regiment, in which capacity he served until the close of the war. He then returned to his old home in Georgia, where he has resided ever since. He studied law when young, but was not admitted to the bar until after the war. He has given his attention to the legal profession every since; also carries on farming on a large scale and is one of the representative men of Quitman County, Ga. In 1874-75-76 he represented his county in the Georgia legislature, and in 1877-78-79 was in the State senate from his district. In 1884 he was again elected to the legislature, and was re-elected in 1886. July 8, 1847, he was married to Miss Eugenia M. Crawford, daughter of Rev. William L. and Artemisia (Zachary) Crawford, of Columbia County, Ga.  She bore him seven children, viz: William C., Cora M., James, Mary E., John P., Eugenia C. and William.

farmer and state senator from Twiggs county where he was born Jan. 17, 1841, is the eldest son of Zachariah Harrison. He was reared on a plantation and had just reached manhood's estate when the great civil war broke out between the states. he enlisted as a private in capt. Jas. Folsom's company, Company C, Fourth Georgia regiment, and left for the front in the latter part of April, 1861. His first serious engagements were at the seven days' fight about Richmond, after which he participated in most of the hard-fought battles engaged in by the army of  Virginia: Fredericksburg, Antietam, South Mountain (where he received a wound Sept. 7, 1862, crushing the right shoulder), Chancellorsville (where his clothing was riddled with balls, and where he received a saber wound across the forehead), Gettysburg, Hagerstown, Mine Run and the Wilderness. In this latter battle he received two severe wounds in the same leg at the same instant, which disabled him from further service, he having to use crutches the remainder of the war, and from which, indeed, he has never fully recovered. Like thousands of brave soldier boys, Mr. Harrison at the end of the war found himself penniless and with a shattered constitution to take up the battle for bread. But with that dauntless spirit exhibited on many a battlefield he took hold with a will and gradually gathered the competency which now makes him comfortable. He has always confined his attention to agricultural pursuits, and now cultivates a 500-acre plantation, well stocked and housed. Mr. Harrison has manifested a keen interest in the interests of the democratic party, and in season and out has given it his hearty and intelligent support. This service was rewarded in 1891 with an election to the legislature to fill an unexpired term and by re-election for the full term in 1892. In 1894 he was elected to the senate. The marriage of Mr. Harrison and Georgia Ann Martin, daughter of W. J. and Mary F., was solemnized in Twiggs county Oct. 5, 1865. But one child resulted from this union - a daughter - Mary, who lived but three years. The Harrison family is from North Carolina, where Zachariah Harrison was born and reared near Smithfield. Elizabeth, daughter of Hardy Avery, became his wife, and in 1832 they removed to Wilkinson county, Ga., locating near Gordon. Subsequently they moved over into Twiggs, where they lived out a useful life, the father dying in 1852, and the mother in 1857. The living children are: Wm. Joel, Zachariah, Richard L., Frances-Mrs. W. J. Hardison and Mrs. Stevens. Mr. Harrison is a man of genial social qualities and has that intelligent apprehension of the questions before the public which secures to him the suffrages of his people whenever he comes before them. He is unquestionably one of Twigg's best citizens.   Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1,  Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

Any mention of the leading men of middle Georgia would be incomplete without a sketch of this stirring and successful promoter, for such he must be known to an appreciative posterity. Col. Hughes is probably best known in connection with the successful engineering of the M. D. & S. railroad to completion, though he has been equally as active in other lines. To him is due a large amount of the favorable advertising his section has received as a fruit-growing country, and his efforts have secured a large amount of the northern capital which of late years has been so liberally invested in middle Georgia. In connection with his duties as vice-president of the M.D. & S. railroad, it is due him to say that while he has placed this new institution on a firm basis, he is also actively interested in a large naval store and turpentine farm in Laurens county, a 1,200-acre, 90,000 fruit orchard and has at his home at Danville station, Twiggs Co., a large and thrifty nursery. As a promoter and general hustler, Col. Hughes has few equals. He is a very thorough business man and a gentleman whose social qualities make him deservedly popular. He is the son of Daniel G. Hughs and was born Oct. 10, 1848, in Twiggs county. His youth was passed on his father's plantation, his education being received in the country schools and later at the university of Georgia, Athens. he began his business life in 1870 and has since conducted large agricultural interests. Nov. 25, 1873, he wedded Mary Frances, daughter of Capt. Hugh L. Dennard, mention of whom is made elsewhere. Three children have come to their home:
Hugh Lawson, Daniel G., Jr., and Hennie Lou, all of whom are living. Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1,     Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

Atlanta Constitution
August 18, 1901
Hon. Dudley Hughes new Head State Agricultural Society
by F. J. Merriam (excerpt)
   Coming away from the convention on the train from Thomasville Friday morning, I talked with many of the most influential members of the Georgia State Agricultural Society. The general feeling was one of congratulations on the course which events had taken, culminating in the election of the Hon. Dudley M. Hughes for president. The society had safely passed a critical point in its history and was destined to take on a new lease of life, in spite of the croakers who had predicted its dissolution.
   Dudley Hughes was the man for the place. He was a successful and progressive farmer, having cleared from his farming operations as much as $5,000 a year. He was a believer in business methods on the farm and carried them out rigidly on his own plantation. His example was worthy of imitation and it was fitting and right that such a man should stand at the head of the State Agricultural Society to point out the way of agricultural progress to the farmers of Georgia.
   Dudley Hughes is a native Georgia. He was born in 1848 on his father's plantation in Twiggs county, and at an early age he developed a fondness for the grand pursuit of agriculture. He was a schoolmate of Henry Grady's and during his stay at the university was in the class with Chancellor Walter B. Hill, Hon. Charles L. Bartlett, Hon. Nat Harris, Washington Dessau, Hon. Walter butts and the Hon. W.A. Broughton. His inclination, however was not toward a classical education. He had a constant longing to get back on the farm, and so in the early spring in the second term of his senior year he left college and went to work for his grandfather on his large plantation. Here he worked one year, when the old gentleman, seeing his evident taste for farming, gave him $1,000 to start in life for himself. With this he purchased a plantation in Twiggs  county and set to work to demonstrate what business methods and energy could do on the farm.
    From that time on his progress has been steady and substantial. In 1882 he was elected to the state senate, but his ambition has never been for political honors. From time to time he has added more land to that first acquired. Substantial farm buildings have been erected, a system of telephone communication connects his home with his various plantations. Over this he received  reports twice daily of what is being done and what has been accomplished; over the telephone he also give his orders, and then he mounts his horse and is off to see that things are running smoothly.
   Mr. Hughes is strongly in favor of diversified agriculture and believes every farmer should raise his home supplies as far as possible. His policy he carries out on his own plantation, especially on his wages farm, where he grows oats, corn, wheat, rye, potatoes, hogs and cattle. he is thus in a position to supply his croppers, who raise principally cotton, with their provisions. He is interesting himself largely in fruit growing, and has at present several very large peach orchards.
   Mr. Hughes has had wonderful success in the management of his farm help. He has never suffered for the want of sufficient labor to carry on his operations, and never in the history of his farming has one of the negroes on his plantations been sent to the chaingang or given him any serious trouble.
   At the death of his grandfather, he came into possession of a large tract of timber land in Laurens county. It lay 20 miles from any railroad, and in order to develop the country and utilize the timber he projected the Macon and Dublin railroad, of which he is now vice president. This railroad, which they are now extending toward Savannah to connect with the Seaboard Air Line, they expect to have completed by the 1st of October.

    Lodrick Mathews Jones, son of thomas H. and Martha Tharp Jones, was born in Twiggs County, Georgia, April 28, 1850. He grew to manhood on his father's plantation, was educated in the country schools and later attended Mercer University. After leaving the University, he taught in the public schools of Twiggs county, and at the same time studied medicine under Dr. William O'Daniel, in preparation for his chosen work.
    He graduated from the Atlanta Medical College in 1878, and from then until 1883 engaged in a general medical practice in Wilkinson County. In 1883 he was assistant physician at the Georgia State Sanitarium, in which capacity he served until 1907, when he was made Superintendent of the Sanitarium He served this institution faithfully and efficiently until his death on December 7, 1922. History of Baldwin County, Anna Maria Green Cook.

physician and surgeon, Cochran, Ga., was born May 10, 1835. His parents were Reuben and Elizabeth (Rause) Lamb, natives of Roberson County, N.C., who came to Georgia in 1805 and settled in Twiggs County. His father, a farmer, was in the Seminole war one year as a private, and was consulted, being a prominent man, on all matters of arbitration. Both parents were members of the Primitive Baptist Church. The father died in 1852, aged fifty-four, and the mother died in 1846, aged forty-seven. The parents had eleven children, namely: J.M., who died from sickness in the trenches of Atlanta in 1864, at the age of forty-five; Willis F., who died of diphtheria after a sickness of twelve hours, in 1855, aged thirteen; Mary E., wife of Jacob Gainer, died in 1867, aged forty-three years; Floyd, living in Dodge County; Carrie, wife of Turner Cooley, died at the age of fifty-nine years; Nancy, wife of Daniel Johnson, died at the age of thirty-three years; Henry, deceased at five years; George W., killed in 1863 by the bursting of a gun at New Berne, N.C., in a repulse, at thirty years of age; subject; Thomas L., who married Matilda Roberts, who died in 1860, he lives in New Mexico; Sarah E., married H. C. Newman, who died in 1876, aged thirty-two years.
     Our subject began studying medicine at the age of twenty-two, and graduated at the Georgia Medical College - class of 1860. He prospected one year, and enlisted April 14, 1861, in the Fourth Georgia regiment of infantry. He was on detail service most of the time until January, 1862, and was one of two (and the only ones in the company) who volunteered to go on board the Merrimac. He was  there wounded when she was sunk by the Monitor in the battle of Hampton Roads. He was disabled from March 8 to May 1, and was detailed in the Naval Hospital with Dr. Hurty during the seven days' fight around Richmond. He returned to the command at Drewry's Bluff, and staid with the them until volunteers were called by Lieut. Wood to form an expedition, and was with him in the capture of the "Reliance," and the "Underwriter." on the Rappahannock, in 1863. He next volunteered in Capt. Rochelles' boarding expedition, and went with him to Charleston and blew up the "Old Ironsides" and "Columbia,"  and served on picket for nearly a year between Morris Island and Fort Sumter during the siege. The doctor was with a detachment of 300 that took  command of Battery Pringle on Stony Point river in 1864, and prevented the Yankees from taking Charleston when the troops were withdrawn from there to reinforce  Lee. He remained at Charleston until January 11, 1865, then went to Fort Fisher, the Grenada of the South and the last stronghold of the C.S.A. He was in that memorable bombardment in a detachment under Capt. Calm with Dr. Evert, which last ten days. There were 300 in the detachment. Of these 150 waded in the surf up to their necks and flanked Gen. Schofield and got into Fort Powell, thence in boats to Smithfield, thence to battery Campbell, and held that from January to February 11, 1865. He was a Wilmington at the time of the surrender. he was in the service from April 14, 1861, to May 5, 1865, except forty days on furlough from a wound. He was never taken prisoner. he was under fire for three years, during which time he never spent a night without seeing shell.
   The doctor was a brave, patriotic, lion-hearted soldier. No braver man than he ever faced shot and shell. He is a patriot, but never in an unseemly manner claimed credit for the performance of his gallant and soldierly duties. After the war he began practice in Laurens County, but located in Cochran in 1877, where he has a successful practice since.
  He is a first-class physician, combing the qualities of the daring soldier, the skilful physician and the worthy and respected citizen. Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida. Chicago, IL: F.A. Battey & Company, 1889.

merchant and planter, Danville, Twiggs Co., Ga., is clearly entitled to representation in these volumes. From poverty and obscurity as a young man he has, unaided, taken position both financially and socially among the best men of his county. His people were from the old tar-heel state, where his father, Uriah, was born in 1806, the son of Wm. Maxwell, be being of Irish-Swiss extraction. Uriah married Mary A. Walkins and moved to Twiggs county, where a family of eight children were reared. A daughter and three sons died in youth, the latter during the war, either in battle bravely defending their southland, or of disease contracted in the service. The four children living are: Mrs Lucinda Kennington, Charity, Susan and Isaac, all in Twiggs county. The last named was born Sept. 22, 1847. The war found him still in his "teens" with a limited education, but loyal to his section, and anxious to do battle for an idea. he became a member of Capt. B. D. Lusman's company, which went out from Macon, and served faithfully to the end of the war. With naught but his two hands and a willing heart, in 1865, he began the new battle, this time with the world, which is yet on, though he has long had the enemy on the run. As a tiller of the soil on rented land, then as overseer of the large plantation of D. M. Hughes, and subsequently as an owner himself, he has continued to prosper, has reared and is education an interesting family, and as before remarked, has taken position in the front rank of the best families of his section. He added merchandising to his farming interests in 1890, and has met with good success in the venture. He is in politics a democrat and in faith a Baptist. Is a great reader of good literature and has thus added to the limited education received in his youth. In 1865 Mr. Maxwell was joined in matrimony to mary J. Champion, to whom has been born the following children: Lula, Mrs. J. C. Johnson, Leona, John T., Harvey H., Oscar N. and Edgar E.

physician and surgeon, was born in Twiggs County, May 6, 1820. He is a son of John T. and Dorothea E. (Guerry) McCrary, the former a native of Georgia, the latter of South Carolina. The father was born January 1, 1800, and died in Americus, Ga., in September, 1867. He was justice of the peace in his town almost all his life after reaching manhood, but his business was that of a planter.
   Dr. McCrary received his education in Augusta Medical College, and began practicing in Americus in 1843. He moved to Macon in 1873, where he has ever since been a practitioner, and his efforts have been attended with splendid success. In this city he served as alderman four years, and had also served on term in the same office in Americus. He was exempt from military service by virtue of being judge of the inferior court and practitioner of medicine as well. May 9, 1853, he was married to Miss Anna R., daughter of Asbury and Caroline (Bonner) Cowles of Stewart County, Georgia. Mr. Cowles served several terms as legislator from Monroe County; also from Stewart County two terms. he was tax-collector for Stewart County in 1865. The children born to the doctor and his wife are as follows: Lela, now Mrs. Sanford Massey, residing in Bibb County; Anna, now Mrs. Robert F. Poole, living in Americus; De Witt, druggist in East Macon, Ga.; Robert, planter, who has charge of the farm, and Rosa Maud, a graduate of the Wesleyan class of 1887. The doctor has been a member of the Masonic, and of the I.O. O. F. fraternities, and all the family, including the sons-in-law, are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The doctor and his good wife are blessed with those surroundings which indicate, thrift, contentment and a happy home. Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida. Chicago, IL: F.A. Battey & Company, 1889.

merchant, of Jeffersonville, was born March 28, 1858, in Talbot county. He is the son of Wm. McCreary, who was born in Jones county, Ga., in 1813, and married Nancy Cox, of the same county. Their family consisted of Burgess, who was killed in the war; Josephine; W. Augustus, deceased; Nannie, deceased; J. W. Butler, Ga.; Lee, now Mrs. Gus Cook, Talbot county, Ga.; H. W.; Emmett S.; Alice A.; and Charles. H. W. McCreary was reared on a plantation and at the age of eighteen began his business career as a clerk in a mercantile establishment. In 1879 he embarked in a business of his own, which he has continued with varied success and at different places to the present time. He located at Jeffersonville in 1886 and has since conducted a mercantile business. Mr. McCreary is a democrat, but takes only a voting interest in politics. The marriage of Mr. McCreary was celebrated in Twiggs county, Jan. 8, 1880, when Martha J. Chapman became his wife. Mrs. McCreary is a member of an old and honored family, a brief outline of which is appended: She is the daughter of John and Mary (Carleton) Chapman. John Chapman was the grandson of William Chapman, a centenarian soldier of the revolutionary war, and of Edmund Burke, an emigrant from Ireland, was born in Twiggs county, Ga., Jan. 5, 1820, and died Oct. 8, 1892. He was among the most prosperous and successful planters in his county, both before and subsequent to the civil war, as well as one of her most useful and esteemed citizens. Perhaps not one was more esteemed for energy, industry and integrity of character by business men with whom he had dealings. His home was and is one of culture and refinement, the mothers of his children (for he was several times married) showing the deepest and most active maternal interest in the education and training of his children, for which they were nobly fitted. John Chapman was the father of nine children, to the most of whom he gave a liberal education. Those surviving are William T. Chapman, of Whigham, Ga.; Mrs. W. E. Carswell and Mrs. H. W. McCreary, of Twiggs county; Prof. C. B. Chapman, principal of the boys' and girl's high school, Macon, Ga..; Dr. G. E. Chapman, of Pulaski county, Ga., and Paul Hebert and Lucy Carleton Chapman, who reside with their widowed mother at the old homestead. Paul H. ably illustrates his father's business qualities. Of the deceased children, John Iverson died a youthful soldier in the civil war are and John Edwards in the beginning of a promising business career, for which he received his preparation and training at the East Business college, Poughkeepsie. N.Y. Mrs. McCreary descends from distinguished colonial and revolutionary stock, her grand-grandfather on her mother's side, Jeremiah Carleton, of Vermont, having participated in the French and Indian and in the revolutionary wares, and of three great-grand-uncles one was killed in the battle of Bunker Hill, a second was a member of Gen. Washington's life guard, and a third, Capt. Osgood Carleton, was employed by the government to transport about $40,000,000 between Philadelphia and New England. And a first cousin, Judge Hiram Carleton, Montpelier, Vt., is president of the Vermont Historical society. Five bright and interesting children crowned the union of Mr. and Mrs. McCreary, three of whom - Walter H., Mattie L. and Lucy A., - are living, and two - Anna L. and John W. - are deceased. Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1, Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

George W. Nelson, M.D., was born in Twiggs County, Ga., September 23, 1861. His father, John A. Nelson, was born in southwest Georgia in 1806, was reared in that county and lived there all of his life. He always followed farming, and was one of the most substantial and enterprising men in the county. He represented the county several years in the legislature, and was one of the most popular men in his section.  His wife, Nancy H. Smith, was born in Twiggs County, also. Our subject was the eighth of a family of nine children born to them. He was brought up in Twiggs County, educated in the common schools, and remained on the farm until 1880, when he commenced to read medicine with Dr. T. M. C. Rice, of Twiggs County, and graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Baltimore, Md., in 1882. He then practiced his profession in Twiggs County until 1886, when he removed to Oglethorpe, Ga., where he still resides and enjoys a lucrative practice. Dr. Nelson, although a young practitioner, has been very successful and has the confidence of the people. Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida. Chicago, IL: F.A. Battey & Company, 1889.

The grandfather of the above-named lady came to Georgia in 1791. He was a farmer and a native of Maryland. Married to Elizabeth Goss, of Elbert county, Ga. , be became the father of sixteen children, eleven of whom reached maturity - five sons and six daughters. His death occurred in 1843. The fourth daughter, Nancy, born in 1813, became the wife of William H. Andrews, of South Carolina. Mr. Andrews was born in 1803, and when quiet a young boy entered the Baltimore navy yard as an apprentice. After serving his full time, in 1824 he came to Georgia, locating in Twiggs county. From there he went to Dooly county, where he erected a large saw and gristmill. He died in 1844, and his widow married John G. Overtree, both now deceased. Four children were born to this first marriage: I. R., Gadson county, Fla; Elizabeth and Mary J., deceased, and Sarah M., Mrs. Newby.  Mrs. Newby was born Feb. 3, 1836, in Houston county and reared in Twiggs county. In 1856 she married William E. Hunter, of Ft. Valley, who died at twenty-eight. To this union two children were born: William E. and William J (?)., a daughter.   The last named married Jackson Newby and at her death left seven children, five of whom Mrs. Newby reared. A second marriage was solemnized, Mrs. Newby becoming the wife of Bryant Asbell, son  of John and Abigail Asbell, of South Carolina, who were among the early settlers of Twiggs county. He was a man well known and of most excellent character. By this union four sons were born, three of whom are living: Clayton M., Bartow F. and Bryant. Mr. Asbell was born in 1913, was a democrat in politics and died at the age of sixty-one. He was a man of deep religious convictions and of a singularly perfect character as regards morals. Mrs. Newby's third marriage, which occurred Oct. 31, 1869, was to Hilliard S. Newby, who died March 13, 1890. His father came to Georgia in 1814 and reared three sons: H. S., T. R. and Josiah Newby. to Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Newby were born the following children: Jessie J., Benjamin S., James C., Sarah M., Mary E., Maud N. and Rose L., the last-named killed an accident when three years old. Mr. H. S. Newby had ten children by a first marriage and eight by his marriage to the subject of this Memoir. Sixteen of these lived to be grown. There are living thirty-nine of his grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mr. Newby converted at seventeen years of age and lived in his religious faith for eight years. He afterward strayed from the fold, but before his death found forgiveness as did he who came in a the eleventh hour and received full wags, and died perfectly happy trusting in our Lord as his saviour. Mrs. Newby has assisted in rearing forty-two children, nineteen of whom were step-children and fifteen of her own. She has reared six sons - three Asbells and three Newbys - all married but two. One of these, F. B. Asbell, is a Baptist preacher, given to here, she says, in answer to her prayer. Mrs. Newby is grandmother of fourteen children and great-grandmother of one son. A large plantation of 2,000 acres is conducted by her boys. It is not an uncommon thing to hear of a double wedding, but in Mrs. Newby's family occurred a singular wedding of two of her daughters and one son being married on the same day. The members of the family are Baptists. Mr. Newby was a Methodist and a democrat.    Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

Well-known to the medical profession of Georgia as a man and physician, for his good qualities and high mental attainments, is Dr. William O'Daniel, of Twiggs county. He was born May 2, 1839 in the county, and has always lived there, excepting four year's residence in Atlanta, when holding a public position. His grandfather was born in Ireland and settled in Georgia when Daniel O'Daniel, his father, was born. Daniel O'Daniel lived all his life in Twiggs county, dying there, aged sixty-five years. Dr. O'Daniel received his education in the "old field" schools of Twiggs county, and a Auburn institute, taught by James E. Croslend, located near his home. He then taught several years in Marion academy in Twiggs county. In 1862 he laid down the ruler and the rod and enlisted in the Confederate service as a non-commissioned officer in the commissary department, in Col. D.G. Hughes' regiment. After the war he continued the study of medicine, which he had begun when officiating as an educational instructor, and in 1866 was graduated from the Atlanta Medical college. He returned to his old home in Twiggs county, where he has since practiced his profession. Dr. O'Daniel is a member of the State Medical association, of  which he is ex-president; a member of the American Medical association, of the Tri-state (Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee) Medical association, member of the National Association of Railway Surgeons, was a member of the Ninth International Medical congress, and was a delegate from Georgia in 1893 to the Pan-American Medical congress, and which met in Washington, D.C. He has frequently been a delegate f rom Georgia to the meetings of the American Medical association, and is a member of the Macon Medical association. Dr. O'Daniel has been a frequent contributor to medical journals, principally the "Atlanta Medial and Surgical Journal.," and has read many valuable papers before the State Medical association. He received the honorary degree of A.M. some years ago from Emory college of Oxford, Ga., and the degree of M.D. from the medial department of the university of Georgia, located in Augusta, and the honorary degree of M.D. from the Kentucky school of medicine in 1885. Dr. O'Daniel for many years solicited by friends to permit his name to be used for public office, always declined, but finally gave in in 1875, when he was elected state senator from the twenty-first senatorial district, serving during the sessions of 1875-76-77. He also served two years as clerk of the superior court of Twiggs county. In April 1891, Dr. O'Daniel was appointed by Gov. Northen principal physician to the state penitentiary, which position he held until the spring of 1895, when he resigned and returned to his farm. The compliment of his selection was of the dignity of and honor, as there were a number of candidates for the position. Dr. O'Daniel gave an excellent administration, his wide experience and professional skill, together with his kind nature, enabling him to effect several reforms which have long been commended by humanitarians and the national prison reform congress. He is a Knight Templar Mason and for many years was worshipful master of Twiggs lodge No. 164, F. & A.M. He also belongs to Constatine chapter No. 4, royal arch Mason, and St. Omar commandery No. 2, Knight Templars. He is a steward of Beech Spring Methodist church in Twiggs county. Dr. O'Daniel was wedded Nov. 4, 1860, to Elizabeth M., daughter of Henry Sand, a leading farmer of Twiggs county, and to them were born two sons and one daughter, who now survive. His sons are Dr. Mark H , O'Daniel, of Macon, who was for eight years assistant physician in the insane asylum at Milledgeville, and Dr. William O'Daniel, who succeeded his brother to the place mentioned. His daughter is Miss Mollie L., who was graduated from the Wesleyan Female college at Macon. A fine county residence is the home of the eminent citizen and physician who, when desirous of freeing himself from the exactions of a public career, can find retirement by his fireside and the enjoyment of all the pleasures and contentment of a happy domestic life.
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planter of Jeffersonville, Ga, was born in Columbia, Mo., July 22, 1853. His father James Shannon, was born in 1799 in Ireland, and in 1821 came to Liberty county, Ga. He then began a career which proved to be one of exceptional usefulness, through a period of years ending in 1859. He had been well educated in the Royal institute at Belfast, and as the time of his coming to American was preparing for the ministry in the Presbyterian church. He is described at that time as being "quite youthful in appearance, very affable and refined in manners, and deeply pious. he was fond of company and took great pleasure in vocal and instrumental music, being an excellent performer on the violin." He was very popular as a preacher and teacher. He acted as assistant at the Sunbury academy the first year and in the fall of 1822 took sole charge. As stated, he was preparing for the ministry of the Presbyterian church, and the presbytery had set the time for his ordination. It had been suggested to him by his pastor, Dr. McWhir, to select for his ordination sermon "Was John's Baptism Christian Baptism?" In his study of this theme, and in his preparation for the sermon, the young professor succeeded in thoroughly convincing himself that he should be ordained to the Baptist ministry, rather than the Presbyterian, and so announced his determination, much to the surprise of his friends. He was baptized soon after, and was received regularly into the Baptist ministry. He taught and preached until 1825 in Liberty county and then took regular work in Augusta, where he preached four years, receiving the largest salary ever given to a Baptist minister of Georgia up to that date, and also taught languages in Franklin college, Athens, Ga., being the first Baptist to hold a position in that institution. Serving in that capacity several years, he was then made president of the state university of Louisiana at Jackson, and later of Bacon college at Haroldsburg, Ky. From this place he removed to Columbia, Mo  where he acted as president of the state university until his death, which occurred in February of 1859. Of him the Rev. J. H. Campbell, who knew him intimately, says" "He was the best general scholar I have ever known. He took most pleasure in the dead languages, but there was no field of literature, nor a branch of science, with which he was not familiar." In the fall of 1823 he was married to Evelina Dunham, in Liberty county, and they became the parents of three children, only one now living, Mrs. Ann N. Douglass, of Columbia, Mo. His wife died at Jackson, La., November, 1836, and in the following June of 1837 he was married to Miss Frances Carey Moore, daughter of Alsa Moore, of Athens, Ga., and by this union are the following living children:  Dr. Richard Shannon, of Joplin, MO., eight years state superintendent of pubic schools in that state; John C., Jeffersonville, Ga.; L. D.. of Jeffersonville, Ga.; and Mrs. W.N. White, of Centralia, Mo. The mother of these children died in March of 1865, and both parents lie buried at Columbia, Mo. John C. . Shannon was reared in Columbia. After his mother's death he came to Georgia, and entered the employ of Col. Daniel Hughes, of Twiggs county, with whom he remained a number of years, finally settling on the beautiful plantation he now cultivates. Dec. 1, 1878, he married Virginia F., daughter of Wm. Faulk. This gentleman now lives with Mr. Shannon. He was born in Twiggs county Aug. 1, 1822, and is the son of Mark Faulk. During the late ware he served in the state legislature, and relates many incidents of that stirring time. He married Virginia Solomon, a daughter of Henry Solomon. She died in 1861, the mother of three children, of whom Mrs. Shannon and another sister survive. To Mrs. Shannon have been born six children, of whom there are five living: J. C., Jr,; Ethel B., Wm. F., Jas. S., and Laura. Mr. Shannon is one of the most extensive planters in the county, and also a leading factor in its public life; is a democrat in politics, and a member of the Christian church.  Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1 Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

lawyer, Jeffersonville, Ga. This gentleman is the son of Dr. James Shannon, for long years a leading educator of the south and later of Missouri, mention of whom is made elsewhere, and was born in Canton, Mo., April 30, 1858. He was reared in Columbia Mo., and there received his early education at Christian college. Later he attended the academy at Cabaniss, Monroe Co., Ga., and the state university of Missouri, and thence came to Jeffersonville, where he was admitted to the bar in 1886. He has since pursued his profession with a marked degree of success. Though not a politician in the sense of seeking office Co. Shannon is looked upon as a man of note in his county and with a future before him. In 1888 he was chosen by the democratic executive committee; the senatorial democratic executive committee; and also on the county executive committee. He, however, displays greater interest in the practice of his profession, and is rapidly acquiring a state-wide reputation. He bids fair to honor the name of his illustrious father.   Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1 Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

Please see web information posted below. Mr. Lenoir Douglass Shannon, affectionately known to his nieces and nephews as "Uncle Nonie," was born on 30 April 1858 in Canton, Missouri, his father, James Shannon, having died on 25 February 1859. Lenoir Douglass Shannon is buried in the Faulk Family Cemetery near Old Marion Community in Twiggs County, GA. (Poyner, Barry C. Bound to Slavery: Star Bible Publications, Fort Worth, Texas, 1999.) Shannon Hart, great-niece of Lenoir Douglass Shannon, son of Frances Carey Moore Shannon and James Shannon


Robert Rutherford Slappey, the father of the above, was a native of Jasper county, Ga., and was born May 5, 1813. His mother soon after the death of his father moved to Twiggs county, and here Robert R. was reared and received his education. He married Miss Martha, daughter of Matthew Exum, who, having borne him two children, one of whom is living and resides in Twiggs county, died. To his second marriage eight children were born, four of whom are living: R. R., Mark F., Henry Hubbard and John G. The wife of the second marriage was Mary, daughter of Mark and sister of Wm. Faulk. Mr. Slappey took and active interest in politics, and was for several years a member of the state legislature. He was among the foremost men of his county and assisted in the development which made Twiggs county among the most prosperous in the state, prior to the war. He was an old time whig, and for many years the only citizen of Twiggs county who was the son of a revolutionary soldier. By economy and industry he amassed quite a property during his life, and at the time of his death, which occurred Nov. 15, 1890, he was considered one of the wealthiest men of his section. John George Slappey was born in Twiggs county February, 1854. He had the best educational advantages the state afforded, and is a graduate of the Atlanta Medical college. In 1875 he located in this native county and began the practice of medicine, which profession he still follows. He is a very successful practitioner, and has established an enviable reputation for himself both as a physician and a citizen. Aside from his practice he has the care of a plantation of some 300 acres. Married to Anna, daughter of Henry Carter, be became the father of three children: Mark F., Henry C., and John G. The mother died November, 1892. A second marriage was solemnized - the wife of this instance, being a daughter of Capt. John A. Coffee (see sketch elsewhere). One child has been born to this union, Mary Ann. Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

DR.  JOHN G. SLAPPEY (Doughtery County, Ga.)
   In the early forties Dr. John G. Slappey removed from Twiggs County, Georgia, to this section of the state. Slappey was the son of Henry Slappey, sergeant in the Continental Army, and Ann Rutherford. His grandfather, Robert Rutherford, was a Colonial Governor of North Carolina and a member of the First Provincial Congress, held in Hillsboro, N.C., and was also the first judge of Chatham County. Dorothy Anne Brook was his grandmother. Dr. Slappey resided a part of the time in Albany, and the remainder on one or another of his plantations.
     Dr. Slappey was both a successful physician and a noted surgeon and was in great request throughout this section of the country. He made the long drives through the country in the high two-wheeled gig used by the doctors in that day and was attended by a servant on horseback who carried not only his instruments and medicines but suitable  food for such patients as might stand in need of it. A man of great kindness of heart, he was honored and beloved by all.
   At the time of his death in 1864, Dr. Slappey was living on his plantation in Baker County, which is still in possession of a member of the family. The descendants of his only son Henry Slappey, still live in this county. Besides those who bear the Slappey name are: Mrs J. W. Gillespie, Mrs. Walter Hill Wightman, and Mrs John Stephen Inman; and Mrs. Sibert Houston Jones, of Augusta, Ga. and their children. History and reminiscences of Dougherty County, Georgia. Albany, Ga.. Herald Pub. Co. 1924.

This gentleman is the eldest of eight children of Robert R. Slappey, and was born in March of 1845. he was reared in his native county of Twiggs and received but an ordinary schooling. In 1861, when the call came for men to fight for the rights and protect the homes of southern people, he was among the fist to respond by enlistment. A member of the Twiggs guards under Capt. Barclay, he participated in some of the most hotly contested battles of the war, Yorktown, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Richmond, Malvern Hill and Fredericksburg being among the most important of these. In 1863, on account of ill health, he was discarded, but again enlisted after four months a s a member of Company E., Hampton cavalry of Bibb county, and served till the close of the war. After the surrender he returned home, and in November of 1865, he accepted the position of agent of the Southern Express company, and of the then E. T. V. & G. railroad, in which capacity he stills serves, much to his credit and the satisfaction of his employers. He also conducts a plantation of 2,500 acres. By the good management Mr. Slappey, his father's estate, which at the close of the war was in an impoverished condition, was saved to the family. He is one of the substantial democrats of his county, and in faith a Methodist. His wife was Miss Virginia Nelson of Twiggs county. She is a daughter of John A. Nelson of that county, who is very highly esteemed as a citizen and neighbor. To the marriage, which occurred in January of 1865, six children have been born: Mary Lou, Wm. F., John Nelson, Robert R., Virginia P., and Jarrot M., who died in infancy. Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

      Rev. James C. Solomon, pastor of the Baptist Church at Byron, Houston County, Ga., was born January 28, 1861, in Twiggs County, Ga., and is a son of Judge William L. and Avarilla E. (Fitzpatrick) Solomon, both natives of Twiggs County, Ga. The father is a planter, and is a prominent citizen, having served as a judge of the court for several years. He was born January 20, 1834. He attended school at Emory College, Oxford, but left one month before his graduation. He was married in 1858 to Avarilla Fitzpatrick, and these parents have four children: John F., married to Miss Josie Whitehurst of Twiggs County, Ga; Mary E., married in October, 1884, to Hon. S. E. Jones, recently a member of the Georgia legislature; William W., manufacturer of the O.W. Massey cotton gin, Macon, Ga., married to Miss Louise Massey, April, 1887, and James C., our subject, who is the second child of the above family.
      James C. Solomon received his education at Mercer, graduating with distinction in 1880. Later he attended the Atlanta Medical College, graduating in 1883 and receiving some of the prizes awarded at that commencement. He taught school the winter of 1880-81, giving good satisfaction to his patrons, and studied medicine at the same time. He began practicing medicine in 1883 at Twiggsville, and has since been practicing continuously. In November, 1887, be became pastor of the Baptist Church at Bryon, and since that time he has filled the pulpit of that church, being the regularly installed pastor, in addition to attending to his medical duties. He is pronounced in his views, and is very successful in both of his professions. He was married January 28,  1886, to Miss Maggie A., daughter of James D. and Janie (Killen) Tharp, of Houston County, Ga. One child, Maggie Avarilla, has made happy the home of Dr. and  Mrs. Solomon.
     Dr. Solomon is a Master Mason, also a member of the Royal Arch degree,. Col. John Fitzpatrick, the maternal grandfather of our subject, owned about 15,000 or 20,000 acres of land, and at one time was very wealthy. He was one of the leading politicians of his time, but had not the advantage of scholastic training, never having attended school more that six months, but had a natural turn  of mind for the law, and was several times a legislator in his State.
     Dr. Solomon, the subject of this sketch, has about one thousand acres of land for sale, in two plantations in Twiggs County, Ga. The land is well drained, remarkably healthy, and has as good water running through it as can be found in the State. It is especially adapted for fruit and pasture. Dr. Solomon is numbered among the thriving, responsible, well-to-do citizens of his county.Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida. Chicago, IL: F.A. Battey & Company, 1889.

This gentleman is justly regarded as among the leading citizens of Twiggs county, having been for years intimately associated with all movements intended to promote its prosperity. The family were originally from North Carolina, from which state they located in what is now Twiggs county in the latter part of the last century. James, the father of Wm. L.., was born here in 1800 and reared on a plantation. At eighteen he packed his all in a bandana handkerchief, and started out to see what the world contained for him. Going to Marion county, he entered a store as a clerk, of which he later became a part owner. He merchandised for some sixteen years, then bought a farm in Twiggs county and passed the remainder of his days in cultivating the soil. He married Frances, daughter of William and Mary E. Crocker, and reared a family of five children: James C., died during the late war; Cindarilla, deceased wife of Paul Tarver; William L.; Josephine, widow of C. R. Faulk, Perry, Ga.; Carey E., Montgomery county, Ga. The father died while still in his prime, the mother subsequently marrying H. L. Denard, by whom she had two children: Ervin and mary. Mrs. Denard was a woman of shrewd business sense, and by  her energy and judgment quite a competency was accumulated. She died in 1888., William L. Solomon was born in Twiggs county, Jan. 31, 1834. He was educated at Emory college, attaining to the senior class, but not finishing the course. He began farming the year before his majority and has ben true to his first love  with such persistency and intelligence as to place him in the from rank of the agriculturist of middle Georgia; but as to theory and practice he cultivate some 1,500 acres at present, and owns lands in adjoining counties aggregating some 3,000 acres. Politically Dr. Solomon favors the democratic party, but cares nothing for the emoluments of office. he is a stanch Baptist, being a deacon in his local organization -Richland church.  The marriage of Wm. L. Solomon and Miss A. E. Fitzpatrick was happily consummated in Twiggs county. Mrs. Solomon is a daughter of John Fitzpatrick and was reared in the county of her birth. They became the parents of four children: John F., Jeffersonville, a farmer; Jones C., a Baptist minister, South Macon; William W., superintendent gin factory, Marseyville; Mary, wife of E. Jones (deceased). These children were all given the advantage of a collegiate course of study, and are filling honored positions in society. Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1,Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

Twiggs county does not contain within her border representatives of a more illustrious name than the one here mentioned, this gentleman being the son of the noted Gen. Hartwell Hill Tarver, who was a prominent military officer of the state during the 40's. Gen. Tarver was born and reared in Old Dominion state, Brunswick county, and was a descendant of a family of seven brothers participating in the revolutionary ware on the patriot side. In young manhood Gen. Tarver became a resident of Twiggs county and rapidly accumulated an immense property in lands and slaves. Always of a military turn of mind, it was not until 1842 that he took any prominent part, at which time his ability as recognized by his election by the legislature of the state to be general of all of the militia of Georgia, then a very prominent and important factor in the public life of the state. Gen. Tarver continued in the public eye with acceptability from that time until his death, which occurred in 1852, in Twiggs county. Gen. Tarver was twice married, his first wife having been Miss Ann Wimberly, a sister of Dr. Henry Wimberly, of Jeffersonville, of whom mention is made elsewhere. Their children were Dolly, whose romantic marriage to the late Gen. Colquitt is well remembered; Paul; Henry; Fred, and John. All of these are deceased save Henry, who lives in Albany, Ga. The second marriage was to Harriet, daughter of Henry and Nancy Bunn, who emigrated to Georgia from North Carolina. Two children blessed this union: William B., the gentleman whose name introduces this sketch, and Benjamin M., a resident of Chattanooga, Tenn. This wife outlived the general some seventeen years, dying in 1879. Both lie buried in Twiggs county. Wm. B. Tarver was born May 23, 1844, in Twiggs county. He was in college in Virginia when the war cloud burst, and hastening home he enlisted as a volunteer when but seventeen years of age in Gen. Hampton's cavalry command, in which he served the entire four years. He participated in nearly every pitched battle of the war, and surrendered at High Point, N.C. with Wade Hampton's brigade. In 1863, while home on a furlough, he was joined in matrimony to Miss Laura Wimberly, a daughter of Dr. Henry W., before mentioned. But one child resulted in this union, Caroline, now the wife of G. W. Jordan, Jr. , of Pulaski county. Mr. Tarver's first wife died in 1868,. his present consort having been Annie P. Weaver, daughter of Wm. M. and Lucia F. Weaver, of Slema, Ala., descended from Gen. Weaver of revolutionary fame. Six children have blessed this union: Lucia H., Hartwell Hill, Benjamin M., Jr.,. Wm. B, Jr., Roseline T. and Ann W/. Mr. Tarver is a worthy son of a worthy father, being held in high esteem in the community where he has long resided. He cultivates a plantation of 2,600 acres, and does it in such a manner as to secure him the reputation of being one of the best planters in the county. Democracy secures  his suffrage, and the Methodist church his moral and financial support. Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1,Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

"A native of Virginia, was born in 1760, and bore arms in the cause of his country towards the close of the revolutionary war. His first wife was a Miss Rogers, by whom he had two children, a son and a daughter. During his first marriage he removed to South Carolina, and thence with his second wife, a Miss Persons, to Warren county, in this State. Owing to the hardness of the times, and his being a poor man, he learned the gunsmith's trade, and was said to be a superior workman. Before he entered upon the ministry he acted as a magistrate in his neighborhood. He was baptized into Briar Creek church, Warren county, and was also licensed and ordained there, about the year 1800. He served that church as pastor several years, also Sweetwater and Rocky Creek, in Burke county. Soon after the purchase, which extended to the Ocmulgee river, he removed to Twiggs county, where many of his descendants are still to be found, and who are among the most respectable and wealthy citizens of the county. Among these may be mentioned Rev. Charnick Tharp, a son, and Rev. B. F. Tharp, (now of Houston county,) a grand-son.

He was a member and the pastor of Stone Creek church, now one of the most flourishing churches in the State. That church was gathered under Rev. Henry Hooten, who resigned in favor of Mr. Tharp. His labors here and elsewhere were owned of the Lord in the salvation of many souls. To the time of his death he was moderator of the Ebenezer Association. Benevolence and hospitality were prominent traits in his character. He was always "careful to entertain strangers," and his house was the home of God's people, of every name. He delighted in the society of certain brethren, Polhill, Franklin, Ross, Rhodes, Baker, Maginty, Mercer and others, by whom he was frequently visited. He died in 1825, in the triumphs of that faith which he had so long preached to others. His end was peace."
Source: Campbell, Jesse H. (Jesse Harrison), 1807-1888
Georgia Baptists : historical and biographical / by J. H. Campbell

an ex-representative of the legislature, and at present postmaster, merchant and farmer at Vaughn, postoffice, Twiggs Co., was born in the same county Feb. 11, 1852. He has spent his entire life in agricultural pursuits, and deserves much credit fo the success which has attended him. He operates landed interest aggregating 1,000 acres. In 1894 he became the nominee of his party for the legislature, and was easily elected over his populist opponent. He is a democrat of the old school, and is doing himself and his county credit in the important position to which he was chosen. Mr. Vaughn has been twice married. Emma J. Armstrong, daughter of J H. of Pulaski county, became his wife March 11, 1875, and to them were born six children, four of whom are living: John H., Herschel J., Sallie E. and Wm. T. The mother of these children died march 25, 1889, and Jan. 13, 1891, Mr. Vaughn married his present wife, Susie E daughter of Felix Johnson, of Twiggs county. Surrounded with an interesting family, with political honors and financial success attending him, Mr Vaughn has much to look forward to in life.
Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1, Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

Among the early settlers of Middle Georgia, was James Ware, who came originally from Maryland, later from North carolina, and settled in Twiggs County, when that was one of the frontier counties of the State. He was a young man full of energy and ambition, and the country being new, opportunities were not then lacking for the development of the strong qualities of one's nature, and he, in time, from a  leading spirit of the frontier, found himself a large planter and a prominent citizen. He represented his county in the State legislature several terms, and was often placed on commission to settle questions as to disputed boundary lines, to condemn property for public use, and to establish highways and the like. One of his sons, David Ware, Sr., is the father of the subject of this sketch. He was born in Twiggs County; has lived there, and in Laurens County, all his life, devoting himself to agriculture, at which he has ben successful, and is now one of Laurens County's good substantial citizens. He married a Twiggs County lady, Evaline N. Glover, daughter of Thomas Glover, who was a descendant of an old Maryland family that came to Georgia about the same time James Ware emigrated there. To this union have been born thirteen children, severn girls and six boys, four of whom are dead. The second older of these boys, David Ware, Jr., is the one whose name is placed at the head of this sketch. He was born in Laurens County, August 29, 1837. He passed his youth on his father's farm, and received a fair school education. In 1878 he moved to Dublin and became interested in the Dublin Gazette, of which he became editor. He devoted the next five years to this paper, and through it has best services toward the upbuilding of Laurens County, and the town of Dublin. He was as successful at this as men usually are at country journalism, but it is a well known fact that country newspaper editors' labors are mostly labors of love. Mr. Ware, feeling that there was something better in store for him, withdrew from this paper, relinquished journalism, and having begun to read law in the meantime, was admitted to the bar in January, 1995, and immediately embarked in that profession. He has been steadily and successfully engaged at the law ever since. He is now mayor of Dublin for a second term, and has taken some little interest in politics generally, but has never been before the people himself for any office. December, 1882, he married Miss Sidney A., daughter of Oran D. Lasseter, of Burke County, Ga., but he had the misfortune to lose his wife in August, 1885.
   As stated, Mr. Ware has given his entire time to his profession since embarking in it. He believes in the old maxim: "Keep your office and your office will keep you," and when not engaged elsewhere he is usually found among his books.  Biographical Souvenir of the States of Georgia and Florida. Chicago, IL: F.A. Battey & Company, 1889.

     Between 1802 and 1807 John Lawrence Wilkinson (b. Sept. 2, 1762) is thought to have emigrated from North Carolina to Georgia with his wife Cristiana Luther and several small children, stopping in Montgomery County, Ga., for an unknown length of time, where his eight child, Lawrence, was born. In 1809 he moved into  Twiggs County, settling where the celebrated "Longstreet" road crossed the Pulaski County line, (now the line of Bleckley County) about twelve miles north of Cochran. This road was once noted for the superiority of its aristocratic farmers. the house place contained about 1500 acres, including some of the richest lands in that section. Cotton six  feet high and d other fine crops were raised here; some articles made by him, a neat hand mallet, an iron wedge, and an old door made in 1830 or '40 before there were any sawmills in the county, are prized possessions of his descendants. The neat and legible handwriting in his old family Bible,  perfectly preserved, indicates that he was a man of no ordinary culture. In addition to other business interests, he kept an Inn which, no doubt, was a popular hostelry on that much travelled road. He is mentioned in Gilmer's History of Georgia.
   John L. Wilkinson died August 23, 1841 and was buried at his request about three quarters of a mile from the old homestead on the banks of a creek and his grave marked by a large pile of rocks. Cristiana Luther Wilkinson died Aug.. 13, 1855 and is buried in Macon County near the home of her son Benjamin B., with whom she lived at that time.
   They were the parents of eleven children:
  (1) Micajah Wilkinson, b. Apr.  11, 1794; m. 2nd Catherine Phillips (2) Elizabeth, b. June 20, 1790; (3) James, b. Nov. 30, 1797; (4) Washington Mayberry b. Jan. 27, 1800; (5) John Jr. b. Mar. 4, 1802, m. Fannie Wynne; (6) Benjamin Benanael b. about 1804, m. Mary Ann Hall; (7) Thulia, b. Oct. 9, 1806, m. Josiah Whitehurst; (8) Lawrence Goldwire (or Goulden) b. Nov. 15, 1808, m. Elizabeth Jane Miller (9) William Green b. July 18, 1813, m. Eliza Ann King; (10) Susannah Adkin b. May 2, 1815, m. (1st) Bryan Clark, m. (2nd) a Mr. Southwell. (11) Calvin Robinson b. Mar. 22, 1820, M. Frances Field, who lived several years in Chattahoochee County. Francis Field Wilkinson died in 1864, and she and her infant are buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery at Cusseta, Ga.
   The ninth child of John Lawrence and Crisitian Luther Wilkinson, William Green Wilkinson, b. July 18, 1813 in Twiggs County, was married on June 16, 1836 to Eliza King of Pulaski County, (b. Feb. 20, 1818) by the bride's great uncle Green Brown, Esq., Justice of Peace.
  Three months before his marriage Wm. Green Wilkinson joined the troops in Florida fighting the Indians. At the end of this war he was honorably discharged and afterwards received a grant of 160 acres in Florida, which he sold.
    The first year after his marriage he was overseer for his father in Twiggs County, but the urge of rich lands to the westward soon caused him to follow his wife's parents to Chattahoochee County, where in 1838 he settled on the west side of Ochillee Creek on the road from Halloca to Cusseta.

 History of Chattahoochee County, Georgia,  Rogers, N. K.,   Columbus, Ga.,  c1933


Law Number: No. 129
Origin: (Senate Resolution No. 17).
Type: A Resolution.

Full Title: To officially designate the name for a bridge over Savage Creek on the highway between Tarversville, Twiggs County, Georgia, and Bonaire, Houston County, Georgia, as the "General Ezekiel Wimberly Bridge."

Whereas, General Ezekiel Wimberly was a pioneer settler of Twiggs County, and moved from Washington County, Georgia, to Twiggs County shortly after Twiggs County was created by a legislative Act; and

Whereas, General Wimberly was a distinguished member of the House of Representative of Twiggs County from 1811 to 1813, a member of the State Senate from 1815 to 1828, and twice a Presidential Elector; and

Whereas, General Wimberly, who was the son and grandson of Revolutionary soldiers, also, for the cause of freedom bore arms for his State and Country in the War of 1812. Commanding the Twiggs Militia, he erected and garrisoned three forts along the Ocmulgee River as frontier protection for the inhabitants. During his career, General Wimberly held many important posts in the Militia as Major, 80th Battalion, Georgia Militia in 1810; Lieutenant Colonel, Light Dragons, Twiggs County, in 1813; Colonel of the First Class Militia of Major General Adams Division, the Georgia Militia in 1814; Colonel of Fort Hawkins in 1814; Colonel of the Third Regiment, Georgia Militia in 1815; Major General of the Sixth Division, Georgia Militia from 1820 to 1840; and

Whereas, General Ezekiel Wimberly, gentleman, soldier and statesman devoted many years of his illustrious life to Twiggs County, the State of Georgia and his Nation.

It is therefore resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring, that the bridge crossing Savage Creek on the highway between Tarversville, Twiggs County, Georgia, and Bonaire, Houston County, Georgia, is hereby designated and named the "General Ezekiel Wimberly Bridge," and the State Highway Department officials and other State agencies are directed that on all maps and publications, the said bridge shall be referred to and designated as the "General Ezekiel Wimberly Bridge," and the State Highway Department officials are directed to have placed on or near said bridge, an appropriate sign indicating to the people the name hereby designated.
Approval Date: Approved March 9, 1956.
Source: Acts of General Assembly

deceased, was born in Houston county, March 23, 1840, and removed with his parents to Twiggs county when he was four years old. He was graduated from Mercer university, and in 1860 was married to Miss Isrelene (sp) Minter, a daughter of Col. Wm. F. Minter, who was sixty years old when killed in the last battle of the late war. Capt. Wimberly responded to the first call for troops in South Carolina and was elected second lieutenant in Gen. Tarver's command. He served through the entire war and was promoted after the battle of Sharpsburg to captain for gallantry on the field.. Six children were born to them: Col. W.M. Wimberly, Dr. Warren Wimberly, Mrs. Richard D. Campbell, of Atlanta, Miss Clara, Isrelene; Fred, Jr., died in youth. Capt. Wimberly died July 16, 1893. Mrs. Wimberly is a lady of intelligence and considerable literary ability. Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1, Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

Fred Davis Wimberly was a native of North Carolina. He was the father of the following children: Ezekial, Henry, Moses, J. R., Fred Davis, Betsy A., Allie L, all of whom are dead. Ezekial was born Jan. 4, 1781, and died in 1825. He settled in Washington county, Ga., when a young man of twenty-three years and became a planter. He married Dorothy B., daughter of Henry Slappey, who was a revolutionary soldier and a native of Holland. To this union there were born Annie R., who became the wife of Gen. Tarver of Twiggs county; Fred D., Henry S., Eliza R. and Dorothy M. The las two died in youth. The mother of these children died in February of 1817. The wife of his  second  marriage was Miss Rebecca C. Jones, who became the mother of six children, all of whom are dead. The father of these and our subject, Henry S., located in what is now Twiggs county in 1808. He started in moderate circumstances and very rapidly accumulated vast wealth. He lived a very quiet life, was of a religious turn of mind, and very highly respected. He was captain of militia and in politics an old-time whig. He died Aug. 5, 1825, of yellow fever. Henry S. Wimberly, the gentleman whose name heads this sketch, was born March 26. 1812. His education was obtained in Jasper county, where was located the only academy in the surrounding country. After his father's death he resided for one year at Tarversville with Gen. Tarver. He then attended the medical college at Augusta, Ga., and was one of seven pupils. In 1832, he gradated from the medical college of Philadelphia, Penn, and located in Twiggs county. He at once began the practice of    medicine, but after two years he turned his attention to farming in Houston county, where he owned a large plantation and purchased 1,500 acres in Twiggs county, where he resides. His wife was a daughter of Hardy and Sabra Durham. To her were born the following: John R., of Arkansas; Fred Davis, of Pulaski county; Mary Eliza, of Wilcox county; Henry of Telfair county; Lula P. resides at home. The mother of these children died in 1864. His second marriage was to Mrs. E. L. Wharton. Their children are Wm. F. and Ezekial P., who died Nov. 6, 1892, and two others died in infancy. The doctor has retired from active life and is enjoying the result of a life of industry and well-directed agricultural effort. A democrat of the old school he is in sectarian belief a Methodist, of which denomination he has long been an honored member. Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1, Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

     There is a romance about the confederacy that does not lose its interest as time wears on, and volumes might be written of the brave heroic deeds of the Georgia women at the time.
    Among these as social leader and greatly beloved woman was Mrs. Frederick Davis Wimberly, of Twiggs county.
   In her youth and beauty and patriotism, she was an interesting figure, and presided over "Inglehurst," one of the oldest plantation homes in the south, to which she came as a bride in 1860.
    In the times that came later and tried men's souls, she, in the absence of her husband, Captain Wimberly, "at the front", became the president of the Soldiers Aid Society, the arm of which was to supply comforts and clothing for the soldiers and lint and bandages for the sick and wounded.
    At one of these meetings one of the men, who had stayed at home, teasingly said, "Mrs. Wimberly, some day you will hear from Yorktown that Fred is dead." With fire in her eyes she replied: "Well, I would rather be a brave man's widow than a coward's wife."
    The mainsprings of her life were lofty ideals and high aspirations, and her broad, strong mind impressed these upon her family, her friends and her servants.
     In her beautiful home she reigned for thirty-eight years, giving to her people from her full heart a wealth of love and affection.
     No one, white or black, whatever his condition, was ever turned empty handed from her door, and at her board, where governors and senators have sat as honored guests, the wandering pilgrims of the road have received always an ever tendered courtesy.
     Mrs. Wimberly was the mother of Hon. Minter Wimberly of Macon; Mrs. Orme Campbell, of Atlanta, and Miss Clara Wimberly, of Inglehurst, Twiggs county, Georgia. The Atlanta Constitution Oct 7, 1906

is a native of Twiggs county, was born in November of 1843, and is the son of J. R. Wimberly, Sr. His earlier education turned toward a course in civil engineering, but at the opening of the civil war his father entered the service and he remained at home with his mother. However, in 1863, he too enlisted in the state militia. At the close of the war he became a physician, his father having been a very successful practitioner. In 1869 he located in Jeffersonville and has since resided there. His wife Adelaide was the daughter of Rev. W. R. Steely and granddaughter of James Steely, a revolutionary patriot. Their marriage took place in November, 1966. To them were born eight children: Fred C; J. R.; Albert; Lucy G. now Mrs. Wall; and Mary; three died in infancy. The mother of these children died Cot. 6, 1890. She was a woman of many virtues, a devoted wife and indulgent mother, and a kind neighbor. Here loss was felt by all who knew her. Mr. Wimberly is a consistent member of the Baptist church, of which he is a deacon. he was elected ordinary of the county in 1885, and has held the office for ten years, much to the satisfaction of the people of Twiggs. Mr. Wimberly comes of an old and highly respected Georgia family, whose different members have occupied positions of honor and trust throughout the state. He himself is a man of the most unbending integrity, and does much to refute that oft-repeated old expression that "the good men died with the demise of our fathers. "Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1,Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

was born May 12, 1854, and is a native of Laurens county, Ga., where he was reared. His education was such as to enable him to become a successful planter, and he was received at the Dublin academy. When a young man he and his brother conducted the large plantation of their grandfather for many years. Afterward he became identified with the milling industry in Twiggs county. Having for some time successfully conducted a plantation for D. M. Hughes, he removed to his own, which he has since profitably managed. In August of 1886, he married Ellen Elizabeth, daughter of  Robert A. Hill, of Twiggs county, a native of North Carolina. To this marriage have been born three children: Nellie Francis, Myrtle and Robert Hut. Mr. Yopp is a thorough democrat and was in 1895 a candidate for the legislature, the opposing candidate being elected by a very small majority. he and his wife are members of the Missionary Baptist church, and stand well in the church and community in which they live. The grandfather, Samuel Yopp, was a native of North Carolina, and when but a young man located on a plantation in Laurens county, near Turkey creek. he married Elizabeth Hausly, who was also a native of North Carolina. Memoirs of Georgia Volume 1,Historical Society of Georgia, 1895

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