Queries Archive | 1997

Sherrie Matheson
I am looking for information on Kate SOUTHERN or any other SOUTHERN in the area. The Woodville Republican a newspaper in Wilkinson Co., Mississippi says she killed her husband’s paramour Narcissa COWART in a ballroom in Pickens County, GA the paper was dated 13 July 1878. She was sentenced to hang. On 8 April 1882; The Woodville Republican wrote Kate Southern has been pardoned by Gov. Colquitt. If you have any information on this account or any other relating to the Southern’s I would love to hear from you.

Joy Willson
Willis M. MULLINS b 14 Jan 1802 GA?, d 1 Dec 1842 MS, m Lydia BOND b 23 July 1804, d 1 June 1846 on 1827, or before. There were five children. I descend from the oldest child Zillia Ann Mullins b 2 June 1828 GA, d 2 Dec 1892 LA, m Richard H. ADDISON b 17 Sep 1821 SC, d 24 May 1889 on 1 Feb 1844.

Mike Gee
I’m interested in any information on the history of GEE MOUNTAIN, located west of Jasper near the western border of Pickens County. Specifically I am interested in the origin of the name and if it relates a GEE family that might have lived in the area.

Jimmie Owens
My Familiy was among the very earliest pioneer people into Pickens, migrating down from Walhalla, Spartanburg, South Carolina, beginning in the 1830’s. My great great great grandparents (WOFFORD/WEST)are buried there. My great grandmother (WOFFORD/HAYNES) was born in Talking Rock in 1852. Many of my Wofford people were brick masons. One of my Wofford ancestors supplied the bricks for some of the oldest buildings in Jasper. I am very anxious to make contact with anyone involved with the history of Pickens County.

Janice Tindell Ratcliff
I’m searching for a Martha J. MULLENS DEESE, b. Feb. 1856. somewhere in Georgia

Terry Peden for Randall Brown
Looking for anyone researching the BROWN family. 1850 Cherokee Co., GA Census house 1806 shows : Thomas BROWN age 47 b. SC; Wife: Nancy 48 b. SC; Son: Jeremiah 17 b. GA; Son: Joseph 17 b. GA; Dau: Elizabeth 13 b. GA; Son: Samuel 10 b. GA. 1860 Pickens Co., GA Census house 713 page 980 Townsend Dist. shows: Thomas BROWN age 57 b. SC; Wife: Nancy A. age 60 b. SC. Thomas is in Pickens Co. Census 1860 – 1880. Some of his brothers came to Pickens Co.: Jeremiah, Samuel, and Stephen. Allied families in Pickens Co. are: LITTLE, PRICE, HENDERSON, WOOTEN, MANN and JACKSON. Our line descends from Joseph b. 1834 GA, son of Thomas b. 1803 SC. Thomas is in Hall Co., GA 1830-1840 Census.and he descends from William Brown of Spartanburg Co., SC. If anyone knows any information on this family please contact us by email or write to Randall Brown, 4541 Airport Road SE, Dalton, GA 30721.

Scott Hamlett
I have traced James S. HAMLET(T) (b. abt 1822/1826) to Pickens Co., GA between 1863-1870. His wife is Catherine (possible maiden name is MAHAN) His children included Fletcher (b. abt 1856 in VA), Aurelius (b. abt 1858 in VA), Lavinia (b. abt 1864 in GA), Henry (b. abt 1868 in GA) and John (or Joseph) (b. abt 1870 in GA). Land deeds indicate “James S. Hamlett of Cherokee County” purchased over 200 acres in Pickens County Jan. 9, 1863. Confederate military records indicate James joined Co. F, Cherokee Legion, Georgia State Guards in Salacoa on July 22, 1863 and was mustered out in Rome, GA Jan. 22, 1864. The 1870 and 1880 U.S. Census indicates James was born in Virginia. The 1880 U.S. Census shows James and family returned to Virginia (Pittsylvania Co.) Looking for others researching Hamlet(T) or Mahan surnames in Georgia and Virginia.

Lisa Kennard
Am interested in exchanging information on the Alexander HARRIS or LOVELESS surnames in Pickens County.

Richard Myrtue
I am looking for information on my GGgrandfather, Alfred Webb PENDLEY born March 4, 1838 in Marble Hill. He married Nancy Emaline MOSS, daughter of Larkin and Margaret Moss. Alfred served in the Civil War and somehow wound up in Benton County, Arkansas. He was evidently back and forth a few times. I have been to his grave site in Decatur, AR. I also have pictures of Alfred and Nancy. Any information to share would be appreciated.

Rhonda Hawkins
Seeking information on my gg-gp’s Thomas G FOWLER born 1820 SC and Rachel REAVIS born 1840 GA. Thomas died 1876 in Pickens County and is buried on Reavis Mountain at Four Mile Baptist Church Cemetery (near the Cherokee County line). I have been told Thomas is the son of William Perry Fowler born 1806 of Cherokee Co, GA. I have a problem with the ages, perhaps Thomas is a younger brother of William. but can’t find any proof. I believe Rachel is the daughter of Wilson Reavis and wife Elizabeth who were in Pickens near Nelson, GA on Reavis Mountain. I believe Wilson to be the son of James. I’d like more info on both lines, and if anyone has info on Reavis Mountain, I’d like to know if it was named for one of my ancestors. Also seeking info on the DUCKETT andSAMS families in Pickens near Nelson.

Louella Henderson White
Looking for Robert HENDERSON who was born in NC 1820. Died in Blackshear, Pierce County, GA. Married Elizabeth ?? from NC in 1844. Children were born in Pickens County. They are Sarah E (1845), William John/Isaac (1847), Susan S (1850), John H (1852), James E (1854), Melissa Adeline (1856), Jane (1858), and Berry R (1861). William John (Isaac) Henderson was my paternal grandfather. He married Talitha Emma COLLINS in January 1868. Their children are Leroy E (Dec 18, 1868-Jul 28, 1898), Thomas R (Aug 18, 1870-Apr 22, 1887), James M (Dec 27, 1871-Sep 27, 1939), William John (Aug 6, 1873-Jan 9, 1947), Thadus Picket (Jan 17, 1875-Nov 15, 1939), Joseph H (Mar 23, 1879-Jul 1, 1949), Nellie Ann (Jun 14, 1881-Feb 8, 1963), and Jake Archie (Mar 6, 1883-Aug 24, 1957). William John (Isaac) Henderson died April 30, 1887 — where was he buried? Thadus Picket Henderson was my father.

Joy Harrington
Looking for gggrandparents Sarah DARNELL b:2-2-1843 in Pickens County. Her father was William Darnell and mother Martha?? Children were: Sarah, J M, Martha and William J. Also researching HUMPHREY, LEIGHTON, JOSHUA, DENNIE and HERRINGTON.

John Cason
Researching the McHAN families that moved to Pickens County from NC. My gggrandfather, Thomas Greenwood McHan had two brothers in Jasper before the Civil War — Jeremiah (in the Old Tate Cemetery) and Alfred.

Leroy Oldham
Looking for the first wife of Francis Marion McELROY. She may have died in Pickens or Gordon County. Francis and children were on 1870 census of Gordon County. He married second S A POWELL in Gordon County in 1875, so his first wife evidently died before 1870. His military service pension said she had “gone crazy and he had to go home and take care of her and the children”. However, they had a child in 1866, so am not certain if he ever put her in an asylum or not. Was told he did. Millidgeville cannot locate a record on her because we do not know her maiden name. Francis died in 1911 near Fairmount and is supposed to be buried in the Jerusalem Cemetery.

Deborah Jones
Looking for Stonewall Jackson SMITH family who lived in Silver City, Dawson County. I know nothing about my ggrandaddy’s parents. He married Millie JHOWARD and they had 12 children. The ninth was my grandmother, Maggie S Smith, born March 30, 1902, died April 6, 1994. I am looking for any information that might help with my research. I know that the Smiths were in Lumpkin, Gilmer and Dawson county.

Mary Jo Brown
Would like information on Rhoda Ellinor DILLARD (born 8/20/1916, died 7/15/1916) who married William Washington JAMES (born 8/8/1837, died 3/17/1921). They were married in 1857. Who were Rhoda’s parents? She was first married to a MOSS possibly from Gordon County. Who was he? Allied families: Alberty, Bailey, Coward, Evans, Hazelwood, Jones, Moody, Partain, Reece, Sartor, Wingo.

Annette Nichols
Would like to exchange information on HANIE and MULLINAX in Pickens County.

Jack Hopkins
Seeking any info on HOPKINS families. The 1860 Pickens County census lists in the Townson District, Hosey Hopkins (age 42) married to Susan Hays Hopkins (age 39) with issues William 15, Mary E 14, Reuben 13, Susan (Lucy) 13, Nancy 11, Emery 9, Joseph M 7, and Sarah 6. Same census also in Townson Dictrict are Reuben Hopkins (age 32) married to Artimessia WHITFIELD Hopkins (age 24) with issues Masy 5, William 4, Anna E 2 and Martha 7 months. William Hopkins from Pickens County enlisted in Company “L”, 36th Regiment, GA Vol Inf on May 5, 1862, surrendered at Vicksburg on July 4, 1863, paroled July 9, 1963. He was captured on September 3, 1864 at Jonesboro, GA and was sent to prison camp at Camp Douglas until discharged on June 12, 1865. Any info on these folks would be greatly appreciated.

Suzanne Haley
Searching for information on the HALEY family of Pickens County. James Haley was thought to be a Methodist preacher in the 1870’s and 1880’s (Hinton Methodist?). His sons Josiah C HALEY, David andThomas are found in the 1860 Pickens Census. Josiah C married a PETTIT, Mary or Margaret E. Would like to exchange information with anyone who is researching these families.

Carol Ann Tindell
I am seeking information on the following surnames in Pickens County: AKINS, BOWERS, BERRY, BROOKS, CAIN, CRUMBLEY, GRIFFIN or GRIFFITH, HAMMONTREE and MAYFIELD. I have some information to share.

Looking for Sarah DARNELL born November 2, 1843 in Pickens County. She married A J REECE and died June 28, 1912 in Gravett, AR. He also died in AR on July 17, 1871.

J. Mike Bruce
I am looking for genealogy information on the BRUCE and HAMMONTREE family from Pickens and Dawson County areas. My father was James Leonard Bruce (born 31 May 1934 in Pickens County, Marble Hill, died 16 Aug 90) married to Bernice HEARD (born 1Jan36 in Cumming, died 20Jul91). My fathers parents were Franklin Leonard Bruce (born 22Feb??, died 5Dec65) and Eulah Hammontree Bruce. I have a sister, Rebecca Ann (born 28Sep57 in Cherokee County)and a brother Robert Leonard Bruce (born 5Dec60 in Cherokee County). I married Pamela Ann CLARK (born 30May61 in Marietta). My great grandparents on the Bruce side were Jim and Pearl Bruce, I think from Dawson County.

Suzanne Forte
My ggg Grandmother, Mary Caroline GUDGER FOSTER, drowned in Talking Rock Creek in Jan 1889. She, her husband, Newton Monroe Foster, and their family lived in Pickens County for 20 years prior to her death. She and her husband and one daughter are buried in Pickens County, according to an article in the Ellijay Times Courier in 1889, “in a cemetery near John KEETER’s tannery on Town Creek.” I would like to know if anyone knows the location of this private cemetery. Also, the article indicates that the site on Talking Rock Creek where she drowned was near her house, and the STEPHEN’S farm, the creek was about 100 yards from her house. At the time, the families living nearby were Rufus SMITH, Louis CARVER, John LEDFORD. Does anyone recognize where her house may have been located by the names mentioned?

Sherry J Osburn
I am looking for information on the family of John Jackson COOK, born 1 Sept 1853, Georgia married to Martha Jane — before 1874. Their children were: Martha; Samuel; Jasper; Roscoe; Brady; and Harvey. The family was in Pickens County, Georgia on 1880 census and in Chattooga County around 1906. John Jackson was the son of Richard V. and Sarah Matilda (Land) Cook of Pickens County, Georgia. He was the brother of my great grandfather George W. Cook. I would like to share and exchange information with others on this family. [Note: See additional query from Sherry below.)

Carlton Measels
Seeking any information about Elizabeth FITZSIMMONS (August 24, 1828–September 11, 1896) who was my great great grandmother. She married JohnSTEGALL. They lived in Long Swamp, Cherokee County, GA which is now Marble Hill, Pickens County. They are both buried in the Long Swamp Cemetery near Marble Hill. What I have entered here is all I know about Elizabeth.

Donna Schneider
I would appreciate information about James William OLIVER (born May 15, 1911 in Pickens County and died in 1954). Married Martha Ann CHASTAIN(December 6, 1902–February 5, 1944). His father was Wesley Oliver and her father was Buck Chastain.

Sherry Osburn
I would like to exchange information on the families of Richard V COOK and his wife Sarah Matilda LAND. Richard was born 11 Nov 1820 in NC, the son of Martha Elizabeth (Patsy) Cook and John TUCKER. John was at least 1/2 Cherokee. Sarah Matilda was born 16 March 1833 in NC, the daughter of Isaac Land and Rebecca BEVINS. Richard and Sarah made their home in and around Jasper, their children are: Gazaway Cook b 15 Sep 1849 m Becky REINHARDT; Martha B Rebecca Cook b 1851 m —- HOLCOMB; James Jasper Cook b 31 Oct 1857 m —; George Washington Cook b 23 May 1861 m Jane DRYMAN, Eliza Jane DENSON and Birdie Lee CARROLL; William Henry Cook b 26 Oct 1863. My line is through George and Jane. I have information on most of these families to share.

Carol Ann Tindell
Looking for information on John BOWERS m Mary —. He was boss at the marble quarry in Tate, GA in late 1800’s. They had 3 children. John is the brother of Elias B Bowers 1857-1925 who lived in Union and Fannin Counties. (Blairsville/Ivy Log and then Blue Ridge) John was tall, brown hair and blue eyes. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Charlene Wragg
Please look up records for Polly POOLE (circa 1800). I am trying to find information on her parents, John Poole and his wife (name unknown). Facts I know about Polly is that she married Jonathan HUBANKS and they had a daughter, Parthenia (10 Jun 1829-25 Nov 1926). Both Polly and Jonathan were of Pickens County. Thanks for any help you can give.

Ronda Hawkins
I recently obtained my great-grandfather’s death certificate. It states that he was born in Pickens County. I looked a lot of places for him, but that wasn’t one. I’d like to find information on Elias A FOWLER born in 1869, and so the certificate says–in Pickens County. I have no information on Elias’s parents or siblings.

Nimrod Pendley
I am looking for several families from Pickens County:PENDLEY, SIMMONS, SEAY, BUCHANAN, and FIELDS. William Pendley came from England indentured to a Dr Thomas Girard. The doctor was very active in politics and was on the Lord Baltimore’s Counsel. Sometime after 1637, Dr Girard revolted against the Counsel and was banished from Maryland. He moved his family (including 3 children) to VA. They later moved on from there. That is where I am lost and need help…

Marcus Thomas
Searching for the following family: Thomas TAYLOR b 3 Feb 1792 in SC d 1 Jul 1870 GA m (on 11 May 1814 in Greenville SC) Elizabeth MAYFIELD b 11 May 1796 in SC d 14 Feb 1891 in GA. John William Taylor b 1823 Anderson Co SC d after 1900 in Al m (on 7 Feb 1842 in Cherokee Co GA) Matilda SATTERFIELDb circa 1825 SC. William O’Neal Taylor. Henry Taylor was born after 1842. Jeff Taylor was born after 1842. Haley Taylor was born after 1842. Froney Taylor was born after 1842. Della Taylor. Lizzie Taylor. Jane Taylor was born after 1842. Thomas Taylor Jr. m (on 3 Oct 1852 in Cherokee Co GA) Susannah Jane MANLEY.

Anne Barrett Chamlee
Looking for Jefferson Davis CHAMLEE born in the 1880’s. Married Minnie Alice MILES. Sons Fred, Roy, Elmer, Ermon and Wick. Not sure which county…

Terry R Lawson
DARNELL, HARBIN, LAWSON. I will be happy to exchange information with those interested in these Pickens County families.

Zan Miller Welch
I am the grand-daughter of John Andrew COOK of Pickens County. My mother is Dessie. I lived in LaFayette, GA until I was 18 and now reside in Memphis, TN. I am in the process of looking up my family tree. Any information would be greatly appreciated. 

Editorial note: Zan had several postings on the old Pickens County site. She has records from the Cook family Bible to share with Sherry Osburn and Peige Payne, and she is looking for those two researchers!

E Price
Looking for links to James Kenneth HALL born July 1829 in Georgia?? Married February 29, 1858 to Georgia Anne MOORE.

Michael Redd
I am beginning my research into this branch of my family tree. My g-grandfather is Rufus Childers born in 1893. His father’s name was Ruben. After this I have no other information.

Pam McGaha
Looking for information about Josiah McGAHA born approx 1799. Father of James McGAHA who came to KY to avoid the Civil War. Josiah’s wife was Delilah Deem or Deen. They lived in Pickens County in the 1860’s and 3 of his sons joined the [sic] army to fight in the Civil War.

E Price
Looking for links to Cantacuzene Columbus BERRY and wife Sarah JOHNSON. They lived in Pickens County after the Civil War. Also looking for information on 1st Georgia Cavalry.

Sylvia Rankin
Elizabeth “Betsy” JAMES (1799/SC to 188?/GA) married William CALDWELL in the vicinity of York District SC or over the border in NC about 1817. Betsy was the daughter of Sherod JAMES and Leodicia “Dicy” SANDLIN of NC/SC. She came to Pickens County about 1836 and her last son, Allison CALDWELL, was born there. There is never a record of William Caldwell coming with her from SC. And no record of his death in the York area. And no record of their marriage. Lots of other information to share on families of Sherod James, Dicy Sandlin, Betsy Caldwell’s children and their spouses. Some of the other Pickens County surnames include Fulton, Mullins, and Bailey.

S J Swac
The TOLBERTS were a large Pickens Co family from its conception till around 1910. They helped build the old Talking Rock school and contributed to other county duties.

Keith Townson
Researching the TOWNSEND line — don’t know much about them beyond the one that is buried at the Tate Mansion in Tate, GA: Edward Townsend and his wife Anna!

Deborah Hendrix Free
I am interested in the HENDRIX family of the Grassy Knob District in the Long Swamp District. Need more info on John Hendrix and Eleanor Darnell (d/o Sion Darnell).

Roy J Duckett
Interested in contacting DUCKETT descendents in Pickens Co. My GGGrandfather, Jacob Odell was the first Duckett to settle in North Georgia. Currently I can trace the Duckett line back to Richard Duckett born in 1672 in London, England.

Kay Townsend Hamner
I am interested in exchanging information about the TOWNSEND and POOLE families in Pickens County. My father was Jimmy Townsend who lived in Talking Rock as a boy and in Jasper in his adult life. His mother was Pearl Poole Townsend, sister of Will Poole of Jasper. Townsend relatives still live in Talking Rock. His brother Benny Townsend still lives in Jasper. Grandfather Jack Townsend came over from Dahlonega and not much is know about his parents. His brother founded the Dahlonega Nugget newspaper. I am particularly interested in learning all I can about that branch of the family. Also, on the Poole side, there is supposed to be a Cherokee Indian ancestor, and I would like to know more about that.

Janie in Arkansas!
T P SMITH married Susan C STEWART in Pickens County on February 3, 1860. This is the only information I have on them. They are both buried in Tolar, TX, in Tom Green County near San Angelo. They were my GGGrandparents. All of the folks on that side of the family are deceased. My cousin says the grandfather’s name was Thomas Pinckney Smith and that he was a soldier. I have no documentation on him at all, other than their grave sites and all their children’s names and some of the children’s marriages.

Wayne/Dana Tippens
Mary Jane EVANS, my G-G-Grandmother, born July 16,1855, married William Hughes REECE, died December 31,1935, buried Philadelphia Baptist Church, Pickens County. Any information on her family will be greatly appreciated

Wayne/Dana Tippens
James Love KEEL, My G-G-Grandfather, born 1855, married Georgia Ann JAMES, died 1903, buried Talking Rock Baptist Church in Pickens County. Any information on him or his parents will be greatly appreciated.