Monday, September 15, 2014

Military Monday- CSA SC Soldiers

I am always looking for newly digitized records and just found a extremely special one. In 2012, the Dead Librarian reported that she found a ledger of CSA Soldiers for the entire state of South Carolina. This book has been digitized and can now be found online! You can read the post on the Dead Librarian’s blog here:
http://thedeadlibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/05/sc-confederate-rolls-newly-discovered.html


I was specifically looking for “Roll of Company E, Hampton Legion, South Carolina Volunteers, in the Confederate States Provisional Army.” I found the first page of this group on page 325 and it can be seen here: 
http://digital.tcl.sc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/confedrolls/id/705/show/475/rec/7

This page includes the following names:
Bozeman, T.L.
Adams, T.S.
Arnold, R.B.
Davenport, W.A.B.
Nesbitt, C.D.
Thompson, M.W.
Huff, J.R.
Howard, C.P.
Stenhouse, J.T.
Baker, T.P.
Copes, Joel
Hammond, J.S.
Parler, L.E.
Thompson, J.P.
Pinson, J.D.
Peden, D.T.
Babb, T.D.
Austin, F.M.
Bagwell, W.A.
Fowler, J. Wilson
Kirby, W.V.
Peden, A.M.
Harrison, J.L.
Godfrey, J.R.
Meeks, James
Allison, R.B.
Anderson, S.L.
Austin, W.T.
Austin, Chisolm
Austin, T.W.
Austin, D.M.
Aughtry, Robert
Aughtry, W.M.
Allison, James
Acker, E.H.
Acker, Newton
Bozeman, J.J.
Babb, Martin
Bookhart, J.T.
Baker, T.
Harvey Boyd, J.S.
Berry, A.J.
Blythe, J.W.
Coker, H.S.
Coker, Marshall
Coker, Wilson
Coker, Robert
Coker, Thurman
Chapman, J.T.
Chapman, Ira C.
Chapman, J.W.
Chapman, Elias
Chapman, Soloman
Cely, H.W.
Chandler, J.M.
Chandler, P.L.
Carson, Joseph
Davenport, John
Davenport, C.J.
Davenport, Joseph
Davenport, W.P.
Davenport, Berry
 Davenport, Martin
Davenport, Willis
Davenport, Ira C.
Davis, William
Davis, G.W.
Dawson, Stephen
Dorroh, P.C.
Emmons, Austin
Estes, James
Eskew, Y.D.
Eskew, S.A.
Eskew, J.R.
Eskew, Simeon
Fowler, R.A.
Fowler, J.W.
Fowler, J.J.
Fowler, M.T.
Felder, J.D.
Farmer, R.H.
Fuller, W.S.
Fernandes, H.F.
Goldsmith, J.W.
Gambrell, Norman
Gunnells, Robert
Guinn, John
Guthrie, William
Huff, John H.
Howard, J.D.
Hiett, J.S.
Holliday, J.J.
Hineman,
Jones, J.L.
Jenkins, J.H.
Jackson, B.E.
Johnston, W.H.
Kirby, J.P.
Kisler, John
Kisler, Andrew
Livington, W.O.
Livingston, A.P.
Livingston, Thomas
McCoy, Ira C.
Marshall, W.L.
Mattison, L.W.
Mattison, T.S.
Meares, Wyatt
Meares, S.M.
Myers, Jeremiah
McCollough, James

I've found more information about the following soldiers:

Pinckney Lafayette Chandler: This is my 2x great-grandfather.  He was born 29 Dec 1842/ died 25 Dec 1868; son of Willis Chandler and his wife, Leanna Campbell; husband of Susan Elliotte Vance Chandler Davenport; father of Dr. William Vance Chandler

Francis Marion Austin: born 17 Oct 1837/ died 7 June 1916; brother in law of  Pinckney Lafayette Chandler (married to his sister Sarah Ann “Annie” Chandler); son of Vincent Austin and his wife, Mary Kerby

Chisolm Austin: brother to soldier Francis Marion Austin

Thomas W. Austin: also brother to soldier Francis Marion Austin

Captain William Arthur Bolling Davenport: son of Isaac Davenport; postmaster of Horse Creek




Thursday, October 24, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday: Andrew Jackson Pool elected Tax Collector in Hall County, Georgia- January 1853

I think one of the biggest Treasure Chests for genealogists are old newspapers.  Look what I found this week...

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Andrew Jackson Pool was elected Tax Collector in Hall County, Georgia.  I just found this in the Southern Banner newspaper from Athens, GA on page 3 of the 20 January 1853 edition.  The entire newspaper can be viewed at:

http://athnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu/athnewspapers/view?docId=news/sbn1853/sbn1853-0011.xml&query=Poole&brand=athnewspapers-brand

Born in South Carolina, the future Brigadier General A.J. Pool (1815-1884) married Sarah Armstrong Norvell (ca1811-ca1892) and they are both buried in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in Hall County.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday: W.V. Chandler et al to I.W. Davenport

Old Deeds are truly a treasure chest ready to open- perfect for Treasure Chest Thursday!

W.V. Chandler et al to I.W. Davenport

Page 245
The State of South Carolina

Know all men by these presents, that we W.V. Chandler, H.E. Davenport, Robert Davenport, James I. Davenport and Viola Davis in the State of aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of five hundred dollars to us in hand paid at and before the sealing of these presents by I.W. Davenport the receipt where of is hereby acknowledged, have granted, bargained, sold and released and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the...

[next line illegible- bottom line of page did not scan well]

Page 246
tract of land situate, lying and being in the County of Greenville and State aforesaid, containing one hundred and ten 88/100 acres, more or less, in Dunklin Township, being part of the real estate of the late W.G. Vance and a portion of the tract conveyed by Sicily Vance, Samuel G. Vance, W.S. Cox, and E.O. Cox to Susan Elliott Chandler by deed recorded in the RMC office in Book EE, page 184.  The tract hereby conveyed being fully described an a plat made by J.D. Sullivan and dated 21-22 January 1870, and being tract No. 1 [or 7?] on said plat, and being the same where on the said Susan Elliott Chandler (then Susan Elliott Davenport) lived at the time of her death, and bounded by lands of the late F.M. Davenport, estate of Wm. S. Vance, Wm Scott and Robert Ellison. 

Together with all and singular the rights members hereditaments and appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining.  To have and to hold all and singular the said premises before mentioned unto I.W. Davenport his heirs and assigns forever, And we do hereby bind our heirs executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises into the said I.W. Davenport, his heirs and assigns against us and our heirs lawfully claiming or to claim the same of any part there of, witness our hands and seals this 19th day of November A.D. 1897, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight-hundred and ninety seven, and in the one hundred and 22nd year of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America,

[signed by:]
W.V. Chandler (seal)
H.E. Davenport (seal)
R.W. Davenport (seal)
J.I. Davenport (seal)
Viola Davis (seal)
J.I. Davenport (seal) [The following was printed to the side:] FM Settemaier Ottilie Jenisch witness as to signature of J.I. Davenport


Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of
W.B. Rains
J.H. Traynham
J.N. Coggins
W.P. Blackburn
W.H. Cheney, A.D. Bass

State of South Carolina
Greenville County...
[next line illegible- bottom line of page did not scan well]

Paged 247
and made oath that he saw the within named H.E. & Rbt Davenport & Viola Davis sign seal and as their act and deed deliver the within written deed and that he with W.B. Rains, witnessed the execution there of, sworn to before me this 17(19?) day of November A.D. 1897.
                                                                                                            J.H. Traynham
W.R. Rains (seal)
Nat. Pub, So. Ca.

The State of Georgia
Banks County

I W.B. Blackburn do hereby certify unto all whom it may concern that Mrs. W.V. Chandler the wife of the within named W.V. Chandler, did this day appear before me and upon being privately and separately examined by me did declare that she does freely voluntarily and without any compulsion dread or fear of any person or persons whom so ever renounce release and forever relinquish unto the within named I.W. Davenport his heirs and assigns all her interest and estate and also all her right and claim of dower, of in or to all and singular the premises within mentioned and released, given under my hand and seal this the 22 day of November A.D. 1897. 
                                                                                                J.N. Coggins Free[?] Holder
                                                                                                W.P. Blackburn J.P.
Tina Chandler (seal)



State of Tennessee
Hamilton County

Personally before me D.J. Manning Not. Pub. came A.D. Bass and made oath that he saw the within named Jas I. Davenport, sign, seal and as his act and deed deliver the written Deed and that he with W.H. Cheney witnessed the execution thereof, Sworn to before me this 4th day of December 1897.
                                                                                                W.H. Cheney
D.J. Manning (LS)
Notary Public

State of Tennessee
Hamilton County

Personally appeared before me D.J. Manning a Notary Public in and for the county aforesaid the undersigned J.I. Davenport, who acknowledged the foregoing signature to deed to be done for the purpose therein appeared[?] Given under my hand and Notary __ this Nov. 23rd 1897.
[next line illegible- bottom line of page did not scan well]

Page 248
The State of Georgia
Banks County

Personally before me W.D. Lewis N.P. for Habersham Co GA, came[?] J.N. Coggins and made oath that he saw the within named W.V. Chandler sign seal and as his act and deed deliver the within Deed, and that he with W.P. Blackburn witnessed the execution thereof.

Sworn to before me this 7th day of December 1897,
                                                                                                            J.N. Coggins

W.D. Lewis (LS)
Not. Pub.

Recorded for 23rd Dec. 1897




***Transcribed by: Julie Ellenburg Wingate
14 February 2012

[Transcriber’s note:  no additions or corrections have been made with the exception of the title on the first line, W.V. Chandler et al to I.W. Davenport.  Any questions or notes are within [brackets] as shown here.  Several words were difficult to read.  If I was unsure about a word being correct I added [?] behind the word.]

[Transcriber’s additional information about individuals:

William Vance Chandler was the only child of Pinckney Lafayette Chandler and Susan Elliotte Vance Chandler.  After his father died in 1868, his mother later remarried Ira William Davenport.  Susan and Ira had many more children.  Some of these children were: H.E. Davenport, Robert Davenport, James I. Davenport and Viola Davis.



-W.V. Chandler:  Dr. William Vance Chandler; Will Chandler was my great-grandfather. -H.E. Davenport:  Henry Eugene Davenport (my grandfather called him “Uncle Bub,” married to Charlsie Brimer)
-Robert Davenport:  Robert West Davenport (my grandfather called him “Uncle Bob”)
-James I. Davenport:  (I think he’s James Ira Davenport but I’m not positive, he was in Arkansas by 1903 and settled in Washington state by 1910).
-Viola Davis:  Viola Davenport Davis (Mrs. Tom D. Davis)
-I.W. Davenport: Ira William Davenport (husband of Susan Elliotte Vance Chandler Davenport; step-father to Will Chandler)
-W.G. Vance:  William Gilmer Vance (father of Susan Elliotte Vance Chandler Davenport; husband of Sicily Devenport Vance)
-Sicily Vance:  Sicily Devenport Vance (please note- her maiden name is Devenport not Davenport, Mrs. William Gilmer Vance, mother of Susan Elliotte Vance Chandler Davenport)
-Samuel G. Vance:  son of M/M W.G. Vance, brother of Susan, husband of Alice Devenport
-Susan Elliott Chandler:  Susan Elliotte Vance Chandler Davenport, mother of 5 listed above
-F.M. Davenport: probably Francis Marion Devenport, father in law of Samuel Vance (Alice’s father)
-estate of Wm. S. Vance: unsure but feel this must mean William Gilmer Vance 
-J.H. Traynham: James Hembree “Coon” Traynham, married Samuel Vance’s daughter Lena, my grandfather called him “Uncle Coon.”
-Mrs. W.V. Chandler:  Tallulah Christine Jones Chandler, wife of Dr. W.V. Chandler, was a newlywed living in Baldwin, Habersham County, GA.

-One unusual bit of information about these individuals:
“FM Settemaier Ottilie Jenisch witness as to signature of J.I. Davenport”

FM Settemaier was buried in Lewis County, Washington in 1910.  Ottilie Jenisch was also there and she signed a deed regarding both FM Settemaier and James I. Davenport in Lewis County, Washington on 25 August 1910.  You can find more information here:
I will search for more information about these individuals.]
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Obituary of Willis C. Chandler- Feb. 1887 (Newspaper for Greenville County, SC)


The Enterprise and Mountaineer 
Vol. LXII- No. 37
Feb. 16, 1887

Page 3 (far left column, second paragraph from the bottom)

Mr. Willis Chandler, an aged gentleman and one of the oldest and best known citizens of Dunklin Township, died at his residence near Fork Shoals on Sunday last, aged about 80 years.  He lived to bury all of his children and his beloved wife.  His son-in-law, Capt. F.M. Austin, resided with him at the time of his death.  Mr. Chandler was a member of Fork Shoals Baptist Church, and was buried on Monday at the burial ground of that church.



-Newspaper on microfilm at Main Branch of the Greenville Library, Greenville, SC
- SC Microfilm Box #13; Enterprise and Mountaineer (Greenville); 2 Feb. 1887- 27 Nov. 1889
-transcribed on July 12, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Georgia State Archives need our help



Please help support the Georgia State Archives.  If proposed funding is not increased, then the archives may be forced to close to the public.  Thanks to Mr. Dick Eastman, for making us aware of this problem.




http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2011/03/georgia-state-archives-threatened-with-closure.html

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Organizing Genealogy Records

I was recently asked “How do you keep up with all the information you find?” A good, simple genealogy system can make the difference between an excellent researcher and a frazzled, disorganized, pile of unconnected papers. When I first started, I noticed I spent a lot of time searching for records that I already had- that was not only aggravating but it was a huge waste of time.


I went to my local library and checked out some books on organizing your family history records. I also searched online for a simple way to store my notes. I was tired of filing papers in a file so specific that I couldn’t remember the name of the folder where I put it. I needed a way to be able to travel with my files, taking all of them or only a few needed in that location. I didn’t want to have to carry bulky binders or punch holes in all my research. Most importantly, I wanted a system that was cheap to put together and that I could use forever.

Fifteen years later, I use a common system that I think many genealogists are familiar with. I am not claiming that I created this system. It’s just a combination of several ideas I read about that I thought would work best for me. I bought colored file folders and chose one color to represent each of my grandparents’ lines. For example my maternal grandmother’s (my Buffington line) ancestors all have blue folders, her husband’s folders (my Chandler line) are all red. My paternal grandmother (Thompson) has green folders and her husband’s (Ellenburg) folders are all orange. I included my husband’s lines (I combined Wingate & Davis) in yellow folders because I had an extra color in the pack. There is no reason I chose those particular colors to represent each line.

I used file folder labels and wrote each married couple’s name in Sharpie marker and listed both of their ahnentafel number from my pedigree charts. For example my maternal grandfather’s parents’ label (on a red folder) said “WV Chandler & TC Jones, 12/13.” Now because I am a complete dork about my office supplies staying pretty, I laminated the entire set of file folders for durability. It cost a little bit but after extensive use for over 10 years they still look brand new. After laminating I wrote the most basic facts about that married couple and their children. I only wrote down items that I could prove to be true. For example, my “WV Chandler & TC Jones, 12/13” folder front said:

12. Dr. William Vance “Will” CHANDLER- born 13 July 1867 in Greenville Co., SC; Died- 10 August 1952 in Baldwin, Habersham Co., GA; married 7 February 1897 in Hall Co., GA


13. Tallulah Christine “Tina” JONES- born 16 October 1878 in Hall Co., GA; died 21 January 1940 in Baldwin, Habersham Co., GA


i. Mary Christine CHANDLER- born 29 September 1909 in Baldwin, Habersham Co., GA; died 6 September 1911 in Baldwin, Habersham Co., GA


ii. 6. William Pinckney “Billy” CHANDLER- born 29 April 1914 in Baldwin, Habersham Co., GA; died 1 July 1996 in Baldwin, Habersham Co., GA; Married 12 January 1941 in South Carolina
m. 7. Lottie Inez BUFFINGTON- born 12 September 1920 in Gillsville, Hall Co., GA; died 21 April 2007


iii. Julia Nelle CHANDLER- born 29 October 1917 in Baldwin, Habersham Co., GA; died 3 April 1978 in Baldwin, Habersham Co., GA; married ______
m. Leonard Jason Crane

I put all the records I have about Dr. & Mrs. WV Chandler and their children in this folder, with the exception of records pertaining to their son and his wife. Their son Billy and his bride Inez are my maternal grandparents and so they have their own folder (as ahnentafel numbers 6/7) with their own children. I put birth, death and marriage certificates in these folders, as well as important emails from fellow researchers (making sure I list their first and last name, email address and mailing address, and the date of correspondence). I often make several copies of important census records to put a copy in both the parent’s and child’s family folder.

This is a brief summary of my system. This is by no means the only way to organize your files- it’s just the way that works best for me. Try and find one that works best for your needs. Please let me know if you have any questions. I’ll be glad to help you.

A good source for beginners is The Genealogy Sourcebook by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack. You can find more information about it here on Google Books:

http://books.google.com/books?id=kZotbGofk20C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

A free online explanation can be found on www.about.com at:

http://genealogy.about.com/cs/organization/a/filing_systems_3.htm

Friday, June 18, 2010

1931 Obituary of William Berrien Buffington- Hall County, GA

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The Gainesville News

Gainesville, Hall County, GA
Wednesday, March 11, 1931
Front Page

__________________________________________________
W.B. Buffington, 84, Former Tax Receiver, Rests at Timber Ridge


In the death of Mr. William Berrien Buffington, 84, prominent Hall county citizen and former tax receiver, which occurred at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon at his home between Gillsville and Lula, the county loses a valuable citizen and his church a devoted member.


Funeral services, largely attended, were held at Timber Ridge Baptist Church this afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. H.C. Martin, and interment was in the church yard there.


Mr. Buffington had made his home in Hall county practically all his life, and had been a very successful farmer. He was a devoted member of the Baptist church since youth, and had served on the board of deacons of that church for a long time. He had also served with distinction in the Civil war, and in the realm of politics had been successful in a number of campaigns for tax collector of this county, in which he sustained his reputation for integrity and fair dealing. Possessed of a pleasant disposition and genial personality, Mr. Buffington had endeared himself to a host of friends in this section who received the news of his death with sincere regret.

His widow preceded him to the grave several years. He is survived by twelve children, Mrs. J.D. Hawkins, Mrs. C.M. Bolding, Mrs. E.D. Hawkins, Mrs. O.D. Buffington, Mrs. N.A. Martin and J.B. Buffington of this city; Mrs. J.D. Martin, W.J., C.E. and H.E. Buffington of Atlanta, L.A. Buffington of Cedartown, and Mrs. E.S. Buffington of Mitchell, Ga. Fifty-eight grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren also survive him.

Source: The Gainesville News on microfilm at Hall County Library, Gainesville, GA

William Berrien Buffington was married to Amanda Marcellus "Marcie" Pool.  My grandmother (his great-granddaughter) remembered people calling him "Judge Billy."

***Note- I plan to go back and take a better photograph of the tombstone under the tree.  There were yellow jackets nearby so I took a quick photograph or two and left.



Thursday, June 17, 2010

1919 Obituary for Amanda Marcellus "Marcie" Pool Buffington (Mrs. William Berrian Buffington)



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The Gainesville News

Wednesday, January 8, 1919
Page 8

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MRS. W.B. BUFFINGTON

Mrs. W.B. Buffington, aged 68 years, died last Tuesday afternoon at her home in Glade district.

The funeral and burial took place at Timber Ridge church last Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Buffington exemplified those Christian graces in her life that lend a helping influence in life and leave a shining example after death for those who knew and loved her to follow. The community and county loses a noble woman and Christian character in her death.

She is survived by her husband and twelve children, viz: J.B., of Gainesville; C.E., W.J. and Herbert, of Atlanta; L.A. of Lineville, Ala.; Mrs. J. D. Hawkins, Mrs. Edd Hawkins, Mrs. Emory Buffington, Mrs. O.D. Buffington and Miss Ina Buffington, all of this county; Mrs. J.D. Martin, of Athens; Mrs. C.M. Bolding, of Flowery Branch.

Original newspaper microfilm at Hall County Library, Gainesville, GA

[Personal note: This is the obituary for Amanda Marcellus "Marcie" Pool Buffington (Mrs. William Berrian Buffington). She was the daughter of Brigadier General Andrew Jackson Pool and Sarah Armstrong Norvell Pool.]

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

1932 Obituary of Ara A. Buffington Buffington (Mrs. Obourn Delong Buffington)

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The Gainesville Eagle

Gainesville, Hall County, GA
Thursday, Oct. 13, 1932
Section: Down the Valleys of Hall
____________________________

Gillsville Route 2


Mrs. O.D. Buffington

 Mrs. O.D. Buffington, age 58, died suddenly at her home near Gillsville Wednesday morning, Oct. 5. She had apparently been in good health up to the time of her death. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Buffington. She had been a faithful member of the Methodist church for a long time and was a faithful wife and devoted mother. She had many friends throughout the state who were saddened to learn of her death.

 Funeral services were conducted at the Buffington cemetery Friday morning with Rev. E.C. Sweat_am? officiating, with interment there.


Surviving are her husband, five brothers and sisters and five children. ___ Guy Buffington of Atlanta; Frank, Mark, O.D. Jr., Buffington and Miss Lottie Blanche Buffington all of Hall county.



Source: The Gainesville Eagle on microfilm at Hall County Library, Gainesville, GA



Personal Note- This is the obituary of Ara A. Buffington Buffington (Mrs. Obourn Delong "Buddy" Buffington).  She was the daughter of William Berrian "Billy" Buffington and Amanda Marcellus "Marcie" Pool, all of Hall County, Georgia.


The phrase on her tombstone says:
"Sad was the shock that day
you bade no one a last
farewell A last goodbye
you could not say"

Friday, April 16, 2010

Deed from OL Buffington to OD Buffington- 10 Aug. 1895 Hall Co., GA

This is a deed I transcribed that shows that my great-great-great-grandfather OL Buffington sold land to his son (and my great-great-grandfather) OD Buffington. It is dated 10 August 1895 in Hall County, Georgia. OD Buffington is the father of my great-grandfather Frank Buffington.
_____________________________

State of Georgia, Hall County.

This indenture made this the tenth day of August in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred & Ninety Five 1895, between O.L. Buffington of said county of the one part and O.D. Buffington of the same county of the other part.

Witnesseth, that the said O.L. Buffington for and in consideration of the sum of One hundred Dollars to him in hand paid at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt where of is hereby acknowledged hath granted & bargained, sold and consigned and doth by __ presents grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said O.D. Buffington his heirs and assigns, all that tract or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the county of Hall State of Georgia, containing seventy five acres, more or less, lying on the waters of the North Oconee River beginning at a white oak corner on the publick road thence nearly east strate to a red oak on the proper home line thence N.W. with said line to a P.O. Oak on the timber ridge road, thence rep said road to a Spanish oak thence W. with the old road to a rock on the public road leading to Dunagan’s Mill thence nearly west to a Sower wood thence S.E. direction to a dogwood, thence N. to a rock at the forks of the road S. with the public road to the beginning corner-

To have and to hold, said tract or parcel of land unto heir the said O.D. Buffington his heirs and assigns together with all and singular the rights, members and appurtenances thereof to the same in any manner belonging to his and there own proper use, benefit and behoof forever in fee simple.

And the said O.L. Buffington for himself, his heirs, executors and administrators the said bargained premises unto the said O.D. Buffington his heir and assigns will warrant and forever defend the right and title thereof against themselves and against the claims of all other persons whatever.

In witness where of the said O.L. Buffington hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal, the day and year above written.

Signed, sealed and delivered
O.L. Buffington L.S.

in presents of
W.B. Crow
S.S. Crawford, J.P.
Recorded April 28th, 1904.
Thos. M. Bell, C.S.C.

Deed Book 10; Index _ - 314; page 261 & 262; Hall County Records Room, Gainesville, GA

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday- Birth & Death Certificates (This one of Dovie King Buffington)

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This is the Georgia Death Certificate of Dovie Emmeline King Buffington.  She is the daughter of John King, Jr. (1795-1852) & his wife,  Kezia King (1805-1878).  Dovie King married Ezekiel Buffington (1832-1911). He is the son of Ezekiel Lafayette Buffington and his wife, Nancy Gilmer/Gilmore.  Both born in Hall County, GA they later moved through Lumpkin County, GA and later into Ellijay, GA in Gilmer County.

Dovie & Ezekiel are the parents of my great-great-grandfather, Walter Leonedas Buffington
He often went by Walter Lee Buffington.

Birth and Death Certificates can be one of our best treasures to find as genealogists. Just remember- they often contain mistakes.  This one has an obvious error or two.



 photo DSCF2825.jpg Tombstone in Jarrett Cemetery, Ellijay, Gilmer County, GA.
Thank you for sharing this photograph Patricia!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Land Deed- William Devenport To Temperance Chandler- 22 Feb 1838 in Greenville Co., SC

William Devenport To Temperance Chandler- pg 139
Two Hundred and Sixty One acres (Devenport Homeplace)
___________________________
The State of South Carolina
Greenville District

Know all men by these presents that I, William Devenport, of the State and District aforesaid for and in consideration of the natural love and affection I have for my Daughter Temperance Chandler, and one dollar to me in hand paid by the said Temperance Chandler of the said state and district aforesaid, have given, granted, bargained, sold and released, and by these presents do give, grant, bargain & sell & release unto the said Temperance Chandler, after my own and my wife's death, the plantation where I now live, and tract of land as described below, lying in the state and district aforesaid on the waters of Horse and Mountain Creeks. Beginning on a P.O. 3x thence running S.1.E.53.10 to a stake 3x bounded by land belonging to I. and John Kirby. Thence N.88 1/2 E. 51 to a stake 3x thence

page 140

N.24W.51.50 to a pine 3x thence N.70 1/2 W. to the beginning containing two hundred and sixty one acres, be the same more or lefs [less], but I retain possession of said plantation and everything appertaining thereto as long as I or my wife lives, and at our death to be given up to the said Temperance Chandler. Together with all and singular, the rights, members, hereditaments & appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining to have & to hold, all and singular the said premises above mentioned unto the said Temperance Chandler her heirs and afsigns [assigns] forever, And I do hereby bind myself my heirs executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises above mentioned unto the said Temperance Chandler (after the death of myself and wife) from myself and my heirs and from every person whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witnefs [Witness] my hand and seal this 22nd day of February A.D. 1838- and in the 62nd year of the Independence of the U.S. of America. Signed sealed

acknowledged and delivered in presence of

William Devenport, L.S.
Lewis H. Shumate
William Allison
Micajah Berry
Isaac Kirby

South Carolina
Greenville District

Personally came before me (the subscribing magistrate) Micajah Berry and made oath that he saw William Devenport Senr sign & seal the within deed of conveyance to Temperance Chandler, for the use & purpose therein specified & that L.H. Shumate, William Allison & Isaac Kirby were subscribing witnefses [witnesses] at the same time. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 8th December 1842.

Micajah Berry
L.H. Shumate, M.G.P.

Recorded for 4th January, 1843
Original delivered to I. Devenport

Transcribers note: Original document showed Devenport spelled as both Davenport & Devenport in the body of the deed; also both the names Isaac Kirby and James Kirby were listed as the 4th witness (Isaac in 1838, James in 1842)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

William Devenport to Isaac Devenport- Land Deed- Greenville County, SC

Here my 4th great-grandfather, William Devenport, sold land to his son, Isaac Devenport in 1838.

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William Devenport To Isaac Devenport- page 139
One Hundred Ninety-five and a half acres


The State of South Carolina
Greenville District


Know all men by these presents that I, William Devenport, of the State and District aforesaid for and in consideration of the natural love and affection I have for my son Isaac Devenport and in consideration of the sum of one dollar to me in hand paid by the said Isaac Devenport of the said state and district aforesaid have granted, bargained, sold, released and given and by these presents do give, grant, bargain & sell unto the said Isaac Devenport a plantation & tract of land lying in the state and district aforesaid, on the waters of horse creek of Reedy River being the tract of land that the said Isaac Devenport now lives on. Beginning on a P.O. 3x thence N.8.E.46.25. to R. Oak (down) thence S.44W.24.25. to a post O. 3x, thence N.37.W15.10 to a poplar 3x. thence S.56W13.90 to S.G. 3x, thence S. 39 1/2 W.39.30 to R.O. 3x, thence S.70 1/2 E. 42. to a pine 3x, thence N. 57. E. 20.50 to the beginning, containing one hundred ninety five and a half acres be the same more or lefs [less], but retaining to myself and wife the privilege of using any of the timber on the place as long as either of us live, and at our death to be given up to the said Isaac Devenport. Together, with all and singular, the rights, members, hereditaments & appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining to have & to hold, all and singular the said premises, above mentioned unto the said Isaac Devenport his heirs and afsigns [assigns] forever, And I do hereby bind myself my heirs executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises to the said Isaac Devenport his heirs and assigns against myself and my heirs and against every other person whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witness my hand and seal this 22nd day of February A.D. 1838- and in the 62nd year of the Independence of the U.S. of America.


William Devenport, L.S.


Signed sealed acknowledged and delivered in presence of us


Lewis H. Shumate
William Allison
Micajah Berry
Isaac Kirby


South Carolina
Greenville District


Personally came before me (the subscribing magistrate) Micajah Berry and made oath that he saw William Devenport dead, (during his life) execute the within deed of conveyance to Isaac Devenport, purpose therein specified & that L.H. Shumate, William Allison & James Kirby were subscribing witnefses [witnesses] at the same time. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th December 1842.


Micajah Berry
L.H. Shumate, M.G.P.




Recorded for 4th January, 1843
Original delivered to I. Devenport


Transcribers note: Original document showed Devenport spelled as Davenport in the body of the deed but the signature clearly shows he signed it as "William Devenport;" also both the names Isaac Kirby and James Kirby were listed as the 4th witness (Isaac in 1838, James in 1842)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Follow Friday- Greenville County Records Online

What better way to start my first “Follow Friday” than to share a link to an amazing online source?


Greenville County, South Carolina has posted images of early Land Records and I have found so many wonderful deeds that I did not know existed. These are the original images on file in Greenville, not typed transcribed copies that often contain errors. Here’s the link to the disclaimer so you can check it out yourself:


http://www.greenvillecounty.org/disclaimer/ROD_Geneology_Disclaimer.asp?DirURL=http://www.greenvillecounty.org/rod/geneology.asp



I have transcribed one of my family’s deeds below. This was when my great(x4)-grandfather, William Devenport deeded land to his daughter (and my great(x3)-grandmother), Sisaly Devenport Vance in 1838. She and her husband, William Gilmer Vance lived in Laurens County, South Carolina at that time.
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William Devenport To Sicily Vance- page 102
Deed 166 1/2 Acres


The State of South Carolina
Greenville District


Know all men by these presents that I, William Devenport of the State and District aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of love and affection I have for my daughter Sicily Vance of the state aforesaid and Laurens District have granted bargained sold and given, and by these presents do give grant bargain sell and release unto said Sicily Vance a parcel or tract of land laying in the state and district aforesaid on the waters of horse creek of Reedy River. Beginning on a S.G. 3x thence running N.50.W.30.60. to a stake 3x bounded by land that belongs to the estate of John Anderson thence S. 52. W. 49. to a stake 3x bounded by Tully Bolling thence S.46.E.16.83 to a Red oak 3x thence S. 70 1/2 E.26 to a R.O. 3x thence S. 391/2 W. 39.50 to the Beginning containing one hundred and sixty six and a half acres be the same more or less, but retaining to myself and my wife the privilege of using any timber in the place as long as either of us lives and at our death to be given up to the said Sicily Vance for the use of her and the ishue [issue] of her body and if she never has any children or non living at her death then the said tract of land to fall back to my estate and be equally




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divided between my four other children or their heirs. Together with all and singular the rights members hereditaments and appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and singular the premises above mentioned unto the said Sicily Vance and the ishue [issue] of her body, (if she has any, but if she has none then to my other four children and their heirs and assigns forever) to wit, Francis Devenport, Isaac Devenport, Susannah McDavid and Temperance Chandler, And I do hereby bind myself my heirs executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises above mentioned unto the said Sicily Vance and the issue of her body, but if she has none then to my other legatees as mentioned above their heirs and assigns against myself and my heirs and against every other person whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witness my hand and seal this twenty second day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight and in the sixty second year of the Independence of the United States of America.


William Devenport, L.S.


Signed sealed acknowledged and delivered in presents of us


Lewis H. Shumate
William Allison
Micajah Berry
Isaac Kirby




South Carolina
Greenville District


Personally came before me the subscribing magistrate Micajah Berry and made oath that he saw William Devenport (son) sign & seal the within deed of conveyance to Sicily Vance for the use and purpose therein specified & that Lewis H. Shumate, William Allison and Isaac Kirby were subscribing witnesses at the same time. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 8th December 1842.


Micajah Berry
Lewis H. Shumate, M.G.P.


Recorded for 1st June, 1846, by Robt. McKay, R. M.C.
Original delivered to Davenport

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday- What contributions are you making for your descendants?

This week when I was thinking of Treasure Chest Thursday, I couldn’t help but think of the 2010 US Census that many of us recently received in the mail. I made a copy of my completed census before I mailed it in to include with my personal genealogy records. What took me a few seconds may make life easier for my own descendants one day- especially since they won’t have to wait 70 plus years to see my personal results of the 2010 census.

This made me wonder what else I could save to make researching my immediate family easier for future generations. Of course I have copies of the basic forms and certificates such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, baptismal records and school/graduation information. But what else would help my future family learn more about me? I have labeled all my photographs (both old pictures and recent snapshots) and organized my applications to lineage societies but what other items should I save to make this a collection a true “Treasure Chest” for my children’s children?

What do you save? What documents do you feel are important to save for future generations? I’d love to hear what you are keeping for your own descendants. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday- An Unusual Namesake is still a Welcome Namesake

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My daughter was 4 years old this Christmas of 2009 when Santa Claus brought her a Madame Alexander doll. She immediately called her "My own twin doll" because they both have blond hair and blue eyes. She carried her around all morning. Later in the morning on Christmas, I asked her "What are you going to name that baby?" Her answer completely shocked me. I'm glad my husband was there because he would have never believed she came up with this name without any help from me. So why was I so shocked?


She said "I am going to name her "Susan Elliotte Vance Chandler" and call her "Elliotte."" The reason I was speechless was that this was the full name of my great-great-grandmother and her great-great-great-grandmother. Susan Elliotte Vance Chandler was born 26 March 1846 and lived in Greenville County, South Carolina. The 4th child of William Gilmer Vance and Sisaly Devenport, Elliotte married Pinckney Lafayette Chandler (possibly around 1866). Pinckney was the son of Willis C. Chandler and Leanna Campbell.  Together they had one child, William Vance Chandler, on 13 July 1867. Her husband Pinckney died on Christmas Day in 1868 at the young age of 25. Later the young widow remarried Ira William Davenport and had a large family with him. She also died young on 3 September 1882 at the young age of 36.


I have often wondered how horrible that Christmas Day must have been for her- losing her husband so suddenly and being left alone to care for a 17 month old child. Who would have thought that one Christmas morning 141 years later someone would pay tribute to her in such a special way? I can't imagine anything more wonderful than to be remembered. I think that’s all our ancestors want. But to hear her great-great-great-grandbaby call out her name 127 years after her death? I know she was proud.


So how did my daughter even remember this name? I had told her this name in passing weeks before. I think that in itself is remarkable for a 4 year old girl to remember. But maybe she had some help. Maybe someone special whispered it in her ear. Regardless of how she remembered the name, I am so proud she did. It made my day and I know it made a group of people in heaven very happy too.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday- I've added my Family Tree online

For this week's "Treasure Chest Thursday," I am adding my own treasure- my own research.  I have finally added my Family Tree online.  I found a neat (and free) site that will allow me to share my Family Tree with others. It's called "Tribal Pages."

I have put off doing this because I didn't want people to simply copy and paste my names into their "name collector tree" of thousands of names without verifying any of my information.  I will be glad to share all my sources but please don't copy and paste my Family Tree and call it your own.  Our ancestors deserve more respect than that.  Everyone wants to be remembered but I don't think anyone wants to be remembered incorrectly.

If you find any errors or have any questions, please let me know.

Simply click this image (in the column on the far left) to visit my Family Tree.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Old photos of Baldwin sought for Facebook page- The Northeast Georgian; Dec. 1, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Northeast Georgian Newspaper
Page 3A


Old photos of Baldwin sought for Facebook page
By- Rob Moore


Baldwin has special meaning for Julie Ellenburg Wingate of Gainesville, whose ancestors lived there for many years.

“Years ago at special times, my grandfather would go to his father’s old desk and open a few ‘secret’ compartments to reveal four beautiful daguerreotypes for me to see,” she says. “These pictures were unknown relatives from a century before, their names lost when my great-grandfather died. Staring into their eyes I felt so close to them, intrigued to know more about them- who they were, how they spent their days, were they happy? As I looked at these people, my ancestors seemed to be trying to tell me the answers to all my questions and asking me to find all the answers and more. I was instantly hooked and my fascination with my family history began.”


Now, that family history search has expanded not only to include he blog, http://mypapasbook.blogspot.com, but also to a Facebook page of old Baldwin photographs.


“I still look at those daguerreotypes and have so many questions,” Wingate says. “Copies of those pictures hang in my hallway so I see them everyday. If only I knew their names for sure, I might be able to piece together the rest.”


“I started my family history research to help answer some questions my grandfather, W.P. Chandler, had about his ancestors,” she says. “He was very interested but as he had gotten older his vision was deteriorating, making it difficult for him to read. As a recent college graduate, I volunteered to find some basic records about our family members. I never knew how much I'd enjoy it! My grandfather was so impressed with the research I'd bring to him that he repeatedly told me that I should write a book. After a few months of research I gathered all the information I had gathered and put the facts together in a short document titled ‘Papa's Book.’ For years I have continued my research and now have gathered enough information to write an extensive book for all 4 of my grandparents. I have created two blogs to share some of my research with others and in hopes meeting some cousins I've never met. I have included some of my pictures from Baldwin on my blog at http://mypapasbook.blogspot.com”


The Facebook page came about recently after Wingate saw another similar page about Cornelia.


“When I was working online, I was so excited to find Ken Morris' page of photographs of Cornelia- what a wonderful way to share our treasured photographs!” she says. “I was impressed by the wonderful pictures on the "Cornelia, GA- Home of the Big Red Apple" group on Facebook. I wrote to introduce myself to Ken and he suggested that I start a similar group for Baldwin.”


“Although I have never lived in Baldwin, my family has lived there for over 113 years,” Wingate says. “My great-grandparents, Dr. William Vance Chandler and his wife, Tallulah Christine Jones, were active in the Baldwin community from the time they married in 1897. Our family is fortunate to have lots of Dr. and Mrs. Chandler's pictures from the area.”


“I would like to share their pictures here and hope that members of the Baldwin group called ‘Historic Baldwin, Georgia in Habersham County’ can work together to identify both the unknown people and places in our photographs of Baldwin,” Wingate says. “Please add your own photographs, as well as memories, you have of Baldwin.”


She also knows that the city of Baldwin is split between Habersham and Banks Counties, but named the group the way she did because during her genealogical research for Baldwin, she kept coming up with Baldwin County. Those interested can upload their photos to the Facebook page. Also, Ken Morris has offered to scan and post Baldwin photos for those who need him to.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

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Merry Christmas to all my family- from those close by to those far away and especially those that are no longer with us.  I love you all very much.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Elijah Smallwood mentioned in Hall County, GA's Sheriff Sale- 21 April 1853

“Southern Banner” Newspaper
Athens, Georgia

 
(Published weekly on Thursdays)


21 April 1853


Hall Sheriff’s Shale,


Will be sold before the courthouse door in Gainesville, Hall County, on the first Tuesday in May next, within the legal hours of sale, the following property to wit:


Fifty acres of land, more or less, in said county…


Also at the same time and place, all the right, title and interest, that the defendant has in and to the tract of land where on he now lives, in the 12th district of said county, adjoining the lands of Elijah Smallwood and others, levied on by a fi fa issued from the Justice’s Court of the 310th district GM of said county, Henry Collam vs. John Clark, Levy made and returned to me by a Bailiff.


March 31 A. Kennedy, Sh’if


Microfilm in possession of Hall County Library, Gainesville, GA branch


Microfilm:  “Southern Banner: March 18, 1852- March 8, 1855”
Cabinet #2, Drawer #8, Reel #11


Transcribers note: Title of article was written as “Hall Sheriff’s Shale


This article had one more paragraph that I have started as “Fifty acres of land…”

Monday, November 16, 2009

W.B. Buffington mentioned in "1903 Epitomized" from The Gainesville Eagle

The Gainesville Eagle Newspaper, Gainesville, GA


Date: 21 Jan. 1904





1903 Epitomized.


Local Events of Interest of the Past Year in Diary Form for Reference.






JANUARY.


1. City officers chosen for 1903 by City Council.


2. Dr. E.E. Dixon critically ill.


8. Celebrated Bellton municipal contest heard by ordinary of Banks county.


9. Boiler at Whaley's gin exploded, hurting two men.


10. Gainesville Cotton Mill director authorized issue of $350,000 preferred stock.


12. County Commissioners elected road overseers for districts.


13. Chamber of Commerce elected officers.


13. Train-load cloth left New Holland cotton mill, bound for Shanghai, China.


15. Carter Bros. Co. applied for charter.


15. Gainesville post-office receipts for 1902 reported to be about $9,000.


19. Hall superior court convened.


19. Lee's birthday observed by Daughters of Confederacy.


20. Seventeen divorce cases heard in Hall superior court.


21. Gainesville Medicine Co. granted charter.


21. Jno. T. Waters and W.D. Hawkins elected county commissioners by grand jury.


24. First? car on electric line ran from Southern R.R. depot to Brenau.


25. John Coffee died at Lula.


29. Mrs. J.A. Young died.






FEBRUARY.


2. Gainesville Ice Co. decided to enlarge its factory.


1. Dr. Emmett E. Dixon died.


8. Electric line began schedule to New Holland.


5. Mrs. H.C. Flowers died.


2. Work going forward planning for Confederate monument on public square.


9. Thos. M. Bell announced for congress against F. C. Tate.


15. Work began on Chattahoochee Park electric line.


16. City court convened.


19. Five new R.F.D. mail routes announced for Gainesville.


17. First carload freight shipped over electric line to Pacelot.


14. Bill introduced to provide for a post-office building for Gainesville.


20. W.B. Buffington lost an arm in a cotton gin.


25. Body of unknown negro found in creek near Flowery Branch.


27. Lemuel Brooks, aged 86, died at Candler.


27. Jeff Baugh attempted life of Miss Annie Pitman of Bellton.






MARCH.


1. Mr. B.L. Potter, aged 81, died at his son's home, Green Street.


5. North Georgia Gold Co. applied for charter.


10. Hall county commissioners talked bond issue for building better roads.


7. Thos. Brown run over by car on Main street and badly hurt.


12. Col. C.C. Sanders wrote from Palestine, where he was touring.


17. Candler Ashford hurt by fall from electric pole.


14. Fletcher Farmer knocked from Southern R.R. track; wagon smashed, driver unhurt.


17. Drs. M.M. and E.P. Ham enjoined trolley line; Drs. Bailey and Daniel bought Ham property and stopped injunction.


19. Final deals made for electric line's right-of-way to Chattahoochee Park.


20. Lightning fired W.H. Cochran's residence, Main street.


26. Gainesville Shoe & Clothing Co. asked for charter.


19. Arrangements made for sewerage system for city.


28. Rev. L. Williams died at Flowery Branch.






APRIL.


2. Planters' Oil Mill applied for charter.


2. "Greater Georgia" meeting for Gainesville at court house.


6. Five sites offered for post-office building.


8. Wm. Waldrip and Pledger Bonds drowned in Chattahoochee near Brown's Bridge.


12. Body of Wm. Waldrip found after four days search.


13. Severest hailstorm of decade visited Hall county, heaviest fall on Factory Hill.


19. Body of Pledger Bonds found after 11 days search.


18. Frank Redmond shot by Chief of Police Parks; officer exonerated by coroner's jury.


27. Memorial Day exercises held at court house.


27. Rev. A. Van Hoose died at Breman, aged 85.


29. G.J. & S.R.R. case called in special term of Hall superior court.


28. Mrs. W.W. Blair died at Judge J.B.M. Winburn's.






MAY.


6. City tax assessors find Gainesville real estate has increased in value $272,970 over 1902.


1. Daughters of Confederacy give "Trip around the World."


15. Dirt broken for new public school building.


13. Grand Council I.O.R.M. of Georgia, selected Gainesville for meeting in 1904.


24. Brenau began its 24th annual commencement occasion.


10. Harry Davis of Norfolk, Va., died at Ervin's boarding house from injuries received? while stealing a ride on Southern R.R. freight train.


11. Mrs. Gus Lowe hanged herself near A.J. Julian's home.


17. City public schools commencement preached.


15. Fireman Jno. A. Davis killed by his own train at Southern depot.


23. Wiley Tanner, married six weeks, died at his home, Chestnut Mountain. Cause of his death mysterious. His wife, formerly Miss Onie Duncan, held to answer to charge of poisoning.


24. Insane negro hides in Mr. Bud Howington's chimney near Bellmont.


25. B.W. Reed, sr., attempted suicide, Morgan's distrcit.


25. Work going forward macadamizing Main street.


27. Mr. T.H. Robertson of this city elected grand warden, I.O.O.F. of Georgia.


28. Survey for sewer system completed.






JUNE.


1. Cyclone ploughed its way through south end of city, spreading death, destruction and desolation from Gainesville Cotton Mills to New Holland; 125 killed, many more injured, property loss estimated at $400,000.


2. Entire county responded with financial aid and personal assistance- subscriptions to storm sufferers reaching $30,000.


4. Rescue work continued in rain; 50 funerals occurred at New Holland in an hour. Relief headquarters opened and hospitals improvised at New Holland and at county court house.


6. Preliminary hearing of Mrs. Onie Tanner for poisoning her husband, had today.


7. Thousand visited Gainesville to view the scenes of cyclone. Gainesville raised $500 to sufferers from cloudburst in S.C.


11. Wounded in hospitals improved nicely.


15. Colored hospital closed.


15. County school enumerators began their work.


17. Judge Kimsey renders decision in G.J. & S.R.R. case.


18. Railroad line surveyed to Pyrites mines.


22. Wholesale jail delivery from Hall county prison.


22. City teachers elected.


22. City and county invited to suppress vagrancy.


23. Storm relief commissary closed.


24. Brenau summer school opened.


25. City sexton Jno. W. Bailey died.


27. Fifty-four applicants to teach in county schools examined.


28. Great Thanksgiving exercises at auditorium, expressing gratefulness for all assistance rendered to tornado sufferers.


29. Mr. J.P. Flanders died suddenly at M.C. Brown's home.






JULY.


1. Work progressing rebuilding factories, stores, and homes destroyed or damaged by storm.


1. White hospital closed.


2. Mrs. W.B. Bell, mother of Clerk superior court, Hall county, died.


2. City census reported population of Gainesville, 6,009.


5. Mr. J.M. Towery, one of the old- [*transcribers note- this was an incomplete sentence- see below 4 lines]


7. County school census reports 4, 918 children of school age, excluding city and city district.


12. Gen. James Longstreet quite ill.


12. 52 persons baptized by Rev. D.S. Grindle, at New Holland.


est members of the local bar, died. [*transcribers note- this was an incomplete sentence- probably continuation from July 5th]


13. New Holland hospital closed.


17. Baptist S.S. Institute convened.


20. Suit off and decree issued for sale of G.J. & S.R.R., Hall superior court, special term.


21. Bob Roberts, young white man, met awful death by being run over by train on Southern R.R.


22. Tax digest showed increase of $305, 306 in Hall county property.


27. Mrs. Onie Tanner, charged with poisoning her husband, admitted to $2,000 bail; trial set for Sept. 22.






AUGUST.


5. City council decided to build system of sewers.


6. Atlanta, Buford, and Gainesville Electric R.R. Co. applies for charter.


8. Mrs. M.F. VanHoose died.


8. Mrs. B.B. Landers died.


17. Hall county democratic executive committee selected. Sept. 30 fixed as date of white primary for city court judge and solicitor.


17. Geo. C. Clements died.


18. Work began on new Chestnut Street Baptist church.


19. City tax rate fixed at $1.00.


20. Messrs. L.G. Potter and B.H. Whelchel hurt in wreck on Gainesville Electric Line.


28. "Military Day."


31. City schools open: attendance, _00.






SEPTEMBER.


1. Five new R.F.D. routes begin operation.


2. Gainesville's first bale of cotton for season marketed; brought $73.06.


7. Mrs. H.T. Martin died.- Rev. A.


8. Merck died. [*transcriber's note- should probably read "Rev. A. Merck died."]


8. Henry C. Deadwyler, of Harmony Grove, found dead near railroad north of New Holland. Six negroes arrested on suspicion.


16. Brenau begins 26th year.


16. Judge Jno. B. Estes, prominent citizen and jurist, died.


21. "Oakwood district" petitions for organization.


24. Eagle began printing by electric power.


26. Six negroes bound over for killing of H.C. Deadwyler.


30. Primary for judge and solicitor city court chose G.H. Prior and F.M. Johnson.






OCTOBER.


1. Mrs. Sallie Duckett, mother of Deputy Sheriff Duckett, died.


2. Government accepts property corner of Washington and Green streets for post-office site; price, $5,000.


2. Col. J.L. Baird, veteran of Mexican war, died.


3. Mr. J.R. Barnes accidentally killed by train near Montgomery, Ala.


7. Cornerstone of new public school building laid.


8. Chattahoochee Baptist Association met at Flat Creek in 79th session.


11. A.O. King, aged citizen, killed [*transcribers note- this was an incomplete sentence- see 2 lines below]


15. Work on city sewer system begun.


by train near Bellton. [*transcribers note- this was an incomplete sentence- probably continuation from Oct. 11th]


31. Messrs. W.O. Petty and J.B. Lipscomb exchange shots.






NOVEMBER.


2. Candler Horse Guards Carnival.


10. A law and order league, 200 best citizens of the city, enthusiastically and determinedly organize for suppression of blind-tigers and dives; $550 raised to enforce laws.


14. Bud Smith appointed special "tiger" bailiff.


19. Eagle publishes petition for liquor election with list of signers.


20. County Commissioners decide to build new jail.


22. Ordinary ordered local option election for Dec. 14th.


23. Mrs. Onie Tanner on trial, call term superior court, for murder.


23. Rev. M.L. Troutman sent to First M.E. church and Rev. R.M. Dixon to Myrtle Street for 1904.


26. Dozens deny publicly signing election petition.


26. Campaign against blind tigers goes vigorously forward.


27. Mrs. Onie Tanner acquitted.


27. John W. Eden died at Klondike.






DECEMBER.


4. Five negroes convicted of killing H.C. Deadwyler on excursion train; sentenced to terms in penitentiary.


5. White primary selects: Mayor, Howard Thompson; Councilmen, Hudson, Allen, and Bell.


10. Mrs. Mary Woodward died.


14. Local option election; Hall went dry by 1,518- over 7 to 1.


15. Sidney Smith won medal for Hall county in North Georgia Oratorical contest.


23. W.H. Craig elected to City Council.










-Microfilm in possession of Hall County Library, Gainesville Branch, Gainesville, GA