Jul 10

Redding House, Dade County, Georgia

Recently I had the pleasure of accompanying two fine Cherokee researchers, Anita and Cleata, on a field trip in the area of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Northeastern Georgia. The day was rather dismal with lots of rain, but our spirits were not dampened. Cleata was our tour guide and took us to a variety of places that Anita and I had never previously seen.

One of those places was the Redding House located in Dade County on Sarah Chapel Road not far from the community of Wildwood. The old double pen (with dog trot) structure is located in a small pristine valley and surrounded by pastures. Adjacent to the property that the house is sitting on is an old barn with the symbolic “See Rock City” painted on the roof.

The structure is in need of some tender loving care. Some of the siding has fallen away from the eastern side of the house (figure 4) exposing some of the logs allowing rot and insect damage as well as access into the house by other critters such as birds, bats, etc. Both chimneys show weathering to the mortar holding the bricks in place. The west chimney is in such disarray that it is dangerous to be in the vicinity as brick have fallen and will continue to do so.  The front porch appears to be unsteady. The steps on north side of the dog trot are no longer standing the the vertical boards on the north side of the structure show a great deal of decay, particularly on the bottom where they meet the ground. The current roof of the structure is made of metal (probably tin). Stone piles make up the foundation of the house.

It appears the the second story was added some time after the construction of the double pen cabin. A rear segment had also been added at sometime giving the building a “rear L” shape. Some extremely crude electrical wiring has been added to the house as witnessed in photo number 5 (west side).

The owner of the property is unknown to me. I can’t help but wonder if house research has been conducted and if the age of the building is known. Could the original double pen have been constructed before removal (1838) by a Cherokee?

Redding House, Dade County, Georgia

Barn with "See Rock City" pained across the roof.Front of the Redding House, Dade County, Georgia.View of the south side of the Redding House.2nd side of the Redding house.Back of the Redding House.Historical interpretive marker erected by the Dade County Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Map showing the approximate location of the Redding House.

Approximate location of the Redding House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul 02

Some Early Burials At Talona (Gilmer Co., Ga.)

Talona Baptist Church is located near the Gilmer and Pickens County boundary in Whitestone, Georgia (off of Ga. State Route 515)  The Ray family donated the land for the church which was established about 1865.

Some of the earlest burials with headstones still standing in 2002 were:

Goble, Cornelius, b. 1768, d. 1858
Goble, Sarah Teague, d. 1850
Ray, Mary, b. 1800, d. 18 Oct 1888
Ray, Robert b. 1793, d. Feb 1877

 

Talona Baptist Church

Talona Baptist Church

Tombstone of Sarah Teague Goble

Sarah Teague Goble

Tombstone of Cornelius Goble

Cornelius Goble

Tombstone of Mary and Robert Ray

Mary and Robert Ray

 

 

 

May 17

Civil War History in Georgia

This month 148 years ago, the Confederacy and the Union were engaged in numerous events in Resaca, Georgia.

For many years the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails (GCWHT) has been hard at work design historic tours within the state relating to various aspects of the Civil War (also known as “the late unpleasantness). By far the largest efforts relate to  the march of Sherman’s troops from Chattanooga to Atlanta (The Atlanta Campaign) and  the march of Sherman’s four corps from Atlanta to Savannah (The March to the Sea). Trails are also being developed for other aspects including a Jefferson Davis trail. Steve Longcrier, is the director of this monumental project and he and his wife, Ginger, have lived GCWHT 24-7 for over ten years.

GCWHT is developing historical markers and trail blazers. Visit their website for additional details including maps of some of the trails.

On Tuesday, May 14th, 2012, GCWHT dedicated the interpretive marker for the “Oostanaula River Bridges” in Resaca, Georgia. The marker was installed near the highway in front of the Gordon County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This marker, was installed on the property of the Gordon County Justice Center and Sheriff’s Office on U.S. Hwy 41 in Resaca, Georgia. Unveiling the marker were the president of the Friends of Resaca Battlefield,  a member of Resaca’s city council, and two Gordon County officials: president of the Chamber of Commerce and Sheriff.

When traveling in Georgia keep a mindful eye out for the GCWHT trail blazers and stop a while to be engage in Georgia’s history.

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Apr 12

Deed of Gift from James Hughes to His Daughter

While working with Record Group 75 (Bureau of Indian Affairs), Entry 222 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. I came across a deed of gift from James Hughes to his daughter Sarah.

RG75, Entry 222 is described in PI-163 thusly: “This series includes correspondence, property valuations, certificates of valuations, property returns, receipts for payments, petitions, depositions, registers, lists, schedules, notes, opinions, contracts, and powers of attorney. The records concern removal, valuatlon of property, claims, and other related subjects. Many of these records are preliminary versions of records among the records the Boards of Cherokee Commissioners, particularly those of the First Board.”

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Apr 10

Cherokee Committee to Receive Payment for Services Rendered

While working with Record Group 75 (Bureau of Indian Affairs), Entry 222 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. today, I came across a document list payments that would be made for services rendered in a file named “March 1837 through November 1838″

Names appearing in document signed 15 March 1837 for settlements for services rendered to: John Ridge, William Rogers, Saml W Bell, Andrew Ross, Joseph A Foremon, Geo W Adair, John Gunter, James Stair, Desedasker, Turtle Fields, Archilla Smith, Brice Martin, John Simson, George Chambers, Jessee Halfbreed, Archy Fields, Stand Watie, James Foster, Johnson Rogers, Lovely Rogers, and John A Bell.

RG75, Entry 222 is described in PI-163 thusly: “This series includes correspondence, property valuations, certificates of valuations, property returns, receipts for payments, petitions, depositions, registers, lists, schedules, notes, opinions, contracts, and powers of attorney. The records concern removal, valuatlon of property, claims, and other related subjects. Many of these records are preliminary versions of records among the records the Boards of Cherokee Commissioners, particularly those of the First Board.”

 

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Apr 01

Books for Sale by Dawson County Historical & Genealogical Society

The following books are available for purchase from the Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1074, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534; 706.265.3985; historicalsociety@dawsoncoutny.org; or at the Historic Courthouse in Dawsonville on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Cemeteries of Dawson County, Georgia. $30.00 ($35.00 shipped).

Dawson County, Georgia, Pictorial Book: The First Hundred Years (1857-1957)/. $43.00 ($48.00 shipped).

Yesterday Once More: A History of the Schools of Dawson County by Charles Finley. $30.00 ($35.00 shipped).

Of the Seeds They’ve Sown by Larry R. Pirkle. A collection of popular short stories published in national magazine. Larry is part of the sixth generation in his family to reside in the Etowah River district of Dawson County, Georgia. Paperback, $15.00 (18.00 shipped); Hardback, $25.00 ($30.00 shipped).

Cherokee Footpritns, Volume I by Charles O. Walker. $75.00 ($80.00 shipped).

Good-Fearing Criminals by J.M. Burt. A story of family life in rural Georgia. Paperback, $15.50 ($20.50 shipped); Hardback, $25,75 ($30.75 shipped).

Mar 20

Tombstone Tuesday: Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery

Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery at the intersection of Ga.State Highway 108 and Bethany Road near the Cherokee County line in southeastern Pickens County.

 

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Mar 13

Tombstone Tuesday: Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery

This headstone erected in the memory of Ewin is located in the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery at the intersection of Ga.State Highway 108 and Bethany Road near the Cherokee County line in southeastern Pickens County. The primitive carving on the head stone indicates that Erwin was born the 11 day of October 1814 and died on the 11the day of October 1851.

Mar 06

Tombstone Tuesday: Ball Creek Baptist Church, Part II

This series of images of grave markers for veterans buried in the Ball Creek Baptist Church is continued from Tombstone Tuesday on the 28th of February.

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Feb 28

Tombstone Tuesday: Ball Creek Baptist Church, Part I

Ball Creek Baptist Church, established in 1857, is located on Ga. Rt. 136 just woest of Keetor Road. A marble marker at the steps leading up to the cemetery reads:

“Ball Creek Church, Organized Aug. 5, 1857

Names of Presbytery: R. Jorden, James Underwood, John Holden

Names of Charter Members: A.K. Trible, John Langley, William Dover, Ealija Carrell (males; Maranda Allen, Elizabeth Dooley, Elizabeth Carrell, Delilia Collins, Jilley Underwood, Nancy Bracket, Dina a Blackwomen (females)”

Many veterans are interred herein. This is part of a series with photographs of headstones of the vets.


 

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