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  1. Looking for more inforamtion on William C Ray born about 1800 in N.C. He was in Elbert County Ga.(which later become Hart County) by 1822 when he bought some land. His wife’s name was Peggy. Please contact David T Ray, davidr@hartcom.net

  2. Seeking info on maiden name of Charity (?), married to Job Bowers, living in Wilkes County, Georgia in 1779 when Job was killed by Tories. Charity maried Samuel Karr around 1784, moved to Coweta County, Georgia in 1832. gdavenpo@bellsouth.net

    • Im interested in any imformation you may have on Charity. Or the Bowers side, please. Thank you!

    • I believe my great grand father, and grand father were slaves of Mr.Job Bowers family, who was Alice Bowers, who did she married? Where did the name Merritt Come from. Who were Ervin And Emily Merritt? Who was Polly Cox, My Grandmother Della was apparently with this family as a young slave girl.

  3. Looking for information on parents and siblings of James (Jim) F. Coker born August 1847 in Elbert County Georgia. James served in the Civil War in CO. D 9TH battalion. He married Mary Frances Graham December 1866 in Elbert County Georgia lyray@bellsouth.net

  4. I have seen the name of Rev. Benjamin Thornton, Jr. (1801-1878) of Hart Co. listed as Benjamin T. Thornton. Is there a Bible record or official document which shows the initial T? Also, what does the initial S in the name of his son Thomas S. Thornton stand for? Is there a Bible record or official document which shows the surname of the mother of Rev. Benjamin Thornton, Jr., the first wife of his father Benjamin Thornton, Sr.? yonahdells@windstream.net

  5. Seeking the burial place and parents of Benjamin Stalnaker (1810-1903) and Elizabeth Crenshaw (1816-1889). Benjamin is believed to be from Edgefield/Abbeville, South Carolina district. All census records show Elizabeth was born in South Carolina. They are shown in the census records living in Elbert, Hart, and Oglethorpe County, Georgia. Benjamin and Elizabeth had these known children: America Christine, Martha E., Mary Therisa, Henry Clay, Janes L., William Beverly, Palmira, and Swinton. Please contact Brenda Harbin, brharbin@hartcom.net

  6. Researching surnames:

    Hart and Elbert County, Georgia
    Adams, Bobo, Harris, Hunt, James, McMullan, Mouchet, Norman, Rampey, Ray, Roberts, Sanders, Skelton, Stalnaker, Teasley, Thornton, Tyner, Wansley, Ward

    Anderson County, South Carolina
    Harris, Mouchet

    Abbeville County, South Carolina
    Rampey, Stalnaker

    Floyd County, Georgia
    Bobo, Sanders

    Researching husband’s line:

    Hart, Elbert, and Franklin County, Georgia
    Carroll, Edwards, Harbin, Howell, Skelton, Vernon

    Stephens County, Georgia
    Busha, Farrow

    Abbeville, South Carolina


  7. Searching Hart and Franklin Ga for any info on Lewis Salmons who married Mary Bobo.Would like the children of this family thank you Annie

  8. Please note: my website is not genealogy, rather the true story of my dream come true. Do not want to mislead anyone into thinking it is genealogy.
    I am searching for the father of Elizabeth A. Henderson b. 14 Dec 1823 S.C. d. 6 Jul 1909; married James Stewart Cunningham CSA b. 1824 Franklin Co., GA. d. 9 Sep 1864 Ocmulgee Hospital Macon, GA.
    I have NO idea of the name of Elizabeth’s parents, although I found William A. Henderson lived in same area as Franklin Cunningham on 1830 Elbert County census… possibly father of Elizabeth? James Henderson witnessed Franklin’s will, so obviously a trusted friend of the family.
    I am searching for any Henderson descendants from Hart Co., who have further information.
    Diane S Sanfilippo

  9. On 12 Sep 1810 the Clerk of the Court of Ordinary of Franklin Co. (which adjoined Elbert Co.in 1810) placed an ad in a Wilkes Co. newspaper calling on all kindred and creditors to appear at the next court to show any cause as to why Benjamin Thornton and Thomas Thornton, Jr., who had applied for Letters of Administration on the estate of Thomas Thornton, deceased, should not be granted such Letters. The Thomas Thornton who was a son of Benjamin Thornton, Sr. of Elbert Co. cannot be the Thomas, Jr. because he would have been around age 10. So was the Thomas Thornton, deceased, the father of Benjamin Thornton, Sr. and also the father of the Thomas Thornton, Jr.?
    My e-mail yonahdells@windstream.net

  10. According to information from Ancestry.com, Gilbert D. T. Sanders, who was killed in the Civil War, is buried in the Reed Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Bowersville.

    U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
    Name: Gilbert D T Sanders
    Cemetery: Reed Creek Bapt Cem
    Cemetery Address: Bowersville, GA 30516

    But no dates are given. I think he was born in 1845, but I would like to know when and where he died…as well as a more exact birthdate if it is available on his tombstone.

    Does anyone know of a data base or anything regarding this cemetary or know where I might find this information and anything else about him, how he was killed, …anything? He’s a brother of my great grandmother.

    There was another brother, Matthew (Mattheus?) L. G. Sanders, b. about 1842, who I think was killed in the Civil War, but I cannot find anything online about his death or burial. I would also like information about him if anyone has any.

    I would greatly appreciate any information anyone can provide.
    Thank you!

  11. Looking for maiden name of priscilla ?? b1820, married 1st Henry T Smith, Franklin Co Ga, with children, Rhoda, Lavennia and James Madison Smith b 1846. Next married Joseph Bailey in Hart Co Ga, they had children: George T & Vastine b 1859, Stonewall Jackson & Captain Morgan b 1862/3, then Robert Lee Bailey. Do not know where they are buried, but feel that they did not live anywhere other than Hart Co after 1859. Priscilla could be a Thomas. There were some connections with the Smiths and Thomas families. Rhoda petitioned the court for a Thomas to be her guardian. There was also a Jackson name connected in some way. That would have been in Franklin Co. Her first in-laws were Hezekiah & Mary (Polly) Thomas Smith of Franklin Ga. Priscilla and her children are in the Hezekiah Smith household in 1850 census. She married Joseph Bailey. Lavennia and James Madison are found in 1860 in the household of Mary Thomas in Tuscaloosa Co Al. Rhoda and Priscilla are in the Joseph Bailey household in 1860. Thank you!
    Jeanette Smith Chism

  12. Any info on Charles T Hall married Ida Mae Sammons moved to Fla had large family.was tripets in the family Wendell Hall,Kenneth Hall and Maurice.born 1934.All these tripets was and are Dentists.

  13. I am researching the Byrum family of Hart County.
    Martha Byrum b. 1830, d. 1907 was my ggrandmother.
    I am looking for photos, stories, etc of any of the Byrum family, especially Martha Byrum.
    J White


  14. I found this query on the GenForum for Hart County, GA. http://genforum.genealogy.com/ga/hart/ > These are several years old, but somebody out there may be able to help in their research. I have included the posting date and message number on the forum, so you might can contact them through the forum.

    Cemetery on Island in Lake Hartwell?
    I am looking for a woman named Americus Howell SIMPSON, wife of Andy SIMPSON, who was born about 1860 and died about 1892-3 and is supposedly buried on a little island in Lake Hartwell. The family lived in Hart Co., from about 1885 to 1910. Any help appreciated. Lisa Keown Lentz, posted July 19, 2000, message #55. [No contact given- email did not print out, shows up as not_authorized.]

  15. ALEWINE, Noah Wilson mar BURTON, Narcissus
    b. b. 1861 Abbeyville, SC
    d. 1896 d. 1925
    both buried: Moon’s Grove Bapt. Ch. Cem, Madison Co., GA

    Parents: Josepha A. Alewine Parents: Peter Sallie Burton
    and Rebecca E. Litesey (Lightsey?) and Narcissus Davis.
    both of SC.

    Noah Wilson Alewine was a resident of Diamond Hill, Abbeyville, Co., SC in 1880 but sometime between then and 1894 they moved to Hart Co. GA. Information came from grandmother Dessie’s Family Bible.

    RESEARCHER: Peggy Jentgens , of Indiana < PPJent@aol.com


    F Dessie Alewine
    b 1894 Hart Co., GA

    • I live in Texas now. I am still looking for info on this family. Dessie Alewine Burroughs was my grandmother on father’s side. She was the daughter of Noah Wilson Alewine and Narcissus Burton. The name of Noah’s father was Joseph A. Alewine and mother was Rebecca Lightsey (various spellings). Thanks for any help.

  16. The attached photo is supposedly of two Hart County brothers in their Civil War Uniforms – William Thomas Bailey and Henry M. Bailey.
    (See Vanishing Hart County for this photo)

    This photo has been shown in several publications and locations. It (or a copy) is supposed to be in the Georgia Archives who obtained it in the Vanishing Georgia project back in the early ’70’s. That was a program where the University of Georgia sent out teams to each county seat in Georgia and asked people to bring old photographs in for copying so that they could save them in the Archives. So probably someone in Hart County had the original photograph at one time.

    I am wondering if any of the members might know who had the original photo and supplied it to the Vanishing Georgia team back in the 1970s.

    Joe Bailey

    Norcross, GA


  17. Hello,

    I am a membrer of the Sav. River. V. Gen Soc.
    My husband Frank Hemphill is a descendant of the Ayers family. I communicate with some Ayers cousins from Hab. Co as well as other places. Through DNA, they have dscovered that all the Ayers in the aea are not kin – as they had always thought. One cousin, from Texas, has proved their families’ DNA to – they think – the Moses Aayers from Reed Creek. He has sent me an email saying he “understands the Moses Ayers house at Reed Creek has been restored”. He wants additional info. about it. I was not aware that anyone even knew where Moses Ayers of Reed Creek lived. Can anyone enlighten me on this.

    Thank you,

    Frances S. Hemphill


    • Reply to segars1928@yahoo,com: I was born and raised in Reed Creek, member of the baptist church where many of the Ayers family are resting including Moses and my family. My cousion is responsible for erecting a grave marker honoring Moses. Sorry about not leaving a contact address, number etc. I may be contacted via email: tofudrunk1@AOL.com
      Shirley Carl Ayers

  18. My ancestors William Adams and Catherine “Caty” Mansfield lived in Elbert Co., GA after 1800. William Adams was the son of Rev. Soldier James Adams, Jr. and Jane Cunningham, they having moved to Elbert Co. from Fluvanna Co., VA. Family tradition has always been that Catherine came from the Baltimore, MD area. However, the marriage bonds of Fluvanna Co., VA show that William Adams and Caty Mansfield’s were dated 20 Mar 1797, that they were with consent of James Adams, and that the bond was made by Jos. G. Mansfield. Was Jos. G. Mansfield her father, brother or another close relative? Chandler Eavenson, e-mail yonahdells@windstream.net

  19. We are searching for information on Thomas Grady David, husband of Zadie Moss and father of Henry Grady David. Henry Grady born Jan 2, 1890( Hart County) and died in Anderson County on Mar 10, 1965.
    Reply Please.
    Carolyn Duncan
    P.O. Box 74
    Anderson, S.C. 29622

  20. I am trying to look for the parents of my great grandfather, Henry Grady Crider, who was born 01/15/1891 in Hartwell, Hart County, Georgia and died 12/12/1958 in Calhoun Falls, Abbeville County, South Carolina. Henry married Nettie Adams, who was born 08/24/1893 in Mt. Yonah, White County, Georgia and died 05/29/1983 also in Calhoun Falls, Abbeville County, South Carolina and I know that they had the following children:

    1.Clarence Washington Crider [1913-1977]
    2. J. B. Crider [1915-1916]
    3. Viola Crider [1918-1989] (my grandmother)
    4.Janie Odell Crider [1921-2004]
    5. Margie Mozell Crider [1924-1977]
    6. Charles Crider [1927-1991]

    My mother has said that her grandfather’s family named was spelled Crowder and for some reason my great grandfather changed to the spelling of Crider and I was wondering if you happen to have any information on Henry Grady Crider?


    Thanks In Advance,
    K. Chris Vickery

  21. Hi:

    I have a tough dilemna with my genealogy research.
    I have a question! My great great great grandmother Delphia Greenleaf was born in Africa in 1790 and sometime between 1790 and 1812 she was forced into the United States, because she had a son in Georgia, James Greenleaf in 1813 city or county unknown.

    She was listed in Hamilton, Harris County, GA on the 1870 census and she was 80 years old.

    Harris County was’nt developed until 1827 where would she possibly be in the early 1800s.

    I am looking for slave owners with that surname or any information that you can obtain.



  22. Looking for any info. on Richmond and Nancy (Carson) Skelton.He is my Great Grandfather x 4. Trying to find possible gravesite.

    Henry Eason

  23. Looking for any info on Richmond Skelton (1800-1877) and Nancy Carson Skelton. They are my Great Grandparents X 4. Does anybody know where they are buried.
    Henry Eason

    • I have not been able to locate the graves of Richmond and Nancy Carson Skelton. The short death notice in the local newspaper says he was a member of Sardis Baptist Church but does not mention a burial place. If he was buried there it is not marked. They are my 3rd great grandparents. I descend from their daughter, Lucinda Amanda E. Skelton that married James Jasper Ray.


      • Thanks for letting me know. Sorry about not getting back sooner but I forgot about this site.
        Henry Eason

  24. I am looking for information on Charity Bowers Karr (Carr). She married Job Bowers then Samuel Karr after Job’s death. I would love to know her maiden name and the name of her parents.

  25. Looking for marriage information on Thomas Cobbs Lackland to a Ferdinad ??? (b. S. Carolina apxy 1879). The marriage took place sometime between 1900 and 1902. Thomas was working in Savannah as a jeweler in 1900 and his first child was born in Georgia in 1902, Thomas Cobbs Lackland Jr.

    Any and all information would be appreciated.

    Melinda (macmom6@charter.net)

  26. I am looking for the date when the first Ankiewicz (Ankerich, Ankerwitz) came to the Hartwell GA or Anderson SC region. I have a reference of 27 Jan 1884 when Julie Ankerwitz married a John Ohlenbush in Anderson SC. I am trying to track down their 2 oldest children Henry and Annie born in this area.

    • Just in case you don’t have this:

      The Anderson Intelligencer, Issue January 31, 1884, Image 3
      Married, by Rev. D. E. Frierson, D. D., at his residence, on Sunday, 27th inst., Mr. John Ohlenbush and Miss Julia Ankerwitz, both of Anderson County, formerly of Germany.

      Library of Congress, Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers
      Image provided by University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC

  27. Does anyone know if there is a book covering Hart County Cemeteries, Specifically in Reed Creek Baptist Church. Im looking for my Morrison ancestors buried there.
    Krystle (Morrison) McNure

  28. Does anyone know anything about John Burgess who married Mary F Sammons in 1868?

    The only things I know about my great-grandfather, John Burgess, is his name, and the fact that he married Mary F Sammons on 23 Jan 1868 in Hart County. In the 1870 census, Mary is living with her mother and younger siblings and my toddler grandfather 300 miles away in Morgan county Alabama, with no sign of John Burgess.

    Gary Burgess

  29. We are looking for the mother of Georgia (Fountain) Pollett. Georgia was born Jan. 15, 1900 in Hart County, died Dec. 12 1925 in Montgomery County. Her father was (Jessie) Jack Fountain of Laurens County. Her husband was Lester Pollett.

    We have had no luck finding her mother’s name via census records online. We have her death certificate with mother’s name “don’t know.”

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
    Cristina Trotter
    Dublin-Laurens Heritage Center
    email: heritage at ocrl.org

  30. Just found a 1880 census that had Nancy Carson Skelton living with her daughter Lucinda Amanda Ray and son-in-law James Jasper Ray. Does anybody have any info on this.


    • James Jasper Ray was my g-g-grandfather. What information do you need ???
      David T Ray

  31. Looking for any info on a Benjamin Franklin Ray who was born in alabama and at sometime moved to Elbert/Hart county.

    Henry Eason


  33. Looking for any information on Essie Louvenia Shirley b.1852, d.1901. She married John Monroe Carlton 24 Dec. 1872 and I’m good from that point on, its her parents’ names that I cannot seem to find.

    John Carlton

  34. SRVGS is looking for the Family Histories of the people that are buried at Old Hendrys Cemetery to add to our newsletters in the coming months. Pictures of famiies are also welcomed. Email yours to davidr@hartcom.net or brharbin@hartcom.net.

  35. I would like to find a descendant of Elias Sanders (b. abt. 1775, m. Mary Carter) who would be willing to take a Y-DNA test. I am willing to pay for this test for a suitable candidate, that is, a Sanders male with an unbroken male line back to Elias. Please contact me if you know someone. Thank you!

  36. I am looking for information on my G-G-Grandparents, William O Vasser & Mary W Edwards. I believe he was born in 1810 or 1812 and she was born near that time also. They were married 30 Dec 1832 in Elbert County. I located him in the 1840 census with 4 children under the age of 5 and he & his wife between 20 & 30 yrs old. My G-Grandfather, also named William O. Vasser was born on 17 Feb 17, 1848 in Franklin County. I believe there was 9 children. I can not find my G-G-Grandparents in the 1850 census, of the 9 children I find a few of them with various other families in the 1850 census.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank You
    Jerry Vasser

  37. My grandfather, Grover D. Meeler, ran a garage/grocery type business in Nuberg in 1926. He was killed in a train wreck in November 1926. I would like info on where I might find any photos of the business in Nuberg or info about it.

    • Where was the train wreck at ???

      • He was killed near Colbert Georgia, along with his sister and daughter. His son survived.

  38. I am looking for information on my G-G-Grandparents, William O Vasser & Mary W Edwards. I believe he was born in 1810 or 1812 and she was born near that time also. They were married 30 Dec 1832 in Elbert County. I located him in the 1840 census with 4 children under the age of 5 and he & his wife between 20 & 30 yrs. old. My G-Grandfather, also named William O. Vasser was born on 17 Feb 17, 1848 in Franklin County. I believe there were 9 children. I can not find my G-G-Grandparents in the 1850 census, of the 9 children I find a few of them with various other families in the 1850 census.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  39. I am interested in purchasing the Obituaries Abstracted from The Hartwell Sun 1877-1902. Could I do this in person or do I have to mail the order in?

  40. Searching for connections to Rev War soldier, Jacob Redwine, his daughter Barbara Redwine Parker and husband Joseph A. Parker to their daughter, Mary (Polly) Parker. Barbara R Parker was born abt 1780 in NC, married Joseph Parker in abt 1796, likely in Elbert Co. Their daughter Mary was b abt 1811, married Joel Ledbetter in 1834, and died in 1889. I am seeking possible baptismal record for Mary (they were Methodists), and any records for her mother, Barbara. Barbara was buried in the old Redwine Methodist cemetery and I wonder if anyone would be willing to locate, clean and photo her grave. She died 19 May, 1845. My name is Denise Ledbetter and I live in OK. Any help is appreciated.

  41. I’m looking for the location of the Gary-Dooley Cemetery on the Gary Plantation in Hartwell Ga. The owner was Van Davis Gary 1806-1877. We have been researching our family tree and any help would be greatly appreciated.

  42. My name is Don Parker and my GGG grandfather was Joseph A Parker (founded Parkertown now Hart County Georgia). I am trying to verify who his father was. Any help would be appreciated.

  43. Looking for information on Dooleys Ferry. Thinking it is a community. Hoping someone could shed some light on how it got its name. I have family that is buried at the Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery. Was also hoping someone might have some information on other Dooley’s in the area.

  44. I am looking for information on Martha L Ayres (Patsy) born in Hart County Ga in 1810. Her mother’s name was Elizabeth

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