Brief Bios of Georgia Pioneers

JONES, Allen W., born 1861, Burke Co., Ga., son of Malcom D. and Virginia L. (Inman) Jones; g-son of Matthew and Elizabeth (Inman) Jones; g-g-son of James Jones (RS) and Elizabeth Mills; g-son of Allen Inman (S-1812); g-g-son of Daniel Inman (RS) and Ava Allen. Allen W. Jones, the subject, was well educated, graduated from the state university. He was engaged in banking, the manufacture of tobacco and farming. In 1886 he married Hattie Crosland, daughter of J. E. and Haseltine (Bush) Crosland, natives of South Carolina. Four children: Malcom, Crosland, Virginia and Kate.

LIVELY, Alexander, born Burke Co., Ga., 1832, son of Matthew Lively (RS), and Elizabeth Odom; g-son of Abraham Lively, who came from Scotland and located in Ga. before 1750. In 1852 Alexander Lively m/1 Valinda Godbee, dau. of Moses Godbee (S-1812), and Martha Royal. They had one son, Mark. After the death of Valinda in 1861, Alexander married 2nd, Elizabeth, dau. of William and Eliza (Sapp) Kimbrell. Mr. Lively was a farmer, and a J. P. for many years and served one term in the legislature.

MC ELMURRAY, T. J., born Burke Co., 1841, son of Minis H. McElmurray and Emily Leslie, dau. of William and Sarah (Hankinson) Leslie; g-son of Andrew and Martha (Hankinson) McElmurray. T. J., was graduated from Mercer U, and attended lectures at Augusta Medical College. He enlisted in CSA in 1861 and served throughout the conflict. In 1861 he m/1 Louise, dau. of William and Mariah (Sharp) Barrou. They had four children. He m/2 in 1875, Mary, dau. of William and Jane (Darlington) Chandler. They were parents of six children. Mr. McElmurray was a prominent merchant, farmer, was elected ordinary and in 1884 elected to the senate.

MC ELMURRAY, John F., brother of above named T. J., was born in Burke Co., 1842. John F. was educated at Mercer U., and enlisted in CSA in 1861, served as Captain in Co. K, 32nd Ga. Regt. In 1865 he married Anna, dau. of Judge Joseph A. and Caroline (Hankinson) Shewmake. Judge Shewmake served on bench of Inferior Court and a member of the legislature from Burke Co. for many years. Mr. McElmurray was a farmer, J. P., served on county school board and was also elected to the legislature. They were parents of 6 children: Leslie, Caroline, Lorraine, Thomas J., John F., Jr., and Sarah.

BACON, D. C., born 1845, in Liberty Co., moving to Savannah at the age of 5. At age 15 he enlisted in Co. B., 8th Ga. Regt. He was wounded and captured at Gettysburg and exchanged after six weeks. After recovery of his injuries he became a member of the Confederate Secret Service, as a telegrapher and signal officer, serving in many engagements with the enemy. After the war he returned to Savannah and entered in the lumber business. He represented Chatham Co., in the state legislature in 1880-81, and was appointed commissioner to the New Orleans exposition in 1884, where he made a superb exhibit of Georgia woods and piney woods products. In 1868 he m/1 Minna Holcomb, they had 2 sons, DeWitt and Holcomb. He m/2 a Miss Holcomb, half-sister of his first wife, one son, Milton. Mr. Bacon served as president of Piedmont Investment Co., of Atlanta, president of DeWitt Farming Co., of Mitchell Co., Ga.

BASINGER, William Starr, born 1827 in Savannah, son of Thomas E. and Jane (Starr) Basinger. He graduated from the University of Ga., in 1846 and studied law with John E. Ward, who later became minister to China during Pres. Buchanan's administration. In 1849 Mr. Basinger was admitted to the bar and in 1861 he enlisted in CSA, serving in many battles, commissioned major in 1863, was captured and remained a prisoner until the end of the war, returning to Savannah and resumed his law practice. Maj. Basinger m. in Prince Edward Co., Va., in 1866, Miss Margaret R., dau. of James M. Garnett. The family moved to Dahlonega in 1885, and in 1886 he accepted the presidency of North Ga. Agricultural college, a position he held for 7 years, also continuing his law practice at the same time. Six of their children were: Margaret A. m. Prof. Charles M. Strahan, Athens, Ga., James Garnett, who moved to N. Y., William S. Jr., who moved to Kansas City, Mo., Mary Leslie m. Lieut. Edward P. Lawton, Thomas and Walter G.

BARROW, David Crenshaw, born July 26, 1815, Milledgeville Ga., son of James Barrow (RS) and Patience Crenshaw, educated at Harvard, volunteered in Macon Volunteers in Seminole War, represented Oglethorpe Co., in Ga. legislature. He m. Sarah Eliza Pope, dau. of Middleton Pope and Lucy Hopson Lumpkin, dau. of Gov. Wilson Lumpkin of Ga. Their eldest son, Pope Barrow, born Aug 1, 1839, Oglethorpe Co., graduated from U. of Ga., in law, 1860, joined CSA as 2nd Lieut., in 1861, subsequently appointed aide-de-camp on staff of Maj. Gen. Howell Cobb, where he served until taken prisoner in 1865. After the war he practiced law in Athens until 1892, then removed to Savannah. Elected to the U. S. Senate to fill un-expired term of Hon. Benjamin Hill. He m/1 Sarah Church Craig, dau. of Lt.-Col. Lewis Stevenson Craig and Elizabeth Church, dau. of Dr. Alonzo Church, president of University of Ga. 6 children: Pope, Elizabeth, Church, James, David Crenshaw and Craig. On June 24, 1884, he m/2 Cornelia Augusta Jackson, only daughter of Henry R. Jackson and Cornelia Davenport, of Savannah. Four daughters: Florence Barclay, Lucy Lumpkin, Patience Crenshaw and Sarah Pope.

BECKWITH, John Watrous, born Feb 9, 1831, in N. C., son of Dr. John B. (who came from Poughkeepsie, N. Y.), and Margaret Stanley, of Newberne, N. C., whose bro. was Gov. of N. C. The family moved to Petersburg, Va. The subject graduated from Trinity college at Hartford, Conn., and the school of divinity in 1854, admitted to the priesthood the following year and assumed charge of his first parish at Wadesboro, N. C., later going to Anne Arundel, Md., where he met and married Ella Brockenbrough, dau. of John Fauntlero Brockenbrough, of Westmoreland Co., Va., and wife Frances Carter. At the outbreak of war, the subject entered the CSA as chaplain on the staff of Gen. Hardee, later on staff of Gen. Polk, bishop of La. They lived in New Orleans after the war, coming to Ga. in 1868, when he succeeded Bishop Steven Elliot. 3 children born to Bishop and Mrs. B: J. F. B., Daisy m. A. R. Lawton, Jr., of Savannah, and Bessie

JORDAN, Zechariah - came to America from Ireland on the "run"- he was an Irish revolutionary soldier and escaped to America to avoid being killed. His first known whereabouts was in the Florida Everglades, just before the American Revolution. He stayed in hiding about four years and did not know of the Revolutionary war until it was over. He migrated to Georgia, near ??acon County and married a Clark, first name unknown at this time. He was called, "Zack."

Zechariah and wife had a son, John, called "Big John," who was an overseer on the Rogers Plantation - supposedly located near Oglethorpe in Macon County. He married Mary Jane Rogers, Daughter of the plantation owner -- names of her parents not known at this time. The Rogers plantation and wealth wiped out during the Civil War. John and Mary Jane migrated to Texas in 1871, settling in Hood County. John died about a year later of pneumonia - Mary Jane passed away in the spring of 191?? in Rule, Texas. John is the only known child of Zechariah Jordan. Mary Jane Rogers had a brother named George, also a brother named Alfonso, who survived the Civil War. It is believed that her father and two of her brothers were Civil War casualties. This information given by Theodore Jordan, son of Warren and grandson of John Jordan.

George Rogers was 14 years old when the Yankee soldiers came through the country trying to get young men to go into the Union army. George escaped and was not heard from for 15 years, showing up in Texas about 1880. The last known where-abouts of him was that he was in St. Augustine, Florida and owned property. Alfonso Rogers also migrated to Texas where he spent his remaining years.

On Apr 27, 1822, Stephen & Penina W. Thomas, "late Peninah W. Jordan," of Oglethorpe Co Ga., appointed Wilie Jordan their atty. to recover from Thos. Horn of Nash Co., N. C., guardian of the children of Cornelius Jordan, ??., any property accruing to her and Stephen Thomas, "by right of intermarriage," from the Jordan estate in Edgecombe Co., Wit. by John Walton & John Landrum. (Deed Bk. 17, p. 508)

By 1822 Francis L. Armstrong, son of Joseph & wife, Harly Braswell (dau. of Wm.) had left Edgecombe Co., and had settled somewhere in Ga.

James Bracewell, Esq., of near Hartford, Pulaski Co., m. Elizabeth Clinch, dau. of Col. Joseph John Clinch & wf. Mary Lamon, of Nash Co N. C. She was b. 1783 and d. 2/2/1827. Her sis., Mary Clinch m. Murdock McLeod of Pulaski Co., she b. ca 1789 and d. 3/14/1827.

John Lott, Jr., 1742-1810, of Telfair Co., spent his early years on Lott's Branch of Tosneot Swamp, Edgecombe (now Wilson) Co.

Aquilla Calhoun b. ca 1759 and living as late as 2/18/1781, in Edgecombe Co., N. C., son of John Cohoon and wf. Priscilla Flowers of said Co. He d. Burke Co Ga., bf. 4/25/1803, when adm. on his estate was petitioned by Sarah Calhoun.

Darby Calhoon, drew in Burke Co Land Lottery 1805, was son of John Calhoon, Sr., who d. testate ca 1781 in Bladen Co N. C. Darby prob. went to Ga. ca 1788 with his bro. Wm. and Roland. Deborah Calhoon was an unmarried sister.

Uriah Dillard in 1805 LL of Burke Co., left Edgecombe Co as early as 1804. Parents probably  Joseph & Mary Dillard, also in LL.

Wm. & Patsy (x) Johnson of Oglethorpe Co Ga., sold Benj. Wrenn of Southampton Co Va., for $50.00, small tract of land south of Racoon Swamp, adjoining Robert Nicholson, Levi Rochelle, and Benj. Jelks, "purchased of my Uncle Thos. Gilliam," and hired from "my grandfather, Thos. Gilliam, the elder." Wit: Temperance (x) Johnson; Theophilus Hill; and Benj. Davis, J. P., (Southampton Co. Deed Book 15, p. 50)

Rachel Vickers, day of Ralph Vickers, of Edgecombe Co., North Carolina, married Miles Scarborough, who was in 1805, pastor of the Bark Camp Baptist Church in Burke County, Ga.


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