Home ] Up ]

 

Taken from Green County Georgia History
submitted by Margie Daniels


CHAPTER XI

WARS AND SOLDIERS, 1783 TO 1815

SECTION I


Unquestionably, 1793 and 1794 were the most troublesome years that Greene County experienced. This was due to the fact that the Indians occupied the adjacent lands over the Oconee River and were for the most very unfriendly. At this time also Elijah Clark had started his Trans-Oconee Republic.

The Creek Indians remained on the south and west banks of the Oconee until the treaty signed at Fort Wilkinson in 1802 became effective. This treaty was approved by President Thomas Jefferson on Jan. 11, 1803 and was signed by James Madison, who was Secretary of State. President Jefferson’s Proclamation setting forth the boundaries, terms and other considerations connected with this treaty was not issued and signed until June 2, 1806. Thus the Creek Indians were still in possession of the lands lying between the Oconee and Ocmulgee rivers, although the act creating Baldwin and Wilkinson counties is dated Dec. 7, 1805.

The proximity of the Indians and the Clarke men greatly retarded the development of the western portion of Greene County and the lives and property of the settlers were not safe until they were removed.

The picture shows the type forts that our ancestors built to protect their families against Indian raids. In the early 1790’s there were a number of such forts in Greene county. There were two in the. town of Greensboro when the town was burned by the Indians in the summer of 1787. The following is a description of Fort Twiggs at the mouth of Shoulderbone Creek. This was copied from the original contract that is on file in the Department of Archives and History in Atlanta.

Mouth of Shoulderbone,
Greene County, Apr. 22, 1793.

In due observance to General order issued by the Commander-in-chief of this State; here is to be a blockhouse erected with the most
possible speed. To the inhabitants adjacent in the presence of David Dickson, Esq., Augustus C. George Elholm, Adj. Gen.

To carry the above order into execution the Adjutant General set up to the lowest bidder among the inhabitants; is to set up the directed building which by our mature consultation was found necessary to be the following dimensions, a blockhouse. This to be twenty feet in the clear and two storied. The lower ten feet high and the second six feet, over jetting eight inches on each side and covered with thick boards and furnished with a door five inches thick and the said blockhouse to be enclosed with a stockade square 21 yards by 21 yards and eleven feet above ground and sunk two feet, supplied with a gate and furnished with a covered bastion in the opposite corner from the blockhouse 15 feet in the clear and two story high, the first 10 and the second 6 feet, over jetting eight inches.

Joel Reese was the lowest bidder at fifteen pounds, the equivalent of $75.00

Signed
avid Dickson, J. P.


A number of these forts were built along the Oconee in 1793, and Gen. Clark built a similar line of forts on the west side of the Appalachee and Oconee rivers. Major Jonas Fauche was in charge of Military operations in Greene County and he discovered what Elijah Clark was up to and notified Governor Matthews of these activities. (See page 292)

An old map hand drawn by Jonas Fauche shows the following line of forts along the Oconee.
1. Fort Matthews, just below where Athens now stands.
2. Fort Barnett, a private fort near Barnett Shoals.
3. Fort Clark, at Scull Shoals.
4. Fort Fuller, a private fort at the mouth of Fishing Creek.
5. Fort Fitzpatrick, near Daniel’s Ferry.
6. Fort David Gresham at Oakland.
7. Fort Phillips, where the Appalachee and Oconee meet.
8. Fort Andrew Armor, near Reids’ Ferry.
9. Fort Arch Gresham, a few miles below Reids’ Ferry.
10. Fort Fabious at the Cowford, near Arch Gresham’s fort.
11. Fort Kimbrough, about 4 miles above mouth of Richland Creek.
12. Fort Parker, in the fork between the Oconee and Richland Creek.
13. Fort Foster, a private fort 7 miles below Fort Parker.
14. Fort Twiggs, at the mouth of Shoulderbone Creek.
15. Fort Jackson, 14 miles below Fort Twiggs.
16. Fort Fidius was at Rock Landing, 6 miles below Milledgeville.

State and Federal troops met at Mount Pelah, about where Gov. Mitchells’ home stood a few miles north of Milledgeville, an an ultimatum to Gen. Elijah Clark demanding his surrender. Gen. Clark was in a fort where Milledgeville now stands. He was offered immunity to trial if he would make a bloodless surrender, which at first refused do, but later changed his mind. Major Jones Fauche called on Gen. Clark, whom, ha:
knew personally and convinced him that his refusal would suit in the slaughter of him and all of his men, so Clark surrendered, and this was the end of the Trans-Oconee Republic.

There were these private forts in Greene County also.
Fort Harris, on the north fork of the Ogeechee river, Fort
Holmes, Fort Corner in what is now Hancock county, Fort
Republic, was about where Charlie Poulos farm now is, Fort
Stocks, located where Thomas Stocks was born in Feb. 1, 1786,
Fort Neil about a mile from White Plains.

The private forts were built before or soon after Washington county was created in 1784, two years before Greene was cut from Washington. The earliest settlements in the new county of Greene in 1786 were Bethany, White Plains, Scull Shoals, Liberty, (Crackers Neck) Greensboro, Penfield and Oakland.

To protect the pioneers from the Indians, Captain Jonas Fauche and his dragoons were on constant alert.

MUSTER ROLL OF DRAGOONS

To protect the settlers against repeated incursions of thi Indians there was organized a Militia Troop of Dragoons under the command of Captain Jonas Fauche. The roll is date4 Feb. 25, 1794. The following members were enrolled:

Fauche, Jonas, Capt. Gibson Humphrey
Browning, William Grinatt, Robert
Byron, Terrance Harris, Charles, Cpl.
Capps, John Harris, Samuel B. Trumpeter
Curry, William Harrison, John
Dale, Samuel Heard, William, Farrier
Deveraux Samuel •M. Heard, Joseph
Farmer, Abner Jenkins, Jesse
Finley, Robert Jenkins, Little B.
Foster, Arthur Lynch, Dennis
George, William McDonald, Josiah
McQuire, James Smith Peyton
Phillips, George, Sgt. Wall, Micajah
Potts, Henry Watts, Chas.
Reid, George Watts, Presley
Shaw, Joseph White, Joseph
Scott, William Young, John, Cpl.
Scott, Theodore

Most of these men were early settlers of Greene County and lived there for many years. They were colorful figures in their coonskin caps, homespun trousers, home-made boots hand-sewn deer jackets with their flint lock rifles, powder horns and crude knives. They carried for food, dried meat and stale bread, and a flask of whiskey was the only medicine they had. hey carried a four day ration and furnished their own horse, and his food. These men were well seasoned for the hardships of the frontier life and many later fell before the tomahawk f the murderous savages when overwhelmed in numbers. To them the present civilization owes much for their unconquerable pint, for a toughness unequalled in the present and a faith hat bore them through trials and tribulations of the birth of a new nation.





DRAGOONS


State of Ga. Muster Roll of a Troop of Militia Dragoons called under command of Captain Jonas Fauche into actual service by order of His Excellency Gov. Matthews from Nov. St. to Dec. 31, 1 794 inclusive.
Adams, Harmon H. Butler, Henry
Allen, Francis Farrier Bush, Daniel
Allen, Samuel Brydges, John
Armor, James Brydges, Berry
Autry, Isaac Byrdges, Banes
Barber, Samue’ Bowen, Owen J.
Barber, Matthews Borland, Abraham, Cpl.
Bailey, Lewis Camron, Ambrose
Black, William Carter, Cado
Black, John, Sgt. Christian, William
Bland, Elisha Clower, Wm.
Breedlove, Thos. Crews, Isaac, CIp.
Breedlove, Nathan Cobb, Jeffery
Breedlove, John Crowley, James
d’Evereaux, Samuel, Sgt. Maddox, Benj.
d’Evereaux, Arch, Cpl. Malachi, Jones
d'Evereaux Jno. W., Lt. Maddox, Daniel
d’Evereaux Samuel, Cpi. McGujre, James
Dale, Samuel Montgomery, Robert
Dennard, Abner Moor, Samuel
Easley John Moon, W. H.
Farmer, Abner, Sgt. Moon Robert
Fergus, Linn Muckle Charles
Findley, Robert Moor, James
Fleming, Robert Morgan, Daniel
Foster, Athue, CpJ. Owen, George, Dr.
Goldsby, Aron Pass, Wm. Sgt.
Greene, David Patrick, David
Griznmett, Robert Patton, Samuel
Gregory, John Penn, John
Harrison, John, Sgt. Potts, Henry
Harris, James Ramsey, Wm.
Harris, William Reid, Alex
Harris, George Rogers, Josiah
Hammus, Willoughby Rogers, Wylley
Harvey, Mich Robinett, Jerre
}tencferson, John Robjnett John
Hooker, Stephen Rogers, Aflen
Hobbe, William Scott, Wm.,
Hopkins, Richard Scott, W., Cpl.
Hayne, Isaac Smith, Thomas
Housley, John Scurlock, Joshua
Irwin, Ben Smith, John
Jenkins, Jesse Summerland, Jacob
Jones, Dudley Stewart, Wm.
Johnson, Joseph Stewart, Samuel
Knox, James Stewart, James
Kent, John Stocks. Isaac
Lamar, Jack, Cp!. Standifer, Skelton
Lane, John, Cpl. Sinquefield, Samuel
Lithgow, Robert Stephens, Wm.
Martin, Joseph Thompson, Chas.
Martin, Wylly Thompson, Robert
Maggee, John Thompson, Samuel



I certify that the above is a true state of the Troop under my command. Jonas Fauche, Captain Militia Dragoons


 

 

GREENE COUNTY Militia, 1783-1815


This remarkable document gave the name, age, stature, complexion color of eyes and hair of each man, but in order to conserve space only the names will be given.

Captain, John G. Colbert

1st. Lt., Samuel
2nd Lt. Alexander McAlphin
3rd Lt. Abner Veazey
Ensign, Anderson G. Middlebrooks
Autrey, Jacob Harwell, Thomas
Ansley, Samuel Hunt, George
Austin, John Irby, William
Burgess, Jonathan Irby, Daniel
Brewer, David Jackson, Abraham G.
Barnett, John Jackson, Mark
Bird, William Jones, John P.
Booles, Allen Jarrell, James
Burford, Thomas B. Lowery, James
Brockman, Bledsoe Leavins, Jesse
Booles, Bevin Lewis, John
Boon, Benjamin Lackey, Thomas
Burford, William Lindsey, David
Booles, Jackson May, William
Booles, William McElroy, Anderson
Beavers, Samuel McKinnee, Matthew
Boys, Joseph Mayfield, John
Cubbehouse, Charles MiddlebrooK, Anderson
Colbert, John G. McNealy, John
Crutchfieid, Robert McAlpin, Alexander
Cole, Duke Moore, William W.
Cisnea, Robert Martin, Joshua
Daniel, James K. Meadows, Ransom
Davis, Drury Meadows, Daniel
Daniel, John K. Mitchell, James
Doughtie, William Morris, Charles
Davis, William Nelms, Samuel
Edmondon, Phillip O’NeaI, Harrison
Evans, Elijah Owen, George
Elliott, Alexander Pilot, George
Evans, Absalom Pinkard, Thomas
Freemon, Richard Phillips, Hardy
Fears, Zachariah Penington, Nathan
Friday, Godfrey Pierce, Lazarus
Forrester, Joel Phillips, John
Greer, Aquilla Payn, Henry
Graftenreed, John D. Pierce, Edmond
Gutery, William Park, Richard
Greer, Leonard Rollins, Davis
Greer William Robinson, Alexander N.
Garrett, Richard Reed, Daniel
Greer, Marbury Redd William
Goodwin, Joseph Randle Frederick
Grimes, William G. Rowland, William
Greene, Lemuel Slaughter, Martin
Gibbs, Thomas A. Sayers, David
Harwell, William Shaw, George
Hodges, John Swinney, William H.
Head, Thomas Stanley, Ezekiel
Hammock, Travis Sayers, Jacob
Holt, Cadar Swindal Henry
Harris, Williamson Thrift, William

MILITARY RECORDS1783-1815 GREENE COUNTY

INDIAN WAR OF 1836

Muster Roll of Captain William Crosby Dawson (17981856) of the First Regiment of Militia commanded by Col. William Porter, ordered into service of the United States by Governor William Schley from the 6th day of June to the 12th of July 1836. Enrollment officer Major Kirby, Place of Enrollment, Columbus, Ga.

Atkinson, William Floyd, John T.
Allen, Bryan Furlow, Jas. T.
Alfriend, Benj. Grimes, Thos. W., Surg.
Ansley, John W. Greene, Augustin
Asbury, Richard Greene, Benj. F.
Armour, Wm. Hackett, Robert
Atkins, Wm. Harris, Jesse
Anderson, Ruben L. Harris, Simon
Arnold, Cicero C. Harrison, Jas. J.
Baldwin, Joseph Hill, Benj.
Bass, Hartwell Hobbs, Robert, Jr.
Branch, AIex. Houghton, Wm.
Bunch, Wm. E. Hamilton, Chas. F.
Butler, David E. Hurt, Joel
Boykin, Sterling E. Jackson, John
Carroll, A. J. Jackson, Job
Carter, Elijah Jarrer, Wm.
Cone, Wm. Jr. Jones, Hezikiah
Crossley, Josiah Johnson, James T., 2nd Lt.
Crutchfield, Geo. Lsttlejohn, Eli
Curtwright, Samuel Malone, Doctor B.
Cunningham, Jos. L. Marchman, Wm.
Channell, Thos. Mathews, Vincent T.
Daniel, Chas. W. Mays, Wm.
Dawson, Geo. Miller, Thos,
Dawson, Ruben J. Monfort, Wm.
Davidson, Jas. M. Moncrief, Eli J.
Dawson, Wm. C., Capt. McGuire, John
Ely, H. Burnett Morrison, Isaac
Finley, Leroy Martin, Benj. F.
Farrar, Abel Morgan, Drury C.
Morgan, Nicholas Strain, Wm. L
Newby, Eaton J. Stubblefield, G. G.
Newsome, Joel Thornton, Jesse M.
Nelms, Jes3e H. Thompson, Wm P.
Park, Josepn Weilborn, Geo.
Park. Thos. White James M -
Parrott, James Willis, James
Price, John E. Witcher, James
Ray, Wm. Williams, Wash.
Riley, James Ward, John
Robinson, James Wilson, James
Russell, James Wright, Geo. M.
RaIls, James F. Wright, Thos.
Sayers, Joshua J. Woodham, Jarrett
Sanders, James. Woods, Milus C.
Scogins, Wm. Wingfield, Edward H.
Snead, Wm. J. Wingfield, Junius A.
Stevens, John Walker, Wm. R.
Simmons, Chas. J. Walton, John P.
Sanford, Henry, 1st Lt. Watson, Win. B.
Sanford, Joseph K., Ensign Wiley, James H.




WARS AND SOLDIERS
THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR 1775 - 1781


On March 22, 1775 Edmund Burke said, “The temper and the character which prevail on our Colonies are, I am afraid unalterable by any human art . . . An Englishman is the unfittest person on earth to argue another Englishman into slavery”.

Almost two centuries ago the confused, and divided colonists entered a great struggle against Great Britain for their freedom. The civil war turned into something like a world war that extended from the West Indies to India and sometimes to England. The French came in to help the colonies at a crucial time. There were six bitterly fought years and somewhere along the way they began to see that they could not be just separate colonies, and so a nation was born.

We visualize some of the things of that war; of Washington crossing the Delaware on a cold winter night, or kneeling in prayer at Valley Forge, the men wearing old buckskin britches and coonskin caps with inadequate arms to fight with. It was a hard, weary, bloody war and as in all wars it dragged on and on, a struggle to the death and one that we came near losing.


In December 1780, Nathaniel Greene replaced Gates as commander of the Southern army. Along with “The Swamp Fox,” (Francis Marion), Pickens and Sumter, there was the fighting at King’s Mountain, at Cowpens, at Augusta, at Savannah and the tough colonists held their own, in spite of the fact that they were always short of money, men and supplies. The many Tories in Georgia were a thorn in the flesh, as they would help the enemy whom Greene was struggling to conquer. Francis Marion was best at guerrilla warfare and used his men most effectively. Gen. Twiggs and Col. Elijah Clark fought in the Georgia battles and when at last Royal Power had ceased in Georgia, peace came to a devastated state.

The important towns of Savannah, Augusta, Sunbury and Ebenezer were in ruins and agriculture at a standstill, schools and churches were dosed, commerce suspended and on top of this, barbarous Indians were lurking on the frontiers waiting for a chance to attack. Georgia was at this period the most helpless of all the new States, for there were the Spaniards in the south to be dealt with.

On the following pages you will read the names of Revolutionary soldiers who settled pr drew land in Greene County and the widows who drew land.

Quoting from Dr. Lucian Lamar Knight’s Georgia’s Landmarks Memorials and Legends, beginning with page 630 he says:

“GREENE was created by Legislative Act, February 3, 1786, from Washington County. Named for General Nathaniel Greene, of the Revolution. Next to the illustrious Commander-in-Chief, General Greene was the foremost soldier by the first war for independence. He took command of the Southern Department in 1780 and was largely instrumental in expelling the British from Georgia soil. (See Mulberry Grove, page 108; Greene Monument, page 103; The finding of Gen. Greene’s Body, Lost for 114 Years, Vol. 11). Greensboro, the county-seat, also named for Gen. Greene. When organized this county embraced parts of five others, Hancock, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Taliaferro and Clark.”



TORY OF GREENE COUNTY



“Opened to settlement at the close of the struggle for independence, the historic county of Greene became the abode of pioneers most of whom were veterans of the first. war with England. These men inured to arms were well seasoned for the hardships of life on the frontier; but some of them escaped the fire of he British only to fall before the tomahawk of the murderous savages. It is doubtful if there is a county in the State whose soil is more thickly sown with heroic dust:
but most of the graves in which these heroes of seventy-six lie entombed, due largely to the unsettled conditions which prevailed for years on the border, are marked by no memorial headstones. But the spirit in which these men toiled, after converting their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, is perpetuated in a line of worthy descendants; and to the one inquiring for the tomb of some ancestor who is buried an answer might be given in the epitaph of Sir Christopher Wren: “I you seek his monument look around you.”

Ezekiel Eva s Park, (1757-1826), a patriot of ‘76, lived on a plantation near Greensboro of Guildford Courthouse, in North Carolina.

“Stephen Gatlin a private, was pensioned by the Federal government in 834, while a resident of Greene. Thomas Fambrough, at the age of 80, died in Greene. To quote an obituary notice: “There is no doubt that he was in nine as tough battles as ever fought in the Revolution.” Captain Joel Parish was another old soldier. He died on his plantation at the age of 73, one of the last of the heroic remnant who fought under Washington.

Alexander Gresham died in Greene, on February 23, 1823, aged 70. He was an officer in the Revolution. At the outbreak of the war of 1812, though somewhat feeble, he was one of the first o the Silver Grays’ to volunteer. The following incident is preserved: “On the day of his death he was uncommonly cheerful. while sitting at dinner, application was made to him for assistance by a distressed traveler, whose wagon was stalled near the house. The servants all being out of the way but one, he went himself to the scene of the accident; and after helping the stranger to get his conveyance up one hill fort to start the wagon, and while in this attitude he must have ruptured a blood vessel, for he dropped to his knees and expired in about one minute. Major Davis Gresham was also a patriot of ‘76.”

Oliver Porter, a soldier of the Revolution, settled in Greene at the close of hostilities. He was present at the surrender of Cornwallis. His son, Oliver S. Porter, Sr,. became a soldier of war of 1812. His grandson, Oliver S. Porter, Jr., was the founder of Porterdale, near Covington, Ga., at which place he built a number of cotton mule. (The Porters of Macon are descendants)

“William Jackson, a soldier of the Revolution, lived and died in Greene. He was a native of England. Another hero of independence was John McGough, a veteran of Brandy-wine and Saratoga. Twice wounded, once with a sabre and once with a musket, he reached the age of 86 years. Mr. McGough was a native of the north of Ireland. His home was at White Plains.

Michael Ely, who for years kept a public tavern in Greene, was a soldier of the Revolution. His son, John W. Ely, fought in the war of 1812.

Arthur Foster and John Wilson were also patriots of:
the Continental army.

Another veteran of the first war with England was Thomas Wright. His son, married Mary, a daughter of the famous John Stark, who distinguished himself in the struggle for independence, but unfortunately, as the result of a quarrel, killed a man and disappeared. What became of him no one ever knew.

Mrs. Catherine Freeman, the widow of Colonel John Freeman, of the Revolution, was living in Penfield, in 1854, at the age of 86.”

“Adam Livingston, native of the north of Ireland, grandfather of L. F. Livingston came to America for independence, after which he removed first to Virginia and then to Georgia, settling in Greene County while getting water at the spring. In 1805 the old veteran started to Kentucky, but died at Cumberland Gap while in route. Thereupon the family returned to Greene, where a plantation was purchased and a permanent home established.

John Adams, a patriot of 76, settled in Greene, a close of the Revolution, coming from Tar River, N. C sons, Robert and John, reared large families in this section . John Walker, a soldier under Washington, migrated from Virginia to Georgia early in 1800 and settled in Greene descendants are numerous, including the Walkers of Hancock, Putnam, and Walton.”



REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS, OF GREENE COUNTY
GREENE LAND IN THE LAND LOTTERY OF 1827

Akins, James, Sr.                    Holland, Thomas
Anderson, Wm., Sr.                Hunt, George
Astin, Robe                             Jackson, Jeremiah
Ballard, James                         Jackson, Moses
Barnett, William                       Jenkins, James
Barnhart, George                     Jordan, Dempsey
Boon, Jesse                             Jott, Daniel
Branch, Wm. S.                       Knight, Richard
Brooks, Wm ., Sr.                   Mitchell, George B.
Carroll, Douglas                       Nunnelly, Israel
Copeland, Benjamin                 Paine, John
Correy, William                        Palmore, Elijah
Credilla, Wm., Sr.                    Paulin, Robert
Cummins, F                              Price, Ephraim
Evans, William                          Ray, Andrew
Foster, Arthur                           Riley, John
Gooch, Nathan                         Sanford, Jeremiah
Hackney, Robert                       Smith, Reubin
Hall, John, Sr.                           Shaw, John
Harralson, J.                             Thackston, James
Harris, Matthew                       Wall, Myall
Hines, Nathaniel, Sr.                 Winslett, Samuel
Hogg, Samuel




WIDOWS OF REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS WHO DREW
LAND IN THE LOTTERY OF 1827

Alford, Mrs. Rebecca Hays,
Mrs. Jane Anderson,
Mrs. Ann Irwing,
Mrs. Mary Atkinson,
Mrs. Martha Moore,
Mrs. Nancy Bethune,
Mrs. Barbara Parrish,
Mrs. Rhoda Blanks,
Mrs. Nancy Richards,
Mrs. Lily Bridges,
Mrs. Susannah Sesson,
Mrs. Hannah Christopher,
Mrs. Elizabeth Smith,
Mrs. Elizabeth Copeland,
Mrs. Gracy Stewart,
Mrs. Elizabeth Davis,
Mrs. Sarah Stringfellow,
Mrs. Amy Flud,
Mrs. Jane Wood,
Mrs. Nancy Hall,
Mrs. Mary Ward,
Mrs. Wimney Hammonds,
Mrs. Susannah



This list of men were not designated, as Revolutionary soldiers but it is supposed they engaged in the Indian Wars.


Allison, Robert Grant, Thomas
Bails, Emmor Greene, Samuel
Baker, Abner Harris, John N.
Baldwin, Charles Huff, George
Bruce, Aziel Johnson, Gilbert D.
Bowden, Dangerfield McMurray, James
Cessna, Samuel Mabry, H. P.
Clifton, Daniel Patillo, John
Cosby, Dickenson D. Pope, William
Cunningham, John Underwood, Daniel
Curry, John S. Watson, Nehemiah
Credille, Gray




REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS

These Revolutionary Soldiers all of whom lived in Greene
County and many of them died there. List prepared by Mrs.
Henry Reid, D. A. R. Athens, Ga. (from Roster of Rev.
Soldiers of Ga. by McCall)


1. Allison, Henry, mar. Martha of Richmond Co. Ga. 10-10-1787
2. Barnett, Abraham (Abram), b. 1754 Orange Co. N. C. died 1792 in Greene Co. Came to Greene from Mecklinberg Co., N. C. in 1780 a dau. Martha mar. Brownfield in 1774, who was b. 1757 and d. 1818.
3. Atkinson, Nathan
4. Barnett, Nathan, b. 1729 New Kent Co., Va. d. 1805 Greene Co. In Battle of Kettle Creek, mar. 1757 Lucy Webb in Va. b. 1731 came to Ga. in 1768 settled on Little Kioka Creek, St. Paul’s Parish.
& Baxter, Andrew, Jr. b. Dec. 21, 1750. S. C. d. 1816 Wilkes Co. Ga. mar. 1784 Elizabeth Harris, b. 1764, d. 1844.
6. Blasingame, Phillip, b. S. C. d. in Greene Co. mar. Francis

7. Brooks, William, b. in Va. d. Greene Co., Ga. 1819 mar. Mary (Polly, in Va. Rev. Sol. in Va. line moved to Oglethorpe Co. Ga. received grant of land.
8. Catchings, Joseph, b. Maryland 1762, d. Greene Co. 1806 Soldier in Ga. troops mar. Martha Townsend b. 1-28-1763 Ref. C. A. R. NatL No. 47956 & D. A. R. Nat. No. 328466
9. Cummins, Rev. Francis D. D. died in Greene Co. 2-22-1832, 85 yrs. mar. Sarah ..... died June 10, 1855. 85 yrs. old.
10. Dawson, George, grave located by D. A. R.
11. Fauche, Jonas, grave located by D. A. R.
12. Garrard, Jacob, grave located by D. A. R.
13. Gresham Davis, grave located by D. A. R.
14. Gresham, Archibald, grave located by D. A. R.
15. Grier, Aquilla, b. 1719 d. 1790 Greene Co. (have will) Ref. D. A. R.
141844 and 232545, on Sept. 13, 1777 took the oath of allegiance at the court house in Henry Co. Va. was too old to serve in the army.
16. Grier, Robert, d. 1820, buried out from White Plains, Ga. on the Nelson Place now occupied by Jimmy Thompson. Grave yard in cotton patch, his marker is a large field rock with a hand chiseled R. Grier, 1820. John MeGough buried in same family cemetery with marker, Rev. Sol.
17. Harris, Walton, b. Feb. 6, 1739 Brunswick Co. Va. d. Sept. 2, 1809 Greene Co. mar. Rebecca Lanier (related to Geo. Washington) mar. 12-12-1760 Brunswick Co. Va. Rev. D. A. R. No. 90650.
18. Harris, Charles, b. Mecklingburg, Co., N. C. d. 1791 Greene Co. mar. Elizabeth Thompson Baker, see McCails 8 Roster p. .34.
19. Heard, Thomas b. 1742 Va. d. 1808 Greene Co. Va. State Troops. Grave located by D. A. R. mar. in Va. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick dau. of Joseph Fitzpatrick Rev. Sol. of Va. b. 1720 d. in Greene Co. as well as his wife Martha Napier, age 106 yrs. mar. (2) Mary Veazey, d. of James Veazey, Rev. Sol.
20. Heard, John, grave located by D. A. R.
21. Heard, Thomas, Greene Co. Militia, 1785-1815.
22. Jackson, William, native of England, d. in Greene Co. Ga. Landmarks and Memorials by Knight Book 1 p. 631.
23. Lewis, Richard, b. Mecklingburg Co., Va. Nov. 1, 1747 d. Greene Co.
1809 mar. Caroline Booker in Va. 1772 D. A. R. Nat. No. 36433.
24. Livingston, Adam, b. in Ireland, served in Penn. moved to Va. then to Greene Co. where he was killed by Indians, had 13 children living in Greene Co.
25. Love, David, Col. b. Anson Co. N. C. 1740 d. in. Greene Co. Nov. 30,
1798 mar. Oct. 22, 1772 to Jean (Jane) Blount, b. 1756 d. 1817. Grave located by D. A. R. marked.
26. McGough b. in Ireland d. 1847 White Plains, mar. Margaret E. Mill buried at White Plains.
27. Moore, James, b. Pa. d. 1815 Greene Co. mar. Jane Jackson dau. of Isaac Jackson, Rev. So!. b. 1766, d. 1827 buried 4 1-2 mi. from White Plains, Ga. grave located by D. A. R.
28. Park, James, grave located by D. A. R. Athens, Ga.
29. Park, Ezekiel Evans, grave located by D. A. R.
30. Perkins, Archibold, b. N. C. 1746, d. Greene Co. 1840, mar. Elizabeth Gibbs in Va. 1764, d. at 94 was in the battle of Guilford Court House. Drew land as Rev. Sol. Cherokee Land Lottery.

31. Porter, Oliver, b. 1763 Prince Edward Co. Va. d. Greene Co. 1841, mar. Margaret Watson, 10-10-1783, she was b. 1765 d. 1844. D. A. R. Na 275533.
32. Wilson, d. in Greene after 1835, grave located by D. A. .R. Ref. Va. in Rev, by McAllister.
33. Weaver, Benjamin, b. Halifax, Co. N. C. d. May 1816 Greene Co. burie( in 6reensboro cemetery. Mar. 1st Miss Drury in Halifax, 2nd mar. Elizabeth Daniel, Halifax, N. C. 1797. Ref. Nati. No. 49384 D. A. R.
34. Whatley, Samuel, grave located by D. A. R.
Elijah Clark Chapter, D. A. R. Athens, Ga.



REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS WHO HAVE DIED:
AND HAVE BEEN BURIED IN GREENE CO. GA.

Oliver Porter, was at first buried three miles west of Penfield, but his remains and those of his family were reinterred in the Penfield Cemetery by James M. Porter in 1942.

Jeremiah Sanford, buried in the Greensboro cemetery.
Francis Cumins, buried in the Greensboro cemetery.
Jonas Fauche, buried in the Greensboro cemetery.
Benjamin Weaver, buried in the Greensboro cemetery.
Ezekiel E. Park, buried in the Greensboro cemetery.
Davis Gresham, buried in Oakland cemetery.
Archibold Gresham, buried in Oakland cemetery.
Samuel Whatley, Bethesda Baptist churchyard.
James Park, buried near Park’s Ferry.
Col. David Love, buried in Bethany churchyard.
William Greer, buried in old Shiloh churchyard.
Thomas, Baldwin, buried in Bethany churchyard.
Isaac Stocks, burial place not located.
Jesse Boon, probably Bethesda, not marked.
Robert Hackney, probably Bethesda cemetery.
Benjamin Copland, probably Liberty Church.
Jonathan Haralson, probably Shiloh churchyard.
Matthew Harris, grave not located.
N. Harris
Samuel Winslett
Thomas Holland
James Akins
George Hunt
Robert Austin
Jeremiah Jackson
William S. Branch
? Kimbrough
William Brooks
James Jackson
Douglas Carroll
Ephriam Price
John Chandler
James Lake
Thomas Cox
Robert Pullin
William Credelle
John Riley
Arthur Foster, (GreshamviLle,)
Reubin Smith grave marked)
Nathan Gooch
James Armour
James Thaxton

Thomas Heard, grave marked about three miles west of Greensboro, just to the left of the road leading to the Stock-Willis place. In all probability there are 100 Revolutionary soldiers buried here, that will never be located. Many of the others who settled in Greene County migrated west as the Indians were pushed back. Many of them we know moved to these counties and others, Jones, Putnam, Morgan, Newton, Walton and Henry. This was between 1802 to 1821. In 1818 many of these soldiers went to Alabama. In the mid twenties when the Indians were pushed across the Chattahoochee River, the men of the Revolution moved into these counties; Coweta, Meriwether, Troup, Monroe, Talbot, Muscogee and other western counties.

Many of the people at this period went to Texas to settle. Many court indictments read, “Gone to Texas”, when the case was called. Fugitives from justice fled to the place of refuge in the wild and wooly days of Texas and escaped the gallows by a narrow margin.






GREENE COUNTY HONORS THE MEMORY
OF HER HEROES OF THE REVOLUTON.


On Saturday July 4th, 1936, several members of the Nancy Hart Chapter, D.A.R. and a number of the descendents of Revolutionary soldiers, some from Atlanta, Milledgeville, Barnesville, Butler, and Beech Island, S. C., joined a pilgrimage which started in the Greensboro cemetery at 9 :30 A.M., visited the graves of the following Revolutionary soldiers whose graves have recently been marked with Federal markers, and loving hands had placed wreaths of green and U. S. Flags before the pilgrimage started: Ezekiel Evans Park; Francis Cummins; Jonas Fauche, and Benjamin Weaver. A brief sketch of each was given by Mrs. Ferguson, Judge James B. Park, Mrs. Ella Harris Wimbish and her daughters, Mrs. Beach, and T. B. Rice, Historian for Greene County. Wreaths were also laid on the tombs of Isaac Stocks and his son Thomas Stocks, and General Thomas Dawson. Neither Thomas Stocks nor Thomas Dawson were soldiers of the Revolution, but they vied with each other as to which was the first citizen of Greene County. Stocks was born in a fort near the Oconee River just three days before Greene County was created by Legislative Enactment on February 3, 1786, while Dawson was born after Greene County had been spoken into existence.



398 HISTORY OF GREENE COUNTY


From the Greensboro cemetery, the pilgrimage moved on to old Bethesda Church formerly Whatley’s Mill Church
which was constituted in 1784, and at that time, was in Wilkes County. This church was organized by Samuel Whatley, the old Revolutionary soldier-preacher, for whom a Federal marker had recently been placed close to the wall, and between the two front entrances to this historic brick edifice. Major Samuel Whatley, who is connected with the Georgia Military College at Milledgeville, and who is a descendent of Samuel Whatley, read a paper recounting some of the activities of his distinguished ancestor. Miss Victoria Whatley, County Demonstrator, Major Whatley’s young son Samuel, Frank Whatley Atkinson of Beech Island, S. C. and other Whatley descendents and relatives were present. From there we drove to Penfield, the “cradle” of Mercer University, where a brief history of the more than a Century old Christian College was outlined. From Penfield, we traveled over the road which was used by Major Oliver Porter, James K. Daniel, Cynthia Coffee Stocks, Governor Peter Early and many other illustrious citizens as they carried their muskets and wended their way to old Shiloh Church to Saturday conference and Sunday preaching, and where armed guards kept a close watch for lurking Indians while the minister preached and prayed within the hewn log “Meeting House.” This trail led to the home of Mr. & Mrs. Earnest Gresham, where we found the lawn covered with parked cars and a hundred or more of the descendants of Archibald and Davis Gresham who were brothers, and both Revolutionary soldiers. Beneath the shade-trees, an old fashioned barbecue dinner awaited us; and what a dinner . . . Barbecue, Brunswick Stew, fried chicken, iced tea, lemonade, pies and cakes galore. After an appropriate “Grace” was said by Pastor Charles H. Hopp of the Greensboro Baptist Church, everybody found their pIaces and how we did eat...

There was no politics at this gathering although, the radio kept us posted as to what was going on. After a rousing vote of thanks to our host and hostess, we repaired to the Gresham family cemetery about one mile away, where we honored the memory of Archibald and Davis Gresharn whose graves were marked by Federal markers, which were unveiled with appropriate ceremony, rnd coverings were removed by four little girls who were direct descendants of these Revolutionary Heroes. Here speeches were made by Mrs. Ella Harris Wimbish of Atlanta Mrs. Earnest Gresham, Mrs. J. L. Beeson, retiring Historian for the Nancy Hart Chapter, D. A. R., Judge James B. Park, T. B. Rice and others.

After the Revolutionary soldiers had been honored, a Confederate marker was unveiled for Dr. Sterling Gresham whose grave was at the foot of his distinguished ancestor, Davis Gresham. Mrs. W. G. Little, Sr., the eighty-two year old daughter of Gresham was present, and as her mind traveled back over the years, her heart and eyes overflowed as she recalled the scenes of her childhood; and how grateful she felt over the deference paid her distinguished parents and. grandparents. After a touching prayer by the Rev. E. E. Keene, Pastor of the Union Point Baptist Church, that touching song, “Tenting on the old Camp Ground,” was beautifully sung by Rev. Charles H. Kopp and Miss Mildred Hunter, of Greensboro. “Taps” were sounded by Mr. M. M. Morgan, and one of the most eventful celebrations ever held in Greene County came to a close.





 

 

Return To Main Page - GAGenWeb Military Project



Thanks To the US Army Center For Military History For The Beautiful Background

Visit The Georgia GenWeb Project

© 2003-2005 All Rights Reserved By Copyright, Gloria Holback, Georgia GenWeb Military Project