09 May 2009

My Trip to The Cove

I took an awesome family history drive in the country this past week. I went a mere 75 miles from my home to visit an area in Meriwether County, Georgia known as The Cove. What's so special about this place? It's where my 3rd great-grandaunt and uncle, Epsy Mims and Moses Brown, settled in the early to mid-1800's.

Epsy (1811-1879) was the daughter of Williamson Mims, of Houston County, Georgia. [Grandpa, if you read this, Williamson was also the father of Ann. She was the wife of Littleton Peavy.] Moses Brown (1805-1870) was the son of John Brown and Jane Miller.

Moses and Epsy, along with four other Brown siblings and their families bought a lot of land in The Cove. Moses alone purchased over 500 acres. Moses's brother William owned at least that much, as well.

I didn't quite know what I would find (if anything) when I reached the area. My focal point was a marker the state of Georgia erected describing the area. I had an idea where it was located, and I was determined to find it.

I was so excited when we came across the marker. I pulled the car over and got out to take a picture. My guy (who was with me) was quick to ask, "Is this what we drove all this way for?" My response was a ramble about my ancestors and how it is a wonderful feeling to know you are possibly standing where they once stood over 150 years ago. The smell of honeysuckle was strong and the crape-myrtle were in full bloom. I was in Heaven!

This is what the marker said: "The Cove Gorges of the Flint - Pine Mountain to the south makes a complete loop forming a beautiful basin 4 miles in diameter known as "The Cove." It is joined on the south by Oak Mountain, another hard quartzite ridge. Flint River has avoided an easier course on either side and has chosen this spot where it had to cut through four ridges, instead of two, forming picturesque rocky gorges."

In short, once you're in the Cove, you are surrounded by mountains. It's quite beautiful. I offer the following few photos, though they do not do the scenery justice.




I found a couple of other descriptions of The Cove in the book Browne / Brown And It's Variant Spellings Family Genealogy and Ancestry: England to America, South Carolina to Georgia: Meriwether County -- Worth County -- Thomas County -- Georgia to Florida by Lanette Brown Hill Brightwell:

"THE COVE - Meriwether County, GA History:
There is only a couple of ways to get in or out by road. One is by Cove Road just south of Woodbury and the others are from Chalybeate Springs. The Cove was a valley that during prohibition was one of the largest producers of corn liquor. The biggest advantage was if anyone came into the Cove that no one knew, a shot would ring out by road watchers to warn all of the valley that a stranger had just entered the area."

"The Cove had bootlegged whiskey and fiddle playing, and had a great river valley. This is an impoverished land where people lived as sharecroppers on unmechanized farms, where planting, harvesting, and maintenance were done with the aid of mules and black field hands, who worked for a dollar and a half a day. The roads were unpaved, radio reception was poor and staticky, electricity was available on a very erratic basis, and most farms had no electrical appliances."

With these two descriptions in my head, I was expecting a much poorer area. That is not the case today. Much of the land we passed through was dominated by beef cattle farms. And most of the homeowners also appeared to be large landowners.

While explaining to my guy that I wanted to drive around and "see whatever there is to see," he responded with, "Well, there's a cemetery right there." Woo Hoo!

The Cove Baptist Church and cemetery was full of Brown descendants. While I did not find Epsy or Moses, I found many familiar family names. There were several Johns and Williams. Other surnames I know intertwine with the Browns included Bishop and Alford. I was quite confident when I exclaimed, "these people are kin!"

A short distance down the road was another family cemetery. More Browns and familiar names were found. I have a lot of research to do to find where they all fit.

As we continued our drive, we found several streets with familiar names: John Brown, Wesley Brown, and the like. On one road, where I was turning around, we passed an older gentlemen coming off the farmland in a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer. Only after did I see the street name was another 'Brown.' I wonder if he and I are related?

I didn't stumble upon a Brown Family Cemetery containing the graves of Moses and Epsy, and I don't think we ever reached the "picturesque" locations mentioned on the marker. But I know I drove and walked the same land walked upon by my ancestors, and that is a priceless memory. What a day. I won't soon forget it.

17 comments:

Lanette Brightwell said...

Hello: Maybe we are related! This is Lanette [Brown] [Hill] Brightwell. The author of the Brown Family Data Book you mentioned. I loved your story above. I too, found so much beauty in The Cove. Please feel free to email me at: madisoncowgirlfan@yahoo.com I am still researching my David Brown from Meriweather Co. Ga. I initially thought I had found his father, but not positive now because some additional information made me re-think my data on David Brown. So, still researching the Brown family, just like you are. Lanette

S. Lincecum said...

Hi, Lanette! Nice to meet you! :-) I have really only begun to research the Browns of the are of The Cove. I might just hit you up with some questions! Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Anonymous said...

Hey ya'll, we may be related somehow or another. All of my family is from Meriweather Co. and we have done a fair amount of research on the Browns. John Glen Brown (burried in the Brown Cemetary, on John Brown Rd in the Cove) is my 3rd great-grandfather.
Moses Brown was John G. Brown's 3 great-grandfater, making him my 6th great-grandfather! That's as far back as I have found. The Brown's have many ties with the Alfords, Wrights and Owens family. There's a lot of history in the area!

If any of you find any information on Moses, please contact me at 1970chevelle@bellsouth.net

Take care, Zach Cole

Anonymous said...

you missed the Moses Brown Cemetery, I take it....if so, then you missed some more info. You have locals still living in the Cove that would have been great help

S. Lincecum said...

Yes, I did miss the Moses Brown Cemetery. Hopefully, I'll be able to return one day and find it.

Romy Tuggle said...

Oh my gosh--these are MY ancestors!!! Moses and Epsy are my gr-gr-gr-gr grandparents! Moses Brown to Monroe Williamson Brown to Epsy Ann Brown to Mary Elizabeth Waddell to Howard Showalter Bishop to Bernard Bishop to ME!

S. Lincecum said...

Well, then we must be kin! Nice to meet you! :-)

Anonymous said...

We're all cousins. Those Meriwether Browns were prolific. Like a lot of Browns, I'm twice Brown. Moses & Epsy, and also Moses' brother James & Lucinda are my ggg grand parents. I also made the pilgrimage to the the cove in the 1970's, talked to some of the old people there, saw some of the family bibles, and found the graves of James and Lucinda, but not Moses. I have some family history here http://www.hatchetts.com/hatchett/GGtextPC.html but haven't had time to put all I have on the website. The cove is beautiful. I hope to visit again sometime, but it's an awful lot further for me.

Margie H. Brown said...

Hi, my husband is a descendent of William Matthew Brown who was killed in the civil war. His son, William Jefferson Brown was born Nov. 21, 1861, came to Union Parish, La. in the late 1800's. He married Mary Rebecca Simmons in Union Parish on Jan. 20, 1892. He had a brother they called "Tobe". We don't know what happened to him. Help, please. Margie H. Brown
mbrown634@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I have a inquiry for the webmaster/admin here at lincecumlineage.blogspot.com.

May I use some of the information from this post above if I give a backlink back to this site?

Thanks,
John

S. Lincecum said...

What exactly are you wanting to use, John? And where exactly are you wanting to post it? My email address is in the footer of this page, if you would like to contact me directly.

sarensmith said...

So nice to see and read a little bit about the cove! My grandmother was born in the county and has been sharing stories with my about growing up here, along the flint river. Our family name is Waddell, her mother and father were in the area from the early 1890's through the 1940's. We are planning a trip this summer, can't wait to see the area first hand.

Anonymous said...

Hey - I am certainly happy to find this. great job!

bam said...

I am also related to Moses M and Epsy Mims Brown. They are my 3rd great grandparents. Thanks for posting this info.

Bambi Brown
Houston Texas

Anonymous said...

I'm Judy Valentine my grandmother Sallie Brown Carroll was from Oakfield Ga.,born april 20 1894 died jan.1959 buried at Red Oak cematery,had 2 brothers David & Spencer. She married Cliff Carroll.If you are fimilar with her I would like to know. My e-mail address is danjudyval@aol.com
I have just started to research. so any imfo. would be appreciated. Judy

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the excellent posts

Janice Byers said...

Brown family research is ongoing. Recently traced some back to1656 england. Would love to share it. Janice Brown Byers,, warm springs ga

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