Sorry, We're Closed.

This blog is essentially no more. Though I have left posts here, in most cases just for the sake of genealogy, there will be no more updates. Those posts I chose to move can now be found between two of my other blogs:

Southern Graves -- http://blog.southerngraves.net

Stephlin's Mountain -- http://stephlinsmountain.blogspot.com

10 April 2009

Ransom Taylor Avant

Ransom Taylor Avant was born 18 February 1810 in Washington, Georgia. He married Matilda Johnson. She was born 11 September 1810 in Georgia. Ransom and Matilda had five children:

- Lewis Mitchell Avant (1836-1923);
- Martha Avant (1840-1934);
- Isaiah Lewis Avant (d. 1874);
- James Russell Avant (1847-1919);
- George W. Avant.

Ransom died 12 September 1882 and was buried in Liberty Chapel Cemetery; Bibb County, Georgia. An obituary:

13 September 1882
The Macon Telegraph & Messenger
"On Monday afternoon, in Rutland district, while engaged in hauling with a two-horse wagon, Mr. Ransom T. Avant fell from the wagon, was run over and so badly hurt that he died that night. Mr. Avant had been in feeble health for a number of years, but has been active and diligent in business when not actually in bed. He will be buried this morning at Liberty Chapel, Rev. C. W. Smith conducting the funeral ceremonies. Being a Mason, a number of the Masonic fraternity will attend."

Sources Include:
- Ancestry World Family Tree
- Obituary
- Tombstone Inscriptions
- Newspaper Articles
- US Federal Census Records
- Georgia Deaths, 1919-98: This database is an index of more than 2.7 million deaths recorded by the State of Georgia from 1919 to 1998. The index includes the name of the deceased, the volume of the certificate number, the death date, the race of the deceased, the deceased's gender, the county of death, the death certificate number, the date the certificate was filed, and the deceased's age.

09 April 2009

James & Mary Avant

James Russell Avant was born 10 January 1847 in Georgia to Ransom Taylor Avant (1810-1882) and Matilda Johnson (b. 1810). James married Mary E. Harry about 1874. Mary was born 4 December 1845 in Georgia, and died 15 March 1912 in Walden, Bibb County, Georgia.

James and Mary Avant had five children:
- Minnie Lewis Avant (1876-1959);
- Fannie Avant (b. abt 1878);
- Mary Alma Avant (1881-1914);
- Jessie W. Avant (b. 1885);
- George S. Avant (1887-1974)

James died 20 June 1919 in Walden, Bibb County, Georgia. He and his wife were buried at Liberty Chapel Cemetery in Bibb County, Georgia. An obituary for James R. Avant:

22 June 1919
The Macon Daily Telegraph
Deaths and Funerals
"James R. Avant, aged 71, died last night at his home near Walden. Mr. Avant was a Confederate veteran, being a member of the R. A. Smith camp. He is survived by the following brothers: L. M. Avant, Macon; George W. Avant, Riverside, Cal.; one sister, Mrs. Martha Livenster, and the following children: Mrs. J. F. Hammock, Mrs. E. W. Lipford, Miss Jessie Avant, and George S. Avant. Funeral will be held at Liberty Chapel (this Sunday) afternoon..."

An obituary for Mrs. Mary Avant:

16 March 1912
The Macon Daily Telegraph
"Mrs. Mary Avant, wife of J. R. Avant, died at her home near Walden yesterday evening at 8:30. Mrs. Avant is survived by a husband and four children; the latter being Mrs. Jinks Hammond, of Dunbar; Mrs. G. W. Lipford, Mrs. Alma Griffin and George Avant, of Walden; one brother, W. A. Harry, of Abbeyville...

The funeral services will take place at the Liberty Chapel, Saturday the 16th, at 3:00."

Sources Include:
- Obituary
- Newspaper Articles
- US Federal Census Records
- Tombstone Inscriptions
- Georgia Deaths, 1919-98: This database is an index of more than 2.7 million deaths recorded by the State of Georgia from 1919 to 1998. The index includes the name of the deceased, the volume of the certificate number, the death date, the race of the deceased, the deceased's gender, the county of death, the death certificate number, the date the certificate was filed, and the deceased's age.
- Ancestry World Family Tree
- History of Peach County, Georgia


07 April 2009

Joe Brown's Pets

Joe Brown's Pets: The Georgia Militia, 1861-1865 by William Scaife and William Bragg has references to at least three VINSONS: Pvt Benjamin Franklin Vinson, Pvt Elbert Vinson, and Pvt Wiley Vinson.

About this book: "At the beginning of the Civil War, Georgia ranked third among the Confederate states in manpower resources, behind only Virginia and Tennessee. With an arms-bearing population somewhere between 120,000 and 130,000 white males between the ages of 16 and 60, this resource became an object of a great struggle between Joseph Brown, governor of Georgia, and Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. Brown advocated a strong state defense, but as the war dragged on Davis applied more pressure for more soldiers from Georgia. In December 1863, the state's general assembly reorganized the state militia and it became known as Joe Brown's Pets. Civil War historians William Scaife and William Bragg have written not only the first history of the Georgia Militia during the Civil War, but have produced the definitive history of this militia. Using original documents found in the Georgia Department of Archives and History that are too delicate for general public access, Scaife and Bragg were granted special permission to research the material under the guidance of an archivist and conducted under tightly controlled conditions of security and preservation control."

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