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Families in Hall and Jackson Counties, Georgia

Some groups of ancestors lived in Hall County, Georgia, and in adjacent Jackson County, some of them arriving early in the 19th century.  The main families discussed on this page are:

The Deal and Smith families of Hall Co. are covered on their own pages. The colonial background of some of these families are covered on the page called Colonial Roots of Some Families in Hall and Jackson Counties, Georgia.

Hall County was formed in 1818 from parts of Franklin and Jackson counties and Cherokee territory.

 


Saye

Robert A. Ivey's article, "The Hodge and Saye Families," in Union County Heritage ed. Mannie Lee Mabry,(Winston-Salem, NC: Hunter Publishing, 1981) is very informative.  Another source is Eva Cleveland Snelson, Family Tree of Isabelle Elizabeth Hudgins Cleveland (1884-1970) wife of John Wesley Cleveland (1880-1969) manuscript in he Gainesville Branch of the Hall County Library System in Gainesville, GA.

James Saye, Sr. (about 1775 - 1850)
James Saye, Sr., was probably born in 1775 in SC. His parents were Richard Saye and Mary Hodge. In 1779, when the boy was about 4, his father died in the Revolutionary War from wounds received at the Battle of Savannah.

The boy's mother and her large family continued to live in Union Co., SC, until 1794, when she and her eldest son sold the family's land and moved to GA.

Around 1799, at the age of 24, James married Elizabeth Carithers. Their children were Mary, Sarah, William, John, James, Jr., Martin Luther, Ephrim T., Mahala, Nancy, Robert, Margaret Adeline, and Richard Wilson. The family lived in Madison Co., GA, and then along the Oconee River in Jackson Co. before moving to Hall Co.

The following is from an account by Asbury W. Saye, which is contained in Eva Cleveland Snelson's manuscript, Family Tree of Isabelle Elizabeth Hudgins Cleveland (1884-1970) wife of John Wesley Cleveland (1880-1969), located in he Gainesville Branch of the Hall County Library System in Gainesville, GA:

James, the oldest son, married Miss Caruthers. They had fourteen children, raised all but one. He settled on Walnut Fork of the Oconee River, first in Jackson county then moved up the same stream into Hall County.  There he made considrerable wealth but through some mismanagement lost most of it in life.  He died in 1850 (Will Hall County Court House). He has now (1898) but two children living--one Richard Saye of Atlanta and Adaline in Athens, Ga.

In the 1820 federal census for Jackson Co., GA, the family of James Say was enumerated as:

There were two slaves.

In 1822 James Saye bought land on the North Fork of the Oconee River in Hall Co. According to an 1898 manuscript by Asbury W. Saye, James "made considerable wealth but through some mismanagement lost most of it in life."

In the 1840 federal census for Hall Co., GA, the family of James Say, Sr. was enumerated as:

There were six slaves.

James Saye died in Hall Co. in 1850, around the age of 75. It is not known where he is buried.

Nancy Saye (1820-1885)
Nancy Saye was born on March 8, 1820, in GA, probably Jackson Co. Her parents were James Saye, Sr., and Elizabeth Carithers. Sometime in the 1820s the family moved into Hall Co., along the Walnut Fork of the Oconee River.

On January 6, 1842 she married Alexander Deal in Hall Co. She was 21, and he was 26. Her name was erroneously entered into the Hall Co. marriage records as "Nancy Seng." For more information on their family, see the material on Alexander Deal.

In January 1864, Alexander Deal died in Gainesville. Nancy applied for 12 month's support for herself and seven minor children.

In the 1870 federal census for Gainesville, Hall Co., the family was enumerated as:

In the 1880 federal census for District 12, Athens, Clarke Co., Nancy Deal and her daughter Frances were enumerated as:

In 1880, they were living close to her daughter and son-in-law: Anise Deal Sisson and John Sisson.

On August 10, 1885, as indicated on the Deal monument in Alta Vista cemetery in Gainesville, Nancy Saye Deal died at the age of 65.
 


Davis

John P. Davis (1827-1911)
John P. "Jack" Davis was born in 1827 and died in 1911, according to his gravestone in Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville, GA. According to the censuses, he lived his entire life in GA, but his exact birthplace isn't known. The names of his parents are not known.

In the 1848 and 1849 tax digests for Hall Co., he was listed in Captain Deal's district.

On February 20, 1851, he married Caroline Long in Jackson Co. Their known children were:

In the 1860 federal census for Cunningham District, Jackson Co., the Davis family was enumerated as:

The Georgia Roster of Confederate Soldiers has the following entry for Company L, 1st Regiment, Georgia Regulars, Army of Tennessee, Fulton County (also known as the Atlanta Greys and the Fulton Greys):

Davis, John P.--3d Corporal Mar. 20, 1861. Appointed sub-enrolling officer of Hall County, 8th Congressional District of Ga., May 28, 1862. Paid at Decatur, GA. Apr. 23, 1863. No later record.

This may be the same John P. Davis.  According to her tombstone, Caroline Long Davis died in 1863. If the John P. Davis is her husband, John Davis apparently left the Confederate service after his wife died. He never applied for a Confederate pension in Hall Co.  In 1863 he was exempted from service because he was making iron.

In the 1870 federal census for Gainesville, Hall Co., the Davis family was enumerated as:

In the 1880 federal census for Military District 411, Gainesville, Hall Co., the Davis family was enumerated as:

A John P. Davis married Mrs. A. E. Merck on October 12, 1886 in Hall Co., but it is not known if it is the same John Davis

In the 1900 federal census for District 71, Gainesville Ward 1, Hall Co., the Davis family was enumerated as:

John Davis cannot be located in the 1910 census.

According to his tombstone in Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville, John Davis died in 1911. He is buried alongside his wife and their daughter Mary Frances Davis, who died on April 9, 1912 in Buford, GA. His tombstone erroneously has his middle initial as "J."

Margaret "Maggie" Luvenia Davis (1861-1943)
Margaret "Maggie" Luvenia Davis was born on September 26, 1861 in Gainesville, GA. She was a daughter of John Davis and Caroline Long. Alternate spellings of her first name include "Margarete" and her middle name is spelled various ways in the records.

Her mother died in 1863, when Maggie was 2 years old. Her father apparently left military service and returned to take care of his children. He never remarried, and the family continued to live in Gainesville.

On July 22, 1884, at the age of 22, Maggie married Horace Hamilton Smith in Gainesville.

The Smiths had four children who lived into adulthood: Harry Lee, Ruby Vashti, Nellie May, and Eula. Maggie and her husband separated and lived apart for many years. In 1910 the family was living on Findley Street in Gainesville.

In the 1920 federal census for District 100, Gainesville Ward 2, Hall Co., she and her daughter Eula were living at 7 E. High Street:

In the 1930 federal census for District 7, Gainesville, Hall Co., she was enumerated with the family of her son-in-law, M. Luther Smith and Nellie M. Smith:

On September 10, 1943, Maggie Smith died in Atlanta, where she had been living for three weeks. She was nearly 82. The cause of death was coronary occlusion, with senility as a contributory cause. She is buried next to her husband, Horace Hamilton Smith, in Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville.

The following obituary appeared in the Gainesville paper:

Mrs. Margaret Smith, Former Resident Passes in Atlanta

Rites for Mrs. Margaret Louvenia Smith, 81, who died Saturday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John Butler, in Atlanta, were held Monday afternoon at the St. Paul Methodist church here, with the Rev. Hoke Sewell officiating, and burial was in Alta Vista cemetery.

Mrs. Smith was a native of Jackson county, a daughter of the late Mr. John M. [sic] Davis and Mrs. Caroline Long Davis. She resided here since childhood and was a member of the Methodist church.

Surviving are a son, Harry Smith of this city; two other daughters, Mrs. Alex Deal, Atlanta, and Mrs. M. Luther Smith, Gainesville, a sister, Mrs. J. C. Otwell, Gainesville, 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.


Another notice, dated Thursday, September 16, 1943, follows:

Mrs. Marguerite Smith Paid Final Tribute Monday

Mrs. Marguerite Louvenia Smith, 81, former Gainesville woman, died Sunday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John Butler, in Atlanta. She was a native of Gainesville, a daughter of the late John Davis and Mrs. Caroline Long Davis. She resided here many years and was a member of the Methodist church.

Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon from the St. Paul Methodist church, the Rev. Hoke Sewell officiating. Interment was in Alta Vista cemetery.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Harry Smith of Gainesville; two other daughters, Mrs. Alex Deal, of Atlanta and Mrs. Luther Smith, of Gainesville.


Long

John Anderson Long (1787-before 1870)
John Anderson Long was born on August 22, 1787 in SC, probably Abbeville Co. He was a son of James Long and Margery Thompson. Sometime about 1810 he married Rhoda Pierce.

In a document titled My Long Life, Nat Long, a great-great-grandson of John Anderson Long, identified the children of John Anderson Long and Rhoda Pierce as Willis, Calvin, John Gus, Bill, Emily, Caroline, and Nancy. Based on information in the censuses, there were probably other children. The following are some of the children of John Anderson Long and Rhoda Pierce:

In the 1820 census for Jackson Co., GA, the John Long family was enumerated as:

In the 1830 federal census for Jackson Co., GA, the John A. Long family was enumerated as:

There was one male slave between 10 and 24.

In 1838, John Anderson Long was Justice of the Peace in the Cunningham district in Jackson Co.

In the 1840 federal census for Jackson Co., GA, the John A. Long family was enumerated as:

In the 1850 federal census for Subdivision 45, Jackson Co., GA, the family was enumerated as:

They had a 12-year-old male slave.

In the 1860 federal census for Cunningham District, Jackson Co., GA, the family was enumerated as:

They had a 22-year-old male slave.

John Anderson Long died before the census of 1870, probably in 1868.

The following appears in Jackson County Georgia, Will Abstracts:

M-3 John A. Long. Will dated Oct. 10, 1868. "in the name of God Amend. I JOHN A. LONG of Said State and County, deem it my duty. . . All just debts which I may be owing, at my death I desire paid by my Executors herein after appointed, as Soon as practicable, & to this end my said Executors are authorized to use any money I have on hand at my decease, & should there not be any, or a Sufficiency, they are authorized to Sell at public Sale, such portion or produce & stock as may be necessary to pay the same, provision they shall not sell produce & stock necessary to keep the farm going on, but shall raise a crop and pay the same out of that, if the same can be done within the time prescribed for the payment of debts in such cases by law."

Caroline Long (1833-1863)
Caroline Long was born in 1833, according to her gravestone in Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville, GA. She was born in GA, a daughter of John Anderson Long and Rhoda Pierce.

She grew up in Jackson Co, GA. On February 20, 1851, when she was about 19, she married John P. Davis. The family apparently moved to nearby Hall Co. in the early 1860s. For more information about their family, see the material on John P. Davis.

In 1863 Caroline Long died at the age of 30, leaving behind 7 children. She apparently died in Gainesville.


Pierce

Rhoda Pierce (about 1795-after 1880)
Rhoda Pierce was born about 1795 in SC according to most of the censuses. Her parents are not known.
She married John Anderson Long by 1810.

By 1850 the family had moved to Pendergrass, Jackson Co., GA. For more information on their family, see the material on John Anderson Long.

After her husband's death in the late 1860s, Rhoda continued to live in Jackson Co. with one of her sons, Augustus.

In the 1870 federal census for Cunningham District, Jackson Co., GA, the family was enumerated as:

A 16-year-old black laborer named Daniel Harrison was enumerated with them.

In the 1880 federal census for District 428, Jackson Co., GA, Rhoda Long was enumerated with the family of son Augustus Long:

She died sometime after the 1880 census, probably in GA.

The following is in Jackson County, Georgia Newspaper Clippings, The Forest News June 1875-January 1881. Abstracted by Faye Stone Poss, p. 327.

Jackson County.  Whereas, Thomas A. Scott makes application to me in proper form for Letters of Administration on the estate of John A. long, late of said county, deceased.

This is to cite all persons concerned, kindred and creditors, to show cause, if any they can, at the regular term of the Court of Ordinary of said county, to be held on the first Monday in March, 1880, why said letters should not be granted the applicant.

Given under my official signature, this January 27th, 1880. H. W. Bell, Ord'y.


Stringer

One source of information about the Stringer family is Sybil McRay's "The history of the Stringer family," Gainesville Times, May 9, 1983.  Another is Jeannette Holland Austin, Georgia Pioneers and Their Times (1990), p. 181.

The following entry is in Sybil McRay's Tombstone Inscriptions of Hall County Georgia (1971):

Stringer Family Cemetery
Cem. located May 18, 1968. Sybil McRay. Information furnished by Mrs. Charles Stringer, she and husband transcribed the info. Location Brown's Bridge Rd, on Stringer property, in clump of trees on hill behind house. Headstones were broken up by boys throwing rocks at them.
Stringer, Rev A (Alex) M Apr 6, 1825   Jun 28, 1902
", Susan Reed (wife of A M Stringer) Aug 24, 1828   May 1, 1878 [should be 1870]
(", William son of Rev. Alex Stringer) [actually the son of D. M. Stringer]
(", Roxie Wright wife of William Stringer)
(", John father of Rev A M Stringer 1792 1860)

Daniel Stringer (18th century)
There is a Daniel Stringer enumerated in the 1790 federal census for Pendleton, SC.

The following entry for Daniel Stringer is in Bobby Gilmer Moss' Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution:

He served in the militia before and after the fall of Charleston. A.A. 7470; S63.
 

John Stringer (1792-1860)
John Stringer was born in 1792 in SC. He was an early settler in Hall Co.  According to Sybil McRay's article, the October 5, 1893 Gainesville Eagle states that "'A. M. Stringer's grandfather, Daniel Stringer, was in the Revolutionary Army.' This verifies that John Stringer was the son of Daniel Stringer."

John Stringer was married first to Barbara Allen Abercrombie in 1809. There is a Hall Co. record of a marriage between John M. Stringer and Isabel Blythe on October 22, 1820; this must have been a different Stringer. B. Stringer is John Stringer's wife in the 1850 census, and there were several children born in the 1810s.

The following children were alive when his will was written:

In the 1830 federal census for Hall Co., the John Stringer family was enumerated as:

There were no slaves.

In the 1840 federal census for District 565, Hall Co., the John Stringer family was enumerated as:

There were three slaves: one male under 10, one male between 24 and 36, and one female between 24 and 36.

In the 1850 federal census for Hall Co., District 38, John Stringer's family was enumerated as:

There were seven slaves: one male 37, one female 35, one male 10, one female 10, one male 6, one female 3, and one female 1.

After the death of his first wife, John Stringer married Olivia Westbrooks in Hall Co. on September 1, 1853.

In the 1860 federal census for Hall Co., 411 District, the Stringer family was enumerated as:

There were two slave houses and seven slaves: one male 65, one female 40, one male 21, one male 18, one female 15, one male 9, and one male 8.

The following is from Hall County Georgia Will Book A, 26-27:

Dated: 24 July 1860
Alexander M. Stringer one of the executors of Will of John Stringer late of said county and two witnesses: Patrick O'Conner and James F. Law produced in court last Will and Testament of John Stringer.
Signed: Alexander M. Stringer, William A. Stringer
p. 149-150
Sworn and subscribed to: 6 August 1860

Will of John Stringer
Dated: 2 May 1856
I will and bequeath to my beloved wife: Olivia Stringer, $100. in cash.
All my estate real and personal to be divided equally to all my children settling with each what I have charged against them.
Daughters: Mary Cruise, Nancy Ann Mullins, Elizabeth Westbrooks, Mahala Garner, Jane A. Hyatt
Sons: William A., John G., Alexander M., Daniel M., and James A.
Executors: Sons, Alexander M. and William A. Stringer and friend, Martin Graham
Witt: Richard Banks, James F. Law, P. O'Conner, John Stringer
p. 151-153
Probated: 14 January 1861
Ralph S. Law Ordinary

John Stringer is buried in the Stringer cemetery in Gainesville.


James A. Stringer (1831-1864)
James A. Stringer was born in 1831 and was the son of John Stringer and Barbara Abercrombie.

On May 27, 1858 he married Jereline Reed in Hall Co., GA.

On March 26, 1862, he enlisted at Gainesville in Company A, 11th Regiment of Georgia infantry. His records are sparse. In May 1863, he was in a Virginia hospital. He was also in the hospital in Virginia in early 1864. His records show that he died at home in Hall Co. in 1864.

James A. Stringer and Jereline had the following children:

Information about the administration of James Stringer's estate can be found in Hall County court records, some of which are summarized in Patricia K. Jones' Twelve Months Support for Widows and Orphans of Hall County, Georgia Book A, Annotated (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery Inc., 2009), pp. 13-14.

Mary Olivia "Mary Ollie" Stringer (1860-1882)
Mary Ollie Stringer was born on May 24, 1860 and died on May 26, 1882, according to her tombstone in the Deal lot in Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville, Hall, GA. Her parents were James A. Stringer and Jereline Reed, of Hall Co. Information confirming her parents can be found in Hall County court records, some of which are summarized in Patricia K. Jones' Twelve Months Support for Widows and Orphans of Hall County, Georgia Book A, Annotated (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery Inc., 2009), pp. 13-14
.

On March 8, 1874, she married Columbus Lafayette Deal in Gainesville. She was 14 years old. Their children were James Alexander, Erastus Charles, and Ella. For more information on their family, see the material on Columbus Lafayette Deal.

Mary Ollie died at the age of 22. Her cause of death is not known.


Abercrombie

One of the main sources is Sybil Wood McRay, "Abercrombies came to Hall from Carolina," This 'n That: History of Hall County, Georgia (Gainesville, GA: Chestatee Regional Library, 1990), 53-54.

James Abercrombie (1700s-1800s)
James Abercrombie lived with his wife Ann (Mary Ann) in Laurens Co., SC, in the 1790s. Sometime after 1798, they left the county. Their large family moved to GA, eventually settling in Hall Co.

Their children are thought to be Christiana, Barbara Allen, Abia, James, Jr., Elizabeth, Mahala, David, and John.

His date of death and burial place are not known.

Barbara Allen Abercrombie (about 1788-before 1853)
Barbara Allen Abercrombie was born in SC around 1788 and died before 1853 in GA. Her parents were probably James Abercrombie and Ann (Mary Ann).

According to the 1850 census in Hall Co., she was born in SC.

She was the first wife of John Stringer; they married in 1809. For more information about their family, see the material on John Stringer.
 


Reed
 
The following sources contain information about this Reed family in the Gainesville Branch of the Hall County Library System in Gainesville, GA:  Lineage Chart of June Reed King, Lineage Chart 110, and Descendants Chart of Isaac Reed and Susannah Rogers and a typescript entitled The Reed Family.

The following entry is in Sybil McRay's Tombstone Inscriptions of Hall County Georgia (1971), p. 319:

Reed Family Cemetery
Trans: June 10, 1968, Blanche Reed, Patsy McRay, S. McRay
Location: From Flowery Branch to Oakwood, Hgwy 23, turn L on Thurman Tanner Rd. Cem. R of rd in woods top of hill this side of Rug Mill.
Reed, Griffin (no dates) (hus. of Mary Phinasee Reed)
(", Mary Phinasee  Md. Dec 2, 1819 in Hall Co., Ga)
", Martin H (son of Martin Reed) Dec 27, 1860    Dec 31, 1862
Several unmarked graves - the last burial was a freed slave, Nashaw, who chose to remain with the family, buried about 70 yrs ago.
- Inf. furnished by Mrs Ed C Reed, Oakwood, Ga.

Isaac Reed (1754-1844?)
Isaac Reed was born on December 26, 1754, possibly in Ireland.  One source, Dorothy Jeter Barnum, Kay Reed Bedford, Aryl-Jeanne Vinson Reed, and Glenda Reed Swaim's A Reed-Robins Family of the South Eastern United States (Pavo, GA: H&H Printing, 1996) believes that Isaac Reed was a son of Nathaniel Reed, who lived in North Carolina in the 1700s.

Isaac was the next of Nathaniel's sons to move to Greenville County [South Carolina]. He received a land grant of 200 acres on the head branches of Rock Creek, 96th District on 2 July 1787. There is no Revolutionary War record for Isaac in South Carolina, yet it is interesting to note that he received the 200 acres normally given to a private who served in the militia. He could have just purchased the acreage, as this too was common in the 1780's. Isaac married Susannah Rogers, daughter of Daniel Rogers, probably in Greenville County circa 1786. He traded land for the next fifteen years in that area, finally selling out and moving to Jackson County, Georgia in 1802. In 1808 he was appointed guardian of his nephews, Jacob Crow, Jr. and Lewis Crow, orphans of his brother-in-law, Jacob Crow. He died in Hall County, Georgia, circa 1845 at the home of his son, Joseph. (p. 14)

Other sources identify his father as William Reed.

Isaac Reed married Susannah Rogers. Their children were Joseph, John, Isaac, and Benjamin Griffith.

In the 1790 federal census for Greenville Co., SC, Isaac Reed is shown as having one male over 16, two males under 16, and two females.

In the 1820 federal census for Hall Co, GA., the family of Isaac Reid was enumerated as:

  • between 16 and 26 male: 2
  • over 45 male: 1
  • between 10 and 16 female: 1
  • between 16 and 25 female: 2
  • over 45 female: 1

There was one slave.

In the 1830 federal census for Hall Co., Isaac Reed's family was enumerated as one male 70 to 80 and one female 60 to 70.  There were one male slave age 24 to 36 and one female slave age 10 to 24.

In the 1840 federal census for Hall Co., he was identified as an 87-year-old Revolutionary War veteran, enumerated with the family of Joseph Reed.

Isaac Reed may have died on March 11, 1844.

Benjamin Griffith Reed (about 1799-August 19, 1882)
Benjamin Griffith Reed was born about 1799 in GA. His parents were Isaac Reed and Susannah Rogers. Some records identify him as Griffin Reed. He also had a nephew named Benjamin Griffith Reed.

On December 4, 1819, Benjamin Griffith Reed married Mary "Polly" Phinazee in Hall Co. Their known children were:

  • Martin C. Reed. Born about 1820. Married Lana C. Young on June 25, 1840 in Hall Co., GA.
  • John H. Reed. Born about 1823. Married Martha Drake on June 9, 1844 in Hall Co., GA.
  • Mahala Reed. Born about 1827. Married Alexander Prater on January 19, 1843 in Hall Co., GA. Died before father's will in August 1876.
  • Susannah Reed. Born 1828. Married Alexander M. Stringer on February 6, 1845. Died May 1, 1870.
  • Josephine Reed. Born 1836. Married Josiah Prater. Died August 29, 1899. Buried in Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville, GA.
  • Jereline Reed. Born about 1837. Married first James A. Stringer on May 27, 1858 in Hall Co. Married second John A. Williams on January 2, 1868. Died after 1910.
  • Raymond Sanford Reed. Born December 19, 1838. Married Mary Wingo on March 26, 1859. Died January 1, 1915. Buried in Oakwood Cemetery, in Oakwood, Hall, GA.

In the 1830 federal census for Hall Co., Griffith Reed's family was enumerated as:

  • between 5 and 10 male: 2
  • between 30 and 40 male: 1
  • under 5 female: 2
  • between 5 and 10 female: 1
  • between 30 and 40 female: 1

In the 1840 federal census for Hall Co., G. B. Read's family was enumerated as:

  • under 5 male: 1
  • between 10 and 15 male: 1
  • between 15 and 20 male: 2
  • between 40 and 50 male: 1
  • under 5 female: 2
  • between 5 and 10 female: 1
  • between 10 and 15 female: 2
  • between 30 and 40 female: 1

There was one male slave under the age of 10.

In the 1850 federal census for District 38, Hall Co., the family of Griffin Reed was enumerated as:

  • Griffin Reed, 51, farmer. Real estate valued at $400.
  • M. Reed, 52.
  • J. Reed, 15, F.
  • J. Reed, 13, F.
  • R. Reed, 11, M.

In the 1860 federal census for District 565, Hall Co., the family of  B. G. Reed was enumerated as:

  • B. G. Reed, 61. Real estate valued at $1,500 and personal property valued at $4,000.
  • Mary Reed, 61, midwife.
  • R. L. Reed, 20
  • Mary J. Reed, 20

In the 1870 federal census for Wilsons District, Hall Co., the family of Benj. G. Reed was enumerated as:

  • Benj. G. Reed, 71, farmer. Real estate valued at $700 and personal property valued at $750.
  • Mary Reed, 71.

His 8-year-old grandson Welcome Stringer was living with them.

In the 1880 federal census for Hall Co., Morgan, District 134, Benjamin G. Reed, age 81, was enumerated with the family of his son, Martin Reed.

The following item appears in a Gainesville paper, The Eagle, on August 31, 1882:

Mr. B. G. Reed, an old and highly esteemed citizen of Hall county, died at his residence on the 19th inst in his eighty-fourth year. He leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his death, to whom the Eagle offers sincere condolences.

The following will appears in Robert H. and Barbara E. McDonald's transcription in Wills and Deeds of Hall County Georgia. Court of Ordinary. Will Book A 1837 - 1867 & 1868 - 1890. Will Book A-1 1890 - 1907. (Fernandina Beach, FL: Wolfe Publishing, 2002), pp. 243-244:

Georgia
Hall County

In the name of God Amen.

I Benjamin G. Reed of said State and County, being of advanced age but of disposing and Sound mind, knowing that I must shortly depart this life deem it right and proper both as respects my family and myself that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind Providence has blessed me do therefore make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.

1st item - I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.   My Soul I trust shall return to God who gave it - as I hope for eternal salvation through the merits and atonement of the blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

2nd - I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my Executor herein after appointed.

3rd - I give bequeath and devise to my beloved Grand - Son Welcum Stringer who is now living with me One hundred and fifty dollars in gold coin, also One mare named Nellie two years old, also One good feather bed and bed clothing, one cow and calf.

4th - The residue of my property both real and personal wherever and whatever it may be shall be equally divided between my beloved wife Mary F. Reed and my children To wit Martin C. Reed, John H. Reed, Raymond S. Reed, The children of Mahala Reed alias Prater (who is now dead) The children of Susannah Reed alias Stringer (who is now dead) Josephine Reed alias Prater Jeneline Reed alias Stringer and her children now Williams, her children are only to enjoy with their mother part of her part.
I hereby constitute and appoint my son Benjamin [sic] S. Reed and my Son Martin C. Reed Executors of this my last will and Testament This August 4th 1876

Benjamin (his x mark) G. Reed    Seal

Signed Sealed and published by Benjamin G. Reed as his last Will and testament in the presence of us, the subscribers who subscribed our name hereto in presence of Said Benjamin G. Reed at his special request and in presents of each other This August 9th. 1876.
 

James W. Allen    Seal
David Lyle    Seal
Bayless Mayfield    Seal
Samuel Stephens    Seal

The will was executed in September 1882.

Jereline Reed (1837-after 1910)
Jereline Reed was born in March 1837. She grew up and lived in Gainesville, Hall Co., GA. She was the daughter of Benjamin Griffith Reed and Mary "Polly" Phinazee. Jereline's name has many spelling variants in the records.

Jereline Reed married James A. Stringer on May 27, 1858 in Hall Co., GA. They had the following children: Mary O., James W., and Robert Lee. For more information on their family, see the material on James A. Stringer. James Stringer died in mid-1864 while at home from his unit, having spent some of the previous two years in hospitals in Virginia.

On January 2, 1868, Jereline married John A. Williams in Hall Co., GA.

In the 1870 federal census for Morgan, Hall Co., she is living with her husband and their first child, Matthew J. Williams, along with two children from her first marriage, Mary Stringer and Robert Stringer. Her other son, James Welcome Stringer, was living with his grandparents, Benjamin Griffith Reed and wife Mary.

In the 1880 federal census for Morgan, Hall Co., the family was enumerated as:

  • John A. Williams, 32, farming.
  • Jereline Williams, 42.
  • Robert [Stringer], 17
  • Matthew J. Williams, 11
  • Henry P. Williams, 9
  • Josephus Turk, 10, nephew.
  • Nancy A. Williams, 8
  • Thomas J. Williams, 6 months

John A. Williams' brother, Matthew, 42, was living with them.

In the 1900 federal census for Flowery Branch, Hall Co., GA, the family was enumerated as:

  • John Williams, 50, farmer.
  • Jerline Williams, 53.

In the 1910 federal census for Candler, Hall Co., GA, she is living with the family of her son Robert:

  • Robert L. Stringer, 45.
  • Emmer Stringer, 34.
  • Eller Stringer, 14.
  • Callie Stringer, 12.
  • Claude Stringer, 5.
  • Maudie Stringer, 3.
  • Lillia Stringer, 1.
  • Jerline Williams, 74, widow, 5 of 8 children alive.

Jereline died sometime between the 1910 and 1920 censuses.

 


Rogers

Susannah Rogers (1760s-after 1830)
Susannah Rogers was the daughter of Daniel Rogers of Edgefield Co., SC, and she is mentioned in his 1809 will as Susannah Reed.

Susannah Rogers married Isaac Reed, perhaps in Charleston, SC. For more information on their family, see the material on Isaac Reed.


Phinazee

John Phinazee (1760-1837)

Tombstone of John Phinazee

John Phinazee was born in Ireland in 1760.  More than likely, the surname is the Irish Fennessey. A monument erected at this burial site in Harris Co., GA, in 1929 for his Revolutionary War service spells his name Phinisee. The Sons of the American Revolution, Coweta Falls Chapter, rededicated the site in December 2006.

During the Revolutionary War, John served as a private in SC. He received a bounty grant in GA.

In 1788 he married Sara Harris. Their children were

  • William Phinazee. Born about 1795. Married Jane Potts.
  • James Phinazee. Married Polly Baldwin.
  • Harris Phinazee. Married Mary Ogletree.
  • Jonathan Phinazee.
  • Hiram Phinazee. Born about 1802. Married Elizabeth Bird Ogletree on October 6, 1825 in Monroe Co., GA.
  • Rachel Phinazee. Born about 1795. Married Joseph Bell.
  • Margaret Phinazee. Born about 1796. Married George Bell.
  • Sarah "Sallie" Phinazee. Born about 1804. Married Nathan Bramblette on November 30, 1856 in Jackson Co., GA.
  • Mary "Polly" Phinazee. Born about 1800. Married Benjamin Griffith Reed on December 4, 1819 in Hall Co., GA. Died in 1880 in Hall Co., GA.
  • Elizabeth Phinazee. Married Benjamin Reed.
  • Mahala Phinazee. Married Arthur Herring.

In the 1820 federal census for Hall Co., the family of John Phinizy was enumerated as:

  • male under 5: 1
  • male between 16 and 18: 1
  • male between 16 and 26: 3
  • male between 26 and 45: 1
  • male above 45: 1
  • female between 10 and 16: 3
  • female between 26 and 45: 1

In the 1830 federal census for Harris Co., the family of John Finisee was enumerated as:

  • male between 15 and 20: 1
  • male between 30 and 40: 1
  • male between 60 and 70: 1
  • female between 20 and 30: 1
  • female between 60 and 70: 1

There were no slaves.

John Phinazee died in 1837 and is buried in Harris Co., GA.

The following information is in Louise Calhoun Barfield's History of Harris County Georgia, 1827-1961 (1961; reprinted Roswell, GA: WH Wolfe, 1978) 280:

John Phinazee, born Ireland 1760; died 1837, Harris Co., Ga.; buried on the farm now owned by Wynnton Cline, Mountain Hill, Georgia.
Served as a private S.C. line. Rec'd bounty grant in Georgia for his services. Married 1788 Sara Harris (1765-1856) Marker was erected by Dalton, Georgia Chapter, Gov. John Milledge in 1929. Issue: William Phinazee married Jane Potts; James married Polly Baldwin; Harris married Mary Ogletree; Jonathan moved to California; Hiram (1802-1883) married Elizabeth Bird Ogletree (1803-1884, dau. Rev. Sol.) Rachel married Joseph Bell; Margaret married George Bell; Sallie married Nathan Bramblett; Polly married Griffin Read; Elizabeth married Benjamin Read; Mahala married Arthur Herring of Monroe County, Georgia, 1826. [her stated source was McCall's Ga Rev. Soldiers, p. 139]

Mary "Polly" Phinazee (about 1800-1880)
Polly Phinazee was a daughter of John Phinazee and Sara Harris.

On December 4, 1819, she married Griffin Reed in Hall Co. For more information about their family, see the material on Benjamin Griffith Reed.

She died in January 1880: there is a Mary Reed, age 80, who died in Hall Co. in January 1880, recorded in the 1880 mortality schedules for Hall Co, district 134--where her husband was enumerated in the 1880 census.


Harris

Sarah Harris (about 1769-1856)
Sarah Harris, the wife of John Phinazee, was born about 1769 in Virginia. In the 1850 federal census, she is enumerated with the family of her son John H. Phinazee in Division 60, Monroe Co., GA. Her age is given as 81.

In the 1840 federal census, she is probably the 70 to 80-year-old woman enumerated with the family of Hiram Phinizie in District 595, Monroe Co., GA.

Many sources identify her parents as John Harris (d. 1831) and Rachel Kittrell of Abbeville Co., SC.


Hodge

Robert A. Ivey's article, "The Hodge and Saye Families," in Union County Heritage ed. Mannie Lee Mabry,(Winston-Salem, NC: Hunter Publishing, 1981) is very informative.


Mary Hodge (about 1745 - 1830)
Mary Hodge was born about 1745 in England. Her parents were William Hodge and his wife Margaret, who brought the family to Pennsylvania. 

Around 1765, about the age of 20, she married Richard Saye in Pennsylvania. They moved to Burke Co., NC, along the Catawba River. About 1773 the family moved near Mitchell's Creek in the Union Co. area in SC.

Her husband died on October 9, 1779, from wounds received at the siege of Savannah, leaving her with seven children: James, William, Mary, Sarah, Girl, Peggy, and Richard.

In 1794 she and her son James sold the family's land, and the family moved to Madison Co., GA, to the New Hope community, settled largely by emigrants from Pennsylvania. The center of the community was the New Hope Church. She lived about two miles from Danielsville, near the South Broad River. She was a Presbyterian.

A history by her grandson Rev. James H. Saye contains the following (as quoted in Rev. J. O. Bailey's History of Grindal Shoals and Some Adjacent Families (rpt. 1981. Greenville, SC: A Press Inc.), p. 56:

Richard Saye fell at the siege of Savannah, 22nd September to the 20th of October, 1779, leaving his widow, Mary Hodge, and several young children to go through the perils and hardships of following years. She, however, put her trust in God, and like a true woman and true Christian, as she was, she addressed herself to her work. With a little friendly aid from neighbors and friends, she reared and educated her family. Before the close of the century, she removed with them to Georgia, where she died in June, 1830, having been a communicant of the Presbyterian church for a period of seventy years. Her descendants are now scattered through that country which extends from Black River, S. C., to the Pacific ocean, and so far as is known, breathes the spirit which animated the people of Fairforest in 1780.

The following is from an account by Asbury W. Saye, which is contained in Eva Cleveland Snelson's manuscript, Family Tree of Isabelle Elizabeth Hudgins Cleveland (1884-1970) wife of John Wesley Cleveland (1880-1969), located in the Gainesville Branch of the Hall County Library System in Gainesville, GA:

My great Grandmother was robbed and plundered of her property by the Torys, but seemed to be a woman of great endurance, a woman that knew how to manage her affairs very well. She continued in South Carolina until about 1790 when she moved to Georgia near New Hope church for that is the church organized by the Reverend John Newton, the first minister that settled in the upper part of Ga. This building (built 1788) stood until 1858. Seventy years, when it was torn down and replaced by the one now occupying the same spot of sacred ground.

One daughter who married in S. C. came one year before her mother. Some of her children had married in S. C. but all came to Georgia with her.  She had been left with seven children, three boys and four girls. The boys were named James, William and Richard. Richard was the youngest, James the oldest. . . .

Mary Hodge Saye was a member of the Athens Presbyterian for so long a time, she was among them until her death which occurred either in 1830 or 1832.

Mary Hodge died in June 1830 in Athens, Madison Co., GA.


Carithers

The surname is also variously spelled Carruthers and Carothers.

Robert Carithers (1744-1832)
Robert Carithers was born on March 30, 1744 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.

Sometime before 1780 he had moved to Ninety-Six District in SC, where on December 24, 1780 he enlisted as a private under Captain Robert Anderson. In May 1781, he was commissioned as a captain, receiving his commission from Governor Rutledge. He remained in the service after the war's end to help protect the frontiers.

His Revolutionary War pension application is W-23779. It contains the following from September 3, 1832 in Madison Co., GA.

. . . he entered as a volunteer the twenty fourth day of December Seventeen hundred and eighty as a private under the command of Capt. Robert Anderson--Alexander Noble as Major and Andrew Pickens as Colonel--and continued to serve as a private until about the last of May Seventeen hundred and eighty one--when he received a Captain's commission and continued in the service as Captain until the end of the war between England and America and continued to hold said commission until some time in the fall season of the year Seventeen hundred and eighty four for the purpose of protecting the frontier of South Carolina. He joined General Morgan's army a short time before the battle of Cowpens--he was ordered with a party of men to guard some public property which duty he was performing when the battle of the Cowpens took place and by that means was deprived of being in the battle. He resided in the District of Ninety Six in the State of South Carolina when he entered the service under the command of Colonel Pickens. He was not in any regular engagement with the British army but in several skirmishes with the Torys and Indians--in one of these he was wounded in the thigh--these skirmishes were principally on the Frontier--after joining Col. Pickens regiment as aforesaid he marched until he joined the army under General Morgan (when he was detached to guard as aforesaid) after the battle of the Cowpens he again joined General Morgan and marched with the army to Hillsboro North Carolina when by orders from General Greene the troops in the command under Col. Pickens returned to guard South Carolina from the depredations of the Torys and Indians--he was also at the siege of Ninety-six. He was not acquainted with any of the regular Officers only those before stated. He has lost or mislaid his commission so that it cannot now be processed. He has no documentary evidence but submits the affidavit of James McClesky herewith enclosed.

He has no discharge. . . .


On April 18, 1782 he married Mary Luckie in Abbeville Co. About 1790 the family moved to Wilkes Co., GA, now Madison Co., GA. The children were Elizabeth, James, Mary, William.

Robert Carithers died on October 4, 1832, at the age of 88, in Madison Co, GA.

The following abstract appears in Virgil D. White's Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files. (Waynesboro, TN: National Historical Publishing Co., 1990) I:

Carithers, Robert, Mary, W23379, SC Line, sol appl 3 Sep 1832 Madison Cty GA aged 88, sol was b 30 Mar 1744 in Lancaster Cty PA & was a res of 96 Dist SC at enl & in 1790 moved to Wilkes Cty (now part of Madison Cty) GA, one Amos Carithers was adm'r of wid's estate in Madison Cty on 12 Nov 1851 & states that sol & wid m 18 Apr 1782 in Abbeville Dist SC & sol died 4 Oct 1832 in Madison Cty GA & wid d 8 Feb 1842 leaving children, towit; Mary F. & Margaret Carithers, births of sol's children were; Elizabeth b 30 Jan 1783, James b 25 Oct 1784, Mary b 11 Sep 1786 & name illegible b 21 Sep 1788, wid Mary (Luckie) b 24 Sep 1758


Elizabeth Carithers (1783-after 1850)
Elizabeth Carithers was born on January 30, 1783 in SC, probably in Abbeville District. Her parents were Robert Carithers and Mary Luckie.  Around 1790 the family moved to Madison Co., GA.

Around 1799, at the age of 16, Elizabeth married James William Saye, Sr.  For more information about their family, see the material on James William Saye Sr.

After her husband's death in 1850, she applied for 12 months support. She probably died in Hall Co. It is not known when she died or where she is buried.

She is mentioned in Eva Cleveland Snelson, Family Tree of Isabelle Elizabeth Hudgins Cleveland (1884-1970) wife of John Wesley Cleveland (1880-1969), a booklet in he Gainesville Branch of the Hall County Library System in Gainesville, GA.


Luckie

Mary Luckie (1758-1842)
Mary Luckie was born on September 24, 1758. Her father was probably William Luckie (?-1797), who lived in Abbeville Co., SC, and later in Oglethorpe Co., GA.

On April 18, 1782 she married Robert Carithers in Abbeville Co. Around 1790 the family moved to Wilkes Co.,  now Madison Co., GA. For more information about their family, see the information on Robert Carithers.

Mary Luckie lived nearly another ten years after her husband's 1832 death. She died on February 8, 1842, at the age of 84, in Madison Co., GA.