Rockdale County Genealogical Society Publication

                                               February, 2011


                            New Year Notes

A new slate of officers is needed for 2011. At the moment we need
someone to take on the offices of program chairman, library liaison,
and membership chairman. Other officers will continue from 2010 to

The Wanda Hoffer indexing project has been completed. The collection
is not quite ready to be used. President Zawadski is working on the
site for the collection in the Family History Center of the LDS Church.
Hopefully, it will be made available shortly. There are several books
and collections which should be of interest to researchers. There
were over four hundred items. It is understandable why this is taking
some time to finish. Our thanks to President Zawadski for the use
of the site; and, also, for his efforts in heading up and working
on this project. It was; and is; a big project.

           Researching Atlanta Genealogy

 Family Tree Magazine, March, 2011, has an extensive article on researching
Atlanta genealogy. It mentions the Georgia Archives Virtual Vault
<>;Click Here where you can find 20th-century death
certificate images, and the death index at the Atlanta History Center
<> Click Here   which lists deaths since 1919.
Franklin Garrett’s Necrology File is also available here: <>Click here
Atlanta marriages from 1829 are searchable at the Georgia Virtual
Vault. <>Click Here

Burial records for historic Oakland Cemetery are at: <>Click here
Newspapers are digitized and available at: <>Click Here
Atlanta City Directories back to 1867 are available at: <>.Click Here
(It is uncertain if content is available.)
                Civil War Veterans 1911 Information

The Veterans of the War Between the States who died in 1910 were reported
in the Conyers Times of January 21, 1911.

John C. Dulin died May 12.1910
 Geo. W. Gleaton died Sept 12. 1910
Madison Tucker died August 3, 1910
D. F. Clotfelter died March 31, 1910
F. C. Helms died March 11, 1910
Blake Jackson died May 16, 1910
R. T. Neal died March 4, 1910
Mr. E. A. Gilmore (pensioner) died Sept.5, 1910

There were eighty-nine people listed on the 1911 Confederate Pension
Roll who were to receive $5,280.00 in total consisting of:
43 indigent veterans to receive $60. 11 invalid veterans to receive
$50. 8 indigent widows to receive $60. 10 invalid widows to receive
$60. 6 soldiers added to the roll to receive $60. 11 Widows added
under 1910 law to receive $60
        One Hundred Years Ago In Conyers

Lee Camp, our able rural mail carrier, has been suffering from rheumatism.
He used some lineament with oil of sassafras. It smelled so good that
he tried a few drops in a drink. Now, he doesn’t want to look at a
sassafras bush.

A charter was applied to the state to form an insurance company by
several stalwart citizens of Conyers to be called Middle Georgia Livestock
Insurance Company.

Parcel post began per a newspaper article on Feb. 4, 1911. No package
was to weigh more than eleven pounds.

    Some Items Borrowed from Ken Thomas

The Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties hosts the “First
Families of Henry County.” To be eligible you must prove your descent
from a family that settled in Henry County before 1850. The Society
also has a number of publications for sale including a reprint of
“History of Henry County, 1821-1921,” as well as nearly forty other
publications. The Society runs a library at their headquarters in
McDonough, and holds frequent meetings with speakers. They can be
contacted at P.O. Box 1296, McDonough, GA 30253. Their number is 770-954-1456
or check Here  -Ken Thomas Jan. 16, 2011

Unfortunately on January 12th I fell on the ice and broke my right
wrist. Due to this for the next couple of months writing this column
will be very difficult. My friend Jack Atkinson is assisting me today.
Others of you may be called on to help in the near future.

Ken Thomas has in his Feb. 20, 2011, column information on the Digital
Library of Georgia which has information available on-line from newspapers
of Atlanta, Columbus, Macon, and Milledgeville.
Now the DLG has added almost a century’s worth of newspapers from
Athens to its list, from 1827 to 1922. The newspapers include information
of particular interest to this east Georgia city and the surrounding
counties. The “Athens Historic Newspapers Archive” provides access
to five titles published in Athens from 1827 to 1922, including the
“Athenian” from 1827 to 1832, the “Southern Banner” from 1832 to 1882,the
“Southern Watchman” from 1855 to 1882, the “Banner-Watchman” from
1882 to 1889, and the “Athens Banner” from 1889 to 1922. To search
these newspapers, go to: Here

           Current Information on Linkpendium

Hi all!

Here’s the fastest way to search the Web’s free east-of-the-Mississippi
genealogical data: Here
We’re adding the Western states as fast as we can. Answering a few
FAQs in advance:

### WHAT IS THIS, ANYWAY? Linkpendium has taken our 9,175,027 links
and, on a state-by-state basis, used those links to build search engines
that are specialized to genealogy. More than 1,000,000 Web pages are
currently searchable, and we’re adding about 100,000 pages more each

### HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM GOOGLE? Technologically, it’s exactly
the same thing. ;-)
The difference is content: if you search Google for a specific surname,
most of the results generally will have little or no genealogical
value. If you search at Linkpendium, we’ve tried to limit the content
to genealogically-relevant materials. A much higher fraction of your
results will be useful.

Also, to the extent possible, we’ve made the searches state-specific.
This means that if you are researching the Jones family in Maine,
the results you want won’t be buried under thousands of Jones from
New York.

Finally, Google tends not to index deeply into an archive. They’ll
typically index the homepage for a genealogical society, but they
won’t follow the links all the way down to where the actual genealogical
data can be found. We don’t limit ourselves to just the homepages
of an organization -- we include the data.

That’s why, though in total we’re much smaller than Google, you can
find things at Linkpendium that aren’t in Google at all.

### IS IT A FINISHED PRODUCT? No. We’re still doing the initial indexing
of the western United States. Also, we know we still haven’t indexed
all the genealogical data that’s out there. We’re working on improved
screening mechanisms so we can add more genealogical pages without
introducing spurious content that would lead to “the Google problem”.

### HOW DO I SUBMIT MY WEBSITE FOR INDEXING? The easiest way is to
go to the main Linkpendium site at: Here
navigate to the proper geographic location or surname, then use the
add-a-link tool to add your URL. The searchable index includes almost
all free sites included in the Linkpendium directory.
So enjoy! -B

- - --Dr. Brian Leverich Co-moderator, soc.genealogy.methods/GENMTD-L
Extreme Genealogy Geek Co-Founder, and
P.O. Box 6831, Frazier Park, CA 93222-6831

       This and That From Usenet

For those of you who have expressed dissatisfaction with the current
gedcom standard, now some 14 years old, you might find the following
link from Dick Eastman’s “On Line Genealogy Newsletter” of interest: Here

Swell Ol’ Bob-- Robert G. Melson | Rio Grande MicroSolutions | El Paso, Texas

Forensic Genealogy

One of the ads in soc.genealogy.marketplace was headed “Forensic genealogy”,
and had this to say about it:

Forensic Genealogy emphasizes the creative parts of an investigation
over the mechanics. forensic science is fascinating, Genealogy is
fun, and Forensic Genealogy is fascinating fun!

I usually think of forensic genealogy in two ways.
First, the genuine article is usually employed to prove someone’s
claim to an inheritance of some sort.
When B has to prove a blood relationship to A in order in order to
claim an inheritance, forensic genealogy would be employed to prove
the relationship to support the claim in court.
The inheritance could be landed property, money, or a hereditary position,
like a king or a tribal chief.

I would hardly describe this as “fun”, and being “creative” about
it would almost certainly be frowned on in court.
2. The more “creative” version is lawyers who advertise their services
to see if you are entitled to unclaimed inheritances. Motivated by
greed, they entice the greedy to part with their cash on a slim hope.
While the scammers may have “fun” in spending their ill-gotten gains
from suckers who fall for it, it hardly applies to forensic genealogy
as such.

And nowadays most such scammers short-circuit the forensic genealogy
bit entirely, and just say that they are corrupt bank officials who
will help you to claim an unclaimed inheritance for an advance fee,
without any necessity to prove descent at all.

But what intrigues me in this case is that someone who claims to have
a PhD should be so ignorant as not only not to know what forensic
genealogy is, but to have written a book about it and be advertising
The essential thing about forensic genealogy is that it is used to
gather genealogical evidence to be presented in a court case where
such evidence is relevant. Forensic accounting gathers evidence, usually
of fraud, and the only thing “creative” about it is the “creative”
accounting practices it uncovers, which are usually fraudulent. Forensic
medicine gathers medical evidence to be presented in court, usually
to show that someone’s death, illness or injury was caused by someone
else’s negligence, recklessness or malice. It, too, is neither “fun”
nor “creative”, though murderers often find some fairly creative ways
to kill people.

One would think someone with a PhD would know this.

Ed: I am sure the gentleman with the PhD knew quite well.  It may
not have suited his purposes.

     Removal of the Indians in 1838

I found the document below in the Hargrett Library collection, after
finding the B. B. Q. dinner article in the Southern Recorder
newspaper.  I think it is interesting both historically-as well as genealogically,
 for  Newton and Rockdale counties. You might recognize a few of the surnames
as old time settlers. Cosby W. Oslin is mentioned in my 2nd great grandfather’s journal,
and Usher and Rakestraw were familiar names in my very limited Newton Co. research(no family connections).

Captain Campbell was, Charles Ernest Fredrick Wittich Campbell, son of
Charter Campbell of Morgan Co. The latter ran the Planter’s Hotel in
Madison. In a “Georgia Journal” ad for the hotel in 1827, Charter
proposed: “..continuing the Stage…from Powelton to Madison on
to…Newton Co..(as the road) Covington is well adapted to the
running of wheels.” The stagecoach stopped at his hotel! I found a
Charles Campbell listed in Morgan Co. on militia rolls regarding
earlier Indian Wars, so he likely had some experience. In March of
1838, shortly before the Cherokee campaign, Charles had lost both his
wife, 22 year old Mary Ann to “pulmonary consumption”, and just a week
later, in Madison, GA, his father
Charter-age 52, to “apoplexy”. Charles had graduated as a medical
doctor from the College of Charleston in 1833. He had married Mary Ann
in Newton Co. c. 1836, and in 1839 remarried; Elvira W. Gay in Newton
Co. It appears that he lived in Jasper Co. after his 2nd marriage,
perhaps near Newton Factory.

I have edited and resized the article numerous times. If you would
like to reprint it, I can downsize it for the newsletter. Claudine
said she would transcribe it, so I will send this “large” size to her
as well. I saw no restrictions on the Digital Library of Georgia
regarding reprints; only citing them as “source” and listing the
newspaper’s name, date of issue, and page: Milledgeville’s “Southern
Recorder”, August 21, 1838, page 3. I am not related to the Campbell
family, but had recently found additional information after assisting
my late best friend, Harry Alexander, with his very rewarding
genealogy in the mid 1999s.

Larry Knowles

[ Note: This document was found online-“The Digital Library of
Georgia”-as part of the Hargrett Library collection, University of
Georgia, Athens, GA. It was found in the form of a ‘bill’ or poster;
it contained both written and printed text. A few minor
corrections-primarily in spacing, have been done to the online
transcription shown here.]

ORDERS. No. 25.
Head Quarters, Eastern Division.
Cherokee Agency, Ten. May 17, 1838.

MAJOR GENERAL SCOTT, of the United States' Army, announces to the
troops assembled and assembling in this country, that, with them, he
has been charged by the President to cause the Cherokee Indians yet
remaining in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama, to remove
to the West, according to the terms of the Treaty of 1835. His Staff
will be as follows:

LIEUTENANT COLONEL W. J. WORTH, acting Adjutant General, Chief of the Staff.
MAJOR M. M. PAYNE, acting Inspector General.
LIEUTENANT R. ANDERSON, & E. D. KEYES, regular Aids-de-camp.
COLONEL A. H. KENAN & LIEUTENANT H. B. SHAW, volunteer Aids-de-camp.

Any order given orally, or in writing, by either of those officers, in
the name of the Major General. will be respected and obeyed as if
given by himself.

The Chiefs of Ordnance, of the Quarter-Master's Department and of the
Commissariat, as also the Medical Director of this Army, will, as soon
as they can be ascertained, be announced in orders. To carry out the
general object with the greatest promptitude and certainty, and with
the least possible distress to the Indians, the country they are to
evacuate is divided into three principal Military Districts, under as
many officers of high rank, to command the troops serving therein,
subject to the instructions of the Major General.

Eastern District, to be commanded by BRIGADIER GENERAL EUSTIS, of the
United States' Army, or the highest officer in rank, serving therein:
- North Carolina, the part of Tennessee lying north of Gilmer county,
Georgia, and the counties of Gilmer, Union, and Lumpkin, in Georgia.
Head Quarters, in the first instance, say, at Fort Butler.

Western District, to be commanded by COLONEL LINDSAY, of the United
States' Army, or the highest officer in rank serving therein: --
Alabama, the residue of Tennessee and Dade county, in Georgia. Head
quarters, in the first instance, say, at Ross' Landing.

Middle District, to be commanded by BRIGADIER GENERAL ARMISTEAD of the
United States' Army, or the highest officer in rank, serving therein:
-- All that part of the Cherokee country, lying within the State of
Georgia, and which is not comprised in the two other districts. Head
Quarters, in the first instance, say, at new Echota.

It is not intended that the foregoing boundaries between the principal
commanders shall be strictly observed. Either, when carried near the
district of another, will not hesitate to extend his operations,
according to the necessities of the case, but with all practicable
harmony, into the adjoining district. And, among his principal
objects, in case of actual or apprehended hostilities, will be that of
affording adequate protection to our white people in and around the
Cherokee country.

The senior officer actually present in each district will receive
instructions from the Major General as to the time of commencing the
removal, and every thing that may occur interesting to the service, in
the district, will be promtly [promptly] reported to the same source.
The Major General will endeavour to visit in a short time all parts of
the Cherokee country occupied by the troops.

The duties devolved on the army, through the orders of the Major
General & those of the commanders of districts, under him, are of a
highly important and critical nature.

The Cherokees, by the advances which they have made in christianity
and civilization, are by far the most interesting tribes of Indians in
the territorial limits of the United States. Of the 15,000 of those
people who are now to be removed -- (and the time within which a
voluntary emigration was stipulated, will expire on the 23rd instant
-- ) it is understood that about four fifths are opposed, or have
become averse to a distant emigration; and altho' [although] none are
in actual hostilities with the United States, or threaten a resistance
by arms, yet the troops will probably be obliged to cover the whole
country they inhabit, in order to make prisoners and to march or to
transport the prisoners, by families, either to this place, to Ross'
Landing or Gunter's Landing, where they are to be finally delivered
over to the Superintendent of Cherokee Emigration.

Considering the number and temper of the mass to be removed, together
with the extent and [unclear: fastnesses] of the country occupied, it
will readily occur, that simple indiscretions -- acts of harshness and
cruelty, on the part of our troops, may lead, step by step, to delays,
to impatience and exasperation, and in the end, to a general war and
carnage -- a result, in the case to those particular Indians, utterly
abhorrent to the generous sympathies of the whole American people.
Every possible kindness, compatible with the necessity of removal,
must, therefore, be shown by the troops, and, if, in the ranks, a
despicable individual should be found, capable of inflicting a wanton
injury or insult on any Cherokee man, woman or child, it is hereby
made the special duty of the nearest good officer or man, instantly to
interpose, and to seize and consign the guilty wretch to the severest
penalty of the laws. The Major General is fully persuaded that this
injunction will not be neglected by the brave men under his command,
who cannot be otherwise than jealous of their own honor and that of
their country.

By early and persevering acts of kindness and humanity, it is
impossible to doubt that the Indians may soon be induced to confide in
the Army, and instead of fleeing to mountains and forests, flock to us
for food and clothing. If, however, through false apprehensions,
individuals, or a party, here and there, should seek to hide
themselves, they must be pursued and invited to surrender, but not
fired upon unless they should make a stand to resist. Even in such
cases, mild remedies may sometimes better succeed than violence; and
it cannot be doubted that if we get possession of the women and
children first, or first capture the men, that, in either case, the
outstanding members of the same families will readily come in on the
assurance of forgiveness and kind treatment.

Every captured man, as well as all who surrender themselves, must be
disarmed, with the assurance that their weapons will be carefully
preserved and restored at, or beyond the Mississippi. In either case,
the men will be guarded and escorted, except it may be, where their
women and children are safely secured as hostages; but, in general,
families, in our possession, will not be separated, unless it be to
send men, as runners, to invite others to come in.

It may happen that Indians will be found too sick, in the opinion of
the nearest Surgeon, to be removed to one of the depots indicated
above. In every such case, one or more of the family, or the friends
of the sick person, will be left in attendance, with ample subsistence
and remedies, and the remainder of the family removed by the troops.
Infants, superannuated persons, lunatics and women in a helpless
condition, will all, in the removal, require peculiar attention, which
the brave and humane will seek to adapt to the necessities of the
several cases.

All strong men, women, boys & girls, will be made to march under
proper escorts. For the feeble, Indian horses and ponies will furnish
a ready resource, as well as for bedding and light cooking utensils --
all of which, as intimated in the Treaty, will be necessary to the
emigrants both in going to, and after arrival at, their new homes.
Such, and all other light articles of property, the Indians will be
allowed to collect and to take, with them, as also their slaves, who
will be treated in like manner with the Indians themselves.
If the horses and ponies be not adequate to the above purposes, wagons
must be supplied.

Corn, oats, fodder and other forage, also beef cattle, belonging to
the Indians to be removed, will be taken possession of by the proper
departments of the Staff, as wanted, for the regular consumption of
the Army, and certificates given to the owners, specifying in every
case, the amount of forage and the weight of beef, so taken, in order
that the owners may be paid for the same on their arrival at one of
the depots mentioned above.

All other movable or personal property, left or abandoned by the
Indians, will be collected by agents appointed for the purpose, by the
Superintendent of Cherokee Emigration, under a system of
accountability, for the benefit of the Indian owners, which he will
devise. The Army will give to those agents, in their operations, all
reasonable countenance, aid and support.

White men and widows, citizens of the United States, who are, or have
been intermarried with Indians, and thence commonly termed, Indian
countrymen; also such Indians as have been made denizens of particular
States, by special legislation, together with the families and
property of all such persons, will not be molested or removed by the
troops until a decision on the principles involved can be obtained
from the War Department.

A like indulgence, but only for a limited time, and until further
orders, is extended to the families and property of certain Chiefs and
head-men of the two great Indian parties, (on the subject of
emigration) now understood to be absent in the direction of Washington
on the business of their respective parties.
This order will be carefully read at the head of every company in the Army.

[Signed] Winfield Scott. By Command:

[Signed] [unclear: Lieut. Col.]
Chief of the Staff



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