Rockdale County Genealogical Society Publication   -  May, 2000
Mr. Stan Deaton is shown presenting a Georgia Historical Society Certificate
of Affiliation to Jackie Smith, President of the Rockdale County Genealogical
Society. Mr. Deaton is a representative of the Georgia Historical
Society and he spoke to the Rockdale Society at the meeting on February
13, 2000.
        Meeting Scheduled for May 21, 2000

The meeting normally scheduled for the second Sunday has been rescheduled for
the third Sunday in order to not conflict with Mothers Day.  The meeting will be
held in the meeting room of the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library at 864 Green Street
in Conyers, Ga. at 3:00 p.m.

Lillis Brown, Rockdale County Probate Judge, will be our guest speaker.  She will be
presenting to us the news of her latest seminar on using probate records for genealogical
research.  This should be entertaining and informative.  The public is invited to attend.

Books To Be Added To The Library By The Society

Members of the book committee met at President Jackie Smith’s house
on March 24, 2000, for the purpose of selecting books to recommend
for purchase for the genealogical section of the library. Those present
were Jackie Smith, Martha Brown, Linda Ethridge, and Marion Farmer.

Jackie Smith indicated the book committee had $6,600.00 in the Heritage
Book Fund available for use in purchasing new books. It was agreed
that about half of that amount would be allocated at the time.

Marion Farmer provided a list of the books presently in the genealogical
section for the committee’s use so that duplication of present holdings
would not occur. The committee reviewed materials listing genealogical
books available for purchase and selected those deemed appropriate.
These were reviewed and the amounts added to determine that the allocation
had not been exceeded.

The ones selected will be recommended to the library’s purchasing
department for approval to be added to the materials to be purchased.
The committee feels that the new materials will add greatly to the
genealogical section; however, if anyone has knowledge of a book that
would be desirable, please bring it to the attention of members of
the committee.

Jackie Smith has already requisitioned about half of the books and
these may be received at any time. The next issue of the newsletter
should have the list of the new books.

Visitors to the Library List Surnames

Frances Jones, 108 St. Leo Dr., Cahokia, Il. 62206, researching Standridge

Drusilla Cromer, Conyers, Ga. researching Axam or Adam name of Macon,
Georgia area.

Pat Smith, Gainesville, Tx. researching Settlemire, Rose, and Smith

Dyanne Fountain, 846 Corley Rd., Conyers, Ga. 30012 researching Kings
& Howards in Bibb, Dodge, Telfair Counties.

Noted Historian-Genealogist Franklin Garrett Dies

Franklin Garrett had an encyclopedic memory for facts about places
and names in Atlanta and its surrounding territory. He passed away
last month at the age of ninety-three
Franklin is best remembered as the author of “Atlanta and Environs”,
a two-volume history of Atlanta which he wrote in 1954 (Ga R 975.82
Gar). He also maintained Garrett’s Necrology, a library that attempted
to list all citizens of Atlanta which he used extensively in writing
“Atlanta and Environs”.

The Necrology required Franklin to visit graveyards and list the people
who were buried there. He visited Rockdale County and listed the people
who were buried in many cemeteries. You will note that he is listed
in the two volumes of cemeteries of Rockdale as being the source of
the information for several graveyards. Some of his work was done
in Rockdale as early as 1932.

You might wonder why he came to Rockdale. Atlanta proper was a small
almost insignificant geographical area until 1952 when the city limits
were expanded to include much of the territory the city now encompasses.
Atlanta alone would have been much too small to have been worthy of
a history of significance. It was necessary to include the surrounding
territory, hence, the “Environs”. We are indebted to him for doing
the work in DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Rockdale. Obviously, he was interested
in all of the greater Atlanta area long before he was asked to write
the history.

People like Franklin M. Garrett are very rare. Genealogists have lost
a friend with his passing.

There is a biography of the life of Franklin M. Garrett called “The
Man Who Amazed Atlanta” by Doris Lockerman. It can be checked out
of the Nancy Guinn Library. It is on the shelves in the special collections
room at: GA B Garrett LOC.

       Grand Jury of April 13, 1878 Listed

The grand jury of April 13, 1878, found the roads and bridges in good
condition except the bridge at Honey Creek and recommended paying
for repairs. The pauper list was mentioned. Names shown were Elizabeth
Hays, Susan Plunket, Sarah Whitley, Hannah Travis, E. A. Smith, Susan
Maxey, and Lilla Gay,

The grand jurors were: J. M. White, J. M. Butler, W. B. Reagan, W.
W. Swann, R. J. Marbut, G. W. Gwinn, E. Woolley, T. C. Swann, H. C.
Taylor, T. F. Sigman, A. A. Turner, T. H. Bryans, Sr., Joseph Reagan,
G. W. Elliott, A. Riley, T. D. Swann, S. H. Anderson, G. W. Simmons,
J. F. Almand, T. B. Thompson, L. H. Zachry, and E. B. Rosser. J. R.
McCord was clerk; and, F. D. Dismuke was Solicitor General.

It is interesting that the names of the paupers were shown in the
paper. That is something that would not happen today. Equally interesting
is the fact that the people were primarily women. There was only one
male among them at the time. There may have been others who were not
mentioned for changes in their status. There was a pauper cemetery
which has been located and mapped by the county. There are probably
no markers although this is not certain as this is being written.

       Rockdale Historical Society Hears Trails Proposal

The Rockdale County Historical Society met on April 11, 2000, at the
Conyers Depot. The speaker at the meeting was Mr. Steven Longcrier
who is Vice Chairman of the Georgia Civil War Commission. He is also
involved with the Georgia Historical Trails Commission, a non-profit
corporation which seeks funding from governmental agencies and private
corporations in order to promote historical sites and thereby increase
tourism in Georgia.

The purpose of his talk was to generate interest in the local community
in the proposed March to the Sea Heritage Trail. This trail crosses
Rockdale County and presents an opportunity for Conyers and Rockdale
to benefit from the promotion at the state level. He distributed materials
and showed slides and maps of how this type of promotion was done
in Virginia. He cited figures in the hundred million range which was
realized from the program in Virginia.

He emphasized that the program was really a local one which requires
much work and effort from local communities in order to be accomplished.
The primary tangible result of the program would be the placement
of signs denoting the historical significance of various sites. These
would have detailed writing about the local sites which would best
be written by local people.

There is no doubt that Conyers and Rockdale would benefit from such
a program especially the merchants of the Olde Town area. Olde Town
is ideal for such an effort because it looks the part of the civil
war era. Another possible area would be Costley’s Mill which is a
privately owned site. The owner would benefit from this type of program.
Dial Mill could be a site for a marker. There are a few churches which
could be used as sites if civil war stories involving them can be
written. Alexander Stevens’ visit to the First Methodist Church preceeding
the civil war is a possibility.

It would be best if these reading markers were in a small enough area
to allow a walking tour of the sites. Sherman visited a Mrs. Scott.
This is probably the Scott family for whom Scott Street is named.
The house is gone, no doubt. It would be nice if the 150 year-old
house on Peek Street could be substituted as an example of the type
of house she lived in. It was there when he came by. This too is a
privately owned property; and, it is questionable if the owner would
appreciate having a historical marker placed in front of it. Here
is a list of possible sites for markers: The Depot, Olde Town, Peek
Street House, Methodist Church, Sherman’s Rock. Sherman’s Rock is
near Green Street. Some of the buildings in Olde Town would be excellent
for individual markers. The Almand Building comes to mind. Then there
is the first post office where Tattersalls Book Store is presently
located. Some of these buildings have seen multiple uses over the

This is really a splendid opportunity to create a historical record
which can be enjoyed by visitors and local people alike. It is something
that is long overdue. Perhaps the Genealogical Society can have a
role in creating the information to be used on the markers which would
emphasize the names of the people who were living in the town in the
early days.

How to Find Those Missing Names on the Census

Perhaps you have noticed that sometimes you cannot find a name in
the census index that should be there. By all logic the person should
be on the list. There can be many reasons why this happens. Most often
poor handwriting is the reason. If the person taking the census had
a difficult handwriting, there may be many missing names in the index.
The index compilers did the best that they could to duplicate the
names as they were able to read them.

Fortunately, there are some techniques which you can use to help you
find the missing names. If you find the name in one index but not
in the next, take note of the names among the neighbors in the census.
Look for the neighbor in the index where the name which you want to
find is missing. When you find the neighbor, go to the census roll
and look up the neighbor. Then, scan the names of the adjacent households.
If the person was still living in the same neighborhood, you should
find a likely name although it may not be legible. If there are other
individuals within the household, these may help you to identify the
surname correctly.

While looking at a particular surname in the index, you can note the
names of the individuals who are located on the same page of the census
roll. Then, you can check those names on the index with the missing
names. Then, view the census page and scan for likely names on the
same or adjacent pages.

It takes a little imagination; but, you can find names if you can
pinpoint the most likely location or page on the census. Then, all
you have to do is squint hard, bite your tongue and hope.

Porky Says: While you're rootin around
always document your sources.  You'll be
glad you did.

JEANS  GENES is a  quarterly publication of the Rockdale County
Genealogical Society.

Editor:  MarionT. Farmer   770-483-7180
    1500 A. Pine Log Rd. NE
            Conyers, GA  30012
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