Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Benjamin Mullinax, Executor: Estate of William Caler, dec'd (May 1858); admin. later revoked

May 1858: Benjamin Mullinax is appointed executor of the estate of William Caler, deceased; the administration is revoked in August (reason not stated).

Murray County Inferior Court: Administration Docket, 1834-1880, May term, 1858: Letters granted.

Benjamin Mullinax is appointed executor of the estate of William Caler, deceased. [Note that in the August term of 1858, the administration was revoked. ]
Murray Co., Ga., Court of Ordinary, Temp. & Permanent Letters of Administrator's & Guardians (1856-1871), p.21-22, Bery* J. Mullinax is appointed as administrator of William Caylor's will, with George Caylor and Eli Caylor as security.

*Probably "Beny" or "Benj," but I had extracted it as "Bery." The old handwriting can be difficult.

Research Note: William Caylor (born 1810-1812; died 1857-1858?); married Rhoda Jane Dunn. Benjamin Mullinax would be William Caylor's son-in-law. Benjamin married William's daughter, Mary Caylor.

[I previously published this note on Family Search, under the various individuals mentioned in the documents].


Monday, February 27, 2017

Anna Lydia "Birdie" Quillian: Brief Biography

Biography of Anna Lydia "Birdie" Quillian

Anna Lydia Quillian, called "Birdie," was the daughter of Lewis Wagner and Eliza (Hutchinson) Quillian. Birdie was born in Dahlonega, Lumpkin County, Georgia, on September 1, 1865. She and her family moved to Dalton, Georgia, early on. Birdie never married. She belonged to the Methodist Church and was a faithful servant of Christ. In mid life, she cared for an orphan child, Ruth, from the Decatur Orphan's Home. She remained in Whitfield County for the rest of her life, dying at the age of forty-nine, after suffering from a long illness. Her obituary refers to the cemetery of burial as "Forest Hill," which may be a historic name for the Quillian Cemetery. Her obituary, written by a friend and entitled "In Memoriam," appears in The Dalton Citizen, on page 9 of the September 24th edition, 1914. May she rest in peace.

Written by: D. K. Pritchett, from various sources. Also submitted to Find A Grave for the memorial page of Anna Lydia Quillian.

The Dalton Citizen is indexed as North Georgia Citizen, and is currently available on-line through Galileo (GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online).

Obituary of Anna L. Quillian

Extract of Obituary of Anna L. Quillian

Obituary of Anna L. "Birdie" Quillian, The Dalton Citizen news (1914)

Obituary of Anna L. (Birdie) Quillian 

Extracted Details:

Library/Database: GALILEO (GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online)
Newspaper: North Georgia Citizen
Place of Publication: Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia
Date of Publication: Thurs., 24 September 1914
Page: 9. Column: 4
Title: "In Memoriam"
Author: "A Friend"
Mode: Searchable Database with Document Images
Name of Deceased: Anna L. Quillian
Maiden Surname: Quillian*
Nickname: Birdie*
Age of Deceased: (not stated; est. 49)
Date of Death: 9 September 1914
Cause of Death: (not stated)
Duration/Description of Illness: "protracted," "terrible suffering"
Date of Birth: 1 September 1865
Place of Birth: Dahlonega [Lumpkin], Georgia
Residence: Whitfield County, Georgia
Length of Stay: "nearly all of her life"
Religious Affiliation: Christian
Denomination/Church: Methodist
Ward (cared for): "little orphan, Ruth, from the Decatur Orphan's home"
Funeral Services: (date, location, not stated)
Minister/Officiators: Rev. J. T. Richardson; Rev. E. M. Stanton
Burial/Cemetery: Forest Hill**
Extract By: D. K. Pritchett, 27 Feb. 2017, from doc. image

Transcription Notes and Related Research (Other Sources):

*My first conclusion, because of the parentheses, was that "Birdie" (or Byrd) might be the maiden surname. However, a separate source (US Census, 1880) shows Anna L. Quillian, single, daughter of L W and Eliza Quillian. [Source]: US Census, 1880, Family Search database, FamilySearch.org, index and images, document image, East Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia, Page 24, Sheet B, Dwelling 210, Family 215, Household of L W Quillian, Line 23: Anna L. Quillian, female, single, daughter. Birth: (est. 1866), Georgia. Occupation: Going to School. [Citation]: Georgia: Washington (cont'd: E.D. 127, sheet 23-end), Wayne, Webster, White, and Whitfield Counties (NARA Series T9, Roll 171).

**Not found on Find A Grave. See instead, Quillian Cemetery, Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia: Birdie Quillian, Find A Grave Memorial no. 37617556. On Find A Grave, the location of the cemetery is described as being "off Dawnville Road a bit past Brooker Farm Road, Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia, USA." The summary describes an obscure cemetery, "in the trees behind a house," which had fallen into neglect at one time.

[Source Citation]: "In Memoriam" [Obituary of Anna L. (Birdie) Quillian, North Georgia Citizen ["The Dalton Citizen," Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia], 24 Sep. 1914, pg. 9 (via GALILEO). http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/ngnewspapers/id:ngc1914-0341 (accessed 27 Feb. 2017). 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Obituary of Alva Matthews, Cedartown, Polk County, Georgia (1910)

Obituary of Alva Matthews of Cedartown, Polk, Georgia 

Library/Database: GALILEO (GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online)
Newspaper: Cedartown Standard
Place of Publication: Cedartown, Polk, Georgia
Date of Publication: Thursday, 03 March 1910
Page: 2. Column: 4
Title of Article: "A Fatal Accident."
Subtitle(s): "Alva Matthews killed Last Thursday Morning: At the Wray Mines of the Independent Mining Company."

Name of Deceased: Alva Matthews
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Date of Death: "Last Thursday" [not stated; estimated, Thursday, 24 Feb. 1910]
Place of Death: Wray Mines at Lime Branch [type of location not stated; community or mining camp, , Polk, Georgia]

Cause of Death (summarized): struck by iron pipe, which had come lose while he was moving machinery.

Date of Funeral: "Friday" [estimated, Friday, 25 Feb. 1910]
Place of Funeral: Bethlehem Church
Minister/Officiator: Rev. Filmore Waddell
Date of Burial: "Friday" [estimated, Friday, 25 Feb. 1910]
Place of Burial: [not stated; probably Bethlehem Church]
Date of Birth: 24 Jan. 1880
Place of Birth: Dallas [not stated, but probably Dallas, Paulding, Georgia]

Wife (Maiden Name): Miss Lizzie Sparks ("daughter of the late Judge W. M. Sparks")
Two children (boy, aged 7; girl, aged 1)
Religious Affiliation: Baptist (Protestant, Christian)
Membership: Baptist Church (name not stated; probably in, near Cedartown)

Extract by: D.K. Pritchett, 26 Feb. 2017

Citation: "A Fatal Accident: Alva Matthews Killed...," |Cedartown Standard| [Cedartown, Polk, Georgia], 3 March 1910, pg. 2 (via GALILEO). http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/ngnewspapers/id:csn1910-0070 (accessed 26 February 2017). 

Reference: Found, J. A. Matthews. See Find A Grave Memorial no. 100846089. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=100846089 (accessed 26 Feb. 2017).

A quick search of records in Family Search tells me that he is probably the same as James A. Matthews, a.k.a. J. A. Matthews, born Jan. 1880, Cedartown, Polk, Georgia, son of Janie. (Not yet searched in depth, though).

With a quick search of Find A Grave, for Bethlehem Cemetery in Polk, Georgia, I found: M. Jane "Janie" (Ansburn) Matthews. See Find A Grave Memorial no. 100846684. Link: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=100846684 (accessed 26 Feb. 2017).

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3JB-K5B : accessed 27 February 2017), James A Mathews in household of Janie Mathews, Cedartown town, Polk, Georgia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 86, sheet 28A, family 535, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,217.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Obituary of Levi Caylor, of Varnell, Whitfield, Georgia, in North Georgia Citizen, 1914

Obituary of Levi Caylor 

Library/Database: GALILEO (GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online)
Newspaper: North Georgia Citizen
Place of Publication: Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia
Date of Publication: Thurs., 19 Feb. 1914
Page: 1. Column: 2
Title of Article: "Mr. Levi Caylor Dies At His Varnells Home"
Extract By: D.K. Pritchett
Date of Extract: 26 Feb. 2017

Name of Deceased: Levi Caylor
Gender: Male
Age: 70
Date of Death: "Sunday" (not stated; est. 15 Feb. 1914)*
Place of Death: (at home) "near Varnells" [Whitfield County, Georgia]
Residence: Whitfield County, Georgia (northern part)
Stay in County: 7 years (est. arrival, 1907)
Occupation: Farmer (prosperous)
Military: Civil War Veteran, Union Army
Religious Affiliation: Baptist (Protestant, Christian)
Burial: "Monday afternoon" (est. 16 Feb. 1914)
Cemetery: Mt. Pleasant, Murray County, Georgia**
Survivors: "ten children" (names not given)
Other/Praise: "large number of friends throughout this and Murray counties"


D. K. Pritchett (extracted by), "Mr. Levi Caylor Dies At His Varnell Home," |North Georgia Citizen| (Dalton, Whitfield, Georgia), Thurs., 19 Feb. 1914, pg. 1 (via GALILEO). http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/ngnewspapers/id:ngc1914-0061 (accessed 26 Feb. 2017). 

Research Notes: 

*Date of death of this individual is usually reported as 14 February 1914.

**He is actually buried at Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery, Crandall, Whitfield, Georgia, according to Find A Grave Memorial 35126343, which includes a photo of the tombstone.

Also see, this blog: Legal Notice, Public Sale, Levi Caylor Place