Bacon County Pioneers

Since Bacon County was formed out of several other counties, we must look to what once were Appling County residents who settled in the land now called Bacon for it's earliest residents. These men settled where they felt that they could survive, and prosper, and raise their families irregardless of the boundaries being drawn around them.


Jeptha Barber was born in 1830 in Georgia, a grandson of Charles Barber, a Revolutionary soldier. He married Martha Medders and they had three children who married Taylor, Head, and Smith. Jeptha and Martha are buried in the Big Creek Cemetery, He died in 1892


John Waters, often called John Barber Waters, was born in 1807 in Georgia. He married Martha Lanier, the grand-daughter of Hustis Studstill, a Revolutionary soldier. Together they had six children who married into the families of: Douglas, Minchew, Waldron, and Carter. John died in 1887, Martha in 1875. Both are buried in the Douglas Chapel Cemetery.


Isaac Carter was born in South Carolina in 1790, a son of a Revolutionary soldier. He married Ellender there and moved to Georgia and settled on Ten Mile Creek. They bore 12 children who married: Williams, Bennett, Corbit, Walden, Harrison, Henderson, Boatright, and Hiers. He died in 1854, and is buried at Ten Mile Creek Church Cemetery in an unmarked grave.


James Lee was born in 1790 in North Carolina, a son of a Revolutionary soldier. He married Cinderella Sellars, the daughter of a Revolutionary Soldier. They had 13 children who married: Dedge, Taylor, Douglas, Stewart, Johnson, and Waters. Five of the Lee sisters married Taylors, none of whom were brothers. James and Cinderella are buried at Pine Grove Church Cemetery.


Sellers Lee was born in 1821, in Georgia. He was the grandson of John Lee, a Revolutionary soldier. He married Dorcas Dedge in 1841, born 1818 in North Carolina. They had 9 children who married Johnson, Sweat, Mallons, Roberts, Jordans, and Meeks. Both Sellers and Dorcas are buried in the Pine Grove Church Cemetery. He died in 1891.


John McClellan was born in South Carolina in 1815, and married Elizabeth Douglas in Georgia. His mother was the daughter of a Revolutionary soldier, John Fiveash. John and Elizabeth had 11 children who married Taylor, Williams, Nelson, Hogan, Courson, and Douglas. He died in 1885, and they are buried in the family cemetery.


Wilson Tanner was born in 1795 in South Carolina. He married Mary (Polly) Taylor who was born in 1801 in Georgia. She was the grand-daughter of Henry Taylor, the Revolutionary soldier. Wilson and Polly had 10 children who married into the families of: Taylor, Jordan, Keen, Thomas and Hand. He is buried in the Camp Ground Cemetery in a marked grave.


John Taylor was born in North Carolina in 1780, son of Henry Taylor, Revolutionary War soldier. He married Mary Barber, the daughter of a Revolutionary soldier. They were the parents of five children. They married into: Holton, Rigdon, Meeks, and Tanner. They are believed to be buried in unmarked graves in the Camp Ground Church Cemetery.


Henry R. Taylor was born in 1816 in Georgia, the grandson of Henry Taylor, Revolutionary soldier. He married Margaret Rigdon who was born in 1816 and lived in Alma. Together they had 8 children who married: Nelson, Lee, Thompson, McCarthy, Roberts, Thomas, McClellan, and Hancock. They are buried in Waresboro Cemetery in Ware County.


Burrell Taylor, brother to Mary (Polly) Taylor, was born in Georgia in 1815, the grand-son of Henry Taylor, a Private in the Revolutionary War. He married Vicey Prescott and to them were born 7 children who married: Nelson, Taylor, Thomas, Tanner, and Douglas. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the Stewart Cemetery.


John Taylor was born in 1795 in Georgia and married Matilda Gray. His relationship to the other pioneer Taylors is not known. He lived in Ware County a few years, then settled in Appling (now Bacon) County. They had eight known children who married: Burkett, Lee, Bourne, McQuaig, and Tanner. He and his wife died in Ware County. His death year was 1866.


James Taylor, Sr. was born in 1796, the son of Henry Taylor, Revolutionary soldier. He married Elizabeth Yates and settled in the Taylortown district of present-day Bacon county. There were 14 known children who married: Burkett, White, Lee, Tanner, Ward, Hayes, Wheeler, and Ellis. They are buried in Camp Ground Church Cemetery in marked graves. She C in 1862, and he in 1869.


James Taylor, Jr. was born in Georgia in 1823, the grand-son of Henry Taylor, a Revolutionary soldier. He married Leanne Lee who was grand-daughter of John Lee, also a Revolutionary soldier. They started Elizabeth Chapel Church, and named it after James' mother. They had 10 children who married: Carter, Davis, Jordan, Sweat, Johnson, Phillips, and Howard. They are buried in Elisabeth Chapel Cemetery.


William Gordon Stewart was born in Georgia in 1829. He married Thergy Ann Lee who was the daughter of James Lee, son of a Revolutionary soldier. They had 10 children who married into the families of: Holton, Turner, Bland, McDonald, Johnson, and Wilcox. Both of them are buried in the Patterson Cemetery in marked graves. He died in 1906.


Enoch Miles Rigdon was born in 1822 in South Carolina, the grandson of Thomas Rigdon, a Revolutionary soldier. He married Mary A. (maiden name unknown). Together they had 12 children who married Mullis, Murray, Rigdon, Gillard, Mercer, Taylor, and Thomas. He died in 1890, and is buried in an unmarked grave in Camp Ground Church Cemetery.


Archibald McClellan was born in South Carolina in 1790, and was the son of a Revolutionary soldier. He married Sarah Fiveash, the daughter of a Revolutionary soldier. They had 9 children who married into the families of: Douglas, Thomas, Carter, and Holton. They are probably buried in the McClellan Cemetery in unmarked graves. He died in 1865.


Jeremiah McDonald was born 1820 in Georgia. His mother was the grand-daughter of Matthew Johnson, a Revolutionary soldier. He first married Sarah Smith, and had one son. After her death, he married Sarah McClellan. Their 11 children married: Douglas, Stewart, Johnson, Crosby, Williams, Deen and Turner. He is buried in a marked grave in New Hope Cemetery. He died in 1884.


Willoughby Meeks was born Georgia in 1818 and married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Taylor who was born in 1821, the grand-daughter of a Revolutionary soldier. They had 11 children who married, Testons, Tanner, Taylor and Cothern. Four of their children married Taylors. Willoughby died in 1865, and they are both buried in the Camp Ground Church Cemetery in marked graves.


Benjamin B. Medders was born in North Carolina in 1809. He married Nancy C. Tucker who was born in Georgia. They bore and raised 7 children who married into the families of: Lastinger, Williams, Altman, Holton, Aldridge, and Smith. They are buried in Big Creek Cemetery in marked graves. Benjamin Medders died in 1900.


The information shown on this page was taken from Bonnie Taylor Baker's book, "The History of Alma & Bacon County, Georgia", published in 1984, pg 19-21. She originally obtained it from a Finding List of Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia published by Folks Huxford. Minor corrections have been made by Judy Strickland, a descendant of John Lee, RS.