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G. C. Floyd JAMES S. BROWN--had children born in Murray County GA just prior to 1843. He moved in 1843 to Dekalb County AL. His daughters, Keziah H. and Olive Ann Brown were said to have been b. in Murray. His older sons, Michael Servitis Brown was b. in McMinn TN and William Erby Brown was b. in Obion TN. The 2 youngest daughters, Sarah P. and Sirena P. Brown, were b. in Dekalb AL. I've been told that Sarah P. was md in Tuscaloosa Co AL. Does anyone know more about this very mobil family? By tradition, James was said to be 1/2 Cherokee Indian. Thank you for any and all help.

[email protected] Looking for information on any Langleys or Tankersleys.
[email protected] I am looking for information on my grandfather's family. My grandfather was DEE ALVIN DAVIS (Birth: 23 Oct 1905) in the town of Spring Place or in the Eton area of Gerogia. His parents were Christopher Columbus (Lum) DAVIS and Frances.
Demaris Ann Hughes Johnson I would like information on the Nancy HUGHES listed 1850 Census for Murray County Ga.
[email protected] GUNTER/BRIGHT--Looking for info on John Gunter born in Murray County April 4,1883.His parents were John Gunter and Mary Bright who also were born in GA.
Kathryne Natale I am looking for my gg-grandfather Thomas WILLIAMS. He was born in NC (somewhere, probably near the TN border) married a woman named Marie, had at least three daughters (Jemima born in NC abt 1833, Catherine born in TN in 1848, & Maggie). Thomas died in the War Between the States.
Barbara Dooley I'm searching for information on Thomas and Elizabeth GARDNER. According to his censuses, he was born in NC, and according to his family Bible, he was born in 1781. In 1806 he married Elizabeth (surname unknown and place of marriage unknown). According to her censuses, Elizabeth was born in VA. In 1830 they were in Roane Co., TN; in 1840 and 1850, Murray Co., GA; and in 1860 Hamilton Co., TN. Thomas died in October, 1861. Would like to hear from anyone who has information on Thomas, my 2nd gt. grandfather.
Toby I am looking for information on my father in law ,THOMAS WALTER GLADDEN b. July 25, 1883 d October 10, 1952. marr. Susie Mae MANTOOTH. Children, Jesse Mae, Thomas Carl, James Robert, and Ralph Gladden . Also interested in his father COUT GLADDEN and any other family, brothers and sisters.
Marian Yarrington I am searching for ancestors of SAMUEL C. BRITTON and IDA MARY MORELAND BRITTON, whose son HOBART MCKINLEY BRITTON was born in Spring Place, GA. The BRITTONS evidently moved to Dalton where he was a law enforcement officer and she ran a boardinghouse in the late 1800's early 1900's. Their children CHARLES MCAFEE BRITTON and WILLIE MARION BRITTON were born in Whitfield County in the early 1900's. Thank you.
Robert Rogers I am trying to find out information about Ruben HOWARD. He went by "Duck," and died in 1968. He was married to Nellie Mae Howard and is my grandfather. I'm trying to trace my family tree, but I'm unable to find any info on him. Even my mother knows very little about him before he married my grandmother.
[email protected] A. MARION DEMPSEY born May22, 1848, Spring Place, P O Murray, GA. Died May 5, 1902 but do not know where. Wife Mary Susan DUNN , married Dec. 17, 1869 in Murray Co. Ga. He is my gr grandfather. Would like to exchange family information.
Linda Beck I am looking for information about a Sarah H. BECK that was born around 1851. She married a Thomas WILLIAMS, born around 1836, on 31 Jan 1867 in Murray Co., GA. They had several children, including a Sammie Williams. Sammie was born in 1889 and died in Hugo, Ok. in 1915. She married William Beck, her first cousin, around 1908 in Ft. Smith, AR. or Hugo, OK. William Beck was much older than Sammie. This was his second marriage. He was born around 1858 and died somewhere close to Plano, TX. in 1927. He was killed in a railroad accident. Sammie and William had two children, Zelno Sydney Beck and Opal Beck. Sammie died giving birth to Opal. Zelno was four years older than Opal. Zelno was my grandfather. He was born 25 Nov 1911 and died 27 Dec 1999. This is all I know about my grandfather's direct line. I am hoping someone out here in cyberspace knows more.
Larry Williams I am researching Moses 'Wilburn' WILLIAMS. b. Oct 16, 1861, possibly in Gilmer, or Murray county. He moved to Murray county and married. Margaret L. Gallahon. They had the following children. James Cris.b. 1880--John Anderson 1881--Nolia 1884--Oscar Lee 1892. Moses "Wilburn" WILLIAMS died in Feb. 1952.. in Lafayette, and was buried in Holly Creek cemetary in Chatsworth. Any help would be appreciated .
Margaret Yarrington Seeking information on William Marion MORELAND born October 11, 1853 in Murray County. He is the son of Joseph MORELAND and Sinthie WILSON both of Gainesville, GA. He married Sarah CAMPBELL in November of 1871 in Murray, Co. and two known children are Ida Mae MORELAND and Edward Keister MORELAND - possibly other children - Robert L. and Jennie. Ida married Samuel BRITTON and they lived in Dalton, GA - had 3 children - Hobart, Willie Marion (my grandmother) and Charlie. William Marion remarred Eliza Alvira Bennett Thompson sometime after 1905 in Cherokee Co., GA. He died in 1941 in Canton, GA.. Any information would be grreatly appreciated.
M. Gerow Am looking for any information about JAMES BUCHANAN (Buckhannon, etc.). He moved from Roane Co. Tennessee, ca. 1830s for Murray Co GA (near Spring Place) Was living in Dalton, GA at time of death.
Anita Mullinax Roy I need info on William Wesley MULLINAX Born sept.09,1837in Daloaaqa ,Whitfield Co.Ga. Died Oct16,1911 in Murray Co.Ga. Need siblings names &dates of birth. Also parents names. Hope you can help. I know one of the sons William Andrew Mullinax was bornSept.05,1861in Dalton Ga. This was my grandfather. Thanks for any help you can give me.
Charles Binford William and Elizabeth TYSON and their six children are shown on the 1880 Census in Murray County. The six children were: Fletcher, Warner, Jesse, John Forrest, Ina L., and Glenn W. I believe the Rev. W.T. Tyson and Elizabeth Tyson, who are buried in Center Valley Cemetery in Murray County, are the William and Elizabeth Tyson referenced above. Except for John Forrest Tyson (my wife's grandfather), I have not been able to locate any of the other children after 1880.
Walter Leon Mullinax I would like information on the parents of WILLIAM WESLEY MULLINAX and SUSAN (TOWSEND) MULLINAX burried at Mt. Zion Church Cemetary on Hwy.411 in Murray Co.,Ga.
Nancy Looking for great-grandparents Montville H. DAVENPORT, and Emma Howard BARCLAY. He was born in 1872 in Gilmer Co. died in 1909. Emma was born i n 1874, died in 1907. They were married in 1890. Trying to find graves, and also any info on Barclay family, have come upagainst a brick wall! Any help sure would be appreciated.
Lee Holloway I am researching Samuel HOLLOWAY, born circa 1799 in Murray Co. I believe, he married Mehetable BUTLER (born Oct.13,1796) in Murray Co. I believe.They are listed there in the 1840 census.They later moved to Franklin Co. Al.and lived there untill they died. Thank you for any help .
Mildred Dotterer David Jackson CASADA was in the militia of William N. BISHOP in 1836 in Murray Co, GA. There are all of 2 pages in his folder. I would like more information on where he was during the 3 months he enlisted in the "Cherokee removal"-Seminole Wars is crossed out and "Cherokee removal " written in. Anything about this militia or how to access more info is wanted for: DAVID JACKSON CASADA I have a story about him in "Tales of Murray County", just click on it. But I have nothing on the militia itself when he was in it. There was a JOHN CASIAH (Casada?) in Spartanburg Co, SC and there was a NICHOLAS BISHOP in Abbieville Co, SC who came from Spartanburg Co, NC. His daughter married John DOUGLAS and gave her a slave as a wedding present. They moved to McMinn Co, Ga where Nancy D (Bishop) DOUGLAS died and her estate settlement was contested because of the increase of the slave that was given Nancy D. DOUGLAS. I have, since my article in "Tales of Murray County", found in the 1870 Fannin Co, GA Census John CASADA age 84, gentleman born Georgia (?) with his son James M. CASADA born NC (so was David Jackson CASADA, son of old John and brother of James M. CASADA). They had another brother, Wesley CASADA died in Murray County, GA. Harrison DAVIS was administrator. Wesley CASADA married Elizabeth GASTON in McMinn Co, TN. In 1836 John CASADA was living in Buncombe Co, NC where he signed off an estate settlement of his deceased father ABERHAM CASADA of Wayne Co, KY. By 1846 John Casada had purchased land from Daniel KILLIAN (formerly of Buncombe Co, GA) in Union Co, GA in a part that became Fannin Co, in 1870.
C. D. Searels I am searching in Murray Co., GA, for any info on Marion WEST, born around 1875? and died around 1960? His family settled in Agriculture Valley and later sold that property and moved to the Holly Creek area, I am told. He last lived in a home next to Murray Memorial Gardens. He belonged to the Liberty Church in Cisco. He had a brother named Bill WEST, who died from cancer. I am researching for an aunt, who was granddaughter of Marion WEST.

Steve Pritchett  I am looking for all contacts with the Pritchett name that settled in Murray and Gilmer counties in the 1840's and would like to know where my Jasper Pritchett is buried and his Wife Barbary. Please contact me at [email protected] My Website URL is

[email protected] Seeking information on family of Lewis Duncan MCDONALD. His wife's name was Laura Isabeth MCDONALD (nee MCWH*RTER, alternate spellings) she moved to Murray County, after his death, approx. 1840 and was buried in Dalton approx. 1852. They had seven sons: 1. Harrison b. 1828 married Cornelia Angeline MCGHEE abt 1852 in Murray Co. 2. Francis Marion 3. John 4. William Duncan 5. Moses 6. twins Stephen and Marion b. approx. 1840. Some of the sons moved to Missouri after 1852 and at least two died in Texas. I have a number of questions concerning Laura and her children, and lacking even basic information on Lewis Duncan's parents. Thank You in advance.
Kathy Looking for any information on the parents of TURNER FLOYD. Turner was married to Nancy Smith in Madison Co. Ga. in 1833. Lived in and around Murray County (was listed in the Murray Co. 1850 census). Owned land located between Bagley Road and US Hiway 411, encompassing Chicken Creek and Yellow Creek. Possible link is William and Ann Floyd b. S. C. around 1777 listed in Murray Co. 1850 census, but cannot make the connection positive.
Ksyahgood Attempting to locate info on Mahala PHILLIPSborn Tennga Ga.10/14/1841 and died in Tennga Ga.4/24/1911 married John BLACK. Info I seek is if she or her family were reg. in Ga. as Cherokee. Father and mother's name unknown.
Judy Spaulding WATTS: I am seeking information regarding my Ancestor Levi WATTS (b. 1829 d.aft 1904) who settled in Winston/Cullman area of Alabama. Levi's 2nd wife was Elisabeth CHILDERS whom he married in 1867 Blount AL. Elisabeth Childers married 1st to Andrew J. HUNTER 1860 Murray County Gerogia. AJ was killed 1865 in the Civil War. Widow Hunter and her two children were to have travelled about 1867 by covered wagon from Murray County accompnaied by older brothers James Wiley Childers and Willis Childers, Jr and her two Hunter children to Blount County where she married Levi Watts in December 1867. Did Elisabeth know the Watts family prior to each having married? WE recently found a letter from Levi Watts's sibling Rufus Ellis Watts dated 1853 "State of Georgia, Whitfield County" included in Ellis's military files when he served in Indian Wars of 1837-38 describing his travels to Whitfield.

Also listed on 1850 Blount County Alabama census sibling Survantus Watts (b.1812 d.1900 buried Kemp Cem Winston Co AL). Survantus Watts is brother to listing on 1850 Blount Co AL census with brothers Samuel Johnson Watts, Rufus Ellis Watts, Jacob V. Watts, Ervin P.Watts, and one sister Martha Watts who married Jacob Watts (mar 1841 Lumpkin CO GA). One more sister is believed to belong, Annie Malissa Watts who married James Leroy Lusk 1847 Lumpkin CO GA (her oldest son who wrote his biography named George Levi Survantus LUSK), though James Lusk died in Civil War and Annie died about the same time in Georgia and their 7 children were sent to Texas as orphans. We recently found at Pomona Library (Calif) by author White book, Soldiers in Indian Wars & Disturbances, listing R.E. Watts & Samuel J. Watts (along with three unclassified Wattses-- Bearden's CO 2nd GA Mtd- John C., Rufus E., Samuel J., Tyler, and Wm Watts) listed as having served as Volunteers in Indian Wars, for Georgia's Bearden's Company for 1837-38. The National Archives returned Rufus Ellis & Samuel J. Watts's Pension Papers, included in the folder was a letter from Rufus Ellis Watts dated 28 November 1853 "State of Georgia,Whitfield County " found among the Watts's Pension files. Though we have Civil War military records for Jacob V.. Survantus, and Levi Watts, we still have not been able to sort our Watts in Georgia/North Carolina from the many(!) other Wattses and keep hoping to make a "connection". The older Alabama Watts boys list being born NC with younger ones including Levi & Jacob V. (1834) listing born GA...but which county_________???? Am willing to share information.

Robert Lecil Cheatwood I am looking for information on Levenia CHESTER who married William C. MANGUM in Murray County, Georgia on May 1, 1857. He did not return from the war and left her with a daughter born in 1858 called Bertie C. Mangum. She grew up and married R. B. OGDEN on February 5, 1877 in Whitfield County, Georgia. The Mangum's lived in the Holly Creek area on the 1850 and 1860 census. William C. Mangum's father was Durrell Mangum.
Donna Badgwell I have found that our GRGRGrandfather lived in Murray Co., GA in 1870 as Canida BAGWELL b1826- Something tramatic happened there to cause 3 of his sons to change their name to BADGEWELL/BADGWELL- William C. b1852 SC, John T. b1860 GA , Jason b1864 GA - Can anyone find records between 1870 to 1876 to help solve this mystery? The name change was between the Murray co., GA 1870 Census and the 1880 Marion Co., AR Census - our family said there was a murder ? in GA and he/they fled to Arkansas and points west- Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
Sandra My GGGrandfather [John Bates] lived in Murray County when he died 1860-65. His parents are unknown; his wife was Mary Jane Mobley. He was b-1818, Mary b-1825, and she died in Benton County, AR in 1910. Children were Martha b-1840, Berry b-1842, Washington b-1849, George b-1856.
George Henderson Seeking information about RUFUS FORD / MARTHA McSWAIN Murray County, GA. RUFUS b. 29 Feb 1816 NC m. 2 Nov 1837 Meriwether Co., GA d. 25 Nov 1837, Dalton, GA MARTHA McSWAIN b. 31 OCT 1816 in GA. d. 9 Dec 1895 in Dalton, GA. Associated families: BEVENS,GUTHRIE, PARKMAN,WILLIAMSON, DAVIS, LOVE, PRICE, MORRIS, LACKEY, TUCKER, GILBERT
Darlene Seeking information on my great grandfather GIEDON L. SMITH and LYDIA ALLEN SMITH who lived in Chatsworh GA between 1892-1899. They were susposed to have ran a hotel there. The old building was used as a CIVIL WAR HOSPITAL. A two story structure with a tower on the top. My grandmother DONA SMITH said it was haunted by the soldiers. Does anyone have any information on this structure or and information on GIDEON L. SMITH, LYDIA SMITH, ARUTHER SMITH, DONA SMITH, JOSIE SMITH or another ancestor who worked there her name was NANCY REBECCA REYNOLDS. All of these people are from Tennessee and returned. My have been in and out of Murray Co., GA until 1910.
John Norvill Jones I would like to know if the land or tax records for Murray County for the 1850s show whether a Nathan Henry JONES owned any land or paid taxes. Thank you.
Jane Greenwood Has anyone heard of a place called MOUNY JOY in MURRY County. THOMAS GANN married CATHERINE HICKS MILLER at MOUNT JOY. Thomas was an overseer for the VANN PLANTATION Please contact me.
Roy Ables Looking for any information on DAVID SMITH 1805 Tenn. Was on the 1850 census of Murray County with wife Clementine and nine children. Trying to establish parents of David. I know he was in Texas in 1860. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Pat Thomason Trying to research family tree for information about my great-grandmother Martha COLLIS who gave birth to my grandmother Grace Mae NELSON at Springplace, Georgia in Murray County, Georgia. She was married to Dan Nelson. Martha COLLIS was said to have been part Indian in heritage, either Cree or Cherokee. Have applied for Grace Nelson's birth certificate of May 24, 1895 but they say it is not at the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Please help.
Louise and Larry Is there a census index for Murray County 1860? If someone has it, will you please check and see if James CALLAHAN/CALAHAN, spouse, Malinda and son William. They could be living in the household of Pinkney HOWELL, spouse, Elizabeth. Any information appreciated.
D. K. Pritchett I found a family of Headricks mentioned in a document in the Pony Homestead book in Murray County Court of Ordinary: Jacob HEADRICK (resident of Murray County) His seven minor children: Lucy J. Headrick Mildred F. Headrick Sally Headrick Andrew J. Headrick Minnesota Headrick Martin Headrick Cornilea Headrick. Document is dated 20 Feb 1884. Does anyone know more about this particular Jacob--whose son he was, etcetera? There are several Jacob Headricks of the same era in Murray County.
Weldon Waldrop I am searching for information on Thomas HENRY, the father of William Henry, and John Henry, He lived in Murray County Georgia with his wife Minerva in 1850. At the time of the census Thomas, was 22 Minerva, was 20, William, was 6, and John, was 3.My grand father John Ransom Henry, who I have traced to his death in Pottawatomie Co. Oklahoma, in 1932. Your Murray, County, Georgia, Query Page, may be my only hope.
James Whitworth I am searching for information on the PICKERING family of Murray Co., GA. My grandfather was Grover Cleveland PICKERING born July 19, 1885. His parents were Benjamin Pickering and Mary ISBELL who were married on Jan 5th 1868. Any information is greatly appreciated.
Marchetta I am trying to find family information on the BROOME and TREVILLION family. Rev Edward Broome and his wife Orlie are buried at Woodstation Cemetery. I do know Maggie Broome married a Trevillion. I would like to know the connection between Maggie Broome and Edward Broome.I would be very greatful if someone could provide this information.
Julia Chambless Eisenburg Looking for info on Jordan WEBB b abt 1801, Va, died abt 1859. Spouse Ann? b 1803 NC. Was in Murray Co, Ga in 1840 and 1850. Children Elizabeth 1832, Ga, Matildy 1835, Ga, Frances 1839, Ga, Milly 1840, Ga, William J 1844, Ga. Who were his parents. His my gggf. Elizabeth was my ggm. Thanks.
N. Blackburn Seeking information on Sherley BLACKBURN, male, 15 yrs listed on 1870 Murray Co census as farm laborer living with family of John H. Kuhn. Believe this is Milton Sherley BLACKBURN, who was born in 1856 and found on 1880 Warren Co., Tn census with wife Penelope HOLLAND and sons, Claudius and Victor. He is possibly the Milton BLACKBURN listed as 5 year old son of M.S. BLACKBURN and wife Frances on 1850 Hall Co., Ga census. Would appreciate any information of any kind about this man or his family. Thank you very much.
Phil Kauper I am looking for any detail on a Joshua MURRAY, born in 1799 in Georgia [possibly in Murray County]. I'm afraid that's all I know, but there is speculation that his father may have been named David Killpatrick Murray. Even a county of birth would be a help. He married a Celia Reid in Alabama and later moved on to Mississippi.

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