J.B. Haralson - Troup County, GA
J.B. Haralson
Submitted by Carla Miles

Memoirs of Georgia, Vol. II, Atlanta, Ga., page 921
Published by The Southern Historical Association in 1895


J.B. Haralson, farmer, Long Cane, Troup Co., Ga., son of J.B. and Beulah (Smedley) Haralson, was born in Troup county in 1841. His paternal grandfather, Elijah Haralson, was a native of Virginia, came to Georgia about 1795 in ox-carts, and settled in Greene county. There being but few public roads at that time, and they far apart, he had to cut a road-way to his lands - virgin forest, where they cleared a farm. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. Mr. Haralson�s father was born in Greene county in 1803, and was reared on the farm. He remained in Greene until 1827, when he removed to Troup county, making the journey in ox-carts, and settled in the woods on the western side of the Chattahoochee river. There was but one other family in that part of the county at that time. His life-pursuit was farming, but he supplemented that by working as a carpenter, and he served many years as a justice of the peace. He was also a soldier in the Creek Indian war of 1836. Mr. Haralson attended school at first under a bush arbor; he did this two seasons, and then a log house was built, where he finished his limited education. In 1861 he enlisted in Company F., Capt. Bodkin, Twenty-first Georgia regiment, Col. John T. Mercer, assigned to Gen. Smith�s command. He saw much hard service, and was in many important hard-fought battles, among them Winchester, and from there to Gettysburg, Cold Harbor and others. He was wounded and in the hospital when Second Manassas was fought. At the time of the surrender he was on duty in Selma, Ala. He entered the service as a private, and in 1863, he was promoted to a lieutenancy, which commission he held at the close of the war. After the war he earnestly engaged in farming, with the pursuit of which he has been content, and his success has satisfied his highest ambition. In 1886 he was appointed a gauger and storekeeper in the internal revenue department and held the office some considerable time. Mr. Haralson was married in 1860 to Miss Mary J., daughter of Warren and Mary (Edmonson) Cofield. She died in 1883, and in 1884 he married Miss Anna V. Wilkinson, born in Troup county, who has borne him three children: Thomas B., Florence R., and Beulah. He is a master Mason, and himself and wife are members of the Baptist church.

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