J. J. Thrash - Troup County, GA
J. J. Thrash
Submitted by Carla Miles

Memoirs of Georgia, Vol. II, Atlanta, Ga., page 931
Published by The Southern Historical Association in 1895


J. J. Thrash, farmer, Mountville, Troup Co., Ga., son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Roe) Thrash, was born in Putnam county, Ga., June 12, 1820. His paternal grandparents were Jacob and Martha (Stubblefield) Thrash, and the grandfather was born in Wilkes county. His maternal grandparents, Shadrach and Elizabeth (Hudson) Roe, were natives of North Carolina, came to Georgia on horseback and in ox-carts, and settled on the Oconee river in Hancock county about the time the county was organized. There was a ferry at the point where he settled, which he bought and operated a number of years. He had a brother, John Roe, who, when a boy, was taken by the British in 1812 and sold to the Indians. He made several attempts to escape but was recaptured. Finally the Indians determined to burn him alive. They made all their preparations and had actually gathered and piled up the faggots, and had everything ready to execute their horrible design. Fortunately for him they got drunk, and while they were besotted he made his escape, after having been in worse than slavery for seven years. Mr. Thrash was reared and educated partly in Putnam and partly in Troup county, his parents having moved to the last-named county when he was fourteen years old and settled on the farm where he now lives. When grown he engaged in farming, a vocation he has followed through life. He has been a successful farmer, is comfortably fixed, and has an excellent, well-improved farm. During the late unpleasantness he was in that state military organization known as �Joe Brown�s Pets�, and was captain of his company. Mr. Thrash was married in 1864 to Miss Nellie Evans, born in Meriwether county in 1837, daughter of Thomas and Martha (Harmon) Evans, who has borne him eleven children: John W., George E., Martha E., Leroy T., Mary, Scott, Charlotte, Isaac, James, Joseph and Rebecca. Mrs. Thrash is a devoted member of the Methodist church. Seth Tatum, farmer, retired lawyer, LaGrange, Troup Co., Ga., son of Peter and Nancy E. (Sledge) Tatum, was born in Putnam county, Ga., in 1822. His father was born in North Carolina, came to Georgia when a young man, married in Hancock county, and settled in Putnam county. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. His wife was born in Hancock county, Ga., in 1795, and to them these children were born: Mius S.; Holmes; Seth; the subject of this sketch; A.J.; Matilda; Risilla, and Elizabeth. Of these, Mius S. and Seth served in the late civil war. Mr. Tatum�s maternal grandparents, Mius and Rasilla (Hamlet) Sledge, were natives of North Carolina, migrated to Georgia the latter part of the last century, and settled in the woods in Hancock county. He was born in 1767 and died in 1847, aged eighty years, in Troup county. Mr. Tatum was reared in Troup county, and educated in the common schools of the county until he was thirteen years old, when he went to LaGrange and attended the high school, of which Otis Smith was principal. In 1841 he went to Mercer university, where Mr. Smith was president, and when the president came back to LaGrange, he came also, and finished his preparatory course under him. In 1844 he entered Harvard college and took a law course, graduating in 1845. While there he boarded at the same house with ex-President Rutherford B. Hayes. In 1847 he was admitted to the bar in LaGrange, and formed a partnership with N.G. Swanson, which continued until the beginning of the civil war. In 1862 he enlisted with Company E., Capt. J.C. Cutright, Forty-first Georgia regiment, and was assigned to Gen. Bragg�s command. He was made ordinance sergeant in the regular service and received notice of promotion to a lieutenancy, but the commission never reached him. He participated in several hard- fought battles, being in those of Perryville, Baker�s Creek, and the siege of Vicksburg, where he was captured and paroled. At the end of three months he returned to the army, reaching it just after the battle of Chickamauga. He was in the battle of Missionary Ridge, and was more or less engaged from there to Atlanta and in defense of the city. He then went with Gen. Hood into Tennessee and was in all the fights in that campaign, and followed the fortunes of the army until the last battles of the war at Bentonville and Smithville, N.C. Returning from the war to Troup county he engaged in farming, and has since made that his life-business. Mr. Tatum is a man of extensive information and progressive ideas. Unambitious of political preferment he has been content to enjoy undisturbed the quiet pleasures of domestic life. In 1890, however, he was elected to represent his senatorial district in the general assembly without opposition, a significant indication of the esteem in which he is held. Mr. Tatum was married in November, 1865, in Troup county to Miss Sarah E. Stinson, born in Warren county, Ga., in 1837, daughter of Michael F. and Martha A. (Hardaway) Stinson. Her grandparents, Michael and Elizabeth (McKinley) Stinson, were North Carolinians; and her father, born in North Carolina, came south early in life. Her great-grandfather Hardaway was killed in the war of the revolution in Virginia and her great-grandmother died in Virginia nine days after giving birth to her grandfather, her death being caused by exposure in consequence of having to be removed beyond the range of the guns of the British. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Tatum: Frank S.; Seth S., civil engineer; James M.; George H.; Mary K., and Mattie E. Mrs. Tatum is a consistent member of the Methodist church. Mr. Tatum has through life endeavored to observe the parting injunction to him of Judge Joseph Story, �When you stand well, stand still.�

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