September 19, 1810
Administrator's Sale. Will Be Sold, On the last Saturday in September next, at the late dwelling house of Baxtor Jourdan, dec. All the Personal Estate of said deceased; consisting of Horses, Cattle, Hogs, and Houshold Furniture. Conditions of sale will be made known on the day.
John Brooks, Adm'r. Jones county, Walnut Creek } August 23, 1810.
October 17, 1810
~excerpt~ An Official Return (except the counties of Scriven, McIntosh, and Morgan) of the result of the Election, held on Monday the 1st day of October, for Members of the ensuing General Assembly, and four Members of Congress.
COUNTIES SENATORS REPRESENTATIVES.
Hancock Rabun Terrelle, Brown, Raines
Jones Butler Jackson
Twiggs Johnston Glenn
May 2, 1882
Union and Recorder
The Effects of the Cyclone. Gordon, Ga., April 24, 1882.
Editors Union & Recorder: Our part of the country has been devastated by another awful cyclone. The wind had been blowing, and the weather showery during Saturday evening. Some time after 8 o'clock the roar of the storm was in our ears, and we were made to realize the "destruction that cometh as a whirlwind." As the bright rays of the Sabbath sun came out it brought us face to face with this work of the "prince of the power of air." It was rather difficult to get out, but we have become used to rambling in the track of cyclones and can get over logs with little trouble. To begin: The storm passed a few miles south of Macon, and followed a north-easterly course to the plantation of Mr. Sam Gove. It tore up and broke down things as it came. Mr. Watt's premises were in the track and were demolished. The widow Nancy Kitchens house was next, and it, with adjoining negro houses fell before the wind. It came across orchards and fields to the Sam Gove place and left nothing standing. Old man Sam Gove was not in the main building, but in an outhouse. A piece of timber six by eight inches in size fell on him and killed him instantly. As the old man lay out in the sun his skull could be seen through the terrible gash in his forehead. Hs son, Mr. Jerry Gove, and wife were in the dwelling, and were injured seriously. It is thought Mrs. Gove may die to-night. The premises of Mr. Brown, just to the right, and on the edge of the storm, with the exception of the dwelling, net with the same fate. Mr. Henry Stone's house was next, and went down and several of the family had to be dug out of the rubbish. The storm passed a little to the right of Griswoldville, tearing down the fences and blowing down some trees as well as destroying the colored Methodist church in the place. Mr. Wm. Reynold's plantation was visited next. Mr. Reynolds heard the roar of the storm in time to get into a culvert on the Central road. Here he could look on without fear of death. His dwelling was not disturbed, but the barn under which he kept his stock was blown down and two fine mules killed. The storm seemed to take a slight turn to the right just beyond this place and passed to the plantation of Mrs. Ruth Bryant. Her dwelling was not injured but several outhouses were blown down and fences scattered. Capt. Irby Howard, with his train hands, has been out all day at work. The cyclone passed just to the right of Griffin chapel, the new Methodist church, on the road to Griswoldville. The pillars in the plazza were blown loose and the church careened to one side. The main part of the storm passed back of Mr. James Baker's fields, tearing up negro houses and fences generally. Mr. Leonard Sketoe's fences were also blown down, but no hard done to his houses. Mr. Frank Balkcom's place lay right in its track, and the cyclone tore things all to pieces here. Mrs. Balkcom and her mother, Mrs. Hughes, were badly bruised. They were taken to Dr. Gibson's on Sunday. Several houses of the Doctor's, occupied by tenants, were destroyed, and he says $1,500 would not cover this loss. one of his tenants, Mr. Wesley Stevens, had everything blown away, and it was with some difficulty that his wife and children scrambled from under the logs. Mr. Robert Thompson had gone from home and his wife and child were alone when the cyclone reached the house. The mother put her infant in a goods box and swung to it till everything else was carried off. Mr. Wm. Witt's outhouses and fences were blown down, and the dwelling partly unroofed. Mr. Joshua Ryle's place was blown away next, and Mr. Samuel Gee's place soon after. Mr. and Mrs. Gee were seriously wounded, and their mule killed. Thomas Cobb, John Nichols, and Mrs. Lydia Witt suffered about the same fate.
The cyclone crossed the Central railroad in the slash about three miles above Gordon. From thence it passed up the hill to __ The plantation of Mr. Lowe Hardie was swept of fences and timber, but little damage done to his dwelling. Mr. Charles Lyles new residence was torn to flinders. His wife's youngest sister, Viola, a bright little girl of eight years, was killed. Mr. and Mrs. Lyles are helpless, and it is thought Mrs. Lyles cannot survive. Her father's place, Mr. James Lockhart's, is covered with logs, and fences carried away. The storm passed between Mr. Daniel Brewer's and his daughter's, Mrs. Branan's. Mr. Mitchell Fountain and Mr. James McCook had their places considerably damaged. The residence of the widow Gilmore is badly wrecked. Here it will be remembered, the other cyclone passed, only a few weeks ago. Mr. James Ethridge was almost in the heart of the other storm. The one of Saturday night finished the work of destruction. Further than that we have no reliable information.
The storm narrative may seem monotonous to those who know nothing of what the people suffered during the remaining portion of Saturday night and what they have suffered since. But to those who have stood over the grave of the dead and the beds of the dying it will be quiet different. H.
February 22, 1884
EXCERPT~ THE GREAT CYCLONE.....
Jones County. From Mr. W. A. Davidson, of Jones county, who came in for five coffins for one family, we learn something of the destruction caused by the cylone in Jones. At Blountsville, six miles from Haddock's Station, the storm came up at about 4:30 o'clock. In an instant houses were blown down, fragments being carried great distances.
Mr. W. A. Miller, who lives near Blountsville, was at his brother-in-law's, about a mile away, when the storm came up. On going home he found the house gone and on the ground lying at considerable distances from each other the dead bodies of his wife and three children. One child was blown away and the body had not been found up to the time Mr. Davidson left. Six negroes were also killed, their bodies being literally torn to pieces. The church was also blown away.
The cyclone came in between Round Oak and Clinton. After leaving Blountsville it swooped down on a settlement two miles this side and blew down several houses, killing many mules, but sparting human beings. At. Mr. James Hunt's house Mrs. W. A. Juhan and little son, of Macon, were visiting. With eight other persons she sought REFUGE IN A HOT HOUSE, or flower pit, and all were thus saved, as the house was almost destroyed.
At another house the famly who had heard of the corner of the house being the safest place in such a time, huddled together in the corner. The house was demolished, and when the cyclone had passed it was found that, with the exception of a negro girl being hurt a little by a log falling acrossing her lap, the entire party had escaped with hardly a scratch.
Five milees north of Clinton the store of Jerry Smith was entirely blown away, and Mr. Buck Finney, who was in the store at the time, was so seriously injured that no hope of his life is entertained.
February 10, 1891
Mr. Griffin Smith of Jones county has been spending a few days with his son, I. L., J. O. and C. S. Smith, in East Macon. Mr. Smith is about 75 years old, and has ten grown sons now living in and near Macon. In 1868 triplets were born unto him and his wife, and they named them Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Stonewall Jackson died when quite young, but Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis still live, and are now prosperous young farmers at Wayside. They resemble each other so closely that their brothers can't tell Robert from Jefferson, and they cling to each other closer than David and Johathan of old, each refusing to marry and the two dividing all their gains equally. The sleep together, eat together, work together, and, like the Siamese twins, are never separated. They furnish a perfect picture of devotion and brotherly love.
November 20, 1898
A REMARKABLE MAN.
Has Fourteen Grown Sons and Many Grandchildren
There are few men now-a-days who live to see fourteen of his children grow to manhood and still retain all the vigor and energy seldom seen in a man of 60. Such, however, is the case of Mr. J. G. Smith, father of Mr. Iverson Smith, one of Macon's most enterprising business men.
Mr. Smith, Sr., was born eighty-three years ago in the house he lives in today, located a few miles from Wayside, in Jones county, and has raised fourteen boys, all grown, married and have children of their own. He is as straight as an Indian, was never sick in his life, rises at 3:30 every morning in the year, and often plows all day "just to keep his hand in," as he says. He never uses glasses while reading, and can use his rifle with as much accuracy as when a boy. Mr. Smith will spend several days in the city with his old friends, whom he has not seen for years,
October 4, 1899
A MAN WENT WILD. HE WAS DISCOVERED IN A PITIABLE STATE.
Running Aimlessly Through the Woods, Wearing Only His Underclothes-He Thought Lynchers Were After Him.
Clinton, Ga., Oct. 3 - Sheriff Ethridge being informed Sunday by New Elim church members that a wild man was at large, went immediately to the scene. He found a strange white man with nothing but his underclothes, pacing back and forth in the swamp. He was arrested and put in jail, where he is still confined. From letters found on him, it is believed that his name is George Balyn, and that he has a wife and child at Jones, Ala.
He is crazy and has delirium tremens, as he labors under the hallucination that some one is after him for the purpose of lynching him. He appears to be about thirty, of a gentlemanly appearance, and from his incoherent talk, seems to have been a cotton buyer at Clossen, and originally from Raleigh, N. C. He will be tried soon for lunacy unless something is soon heard from his people.
February 8, 1906
Haddock Volunteers Organized.
Haddock, Ga., Feb. 7 - The young men of Haddock and vicinity met and organized a volunteer military company. Forty odd were present at the meeting. The name chosen for the company was the Haddock Volunteers. Hon. J. R. Turner of Jones county was elected captain. Messrs. J. T. Cook and M. C. Clark, two of Haddock's rising young business young men, were elected first and second lieutenants. The captain will make application for admission into the state guard at once. The citizens of Haddock and of Jones county are in hearty sympathy with the movement.
June 13, 1907
Haddock Knights of Pythius
Haddock, Ga., June 12 - The Knights of Pythius elected officers as follows: E. W. Sammons, chancellor commander; J. N. Holloway, vice-chancellor; S. H. Haddock, prelate; O. E. Morton, master of works; H. L. Anchors, master of arms; E. W. Coleman, keeper of records and seals; H. C. Bryan, master of finance; J. T. Finney, master exchequer; L. F. Haddock, inner guard, A. L. Haddock, outer guard.
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