January 4, 2013
I keep waiting for someone to ask me why I included all the local and regional news in my book on Rabun County’s earliest newspapers, instead of only the obituaries and death notices as many compilers do.
No one’s asked, but I think it’s an important question, and my answer is this: Newspapers are, in and of themselves, an important resource outside of the fact that they can serve as a substitute for vital and court records. To demonstrate this, let’s look at excerpts from early issues of The Clayton Tribune and The Tallulah Falls Spray pertaining to a gentleman named C. J. Crunkleton.
November 4, 2011
The following was taken from The Clayton Argus, Volume 1, Number 7, August 3, 1894 issue:
While on a business trip to Chechero last Saturday we were invited by Mrs. F. A. Bleckley to visit the family cemetery, which invitation we cordially accepted, and of which we are by no means sorry. This sacred city of the dead which is on top of a high hill overlooking the family residence on one side and the Methodist church on the other, is the final resting place of the family and its nearest relatives and dearest friends. We were greatly impressed by the good condition in which this hallowed spot is kept. It is enclosed by a nice lattice fence and the grounds within are most beautifully laid off and most scrupulously clean. What prevents the citizens of Clayton from paying the same homage to their departed loved ones? Let us not omit this sacred duty longer.
The Bleckley Cemetery is beautiful, and has some very old burials marked by well-preserved stones. It is located about two and a half miles from Clayton off of 76E going toward South Carolina.
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Quotation excerpted from my upcoming volume Rabun County, Georgia, Newspapers, 1894 – 1899, expected to be released in 2012.
October 20, 2011
While researching land records in Rabun County for the Dillingham family, I found three deeds of gift from Hiram Dillingham to three grandchildren. Only one of these was listed in the deed record’s index (that is, the index for the volume of deeds in which these were recorded). None were listed in the General Index to Deeds and Mortgages. I found all three by searching the pages before and after the one deed that was indexed. All were dated 23 November 1859, witnessed by Emily Bleckley and James Bleckley, JIC (Justice of the Inferior Court), and were recorded 4 January 1860 in Deed Record F Rabun Co. on pages 53 and 54.