Posts tagged ‘Nicholson family’

January 4, 2013

Feature Friday: The Life and Times of C. J. Crunkleton

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.

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February 26, 2012

Cemetery Sunday: Bradshaw Cemetery (aka Old Smyrna Church Cemetery), Towns Co., GA

The weather here has been relatively warm and sunny, so on a recent Sunday, we took the Jeep out to a cemetery described by our local Probate Judge, Lil Garrett, as the Bradshaw Cemetery.

There are two ways to get to this cemetery: the hard way and the harder way. When taken together, these two entrances form a loop from our home in Clayton (Rabun County) out Hwy. 76 toward Hiawassee, across Upper Hightower Road through Forest Service land (with the road name changing at least once), making a bridgeless crossing of the Tallulah River back into Rabun County, and then connecting with Hwy. 76 to get back home.

You can go in from either side and come back out the same way, but we opted to take the whole loop, beginning with the more difficult way in: Out Hwy. 76 to Upper Hightower Road, which gradually goes from a paved two-lane road into a one lane road before it hits dirt. The road tilts steeply upward just after the pavement ends, with gullies in the road at least three feet deep and sharp rock jutting up from the road bed. It continues in this manner for three or four miles, with narrow curves, sharp drop offs, and grades steep enough to have me holding my breath. We didn’t measure the mileage, but I do know that we were going at idle pace for at least thirty minutes before we found the road to the cemetery.

That road was thankfully short and relatively smooth. We parked at the end of it and walked the rest of the way in. You can see why from the picture below.

The recommended parking area for the cemetery.

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September 22, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: John and Jane Shook

John and Jane Shook, Shook Cemetery, Rabun Co., GA

Shook
John Jane
Nicholson Shook
Deadas | Alexander
William | Margaret
Mary | Martha
Caroline | Rebecca
Angeline | Fate
Sarah | John
Nancy | Mack
Elizabeth | Manda Ree

Taken at Shook Cemetery, Rabun Co., GA. The original stones still mark the burial sites. One of the stones near the large, new stone has some writing scratched into it, but we were unable to decipher it.

John Shook’s death date, at least, is recorded in court minutes. During the January Term, 1888, of the Court of Ordinary, Rabun Co., GA, Alexander A. Shook brought evidence that “on the 9th day of January 1888 John Shook of Said county departed this life”. The heirs at law of the deceased “are fourteen in number” and were listed as Alexander A. Shook, Rebecka Elliot, Mary Smith, Elizabeth Eller, John Shook, Nancy Singleton, Sara Crag, Margaret King, Amanda Baker, Martha Baker, William Shook, John Shook, Jr., James Shook, and Demarious Tanner.1

As Jane wasn’t mentioned as an heir in the above minutes, she had most likely predeceased her husband. She was still living in 1880 when she and John were enumerated on the 1880 US Census in the household of their son-in-law and daughter, Albert and Sarah Cragg. Also enumerated was nine-year old Dorah Smith, listed as Albert’s “nice”;2 she was possibly the daughter of Sarah’s sister, Mary.

Additional information on Jane’s date of death may be contained in the records created by the probate of her husband’s estate.

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1. Minutes, Court of Ordinary, Rabun Co., 1887 – 1898: 13. Probate Judge’s Office, County Courthouse, Clayton, Georgia.
2. Albert Cragg household, 1880 U.S. Census, Rabun County, Georgia, population schedule, Tallulah District No. 509, Enumeration District 172, Supervisor’s District 1, sheet 9, dwelling 74, family 75. Taken from: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration micropublication T9, roll 162.

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