October 2, 2012
The following record begs the question as to why James McHann was appointed guardian of his own children after his wife’s death. One answer could be that the children were heirs to an estate received through their mother, possibly from her parents or other relatives, a fairly commonplace occurrence.
Minutes of Wednesday 23 Jay. 1840…
James McHann appointed Guardian of his minor heirs
Marion[?], Ann, Sarah, Malindas[?] Birchet, &
Wilkie – who entered in to Bond & gave for Security
Two Hundred Dollars Saml. Bryson in the sum of two
hundred Dollars – and qualified as such
the above children are the minor heirs of Emilia McHann[?]
Source: Macon County, North Carolina, County Court Minutes Book 3, 1838 – 1855: 71; North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh; NCSA micropublication C.061 30001.
November 18, 2011
The following items follow a story about a dispute that happened in the Pine Mountain area of Rabun County during August, 1894. The first item is from the 3 August 1894 issue (Volume 1, Number 7) of The Clayton Argus.
The scene of battle seems to be changed from Chicago to Pine Mountain. We hear that one day last week a number of boys met at or near the post office at Pine Mountain and by some means a dispute arose which precipitated a fight the result of which was knives. It is also stated that the boys had been taking on some tangle foot. We are sorry that so many of our young men participated in this useless habit of drinking. Boys, quit it, and you will certainly be glad of it.
In the subsequent issue, published 10 August 1894 (Vol. 1, Number 8), the editor names two of the subjects.
We hear that Guss Billingsley and Wood Bryson, the chief sufferers in the riot at Pine Mountain in our last week’s issue are getting considerably better. It was thought that Bryson was fatally wounded, but we are glad to hear that he was not.
I guess those two thought better the next time they were offered “tangle foot.”
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Quotations excerpted from my upcoming volume Rabun County, Georgia, Newspapers, 1894 – 1899, expected to be released in 2012.
December 30, 2010
I have recently had the privilege of sorting through the loose estate records for Macon County, as held by the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, for an indexing project sponsored by the North Carolina Genealogical Society. Along the way, I’ve found several interesting items on my own family that I hope to share here over the coming months with other area researchers.
One of my more recent finds was located in the file folder for James M. Peek. According to Elizabeth Peek Crutchfield in the article “David Peek”, James was the son of David Peek and Mary Henderson.1 They had the following children, including James:
- Eda Peek, born about 1880 [sic] in Laurens Co., SC, married John Jackson Ammons
- Phoebe Peek, born about 1804 in Laurens County, married James Holland
- William M. Peek, born 12 January 1809 in Laurens County, married Polly Avaline Mull
- James Peek, born before 1820 in Laurens County, “[…] with wife unknown. He migrated to Alabama.”
- Ruth Peek, born in 1815 in Laurens County, married Milton Moss
- Judy Elizabeth Peek, born in 1819 in Laurens County, married Milton McCoy
- Jane Caroline Peek, born 10 February 1820 in Macon Co., NC, married Andrew Madison Bryson
- Mary “Polly” Peek, born in 1821 in Macon County, married Martin McCoy
- Louisa, born in 1822 in Macon County, never married
- David Lee Peek, born in 1828, married Jane Moss