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Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Floyd County, Georgia

Some of the burials in the cemetery. Lewis D Burwell b. No. Car D 1/19/1874 age 59 Caleb Bruce D, 2/11/1874 age 57 William Bailey Terhune Born New Jersey D 6/30/1874 age 53 Mrs. C T Landrum Born Alabama D 2/27/1874 age 28 Mrs. T J McGuire Born Georgia D 3/8/1874 age 34 J M B Landers Born Alabama d. 3/19/1874 age 61 A J Buchanon Born Georgia D 3/2/1874 age 57 Mrs. Elizabeth Shockley D 5/14/1874 age 86 Mrs. M. M. McAfee D 11/22/1874 age 64 Mrs. M. A. Marable D 12/22/1874 age 58 Eugene LeHardy Born Belguim D 12/27/1874 Mrs. F Funderburk Born So. Car D 3/7/1875 age 65 Charles Attaway Born So. Car D 3/26/1875 age 73 Asahel R Smith D. 6/25/1875 age 81 Mrs. Ellen McDonald D. 1/6/1876 age 72 James Brownlow Born So. Car D. 2/16/1876 age 88 Mrs. M. Burwell B. Virginia D. 4/11/1876 age 75 Samuel Stewart D. 9/4/1876 age 64 Mrs. M. C. Selkirk D. 8/17/1876 age 54 Mrs. Edith Carver B. No Car. D 9/24/1876 age 63 D R Mitchell B. Georgia D. 11/10/1876 age 74 W F Jones D 11/10/1876 age 74 Mrs. S M Gregory D 1/4/1877 age 77 Mrs. Martha Shorter D 3/22/1877 age 78 R L Meigs B. No Car D 4/22/1877 age 62 Mrs. Mary Hazelton B. England D 10/11/1877 age 103 William Jackson B. So Car D 2/5/1879 age 79 Mrs. Sarah G Wood B. No Car D 6/4/1879 age 78 Mrs. Sarah Hinton B. No Car D 2/20/1880 age 71 Mrs. Julia H Bryant B. No Car D 7/24/1880 age 80 Mrs. Elizabeth...

Slave Narrative of George W. Arnold

Interviewer: Lauana Creel Person Interviewed: George W. Arnold Location: Evansville, Indiana Place of Birth: Bedford County, Tennessee Date of Birth: April 7, 1861 Occupation: porter in a wholesale feed store This is written from an interview with each of the following: George W. Arnold, Professor W.S. Best of the Lincoln High School and Samuel Bell, all of Evansville, Indiana. George W. Arnold was born April 7, 1861, in Bedford County, Tennessee. He was the property of Oliver P. Arnold, who owned a large farm or plantation in Bedford county. His mother was a native of Rome, Georgia, where she remained until twelve years of age, when she was sold at auction. Oliver Arnold bought her, and he also purchased her three brothers and one uncle. The four negroes were taken along with other slaves from Georgia to Tennessee where they were put to work on the Arnold plantation. On this plantation George W. Arnold was born and the child was allowed to live in a cabin with his relatives and declares that he never heard one of them speak an unkind word about Master Oliver Arnold or any member of his family. “Happiness and contentment and a reasonable amount of food and clothes seemed to be all we needed,” said the now white-haired man. Only a limited memory of Civil War days is retained by the old man but the few events recalled are vividly described by him. “Mother, my young brother, my sister and I were walking along one day. I don’t remember where we had started but we passed under the fort at Wartrace. A battle was...

Slave Narrative of Morris Hillyer

Person Interviewed: Morris Hillyer Location: Alderson, Oklahoma Age: 84 My father was Gabe Hillyer and my mother was Clarisay Hillyer, and our home was in Rose, Georgia. Our owner was Judge Hillyer. He was de last United States senator to Washington, D. C., before de war. My mother died when I was only a few days old and the only mother I ever knew was Judge Hillyer’s wife, Miss Jane. Her nine children were all older than I was and when mother died Miss Jane said mother had raised her children and she would raise here. So she took us into her house and we never lived at de quarters any more. I had two sisters, Sally and Sylvia, and we had a room in de Big House and sister Sally didn’t do nothing else but look after me. I used to stand with my thumb in my mouth and hold to Miss Jane’s apron while she knitted. When Judge Hillyer was elected be sold out his farm and gave his slave a to his children. He owned about twelve or fourteen slaves at this time. He gave me and my sister Sylvia to his son, Dr. Hillyer, and my father to another one of his sons who was studying law. Father stayed with him and took care of him until he graduated. Father learned to be a good carpenter while he lived with George Hillyer. George never married until after de war. Dr. Hillyer lived on a big plantation but he practiced medicine all de time. He didn’t have much time to look after de farm but he...

Native American History of Floyd County, Georgia

Floyd County located in northwest Georgia. It is part of the Rome, GA Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA.) Its county seat is Rome. It is named after John Floyd, a member of the U. S. House of Representatives representing a district in Georgia. John Floyd was born in Beaufort, SC and was a carpenter when he moved to northeastern Georgia. Upon the outbreak of the CreekCivil War in 1813, Floyd was named a Brigadier General in command of the First Brigade of Georgia Militia, plus 400 Georgia Creeks. Floyd led his army to one victory at the Redstick village of Autose, where he was severely wounded. The Georgia Regiment saw very little action afterward. Nevertheless, Floyd’s brief service soon led to him being elected to Congress. Another Georgia regiment composed entirely of Creeks, Cherokees and Yuchi, led by a Creek Brigadier General William McIntosh, saw extensive combat throughout the Redstick War. Floyd County is bordered on the north by Walker County, GA and the northeast by Gordon County, GA. Bartow County, GA adjoins Floyd on the east side. Cherokee County, AL adjoins Floyd on its western side. Polk County, GA forms its southern boundary. Chattooga County, GA forms Floyd’s northwestern boundary. Rome contains one of Georgia’s largest inventories of 19th century historical buildings and sites. Being located in the confluence of the Etowah, Oostanaula and Coosa Rivers, it was always an important center of Native American occupation. A large Muskogean town was once located where Downtown Rome now sits. During the mid and late 19th century it was a “steamboat” town that boomed from cotton trade. It is now...

Slave Narrative of Callie Elder

Interviewer: Sadie B. Hornsby Person Interviewed: Callie Elder Location: Athens, Georgia Callie lives with her daughter, Cornelia, in a 6-room house near the crest of a hill. Their abode is a short distance from the street and is reached by steep stone steps. In response to the call for Callie, a tall mulatto woman appeared. Her crudely fashioned blue dress was of a coarse cotton fabric and her dingy head rag had long lost its original color. Straight black hair, streaked with gray, and high cheek bones gave the impression that in her ancestry of mixed races, Indian characteristics predominate. Her constant use of snuff causes frequent expectoration and her favorite pastime seems to be the endeavor to attain an incredible degree of accuracy in landing each mouthful of the amber fluid at the greatest possible distance. As she was about to begin conversation, a little yellow boy about five years old ran into the room and Callie said: “‘Scuse me please, I can’t talk ’til I gits my grandboy off so he won’t be late to school at Little Knox. Set down in dat dar cheer and I’ll be right back.” Soon Callie returned and it was evident that her curiosity was aroused. When the interviewer explained the purpose of the visit, she exclaimed: “Lordy! Miss, what is de government gwine do next? For de God’s truth, I never knowed I would have to tell nobody what happened back in dem days, so its jus’ done slipped out of my mind. “Anyhow, I warn’t even born in Clarke County. I was born in Floyd County, up nigh Rome,...

Slave Narrative of Easter Brown

Interviewer: Mrs. Sadie B. Hornsby Person Interviewed: Easter Brown Location: Athens, Georgia Age: 78 “Aunt” Easter Brown, 78 years old, was sweeping chips into a basket out in front of her cabin. “Go right in honey, I’se comin’ soon as I git some chips for my fire. Does I lak to talk ’bout when I wuz a chile? I sho does. I warn’t but 4 years old when de war wuz over, but I knows all ’bout it.” “I wuz born in Floyd County sometime in October. My pa wuz Erwin and my ma wuz Liza Lorie. I don’t know whar dey come from, but I knows dey wuz from way down de country somewhars. Dere wuz six of us chilluns. All of us wuz sold. Yessum, I wuz sold too. My oldest brother wuz named Jim. I don’t riccolec’ de others, dey wuz all sold off to diffunt parts of de country, and us never heared from ’em no more. My brother, my pa and me wuz sold on de block in Rome, Georgia. Marster Frank Glenn buyed me. I wuz so little dat when dey bid me off, dey had to hold me up so folkses could see me. I don’t ‘member my real ma and pa, and I called Marster ‘pa’ an’ Mist’ess ‘ma’, ’til I wuz ’bout ‘leven years old. “I don’t know much ’bout slave quarters, or what dey had in ’em, ’cause I wuz raised in de house wid de white folkses. I does know beds in de quarters wuz lak shelves. Holes wuz bored in de side of de house, two in...

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