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Slave Narrative of Alfred Smith

Person Interviewed: Alfred Smith Place of Birth: Calhoon, Georgia Occupation: Farmer I was born in Calhoon, Georgia. I don’t know the date of birth, but as near as I can get at, my age is 80 years old. My mother’s name is Mary Johnson and my father’s name is Alexandra Hamilton. He was named for his first master, but was later sold to Master Smith. I haven’t seen neither of them. I don’t even know how or who raised me up into the teens in age. I just remember my working here and there for what I could get. I learned to count myself, one day. I gathered some straws and went into the woods and broke them into short pieces and laid on my belly and first counted by 1 to 100, then I took them and counted by 2 to 100 and so on. I have one sister who is older than I and I give her credit in raising me up to the teens. I was not old enough to work in slavery and know but little concerning slavery. Since freedom I have worked in the States of Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Kansas and Oklahoma. I remember I went in my shirt tail in summer and same for winter with home-made outing underwear and no shoes ’til I was able and old enough to buy them for myself. I really didn’t have a master but had some mighty mean employers. Even though I came along in school age a few years before freedom, I had no teaching. I have made a success in life with...

Chandler Cemetery, Calhoun, Gordon County, Georgia

Some burials in Chandler Cemetery which is located approximately a mile and a half from Calhoun, Ga. Hayden F Ferguson 8/9/1840 – 3/8/1920 Mary A Goodwyn Wife of H F Ferguson 10/5/1854 – 12/21/1922 Catherine Louisa, wife of James Wylie and daughter of Edward and Rachel O’Callaghan 8/20/1834 – 11/19/1871 Julia Morris Wife of Joseph McConnell 1849-1928 Capt. Joseph McConnell Oct/ 1841 – October 1889 James Madison Ballew 12/4/1850 – 1/12/1915 Dora Davenport Wife of J M Ballew 1/6/1857 – 10/27/1894 M J Rankin 8/14/1841 – 10/15/1922 W R Rankin 12/18/1842 – 6/5/1913 W H Morris Died Mar. 1, 1872 Age 52 years Hannah Morris wife of W H Morris Daughter of Gen. C H and Ruth Nelson – Died 7/13/1881 Age about 46 years Sarah H Morris Wife of W H Morris Died 7/5/1860 age 28 years Abraham Chandler 11/26/1780 – 5/8/1847 Mrs. Mary W Chandler Wife of Abraham Chandler 3/19/ 1792-12/1/1854 David Shelton Law 9/10/1810 – 10/22/1888 Mary A Freeman 10/25/1812 – 3/17/1881 Thomas A Foster 11/1/1834 – 3/27/1879 Susan P Garlington Foster 3/17/1833 – 8/17/1891 John William Garlington 8/24/1842 -9/16/1866 Christopher Garlington 5/30/ 1792 – 3/16/1864 Eliza Aycock Wife of Christopher Garlington 2/27/1801 – 1/13/ 1892 J W Henderson 8/4/1844 – 9/14/1908 Col. R M Young 6/10/1819 – 3/9/1878 John W Swain 2/11/1834 – 6/24/1919 Mary Caroline Swain Wife of John W Swain 5/1/1836 – 5/1/1896 William Gordon Fuller 1849 – 1915 Ellen G Fuller 1853 – 1921 Malinda L Fuller 1822 – 1894 William J Fuller 1815 – 1891 Polly Lay 4/11/1788 – 8/5/1863 John Lay 6/25/1787 – 3/22/1862 Levi G Fields 6/8/1840 4/5/1924 Polly...

Biography of Samuel D. McSpaden

SAMUEL D. MCSPADEN. We present with pleasure a sketch of the life of one of the most substantial and prominent farmers and stockraisers of Pike Creek Valley, Carter County, Missouri This worthy citizen was born in Gordon County, Ga., in 1847. The son of Joseph and Edith (Dillard ) McSpaden, the father a native of Virginia, born October 16, 1820, and the mother of east Tennessee, born October 1, 1827. Mr. and Mrs. McSpaden met for the first time in Gordon County, Ga., whither they had removed with their parents, and here they were married. In 1869 they moved to Carter County, Missouri, and settled on a small improved farm in Dry Valley. There they passed the closing scenes of their lives, the father dying January 24, 1882, and the mother August 15, 1883. During his entire life Mr. McSpaden followed farming, and he was quite a wealthy man at one time, although he lost all by paying security debts. He led a very active life and was one of the truly good men, a Christian in its true sense. His father, Samuel McSpaden, died in Maury County, Tennessee, when our subject was a small boy. He was a native Virginian, but moved from there to Tennessee and thence to Georgia, where he died. He was a farmer and an extensive stock trader. He and wife, whose maiden name was Phoebe Butcher, had a large family, and one of their sons, William, died in the city of Mexico during the Mexican War. The father of our subject was the only one who came to Missouri. Grandfather John Dillard died...

Biography of Hon. Melvin Nathaniel Dyer

HON. MELVIN NATHANIEL DYER. Prominent in the ranks of the fore-most of the brilliant circle of lawyers of Baxter County, Arkansas, stands the name of Melvin Nathaniel Dyer, who has a most thorough and practical knowledge of the complications of law. He was born near Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County Ga., in 1833, and reared in Walker County, Ga., a son of Edwin Dyer, who was a native of Virginia, and was reared on Blue Grass soil. His father, Wiley Dyer, made fifty-three moves during his lifetime and died in Texas. He was a farmer by occupation, was quite a Nimrod in his day, and while in Kentucky, developed some salt wells, from which he netted a good income while boating up and down the Big Sandy and Ohio Rivers. In 1849 he went to Texas, where he was called from life in 1850, at about the age of seventy years. Edwin Dyer was a minister of the Missionary Baptist Church, became well known as an eminent divine, and when the subject of this sketch was a boy preached at Lafayette, Ga., Rome, Ga., and Chattanooga, Tennessee He afterward came to Arkansas and for some time preached at Mountain Home, after which he removed to Texas and died at Breckenridge in 1876, at the age of seventy years. His wife, Nancy Austin, the mother of the subject of this sketch, is still living and has attained to the advanced age of eighty-eight years. She resides in Rome, Ga. There were born to her marriage with Mr. Dyer five sons and three daughters, and four of these sons took part in the...

Biography of Chester Lee Hill, M.D.

The medical fraternity of Haskell finds a prominent representative in Dr. Chester Lee Hill, who is an exponent of all that is highest, best and most advanced in the, practice of medicine and surgery, and of all that is most worthy and honorable in his relations toward his fellowmen. He was born in Canton, Cherokee county, Georgia, May 1, 1876, and is a son of Andrew H. and Maria (Phillips) Hill, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of South Carolina. The father was one of the early planters of Georgia, becoming the owner of fourteen hundred acres of land, and he also operated saw and flour mills, a cotton gin and a wool carder. He was a veteran of the Civil war, serving throughout the entire period of hostilities as a first lieutenant in the Confederate army. He participated in many heavy engagements, being present at the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge and being wounded in action. His business interests were wisely and successfully managed and he passed away in August, 1912, at the age of seventy-nine, while the mother’s demise had occurred in November, 1907, when she was seventy-four years of age. In the acquirement of an education Dr. Hill attended the grammar and high schools of Ball Ground, Georgia, and Emory College at Oxford, that state, after which he devoted two years to teaching, becoming principal of the Sharpe Mountain high school. He then entered the old University of Nashville, Tennessee, where he spent two terms as a medical student, completing his professional course in Grant University at Chattanooga, Tennessee, from which...

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