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Native American History of Oconee County, Georgia

Oconee County is located in northeastern Georgia. Its county seat is Watkinsville. It is named after the Oconee River, which was named after the Okonee branch of the Creek Indians. To the north of Oconee is Clarke County. It is bounded on the east by Oglethorpe County. Walton County forms its western boundary, while Greene defines its southeastern boundary and Morgan County adjoins Oconee on the south. Geology and Hydrology The entire county is in Georgia’s Piedmont, which was originally an ancient mountain range that has been leveled through the eons. This region is underlain by igneous and metamorphic rocks. There are outcrops of granite or gneiss in several locations. Most of Oconee County drains into the Oconee River. The north and middle forks of the Oconee form in Hall County, GA then join in Clarke County. Its terrain is characterized by rolling hills and stream valleys whose peripheries vary from being moderate to steep in slope. Due to improper farming techniques in the 1800’s and early 1900s, much of the exposed soil now is red clay. Fertile top soils can still be seen along some sections of river or creeks. There are a few shallow, seasonal wetlands near streams that usually dry up in the summer. In pre-European times the alluvial soils suitable to cultivation with a hoe were relatively small in scale and scattered among stream valleys. This necessitated the dispersal of farmsteads and hamlets. Farm hamlets may have stayed at these stream hamlets no more than a generation. Eastern Woodland Bison were plentiful in northeast Georgia until hunted to extinction in the 1700s. Several “buffalo wallows”...

Obituary of Wilma Butler

Bishop – Wilma Butler, 81, of 2430 New High Schoals Road, died Wednesday, Sept 2, 1992. Arrangements will be announced by Oconee Chapel Funeral Directors, Watkinsville. Athens Banner-Herald, Athens, GA September 3, 1992

Epps, William Earl “Early” – Obituary

Bogart: William Earl “Early” Epps, 70, of 1691 Jimmy Daniel Road, died Saturday, Nov. 10. A native of Americus, Mr. Epps had lived in Oconee County for 35 years. He was retired from Wellington Corporation and was a veteran of World War II. He was a past Commander of VFW Post #2872 and a member of Amvets Post #10. He was a member of Princeton United Methodist Church. Memorial services will be at3 p.m. today at The Bernstein Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Don Cooper will officiate. Survivors include his wife, Mary Epps; two daughters, Connie Epps Bond, Watkinsville, and Judy Epps Akridge, Bogart; a son William Jessie Earl Epps, Athens; three brothers, Thomas J. Epps, Winterville, Oscar Epps Jr., and Gene Epps both of Athens; two sisters, Dorothy Dottery, Watkinsville, and Thelma Norman, Athens; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Princeton United Methodist Church building fund or to Extra Special People. Cremated, memorial service on November 11, 1990 at Bernstein Funeral Home. Notes of Connie Epps Bond Paper does not give his entire name “William Jesse Earl Epps, Sr”. son of: Oscar Earl Epps, Sr and Lottie Wallace Epps. Grandson of Early Oscar Epps and Anna L. Herndon Epps. Grandson of Thomas North and Penelope Jennings Epps. GGgrandson of William and Sara Alexander Epps. My dad was born in Sumter Co., GA. His family had moved from Clarke Co., GA to Sumter Co., GA. Later they moved back to Clarke/Madison/Oconee Counties, GA. Dad has a tombstone at Evergreen Memorial Park, Clarke Co., Athens, GA. He...

Epps, W. P. H. Mr. – Obituary

Passed away Saturday afternoon at His Home in this City. Saturday afternoon about four o’clock at his home in this city occurred the death of Mr. W. P. H. Epps, after a short illness. Though he was brought home sick Tuesday morning of last week from Siloam, his condition did not become serious until Friday and his death occurred the next afternoon from acute indigestion and paralysis. The funeral services were conducted from the late home Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock, a large crowd of people attending to pay the last tribute of respect to a departed neighbor and friend. From the test “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,” Rev. J. R. Gunn, of the Baptist church paid a high tribute to the life and character of the deceased-recalling the testimony of neighbors to his kind, neighborly and unselfish traits and his devotion to the members of his household. The choir, composed of Mrs. Stokes, Misses Bessie and Kate Peacock, Louise Torbert, Sarah Brady, Dr. Harris and Mr. Cavanaugh Brady, Dr. Harris and Mr. Cavanaugh sang very sweetly “Nearer My God to The,” “How Firm a Foundation.” “It is well With My Soul”. Beautiful flowers were banked on the casket, fragrant testimonials of the regard of friends and neighbors. The pallberers were Messrs. R. W. Parker, S. A. Turnell,W. D. Anderson, J. L. Reeves, T. H. Holland and W. T. Bacon. The deceased was a member of Madison Lodge No 376, Free and Accepted Masons and was buried in Fairview Cemetery with the solemn and impressive ceremonies of that order....

Elder, W. E. Mr. – Obituary

Died Monday at his Home in Oconee County. Was Brave and Loyal Soldier. Mr. W. E. Elder, a prominent citizen of Oconee County, died at his home in that county on Monday. Mr. Elder was sixty-eight years of age, and had remained single during his life. He was a Confederate soldier, serving in the 44th Georgia regiment and a more loyal soldier never served the Confederacy. He followed Lee from Seven Pines to Appomattox and at the close of the war barefooted he walked from Virginia to his home in Oconee County. Without a penny to start life with he engaged in farming and by close attention to business he met with success and at the time of his death was one of the well to do farmers of that county. He leaves a mother, who is now in her eighty-seventh year, besides a large number of relatives, Messrs. A. G. and G. P. Elder, of this city being nephews. The Banner, Friday morning, February 19,...

Stephens, Mrs. – Obituary

On Friday evening last, Mrs. Stephens, whose illness has been noticed in these columns, breathed her last at her home on Baxter Street. The remains were carried to Mars Hill yesterday for interment. Mrs. Stephens was a bridge of less than a year, a lovely young woman only 21 years of age, and leave a husband and many relatives to mourn her death. Thought a comparative stranger in our midst, her death has cast a gloom over many households, where hopes were entained for the recovery of this young Christian woman. Athens Banner, Athens, GA, Tuesday morning, April 12,...

Couch, Lucy E. – Obituary

Lucy E. Couch, 92, of 1091 Creek Hollow Road, died Tuesday Aug. 13. A native and lifelong resident of Oconee County, Mrs. Couch was a daughter of the late Thomas N. Epps (Note: from Connie Epps Bond, this name was in error should have been Early Oscar Epps) and the late Annie Herndon Epps. She was married to the late H.D. Couch. She was a member of the Watkinsville First Baptist Church. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Bridges Funeral Home chapel. The Rev Durell Rice will officiate, and burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park. The body will be placed in the chapel at 2 p.m. Pallbears will be I. C. Thornton, Don Guyton Sr., Don Guyton Jr., T. J. Eppps, J. A. Mowrer and Basil Thornton. Survivors include a son Jack W. Couch, Watkinsville; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The family is at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Jack W. Couch, 1091 Creek Hollow Road, and will received friends at the funeral home from 7-9 tonight. Additional Comments: Notes from Connie Epps Bond Lucy Belle Epps was the daughter of: Early Oscar Epps and Anna L. Herndon gdaughter of: Thomas North and Penelope Jennings Epps ggdaughter of: William and Sara Alexander Epps. She had a full sister Cora Lee Epps, full brother named Oscar Earl Epps. She had a half sister: Sara Epps. She had three half brothers: Otis, Willie, Luther Epps Athens Daily News, Athens, GA, August...

Fowler, Johnny – Obituary

Johnny A. Fowler, 65, Lot 53, Spring Valley Mobile Home Park, died Tuesday, Dec. 29. Mr. Fowler, a native of Jackson County, had lived in the Athens area most of his life. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Ross Chapel Baptist Church. The Rev. Curtis Lee Hammonds will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Survivors include three daughters, Beth fowler, Augusta, Ann Stevens, Braselton, and Debbie Strickland, Winterville; three sons, Jerry Fowler, Winterville, Raymond Fowler, Seneca, S. C., and Kenneth Fowler, Watkinsville; a brother Eddie Fowler, Athens; 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The family is at the residence and will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bernstein Funeral Home. Additional Comments: Note: native of Jackson Co, lived in Clarke Co, buried in Oconee Co., GA Athens Daily News Wednesday Morning, December 30,...

McRee, Susan Kelly Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Susan Kelly McRee, well known Watkinsville resident, died at her home Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Mrs. McRee was 83 years old and had been ill for several weeks. Services were conducted this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from Johnson’s Church with the pastor Rev. M. H. Conway, and Rev. Dan ?____, pastor of Watkinsville Christian Church, officiating. Interment followed in Johnsons Cemetery, Bernstein funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Roy Crowley, Fred Johnson, Ed White, Albert Elder, Raymond Griffeth and J. B. Simmons, Jr. Surviving Mrs. McRee is a daughter, Miss Lilia McRee, Watkinsville, six sons, G. H. McRee and H. L. McRee, both of Watkinsville, F. W. McRee, Atlanta, E. T. McRee, Louisville, Ky, Kelley McRee, Greensboro and Mell McRee, Athens; three sisters, Mrs. W. H. Allen, Watkinsville, Mrs. I. S. Moss, Atlanta, and Mrs. Annie Bugg, Milledgeville, eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grand-children. Mrs. McRee was a native of Washington County and had been a resident of Oconee County for the past seventy-four years. Athens Banner Herald, Athens, Ga, Friday, November 9,...

Hardeman, Henry Mr. – Obituary

Dies at his mother’s home in Oconee County Mr. Henry Hardeman, the only son of Mrs. Geo. Hardeman, died at the home of his mother, two miles this side of Snow’s bridge, on the lower Monroe road at nine o’clock Saturday night. Mrs. Hardeman was the only boy in a family of seven children, and was the son of Mr. Geo. Hardeman who was killed by Mr. Crawford Whitehead, a few years since. Henry Hardeman was an upright industrious young man and was about seventeen years of age. He has many friends in Oconee County who will learn of his death with profound sorrow, and whose sympathies will go out to the bereaved mother and sisters. The interment took place Sunday at the family burying ground. Athens Banner, Athens, GA Tuesday morning, April 26,...
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