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BRANTLEY COUNTY HISTORICAL AND PRESERVATION SOCIETY

P.O. BOX 1096, Nahunta, Georgia 31553

This page was updated April 27, 2014

ALLEN HIGHSMITH *Indian Wars*

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Allen Highsmith was a Private in Captain James Walker's Company in 1838. He was born January 16, 1804 and died Nov 18, 1870. He was married to Elizabeth Knox. Both are buried in New Hope Cemetery.

 

The cemetery stone was ordered by Gaynell H. Sasser on November 14, 2001, and installed on March 19, 2002 by Jerry Van Herrin and Thomas Earl Cleland.

 

Allen Highsmith was a well-known man in the Wayne County (Brantley Co.) area. He was born in New Hanover County, NC January 16, 1804, the son of Isaac and Elizabeth Knox Highsmith. He moved with his parents and grandfather, Daniel Highsmith *RS* to Tattnall County, and later to Wayne County. Allen met Elizabeth Knox, born October 25, 1811, daughter of Reddick Knox *Indian Wars* and Ruhama Taylor from NC. Allen and Elizabeth were married on January 14, 1830.

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Allen and Elizabeth had the following children:

 

1) Samuel Highsmith, b. 1831 m. Mary Jane Willis December 27, 1849.

 

2) Margaret Highsmith, b.1833 m. William Jackson Purdom January 30, 1851 b November 14, 1833.

 

3) John Franklin Highsmith *CSA,* b. March 18, 1835 d. December 9, 1903 m. Nancy Charlotte Jones January 16, 1861 daughter of Burrell Jones and Mary Mizell Jones, Nancy was b October 1, 1845 d. December 28, 1912. John and Nancy are buried in New Hope Cemetery.

 

4) Catherine Highsmith, b. August 20, 1837 d March 27, 1915 m. Jacob Jefferson Johns *CSA* October 18, 1856 b February 20, 1836 d March 4, 1878. Jacob was the son of Jeremiah Johns and Mary McClellan Johns. 

 

5) Wiley Highsmith, b. 1840 d. probably died young.

 

6) Mary Matilda Highsmith, b. June 11, 1842 d. June 20, 1883 m. James Burrell Jones *CSA* August 27, 1858 son of Burrell Jones and Mary Mizell Jones, James was b May 16, 1842 d 1932 Mary is buried in New Hope Cemetery.

 

7) Mary Elizabeth Highsmith, b. January 30, 1845 d. July 31, 1922 m. James A. Courson November 23, 1865 son of Joshua Courson and Mary Sweat Courson, James was b. September 11, 1845 d. September 8, 1922.

 

8) Annis "Anna" Highsmith, b. January 1848 d. 1898 m. Banner Edwin Dowling son of David Dowling and Letitia Thomas Dowling, Banner was b November 18, 1850 d. December 20, 1901. Annis and Banner are buried in New Hope Cemetery.

 

9) Sarah Highsmith, b. November 12, 1849 d. September 2, 1907 m. Solomon P. Wainright, Sarah is buried in New Hope Cemetery.

 

10) Willis Highsmith, b. 1852 probably died young.

 

11) Allen Highsmith Jr., b. 1853 probably died young.

 

12) Jane Highsmith, b. 1854 m James A. Wainright.

 

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