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Ms. Shaw:

...... I am researching my great-great-grandfather, James Columbia Corley, who moved to Griffin in the late 1800's from Lexington, South Carolina. He had four wives that we can account for, three of which were from Spalding County.  I have the marriage licenses for these three wives.  His second wife, Miss Mary Brown, was from Spalding County and and is the wife I descend from.  I have determined that she passed away between 1906 and 1908 along with two of her children as they never show up again in the household with James and the other children. I have been to Griffin many times, as I do not live far from there, researching for obituaries or newspaper articles about their death but I have not come up with any information.

I just discovered yesterday that a tornado hit Griffin on April 25, 1908 at 2:30 a.m. and I think that may be why I cannot find anything on them.  Do you know of anyone who has information on this tornado that hit Griffin?  I discovered photos of the damage while researching the "Vanishing Georgia" section of the Archives web page. Apparently, it was a large disaster as a string of tornados hit from Texas to Georgia in a two-day period and is in a list of the top ten most destructive storms.

My grandfather lived in the Griffin area for over thirty years and I know there has to be information on him in some way. The only records I have on him are the three marriage certificates of his wives and the WWI Draft registration card for his first-born son. I would like to be able to find my great-great-grandmother's grave or an obituary. Can you help me or do you know someone who can?

Thank you for any information you could give me.
Christy Wheeler, January 28, 2005


I have been told that my grandmother “came from” Griffin, but I am unable to find any family trace in the census records. I am looking for a James N. Stanford who would be her father and head of the family, her name is Luna Elizabeth Stanford. Her mother is Lorena Kilgore Stanford. I understand the family had a farm.

My grandmother was born in 1892.

I would appreciate any leads you might find—land records, taxes,

Nancy (January 22, 2006)

My name is Helen and I am researching my great great grandparents. They are John W. Parish and Margaret Caroline. I am trying to find Margaret Caroline's maiden name and a date of their marriage. Their first child Abigail was born in 1851 so they would have probably been married shortly before this. Can you help me? They are listed in the 1860 census of Spalding County. If you can help, my e mail is
Thank you, (February 1, 2006)
Does anyone know the location of Moran Cemetery in Spalding County? If you do, please contact me and I'll pass it along. Thanks.

Frank Hamilton, February 6, 2006 (McCutcheon family)

Thanks for helping to host this site.  I'm not sure if my inquiry is  in the right place but, 
I am seeking information about William (Bill ) EVANS and his wife Mamie Lee HOLDER.  Both were born around the 1900 mark and died within the past 20 years.  For years they ran a small grocery store in Griffin that serviced the African American community. Thanks for any clues, Ginger. (July 2, 2006)

I’m looking for information on my great great grandparents. Hervey P Boggs (might be Harvey P Boggs) listed in 1900 and 1910 census in Africa district  in Spalding Co.


They are not listed in 1920 census. Mary Stewart Boggs is his wife and daughters are Mary (Mollie) Katherine Boggs (m. John Lewis Keen) and Ruth Isabelle Boggs (m. Snyder and Nixon)


He worked at one of the cotton mills in the area. He was born in Georgia to Joseph S Boggs and Catherine.  He is listed with his mother and sisters in Rock Mills , Randolph Co. Alabama in 1870 and 1880. No father listed. Pretty sure they died in Spalding Co I just do not know where or when except between 1910and 1920. Any help appreciated.  Thanks

Reply to rum runner a85ab3 (at) hotmail (dot) com, July 9, 2006

Ms. Shaw,
I am looking for information on a cemetery about 6 miles west of Spalding.  I have an ancestor there and I wonder if anyone has an index to this cemetery.
Thanks, Betty (August 13, 2006)
*note: I have not been able to put the Wallace's in touch with Mr. Hamilton - if anyone can help it will be appreciated. Thanks, Beth

Dear Beth,

   While searching for  information on the burial place of Wm. McCutcheon, below, I found the McCutcheon Family article by Frank Hamilton, submittted on Feb. 6, 2006.  Could you please put us in touch with him.  [did not find an e-mail address for him on the page]  We would like to make contact with another McCutcheon descendant from this family.
Thank you.   Mary & Ray Wallace
Nan406 (at) aol (dot) com
Direct Descendants of William Milligan McCutcheon
 1   William Milligan McCutcheon b: 11 Mar 1760 in Augusta Co., Va.  d: 22 Oct 1827 in Henry Co., Ga.[bur Moran Cem., Spalding Co., GA.]
..  +Anna/Anne Annabelle Shaw b: Bet. 1773 - 1774 in VA. m: 04 Apr 1791 in Griffin, Spalding Co.,  GA. d: 09 Nov 1832 in Henry Co., GA.
..... 2   Mark McCutcheon b: 27 Dec 1794 in GA.  d: 1858 in [perhaps d.1858 in Caddo Parish, LA.]
.........  +Patsy L.[Lucinda?] [nee: Justice] Christian b: Abt. 1794 in possibly Hall Co., Ga.? m: 15 Dec 1820 in Hall Co., Ga. [Jackson Co., GA.] d: 10 Nov 1829 in GA.
............. 3   Ephram Arnold McCutcheon b: Abt. 1827 in Hall Co., Ga.  d: May 1863 in Johnson Co., Tx.
.................  +Laura Ann Martin b: 01 Jun 1829 in Baton Rouge, La. [or Ala. see 1870 Hill Co., Tx. cen.][1880=LA.] m: 14 Jul 1849 in JohnsonCo., Tx. 0r LA. d: 1915 in Dalworth Park, Tx.   [Dallas Co.?]
..................... 4   Laura Ann Elizabeth Mc Cutcheon b: 06 Jun 1857 in Hillsboro, Hill, Texas  d: 25 Oct 1947 in Hillsboro, Hill, Tex.[James Comm.] [bur Hickey Cem. Hill Co., Tx.]
[Laura is my husband's g. grandmother]

(August 18, 2006)

Beth, My husband's great grandfather was William Martin Cater. In some papers it is written that he graduated in law from Alhambra University in Griffin GA. Can you tell me anything about the school? Would there be any information I could get?
He was admitted to the bar in 1897,so he was in school a little before that time.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you
Jan Church  bjchurch (at) cpws (dot) net
Hi Beth
My name is Janet Parker, I live in Macon Georgia Can you tell me how to find a death date on the following
Otis M. Thornton and Beatrice W. Thornton and Frances idell Wade
I recently was in Griffin and of course time ran out.   I am trying to contact relatives of a great uncle to get permission to put a marker on his grave,  He has been deceased since 1969 and no marker.
Beatrice Thornton and Idell Wade were his daughters.   While i was in Griffin I found the graves of Otis and Beatrice Thornton, the only dates on the markers were the year dates.
On Idell Wade there was not a death date, so either she is still living or no death date on marker,   I contaced the cemetery office and she stated she had no info on either of these three.
If my memory is right Otis died in 1994 and Beatrice in 2001.  I need the obits for relative info in order to contact them about the marker.   I know that in 1983 Idell Wade contacted the cemetery in Macon about the cost of a marker for her dad and at that time her addredd was 530 Orange St, I believe.
I know that the obits are in a book by the month and year at the probate court,  however I work monday thru friday and they are closed on saturday's.  How can I find this info without going thru all months and days of 1994 and 2001.  So far I have not been able to find on the Social Security Death Index
Your help is greatly appreciated.
Kraving Genealogy (December 25, 2006)



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