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Ruby Beck.  I hope you can tell me who the father of Joseph Lafayette BECK was.  He was born Aug 10 1820 inRowan Co NC. On 1850 Census of Union Co Ga along with his Mother Sarah born 1792 in Cherokee NC.  He had bros John, Tilman and Henry A.  He was on 1860 census of Towns Co also 1870 and 1880.  He married Sarah ? in Towns Co.  My husband is descended from his son Abraham Hiter Beck that married Maggie CLARK.  Thank you for any help.

Ruby Beck. I am seeking descendants of the family listed on 1880 census of Towns Co Ga. LAYFAETT BECK AND WIFE SARAH.  The children listed were daus Floridia E age 20 and Raine age 9, sons John T, William, Hyter (mine) and Henry F. I would love to get in contact with this family.  Thanks.

Myra Moody.  My G/G/Grandfather George W. ALLEN, lived in Towns Co., Ga. yrs 1860 thru 1880 census. MyG/G/Grandmother was Rebecca Ann GARRETT /STROUD/ Allen.  Do you know where they are buried? I have been hunting for their Resting Place for yrs. Thanks in advance.

Myra Moody.  I am looking for my G/Aunt Martha Oconee ALLEN. She md. William Fred DILLS in Towns,Co. Ga. She was shot and killed after 1918 in Banks Co., Ga. I would like to find her grave.  Thanks...

Paula Wilkins: I am looking to find out any information on ZENOBIA NELSON.  He was in the 1860 Census in Towns County, but I can't find out when his death was. He was alive up until 1865 after the Civil War. Thanks.

Jon Townsend. I am seeking information on the decendants of my great Uncle Ben TOWNSEND (TOWNSON) he and his wife Dora lived on the North Carolina, Georgia Border near Hayesville, NC. Part of his property was in NC and part in Georgia. He had two sons, John H. and Jack and a daughter Edith. John was in the second World War. Ben and Dora are buried at the Union Hill Church Cemetery in Clay County. NC. I would like to find someone who can place me in touch with any living member of the family.

walkersteel@alltel.net  I am looking for any information on Thomas L SWANSON he is listed on the 1870 Towns county census. Thanks.

Jeff Corn.  Looking for info on g-g-grandfather, Jesse Corn, son of John Peter. Would like to find his burial site, church to which he belonged
and where to get a copy of his death certificate. Thank you in advance.

Donna & Kevin Erwin.  I am looking for any information on William Riley Walker and his wife, Nancy (Reid) Walker who owned a plantation there from 1849-1874. They had four children, James, Martin, Clara, and Samuel while living there. I am trying to find the record of the place they lived and where they went to church.

Bobby Bagley.  My GG Grandfather was George W. ALLEN of Towns County. If my records are correct, his son was George L. Allen.  George L. Allen had a son, named George W. Allen (my Grandmother's brother).  He is buried in Pinelog, Ga.  George L. Allen married Clementine MURPHY,
daughter of John Wesley Murphy and Venetta ELLER.  Let me know if you need additional information.

Kathy Conyers Abood.  Do you have information on Charles Luther and Marilu CARTER who operated the Southern Baptist Convention School
in Hiawassee some time between 1916 and 1920?  Thank you.

Susan K. Miller.  In 1969, my brother and I - Kenny and Susan King - stayed with Russell and Thelma DAVIS in HIAWASSEE. We came sometime in the spring and left in March 1970 when our father died. We attended the local school and I remember the yearly Heritage days. That year they showcased a real moonshine still and the moonshiner was allowed to come with police escort. Thelma and Russell lived along the highway 76, I believe. There was a drive in movie behind their house. It was a brick house sort of sunken into the ground with a large garage turned into a ceramic  shop with an apartment on top. The Davis' gave classes in ceramics. They were elderly and very nice and cool. Any information would be appreciated. I know they had relatives in Ohio, but nothing much about them. Please email me.  Thank you for your time.

Tina Wyatt.  I'm looking for a Zeb DILLS  from Towns County Georgia.  He married Iowa Addie Dills from Macon County NC. They had one child Henry Benbow Dills born Nov 1903 in Young Harris.  Thanks.

Bobby Bagley.  I am looking for any pictures of John W. MURPHY b. 1838/ 1839 or Venetta Eller Murphy b.1835, Clementine Murphy ALLEN b.1861 or George L. Allen b.1851. I have a picture of Clementine M. Allen with nine of her 16 children. I will share with anyone interested.
Thank you.

Roy L. Goodwin.  I need any info on William Pinckney Brewster that you have. Need to know his parents and where he is buried. I have a lot of info on Joaiah Sheridan Brewster Family.

James Malone. I am seeking any Information available on ENOCH CRAWFORD. Enoch was born in Columbia County Georgia sometime between 1817 and 1819.  In 1860 Enoch was living the the Dearing District of Columbia County and married to Eliza Crawford (formerly Eliza Magahee). The 1870 Census shows him living in Towns County in the Duncanville Rd area.
Any records on Enoch or a final resting place for him would be greatly appreciated.

Pam O'Shields Weyerman.  Looking for info on James Isaac O'SHEAL (O'SHIELDS); b: 26 May 1899 in Pickens County, S.C.; d: 10 March 1976 in Hiawassee, Towns County, G.A.; m: (1) Mae COFFEY (2) Willie Mae DILLS.

Samuel Collins. Town of Hiawassee:  Isaac Coates and Rebecca were married in Cherokee 1857, Isaac was killed in the Civil War, Rebecca started keeping house for Samuel Young II Jameson, They had an illegitimate child in 1866 named Linton Jameson, he is my grandfather, he left my Grandmother in the early 1890's, said he was off to Texas to work the oil fields. Samuel owned the Jameson Cemetery, now Macedonia, I have found the gravesite, and the family head stones, my search is for Rebecca's grave, there is a large rock lying beside
Samuels grave, I believe that's to mark her grave, does anyone know. I have offered to pay for someone to probe the site, but got no takers. Samuel Y ll Jameson came to Union County around 1832, had hundreds of acres there, and many slaves, he was a representative for several years, seems there would be more there than I can find. Also would like to find Rebecca's maiden name -- welcome any questions or answers.

Ron Perry, Sr. I am researching the FULLER descendants of Lee FULLER, Murphy Lee FULLER and Lewis FULLER WHITE from Towns County, Georgia.  I would like to correspond with other FULLER researchers.  I have a good bit of FULLER information and would like to learn more about the branch of the FULLER family that settled in Towns County.

Cora Miller. I am looking for tombstonephoto  &possible  obit for my gggrandma, Elizabeth Townsley, who is buried in the Old Brasstown Cemetery in Towns County.  I think she was born around 1825 ?  On the Cemetery index her name is Elizabeth TOWNSEND, but her name is actually Elizabeth TOWNSLEY.  Her maiden name was COOK.  Her son, W. I. Townsley, was born in either Rabun or Towns County, GA in 1848.  Her husband's name was John.

Jessie Souther.  I am looking for information for a Mary JOHNSON that married Thomas BURNS.  Thomas Burns first married a Mary Hullender and then married Mary Johnson. Thomas was born 1839 died in 1926 in Union County.  He went to the civil war from Towns County in company B 8 GA vol. I would appreciate any help.

ATCOL@aol.com. I'm looking for the father of William L PRESLEY,  born 8 Apr 1820.  William died 31 Aug 1887 in Towns, Ga.  William is buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Towns County, Ga.  There are several records that state James Presley as his father and Charity HUNTER as his mother, but that William is William  G, whose birth date is 1835.  I would love someone to solve this  mystery.

Amanda Warren.  I am looking for information on the PASSMORE family of Towns County.  My great-grandmother was from this family and I believe her birth name was Ezkia Iowa Passmore, and that her birthdate was June 13, 1881, in Hiawassee.  She married Marion Wallace Low at the age of 18 and moved to Gadsden, Alabama.

What I would especially like to know is this:  My father told me that the family owned farmland near Bell Knob and pointed out the general direction to me from atop Brasstown Bald when I was a child.  I would like to know if the family obtained this land when it was parceled out after having been taken from the Cherokee, or whether they obtained it at a later date.  I would very much appreciate it if you have any information as to the exact location of the family's land.  (Another family member has stated that it is now beneath a man-made lake.)

Margaret Clark.  Daniel Van Buren MOODY, my husband's g-g-g-grandfather, married Caroline (maiden name unknown) on 2/16/1895 in Towns County.  I'm trying to find out what Caroline's maiden name might have been.  It's possible that she was the daughter of Milton and Kezziah Hooper of Union County, but there is no proof yet.  Any help will be appreciated.

Barbara Ledford Wright:  I am researching the family of Lemuel and Mary Anthony Chambers and their children.  Also, I am seeking information about the date and place of Anderson Griggs death and burial place.  He married the second time to Caroline Chambers, and she was buried at Many Forks Cemetery, Gum Log Community in Towns Co., GA.  Anderson Griggs
first married Teressie Shook, the daughter of Alfred and Calrinda Brown Shook. Is Teressie Shook Griggs buried at Many Forks?

Larry Foster.  I would like to correspond with any descendants of Isaac or William P. FOSTER who came to Towns County from North Carolina.

Shelley D. Oakley.  I am seeking information on several family names: Kirby, Lloyd, and Hooper. I have looked at the census in Heritage Quest and have not found the names. I am told the Lloyd and Hooper families are from Towns County and Jim Lloyd, son of Manson Lloyd, changed his name to Jim Hooper after escaping prison during prohibition. Do you have any information regarding this? Supposedly the story goes that when Jim Hooper escaped he took his wife, Pauline (Kirby)  and 2 small children with him. Upon leaving the mountain there was a car accident and it was believed the family died in this accident. Their families claimed the bodies as them and they were buried in a local church cemetery. It was Jim and his family and the family eventually traveled and settled in Virginia. Any information would be appreciated.

Sandra Thomas.  Last known location for Joel Franklin Bingham b. 1835 in Ashe County, NC and Jane Bingham b. 1841 in Macon County, NC is Towns County, GA on the 1870 census. Lived in Macon County in 1860. Is it possible to check Georgia deaths records?  Any help would be appreciated.

Marley Barrett.  My grandpa Walter Woodrow MOORE came from Towns County.  He was born around 1916-1918 and died about 1998 in Habersham County GA. I'm not sure who his first wife was but he married to my grandmother Virginia GARRETT at one time . I am trying to find out who his parents and ancestors are. Do you know anyone that has any information
on the Moore's or Garrett's? Thanks.

Betty C. AndrewsWarren F. KIRBY/KERBY died in Towns Co., GA   He married Talitha Ann KEENER, (daughter of John Keener and Margaret Crone) on 19 Oct. 1853 in Rabun
County, GA.  Would anyone with access to Towns County Cemetery Book please check to see if their name are listed?  I also need a copy of their marriage license.  Any help would be appreciated as I try to collect Proof documents for DAR.
       Would someone be kind enough to take a picture of the headstone for Dr. Bailey Kirby and his wife Elizabeth Sherrill Kirby and send it to Tim Seawolf-Self to put on the Towns's county
web site?  They are buried in Old Union Baptist Church Cemetery.  Jason Lee Edwards contributed a Bio for Dr. Kirby.  I have a Xerox copy of the headstone but a real picture would be superior.  Their son Warren Kerby married Telitha Ann Keener on 19 Oct. 1853, in Rabun County where the Keener family resided.  They were married by John Keener, J.P. who could be Telitha's father.
       Does anyone know if  Towns County has a delayed birth certificate for Sarah Talitha Anne BROWN born 17 June 1880?

Maggie Wentzky.  I am trying to find information on Riley ELLIS.  He is my great great grandfather and I would like to know who his parents were and where he was born.  I know that he married Martha Jane BROWN in Towns County in 1891.  He is also buried in Towns County at Many Forks Cemetery. I believe most of his adult life was spent in Clay County, NC where he raised his children.  I believe that he died in March of 1951. Any information that can be found would be greatly appreciated!

Terri (Wilbanks) DavisI am searching for my great grandparents. I am told their names were J.T. and Mary WILBANKS. They are supposed to be buried near Hiawassee, Ga. J.T. Wilbnaks was reported to have been killed in a sawmill accident. They had several children. Oliver Doyle Wilbanks was my grandfather. He had brothers named Will, Robert, and Ira. Ira
worked for the railroad. He was involved with rescuing passengers from the Tallulah Falls trainwreck in the early 1900's. That's all the information I have found. I would really appreicate anything you could find or suggest. Thank you!

Jan FloodI am looking for any info on My Grandfather Matthew FEEHAN (Finn, Fehan), Married Gertrude STEWART in 1921, Towns, Ga. died in 1922, buried in Many Forks Cemetery as Matt Finn. Any info is greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

David Ellis.  My family was from Towns Co. My great-great grandfather was Willis ELLIS b. Feb 22 1806 in Cherokee NC. d. Oct 14 1888 buried in Old Brasstown Babtist Cem. My great grandfather was unknown, as my great grandmother never married. Her name was Mirah[Miry] Dianah Ellis b. Jan 3 1850 d. Apr 6 1912 also buried in Old Brasstown Cem. My grandfather was William Taylor Ellis b. Jan 22 1877 in NC d. Jan 16 1949 in Hall Co. He was a Towns Co State Rep. for about 2 yrs., filling a open space. He married Frances Loretta PUETT Dec 11 1904 b. May 28 1882 d. Jul 21 1959 in Hall Co. My father was Grady Leon Ellis b. Oct 15 1912 d. Jan 17 1990 in Hall Co. William & Frances lived on the river which is now under the lake in Towns Co. My father and his siblings used to talk about the old house before they had to move. They moved past the Old Brasstown Baptist Church next to the NC line.
They lived there till the late 1930's. I have no idea who Willis Ellis parents or siblings were. Have tried Ancestry for several years but can't find any info. My tree is listed on Ancestry as Ellisfam 4103.

Catherine GoodwinMy great grandmother, Paulina Jane LOYD, daughter of James LOYD was born in Towns County around 1838 (maybe a bit earlier). She first  married John
JOHNSON of Towns County who died in the Civil War. I have it that her mother was Anna TROUT, born in NC. Does anyone know when Anna died and where she was buried? 


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