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George Wade abt 1683-1762

I don’t know much about George Wade. He and his wife, Sarah Miller, were my 7th great grandparents. I thought I’d post this, though, because I found his will and inventory and transcribed them. Some of the entries were kind of interesting. The entire probate packet is 36 pages long, so this is actually just a small part of it.

First of all, this was back when women did not automatically inherit anything from their husbands, and when they were named in a will, it was only to specify what portion of the real estate they could occupy and for how long, usually along with directions that the widow be given a stipend for living expenses, and maybe if she’s lucky, directions for her to enjoy a portion of the profits from crops or livestock her late husband owned.

So George was pretty typical. He also gave his widow a stipend to purchase mourning clothes, which was a nice, if slightly egotistical, touch.

What’s great about George’s will, though, is that he not only names his daughters, but also their husbands. So we can see that “my” Sarah Wade, who married Joseph Lord, was in fact the daughter of this particular George Wade.

The transcript is below. I should mention, if you aren’t used to reading these things, that there are a few abbreviations that may seem odd.

sd = said
do = ditto

Other than that, the biggest challenge is making sense of some of the spellings. It took me a minute to figure out that puter means pewter. I also like the “beavour hatt.”

Will and Inventory of George Wade 1762

Will and Inventory of George Wade 1762

Will and Inventory of George Wade 1762

Will and Inventory of George Wade 1762

Will and Inventory of George Wade 1762

In the Name of God Amen this 3rd Day of April A.D. 1762. Whereas I George Wade of Lyme in the County of New London in the Colony of Connecticut being considerably advanced in years and being weak and low in body but of a sound mind and memory thanks be given to God therefore, but knowing the mortallity of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to die; do therefore make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament. First and principally I do give and recomend my soul unto the hands of God that gave it, and my body to the Earth to be buryed in a decent Christian buryall at the descretion of my executors hereafter named nothing doubting but that at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same as follows It is my will that all my just & honest debts together with my funeral expenses be first payd out of my moveable estates

Imprint To my dearly and well beloved wife Sarah Wade I give and devise to her for her own forever the one third part of all my moveable estates whatsoever that shall remain after my debts and funeral expenses are payd as afore said, and also her choice of the best feather bead and furnature including two pare of sheats, one cow,and the horse or mair that I shall leave at my decease, and also three pounds lawful money in order to purchase her mourning apparrell and all the meat and grain that shall be mill at my decease (which sd [said] bead and furnature, cow, horse or mair three pounds money meat and grain) I give to my sd wife over and above her thirds part of the moveable estate which is to come out of the other two thirds of my moveable estate, and also the use and improvement of the one third part of all my real estate so long as she remains my widdow, which I give her for her Right of Dower and power of thirds in my estate.

And whereas my two eldest and well beloved sons viz George Wade Junr and Joseph Wade (which sd Joseph is now deceasd) I have some years past given them their portions in full portion of what I shall leave for my other children &c.

Item. to my daughters vizt Hannah the now wife of Samuel Bennet of sd Lyme; Elizabeth Scovel widdow and relict of James Scovel late of sd Lyme deceasd.; Martha the now wife of Lieut. Robert Miller of sd Lyme; Mary the now wife of Jude Luttington of Bradford in the County of New Haven; Sarah the now wife of Joseph Lord of sd Lyme; Asenah the now wife of Samuel Rogers of sd Lyme; and EuniceRoland my grandaughter (which is daughter of my daughter Eunice Roland deceasd) to them I give and devise all the remainder of house hold goods that shall remain after the legacy that is given to my sd wife is taken out to be their own forever to be equally divided between them the afore said Hannah, Elizabeth, Martha, Mara, Sarah, Asenah and Eunice.

Item. to my well beloved and dutyfull sons, vizt Elisha Wade and Elihu Wade both of sd Lyme to them their heirs and assigns forever I give and devise all the real estate housing barn corn mill with the stream and [?] belonging to sd mill together with all my lands & meadow and all the remainder of my moveable estate (not before devised) all which is lying & being in sd Lyme which sd land and meadow is bounded and described as of record may appear, which sd estate I give to my sd two sons in proportions as follows, to say my son Elihu shall have twenty pounds more then Elisha in the above sd estate given to them.

Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my afore said two sons Elihu Wade and Elisha Wade to be the executors of this my Last Will and Testament, and do hereby revoke disalow and disannull all and every other former will or wills testament or ststaments; hereby ratifying and confirming this and this only to be my Last Will and Testament.

Signed sealed published
Pronounced and Declared
to be his Last Will and
Testament on the Day of the
Date afore written in
presence of us
George Wade (seal)
John Lay 2nd
John Lay 3rd
Peter Lay

N.B. the words vizt (Lyme; my lands and meadows & all other) were enterlined & made before the executing of sd Will, New London County sd Lyme May 5th A.D. 1762.

Then & there presonally appeard Mr. John Lay 2nd Esqr and made oath that he saw & heard Mr. George Wade deceasd sign, seal, publish Pronounce & declare the above & within written Will to be his last will and testament and that he together with John Lay 3rd & Peter Lay signd the same as witnesses in the presence of the testator & of one another ant that he is of oppinion that said Wade was at that time of sound mind & memory.

Before me George Dorr Justice of the Peace
New London County sd Lyme May the 7th 1762.

Personally appeard Mr. John Lay 3rd and Peter Lay & made oath that they saw Mr. George Wade the testator of the foregoing will sign and seal sd will and also at the same time heard him publish pronounce and declare the same to be his Last Will and Testament and that according to the best of their judgment he was then of a sound and disposing mind and memory & that they then together with John Lay 2nd subscribed their names to sd will as witnesses in presence of the testator before me

John Lay 2nd Justice of ye Peace
New London May 7-1762
Approved G Saltoustall Jud & Probt.

We the subscribers hereof being appointed by the executors of the Last Will and Testament of Mr. George Wade late of Lyme in New London County deceasd to apprise the estate of sd deceasd and haveing been sworn as the law directs have proceeded and apprised the same in lawfull money vizt.

to one brown plain cloth coat @ 30/
to one everlasting westcoat @ 12/ to one striped Do @ 6/
to pare of leather breeches @ 10/ to blew pare cloath Do 8/
to 2 pare lining Do @ 1/8 to lining shirts @ 1/6
to 2 checkd Do @ 3/3 to 2 woollen Do 3/6
to pare of woosted stockings @ 4/6 to pare brown yarn Do 2/
to pare blew Do @ 1/6 to pare Do @ 1/
to beavour hatt @ 11/ to pair shoes @ 5/
to silk hankerchief @ 5/ to pair silver knee buckles 5/6
to one bead under bead bolster & pillows all @ 3£-3s-0d
to bead and bolster @ 55/ to Do @ 50/
to set curtains @ 23/ to 2 pair sheets @ 33/4
to 3 sheets @ 25/ to pare Do 15/ to pair Do @ 14/
to pair Do @ 12/ to pair Do @ 10/ to pair Do 7/ to one sheet 2/
to 2 table cloaths @ 1/6 to 2 towels @ /10d to 5 pillow cases 3/
to one rugg @ 8/ to one coverlid @ 15/
to 2 black and white striped Do @ 14/ each
to black & white checkd Do @ 10/
to one blew and white Do @ 3/
to 2 bead quilts @ 5/ to one beadsted & bead line @ 6/
to beadstead and cord @ 5/ to Do @ 3/
to one loom quill wheel and spools all @
to one 28 reed @ 3/ to one 40 Do @ 2/ to one 30 Do 1/6
to 16 yds lining cloath @ 26/
to great chair @ 9/ to 7 small Do @ 10/6
to a case and six bottels @ 7/ to one cubbard @ 15/
to one large table @ 10/ to small Do @ 6/
to a chest with one drawer @ 10/ to Do @ 4/
to a wash tubb @ 8/ to Do @ 3/
to a large oake tubb @ 3/ to 2 pails @ 2/6
to 2 piggans @ 2/ to a small oake wash tubb @ 1/
to one hogshead @ 5/ to 3 Do @ 9/ to 5 cyder barrels 10/
t0 2 meat cask @ 4/ to one cagg @ 1/6
to 2 puter platters @ 6/ & three basons @ 8/
to eight Lb of old puter @ 8/ to 2 poraugers [?] 2/
to baker cups @ 1/ to a tin pan @ 1/
to tin funnel @ 6/ to one tin oven @ 4/
to a sauce pann @ /4d to canastor @ 1/ to puter tea pot 4/6
to earthen Do @ /6d to set of tea dishes 2/
to dinying glass @ 10d to 2 small bools @ 10d
to 2 glass bottels @ 10d to five puter spoons @ 6d
to one sugar box @ 1/ to bellows @ 5/ to tin pot 6d
to 2 knot dishes @ 1/4 to 7 trays @ 7/
to 3 wooden platters @ 1/6 to six wooden platters 1/
to one chain @ 2/ to a small tubb with cover 2/
to salt morter and pestel @ 1/
to one stone pot @ 2/6 to 2 earthen pots @ 1/8
to one earthen jugg @ /9 to a pitcher @ 8d
to one earthen pan @ 10d to 2 earthen plates @ 6d to a runlet [?] 1/6
to one lanthorn @ 1/ to 2 baggs @ 3/6
to warming pan @ 5/ to frying pan @ 4/
to a looking glass @ 5/ to a small Do @ 1/
to a large iron kettle @ 16/ to iron pot 3/
to one small Do @ 3/ to large brass kettle @ 9/
to a small Do @ 8/ to a pair of small stillards @ 3/
to a small iron kettle @ 2/ to bottle rings @ 2/
to an iron wedge 2/9 to pair sheep sheers @ 1/6
to cleves and pin @ 4/6 to an ax @ 2/ to 3 knives & forks 2/
to a Dutch wheel @ 8/ to a wooling wheal @ 4/
to a clock reel @ 2/ to one hetchel @ 6/
to a great auger @ 3/ to one [juce ?] Do @ 1/
to a small drawing knife @ 1/ to one spaid @ 1/6
to one stubb hoe @ 2/ to 12 lb old iron @ 3/
to one shovel @ 2/ to one mans saddle & bridle @ 30/
to one womans saddle @ 27/6
to one ridling sive @ 3/ to a large sledge @ 5/
to small Do @ 2/ to a crow barr 7/6 to a trammel @ 5/
to fire peal @ 4/ to a pair of tongues @ 1/6
to one hand iron @ 4/6 to one half bushel @ 3/
to a half peck @ 1/ to part of a chain @ 7/
to one cheese press @ 4/ to pair of cards @ 1/16
to four small baskets @ 3/ to one meal sive @ 1/
to 14 lb of tallow @ 9d [?] lb 10/6 to 41 lb of flax @ 24/8
to one large Bible @ 15/ to 4 small books @ 2/6
to 7 runs of [?] yarn @ 5/ to large rope @ 10/
to eight brooms @ 5/4 to six mill pecks & brush chisels 15/
to one pair of oxen @ 14£ one cow and calf @ 4£
to one farrow cow @ 3£ to one yearling 25/
to one mair @ 5£-10s-0d to 4 swine all @ 5£-16s-8d
to pair of plow irons @ 14/ to 11 harrow teeth 18/
to 2 hives of bees @ 20 each
to the cart and wheels @ 3£-10-0
to one brake @ 3/ to the meadow on the Great Island
to the house and barn and home lot together with
the corn mill and privelidges of the stream all @
to cash 2£-18s-0d}
to 10 sheep @ 50/ to one coverlid @ 5/

Dated in sd Lyme this 10th day of May A.D. 1762.
Pr. John Lay 2nd
John Sill}
sworn to by Elihu Wade Exr.
June 8th 1762.
Test. Pygan Adams Clerk
N. London June 8-1762.
Accepted G. Saltoustall Jude. Probt.

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Double Dates

Mary Lord

First, I’d like to point out that this is the first grave marker I’ve encountered with double dates. How cool is that? I’ve seen them on probate documents and wills, but never on a grave marker.

I also want use this memorial as a cautionary tale. The marker is, indeed, for Mary (or Marah), the wife of Thomas Lord. But someone has unhelpfully added misinformation that perpetuates a widespread tale of make-believe. You can see the problem easily, if you look at the supposed siblings of Mary. There are two of them! That is not something that would have happened. It’s possible that Thomas Lee had more than one daughter named Mary (with either or both of his wives), but not that both of them lived to adulthood. That only happens when a younger child dies, then the name is reused on the next child of the same sex. Or if you’re George Foreman. Neither of those is the case here, though.

So the Mary/Marah who married Thomas Lord is unidentified. We don’t know who her parents were.

Also! If you click through to the Findagrave memorial for Mary, then click the link for Thomas Lord’s memorial, you’ll see yet another work of fiction. Thomas’ father was William Lord, but his mother was not Harriet Nickerson. I don’t know who she was, but the Harriet Nickerson question was pretty well disproved.

Basically, this is what you might call a hot mess.

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The Cow with the Crumpled Horn

I missed this in my earlier searching through Atlanta newspapers for my third great grandfather, Henry Lewis Hoover. I’ve had bits of The House that Jack Built floating around in my head all day.

Lost Notice

“Lost,” The Atlanta Constitution, 25 Apr 1879, p. 2, col. 8; digital images, ( : accessed 15 Jul 2017). Rec. Date: 14 May 2017.


STTAYED OR STOLEN–A DARK RED Brindle Cow, crumply horns, bored for hollow horn and nails inserted in the openings. Ample reward for her delivery at 28 Connolly street. Dr. H. L. Hoover.

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Census Fun

1870 United States Census
1870 U.S. census, population schedule, Wall Lake Township, Wright County, Iowa, p. 2, dwelling 14, family 14, Ezra Lord; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 8 Jul 2017); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll 427.

1870 United States Census

When you work with a census image, make sure you check the whole page thoroughly for collateral relatives. And if the page is this congested with people in your tree, check the pages preceding and after, too. As you can see from my notes on the index page, this single census page was a goldmine.

1880 United States Census page 7

1880 United States Census page 8

1880 United States Census
1880 U.S. census, population schedule, Wall Lake Township, Wright County, Iowa, enumeration district (ED) 254, p. 7-8, dwelling 61, family 63, John Lord; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 8 Jul 2017); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 371. Rec. Date: 8 Oct 2016.

Second tip: When you encounter a page like the 1870 census page above, carefully check the surrounding pages in other years, too.

This was a ton of information to assimilate, enter, and source, and it took me half the day to do so.

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Mamie Swiped a Bed

A little digging indicates that this George Baskwell is actually George Baskerville, the son of Richard Baskerville and Sarah Sharp, born in Massachusetts about 1848. I suspect he’s one of those Tipperary Baskervilles that are–as far as I can tell–totally unconnected to my Mayo Basquills.

That Mamie, though. I think she’s a keeper.

Mamie Swiped a Bed
Source The Daily Inter Mountain (Butte, Montana), 25 Sep 1900, page 10 column 5.


Mamie Supernaut is one of those women belonging to the lower crust of society. Her new lover is a painter named George Baskwell. The man who last shared her companionship is another painter named W. G. Koebel. Koebel complained today that Mamie entered his cabin while he was away and packed off a bedstead, and he had reason to believe the same was in the cabin of Mamie’s new friend. Koebel was advised to see county attorney.

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John Smillas Lord, Helen Eliza Veeder, and Ellen Lord

John Smillas Lord and Helen Eliza Veeder were my 3rd great grandparents. They were married in 1873 in Clarion, Wright County, Iowa. They lived there until they both died.

I had information for five of their children. It wasn’t until I discovered the Clarion Public Library has free, public access to digitized local newspapers, that I found out there was a sixth child. Helen died just a few weeks after giving birth, and then the baby, Ellen, soon followed.

John remarried a few years after Helen’s death. He died in 1927, of acute dilation of the heart and chronic endocarditis.

Death Notice
“Galt,” Wright County Monitor, 16 Oct 1895, p. 5, col. 4; digital images, Digital Archives of the Clarion Public Library ( : accessed 30 Jun 2017). Rec. Date: 30 Jun 2017.

A very sad death was that of Mrs. John Lord which occurred Saturday evening from heart trouble, leaving a little child a trifle over three weeks old. The services were conducted by Rev. Martin at the church Monday at 11:00 a.m., and as one of the largest funerals ever held here. Mr. and Mrs. Lord were among the very earliest settlers here, consequently had a wide aquaintanceship. The sorely bereaved family has the deep sympathy of numerous friends. The remains were interred in the Belmond cemetery.

Death Notice
“Local Transactions,” The Wright County Democrat, 16 Oct 1895, p. 6, col. 2; digital images, Digital Archives of the Clarion Public Library ( : accessed 30 Jun 2017). Rec. Date: 30 Jun 2017.

The DEMOCRAT is exceedingly pained in being called upon to note the death of Mrs. John Lord, who resided some three miles southwest of Galt. The deceased after a severe illness of three months, succumbed to the monster, heart disease, and passed from this terrestrial sphere to her celestial home. The funeral ceremony took place at Galt, after which the remains were removed to Belmond for interment, Rev. Martin, of Rowan, officiating.

John Smillas Lord Obituary
“Galt,” Wright County Monitor, 20 Apr 1927, p. 1, col. 2; digital images, Digital Archives of the Clarion Public Library ( : accessed 1 Jul 2017). Rec. Date: 30 Jun 2017


Rugged Pioneer was Ill only one day–Funeral Saturday and Burial at Belmond

John S. Lord was born in Coldwater, Mich., August 10, 1848, and departed this life at his late home in Clarion, April 14, 1927, aged 78 years, 8 months and 4 days. He came with his parents in 1860 to Iowa, locating in Lincoln township, Wright county. After the death of his parents he became the owner of this homestead. On January 1, 1873, he was united in marriage with Helen Veeder and to this union were born six children, three sons and three daughters. The mother and two daughters have preceeded him in death.

On November 23, 1899, Mr. Lord was united in marriage to Mrs. M. A. Pickering. More than thirty years ago Mr. Lord accepted Christ as his Saviour, and later was baptised, and was united with the Church of God, of which he remained a faithful member until death. His joy was to help carry forward the work of his Master’s Kingdom. As an early pioneer citizen he did his part well in helping to develop the country.

Seven years ago last September, Mr. and Mrs. Lord came to Clarion, where they have since resided. Those who survive him and feel his loss most keenly are his companion, and his children, David J., Homer C., Hiram W., and Rachel, now Mrs. W. O. Mathews of Des Moines. The above mentioned sons all live in Wright county, with many friends and acquaintences who will long remember the well rounded life he lived among them.

A brief service was held in the late home, and the service proper in the First M. E. Church at Clarion, Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. E. Heltibridle of Grundy Center, assisted by L. H. Smith of Newburg and Rev. O’Connor of Clarion. Interment was made in the family lot at Belmond, there to await the first resurrection morn.

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My great-great grandmother’s parents, Henry Lewis Hoover and Lula Cox, are still a brick wall. I managed to find death notices for both, though. Both of them have memorials on Findagrave, but there are apparently no stones. I wonder if they just never had grave markers? Or were they lost or destroyed? Hollywood Cemetery is apparently abandoned, so there is no formal upkeep, just volunteers.

I haven’t been successful searching old papers for Henry. He seems to have kept his nose clean. But there’s still a weird mystery here, again maybe having to do with the Civil War. Like James R. Thompson, Henry surely fought in the war. He wasn’t too old or young. I found him in the 1870 census, already married to Lula and with their first son. His occupation was physician. Then things sort of went to hell for him. Piecing together the timeline, using censuses and city directories, he was: chiropodist (1876-1878), dairyman (1879-1880), peddler (1889-1890), stove repair man (1892-1900).

I know physicians weren’t as extensively trained back then, and there was very little (or no!) oversight. I wonder if he was just kind of thrown into the job, during the war, then after the war he couldn’t manage it? Or if he was truly skilled and the war was so devastating to him that he never got his act together afterward? That’s assuming he actually fought in the war, of course.

Death Notice
“[Death Notice],” The Atlanta Constitution, 15 Apr 1904, p. 4, col. 1; digital images, ( : accessed 26 Jun 2017). Rec. Date: 14 May 2017.

H. L. HOOVER DIED YESTERDAY morning at his residence, 50 Conley street, of hemorrhage of the lungs. He had been ill for several months. The deceased is survived by his wife and two children. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the residence. The internment will be in Hollywood cemetery.

Death Notice
“Mortuary,” The Atlanta Constitution, 6 Jun 1909, p. 2C, col. 7; digital images, ( : accessed 26 Jun 2017). Rec. Date: 14 May 2017.

Mrs. L. C. Hoover

Mrs. L. C. Hoover, 60 years of age, for many years a resident of this city, died at the home of her son, A. T. Hoover, at Morrow, Ga., yesterday morning at 5 o’clock. The funeral will take place at the residence in Morrow at 8:30 this morning, after which the body will be brought here for internment, which will take place in Hollywood cemetery at 10:30 o’clock. Besides her son, Mrs. Hoover leaves a daughter, Mrs. W. B. Thompson, of this city.

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James R. Thompson

Thompsons and Hoovers

I spent part of the weekend trawling old newspapers, and I hit the jackpot. I had finally identified my 3rd great grandfather, James R. Thompson, by tracing my great-great grandfather’s brother. Branching out pays off, eventually.

James was born in 1844, in Georgia, so he should have Confederate military records. And I did find a pension packet for a James R. Thompson, living in Atlanta, who was the right age. The only problem was that I couldn’t tie the two together, to prove they were the same person. The main thing holding me up, and it’s still bizarre, is that on later censuses James did not identify himself as a war veteran or as disabled. The man whose pension packet I found lost his right arm at the battle of Antietam. Weird, right?

But then I found some mentions in the Atlanta Constitution that linked everything together beautifully. I already knew, from carefully tracing backwards through the Atlanta city directories, where the family had lived and some of the jobs James had had. When the family first settled in Atlanta, he worked as a night watchman at Oakland cemetery and at a nearby railroad crossing. And apparently he was a bit of a gentleman farmer, as well.

I also found notices for bankruptcy and a marshal’s sale, where their home was foreclosed on due to a tax lien. The family was well off before the Civil War, but never recovered afterward. And I have to wonder what affect the war had on him. He periodically disappeared from his family. His wife, Martha, was listed for several years as a widow in the city directories. And then he’d show back up again. That had to be hard for everyone.

He seems to have been quite a character, though. Reading between the lines, he wasn’t too bothered by a little bit of scheming, and he was quite willing to shoot to kill. Apparently being one-armed didn’t slow him down much.

Death Notice
“Mortuary,” The Atlanta Constitution, 18 May 1917, p. 7, col. 3; digital images, ( : accessed 26 Jun 2017). Rec. Date: 14 May 2017.

Mrs. Martha Jane Thompson

Mrs. Martha Jane Thompson, 71 years old, died early Thursday morning at her home, 136 Hill street. She is survived by her husband, J. R. Thompson, one daughter, Mrs. Frank Strofer, and four sons, John H., W. B., J. E. and W. R. Thompson. The body was removed to the chapel of A. O. & Roy Donehoo.

Death Notice
“[Death Notice],” The Atlanta Constitution, 6 Aug 1919, p. 20, col. 4; digital images, ( : accessed 26 Jun 2017). Rec. Date: 14 May 2017.

James R. Thompson

James R. Thompson, 76 years old, 455 Simpson street, died at a private hospital yesterday morning. He is survived by four sons, W. B., J. H. and W. R., of Atlanta; J. E., of Savannah, and one daughter, Mrs. E. D. Stofer, of Kansas City. The body is at Donehoo’s chapel.

The Cemetery
“The Cemetery,” The Atlanta Constitution, 15 Sep 1879, p. 4, col. 1; digital images, ( : accessed 26 Jun 2017). Rec. Date: 14 May 2017.

The Cemetery.

Some of our citizens have expressed uneasiness since the discovery of the corpse in the out building used by the Eclectic medical college as a dissecting room, that the dead were not entirely safe in our cemetery. There need be no uneasiness. Mr. Green Holland, the sexton, is very watchful, and at night Mr. James R. Thompson, a gallant confederate soldier, keeps watch from five p.m. until seven a.m. He takes the precaution to so mark the newly-made graves each evening, and examining them in the morning, so that if it was possible to evade his vigilance he would know it. About a year ago, a negro died at the guard house and was buried by the city in the cemetery. During the night after his burial a party of three men tried to steal the corpse, and were fired into by Mr. Thompson, and he pressed them so closely that they dropped a part of their clothing. He has never been able to find out who the men were, but he still holds the clothes. He says he has no doubt that he hit one of the men with the charge from his gun. They were digging up the corpse when he discovered them. He has been very vigilant, and if it is attempted again he will certainly kill those who undertake it. The cemetery is in good hands—vigilant and watchful.

Some Fine Corn
“Some Fine Corn,” The Atlanta Constitution, 10 Sep 1886, p. 7, col. 1; digital images, ( : accessed 26 Jun 2017). Rec. Date: 14 May 2017.

SOME FINE CORN.—James R. Thompson, watchman at the Loyd street railroad crossing, has some fine corn on exhibition in his little house at the crossing. There are two suckers to each stalk, and from one to two ears to each sucker. The corn was grown on a four acre piece of land, hitherto considered particularly barren, near to the city stockade, all the cultivation necessary to its growth being two plowings and one thorough hoeing. Every stalk on the land will average four ears of corn including those on the suckers. The planting was in rows alternating from two to six feet in width, and the grain was [?] eighteen inches apart.

One-armed Watchman
“The City Council: the local legislature meets in regular session,” The Atlanta Constitution, 20 Nov 1888, p. 3, col. 3; digital images, ( : accessed 26 Jun 2017). Rec. Date: 14 May 2017.

James R. Thompson, the one-armed watchman, at the Loyd street crossing, who is paid by the Richmond and Danville and Georgia railroads, asked the city to add a pittance to his salary,

The Old Soldiers
“The Old Soldiers,” The Atlanta Constitution, 5 Mar 1892, p. 7, col. 1; digital images, ( : accessed 26 Jun 2017). Rec. Date: 14 May 2017.

The Old Soldiers.

About seven hundred and ten pensions have been paid up to date, which means that about forty-three thousand dollars has been paid out to the old men who wore the gray.

A very interesting and pitiable case came up yesterday before the governor and Colonel Tip Harrison in the way of a pension claim.

Mr. James R. Thompson, of this county, went to the pension office with a claim for a pension of $100. He lost one of his arms at the battle of Sharpsburg, in Maryland, and has a good right to his pension. He is said to have been a most valiant soldier and never knew what fear was however thick the bullets came.

Several weeks ago Mr. Thompson drew a widow’s pension of $100 for Mrs. Fannie Guice, whose husband was a brother-in-law to Mr. Thompson. He claims to have gone to a good deal of trouble getting up statistics as to when and how Mr. Guice was killed so that he could get the pension for Mrs. Guice, who constituted him as her representative.

But, Mrs. Guice died just a few weeks before the pension was paid, and the law says no pension shall be paid to a widow’s credit after death.

Mr. Thompson did not say the woman was dead when he drew her pension, but Colonel Tip Harrison found it out later and determined not to let Mr. Thompson have his own pension when the time came.

Mr. Thompson presented his claim yesterday for his own pension. It amounted to $100 exactly the amount of the widow’s pension he had drawn.

Colonel Harrison refused payment on the ground that Mr. Thompson had drawn the widow’s pension illegally and the state had to take his own pension to get even.

Mr. Thompson stoutly kicked against such procedure. He claims that he turned over the widow’s pension to her daughter, and did not know that he had drawn a pension illegally. He says that he doesn’t intend to be deprived of his own pension in any such fashion. He says the widow’s pension, according to the act of legislature, had been due, anyhow, nearly a year before he got it, and the payment having been delayed because there was no money in the treasury. But, he says, however that may be, he will have his money if he has to take the matter before the next Georgia legislature.

Surely, Mr. Thompson has been playing in bad luck to say the least of it. The case is an interesting one, however, it may be decided.


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A word of wisdom from a random microfilm reel.

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Atlanta City Directory 1912
Oxydonor advertisement, Atlanta City Directory, 1912

And now for a little snake oil quackery, from the 1912 Atlanta City Directory. Seems legit, no?

Atlanta City Directory 1870
Map of Atlanta, Atlanta City Directory, 1870

I also found a helpful map in the 1870 directory. I’ve been trawling the Atlanta directories for what seems like years. Some of the streets my people lived on don’t exist anymore, so this was incredibly helpful.


This is just as tedious as it looks. I’ve been tracking everyone I find in the city directories. This way I can sort by street address, year, name, or whatever. And I’ve added the source info, too, so that it’s easy to just copy and paste into the source citation in Legacy.

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