May 30, 2010 at 1:57 am (Swindle Family, Uncategorized)
Tags: Aaron Daniel, Baptist, Berrien, Berrien County GA, dor, Dorris E. Swindle, George E. Swindle, Georgia, Georgia House of Representatives, Grace E. Swindle, J.H.Swindle, James, James A. Swindle, James Henry Swindle, James S. Swindle, John M. Futch, Lula Luke, Margaret Futch, Mason, Nancy Parker, Nashville GA, Phoebe Mathis, Ray City, Ray City GA, Ray City Georgia, Sarah Ellen Daniel, Swindle
Another find in the Georgia Official and Statistical Register, 1939-1941-1943:
James H. Swindle
James Henry Swindle, Ray City, member [Georgia House of Representatives], 1935, 1937-37/38 Ex., 1939. Farmer; merchant. Born Aug. 6 1886 near Ray City, Berrien co., Ga. Attended elementary schools. Baptist, Democrat, Mason, Member, county board of education, 12 years; chairman, 4 years; member, town council, number of years; mayor, Ray City. Family details: Married June 25, 1912 in Nashville, Ga. Sarah Ellen Daniel (born Sep. 3, 1888 in Berrien co., Ga.), daughter of Aaron and Lula (Luke) Daniel. Children: Dorris E.; Grace E.; James A. James H. Swindle is the son of George E. and Margaret M. (Futch) Swindle, and the grandson of James S. and Nancy (Parker) Swindle, and of John M. and Phoebe (Mathis) Futch.
May 16, 2010 at 5:49 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: Allapaha, Berrien, Georgia, Milltown, Nashville, Nathan W. Byrd, post office, Ray City GA, Ray's Mill, William J. Nelson
Ray City History
Current research subject: Nathan W. Byrd (1808 – 1881)
According to the histories of Folks Huxford, Nathan W. Byrd was a mail carrier on the postal route serving Ray’s Mill, GA in the peoriod after the civil war. The 1876 records of the U.S. Congress show that Nathan W. Byrd put in a bid to carry the mail on the route from Nashville, GA to Allapaha (now Lakeland) that year. The route, which served Ray’s Mill, was awarded to William J. Nelson of Allapaha, who was contracted to provide the mail service for $190 per year. That sum would equate to about $49,300 in 2009 dollars. Additional information on Nathan W. Byrd and Ray’s Mill mail service is needed.
May 14, 2010 at 6:09 am (Historic Businesses, Terry Family, Uncategorized)
Tags: bank, Bank of Milltown, Bank of Ray's Mill, Berrien, C.O. Terry, Charles Oscar Terry, Citizens Bank of Ray City, Frank Fountain, G.W. Varn, Georgia, Harmon Gaskins, J.H.P Johnson, J.H.Swindle, J.V. Talley, John D. Luke, Joseph Henry Pascal Johnson, Joseph W. Johnson, Joseph Wallace Johnson, L.J. Clements, L.M. Marshall, P.T. Knight, Perry Thomas Knight, Philip Cook, Ray City GA, Ray's Mill, W. L. Patten, Yancey F. Carter
The Bank of Ray’s Mill and the Bank of Milltown
In 1905, local investors including some with Ray’s Mill connections formed the Bank of Milltown. The bank was chartered March 14, 1905 and the bank opened for business March 21, 1906.
GOSSIP AT THE CAPITOL
Atlanta Constitution. Feb 7, 1905 pg. 7
Application was filed with Secretary of State Philip Cook yesterday for a charter for the Bank of Milltown, at Milltown, in Berrien county. The capital stock of the new bank is to be $25,000 and the incorporators are J.V. Talley, W.L. Patton, P.T. Knight and L.J. Clements, Jr.
The Bank of Ray’s Mill was organized around 1908 with G.W. Varn as president and L.M. Marshall as cashier. Its directors were J.H.P. Johnson, J.H.Swindle, C.O. Terry, Y.F. Carter, Harmon Gaskins, and Frank Fountain. Wallace Johnson, son of J.H.P Johnson, began working for the bank when he was fourteen years old. L.M. Marshall served as the bank’s cashier until he was succeeded in the early 1920’s by John D. Luke who held the position until the bank failed during the great depression – probably around 1931. In 1909 the bank’s name was changed to Citizens Bank of Ray City.
The Annual report of the Treasurer and State Bank Examiner of the State of Georgia for the year ending 1910, still lists the bank as the Bank of Ray’s Mill, with a capital of $15,000 dollars. That sum would have been about $6 million in 2007 dollars.
May 13, 2010 at 1:00 am (Clements Family, Remedies and Medicine)
Tags: Berrien, Dr. C. X. Jones, Dr. Charles H. Anderson, Dr. Fred N. Clements, Dr. Guy Selman, Dr. Henry Clements, Dr. James A. Googe, Dr. John T. Clower, Dr. Lawson S. Rentz, Dr. Lyman U. Rentz, Dr. Manning G. Scherrer, Dr. Pierce Hubert, Dr. W.B. Goodman, Dr. Woodard Robert Crawford, G.H. Folsom, Georgia, Ray City GA, Ray's Mill
Ray City History
John Thomas Clower (1830 – 1893)
On this date, May 13, in the year 1830. John Thomas Clower was born, the son of Revolutionary Soldier who immigrated from Germany to fight for American independence. As a young man, John Thomas Clower attended medical school in Atlanta. He served as a military surgeon during the Civil War. Afterwards he came to Ray’s Mill (now Ray City), GA where he practiced medicine in the community from 1870 until 1887.
Over the years many other doctors practiced in Ray City, GA
The Medical Men
Ray City People: Clements, Henry W Dr
Ray City People: Jones, Charles X, Dr
Ray City People: Clower, John T
Ray City People: Rentz, Lawson S
Ray City People: Folsom, G H Dr
Dr. Gordon DeVane
Dr. Bailey Fraser Julian, Jr.
Dr. Guy Selman
Dr. A. L. Johnston
Dr. William David Sloan
Dr. John R. Degde
Dr. P. H. Askew
Dr. Robert J. “Bob” Starling
Dr. W.B. Goodman
Dr. John A. Giddens
Dr. Reubin Nathaniel Burch
Ray City People: Googe, James A
Ray City People: Selman, Guy, Dr
Ray City People: Scherrer, Manning G, MD
Ray City People: Hubert, Pierce Dr
Ray City People: Rentz, Lyman U
Ray City People: Anderson, Charles H
Ray City People: Woodard, Robert Crawford
Ray City People: Goodman, W B
Ray City People: Clements, Fred N
May 12, 2010 at 6:18 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: Benjamin L. Starling, Berrien, Florence Hotel, Frank M. Byrd, Georgia, Ray City GA, Ray's Mill, Strobel Airship, Valdosta
After further research it seems that the listing of T.M. Byrd at the Florence Hotel during the flight of the Strobel Airship was most likely a typographical error. Starling’s companion must have been Frank M. Byrd (F.M. Byrd)and the F. was mistaken for a T. Both Benjamin L. Starling and Frank M. Byrd were residents of the Ray City area and had similar agricultural interests.
May 11, 2010 at 11:17 am (Society and Leisure)
Tags: Benjamin L. Starling, Berrien, Frank M. Byrd, Georgia, Ray City GA, Ray's Mill, Strobel Airship
In 1909, Ray’s Mill (later Ray City) residents Benjamin L. Starling and T.M. Byrd were among those who thronged to Valdosta, Georgia to see the first flying machine to visit the region. The Valdosta Times reported “Strobel Airship made a beautiful flight to-day“.
Strobel Airship appeared in Valdosta in 1909 (photographed in Michigan)
Benjamin Levi Starling or Levi Benjamin Starling (depending on which records you look at) is documented in th 1910 census in Ray City. More information is needed on T.M. Byrd.
May 10, 2010 at 1:59 am (Clements Family, Faith and Begorrah, Knight Family)
Tags: Aden Boyd, Alfred F. Fender, Arrin Horn Guthrie, Berrien, Burnt Church, Cassie Lee Hall, Effie Shaw Clements, Georgia, Levi J. Knight, Minnie Clements Sirmans, New Ramah, primitive baptist, Ray City GA, Ray's Mill, Union Church, William A. Knight
A recent document discovery at Ray City Community Library, Ray City, GA was the minutes of the 1962 Union Primitive Baptist Association.
The settlers of the Wiregrass in Lowndes and Berrien county, Georgia were predominantly of the Primitive Baptist faith. Union Church (aka Burnt Church) on the Alapaha River served the families of early settlers like William A. Knight and his son Levi J. Knight. Primitive Baptist churches became a part of many communities. In 1913, the Knight descendants built New Ramah Primitive Baptist church at Ray City.
Just a few of the Ray City People who were Primitive Baptists:
Cassie Lee Hall, Arrin Horn Guthrie, Effie Shaw Clements, Alfred F. Fender, Minnie Clements Sirmans, Aden Boyd, Elizabeth Skinner Register.
May 8, 2010 at 3:59 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: David Jackson Skinner, Georgia, Payton Skinner, Ray City GA, Ray's Mill
Payton Skinner brought his family to Ray City, GA sometime before the census of 1920. The Skinners have been a part of the Ray City community ever since. See new photos of David Skinner and family.