July 11, 2012 at 12:18 am (Battle of Brushy Creek, Uncategorized)
Tags: Archibald Duncan Wilkes, Bryan J. Roberts, Bulloch County, Catherine Gaskins, Cecil GA, Charles Strickland, Cook County GA, Daniel Dorminy, David Adam Edmondson, Elizabeth "Eliza" Edmondson, Elizabeth Roberts, Frank Moore, Georgia Ann Baskin, Isabella Strickland, Jacob Dorminy, James Baskin, James Madison Baskin, James Mathis, James W. Roberts, Jemima Roberts, John Bradford Dorminy Jr, John Edmondson, John Gaskins, John Jackson Roberts, John R. Burgsteiner, John R. Roberts, John Roberts, Leonard L. Roberts, Levi J. Knight, Levi Moore, Lewis Vickers, Martha Roberts, Mary Ann Roberts, Nancy Roberts, Phoebe Weeks Osteen, Rachel Roberts, Ray City GA, Rhoda Monk, Short-arm Bill Parker, Susan Vickers, Virginia Edmondson, Warren H. Roberts, Wayne County GA, Wealthy Mathis, William H. Burgsteiner, William K. Roberts, William S. Phillips
Bryan John Roberts (1809-1888)
In 1827, eighteen-year-old Bryan J Roberts arrived in the newly created Lowndes County, GA with his parents and siblings. His father, John Roberts, settled the family on a plot of land situated near the Cat Creek community, eventually establishing a large plantation there.
Bryan J Roberts 1809-1888. Cat Creek Cemetery, Lowndes County, GA.
According to Folks Huxford, Bryan J. Roberts was born in Wayne County, GA on June 4, 1809, a son of Phoebe Weeks Osteen and John R. Roberts.
In Lowndes County, on January 26, 1832 Bryan J. Roberts married Wealthy A. Mathis (1813 – 1888). As a young woman, she had come from Bulloch County, GA with her parents, Rhoda Monk and James Mathis, to settle at the site of present day Cecil, GA in Cook County.
Wealthy and Bryan J. Roberts established their home place on the land that had been settled by his father in 1827. Of B. J. Roberts, Huxford says. “He had a large plantation and lived in comfortable circumstances.”
Children of Wealthy Mathis and Bryan J. Roberts:
- John Jackson Roberts (1832 – 1907), married: (l) Susan Vickers daughter of Lewis Vickers; (2) Mrs. Catherine Gaskins widow of John Gaskins of Coffee County.
- James W. Roberts (1834 – 1900), married Elizabeth “Eliza” Edmondson daughter of David Adam Edmondson .
- Mary Ann Roberts (1835-1919), married Archibald Duncan Wilkes of Berrien County.
- Stephen N. Roberts (1837 – 1863), never married, joined the Berrien Minute Men in 1861, died of pneumonia Jan 6, 1863 in Lowndes County, GA.
- Jemima Roberts (1839-1913), married William H. Burgsteiner son of John R. Burgsteiner.
- Rachel Roberts (1841-1867), married Jacob Dorminy son of John Bradford Dorminy, Jr. of Irwin County.
- Nancy Roberts (1843- ), married William S. Phillips of Stockton.
- Warren H. Roberts (1846-1908), married: (1) Virginia S. “Jennie” Edmondson daughter of Rev. John Edmondson; (2) Isabella Strickland, daughter of Charles Strickland.
- William K. Roberts (1847-1908), married Phyllis McPherson Oct 27, 1888 in Berrien County, GA.
- Leonard L Roberts (1849-1919 ), married Georgia Ann Baskin, daughter of James Madison Baskin
- Elizabeth “Betty” Roberts (1851-1933), married Daniel D. Andrew Jackson Dorminy, son of John Bradford Dorminy, Jr. of Irwin County.
- Martha Roberts (1854-1898), married Frank Moore son of Levi Moore.
From 1827 to 1829, Bryan J. Roberts served as an ensign in the 663rd district of the Lowndes County militia. He was elected Justice of the Peace in the 658th district, Lowndes County, for the 1834-1837 term. He served in the Indian War of 1836-1838 as a private in Captain Levi J. Knight’s company of Lowndes County militia, and was one of those present at the skirmish with Indians at William “Short-arm Billy” Parker’ place preceding the Battle of Brushy Creek.
Prior to his death, Bryan J. Roberts divided his property among his children. This “self-administration” of his estate was reported in The Valdosta Times, August 8, 1885.
The Valdosta Times
August 8, 1885
His Own Administrator.
Mr. Bryant Roberts is 77 years old, and he moved to this county in 1827. He has reared 10 children and there are numerous grand-children. The old gentleman lost his wife last year, and since that time he has been lonely at the old homestead. Last week he summonsed all his children together and made up and inventory of all he owned. It footed up $10,000. Six thousand of his property was divided up into ten equal parts, and each child drew for his or her share. The old gentleman reserved $4,000 for his own use for the balance of his life. The homestead was included in the property divided, and the old gentleman will break up housekeeping and spend the remainder of his declining years around among his children.
Mr. Roberts has taken this step because he feels that the silken cord has weakened under the weight of years and he prefers to be his own administrator. We trust his children will make it pleasant for the old gentleman during the remainder of his sojourn with them.
According to the above newspaper clipping, Wealthy Mathis Roberts died about 1884. on July 8, 1888 Bryan J. Roberts followed her in death. They were buried at Cat Creek Primitive Baptist Church.
August 27, 2011 at 7:49 am (Gaskins Family, Society and Leisure, Watson Family)
Tags: Albert Bradford, Bell Wetherington, Beulah Lee, Cat Creek GA, Clinton D. Connell, Daniel Jackson Gaskins, Ethelyn Terry, Eula Lee Connell, Flemming B. Gaskins, Fred S. Williams, Gola Gaskins, Golie Lee Gaskins, Grover Combs, Harvey J. Clements, Hayne Bowden, Henry Clements, Herman Adrian Williams, Jack Terry, James Alford Webb, Jennie Watson, John A. Lee, John Strickland, Julia McClelland, Lilla Gaskins, Linie Gaskins, Linton A Wetherington, Lois GA, Mae Bowden, Mamie Connell, Margaret Gaskins, Mary E. Gaskins, Mary V. Terry, Mary Vera Shaw, Minnie Gaskins, Mona Strickland, O. B. Connell, Onnie Strickland, Oscar B. Connell, Pearlie Ann Register, Ray City Band, Reedy M. Connell, Ressa Bowden, Robert E. Lee of Ray City, Samuel I Watson, Sarah Elizabeth Gray, Vida Inez Webb, Wealthy Mathis, William Thomas Gaskins
In these Valdosta Daily Times personal mentions from the spring of 1922, the Ray City news items were mostly about the social activities of the young people of the community. An interesting note is the mention of the Ray City Band and the musical troupe’s excursion to Valdosta, GA.
Valdosta Daily Times
April 6, 1922.
RAY CITY ITEMS
Ray City, Ga., April 5. –Miss Eula Lee Connell and Miss Lilla Gaskins, accompanied by Miss Connell’s parents, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Connell, of Valdosta.
Miss Gola Tom Gaskins was the guest of Miss Gola Flem Gaskins Saturday night and Sunday. They were accompanied by Mr. Harvey Clements Sunday afternoon for an afternoon ride.
Mr. Fred Williams was the company of Miss Inez Webb Sunday afternoon.
Miss Eula Walden spent Sunday with Miss Mae Bowden.
The Ray City band went to Valdosta Sunday afternoon for a concert with them.
Mis Beulah Lee spent the weekend with Miss Jennie Watson.
Miss Gola Tom Gaskins will be the guest of Miss Eula Lee Connell during the week-end of Easter.
Mr. Grover Combs was a visitor to Miss Minnie Gaskins Saturday afternoon.
Miss Mary Shaw and Miss Julia McClelland spent Saturday night and Sunday with Miss Mona Strickland.
Mr. Albert Bradford was a visitor to Miss Rachel Wetherington last Saturday night.
Mr. Adrian Williams was the visitor of Miss Ethelyn Terry Sunday night.
Eighteen year-old Lilla Gaskins, was a daughter of Daniel Jackson Gaskins and Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” Gray. The Gaskins made their home on Cat Creek Road in the Lois community. Lilla’s friend and neighbor, Eula Lee Connell, age 14, was a daughter of Clinton D Connell and Reedy M Connell. That week, Lilla travelled with the Connells to visit their relatives, Mamie and Oscar B. Connell, in Valdosta, GA. Later, Lilla Gaskins would serve as the Berrien County Clerk of the Superior Court.
Another neighbor and cousin was sixteen year old Golie Gaskins, daughter of Mary E. and Flemming B. Gaskins. She was was visiting with another cousin of the same name and age who was the daughter of Linie and William Thomas Gaskins. Their companion was Harvey J. Clements, son of Henry Clements of Ray City.
Vida Inez Webb, of Ray City, was a daughter of James Alford Webb and Pearlie Ann Register. In 1922, she was being courted by Fred S. Williams of Cat Creek. They were married the following year.
Mae Bowden was a daughter of Ressa and Hayne Bowden. The Bowdens had a home on Main Street in Ray City, where her father was a barber.
Beulah Lee was the 18 year old daughter of Wealthy Mathis and John A. Lee. They lived at Ray City on the Willacoochee Road, on the farm of Beulah’s brother, Robert E. Lee. She spent the last weekend of March, 1922 with her friend Jennie Watson. This may have been 18-year-old Jentis Watson, daughter of Samuel I. Watson who had a place on the Ray City & Mud Creek Road.
Miss Minnie Gaskins, another daughter of Daniel J. Gaskins and sister to Lilla Gaskins, was called upon by Grover Cleveland Combs, who would later own a restaurant in Valdosta.
Mona Strickland, 16 year-old daughter of John and Onnie Strickland of the Lois community near Ray City, entertained guests Julia McClelland, of Adel, and Mary Vera Shaw, of Ray City.
Rachel Wetherington was the 15-year-old daughter of Bell and Linton A Wetherington, of Cat Creek. Her visitor was Albert Bradford, a 19-year-old Gaskins cousin, son of the widow Maggie Gaskins Bradford, of Lois.
Ethelyn Terry was the 16-year-old daughter of Mary V. and Jack Terry. Her father had a farm on the Valdosta Road at Ray City. Her caller was Herman Adrian Williams of Cat Creek.