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WILKES COUNTY

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GABRIEL TOOMBS ANTHONY, merchant, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of Edwin M. and Clara J. (Pope) Anthony, both parents natives of Wilkes county, and his mother a daughter of Henry F. Pope, was born in Taliaferro county, Ga., June 9, 1868, the sixth of thirteen children. When he was four years old his parents moved to Washington, and until he was eighteen years old he had to work on the farm, his only schooling being that obtained at such intervals as he could be spared. At the age of eighteen he entered the store of Mr. J. A. Benson in Washington as a clerk, and remained with him as such until January, 1894, when he and his fellow-clerk, Kimble A. Wilheit, bought their employer out, and

are now doing the largest general merchandise business in the city. He made his money by hard work, and knowing now he made it he saved it. Mothers point to him as a model for their sons, and legions of friends in and out of the county are proud of him and his partner as representative young men and merchants of Washington. A voiding the associations and contaminating  influences of the fast young people of modern society, they are free from the expensive habits and vices consequent upon such associations, and have honorably won the esteem they enjoy, the prosperity  secured, and that promised. That Mr. Anthony will take a front rank in commercial circles and exert a commanding influence in the future cannot be doubted.

 

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EDWARD A. BARNETT, farmer-merchant, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of Samuel and Elizabeth {Stone) Barnett, was born in Washington, Wilkes Co., Feb. 23, 1855, the fifth of seven children, four boys and three girls. Both parents were natives of Wilkes county. Mr. Barnett was educated in the schools in Washington, and at the age of nineteen years ,went on the plantation of W. A. Pope as superintendent, where he remained four years. He then for one year superintended the farm of M. M. Sims. These gentlemen were two large Wilkes county planters. He then bought a farm and began farming for himself, which he has since continued, enjoying a full measure of  success and prosperity. In addition to his farm he has conducted with profit a general merchandise store for seven years. Mr. Barnett vas married Marcll11, 188S, to Miss Mary, daughter

of W. P. Hill, of Wilkes county, by whom he has had four children, all of whom are living.

 

SIMPSON BOOKER, farmer, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of Richerson and Esther (Simpson) Booker, was born ir:; Wilkes county, Ga., April 9, 1831, the third of four children, all boys. He worked on the farm, and went to school as he had opportunity, until he reached manhood. He then took charge of his father's farm, and has had the management of it from then until now. In 1861 he enlisted" in" the Irwin guards, which afterward was known as Company- C, Cult's artillery battalion. As a member of this command Mr. Booker was in some of- the most important battles of the war, among them: The seven days' fight around Richmond, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Appomattox Court

.House, etc. At the time of the surrender he was at Red Oak Church. After the disbandment he returned to the 01(1 homestead satisfied with whatever tribute it may bring to his comfort and pleasure. 1\J r. Booker was married Dec. 20, 18SS, to Miss Amanda, daughter of Basil Neal, of Columbia county, Ga., who bore him one child, a daughter, and died Dec. 14, 1.858. On June 27, 186S, he married Miss Georgia, daughter of John M. Lazenby, of  what is now McDuffie county, Ga. Six children, four sons and two daughters, have blessed this union, of whom t\VO

sons and one daughter are dead. Mr. Booker is a master Mason, and a member of the Methodist church.

          

          RICHARD D. CALLAWAY, farmer, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of Aristides and Martha T. (Doughty) Callaway, was born in Wilkes county July 1, 1858. His father was of Wilkes county, and his mother a daughter of Richard Doughty, of Oglethorpe County. Mr. Callaway was the first-born of eleven children, of whom eight were boys. He attended schools convenient to his home until 1874, when he entered the university of Georgia, Athens, and graduated in 1878 with the degree of A. B. After he came from college he engaged in the saw-mill business for three years. Abandoning that he has since devoted his entire time and attention to his extensive farming interests, and has been satisfactorily prosperous. He is a lieutenant-colonel of the Sixth Georgia infantry, and a member of the board of county commissioners.

 

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           MARSHAL S. CALLAWAY, farmer, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of Seaborn and Mildred (Jordan) Callaway, daughter of Jordan, of Oglethorpe county, Ga., was born in Wilkes county, Aug. 2, 1847, the fourth of eight children, five sons and three daughters, one of each being dead. He was reared on the farm and attended the country schools until he was fourteen years old, when his father died and he had to work on the farm and help keep it up. In 1863 he joined a company of state, or reserve, militia, under Capt. Bowers, and was ordered to Atlanta. He was in Savannah with his command at the time of the evacuation. He was in no regular engagement while in tile service. After his discharge he

returned home and went to farming in good earnest, and rejoices in the prosperity he has been blessed with. Upright and honorable in all his dealings, a true man and Christian, he stands high in the community. Mr. Callaway was married Dec.7, 1865, to Miss 1'Iary, daughter of James Spratlin, of Wilkes county, who has borne him eight children, five sons and three daughters; of these, a son and daughter have died. Mr. Callaway is a consistent and influential member of the Baptist church, which he joined in 1861.

 

          SAMUEL J. CARTLEDGE, Presbyterian minister, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of Rev. Groves H. and Annie M. (Lane) Cartledge, was born at Bold Spring, Franklin Co., Ga., May 9, 1864. His father was a clergyman; born in Madison county, Ga., and his mother a daughter of Joseph Lane, Portland, Me. Mr. Cartledge's schooling until he was nine years of age was obtained at the ordinary neighborhood schools. When nine years old he was entered at Martin institute, Prof John W. Glenn, principal, Jefferson, Jackson Co., Ga., where heremained three years, and then went back to the family farm. He next entered the school of Prof. A. M. Scudder, at Athens, Ga., where, after six months’ close application, he was prepeared to enter the sophomore class at the university of Georgia, Athens, which he did. At the end of a year he was obliged to stop for want of money. He taught school until he accomplished his object, when he went to Dahlonega, Ga., where he took an elective course, finishing in one year. He next went to the theological eminary at Princeton, N. J., where he remained a year, when his funds becoming exhausted he had to leave to replenish. He preached at Danielsville and New Hope churches, Madison Co., studying .meanwhile, and as soon as he felt able went to the theological seminary at Columbia, S. C.,  where he remained two years, and completing his theological course, graduated May 9, 1889. Rev. Cartledge immediately took charge of a church in Gainsville, Hall Co., Ga., and supplied its pulpit acceptably five years. Since then he has been pastor of the Presbyterian church at Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., giving entire satisfaction to a congregation whose pulpit has been filled by some of the most eminent clergymen of the denomination. Rev. Cartledge was married Nov. 27, 1889, to Miss Laura, daughter of James H. Burns, Apple Valley, Jackson Co., Ga., who has borne him two children, both boys: A useful life for such a man is not difficult to forecast.

         

          THEODORICK M. GREEN, merchant-banker, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of John B. and Elizabeth (Leonard) Green, was born In Wilkes county, Ga., May 19, 1846, the seventh of eleven children. Mr. Green's father was a native of Prince George county, Va., and his mother a daughter of Edwin Leonard; of Wilkes county. He attended the common schools of the county until. he was fourteen years old, when he entered the store of A.A. Cleveland, Washington, as a clerk. Two years later he entered the Confederate service as lieutenant of Company E,. Twenty-seventh Georgia battalion, organized at Augusta, Ga. The command was first ordered to Savannah, and thence to Lovejoy's station, about

 

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 thirty miles south of Atlanta on the Central railway, to aid in obstructing Gen. Sherman's march southward. Falling back before the Union army, the command bore its full part in the siege of Savannah, and afterward participated in engagements at Monteith, Ga., Pocotaligo, S. C., and Bentonville and Smithfield, N. C. At the last-named place the command was reorganized, and became a part of Elliott's brigade, when it was ordered to Greensboro, N. C., where it surrendered May 2, 1865. Returning to Washington, Mr. Green entered into a business venture, in which in five weeks he made $400. After this he engaged with R. H. Vickers & Co. as a clerk, with whom he remained until 1868, when, in company with his brother, the firm of Green Bros. was formed for conducting a general merchandising business. After a profitable existence of ten years the firm dissolved by the withdrawal of his brother, Mr. Green continuing until now as sole proprietor and manager, and is still doing a large and profitable business. He is also president of the Washington Exchange bank. Mr. Green was married June 27, 1877, to Miss Willametta, daughter of Judge Garnett Andrews, by whom he has had one child, a son. Mr. Green is held in high esteem. He is a master Mason.

 

          THOMAS W. HILL, farmer, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of Lodowick M. and Nancy (Johnson) Hill, was born in Wilkes county June 17 (the anniversary of the battle of Bunker Hill), 1839. His boyhood and youth were spent on the plantation, meanwhile attending the best schools the county afforded. When nineteen years of age he went to Furman University, Greenville, S. C., which he attended two years, and then returned home and busied himself on the plantation until the war between the states was precipitated. Going to Coweta County, Ga., he enlisted in a company under command of Capt. John Hill, which was assigned to Phillips' legion and ordered to Virginia, reaching there just after the seven days' fight. He participated in the battles of Culpeper Court House, Appomattox Court House, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. Having been with Gens. Stuart, Hampton and Butler, he was engaged in many minor battles and scores of skirmishes. During his service he was so conspicuous for his daring and courage that he" was many times specially complimented. On one occasion Col. Rich, Mr.Hill's regimental commander, presented him and one of his comrades with a very fine pistol as a mark of his appreciation of their bravery. On another occasion after the war-at a supper given by Judge (ex-congressman) Hugh Buchanan to Mr. Hill's daughter, the judge referred to Mr. Hill as a second Marshal Ney-certainly a very high compliment from such a source. About the time of the surrender he was in North Carolina, and managed to get home without surrendering. His intention was to join the western army, but just as he was ready to start he heard it had surrendered. He remained awhile on his father's plantation, superintending that, then went to his own, where he has since remained. Mr. Hill is a: member of one of the wealthiest and most influential families in his section of the state, and worthily shares the distinction. Mr. Hill was married in 1869, and to him have been born ten children, eight of whom are living.

 

          WILLIAM W. HILL, planter, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of Lodowick M. and Nancy (Johnson) Hill, was born in Wilkes county, March 31, 1826, the first-born of thirteen children, twelve sons and one daughter. Of the sons five are dead. Until he was nineteen years old he worked on the plantation and went to school. He then entered the University of Georgia, Athens, and graduated in 1849 with the degree of A. B. Returning from college, after a few years he purchased his present home plantation, and has contin1ten in charge of it until the present time. The family has been distinguished for strict integrity, wealth, extra-

 

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ordinary financial ability, a numerous membership, and influence. Mr. Hill possesses its marked characteristics, and enjoys merited prosperity. During the civil war he was a justice of the peace and remained at home, excepting that at one time he was a member of the state militia or reserve. .Mr. Hill was married in 1851 to Miss Emma E. daughter of Micajah Anthony, of Wilkes County, who has borne him seven children, three sons and four daughters, all of whom are living. Since 1846 he has been connected with the Methodist church, of which he is a valued and influential member.

 

THOMAS OTIS HOLLIDAY, farmer, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., is a son of Allen T. and Elizabeth (Zellars) Holliday. Her father, John Zellars, of Lincoln County, Ga., was born Nov. 27, 1853, the third of eight children, six sons and two daughters. Of the sons two died in infancy. He assisted on the farm and attended school until 1873, when he took charge of the farm and has had it under his supervision since. He has managed it with success, quite realizing his expectations. Mr. Holliday was married Dec. 4, 1874, to Miss Kittie A., daughter of T. P. Burdette, of Wilkes county, who has borne him six children, four boys and two girls, all of whom are living. He is a consistent member of the Baptist church and all estimable member of the community in which he lives.

 

LUTHER W. LATTIMER, farmer, Wilkes county, Ga., son of John T. and Martha (Taylor) Lattimer, was born in Oglethorpe County, Ga., Feb. 5, 1839, the eighth of ten children, seven boys and three girls, six of the boys being dead. His mother was the daughter of Col. Clarke Taylor of Oglethorpe County. He was reared and worked on his father's farm during his boyhood, and was educated at the country schools. His father's rule was to work his boys two years and send them to school one. This was done until he reached the age of sixteen years, when he entered Meson academy, Lexington, Ga., and attended there three years. He then worked on the farm a year, after which he attended the academy another year. After leaving school and teaching five months he enlisted in the Gilmer Blues, Capt. (afterward Col.) John T. Lofton. The company went to Atlanta, became a part of the Sixth Georgia regiment, Col. Alfred H. Colquitt, and was ordered to Yorktown, Va. '"[he command participated in the battles of Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Mechanicsville and Cold Harbor. At the last-named battle he was wounded in the neck, and the wound being pronounced mortal he was sent home to die. But he rapidly recovered, and was required to report every sixty days. In January, 1864, he reported at James Island, S. C., for duty, but the examining board adjudged him unfit for regular service, and he was sent to Fort Gaines, Ga., where a hospital was being organized, and was made clerk of the examining board, remaining there until after the surrender. Returning home he resumed farming, and has followed it ever since. He was elected in 1892 to represent Wilkes County in the general assembly, which he did to the entire

satisfaction of his intelligent constituency. He is now a member of the board of jury commissioners. Mr. Lattimer was married Dec. 18, 1862, to Miss Euphrasia, daughter of Moses Wright, of Oglethorpe County, who has borne him six children, three sons and three daughters, all living. Mr. Lattimer is a master Mason, and a member of the Methodist church. A useful and public-spirited citizen, he is influential and popular.

 

          JAMES S. RHODES, farmer, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of William W. and Frances E. (Hackney) Rhodes, was born in Wilke5 county, Ga., Nov. 7, 1856. Until twenty years of age he lived and, worked on the home farm and attended the common schools of the county at such intervals as his services could

 

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be dispensed with. Himself and one brother were the only children-both are living. In 1876 he commenced the battle of life, and so far he has been successful, and placed himself ill comfortable circumstances, gaining and retaining the respect and confidence of his fellow-citizens. Mr. Rhodes was married Jan. 9, 1879, to Miss Nora, daughter of Jonathan Smith, of Wilkes County, who has borne him ten children, four sons and six daughters, of whom one son is dead. He has been a consistent member of the Baptist church since 1886. ROBERT A. SIMPSON. Physician and surgeon, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of William W. and Jane (Powell) Simpson, both parents of Wilkes county, and the mother a daughter of Nelson Powell, of Wilkes county, was born in Sparta, Hancock Co., Feb. 1, 1859. His early education was conducted at home under a private tutor, his father and Hon. Linton Stephens having employed a tutor for their children. At the end of two years his mother died, and he was sent to live with his sister, Mrs. John A. Stephens, in Atlanta. He attended school there one year, and then, at the age of fifteen, entered the University of Georgia, Athens, as a sophomore, half advanced, and graduated in 1877 among the "first ten” -a particular distinction at that time-with the degree of A. B. From the University he went to Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and took a one year's course at Eastman's Business College. He next went to the University of Virginia, devoting two years to a plain academic course and the third to the study of medicine. He then went  to New York City, took a course in the College of Physicians and Surgeons and graduated in 1883, winning the honor of being stationed in the Bellevue Hospital eighteen months, the allotted term of service. Dr. Simpson then practiced his profession in New York City a year, after which he went to Europe and spent two years between Berlin, Vienna and Heidelberg, studying his profession. Returning to New York he practiced there again about a year, when the illness of his father called him home to Washington, .which has been his home and the theater of his professional service. Dr. Simpson is one of the most highly educated members of his profession, as well as one of the most practical and skillful; and, being young, if he does not attain to exceptional eminence it will be for lack of ambition on his part. He is a man of cultivated musical taste, and this, with the courteousness or a cultured, refined gentleman, makes him a welcome guest in all social and literary circles. His home is of the old-time massive southern mal1sion type, handsomely finished and tastefully furnished, and surrounded by acres of garden-grounds, flower and vegetable, exciting admiration, and giving assurance in advance of the hearty welcome and generous hospitality which await the guest, Dr. Simpson is (in 1895) unmarried.

 

          REDDING SIMS, farmer, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of John M. and Nancy (Wynn) Sims, was born in Oglethorpe county, Ga., Oct. 13, 1817, the seventh born of ten children, six boys and four girls. His father was of Oglethorpe County, and his mother was a daughter of .George Wynn, of Wilkes County. He worked on the farm until he was twenty-one years of age, going to school at intervals as farm work permitted and school opportt1nities offered. Mr. Sims was married in Oglethorpe County, Oct. 25, 1838, to Miss Sarah, daughter of Jesse Spratlin of that county. After his marriage he moved to Mississippi and farmed there a year; he then went to Louisiana, where he cut cane to provide shelter until he could build a log house. Returning to Georgia he permanently settled in Wilkes County, where he has made farming his life pursuit During the unpleasantness he was in the service of the state, and was assigned to the duty of furnishing provisions and looking after the prisoners, remaining in the county. Mr. Sims is a prominent member of the Baptist church, with which he has been connected since 1841.

 

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          FRANK B. SIMS, farmer, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of Redding and Sarah (Spratlin) Sims, was born in Wilkes County, the youngest of a family of eleven children, Aug. 5, 1863. His grandfather, Jesse Spratlin, was a prominent farmer of Wilkes County. Mr. Sims was educated at the common schools of the county, and has always remained on the farm with his parents, as a companion and protector. He is a consistent member of the Baptist church, which he joined in 1886. To be a good farmer, a good citizen, and a consistent Christian fill the measure of his ambition.

 

          HENRY T. SLATON, farmer-merchant, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of William Slaton and Miss Frances, daughter of John Wright, all of Wilkes County, was born in Wilkes county March 18, 1835, the seventh of ten children. He worked on the farm when growing up, and received only such education as he could obtain when he could be spared. In 1856 he attended Richard's high school, at Thomson, Ga., and then returned home and worked on the farm until the war began. He enlisted in the Irwin guards (Capt. John T. Wingfield), Washington, and proceeded to Richmond, Va., where his company became Company A, Ninth Georgia regiment. With his command he participated in all the principal battles in northern Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and was included in the surrender at Appomattox. After the war he came back to his farm and set to work to recuperate. His labor has been rewarded fully up to his expectations. In connection with his farm he has carried on a general merchandise store, materially augmenting his resources. In 1870, Mr. Slaton was elected to represent Wilkes County in the general assembly-the first democrat elected after the war. He is a prominent and influential member of the Baptist church.

 

FRANK P. SLATON, farmer, Wilkes county, Ga., son of William and Frances (Wright) Slaton, was born in Wilkes County, the ninth of ten children, Sept 12, 1841. He acquired what education he could, attending school at such intervals as he could be spared from farm work until he was eighteen years old. Then, in 1859, he attended the high school in Tuskegee, Ala., and the following year he returned home. About the same time, or soon afterward, his brother left home and enlisted in the Confederate army. His father being blind, and Frank the youngest, he was left at home to care for his father. Notwithstanding this, however, when, in 1863, the state called for more troops, he joined the army at Kennesaw Mountain, was with the forces in front of Sherman when he was "marching through Georgia," was in Savannah during the siege, afterward in South Carolina, and at the time of the surrender ,vas in Augusta, Ga. He returned to the farm as soon as he was discharged, where he has since pursued the quiet life of a farmer, enjoying the comforts of domestic life and the cheering companionship of a family of promising children. Mr. Slaton was married in September, 1864, to Miss Cornelia, daughter of David Fouche, of Wilkes County, by whom he had four children, three boys and one girl. Their mother having died, he, in 1875, married Miss Victoria, daughter of Frank C. Armstrong, of Wilkes County, who has borne him five children, two boys and three girls, of whom two girls have died. Mr. Slaton is an active and useful member of the Baptist church.

 

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KIMIBLE A. WILHEIT, merchant, Washington, Wilkes Co., Ga., son of Thomas T. and Julia C. (Freeland) Wilheit, both parents natives of Anderson district, S. C., \vas born in that district, June 4, 1869, the first born of six children. While he was yet quite young his parents moved to Lincolnton, Lincoln Co., Ga., where, until he was fourteen years of age, he attended the schools of the town. His father having died, he had to leave school and begin the battle of life. Securing a clerkship with Mr. J. A. Benson, of Washington, he remained with him eight years, when himself and Gabriel Toombs Anthony (another clerk of Mr. Benson's) bought Mr. Benson's business and engaged in merchandising under the firm-name of Wilheit & Anthony. Being industrious, of unbending integrity, and possessing the sympathy and unquestioning confidence of the people, they have built up one of the largest businesses in Washington. It is but another illustration of what can be accomplished by pluck and push, coupled with determination and well-directed energy. Alone, without money or influential friends, he has thus far successfully worked out life's problem. Mr. Wilheit was happily married Noy. 30, 1893, to. Miss Kate Toombs Anthony, daughter of Edwin M: Anthony, Washington, Ga. He is a devoted member of the Methodist church, recognized as a true Christian, ((always abounding in the work of the Lord." His Christian life, ,which it may reasonably be claimed is the foundation of his success, has won friends and applause, and affords an example well worthy of other young men.

 

 
 

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