Showing posts with label Emanuel County. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Emanuel County. Show all posts

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Do You Have a John Smith?

From Randy over at Genea-Musings:

it's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun!!!

 Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

 1)  How many persons named John Smith do you have in your genealogy management program or online family tree?  How many persons named John Smith are ancestors?

2)  Pick out one of those persons named John Smith and do some online research for them in Ancestry, FamilySearch, or another set of record collections.  Your goal is to add something to your database.

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a post on Facebook or Google+.

Here's mine:

1)  Believe it or not, I only have one John Smith in my Family Tree Maker 2012 database!  And he is not even a direct relative!  However, I never turn down a reason to research so here goes.

2)  John G. Smith was born 07 Aug 1824 and died 28 May 1894.  He was married to Mary Tyson, born 27 Feb 1817 and died 07 Feb 1894.  Their daughter, Margaret F. Tyson Smith (17 Nov 1856 - 02 Aug 1935) was married to my first cousin, John Solomon P. Lampp (13 Aug 1854 - 16 Dec 1922).  Other than presuming they were born and lived in Georgia, I know nothing about this family.

Upon checking the public member trees on, I found a listing for John Gordon Smith with (almost) matching birth and date dates who was born in Emanuel County, Georgia.  His wife is listed as Mary Tyson.  Bingo!  His parents are listed as William Daniel Smith (1801-1860) and Nancy Ann Stewart (1802-1884).   

Also on, in the database "Georgia Marriages to 1850," I found a listing for John G. Smith and Mary Tison.  They were married on February 6, 1845 in Emanuel County, Georgia. The same information is listed in "Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944."

I also found a J. G. Smith and Mary Smith in the 1880 United States Federal Census (  They were living in Johnson County, Georgia at that time, along with their 19-year-old son, John, which matches information I found elsewhere.

Also in the public member trees on, I found a picture of John Smith's headstone.  This lead me to  There I found the memorial for John Gordon Smith who is buried in Smith Cemetery in Scott, Johnson County, Georgia.  The inscription reads:

 "But Man Dieth
& Wayesth A
Way Ya Man
Giveth Up
The Ghost &
Whare Is He"

So I found quite a bit of "new" information in a very short period of time.  A successful evening, I would say!

3)  Done!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Surname Saturday: Drake

The surname Drake comes from the Anglo-Saxon word "draca" which means a dragon or sea serpent.  Draca has its roots in the Latin terms "draco" or "drago."  As a nickname, they could apply to someone fierce in battle, or a standard bearer.  Draca was used in medieval England to mean a battle standard as well as dragon.  Soon after the Norman invasion in 1066, the name appeared in the Isle of Wight and Hampshire area in the south of England.  From Saxon times, the name was found at Musbury in Devon.  A John Drake was recorded as holding lands at Musbury as early as 1272.

Outside Devon, Drakes were found in Somerset, Dorset, Buckinghamshire, and East Anglia.

In the 17th century, Drakes came to America.  Richard Drake arrived in Virginia from Somerset in 1658.  His descendants were planters in Isle of Wight county.  The Drake name cropped up in North Carolina in the early 1700's, particularly in Nash County.  These are the Drakes I am descended from. 

I have information about 11 generations of my paternal Drake line:

- Richard Drake

My 9th great-grandfather.  Birth and date information unknown, except the assumption that he was born in England.  His spouse is unknown.  I know only about three children: 

John Drake
Mary Drake
Thomas Drake

- John Drake

My 8th great-grandfather.  He was born about 1647 in South Petherton, Somerset, England and died about 1690, presumably in Virginia.  He married about 1670 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Jemima Parnell, birth and death information unknown.  They had the following children (there were probably more):

   John Drake
  Thomas Drake
  Richard Drake

- John Drake

My 7th great-grandfather.  He was born about 1675 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia and died in 1753 in Southhampton County, Virginia.  His spouse is unknown, and I only have information about one of his children: 

- Barnaby Drake Sr

My 6th great-grandfather.  He was born about 1710 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia and died in 1797 in Southhampton County, Virginia.  He married Mary Scott, and I only have information about one of their children:

- Exum Drake Sr

My 5th great-grandfather.  He was born about 1745 in Southhampton County, Virginia and died after 1820 in Georgia.  He married Keziah MNU (maiden name and birth and date information unknown).  They had the following children:

  Richard Drake
  James Drake

  FNU Drake
  Exum Drake Jr
  Brittain Drake
- Richard Drake

My 4th great-grandfather.  He was born about 1775 in Southhampton County, Virginia and died 24 January 1857 in Emanuel County, Georgia.  He married 24 February 1803 in Southhampton County, Virginia, Pherabah Bryant, birth and death information unknown.  I only have information on one child:

- Francis Bryant Drake

My 3rd great-grandfather.  He was born 17 October 1806 in Nash County, North Carolina and died 27 December 1875 in Johnson County, Georgia.  He married 6 November 1828 in Washington County, Georgia, Selina King, born 21 July 1812 and died 27 May 1899.  They had the following children:

  James William Drake
  Pheribah Elizabeth Drake
  Bathsheba Winfred Drake
  Eliza Jane Drake
  Francis Milton Drake
  Richard Franklin Drake
  John Saffold Drake
  Thomas Lamar Drake

  Sarah Ann Selina Drake
  Robert Lemuel Drake
  Infant Drake
  Adra Ann Sarusha Drake

- James William Drake

My 2nd great-grandfather.  He was born 19 December 1829 in Washington County, Georgia and died 14 December 1908 in Emanuel County, Georgia.  He married 29 June 1856 in Washington County, Georgia, Mary Ann R. Brantley, born 19 December 1837 in Georgia and died 5 May 1891 in Emanuel County, Georgia.  They had the following children:

  William John Drake
  Francis Richard Drake
  James Thomas Drake

  Willie Elizabeth Drake
  Martha Loueazer Drake
  George Franklin Drake
  Mary Selina Drake
  Nancy Elizabeth Winfred Drake
  Lovick Pierce Drake 

- William John Drake

My great grandfather.  He was born 23 September 1857 in Emanuel County, Georgia, and died 19 August, 1927 in Emanuel County, Georgia.  He married (1) 24 July 1879 in Johnson County, Georgia, Willie Elizabeth Allen, born 23 January 1864 and died 21 January 1882.  They had one child:

  Samantha Augusta Drake

He married (2) 30 July 1883, Emma Vermell Harrell, born 4 September 1867 in Emanuel County, Georgia and died 19 October 1935 in Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia.  They had the following children:

  Hattie Lay Drake
  Kenneth Catherine Drake
  Willliam Lovick Drake

  Nealie Vermell Drake
  William Robert Drake
  James Weldon Drake
  Keland Lawton Drake
  Nancy Mary Ann Drake
  Martha Lou Drake

- Nealie Vermell Drake Tapley

My grandmother was born 29 January 1895 and died 4 July 1970 in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia.  She married 5 April 1914 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Georgia, Lusion Keman Tapley, born 31 March 1870 in Johnson County, Georgia and died 3 July 1935 in Wadley, Jefferson County, Georgia.  They had the following children:

  William Lamar Tapley
  John Russell Tapley
  (Hugh) Dorsey Franklin Tapley
  Jack Dempsey Tapley
  Irene Tapley
  Gilbert Earl Tapley

- Gilbert Earl Tapley

My father was born 19 June 1928 in Johnson County, Georgia and died 15 December 2008 in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia.  He married (1) Margaret E. Skipper, born 7 November 1927 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and died 27 May 1984 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.  They had two children.  Gilbert married (2) Annie Eloise Lee, born 27 February 1910 and died 8 July 1988 in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida.  They had no children.  (3) He and my mother had the following children:

  Michael Edward Tapley
- And ME


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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Own Scavenger Hunt

From Randy over at Genea-Musings: 

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) You're going on a scavenger hunt - for records of one of your relatives.  You can pick a relative who lived in the 1800 to 2000 time period.  A brother of one of your ancestors might be best (since males don't change their name).  Or the husband of a sister of your ancestor.  
Tell us the name of your chosen relative. 

2)   Go to FamilySearch and search for records for that relative.  Start on the Search page -  Search any way you want.  

3)  Tell us what you found in the FamilySearch record collections.  Did you find something new about that relative?   

4)  Write your own blog post, comment on this post, or write something on Facebook or Google Plus.

Here's mine:

1)  I chose Elijah Anderson Odom, date of birth and date of death unknown.  Elijah was the brother of my 2nd great-grandmother, Catherine M. Odom Harrell, thus he was my 2nd great grand uncle.  He was the son of Elijah Samuel Odom and Rutha Goff Odom.  Based on the birthplace of his parents and siblings, I surmised that he was also born in Emanuel County, Georgia.

2)  I first searched by name and a birthplace.  Then as an approximate birth year became apparent, 1843, I added the range of 1843-1845 to the search criteria.

3)  Here are the three results I found: 

* Elijah A Odom, U.S. Census, 1860, 395th District of Emanuel County, Georgia, age 16

* Anderson Odom, U.S. Census, 1880, 395th District of Emanuel County, Georgia, age 37.  Married to Marentha Odom, age 29, with 5 children and a nephew living in the household.

* Anderson Odom listed as the father of Perry A. Odom in "Florida, Deaths, 1877-1939."  

I had expected to find 1850 and 1870 census records; however, I did not.   

I did not know Elijah Anderson's children's names so that will give me some more research avenues to follow.  

4)  Done!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ancestor Roulette!

From Randy over at Genea-Musings: 

Dear genealogists everywhere, it's Saturday Night!  Time for some Genealogy FUN.  

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

 1) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born?  Divide this number by 100 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an "ah
nentafel" - 
your software will create this - use the "Ahnentafel List" option, or similar). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook status or a Google Stream post, or as a comment on this blog post.

5) NOTE:  If you do not have a person's name for your "roulette number" then "spin" the wheel again - pick a great-grandmother, a grandfather, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, yourself, or even your children!

Here's mine:

 1)  My great-grandfather, James Madison "Jim" Tapley was born in 1847.  Dividing by 100 gives me a roulette number of 18.47, rounded up to 19.

2)  The person in my FTM2012 with Person ID #19 is my uncle, Champ Lusion Tapley.  

3)  Three+ facts about Uncle Champ:

  *  Champ Lusion Tapley was born November 11, 1909 near Bartow, in Johnson County, Georgia.  He lived his entire life in Johnson County.

  * On January 31, 1930, he married Pauline Horton.  Together they raised six children.

  * He died June 17, 1974 in Emanuel County, Georgia. He and two of his brothers all died within one nine month period in 1973-74.

  * Champ is buried at Rehobeth Baptist Church Cemetery near Kite in Johnson County.

  * This doesn't qualify as a "fact," but my father always said that Uncle Champ was the one who looked the most like their father, Lusion Keman Tapley.   

  * In writing this post, I realized that I do not have one single picture of Uncle Champ!  Cousins... care to help me out with that?

4)  Done!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Those Places Thursday: Johnson County, Georgia

 What can I say about Johnson County?  It is the cradle of my family.  It was home to my father and 3-4 generations before him.  It is my heritage.  It is where I come from.  It is where all the funny, sad, and poignant family stories start.  As a matter of fact, there really aren't many conversations about the Tapley family that do not include some mention of Johnson County, Georgia.

Johnson County was created by the Georgia legislature December 11, 1858 from parts of Emanuel, Laurens and Washington counties. It was the 129th county formed in Georgia.  Johnson County was named for Georgia governor, senator, and unsuccessful U.S. vice-presidential candidate Herschel Vespasian Johnson.  The county seat is Wrightsville.  The county also has the towns of Kite and Adrian (which is actually partly in Johnson and partly in Emanuel County). 

County Courthouse, 1923
County Courthouse, 2010
My second great-grand uncle, James M. Tapley, was one of the founders of Johnson County, helped pick the location of the county seat, and was a representative in the Georgia Legislature when the county was first formed, 1859-1860.  Most of the family were farmers, but many of them took time out to serve the county.  My second great-grandfather, George Washington Tapley, was a Magistrate and Justice of the Peace.  Another second great-grandfather, George Schwalls, served as the county's coroner.  My grand uncle, Jim Tapley, was a deputy sheriff with the county.  Several members of the family served on juries.  My great-grand uncle, Francis Tapley, my great-grandfather Jim Tapley, and my great-grandfather, George Schwalls all represented the county as CSA soldiers in the Johnson County Battleground Guards, 48th Regiment. 

Most of my ancestors are buried in Johnson County.  My great-grandparents and many other family members are buried at Oaky Grove.  Other great-grandparents are buried at Minton's Chapel.  My Drake ancestors are buried at Popular Springs.  One set of grandparents and uncles are buried at Powell's Chapel.  My other grandparents and my father are buried at Gumlog.  Other various family members are buried at several different cemeteries throughout the county.  

I still have family members living in Johnson County.  My cousin, Bennett Wesley Tapley, Jr., who is my go-to person for Tapley family history, still lives there, and I try to visit him whenever I'm there. 

It is a relatively small county with a population of less than 10,000 people.  There is not much industry there - most folks are farmers - so the population has gone down due to the lack of jobs, I imagine. 

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 2,919
1870 2,964
1880 4,800
1890 6,129
1900 11,409
1910 12,897
1920 13,546
1930 12,681
1940 12,953
1950 9,893
1960 8,048
1970 7,727
1980 8,660
1990 8,329
2000 8,560
2010 9,980

However, if someone was looking for country, quiet, peaceful living, Johnson County, Georgia would be a good place to go!  Maybe that's why the population increased between 2000 and 2010!

I will continue to go back there... to visit my family and learn about my roots. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Catherine M Odom Harrell

from "Georgia Newspaper Clippings, Emanuel County Extracts, 1815-1889 by Tad Evans, p. 184.  Reprinted from The Sandersville Herald, Sandersville, Georgia
Catherine (or Catharine) M. Odom Harrell was my second great-grandmother.

Mary Elizabeth Tapley
Gilbert Earl Tapley
My father
Nealie Vermell Drake Tapley
My grandmother
Emma Vermell Harrell Drake
My great-grandmother
Catherine M Odom Harrell
My 2nd great-grandmother

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Workday Wednesday: Law Enforcement and Judicial System

 Since I now work with the Judicial System in North Carolina as a Deputy Clerk of Court, it occurred to me recently that several members of my family have served in law enforcement or the judicial system.  Can choice of career run in families?

James L. "Jim" Tapley, my grand uncle
 Deputy Sheriff, Johnson County, Georgia
    I don't know exactly how long Uncle Jim was a Deputy Sheriff, but at least from 1918-1930, probably longer.  I know he was a Deputy Sheriff in 1918 because he was mentioned in the FBI reports on his son, Gordon, when Gordon went AWOL during World War I.  Then in 1920, he ran for Johnson County Sheriff:

From "The Wrightsville Headlight," January 1, 1920
  He lists his occupation as "Deputy Sheriff" on the 1930 census.

Bentley Allen "B.A." Lampp, 1st cousin
  Deputy Sheriff, Jefferson County, Georgia

  B.A. retired as a Deputy Sheriff sometime before 1998.

 Gilbert Earl Tapley, my father
  Deputy Sheriff, Emanuel County, Georgia

Daddy became involved in law enforcement later in life.  When I was 18 and left for college, he joined the Sheriff's Department in Emanuel County as a prisoner transport deputy.  He enjoyed it immensely.  

 He was also an "honorary" Johnson County Deputy Sheriff:

James Thomas Drake, Great grand uncle
  Officer, Adrian Police Department, Adrian, Georgia

He was an officer for 25 years, retiring at the age of 80.

  Warden, Macon County Work Camp, 1910-1912

    - from The Wrightsville Headlight, Wrightsville, GA, Thursday, May 8, 1958, Centennial Edition, page 1.

Ellen Tapley Young, 2nd cousin
  Probate Judge, Washington County, Georgia

Ellen is Uncle Jim's granddaughter. 

George Washington Tapley, 2nd great-grandfather
  Magistrate and Justice of the Peace, Johnson County, Georgia

Patricia Tapley, 2nd cousin
  Clerk of Court, Johnson County, Georgia

Solomon Page,  2nd great-grandfather
  Judge, Inferior Court, Johnson County, Georgia, 1859
    - from The Wrightsville Headlight, Wrightsville, GA, Thursday, May 8, 1958, Centennial Edition.  Reprinted from the Johnson County Court Records dated May 5, 1859.

There are probably several more that I don't even know about!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Jack Ira Drake

The Augusta Chronicle, May 12, 1997

Jack Drake is my 3rd cousin, 1x removed.

And interesting tidbit is that I am also related to Jack's wife, 
Fredette DeCuffa Tapley Drake.  She is my 5th cousin.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Where Were They 100 Years Ago?

From Randy over at Genea-Musings:

Dear genealogists everywhere, it's Saturday Night!  Time for some Genealogy FUN.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

 1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 1 January 1913 - 100 years ago.

2)  List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

Here's mine:

 * My grandparents Lusion Keman Tapley (born 31 Mar 1870) and Nealie Vermell Drake Tapley (born 29 Jan 1895) were not yet married in 1913.  Lusion was a widower with four children.  His oldest child, daughter, Annie Jane, was living with and being raised by his mother.  His three sons, James Tillman, Charles Morgan, and Champ Lusion were only 8, 5, and 3, respectively.  My grandfather was a farmer in Johnson County, Georgia.  He was mostly likely still living near his mother and siblings on the 58 1/2 acres in the 1326 District G.M. of Johnson County that he purchased from his father for $500 in 1906. 

* My grandfather, Charles Morgan Tapley (born 1907)  as mentioned above was only 5 years old at this time and was living with his father and brothers in Johnson County, Georgia.  I can only theorize that he stayed with his grandmother, Becky, while his father worked the fields. 

* My great-grandmother, Elizabeth Rebecca (Becky) Page Tapley (born 08 Sep 1844) had just been widowed two months earlier.  She kept busy running her own farm, raising her granddaughter, Mary Jane, and having her spinster daughter, Vianna Bell Tapley, age 27, still living at home.  Most of Becky's children, lived right around her, including my grandfather, Lusion.  


* My grandmother, Nealie, would have been 17 years old.  She was living with her parents and siblings in the 395 District G.M. of Emanuel County, near Adrian, Georgia.  

* My great-grandparents, William John Drake (born 23 Sep 1857) and Emma Vermell Harrell Drake (born 04 Sep 1867) were living in Emanuel County, near Adrian, as mentioned earlier.  In the past year, they had lost two children to typhoid fever.  They had probably six children still at home, ranging in age from 17 (my grandmother) down to age 4. William John was a preacher.  


* My great-grandparents, Luther Boardman Ranney (born 11 Mar 1870) and Bessie Alice Carter Ranney (born 09 Feb 1883) were living near Elsie, Clinton County, Michigan.  He was a farmer.  They had two children, Kenneth (age 3) and Alice (age 18 months).  Bessie was expecting, and their third child, Ethel (my grandmother), wouldn't be born for another six months.  

My 2nd great-grandparents, Comfort Ranney (born 07 Feb 1838) and Mary Margaret Hesser Ranney (born 17 July 1842) were also living in Clinton County, Michigan.  As of three years earlier, on the 1910 Census, Comfort still listed his occupation as farmer. 

My 2nd great-grandparents, Charles K. Carter (born 12 Oct 1843) and Sarah (Sally) Melissa Schoonover Carter (born 13 Jul 1840) were living with their daughter, Bessie, in Clinton County, Michigan, having left Iowa some years earlier to be near their only child.  I can imagine them spending their retired days enjoying time with their grandchildren.  More than likely, he was still working:  helping his son-in-law on the farm while she was busy helping her daughter feed the farmhands, keep house, and watch the children.  

Unfortunately I do not have photographs of any of the homes where my ancestors lived.  I have stood and had my picture taken where my great-grandparents Tapley's home used to stand.  That is as close as I've come.  I do not know if any of the homes in Michigan still stand.  

Photo courtesy of Keith Tapley; Jim and Becky Tapley's homeplace location, Johnson County, GA, September 2012.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Amanuensis Monday: Will of Archibald Odom

"In the [?] of [?] [?] I Archibald Oadum of Emanuel County and State of Georgia being of sound and disposing mind and memory and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs while I have strength so to do do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills by me heretofore made I give my soul to God who gave it and my body I desire to be buried in the family burying ground and my worldly estate I dispose of as follows
1st I bequeath to my beloved Son M N Oadum the plantation on which I now reside and apperturances thereto belonging together with all the lands belonging to me at my decease also our Bed and its furniture and one cloth Loom one yoke of Oxen and cart one young sorrel mare also one cart shugar mill and two boilers.
2nd I bequeath unto my beloved Elizabeth wife one buggy one sorrel mare in foal and if the colt should be a mule it should belong to M N Oadum according previous arrangements otherwise it will go with the mare one Bed and furniture and all the kichen furniture all of which mentioned in Item (2) is to be sold and divided equally between the following mentioned heirs at her death namely M N Oadum Aron G Oadum R A Oadum Luseria Helbern heirs [?] Octavius I Hilbern and Elizus Hilburn
3rd I bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Barwick and to the heirs of her body all the Stock of cattle now in her possion.
4th I bequeath to the heirs of Elijah S Oadum deceased whose names are as follows Elizabeth Harrel Julian B Hutcherson Catharine Harold Eliza Jane Hutcheson Delila Hutcheson Anderson W Oadum Archibald W Oadum Bennett W Oadum Emery S Oadum Nancy Smith Mary Oadum Elefair Watts Eliza Oadum the sum of five dollars
5th I bequeath the sum of five dollars to the heirs of Winney Barwick whose names are as follows Elizabeth [?] [?] Foskey [?] [?] Jane Barwick Nathan Barwick Ser[?] Barwick Martha Barwick Nathan Barwick William Barwick Luraura Barwick Delpha Barwick
6th I bequeath to my grand daugher Eliza E Hutohrn one Bed and furniture and Bedstead also one trunk with its contents
7th I bequeath all my cattle sheep and my horse bridle and Saddle to M N Oadum A G Oadum R A Oadum Octavus I Hilburn & Elizas Hilbern to be disposed of in the following [?] M N Oadum A G Oadum and R A Oadum may share equally and may divide agreeable to their wishes Octavius I Hilbern & Elizas E Hilbern will share one forth of the property mentioned in this Item which being turned into money should be subject to the controll and management of M N Oadum who[?] I hereby appoint their trustee.
8th I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved son R A Oadum my executor to this my last will and testament
In witness whereof I the said Archibald Oadum to this my will have set my hand and seal this 17th March one thousand eight hundred and seventy three 1873.

Archibald Oadum (SS)

agreed sealed published and disclosed in the [?] above Archibald Oadum as his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request in presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto

David Teson of Emanuel
F M Drake   " Johnson
H C Hall of Johnson

Georgia Emanuel County
  Personally came before me at chambers David Teson H C Hall and being sworn depose to and sayeth that they saw Archibald Oadum sign and publish the within as his last will and testament while of sound and disposing [?] that they witnessed the same for him at his request and in his pressence and of each other and that the same was presented voluntarily by him on the day is perposes to be [?] herein executed.

David Teson
H C Hall

Sworn to and subscribed before me this Sept 8th 1873
John C Coleman

Emanuel Court of Ordinary November Term 1873. severally came into court at this regular time of the court Daniel Tyson F M Drake & H C Hall and being duly sworn deposes and say that they saw Archibald Oadum sign and publish the within as his last will and trestament while of sound and disposing mind that they witnessed the same for him at his request and in the presence of each other and that the same was executed voluntarily by him on the day it purports to have been executed

Sworn to and subscribed                                 
in open court Nov 3rd 1873.
  John C Coleman
    Ord. EC.

David Tyson
L. M. Drake
H.C. Hall"

 Archibald Odom was my 4th great grandfather.  This will was a tough one to transcribe. I apologize for all the [?]'s.  Some words would not become clear no matter how many times I came back to them or how long I stared at them.  This will also made it clear that I need to do quite a bit more research on his descendants as many of the names are unfamiliar to me.  Hopefully, after researching, I will be able to update some of the names listed.