To My Giddens Family
Of Wiregrass Georgia





Name Origin: Welsh, British Isles

Name Definition: The Celtic name of GIDDENS was derived from the rugged landscape of Wales. This old, proud name is from the Welsh personal name GETHIN. According to some experts, this forename is derived from the word "cethin", which means dusky or dark.

Spelling Variations: Gethin, Gethyn, Gethyns, Gethyng, Gethings, Gething, Gethinge, Getting, Gettings, Gittings, Gittens, Gittins, Gidding, Giddings, Gettins, Giddens, Giddins, Gidden, Gettens, Gitting and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they were anciently seated as Lords of the Manor near Malpas.

In the New World (now USA) some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James, George, and Jane GIDDINS settled in Boston, Massacusetts in 1635; John GIDDINGS settled in Ipswich in 1653; Edward GIDDONS settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773.

My family 'origin', at least, as far back as any of us can go currently, is England with settlements in North / South Carolina. They immigrated to, and mostly stayed in, the wiregrass area (southern) Georgia.

My direct lineage is marked with a family tree graphic:




Some Descendants of
John Giddens and Robydge Bettes
of Romsey, County Hampshire, England



Generation No. 1

1. John Giddens  was born Abt. 1544 in Bearsted, County Kent, ENGLAND, and died Bet. 1570 - 1645 in Romsey, County Hampshire, ENGLAND. His wife is currently Robydge Bettes  Abt. 1561 in County Kent, ENGLAND; daughter of Robert Betts  and Agnes Terye . She was born Abt. 1540 in Bearsted, County Kent, ENGLAND, and died 1608 in County Hampshire, ENGLAND.

More About John Giddens:
My maternal biological 11th great grandparents.

Child of John Giddens and unknown wife is:
+ 2 i. Mores (Morris) Gedon Giddens born 1573 in Romsey, County Hampshire, ENGLAND; died Bet. 1620 - 1670 in ENGLAND or what is now USA.

Generation No. 2

2. Mores (Morris) Gedon Giddens  (John1) was born August 08, 1573 in Romsey, County Hampshire, ENGLAND, and died Bet. 1620 - 1670 in ENGLAND or what is now USA. He married [--?--] .

More About Mores (Morris) Gedon Giddens:
Christening: August 16, 1573, Romsey, County Hampshire, ENGLAND.
My maternal biological 10th great grandparents. His wife is currently unknown.

Child of Mores (Morris) Gedon Giddens and [--?--] is:
+ 3 i. Benjamin Giddens born Abt. 1626 in ENGLAND or what is now USA; died Unknown in ENGLAND or what is now USA.

Generation No. 3

3. Benjamin Giddens  (Mores (Morris) Gedon2, John1) was born Abt. 1626 in ENGLAND or what is now USA, and died Unknown in ENGLAND or what is now USA. He married [--?--] .

More About Benjamin Giddens:
My maternal biological 9th great grandparents. His wife is currently unknown.

Children of Benjamin Giddens and [--?--] is:
+ 4 i. Benjamin Giddens born Abt. 1643 in ENGLAND or what is now USA; died Bet. 1664 - 1744 in possibly Virginia or Carolina Colony (now USA).

Generation No. 4

4. Benjamin Giddens  (Benjamin3, Mores (Morris) Gedon2, John1) was born Abt. 1643 in ENGLAND or what is now USA, and died Bet. 1664 - 1744 in possibly Virginia or Carolina Colony (now USA). He married Johannah [--?--] . She was born Unknown, and died Bet. 1664 - 1744 in possibly Virginia or Carolina Colony (now USA).

More About Benjamin Giddens:
Note: My maternal biological 8th great grandparents.

Child of Benjamin Giddens and Johannah [--?--] is:
+ 5 i. William Giddens born Abt. 1666; died 1740 in Virginia Colony (now USA).

Generation No. 5

5. William Giddens  (Benjamin4, Benjamin3, Mores (Morris) Gedon2, John1) was born Abt. 1666, and died 1740 in Virginia Colony (now USA). He married Elizabeth [--?--] . She was born Unknown, and died Bet. 1699 - 1769 in possibly Virginia Colony (now USA).

More About William Giddens:
My maternal biological 7th great grandparents.

Child of William Giddens and Elizabeth [--?--] is:
+ 6 i. Thomas Giddens born Abt. 1687 in Virginia Colony (now USA); died July 13, 1747 in Johnston County, North Carolina Colony (now USA).

Generation No. 6

6. Thomas Giddens  (William5, Benjamin4, Benjamin3, Mores (Morris) Gedon2, John1) was born Abt. 1687 in Virginia Colony (now USA), and died July 13, 1747 in Johnston County, North Carolina Colony (now USA). He married Catherine Johnston  Abt. 1705 in USA, possibly Virginia or North / South Carolina. She was born Abt. 1689 in Virginia Colony (now USA), and died Bet. 1727 - 1747 in probably Johnston County, North Carolina Colony (now USA).

More About Thomas Giddens:
Note: My maternal biological 6th great grandparents.

More About Catherine Johnston:
Note: Her first name is unproven. Her parents are currently unknown.

Child of Thomas Giddens and Catherine Johnston is:
+ 7 i. Benjamin Giddens born Abt. 1717 in North Carolina Colony (now USA); died Unknown in USA, possibly North / South Carolina or Georgia.

Generation No. 7

7. Benjamin Giddens  (Thomas6, William5, Benjamin4, Benjamin3, Mores (Morris) Gedon2, John1) was born Abt. 1717 in North Carolina Colony (now USA), and died Unknown in USA, possibly North / South Carolina or Georgia. He married Mary Ann Martin  Bet. 1737-1740. She was born Bet. Bet. 1706 - 1726.

More About Benjamin Giddens:
Note: My maternal biological 5th great grandparents.

Source for wife's name: Correspondence on May 2007 from Mrs. Vivian McDonald Gordon, 1559 Shan Drive S., Mobile, AL 36693.

Child of Benjamin Giddens and Mary Ann Martin is:
+ 8 i. Thomas Giddens, Revolutionary Soldier (R.S.) born 1740 in North Carolina Colony (now USA); died February 23, 1831 in Lowndes County, Georgia.

Generation No. 8

8. Thomas Giddens, "R. S."  (Benjamin7, Thomas6, William5, Benjamin4, Benjamin3, Mores (Morris) Gedon2, John1) was born 1740 in North Carolina Colony (now USA), and died February 23, 1831 in Lowndes County, Georgia. He married Mary Baker  Bet. 1780 - 1790 in Hyde County, North Carolina. She was born Bet. 1758 - 1768 in North Carolina Colony (now USA), and died Bet. 1820 - 1868 in Lowndes County, Georgia.

Notes for Thomas "R. S." Giddens:

Note: Thomas and Mary are my maternal biological 4th great grandparents.

THOMAS GIDDENS was a Revolutionary War soldier (R.S.). He moved to Bulloch County, Georgia, from North Carolina about 1810. Then moved to Tattnall County, Georgia, when he drew land in 1820 as a Revolutionary Soldier (Knight's Roster, page 383).

More About Thomas "R. S." Giddens:
Burial: February 25, 1831, somewhere in Lowndes County, Georgia
Immigration 1: Abt. 1810, North Carolina to Bulloch County, Georgia
Immigration 2: Abt. 1820, Bulloch County, Georgia to Tattnall County, Georgia
Land Lottery: 1820, Tattnall County, Georgia; Knight's Roster, page 383
Military service: 1776, Revolutionary War

Children of Thomas Giddens and Mary Baker are:
i. Ann Giddens, born Bet. 1781 - 1821 in NC or GA; died Unknown. She married James Rogers in USA; born Unknown; died Unknown.
ii. Benjamin Giddens, born Bet. 1781 - 1821 in NC or GA; died Unknown.
iii. Thomas G. Giddens, born 1789 in North Carolina; died February 23, 1851 in Berrien (fka Lowndes) County, Georgia buried Lanier County. He married (1) Catherine Gregory Abt. 1812 in New Hanover County, North Carolina. She was born 1790 in North Carolina, and died Abt. 1817 in Colquitt County, Georgia. He married (2) Mary "Pollie" Neville April 24, 1824 in Bulloch County, Georgia, daughter of Jacob Neville and Nancy Henderson. She was born 1799 in Statesboro, Bulloch (fka Effingham) County, Georgia, and died 1889 in Clinch (nka Lanier) County, Georgia at the home of her daughter Dicy (Mrs. James) Richardson.
iv. Frances Giddens, (female) born 1797 in North Carolina; died August 28, 1864 in Berrien County, Georgia. She married Francis DeVane 1815 in Bulloch County, Georgia. He was born 1798 in North Carolina, and died March 08, 1868 in Berrien County, Georgia. Burial: Pleasant Cemetery, Pleasant Drive, Berrien County, Georgia.
v. Morris Giddens, born 1798 in North Carolina; died Bet. 1860 - 1890 in probably Georgia. He married Clarissa "Claricy" Brannon December 18, 1820 in Bulloch County, Georgia. She was born Abt. 1800 in Bulloch (fka Franklin) County, Georgia, and died Unknown in Georgia.
vi. John Giddens, born 1800 in North Carolina; died January 04, 1866 in Berrien County, Georgia.
+ 15 vii. Duncan Patrick Giddens born 1814 in North Carolina; died September 08, 1881 in Mud Creek, Clinch County, Georgia at the old Jesse Hall property.

Generation No. 9

15. Duncan Patrick Giddens  (Thomas "R. S."8, Benjamin7, Thomas6, William5, Benjamin4, Benjamin3, Mores (Morris) Gedon2, John1) was born 1814 in North Carolina, and died September 08, 1881 in Mud Creek, Clinch County, Georgia at the old Jesse Hall property. He married (1) Civility Mathis  Abt. 1831 in Lowndes County, Georgia, daughter of John Davis Mathis  and 1st wife Phoebe Alderman . She was born 1808 in Bulloch (fka Effingham) County, Georgia, and died 1873 in Mud Creek, Clinch County, Georgia at the family home. He married (2) Mary Joyce February 16, 1878 in Brooks County, Georgia, daughter of Garton Joyce and Hester J. Hardeman. She was born September 23, 1834 in Lowndes (nka Brooks) County, Georgia, and died November 26, 1907 in Brooks (fka Lowndes) County, Georgia.

Notes for Duncan Patrick Giddens:
Duncan Patrick Giddens and 1st wife Civility Mathis are my maternal biological 3rd great grandparents.
I am also blood kin to Duncan's 2nd wife, Mrs. Mary Joyce Pike. She was one of my Hardeman cousins.

SOURCE: "Pioneers Of Wiregrass Georgia" by Folks Huxford
Volume I, Pages 92, 93

DUNCAN GIDDENS was born in North Carolina in 1808 and was a son of THOMAS GIDDENS, R. S. He moved with his parents to Bulloch County, Georgia, in boyhood, thence with his brother THOMAS and his family, came to Lowndes County (the territory now called Berrien) in 1827-1828. There he married Miss CIVILITY MATHIS, daughter of JOHN MATHIS. She was born in 1808 in Bulloch County and died at the family home in upper Clinch County in 1873. The second marriage of Mr. Giddens was in Brooks County (GA) on February 16, 1878, to Mrs. MARY JOYCE PIKE, a daughter of GARTEN JOYCE of that county and widow of C. L. PIKE; she was born September 23, 1834, and died in Brooks County, GA, on November 26, 1907. There were no children by the second marriage. There were two or three other children not listed below who died in infancy to Duncan and Civility Giddens.

For some years after their marriage the Giddens home was in the Cat Creek section of Lowndes County (GA). He sold out his property there and moved to Clinch County in 1855 where he bought the lands of RICHARD BENNETT consisting of what is now known as the Guest Millpond, and the farm and timber lands. After owning this property and living he traded it to MILES J. GUEST of Ware County (GA), for the latter's plantation and holdings near the present village of Manor in Ware County. This was about 1861. In 1864, Mr. Giddens sold out his Ware County property and moved back to Clinch County and bought the five lots of land where CHARLES STRICKLAND had been living for about twelve or fourteen years, these consisted of Lots Nos. 150, 195, 220, 221, 240 and 242, 7th District. There was a considerable plantation on Lots 195 and 220 seperated by Red Bluff Creek. This property he divided among his children about 1868, except the homeplace on Lot 220. In 1879 he traded this Lot 220 to JESSE HALL for the Hall property where the late JOSEPH P. SMITH lived in Clinch County, some ten miles west of where he had lived. He moved there and farmed until his death two years later, September 8, 1881. His remains were taken back to his old homeplace and buried in the family burying ground on the place, where his first wife and some of the children were buried.

Mr. Giddens was a Private in Captain LEVI J. KNIGHT'S independent company of Lowndes County Militia in the Indian War in 1838. He served as 1st Lieutenant of the militia in the 664th District of Lowndes County 1834-1840. He was a Justice of the Inferior Court of Clinch County 1854-1856.

CENSUS REFERENCES: 1840, 1850 Lowndes Co, GA; 1860, 1870 Clinch Co, GA.

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1st Marriage: Civility MATHIS b: 1808 in Bulloch Co, GA
(Her Father: John MATHIS b: 1774 in Duplin Co, NC, Her Mother: Nancy EDMONDSON b: 1785).
They had 13 children.
2nd Marriage: Mary JOYCE (Mrs. Louis C. L. PIKE) b: 23 SEP 1834 d: 26 NOV 1907 in Brooks Co, GA
Married: 16 FEB 1878 in Brooks Co, GA
(Her 1st m. Louis C. L. PIKE b: 1829 - Married: 22 NOV 1865 - d:c1878 Brooks Co, GA)
(Her Father: Garton JOYCE b: 29 NOV 1801 in Screven Co GA, Her Mother: Hester J. HARDEMAN b: 20 OCT 1804 in Bulloch Co, GA)

More About Duncan Patrick Giddens:
Burial: September 09, 1881, Clinch County, Georgia at the old Giddens family home
Census: 1880, Mud Creek, Clinch County, GA Federal Census; NA Film # T9-0140; Page 560D
Military service: 1838, Pvt. Cap Knights, Lowdnes County Militia, Indian Wars
Note: 1880, Age 66 years, born North Carolina, living w/2nd wife
Occupation: 1880, Farmer
Parents Information: 1880, Father b: NC; Mother b: NC

More About Mary Joyce:
Burial: November 28, 1907, Concord Cemetery, Morven Hwy, Morven, Brooks County, Georgia
Census: 1880, Mud Creek, Clinch County, GA Federal Census; NA Film # T9-0140; Page 560D
Note 1: 1880, Age 48 years, born Georgia
Note 2: She was Mrs. Louis C. L. PIKE before marrying Duncan GIDDENS.
Note 3: This couple had no issue together (children).
Occupation: 1880, Keeping House
Parents Information: 1880, Father b: GA; Mother b: GA

Children of Duncan Patrick Giddens and Civility Mathis are:
i. John Mathis Giddens, C. S. A., born Abt. 1832 in Clinch County, Georgia; died December 1864 in the War of Northern Aggression (CSA). He married Letticia "Lettie" Giddens (a cousin) Bet. 1846 - 1856 in Georgia, daughter of John Giddens and 1st wife Sarah Smith. She was born July 14, 1832 in Randolph County, Georgia, and died Bet. 1857 - 1880 in Berrien County, Georgia. Note: Did Letticia marry again after John Giddens death? I found a LETTA GIDDINGS that married ALFRED W. HENSON 10 Nov 1868 Pulaski Co, GA but can not find them in the 1880 Census to confirm.
ii. Nancy Ann Giddens, born Abt. 1833 in Clinch County, Georgia; died Abt. 1880 in Clinch County, Georgia. She married William Smith, C. S. A. Abt. 1852 in Clinch County, GA, son of Nathan Smith and Drucilla Walker. He was born Abt. 1830 in Lowndes Co, GA; died Abt. 1862 in service Confederate States of America during War of Northern Aggression. Mrs. Smith is buried in the Bethany (aka Arabia) Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Clinch County, Georgia. His burial location is currently unknown.
iii. Jemima Rebecca Giddens, born January 31, 1835 in Clinch County, Georgia; died September 21, 1911 in Clinch County, Georgia. She married Enoch Tomlinson February 1855 in Clinch County, GA; son of Moses Tomlinson and Charlotte Monk; born August 16, 1833 in Lowndes Co, GA; died November 04, 1878 in Clinch Co, GA. Burial: Bethany (aka Arabia) Primitive Baptist Church Church Cemetery, Clinch County, GA.
iv. Patrick F. Giddens, born 1837 in Cat Creek, Lowndes County, Georgia; died 1870 in Clinch County, Georgia. He married Eliza Cowart in GA, daughter of unknown; born February 15, 1840 in Clinch Co, GA; died unknown. Note: She 2nd married Thomas Jewell. Burial: Bethany (aka Arabia) Primitive Baptist Church Church Cemetery, Clinch County, GA.
v. James H. Giddens, C. S. A., born 1842 in Cat Creek, Lowndes County, Georgia; died May 10, 1864 in Spottsylvania, Virginia during the War of Northern Aggression. He is probably buried there.
vi. Virgil A. S. Giddens, C. S. A., born Abt. 1840 in Cat Creek, Lowndes County, Georgia; died Bet. 1860 - 1865 in the War Of Northern Aggression (CSA). He married Frances America Rogers Bet. 1855 - 1865 in Lowndes County, Georgia; born 1830 in Thomas County, Georgia; died Bet. 1856 - 1930 in Georgia.
vii. Isaac Jasper Giddens, born Abt. 1844 in Cat Creek, Lowndes County, Georgia; died Unknown in Georgia. He married Susan Jeffords in Lowndes County, Georgia; born Unknown in Georgia; died Unknown in Georgia.
viii. Priscilla Jane Giddens, born Abt. 1846 in Cat Creek, Lowndes County, Georgia; died May 13, 1925 in Berrien County, Georgia. She married Daniel J. Jeffords, Sr., C.S.A. 1860 in Ware County, Georgia; born 1835 in Tattnall County, Georgia; died April 21, 1863 in the War Of Northern Aggression (CSA). Burial (Priscilla): May 15, 1925, Long Bridge Cemetery, at Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Berrien County, Georgia.
+ 34 ix. Saphronia Elizabeth "Fronie" Giddens born March 25, 1851 in Cat Creek, Lowndes County, Georgia; died October 06, 1929 in Pearson, Atkinson (fka Coffee) County, GA buried Seminole County, Florida.
x. William F. Giddens, born Abt. 1855 in Guest Millpond, Clinch County, Georgia; died Bet. 1855 - 1865 in Guest Millpond, Clinch County, Georgia. Burial: unknown, possibly Bethany along with family.
xi. George Washington Giddens, born February 08, 1856 in Guest Millpond, Clinch County, Georgia; died August 23, 1920 in Lennox, Berrien County, Georgia. He married Elizabeth Williams 1873 in Clinch Co, GA; daughter of unknown; born November 24, 1854 in Clinch Co, GA; died April 14, 1917 in Lennox, Berrien Co, GA. Burial: Long Bridge Cemetery at Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Berrien County, Georgia.
xii. Lucretia Giddens, born November 08, 1858 in Guest Millpond, Clinch County, Georgia; died March 12, 1901 in Nashville, Berrien County, Georgia. She married Elisha Moore 1877 in Clinch Co, GA; son of John Moore, IV, C.S.A. and Barbara "Barbary" Roberts; born December 09, 1857 in Birds Mill, Coffee (nka Atkinson) County, Georgia; died January 02, 1919 in Nashville, Berrien Co, GA. Burial: Long Bridge Church Cemetery, Berrien County, Georgia.

Generation No. 10

34. Saphronia Elizabeth "Fronie" Giddens  (Duncan Patrick9, Thomas "R. S."8, Benjamin7, Thomas6, William5, Benjamin4, Benjamin3, Mores (Morris) Gedon2, John1) was born March 25, 1851 in Cat Creek, Lowndes County, Georgia, and died October 06, 1929 in Geneva, Seminole County, Florida. She married Thomas Jasper Sweat  December 17, 1871 in Homerville, Clinch County, Georgia, son of Jesse Sweat  and Nancy Eddens . He was born June 07, 1850 in Chesterfield District, South Carolina, and died March 08, 1925 in Geneva, Seminole County, Florida.

More About Saphronia Elizabeth "Fronie" Giddens:
"Fronie" and Thomas are my biological maternal 2nd great grandparents.

Burial: October 08, 1929, Geneva City Cemetery, Location 182-C, Geneva, Seminole County, FL
Census 1: 1880, Homerville, Clinch County, GA Federal Census; Film # T9-0140; Page 568B
Census 2: 1900, Clinch Co GA Fed Census, GA Militia Dist. 1061, ED 17, Dw.#68, Fam.#70, Series T623, Roll 188, Sht 4B, Pg 252
Census 3: April 24, 1910, Pearson, Coffee (nka Atkinson) County, GA
Census 4: 1920, Atkinson Co GA Fed Census, Pearson Twnsp, ED 13, Fam. 17, Dwell. 18, Series T625, Roll 233, Sht 1B, Pg 149
Note 1: There is no Florida Death Certificate, therefore, she probably died in Georgia.
Note 2: 1880, Age 28 years, born Georgia
Note 3: 1900, Age 48 years, born Mar. 1851 GA, married, wife, white, female; BETTIE SWEAT
Note 4: 1920, Age 68 years, born GA, married, wife, white, female; FRONIE E. SWEAT
Occupation 1: 1880, Keeping House
Occupation 2: 1900, Keeping House
Occupation 3: 1920, Keeping House
Parents Information 1: 1880, Father b: GA; Mother b: GA
Parents Information 2: 1900, Father b: GA; Mother b: GA
Parents Information 3: 1920, Father b: GA; Mother b: GA
Source 1: 1880, Clinch Co GA Fed Census, Homerville PO
Source 2: 1900, Clinch Co GA Fed Census, GA Militia Dist. 1061, ED 17
Source 3: 1920, Atkinson Co GA Fed Census, Pearson Twnsp, ED 13
Tombstone Inscription: Saphronia E. Sweat, born: Mar 25 1851, died: 1926, "Mother"

More About Thomas Jefferson (Jasper) Sweat:
Burial: March 10, 1925, Geneva City Cemetery, Location 182-D, Geneva, Seminole County, FL
Census 1: 1860, Berrien Co GA Fed Census
Census 2: 1880, Homerville, Clinch County, GA Fed Census; Film # T9-0140; Page 568B
Census 3: 1900, Clinch Co GA Fed Census, GA Militia Dist. 1061, ED 17, Dw.#68, Fam.#70, Series T623, Roll 188, Sht 4B, Pg 252
Census 4: April 24, 1910, Pearson, Coffee (nka Atkinson) County, GA Fed Census; ED 45, Militia Dist. 1150; Page 14b
Census 5: 1920, Atkinson Co GA Fed Census, Pearson Twnsp, ED 13, Fam. 17, Dwell. 18, Series T625, Roll 233, Sht 1B, Pg 149
Name 2: Thomas JASPER Sweat
Note 1: Thomas JEFFERSON Sweat (per dau.'s FL death certificate).
Note 2: 1860, Age 10 years, born SC, son, white, male; THOMAS J. SEWENT
Note 3: 1880, Age 29 years, born SC, married, h/h, white, male; THOMAS J. SWEAT
Note 4: 1900, Age 52 years, born SC, married 29 yrs, 3 children, 3 living, h/h, white, male; THOS. J. SWEAT
Note 5: 1920, Age 67 years, born NC(!), married, h/h, white, male; T. J. SWEAT
Note 6: 1925, There is no Florida Death Certificate. Also, no Atkinson Co GA Death Certificate on file.
Occupation 1: 1880, Farmer (general)
Occupation 2: 1900, Farmer (general)
Occupation 3: 1910, Farmer (general)
Occupation 4: 1920, Farmer (general)
Parents Information 1: 1880, Father b: SC; Mother b: SC
Parents Information 2: 1900, Father b: SC; Mother b: SC
Parents Information 3: 1920, Father b: NC; Mother b: NC
Source 1: Tombstone Inscription
Source 2: 1860, Berrien Co GA Fed Census
Source 3: 1880, Homerville, Clinch County, GA Fed Census
Source 4: 1900, Clinch Co GA Fed Census, GA Militia Dist. 1061, ED 17
Source 5: 1910, Pearson, Coffee (nka Atkinson) County, GA Fed Census
Source 6: 1920, Atkinson Co GA Fed Census, Pearson Twnsp, ED 13
Tombstone Inscription: Thomas J. Sweat, born: June 7, 1850, died: March 8, 1925, "Father"

More About Thomas Sweat and Saphronia Giddens:
Marriage: December 17, 1871, Homerville, Clinch County, Georgia
Marriage license: Homerville, Clinch County, GA; Page 120
Marriage note: Ordinary: J. Morgan; Minister of Gospel: James M. Mullis

Children of Saphronia Giddens and Thomas Sweat are:
+ 83 i. Rebecca Jane Sweat born January 03, 1873 in Pearson, Coffee (nka Atkinson) County, Georgia; died March 22, 1950 in Orange Memorial Hospital, Orlando, Orange County, Florida at 4:35 am but was living in Titusville, Brevard County, FL.
ii. George Washington Sweat, born January 27, 1876 in Pearson, Coffee (nka Atkinson) County, Georgia; died September 29, 1952 in Pearson, Atkinson (fka Coffee) County, Georgia at 2:00 PM at home. He married (1) Margaret Williams September 11, 1898 in Clinch County, Georgia. She was born Abt. 1877 in Moore's Mill, Clinch County, Georgia, and died Abt. 1899 in Georgia, Clinch or Coffee County buried Atkinson County. He married (2) Pearl Elizabeth Meigs Abt. 1903 in Meigs, Thomas County, Georgia, daughter of William Meigs and Susan Taylor. She was born May 10, 1889 in Meigs, Thomas County, Georgia, and died April 15, 1967 in Gulf Breeze, Santa Rosa County, Florida.
iii. Jesse Nathaniel Sweat, born May 15, 1879 in Pearson, Coffee (nka Atkinson) County, Georgia; died April 19, 1907 in Leland, Cobb County, Georgia buried Atkinson County. He married Martha Agnes Cowart February 02, 1902 in Coffee County, Georgia, daughter of Mathew Manning Cowart and Pabnie Fannie Minchew; born Abt. 1883 in Pearson, Coffee (nka Atkinson) County, Georgia; died March 03, 1925 in Waycross, Ware Co, GA. Buried: Arnie Church Cemetery, Atkinson (fka Coffee) Co, GA.
 Children of Jesse Nathaniel Sweat and Martha Agnes Cowart:
 1) Remer Jefferson Sweat (died in Florida); and 2) Arthur Virgil Sweat.
 NOTE: After Jesse's death, Mrs. Martha Cowart Sweat 2nd married Abt. 1909 GA to Henry Wasden Herrin b: 10 March 1877 Wayne Co, GA d: 10 November 1920.
 Henry is buried: Kettle Creek Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery, Carswell Avenue, Waycross, Ware Co, GA.
 Mrs. Martha Cowart Herrin 3rd married James A. Fullwood and they are both buried in the Kettle Creek Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery
 [her on-line FindAGrave memorial with links to others].

Generation No. 11

83. Rebecca Jane Sweat  (Saphronia Elizabeth "Fronie"10 Giddens, Duncan Patrick9, Thomas "R. S."8, Benjamin7, Thomas6, William5, Benjamin4, Benjamin3, Mores (Morris) Gedon2, John1) was born January 03, 1873 in Pearson, Coffee (nka Atkinson) County, Georgia, and died March 22, 1950 in Orange Memorial Hospital, Orlando, Orange County, Florida at 4:35 am but was living in Titusville, Brevard County, FL. She married Mathew Howard Moore  March 13, 1892 in Homerville, Clinch County, Georgia, son of John Moore, IV, C. S. A.  and Barbara "Barbary" Roberts . He was born August 13, 1872 in near Pearson, Coffee (nka Atkinson) County, Georgia, and died March 21, 1944 in 1525 Minnesota Avenue, Winter Park, Orange County, Florida at 12:20 PM.

More About Rebecca Jane Sweat:
Mathew Howard Moore and Rebecca Jane Sweat are my biological maternal great grandparents.

Age at Death (Facts Pg): 77 years, 2 months, 18 days
Burial: March 26, 1950, Geneva City Cemetery, Location 182-a, Geneva, Seminole County, FL
Census 1: 1880, Homerville, Clinch County, GA Federal Census; Film # T9-0140; Page 568 b
Census 2: June 04, 1900, Pearson, Coffee County, GA Federal Census; ED 23; Militia Dist. 1130; Sheet 4
Census 3: April 15, 1910, McDonald, Coffee County, GA Federal Census; ED 49; Militia Dist. 1353; Sheet 5b
Census 4: January 02, 1920, Pearson, Atkinson County, GA Federal Census; ED 13, Sup.Dist. 11, Militia Dist. 1130; Page 3a
Census 5: May 02, 1930, Geneva, Seminole County, FL Federal Census; EP 6, District 12; Enum. by Charles Phillips; Page 5b
Death Certificate: State File No. 6514
Funeral Home: Pittman-Cox Funeral Home, Winter Park, Orange County, FL
Medical (Facts Pg): Acute severe hepatitis, --?-- gall bladder disease (14 days)
Note 1: There was an autopsy performed at her death.
Note 2: 1920, Atkinson County, Georgia, was part of Coffee County until it was created in 1920.
Note 3: 1930, She is "Head Of Household" living with dau. BESSIE MOORE McMAHAN and GEORGE B. McMAHAN.
Religion: Methodist
Tombstone Inscription: "Rebecca Jane Moore 1950"

More About Mathew Howard Moore:
Age at Death (Facts Pg): 71 years, 7 months, 8 days
Burial: March 23, 1944, Geneva City Cemetery, Location 183-dd, Geneva, Seminole County, FL
Census 1: June 19, 1880, Homerville, Moores Mill, Clinch County, GA Federal Census; District No 1224, Militia District 1061; Enum. by M. M. Caswell; Page 575c
Census 2: June 01, 1900, Pearson, Coffee County, GA Federal Census; ED 23; Militia Dist. 1130; Sheet 4
Census 3: April 15, 1910, McDonald, Coffee County, GA Federal Census; ED 49; Militia Dist. 1353; Sheet 5b
Census 4: January 02, 1920, Pearson, Atkinson County, GA Federal Census; ED 13, Sup.Dist. 11, Militia Dist. 1130; Page 3a
Death Certificate: 1944, State File No. 6643, Registrar's No. 28
Funeral Home: Carey-Hand Funeral Home, Orlando, Orange County, FL
Informant: 1944, Walter B. Bailey was the "informant" on his Florida death certificate. Walter was his granddaughter's husband.
Medical (Facts Pg): Coronary Thrombosis, Coronary Sclerosis (left side)
Note 2: 1880, Age 10 years old, At School
Note 3: 1910, Living close by to eldest daughter Mrs. BEULAH E. MOORE CARTLEDGE & family.
Occupation 1: 1900, Farmer (general)
Occupation 2: 1910, Laborer
Occupation 3: 1920, Farmer (general)
Occupation 4: 1944, Farmer
Religion: Methodist
Tombstone Inscription: M. H. Moore 1944

More About Mathew Howard Moore and Rebecca Jane Sweat:
Marriage: March 13, 1892, Homerville, Clinch County, Georgia
Marriage license: Homerville, Clinch County, GA; Page 132
Marriage note: Ordinary: George Cornelius LS; Minister of Gospel: A. O'Steen

Children of Rebecca Sweat and Mathew Moore are:
i. Beulah Elizabeth Moore, born April 01, 1893 in Axson, Coffee (nka Atkinson) County, Georgia; died March 15, 1934 in Axson, Atkinson (fka Coffee) County, Georgia. She married Arthur Tompkins Cartledge November 22, 1908 in Coffee County, Georgia, son of Samuel C. Cartledge and Susanna Jane Mathis. He was born August 10, 1880 in Edgefield County, South Carolina, and died November 10, 1964 in Orlando, Orange County, Florida living in Oviedo, Seminole County. Burial (Beulah): March 17, 1934, Red Bluff Church Cemetery (unmarked), Sandy Bottom, Red Creek Road, Atkinson County, Georgia.
+ 150 ii. Bessie Estelle Moore born November 04, 1903 in Axson, Coffee (nka Atkinson) County, Georgia; died June 14, 1957 in Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital, Rockledge, Brevard County, Florida but was living in Titusville.

Generation No. 12

150. Bessie Estelle Moore  (Rebecca Jane11 Sweat, Saphronia Elizabeth "Fronie"10 Giddens, Duncan Patrick9, Thomas "R. S."8, Benjamin7, Thomas6, William5, Benjamin4, Benjamin3, Mores (Morris) Gedon2, John1) was born November 04, 1903 in Axson, Coffee (nka Atkinson) County, Georgia, and died June 14, 1957 in Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital, Rockledge, Brevard County, Florida but was living in Titusville. She married George Baxter McMahan  December 24, 1929 in Seminole County, Florida, son of General Gates McMahan  and Eliza Jane Green . He was born March 18, 1909 in Sugarland, Sevier County, Tennessee, and died November 09, 1996 in at 7:11 am in the Columbia-Putnam Medical Center, Putnam County, Florida but was living in Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, FL.

More About Bessie Estelle Moore:
George Baxter McMahan and 1st wife Bessie Estelle Moore are my biological maternal grandparents.

Burial: June 16, 1957, LaGrange Cemetery (unmarked), Section E-225, 1575 Old Dixie Highway, Titusville, Brevard County, FL 32796

More About George Baxter McMahan:
Age at Death (Facts Pg): 87 yrs, 7 mns, 24 dys
Burial: November 12, 1996, Bosque Bello Cemetery, Fernandina, Nassau County, Florida

Children of Bessie Estelle Moore and George Baxter McMahan are:
i. Jeanette Pickett McMahan, born private in Geneva, Seminole County, Florida. She married Edwin K. Shriver; born Bet. 1920 - 1940.
ii. Ruth O. McMahan, born private in Geneva, Seminole County, Florida. She married James Monroe Johnson, Sr. Bet. January 1950 - December 1952 in Titusville, Brevard County, Florida; born October 18, 1926 in Florida; died February 12, 1997 in Titusville, Brevard County, Florida.
iii. Nina Jane McMahan, born private in Oviedo, Seminole County, Florida. She married (1) Andy Bucurel, Jr. February 04, 1950 in Folkston, Charlton County, Georgia. She married (2) Vernon M. Lee Bet. 1980 - 1983 probably in Florida; born April 13, 1932 in Georgia; died August 07, 1999 in Satsuma, Putnam County, Florida on a Saturday.
iv. George Baxter McMahan, born November 25, 1935 in Geneva, Seminole County, FL; died November 25, 1935 in Geneva, Seminole County, FL. Medical: stillborn. Burial: November 27, 1935, Geneva City Cemetery, Location 183-e, Geneva, Seminole County, FL.
v. Marian Estelle "Mary" McMahan born July 05, 1937 in Geneva, Seminole County, Florida at 9:00 am; died June 23, 1980 in an auto accident at 12:38 am on Fla. State Rd 5, 1 mile north of Yulee, Nassau County, Florida. She met (1) David Ronald "Ronnie" Keith, Sr.  Abt. August 1955 in never married - Titusville, Brevard County, FL; born private in Panama City Hospital, Panama City, Bay County, Florida. She married (2) Robert Reardon November 07, 1959 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut; born June 30, 1933 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut; died May 1987 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut. She met (3) Jeffrey Nathan Miller 1967 in never married each other - Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut; born private in Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut. She married (4) Sherrill Andrew Preacher March 16, 1974 in Camden County, Georgia; born Abt. 1937; died Unknown. She married (5) Joseph "Joe" Swanger April 27, 1978 in Pittsfield Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan; born private in Cranberry, Avery County, North Carolina; died Unknown.

Notes for Marian Estelle "Mary" McMahan:
Mary McMahan was my birth-mother.
Burial: June 25, 1980, Bosque Bello Cemetery, Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida

vi. Rufus McMahan, born February 08, 1940 in Geneva, Seminole County, Florida; died May 03, 2003 in Satsuma, Putnam County, Florida buried Brevard County, Florida. He married (1) Kay Frances Britton June 1960 in Brevard County, Florida; born February 17, 1937 in Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina; divorced Dec 1969 Volusia County, Florida. He married (2) Myrtle Lane Sampson Bet. 1969 - 1983 in Georgia; born February 13, 1927 in Kingston, Richmond County, Georgia; died September 08, 1998 in Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida. Burial: May 06, 2003, LaGrange Cemetery, Section E-225, 1575 Old Dixie Highway, Titusville, Brevard County, FL 32796.
vii. Frances Louise McMahan, born private in Titusville, Brevard County, Florida. She married Greg Larson; born private.
viii. Nadine McMahan, born private in Titusville, Brevard County, Florida. She married Kenneth E. Smith in unknown; born Unknown.

Some Sources


1. Information from Lane Giddens, 803 North Oak Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31601
2. www.FamilySearch.Org
3. Publication: "Church and Family Cemeteries in Lowndes Co, GA" 1825-2005
4. Publication: Folks Huxford, Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Volume VI, The Jesup Sentinel, Jesup, Georgia 1971, Book, page 180.
5. National Archives Microfilm Box, Roll, and Record:000226, 0023, 00001163.
6. James A. "Jim" Jones <1grouch-NOSPAM-@charter.net >
7. Publication: A Survey of Brooks County Cemeteries, by Brooks Co Museum & Cultural Center, Quitman, GA 31643 (1999)
8. Bacon County, Georgia Cemeteries :: http://www.rootsweb.com/~gabacon/cmwesly.htm
9. Record of the Descendants of Vincent Meigs who came from Dorsetshire, England about 1635
10. Samuel Cartledge at http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=scartledge
11. Florida Times-Union (www.jacksonville.com)
12. Florida Death Certificates
13. Florida Birth Certificates
14. Georgia Delayed Birth Certificate
15. Obituaries
16. Various RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project Global Project Contributors
16. Verbal from family members





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