From: “Robert T. Jay” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Documents From Mike Miller
Date: Sun, 8 Dec 1996 12:43:16 -0800
The following (5) documents were sent to me by Mike Miller of GA.
LUMPKIN CAMPGROUND CARRIES ON A METHODIST TRADITION
Camp meetings represent a Methodist tradition which is almost as old
as Methodism. Of the two hundred and two years of Methodism, Lumpkin
Methodist Campground has been in continuous operation for more than one
hundred and fifty six of those years. Through the early years of a new
nation, the turmoil of a civil war and the indifference that can be brought
about by our modern society, Lumpkin Campground and her people have held
strong to a tradition of community bonds and family worship which are so
much a part of the camp meeting spirit.
The first camp meetings can be traced to Joe McGee, a Methodist
minister from Pennsylvania, and his brother William McGee, a Presbyterian
pastor. The two brothers left Pennsylvania in 1799 and set out for Ohio.
When they arrived at their destination Joe began preaching with much
spiritual conviction and his ministry gained much momentum among
Presbyterian congregations. As word spread the McGee brothers moved from
place to place where crowds, often estimated at 20,000, camped for several
days while hearing unrestrained sermons of revival. For a time camp
meetings flourished as an interdenominational effort; however, since the
concept fit the Methodist tradition of worship the institution soon became
Realizing the value of camp meetings and having the manpower to carry
on the work, the Methodists began spreading the revivals South. The first
camp meetings reached Georgia in 1801 or 1802. By the time of _______
Asbury’s death in 1816, some 600 camp meetings were being held throughout
Methodism. For about forty years camp meetings continued to multiply until
the Georgia Conference advised against further increases in about 1838. In
Georgia each county was often served by two or more campgrounds. In what is
now Dawson County there were several campgrounds in addition to Lumpkin.
Today some sources say that there are not fewer than twenty one camp
meetings operating in Georgia and that the decline is due in part to the
smaller ministerial circuits.
In 1830 Lumpkin Campground was well within the Cherokee Nation in the
Gold Region. It was not until the following year that the United States
Supreme Court decided that the Cherokee Nation was not a foreign nation.
Also in the same year the following order was issued:
STATE OF GEORGIA. By His Excellency CHARLES J. McDONALD,Governor and
Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of this State, and of the Militia
To all to whom these presents shall come–Greeting:
KNOW YE, That in pursuance of an act of the General Assembly, of this
State, entitled “An Act to lay out the Gold Region in the lands at present
in the occupancy of the Cherokee Indians, into small lots, and dispose of
the same by separate Lottery,” passed the 24th of December, 1831, …..
The governor’s order was in response to the discovery of gold in Auraria
in the summer of 1829 and in an effort to control the disputes which arose
with the influx of thousands of lawless white gold-seekers. Certainly,
there has never been a more appropriate time to establish a place of
From the time of its establishment until the removal of the Cherokees
to Oklahoma in 1838, Lumpkin Campground was said to have been attended by
the Indians. These natives were not unaccustomed to the Christian
philosophies being taught, since there had been missionaries among the
tribes for a number of years. Rather than sit with the whites under the
brush arbor, the Indians were said to have gathered in the edge of the
woods or just outside the temporary structures of the camp. There are no
indications that any confrontations took place between the founding fathers
of the camp ground and the Cherokees.
In 1843 the lands of the Cherokees’ were granted in forty acre tracts
to males participating in the land lottery. The tract containing the
campground was granted to James M. Cooper of Upson County Georgia.
Ownership was transferred to campground trustees John H. Mashburn, Richard
Jenkins, John B. Ruse, Thomas P. Harris and John Bruce on May 8, 1845.
It is thought that the arbor, which still stands today, was
constructed during 1845. Minutes of conference meetings and other
gatherings begin making reference to the arbor around that year and one can
visualize the construction of a permanent structure as a logical step
following the acquisition of a title to the property. The arbor was
constructed of hand hewn logs and assembled with wooden pegs. Today it is
somewhat larger than it was when it was originally constructed. The rear
‘shed’ behind the pulpit has been widened and ‘wings’ have been added to
the sides to accommodate more people. In the early years the pulpit was
high above the congregation and large enough to hold about a dozen
Presiding Elders. The height of the pulpit was such that the preacher would
have to climb down to reach the altar.
During the years that followed the construction of a permanent arbor
more and more temporary structures were replaced by wooden ‘tents’
surrounding the arbor. By at least October 1847 rules governing the
construction and maintenance of tents were approved by the trustees of the
campground. Some of the resolutions of the 1847 meeting are as follows:
That if a tent is not occupied for two consecutive camp meetings it becomes
property of the trustees for their disposition. That if a tent falls down
and is not rebuilt by the next camp meeting the site can be built on by
another person with the permission of the trustees. That sixteen feet is
the maximum width allowed in front for a tent. That twelve feet on the
North line and at the North West corner be kept open for a wagon
passageway. That a copy of the minutes is to be placed under arbor on a
One can pause and reflect on how the campgrounds might have appeared
during these years both visually and in spirit. Families walking toward
their tents from the arbor to change from their Sunday clothes to milk cows
and feed chickens brought along for the week’s stay. Young people running
toward one of several streams to fetch water for the evening’s cooking and
hoping to have a chance meeting with a neighbor boy or girl. After an
evening meal, spread across a large table before family and friends, the
campers began preparations for the evening service. With the sound of farm
animals coming from among a host of packed wagons and the smell of wood
burning stoves still in the air, oil lamps were lit under the arbor and
burning pine knots were placed about the grounds on platforms to provide a
soft glow of light around the white washed trees. After the trumpet’s sound
reminded the campers of the approaching evening service the sound of
singing soon flowed up and out of the valley and across the hills.
Following a sermon filled with fire and divine inspiration, sinners were
converted and shouts of joy rang out across the encampment, another evening
service had ended and a night of camp meeting fellowship and prayer was
about to begin.
Legend holds that during the Civil War some of General Sherman’s
troops used the arbor to house their troops and horses. Although Sherman’s
main force marched down the rail lines to the West, some scouting parties
were said to have passed through this area stealing cured meats and
livestock from local farm families. Since the mountain areas of Georgia
were not strongly supportive of the Confederate cause much of the
improvements to the land remained intact, including the campgrounds.
By the 1880’s the encampment was ringed by an almost continuous circle
of tents on the inside and on the outside of the road. Some of those who
attended during those years recalled being able to walk around the
campground, except for one opening, without descending from the tops of the
split shingle roofed tents.
(– Page 1 – First Quarterly Conference, 1837 –)
1 Quarterly Meeting for Canton Mission for the
the year of Our Lord 1837 was held at Leonards
April the 8th
Isaac Boring P.E.
William S. Williams P.C.
Hiram Kelly E.X.
Solomon D. Leonard C.L.
Are there any complaints
An. 1st None
Qu. 2nd Are there Any Appeals
An. 2nd None
Qu. 3rd Are there References
An. 3rd None
Are there any license to renew or grant
The conference then proceeded to appoint Henry Parks
circuit Steward after which it adjourned to meet
at Salem to hold the 2nd Q.M. June 10-11
Isaac Boring Pr.
William S. Williams Sety.
Qur. Recd Leonards $2.50
Pd. William S. Williams $2.43 3/4 traveling expense
and — 6 1/4 Qur.
(– End First Quarterly Conference, 1837 –)
(– Page 1 – Second Quarterly Conference, 1837 –)
2nd Quarterly meeting for Canton
Mission for 1837 held at Salem Ms (Mission)June th 10 11.
Isaac Boring PE
W S Williams PC
George Bruce EX
Hiram Kelly EX
Samuel Brice CL
J David Vestal CL
James Norres CL
James Parks CL Henry Parks CL
Q1 (Question 1) are there any Complants
A (Answer) none __.__ (?)
Q2 (Question 2) are there any references 13.95
A (Answer) none ———
Q3 (Question 3) are there any appeals 3.70 15.20
A (Answer) none 2.00
Q4 (Question 4) Are there any licens to 2.50
Renew or grant ——–
A (Answer) none 8.20
Henry Parks Sect. Isaac Boring Pres ——–
(– End Second Quarterly Conference, 1837 –)
(– Page 1 – Third Quarterly Conference, 1837 –)
3rd Quarterly conference from (for ?) the
Canton Mission held at Bethel on
the 30th September 1837.
Isaac Boring P.E.
Wm S Williams P.C.
M P Quillian R.S.
Samul Brice R.S.
Henry Parks S.
Hiram Kelly S. & EX.
George Bruce E.X.
Button Turner E.X.
Abner T. Law E.X.
James Parks C.L.
Soloman D. Leonard C.L.
David Vestal C.L.
Jesse Jay C.L.
Theron E. Monroe C.L.
Wm Waters C.L.
Michael Smith C.L.
Q (Question) are there any complaints (Line marked through)
Ans (Answer) None (<- Marked through) David Jay Car. (Character) Pased
George Bruce License Renewed
Button Turner do do
Hiram Kelly do Do
A.J. Low Recommended
from Hopeland Society for
License to Preach and applies to
us for a Recommdation to the
Itinerancy — Licensed to preach
the conference to
and also recomended to ^ Travel
u.n.y. (?) James Norris Char P.
Michael Smith Char P.
Wm Williams Char P.
Wm Waters Char P.
John (?) Herd Char P.
S D Leonard Char P.
(– Page 2 – Third Quarterly Conference, 1837 –)
Thinan E. Monroe Char P.
David Vestal Char. P.
Jesse Jay Char. P.
M P Quillian Char. P.
Q (Question) are there any References
Ans (Answer) none
Q (Question) Are there any appeals
Ans (Answer) none
Ordered that R A Hall G R Capnd (?)
William R. Williams James R. Dorsey
M.P. Quillian be appointed Trustees
for the building of a
church at Dahlohniga Ga-
M.P. Quillian Secty Isaac Boring Pres X
(– Page 3 – Third Quarterly Conference, 1837 –)
Quartrige Recd. for the 3rd quarterly meeting
David Jay $3.56 1/4 (<- All of the information at left was marked
Heards 4.00 <- through. Probably listed later on page
Canton 1.00 <- four of the minutes.)
Lith__(?) & Auraria 10.25(?) (<- Line was marked through)
Members Joined Society 3 Quarter
Wiley Westbrook Marinda Wallis
Margarett Tatom Cysena Robinson
Malinda Bennett Gennette L. Heard (?)
Starling J. Leonard Isaac Parter (Porter or Darter ?)
Willis Daniel Jane Parter (Porter or Darter ?)
Luiza C. Rhineheart Vashle Kelly Luey Nix
Launy Aim (?)
Borings 1 (<- In very small letters indicating that the list was
= divided up according the society?)
Reatson (?) Strawhorn
some at Jays (<- See note above)
Muriah Cepna (Cesna ?)
Warren Ray Jun (Jr.)
Warren Ray Jun (Jr.) (Appears twice in list)
J.K. Cepna (Cesna ?)
(– Page 4 – Third Quarterly Conference, 1837 –)
Bethel Society —– 3.00 in all 50– 2.25
Leathersford (?) ” 7.37-1/2 (?) pd. 43 1/4
Auraria ” 3.37 1/2 (?)
Dahlohniga ” 28.00
Jays — 3.56 1/4
Chapell hill 3.75
Expenses this Quarter 1.37 1/2
Paid for Wine .75
Paid to Bro Williams as Quarterage
(– Page 1 – Fourth Quarterly Conference, 1837 –)
Fourth Quarterly conference held at
Canton for Canton Mission 2d of Dec. 1837
Members present Isaact Boring P.E.
W.S. Williams C.P.
Hiram Kelly L.C.
James W. Parks C.L.
Henry Parks C.L.
1 Q. are there any complaints
2 Q. are there any references
3 Q. are there any appeals
4 Q. are there any license to Renew or grant
W.S. Williams was Recommended ^ to the next
annual Georgia Conference to travel (?)
1 Sabbath School 5 teachers 25 Scholars
W.S. Williams Recd. on this mission Isaac Boring Prest
the present year $108 – Quarteridge
paid out of the same to Isaac Boring Henry Parks Secr
out of the same $55 as Quarteridge
& traveling expenses
Salem Society $3-00
Aurakee (Auraria ?) 0-31 1/4 paid W.S. Williams
D Jays — 1-00 traveling expenses $2-00
Hopewell 1-12 1/2 paid I Boring Q. $33-25
Bethell — 0-25 expenses – 21-75
5-68 3/4 55-00
(– Page 1 – First Quarterly Conference, 1838 –)
First Quarterly meeting held for Canton
Circuit at Salem Society 14th April 1838
Conference opened with singing & prayer
by J.W. Glenn & H. Parks appointed Secretary
J.W. Glenn P.E. Hiram Kelly L.E.
George Bruce L.E.
David Vestal C.L.
John B. Reese C.L.
Wm. J. Griffin (?) C.L.
W. Boyd C.L.
H. Parks S.S.
John M. Vestal L.B.P.
Q. 1 are there any complaints
Q. 2 are there any References
Q. 3 are there any appeals
H. Parks appointed delegate to Represent Canton
Sircuit at the Steward Convention at Mount
Zion Cumming Mss. (Mission) 2d June 1838
Second Quarterly meeting held at Dahlonega
16 June 1838
J.W. Glenn P.E.
paid J.W. Ginn $1.50 expences (?)
paid J.W. Glem paid J.W. Ginn Quarteridge $5-00
paid Windsor Graham Quarteridge — $11-93 3/4
paid Windsor graham 5,12 1/2 expenses
(– Page 1 – Second Quarterly Conference, 1838 –)
2d Quarterly Conference held
for Canton Circuit at Dahlohnega
on the 16th June 1838 — was open
by prayer from J.W. Glenn P.E. –&–
M.P. Quillian was appointed Secretary —
John W. Glenn P.E.
Windsor Graham P.C.
John W. McAfee L.P.
Wm R. Williams Exhorter
Caleb Spencer C.L.
M.P. Quillian C.L.
Qn are there any complaints
Ans. None —
Q are there any References
Qn Are there any appeals
on motion Irvin Disheroon was appointed
Circuit Steward for Canton Circuit
Bro. Graham Gave in the number
of Members Received the last Qr
on trial was 12 – and No Expelled
last Qr. Q.–
Bro Graham P.C. Reports the Circuit
to be in a prosperous conditions or
rather in a Growing State —
Appointed the next Quarterly meeting to
be held at the Campground in the
13th Dist. Camp meeting
Commences on Wednesday Evening the
26th September 1838 —
J.W. Glenn P.E.
M.P. Quillian Secty.
(– Page 2 – Second Quarterly Conference, 1838 –)
Quarterage Received for the
2d Quarter —
New Harmoney 2.50
Salem Society 2.50
The above amount paid
to W Graham as Quarterage.
(– Page 1 – First Quarterly Conference, 1839 –)
Cumming 9th March 1839
1st Quarterly conference for Dahlonaga Mission
held at Cumming 9th March 1839
John W. Glenn P.E.
David L Belew P.C.
James B. Jackson A.P.
John H. Mashburn L.C.
Abner T. Laws L.P.
Noah Strong L.P.
Hinderson Eakes C.L. Allen Weems C.L.
Henry Parks C.L.
A.E. Wellborn C.L.
James Hardin C.L.
Conference opened by Brother Glenn with Prayer
Brother Noah Strong appointed Secretary
1st question are there any compliants
2nd question — are there any References
Ans. – None
3d question are there any appeals
(– Page 2 – First Quarterly Conference, 1839 –)
Brother John H. Mashburn was apointed
Brother H. Parks J.H. Mashburn & Noah Strong
was apointed on Committee to take into consideration
what allowances should made for the support
of Brother Bellew’s Family
The Preacher in charge Reports the Mission
to be in a healthy condition
he Reports one member Recd. during this quarter
conference(?) with Prayer by Brother Parks
Noah Strong Secy. J.W. Glenn P.E.
Many Paid in at this Conference
Sixteen Dollars fifteen Dollars & fifty cents
Paid Brother Glenn Traveling Expense –50
Paid Brother Belew Traveling Expense 3.25
Paid Brother Jackson Traveling Expense 1.00
Paid Brother Bellew – – – – – – – – – 2.00
Paid Brother Jackson – – – – – – – – 8.75
(– Page 1 – Second Quarterly Conference, 1839 –)
Minutes of the Second Quarterly meeting for
Dahlonega mission Ga conference held
at goodhope on this 22nd of June 1839
John W. Glenn P.E.
D.L. Bellew P.C.
J.B. Jackson J.P.
B.L.(?) Turner E.X.
W.B. Rutherford C.L.
William Smith C.L.
W.L. Waters C.L.
G.T. Quillian C.L.
Conference opened by Prayer by
Bro. Glenn and G.T. Quillian
Qest 1st Are there any complaints Ans. none
” 2d are there any Referances Ans. none
” 3 are there any apeals Ans. none
” 4 are there any applications for Licens
as for Renewal (?) of Licens. Ans none
Conference ajourned by Prayer by Bro
G.T. Quillian Scty J.W. Glenn Prsnt.
(– Page 2 – Second Quarterly Conference, 1839 –)
Goohope (Goodhope) $4.50
Amacalola ——- .50
Eautow (Etowah ?) 4.00
Monroes (or Norris ?) 1.75
Leonards ($ amount not listed) ——–
Amt paid Bro. Glenn expenses $1.00
” ” ” Bellew ” 2.25
” ” ” Jackson ” (?)3.68 3
” ” ” ” ” 6.62 2
” ” ” Bellew 12.__ 4
(– Page 1 – Third Quarterly Conference, 1839 –)
The third Quarterly Conference was held for Canton ^ Mission at the the
Campground on the 24th day of August 1839 in Lumpkin County. —
G.W. Glenn P.E. The conference was opened
D.L. Ballew P.C. by prayer from Bro.
J.B. Jackson A.P. J.W. Glenn and
J.H. Mashburn L.E. M.P. Quillian was
John W. McAfee L.P. appointed Secretary
A.J. Long L.P.
Hiram Kelly EX 1st Q. are there any
George Bruce EX complaints –
James Norris EX Ans. none
James Tanner EX 2d Q. Are there any references
John B. Rutherford C.L. Ans. none –
Wm. Waters C.L. 3d Q. are there any appeals
Richd. Jenkins C.L. Ans. None —
David Vestal C.L. 4th Q. are there any applicants
Jesse Jay C.L. for License to preach
W.J. Harben C.L. Ans. there is one –
S.P. Leonard C.L. Bro. George Bruce applies
James H. Harden C.L. for License to preach
G.T. Quillian C.L. Not Granted —
M.P. Quillian C.L.
Henry Parks C.S. The conference
proceeded then to
of Characters —- Qn are there any applica-
-tion for the renewal of License —
Ans. one Bro William R. Williams
Laid over until the 4th Quarterly
(– Page 2 – Third Quarterly Conference, 1839 –)
John W. McAfee L.P. Character
Examined — and Character —
passed & License renewed —
A.J. Lowe L.P. Character Examined
And passed & License renewed
Hiram Kelly Ex. Character Examined
and passed & License renewed
James Norris Ex. Character Examined
& Passed And License renewed —
James Tanner Ex. Character Examined
And passed and License renewed
Button Turner Ex.- absent — Character
refered until 4th Quarterly Meeting
M.P. Quillian C.L. Character passed
Henry Parks C.S. Character examined
& passed —
Richd Jenkins C.L. Character examined
and passed —
Jesse Jay C.L. Character examined
and passed —
David Vestal C.L. Character examined
The conference adjourned & Met & resumed (?) the examination
A. Wilburn (?) Ex. Absent Character passed
A. Wi(_?_) C.L. absent Character passed
D. Monroe C.L. absent character passed
J. Harden C.L. Character examined
Jesse (?) Justice C.L. Character passed absent
W.Z. Ford C.L. & Ex. absent Character passed & License renewed
(– Page 3 – Third Quarterly Conference, 1839 –)
S.D. Leonard C.L. – Character Examined
T. Monroe C.L. absent Character passed
H. MchLean C.L. absent Character passed
W.J. Harben C.L. Character Examined & passed
W. Smith C.L. absent. Character passed
Wm Waters C.L. Character Examined &
W.B. Rutherford C.L. Character Examined & passed —
G.T. Quillian C.L. Character Examined &
J. Luther (?) C.L. Absent. Character passed
C. Spencer C.L. Character Examined &
S.H. Smith C.L. absent Character passed and
N. Strong L.P. Character passed and
L.H. Mashburn L.P. Character passed
Bro. D.L. Ballew Reports 23 members
joined the last Quarter & one —
Resolved by this conference That
in (___?___) with the Newnan (?)
Conference in the appropriation of
2/5th of the Cantinary (?) fund
to be Raised in this mission (added above line)
To the Relief Society
of the Georgia Annual Conference
in Stead (?) of appropriating
it to the establishing of a Book Room
in Charleston S.C.
(– Page 4 – Third Quarterly Conference, 1839 –)
The Conference adjourned in
prayer by Bro. Mashburn
this 24th August 1839 —
M.P. Quillian Scty.
J.W. Glenn P.E.
Quarterage 3d Quarter
Jays — Goodhope 3.68 3/4
Monnais (?) — 2.50
Hopewell — 2.25
Salem 3.62 1/2
Chappell hill 3.18 3/4 (?)
Holbrooks to Bro Ballew 5.25
Bro. Glenns Expenses 2.50
Bro. Ballews ” 1.25 58.25
Bro. Jackson ” . 25
River (?) harts to B. 1.00
=19 off 19.00
68.25 Quarteridge to Bro. Ballew
$58.25 Bro. Jackson was
——— paid – —$19.00
58 – 25 19.75
Received by Bro. Ballew
Missionary money — $50.00
paid out of 50 of 20 to Bro. Jackson
(– Page 1 – Fourth Quarterly Conference, 1839 –)
The fourth Quarterly Meeting for
Dahlohneg Mission held at Holbrooks
Campground on the 5th Octr 1839
Conference was opened by song & Prayer
by Revd. J.W. Glenn | T.H. Mashburn
| appointed Secretary The following members were
J.W. Glenn P.E.
D.L. Ballew P.E.
J.B. Jackson C.P.
J.W. McAfee L.P.
H. Kelley L.E.
Wm. L. Ford L.E.
S.D. Leonard C.L.
S. Jenkins C.L.
T.E. Monrar (?) C.L.
J.R. Thompson C.L.
— — —-
are There any Complaints ans. none
2 are there any References – ans. none
3 are there any appeals – ans. none
The Conference unanimously Recomend Bro.
Abner T. Low to the (above line->) next (on line->) Georgia Anuil Conf-
erence to travel as an Itenerant Preacher
The Preachers Reports Recd on trial
the Last quarter – none expeld
Salem Sabath school 1 superentnd
3 manngers 6 Teachers 60 scholars
(– Page 2 – Fourth Quarterly Conference, 1839 –)
Report from Dahlonega Sabath
School 1 Superantendant 3 Teachers
20 Scholars no Library
The Conference then adjourned
with prayr by Bro. Ford
J.W. Glenn P.E.
John H. Mashburn – secr
Amt of Quarterage Recd.
Cumming ——————- 3 50
Monroe (?) —————- 2 25
Holbrooks —————- (blank)
Crandels (?) ———— 50
Canton —————– 1 00
Lern____(?) ————- 3 00
Salem ——————– 12 1/2
Bethel —————— 2 00
Mt. Zion ————— 2 37 1/2
Ebenezer ————— 2 00
Hopewell ————— 87 1/2
17 50 (– Total is incorrect)
1 62 1/2
Expenses Bro. Glenn 1.00 15–87 1/2
Bro. Ballew 62 1/2 12 1/2
1.62 1/2 16 .00
Paid Bro. Jackson 4.00 Publick Collection
Paid Bro. Ballew 12.00 31 56 1/2(?)
M_____(?) B_ll __ 19.00 D_______?
(– Some information was missing from the bottom of this page. –)
(– End – Fourth Quarterly Conference, 1839 –)
(– End Transcript –)
Note: The reason for which George Bruce’s application for a license to
preach was denied is not stated in the record. Further research in the
archives of the Candler School of Theology of Emory University (Atlanta)
will be necessary to determine the meaning of several of the abbreviations
used and what was required for a license to preach. One thought is that he
was an elderly man, perhaps seventy years of age.
If one were to guess, it would be that George Bruce died not long after the
1840 census and that he is buried in the old Bethel Methodist Cemetery in
Dawson County (formerly Lumpkin Co.), Georgia — one can be all but
certain that John Bruce (most likely George’s son) is buried there with, at
least, his first two wives. John Bruce’s third wife, Sarah Bird, appears to
be buried in the “new” cemetery of Bethel — a recent marker has been
placed in the new cemetery for her.
John Bruce appears in both the minutes of Lumpkin Methodist Campground (on
same property as the “new” Bethel Church and cemetery, now in Dawson
County) and in a deed, dated 1845, from James M. Cooper to the trustees of
Lumpkin Campground. John Bruce was a trustee of the campground. According
to traditional history, John Bruce was said to have made “the first cut in
the first log which was used to build the “arbor” at Lumpkin Campground
(constructed circa 1845).
Research and compilation by:
Michael A. Miller
Route 7 Box 7021
Dawsonville, GA 30534
Last File Update: 22 December 1987
Comment: The data above are part of an ongoing project and have not been
checked extensively for errors. The primary purpose of this particular
document is to identify BRUCE ancestors associated with the Methodist
Episcopal Church, later the M.E. Church, South, and currently the United
Children of Jesse and Eliza (Whitmire) Wallis
Jesse Wallis, son of William Wallis (Sr.) and Anna -?-, was born 5 March
1823 and died 13 April 1896. Eliza Whitmire, daughter of Christopher and
Nancy (Reece) Whitmire, was born 12 May 1826 and died 6 May 1908.
1. Died in the Civil War at Baker’s Creek, Mississippi.
2. Married in Forsyth Co., Ga. – John is buried at Rocky Creek,
Walker Co., Ga. John and Minerva had nine children.
3. Buried Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville, Hall Co., Ga.
4. Died in Aledo, Texas.
5. David Reeves and Martha Ann (Turner) Wallis are buried at
Cross Roads Baptist Ch. Cem., Forsyth Co., Ga.
6. Monroe and Sarah Caroline (Wallis) Bennett are buried at
Cross Roads Baptist Ch. Cem., Forsyth Co., Ga. Monroe
Bennett was the son of Berry, Sr. and Emilie A. (Martin)
7. Married in Forsyth Co., Ga. – Martha E. is buried at Concord
Baptist Ch. Cem., Forsyth Co., Ga.
8. Married in Forsyth Co., Ga. – Jesse H. died in Aledo, Texas.
9. Married in Forsyth Co., Ga. – Nancy A. died in Hall Co., Ga.
Note: Birth and death dates for Jesse and Eliza A. (Whitmire) Wallis
(Wallise on grave marker) were obtained from the grave marker. Although the
stones were difficult to read, the length of life information (i.e. years,
months, days) on the stones helped to confirm the dates cited above and
those cited on the attached chart. Birth, marriage and death dates for the
children have not been completely confirmed. Most dates were taken from the
article cited on the Family Group Record. Original sources need to be
consulted for confirmation.
Deed Book H, Page 203 – Forsyth Co., Ga.
Jesse Wallis bought 40 acres of land, land lot number 852, in Forsyth Co.,
Ga. for $60.00. Dated 27 Jan. 1846.
Nickname for Eliza Whitmire Wallis was “Liza.” Nickname for James A.
Jackson was “Jim.” [Leona Hughes 12/1986]
From: Shadburn, Don L. (1981) History of Forsyth Co., Ga. Vol. I, p. 520.
“Post Offices and Postal Appointments” – XXI New Prospect Post Office,
Jesse Wallis, 20 July 1874. Walton J. Freeman appointed 24 June 1886. P.O.
discontinued 18 May 1887, mail was then sent to Wolfden Post Office.
Last file update: 26 February 1988
Comment: Retype of deeds from Irene Moench Collection
(Abstracts by Mrs. Sybil McRay)
[JACKSON CO., GA]
Book I – J pg. 285
This indenture made this 6th day of January 1826 between William Wallace of
the state of Georgia and county of Newton of the one part and Thomas Twitty
of the state aforesaid and county of Jackson witnesseth that the said
William Wallace for and in consideration of the sum of $165. to him in hand
paid by the Thomas Twitty… the tract or parcel of land lying and being in
the county of Jackson on Barbors Creek it being the… same parcel of land
whereon Britton Brassel formerly resided… containing 72 acres being the
same more or less… and part of land granted to thomas Marberry…
In presence of:
Thomas (X) Wallis
Green Steed J.P.
Recorded: 4th October 1832 Sylvanus Ripley Clk.
Book O: pg. 324
Georgia, Jackson County
This indenture made this 20th day of October 1854 between Sarah C. Wofford
of the county and state aforesaid and Angus Sammons (it really looked like
LAMMONS) of the smae place on the other part… that the said Sarah C.
Wofford.. for and in consideration of the sum of $350. in hand paid at and
before sealing and delivery… tract or parcel of land situate and lying
and being in said county on the Walnut fork of the Oconee R. containing 125
(could be 250) acres more or less being part of the land formerly belonging
to the estate of Robert Hemphill.
Witt: James W. Wofford, Abbr (?) C. Shockley J.P.
Recorded: 20th Oct. 1854 P.F. Hinton Clk.
Book O pg. 664
Georgia, Jackson County
This indenture made this 17th November 1856 between Sarah C. Wofford of the
county of Jackson and state aforesaid of the one part and Mary G. Simmons
of the other part… bargained and conveyed unto the said M.L. and Mary G.
[*]Simmons… 126 acres tract of land originally granted to S____? (looked
like Swinford) on Walnut Fork of the Oconee River.
Sarah C. Wofford
In presence of: James A. Simmons, S.G. Davis J.P.
Recorded this 10th Sept. 1857 P.F. Hinton Clk.
[*] [Note by Irene Moench – “Another gives Sammons instead of Simmons”]
William Wallis (c. 1777 – d. after 1850)
William Wallis (b. ca. 1777 N.C. – d. after 1850) married Anna ___?___ (b.
ca. 1783 – d. after 1850). Among their issue were: 1. John, b. ca. 1808 KY,
md. 1 July 1827 in Hall Co., GA to Susannah ?Susan? Palmour md. 2nd 22 Oct.
1854 in Lumpkin Co., GA to Margaret ?Peggy? Palmour (sister of 1st wife);
2. William (Jr.), b. 13 Nov. 1813 TN, md. 15 Jan. 1833 in Jackson Co., GA
to Eliza Wofford, William joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1839, he
died 30 July 1885 in Forsyth Co., GA. Wm. And Eliza are buried in Hopewell
UMC Cemetery, Forsyth Co., GA; 3. Elizabeth, b. ca. 1816 TN, md. 4 Oct.
1835 in Hall Co., GA to David Jay, Elizabeth died 6 April 1904; 4. Jane
Essie, b. ca. 1820, md. 1st 26 Jan. 1837 in Lumpkin Co., GA to James C.
Watters, md. 2nd to William Bennett Mitchell on 10 Aug. 1843 in Forsyth
Co., GA; 5. Jesse, b. 5 Mar. 1823 TN, md. Eliza Whitmire, Jesse died 13
April 1896 in Forsyth Co., GA; Mary Ann, b. 4 Dec. 1828, md. 3 August 1843
in Forsyth Co., GA to Elisha Mashburn; and a possible child (out of
sequence) 7. Sarah, b. 25 Dec. 1811, md. 17 April 1828 in Hall Co., GA to
Although it is difficult to tell which William Wallis it was, father or
son, one of them gave property for the Methodist Episcopal Church (later to
become Hopewell) on the 1 Sept. 1838 in Forsyth Co., GA. (Forsyth Co., GA –
Deed Bk. E, pp 367-368)
Warren County, TN was formed in 1807 from White, Jackson, and Smith
counties and Indian lands. The county seat is McMinnville.
Census Records: Microfilm records for 1830-1920 include Warren County. They
are indexed in statewide
census indexes for 1830-1870 and microfilm indexes for 1880 and 1900-1920.
Records for 1820-1900 are also in book form.
Selected County Histories: *Early History of Warren County (Hale, 1930);
*Warren County 1871 (Killebrew, 1871); *Goodspeed’s (1887).
Published Local Records: *Marriages 1900-1950 (Hillis); Marriage records
1951-1975 (Hillis); *Will books 1827-1887 (Majors); Marriages 1852-1910
(Womack); *Marriages 1852-1865 (Sistler); *Cemetery records (Holt &
Cunningham); *Deeds 1808-1818 (Majors); *Tax list 1805, 1812 and 1836
(Scribes); *Research information and 1830 census (Gant); *Research
information and 1836 tax list (Gant); *Research information and 1838 tax
list (Gant). *WPA typescripts include: Deeds 1808-1826 and estate
Local Records Microfilm: An inventory of microfilmed county records is
available for purchase. Individual reels may also be purchased. Earliest
records include: marriages from 1852; wills from 1888; deeds from 1814; and
county court minutes from 1848. The following are available on interlibrary
loan: marriage records 1852-1877(1 reel); wills, inventories, sales &
settlements 1827-1858 (1 reel).
Newspapers: Newspapers were published in McMinnville. Scattered early
issues are available from 1816, and a complete run begins in 1933.
Microfilms are provided to Tennessee libraries on interlibrary loan.
Individual reels may also be purchased.
Selected Manuscript Material: *T.J. Barnes [genealogical papers] (#654, 3
reels); *J.S. Tate family papers
(#675, 2 reels); *Caney Fork Primitive Baptist Church records (#178, 1
reel); Miscellaneous church records (#259, 1 reel); *First Baptist Church
records (#261, 1 reel); *Shellsford Missionary Baptist church records
(#286, 1 reel).
*Indicates this title may be borrowed on Interlibrary loan.