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WING to the shifting of population, and
general conditions that prevailed in the early-
history of Georgia, very little attention was
given to family history and traditions, more
than the record of deaths and births in the
family Bible, consequently I have been
unable to secure much information otherwise than from this
I was fortunate in having the old Rogers' Family Bible,
published in 1815, containing records that could not have
been obtained elsewhere. Reuben Rogers, St., was living
at least ten years after the acquisition of this Bible by his
family. I am indebted also to Miss Sarah D. Hubert's gene-
alogy of the Cody family, for some facts here recorded.
I had some correspondence recently with a gifted Georgia
lady who bears our family name. We could not trace kin-
ship, but she wrote this: "The Rogers family of North
Carolina are all said to be descendants of John Rogers, the
At the February term of court, 1752, Northampton
County, N. C, the will of Joseph Rogers was probated.
The legatees were : John, Joseph, Aaron, Isom, Reuben,
and Faith Rogers. It is quite a reasonable conjecture that
Reuben Rogers, Sr. , was the same as above ; he was at that
time seventeen years of age.
No other merit is claimed by the author of £his little
volume, save an honest effort to place on record such facts
as the family of today would appreciate, and wnich he
believes will be treasured by others, when with us, the ram-
ble of life has long since ended.
REUBEN ROGERS, Sr.
Reuben Rogers, Sr., was a soldier of the Revolutionary-
War, having served in the command of Colonel Elijah Clarke,
and took part in the memorable battle of Kettle Creek.
He was born in Northampton County, N. C, November,
1, 1735, and about six years after his marriage to Temperance
James, which event took place December 15, 1767, immigrated
to Georgia and settled in Wilkes County on Williams Creek.
This location at present is in the extreme northern part of
Warren County. He died there in 1829, having lived to the
ripe old age of ninety-four years. He was once captured by
the British, and held as prisoner of war about six months at
His name is on the roster of Revolutionary soldiers, and
on the monument to the soldiers who fought in the battle of
Keitle Creek; and further proof of his services is attested
by the Land Grant Books in the office of the Secretary of
State at Atlanta, Ga.
He reared a large family, and their names appear else-
where in these chronicles, the same having been copied from
the old Rogers' family Bible.
Reuben Rogers was a trustee of Amsden Academy, on
Williams Creek, December 18, 1827. As Reuben Rogers,
Sr., was at that time ninety-two years of age, I think this
must have have been his son, Reuben Rogers, Jr.
TEMPERANCE JAMES ROGERS
Wife of Reuben Rogers, was born August 24, 1751. They
were married December, 15, 1767.
. ( t JOHN ROGERS
Was' the first ^6!m ©f« Reuben Rogers, Sr., and Temperance
James, and' the date of his birth, April 25, 1769. He was
married to •' Nancy ; : Swain in 1802. He owned a mill near
Crawfordvilte^and while some repairs were being made on
same, he was accidentally killed. He left three children ;
Thomas, Abna and Cena. Thomas married at Warrenton v
and was the father of Mrs. Dr. Walker and John Rogers,
Abner and Cena moved to Florida, John Rogers to Texas.
FAITH (FADA) ROGERS
Was the second born of Reuben Rogers and Temperance
James. She was born May 19, 1771, and married a Mr.
Darden. She had a daughter, Rebecca, born November 2,
1796. She was never married, and spent her latter years in
the home of her cousin, Marion M. Cody. She died Novem-
ber 21, 1862.
Was the third born of Reuben Rogers and Temperance James,
and the date of her birth was October 28, 1772.
Was the fourth born of Reuben Rogers and Temperance
James, and the date of her birth was August 11, 1774.
Was the fifth born of Reuben Rogers and Temperance James,
and the date of her birth, March 3, 1776. She married Mr.
Saxon. He died at sea.
(2) Wiley Saxon, born April 30, 1798. Died January 19,
(2) Temperance J. Saxon, born May 16, 1800; died Sep-
tember 24, 1839. Married Elias Wilson, July 8, 1823.
(2) Elizabeth Davis Saxon, born March 18, 1802.
(2) Nancy Wilkinson Saxon, born August 14, 1804.
Married Wm. C. Swain.
(2) Louisa Saxon, born May 27, 1807.
Was the second wife of Elias Wilson.
(3) John Wilson, married Mary Roberts, of Warrenton,
(3) James Wilson, married Miriam Amelia Paschal.
(3) Amanda Wilson, married Dr. Ellington Cody Hawes,
(3) Alethia Wilson, married George T. Carr, of Coving-
Elias Wilson was four times married. His fourth wife
was Elizabeth (Emerson) Rogers, the widow of Reuben
CHILDREN OF NANCY WILKINSON SAXON
AND WILLIAM SWAIN
Wiley W. Swain
Thomas H. Swain
John R. Swain
R. S. Swain
James P. Swain
R. J. Swain
Was the sixth born of Reuben Rogers and Temperance James,
and the date of her birth was January 15, 1778. She mar-
ried Frederick Brown and survived him. They had no chil-
Temperance Rogers was the seventh born of Reuben
Rogers and Temperance James, and the date of her birth
was October 21, 1780. She was born at the old Rogers'
Homestead, on Williams Creek, in Warren County, Ga. She
was the second wife of Thomas Lockett, and they lived in
Warren County until his death, the husband in 1842, she in
1846, at Beuna Vista, Ga.
They reared four sons : Thomas, Cullen, Reuben and
Solomon. Reuben, Thomas and Solomon moved to Texas.
They also reared three daughters: Chloe, Betsy and
REUBEN ROGERS, Jr.
Reuben Rogers, Jr., was the eighth born of Reu u en
Rogers, Sr., and Temperance James, and the date of his
birth was September 10, 1782. He was married to Elizabeth
Emerson in 1810, and died in Warren County, Ga.
EuzABeTH Emerson Rogers afterwards married Elias
Wilson, of Thomson, Ga. There was no issue by this marriage.
CHILDREN OF REUBEN ROGERS, Jr,. AND
(3) Elizabeth Cook Rogers, married Mr. Murden.
(3) Mary Henson Rogers, married Rev. R. V. Asbury.
CHILDREN OF R. V. ASBURY AND
MARY HENSON ROGERS
(4) Reuben Rogers Asbury, married Cassie B. Darden.
(4) T. W. Asbury, married Mary Susan Darden.
(4) Sarah E. Asbury, married Dr. J. S. Beasley.
(4) Nancy Reid Asbury, married Edward W. Evans.
(4) Simeon D. Asbury, killed at Richmond, Va., in Civil
(4) Richard V. Asbury, died in prison during Civil War.
(1) Edwin Whitfield Evans was born October 4, 1828.
(1) Nancy Reid Asbury was born April 11, 1839.
They were married October 3, 1852.
(2) Lula Evans, born July 6, 1853 ; died September, 1877.
Married William Abner Darden, May 7, 1870.
(2) Arthur Evans, born August 14, 1857; died October,
(2) Edna Evans, born November 6, 1861. Married William
Abner Darden, June 23, 1878.
William Abner Darden was born May 7, 1848; died
August 26, 1897.
CHILDREN OF LULA EVANS AND WM. A. DARDEN
(3) Cassie Love, born January 2, 1871; died March 27, 1894.
Married John Filmore Pierson, October 20, 1890.
(3) Willie Lou, born August 6, 1872. Married Gustus
Alonzo Hagan, January 18, 1900.
(3) Nancy Morris, born July 6, 1874 ; died October 20, 1888.
(3) Edna Reid, born January 17, 1876. Married Thomas
Murray Curry, October 31, 1899.
CHILDREN OF EDNA EVANS AND WM. A. DARDEN
(3) Arthur, born March 25, 1879. Married Adrene Alice
Scarbrough, September 18, 1900.
(3) Emmie, born November 13, 1881. Married Walter Mc-
Farland Hampton, November 20, 1902.
(3) Wm. Abner, born November 25, 1883.
(3) Bunnie, born April 5, 1886. Married Hubert H. Mont-
gomery, December 19, 1907.
(3) Joseph Johnson, born December 16, 1889.
(3) Edwin Asbury, born March 14, 1892.
(3) Wesley Rogers, born December 13, 1894.
Was the ninth born of Reuben Rogers and Temperance James,
and the date of his birth, February 9, 1784.
The Rogers home was at that time in Wilkes County, but
in 1794 Warren County was formed, and this territory became
part of same. He was married to Frances Gardner, January
1820. He died at his home near Barnesville, and his widow
afterwards married a Mr. Stafford.
Thomas Lawrence Rogers, married Georgia Rebecca Mc-
Gustavus Rogers, went West about 1850.
Reuben Rogers, married Eliza Collum.
Sterling Rogers, married Helena Willis.
Elizabeth Rogers, married Benjamin Fryer.
(Reuben also went West about 1860).
CHILDREN OF STERLING ROGERS AND
CHILDREN OF THOMAS L. ROGERS, Sr.
AND GEORGIA McMICHAEL
Joseph S. Rogers, born February 2, 1855.
First wife, Jennie D. White.
Second wife, Elizabeth Mauk.
Josephine A. Rogers, born April 13, 1856. Married Mathew
W. Williams. Died 1911.
Marietta E. Rogers, born February 18, 1858. Married
James M. Persons.
Fannie B. Rogers, born June 23, 1860. Married Dr. William
Emma Rogers, born April 10, 1862. Married Bartow Williams.
Georgia Rebecca Rogers, born September 9, 1866. Mar-
ried Benjamin Turner.
Thomas L. Rogers, born February 25, 1870. Married Julia
Nettie Rogers, born December 11, 1872. Married Col. Wm.
Gussie Rogers, born February 15, 1875 ; died June 3, 1879.
Lula Rogers, born Octobsr 7, 18S0. Died April 24, 1882.
Was the tenth born of Reuben Rogers and Temperance James.
She was born, January 2, 1786, and was married to Michael
Cody, January 18, 1818, and according to a statement made
by Drew Rogers, a kinsman, "no man ever had a better
wife." They lived at the old Cody homestead, five and one-
half miles East of Warrenton, Ga., but after the death of
her husband, for ths sake of batter school advantages for
her children, she bought a place three miles nearer Warren-
ton on the same thoroughfare, this being the old Federal
Road to Augusta. She died at this place, December 5, 1851.
The eleventh born of Reuben Rogers and Temperance James,
was born, October 19, 178S. Have no account of his marriage.
He was once Sheriff of Warren County, Ga.
The twelfth born of Reuben Rogers and Temperance James,
was born, May 7, 1790, and married his cousin, Jane Womack.
She was daughter of Sherwood Womack and Nancy Rogers.
They moved to LaGrange, Ga., or near there.
Born, November 11, 1792, was the thirteenth born of Reuben
Rogers and Temperance James.
Born, October 15, 1794, was the fourteenth born of Reuben
Rogers and Temperance James. She married Josiah Swain,
and moved to Marion County, Ga. They died there, and
their descendants moved to Texas.
It seems to be well authenticated that one of the daughters
died in young womanhood. I am unable to say which one.
COPIED FROM THE OLD ROGERS BIBLE
Reuben Rogers and Temperance James December 15, 1767
John Rogers and Nancy Swain 1802
Reuben Rogers, Jr. and Elizabeth Emerson . . . August 3, 1810
Joseph Rogers and Frances Gardner 1820
Michael Cody and Rebecca Rogers ....... January 18, 1818
Jas. M. Wellborn and Louisa A Cody May 9, 1839
Marion M. Cody and Rachel English December 3, 1839
J. M. Cody and M. E. Cheely . January 16, 1845
M. D. Cody and Frances Carr February 24, 1852
Reuben Rogers, Sr. .' November 1, 1735
Temperance Rogers August 24, 1751
John R. Rogers April 23, 1769
Fada Rogers May 19, 1771
Mary Rogers . October 28, 1772
Clary Rogers August 11, 1774
Nancy Rogers March 3, 1776
Pheby Rogers January 15, 1778
Temperance Rogers October 21, 1780
Reuben Rogers, Jr September 10, 1782
Joseph Rogers February 9, 1784
Rebecca Rogers January 2, 1786
Abner Rogers October 19, 1788
Collin Rogers May 7, 179
Asenath Rogers November 11, 1792
Sarah Rogers October 15, 1794
Wiley Saxon April 30, 1798
Temperance Saxon ... . May 16, 1800
Elizabeth Davis Saxon March 18, 1802
Nancy Wilkinson Saxon August 14, 1804
Louisa Saxon May 27, 1807
Marian Cary August 18, 1822
Newton Cary . . December 14. 1824
Temperance Swain October 4, 1819
Stephen James Swain December 25, 1820
John Thomas Swain April 3, 1823
Josiah Thomas Darden June 13, 1824
Martha Ann Baker February 26, 1S22
Marion M. Cody December 3, 1818
Louisa Amanda Cody August 5, 1820
Temperance Sophronia Cody October 30, 1821
Jeptha M. Cody January 15, 1823
M. D. Cody September 27, 1824
Temperance Rogers April 9, 1819
Wiley Saxon January 19, 1814
Fada Darden April 15. 1810
Rebecca Cody December 5, 1851
Michael Cody March 8. 1832
Temperance Sophronia Cody September 20, 1822
Louisa Amanda Wellborn October 26, 1862
Jeptha M. Cody January 21, 1864
M. D. Cody January 25, 1875
Missouri E. Cody October 26, 1849
Michael Cody, was born in Halifax County, North Caro-
lina, April, 1768.
About 1790 he immigrated to Warren ton County, Ga.,
settled on Briar Creek, and in 1792 was married to Mary
Hodo, his first wife, by whom he had five children. Her
death occured July 8, 1816.
Children of Michael Cody and Mary Hodo,
(His first wife.)
James Cody, born October 5, 1793.
Mary Cody, born 1795.
Peter Cody, born February 4, 1798.
Elizabeth Cody, born January 1, 1803.
Green Cody, born July 29, 1805.
James Cody, married Mary McCormick, September 11,
1817. She was daughter of John and Sarah McCormick.
They moved to Early County, Ga. , 1837. They had fourteen
Mary Cody, married James Gray, and reared one son,
Madison. They lived at Grays, Ga. Madison Gray left a
valuable estate which he gave to Mercer University. He
had no family. He represented his District in Congress.
Peter Cody, married Louise Tucker, daughter of Isaah
Tucker, of Warren County. They moved to Albany, Ga.,
early in life. They had nine children ; all married.
Elizabeth Cody, married Thomas Neal. Had six children :
Mary, Samuel, Amanda, Jehu, Lucretia and Madison.
Green Cody was never married.
On January 18, 1818, Michael Cody was married to his
second wife, Rebecca Rogers, a daughter of Reuben Rogers.
By this union there were four children that lived to maturity :
Marion Michael, the eldest, was born, December 3, 1818.
Married Rachel English, December 3, 1839. Died June
Louisa Amanda, second, was born August 5, 1820. Married
James M. Wellborn, May 9, 1839. Died, October 26, 1862.
Jeptha Melton, was born January 15, 1823. Married
Missouri Eliza Cheely, his first wife, January 16, 1845.
Married Amanda Malvina Carr, his second wife, March
11, 1851. Married Julia Latimer, his third wife, 1859.
His death occured, January 24, 1864, at his home, Cov-
Madison Derrelle, the youngest, was born September 27,
1824. Married Francis Carr, February 24, 1852. Died
January 25, 1875.
My paternal great-grandfather, James Cody and his wife,
whose maiden name was Sarah Womack, came to America
early in the eighteenth century. They were from Ireland
and landed in Virginia. They were accompanied by his two
brothers, and according to Miss Sarah D. Hubert's complete
genealogy of the Cody family, one of them went to Canada,
one to some place in Ohio, also by her brother, Sherwood
Womack, who afterward married Nancy Rogers, also a sister,
Sicily Womack, who married Harris McFarland. In religious
affiliation, James Cody and his wife were Episcopalians.
Some of the most prominent families of our Southland are
lineal decendents of this couple.
My Grandfather brought but little with him in worldly
goods when he came to Georgia, but by industry and frugality,
became one of the wealthiest planters of the county. He
owned many slaves, and his plantation, five and one-half
miles east of Warrenton, on the old stage road, and mostly
north of same, embraces practically all the land between this
thoroughfare and the Warrenton-Columbia Road, with Briar
Creek as western, and Gin Branch as eastern boundary, the
residence being situated perhaps a mile back. The old house
was still in existence when I was a lad, though at that time,
was tottering to its fall. A rock-walled perpetual spring of
wattr was situated near, in a northwestern direction ; a small
stream flowed near on the north side.
Uncle Marion, the first-born of the family, inherited this
place about 1850, built a large and substantial residence on
the aforesaid Federal Road about the crest of the hill between
Briar Creek and Gin Branch. He lived to be past eighty
years of age, and with the exception of a few years at the
close of his long and useful career, remained on the old
plantation. He was a model Christian citizen, and was deacon
in the Warrenton Baptist Church about forty years.
Uncle Marion's favorite diversion in life up to middle age,
and in fact after this period, was camp fishing and fox hunt-
ing. He kept a pack of well trained hounds. They accom-
panied the negroes to the fields, and employed their time
during the day chasing rabbits. They enjoyed this sport
during the day, but it was only when they heard.the hunter's
horn at night that their joy was complete, their long howls*
rivaling the notes of the horn in volume and length of dura-
tion, were at once in evidence. They perfectly (understood
that a crowd on horseback after night meant fox chase.
The camp fishes were planned ahead and participated in
by some of the neighbors. At the appointed time they came
together, having supplied themselves with the necessary
requisites; the objective point being a distant millpond or
other place where fish were plentiful. The "old iron works"
was a favorite resort, about ten miles distant. There was
great fun going and coming, and the two or three days spent
at the fishing grounds were of almost unalloyed pleasure.
He owned many slaves, all of whom I think were family
negroes and came to him either by inheritance or birth. I
remember that upon one occasion he gave expression to his
views upon the subject of slavery, and alluded to one of its
worst features as being the separation of man and wife, some-
times brought about by unusual conditions.
Some of the negroes I was very fond of, and I spent many
happy days on the old plantation with my two cousins, Jep
and Taylor, and some of the negro boys who usually accom-
panied us, and who took part in and enjoyed our youthful
sports quite as much as ourselves.
A favorite sport with us, was rabbit hunting, and I have
never known any section where they were so numerous.
I recall an incident in connection with the old Cody Spring;
I had a gold cased English watch that had been the property
of my Father in his life time ; in stooping to drink I dropped
it in the Spring. Some time elapsed before it was missed,
when some one suggested that we go back to the Spring,
which we did, and to my joy, found it clicking away as if
nothing unusual had occured. Watches in those days were
wound with keys.
Distinctly I recall the circumstances leading up to the
death of my pet fox, Billy. I had arrived the day before,
bringing him with me. The next day we went out rabbit
hunting, and as usual, after clearing the barnyard precincts
I loosed him, allowing him to trot along with me. We became
separated during the day and I was unable to find him. It
may have been that the "call of the wild" was responsible
for his disappearance, or possibly some "Lorelei" of the
reynard species may have lured him to his doom, but I prefer
to give him the benefit of any doubt and believe he was lost
by accident, and being in strange territory was unable to
find me. We made an effort next day to trail him with the
hounds, hoping to capture him alive, but he was overtaken
in a dense swamp, and before we could rescue him, Billy had
breathed his last.
I believe it will be admitted that the best test of Christian
character and the genuineness of a man's faith in God, is
evidenced by the fortitude shown when he knows the day of
his approaching dissolution is near. Uncle Marion, in the
decline of life, went to Penfield, Ga., the home of a daughter,
Mrs. Anne Boswell, to spend the short remnant of his closing
years, herself one of the noblest of women, and surrounded
by everything necessary to his material comfort and well
In conversation with members of the family after his
decease, they related the following incident as occuring a few
days previous to his death: There were a number of children
in the neighborhood of whom he was very fond. One day
he called Anne to his bedside and requested that she take a
sum of money from his purse ard buy some confections for
a little party that he wished to give his young friends. She
did as bidden, arranging the dining room for the occasion,
and it is needless to add, they enjoyed it very much.
After the repast was over, ha had them come to his bed-
side, one by one, and upon the head of each he laid his feeble
hand and gave his blessing.
Aunt Rachel English Cody was the lifelong faithful
wife of Uncle Marion. Her father, Aaron English, a sub-
stantial citizen of the country, lived out a few miles from
Warrenton. As a lad, I often visited the home of Uncle Mar-
ion and always loved Aunt Rachel.
She belonged to that type of noble, self-sacrificing Chris-
tion women who, by patient continuance in well doing, looked
to the final reward.
She died January 16, 1894, and was buried in the family-
lot. Her grave is marked.
AMANDA LOUISA CODY.
My father's only sister, Aunt Amanda, was second in
order of birth. Her husband, James M. Wellborn, amassed
a considerable fortune, and maintained an opulent home at
Warrenton. She was a noble woman and possessed of much
The two beautiful homes of the Wellborn brothers, with
their ample surroundings, might be said to have constituted
the southwest corner of Warrenton. The village ended here
and their lot extended back some distance. Their fronts
opened out into a park of several acres, the Baptist Church,
of which they were members and among the chief support-
ers, being located in same.
I am unable to say who improved these two places, but
they were evidently people of culture and refinement. There
was a dancing pavilion. The flower yard was large, beau-
tifully laid off and well cared for. There was a little sum-
mer house on either side covered with climbing roses, or-
chards and vineyards were also in evidence. The original
structure has since that time been destroyed by fire.
At the death of my stepmother, which occurred at Cov-
ington about 1857, she took myself and sister, and was a
mother to us for some time and I learned to love her very
I can never forget the kindness shown our family after
my father's death, about the close of the Civil War, by her
two gentle daughters, Mary, Rebecca and Lou Derrelle.
(Written by Mary Rebecca Wellborn, daughter of Louisa Amanda Cody,
who was the only daughter of Rebecca Rogers who
married Michael Cody.)
My father, James Madison Wellborn, and Marshall
H. Wellborn were brothers and lived on adjoining lots in
the southeastern part of Warrenton, Ga. Marshall H. Well-
born bought his lot from a Mr. Weylan and moved the house
to a more conspicuous place. He planted trees on the park
in front of his lot, and sent to Augusta for florist and gar-
deners and had a flower garden in front of the house. My
mother, who was a most superior woman, literary, and a
splendid housekeeper, planted her own flower garden. She
had three summer houses built, one on either side and one
over the front gate. On the extreme edge of the garden
there was a hedge of wild olives and beyond this an orchard
of cherries on one side, and an orchard of beautiful apples
on the other. My father bought the lot from Dr. Lynah,
who planted the orchards of cherries and apples. My father
and uncle planted a large vineyard, for the common use of
the two families.
MADISON DERRELLE CODY.
Uncle Derrelle, the youngest of the family, was born,
as indeed all the others were, at ,the old home where their
father lived and died. His first school days were spent at
the Briar Creek School House. I think he afterward attended
school at Warrenton, and was graduated some years later
from the State University at Athens. He was small of stat-
ure, rather pale as to complexion, his hair coal-black, and
he always went clean shaven.
He read a great deal and lived much^to himself, but en-
joyed a hunt or fish with a neighbor for company. His
standard of morality was very high. He was thoroughly
honest, truthful and sincere. I have heard him remark "it
is very provoking" but never heard him use worse language.
After the death of my grandfather, about 1832, my grand-
mother bought a place three miles nearer Warrenton and
moved there with her children. She lived here until her
death occurred 1851. Uncle Derrelle inherited these lands
and held them until about 1865. A few years after his mar-
riage he moved to Covington, Ga., and purchased the old
Carr Homestead, the former home of his wife's father. It
was perhaps the most conspicuous location in Covington, sit-
uated as it was on the brow of a high hill, westward. A row
of stately Lombardy poplars surrounded the commodious
dwelling, then large fruit orchards, and beyond these culti-
vated fields and meadows. His wife was a beautiful and
charming woman. They reared one son, Claude Carr, who
was graduated at Oxford, Ga., about 1874, and is at this
time Dean of Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas.
In politics, Uncle Defrelle was a strong supporter of
Alexander H. Stephens, and correspondence between the
two men is still carefully preserved by his only son.
When in 1860, a convention was called to meet in Savan-
nah for the purpose of determining what course the State
would pursue in the matter of secession, he, with Mr. Nat
Wicker, were chosen as delegates to represent Warren
The year before my father's last marriage, about 1859,
was spent in the home of Uncle Derrelle and Aunt Fannie.
I attended school at Briar Creek, the same place that my
father had about twenty-five years before. He always kept
a fine rifle and I enjoyed accompanying him in strolls over
the plantation when he would occasionally bring down a
hawk, a squirrel, or other game. Aunt Marshy, the cook,
was famous in her line; I can never forget her "Sally Lunn"
and barbecued lamb. A beautiful chafing dish was often
seen upon the table, filled with steaming oysters. A young
negro woman, Laura, had been supplied by my father to at-
tend my sisters' wants, but the housemaid, Caroline, was
my favorite, as she was a good story teller. I have since
recognized many of her stories in the writings of "Uncle
(Extract from Texas Houston Post.)
CLAUDE CARR CODY, A. M. PH. D.
Claude Carr Cody, A. M., Ph. D., Dean of the Academic Depart-
ment, was born in Covington, Ga., and was educated at Emory College,
receiving his A. A. degree with first honors in 1875, and later both A.
M. add Ph. D. He was elected to the Chair of Mathematics at South-
western University January 20, 1879, which gives him the longest con.
tinuous record as a college professor of any man now living in Texas.
In 1898 he took special work in mathematics at Cornell Universty. Dr.
Cody is the author of several books. His "Life of Dr. Mood" is a treas-
ured volume in the library of many a Methodist home, and his "Ele-
ments of Plane and Solid Geometry" is also a widely known, practical
text-book. From his long association with the noble founder, Dr Mood,
he knows more of the history of Southwestern University, its work and
growth than any other man now connected with the institution He
knows personally every member of the student body and is the confident
of both boys and girls.
la his more than thirty-five years of active service, he has
by his lovely Christian character, exercised a tremendous influ-
ence for good npon the lives of all with whom lie has been associated.
In his various official positions as Dean of the Faculty, President of the
Ladies' Annex, Manager of Giddings Hall, Dean of Summer Schools,
and Secretary of the Executive Committee, he has become closedly re-
lated to every student in the school, all of whom love and honor him for
his sterling character and lovable disposition. He is known among the
ten thousands as "Cody— the friend of the Boys and Girls." Some time
ago a movement was started among the old students and friends to
raise a fund to permanently endow the Chair of Mathematics at South-
western University in his honor. The fund is growing steadily and all
old students seem anxious to direct their subscriptions to this fund. It
has now reached encouraging figures, and there is no doubt but that the
fall amount of $50,000 00 will be raised by the end of the year. It is fit-
ting that this recognition of his distinguished services should be taken
while he is still active in his work, and can enjoy the gratifying results
of his long continued service.
JEPTHA MELTON CODY.
My father, Dr. J. M. Cody, was six feet tall and weighed
about one hundred and fifty pounds. Measured by the stand-
ard of true merit, I believe there are few men who would be
entitled to pre-eminence. He was modest, unassuming, hon-
est, just and brave, possessed of high moral character, a
keen intellect, and good judgment in matters of business.
He received his rudimentary education at Briar Creek
Academy, the location being on the old stage road, four miles
east of Warrenton. He was afterward sent to the private
school of Rev. Otis Smith, near LaGrange, but remained
here only a short time, and then completed his literary educa-
tion at Mercer University, which was then located at Penfield,
Ga. He afterward took a medical course at Augusta, and
then at Philadelphia.
About 1834, my grandmother purchased a home two miles
east of Warrenton, after this my father also bought one ad-
joining, a half mile east of his mother's, both immediately
on the old Federal road.
It was here that the writer first drew the breath of life,
February 11, 1849, and here my young mother breathed her
last, October 26, 1849. He sold this property after her death
and as far back as the writer can remember, it has been the
home of Newton Gunn.
The house is a two-story with six rooms, and located on
the brow of a hill that recedes from this point eastward to a
small creek. He was living at Warrenton, Ga., when on
March 11, 1851, he was married to Miss Amanda Malvina
Carr, his second wife. She was a most estimable woman,
and a sister of Aunt Fannie, Uncle Derrelle's wife. They
were reared at Covington, Ga.
A year or so after this event he moved to Covington and
improved a place on the high hill between the depot and the
creek, but not being pleased with this location, sold it, and
and bought a home just west of the Methodist Church.
My stepmother died here January 21, 1858, and he then
sold this place. She left two little girls, Frances and Mary
About the beginning of the Civil War he married Miss
Julia A. Latimer, who survived him. Her only son, Jeptha
Benjamin, married Hattie Jewell, of Jewell, Ga. They al-
ways lived at this place. They have no children.
At the time of this last marriage he again built a home,
bought a ten-acre lot southeast of the bridge on Depot street,
one corner of the lot touching the bridge. The house was
commodious, strongly built, and set back some distance from
the street. There was a nice meadow of several acres ex-
tending almost to the creek. Depot street was the western
boundary of the lot, this street being the main throughfare
from Covington to Oxford. He owned a plantation of about
one thousand acres, located northeast of Covington on Corn-
ish Creek. This place was the home of his negro servants,
about sixty in number. He was a humane master, just and
considerate in dealing with them. I was fifteen years of
age at the time of his death. I have no knowledge of his
ever having visited corporal punishment upon one of these
negroes excepting in one instance, when he boxed the ears
of a girl nurse for frightening my sisters with a ghost story.
He was a good disciplinarian, however, and his successful
management was due to the fact of his being kind to the ne-
groes, and at the same time possessing that firmess and de-
cision of character that commanded their respect and obedi-
ence. They were supplied with a sufficiency of nourishing
food and coarse clothing, dry houses, fuel, attention if sick,
and only a reasonable amount of labor exacted.
Some of these negroes had been his playmates in child-
hood, and a strong attachment existed between them.
Although fifteen years of age when his death occurred, I
cannot recall that I was ever punished by him for miscon-
duct, or having been informed by him as to the right and
wrong of any matter, and still I believe that I had as clear
ideas of right and wrong and the proprieties of life as any boy
of my age could possibly have. I think he, like iEsop's crab,
believed youth was best taught by example. I never saw any
whiskey in our home, neither did I ever know of his having
taken adrink,or of his being in any place where intoxicants
were sold. lam quite sure that I never heard him give expres-
sion to his views on this subject, excepting upon one occasion,
and only this far: I heard a friend say to him, ' 'I think I will get
a gallon of whiskey and take a small drink two or three times
daily, I believe it would be beneficial to me," and my father
replied in a pleasant way and advised him not to do so. As
a boy ten years of age, I distinctly remember my impressions
of a place where whiskey was kept for sale; I regarded it as
a place of low resort kept and patronized by second class
people, and while I sometimes saw men of good reputation
go in and out, because of this fact, they were classed lower
by me than they otherwise would have been.
Whose name appears elsewhere, was described to me by one
of the old family servants as a "putty little black-eyed
'oman," and this description was doubtless honest and cor-
rect so far as it went. She had dark, fine hair, small feet,
florid complexion and weighed about one hundred pounds.
Pretty little black eyes, that seemed to be laughing, were
peculiar to this family, and from having seen them in other
members, I can easily imagine hers.
I regret that I know so little of my mother, but as she
died young herself and when I was only nine months of age,
and this coupled with the fact that my father married about
two years afterward and moved to Covington, Ga., my op-
portunities for learning of her were limited.
A little circumstances occurred at Warrenton that I will
relate: When I was about eight years of age I chanced to
meet my grandmother's brother, Judge James Thomas, who
was at this time holding court there. He asked me what my
mother's name was; I do not know why he put this question
and felt mortfied when I replied that it was either Eliza
Missouri, or Missouri Eliza, but I could not say which. He
was a stern matter of fact man, and I heard afterwards of
his lecturing some members of the family about their negli-
gence in this matter.
In church affiliation she was a Baptist, as all her family
were. Her death occurred October the twenty-sixth, eigh-
teen hundred and forty nine, and she was laid to rest in the
Cody graveyard, which is located near the original home of
my Grandfather Cody where he lived and died. Her grave
is marked by a marble slab.
1 James Cody 1795
1 Sarah Womack, wife of James Cody 1795
2 Michael Cody March 8, 1832
2 Rebecca Rogers, wife of Michael Cody .... December 5, 1851
3 Temperance Sophronia Cody September 20, 1822
3 Dr. Jeptha Melton Cody January 21, 1864
3 Missouri Eliza Cheeley, wife of Dr. J. M. Cody, October 26, 1849
3 James M. Welborn July 5, 1889
3 Louisa Amanda Cody, wife of J. M. Welborn, . . October 26, 1862
3 Madison Derrelle Cody January 25, 1875
3 Fannie Carr, wife of M. D. Cody August 28, 1872
3 Marion Michael Cody . . June 23, 1901
3 Rachael Cody, wife of M. M. Cody ...... January 16, 1894
4 Mary Rebecca Cody December 25, 1879
4 Elodie Virginia Pattison, wife of L. L. Gody . February 13, 1911
5 Claude Campbell Cody October 11, 1909
THE CODY GRAVEYARD.
It was very common at this peroid in which my grand-
father lived, to have the family burying-ground located
near the home, though I am unable to say whether he was
first to improvise this place, or whether it had been used by
others previously. The land here and for some distance
around is level, or gently undulating. Much of the land
owned by Uncle Marion was sold, but this part upon which
the graveyard is located, is still owned by members of the
family. The old dwelling, which has now disappeared, was
located near in a northeasterly direction, and upon the apex
of a ridge that receded gently in every direction.
I notice that in some writings of Uncle Derrelle, he states
that his father's first land purchase was from a Mr. Free-
man, but this place located in the northeast corner of his
plantation, was afterward rented by a family named Smith,
who lived here some years as tenants, and was always called
"the Smith Place."
The following inscriptions appear at this time upon the
stones in the graveyard:
"Rachael Cody, wife of Marion Cody, born October 7, 1823; died Jan-
uary 16, 1894.
"A light from our hosuehold has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled —
A place is vacant in our hearts
That never can be filled."
"In memory of Sarah Theodosia Felts, wife of Geo. W. Felts, born
November 17, 1859; died October 9, 1906."
"A devoted wife and loving mother."
1. "In memory of Mary Cody, wife of Michael Cody, who departed
this life July 8, 1816 aged fifty-two years."
2. "In memory of Michael Cody, who departed this life forty-eight
minutes past six o'clock p. m., 8th of March, A. D., 1832, aged
sixty-three years, eight months and fourteen days."
3. "Sacred to the memory of Rebecca Cody, relict of Michael Cody,
born January 8, 1786; died December 5, 1851.
4. "Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Missouri Cody, who departed this
life October 26, 1849, aged twenty-two years.
5. "Sacred to the memory of Charles F. Cody, son of J. M. Cody and
M. E. Cody, who departed this life October 5, 1846, aged 11
6. Mary, daughter to Jeptha and Amanda Cody, born February 11,
1852; died December 23, 1878."
7. "In memory of James M. Wellborn, born November 3, 1809; died
July 5, 1889."
"Asleep in Jesus."
8. "In memory of Louisa Amanda, wife of James M. Wellborn and
daughter of Michael and Rebecca Cody, born August 5, 1820;
died October 26, 1862."
9. "Taylor Cody, born October 4, 1850; died November 17, 1881.
"You are not dead to us, but as a bright star unseen.
We hold that you are ever near, though death intrudes between."
10. "Marion M. Cody, born December 3, 1818; died June 23, 1901.
"He followed virtue as his true guide —
Lived as a Christian; as a Christian died;"
By L. L. Cody.
The southern branch of the family are greatly indebted
to Miss Sarah D. Hubert for her complete genealogical rec-
ord, compiled during many years and published in 1902.
She commences with the time when James Cody and his
wife Sarah Womack landed in Virginia, about 1735 or 1740.
She says they were from County Kilkenny, Ireland, and
makes this note: "Tradition says that the father of James
was an Archdeacon in Ireland." There was curiosity on the
part of some, to know the reality of this tradition, and one
member of the family who spent much time in Europe, vis-
ited Dublin Castle, where the public records are kept, and
had a synopsis of the family history made, and also a copy
of the coat of arms. (Following these prefatory remarks the
text of the Dublin extract is given in full. )
It will be apparent to the reader that "Archdeacon" is
not an official title, as here used, but the name of a family,
They were of Norman origin, and as such were called
"MacOdo L' Ercedekne," translated "Archdeacon," after-
ward "McCody," and finally "Cody."
Coparcencers — Those who inherit lands in common.
Sept — A Clan or family from a common progenitor.
Bawn — A walled enclosure. Bulwark. Large house.
Moiety — One of two equal parts.
The family of the Archdeacon became known among the
Irish by the alias of McCody, which is a corruption of Mac-
Odo (from Odo) L'Ercedekne or Archdeacon, the founder of
the family in Kilkenny, who was among the first Norman
settlers in the County, and was flourishing in the early part
of the thirteenth century, when his name appears frequently
as a witness to Deeds and Charters. I know of no ground
for supposing that the Archdeacons belonged to the Mac-
gillycuddy branch of the 'Sullivan family, as stated by the
Rev. W. Healy in the "History and Antiquities of Kilkenny"
(p. 124) without some explanation of how they came to set-
tle in Kilkenny. The arms of the Archdeacon family, which
are the same as those borne by the branches which remained
in England, clearly point to their Norman origin, coupled
with the fact that in the Norman settlements in Ireland sev-
earal members of the family occupied prominent positions.
Sir Stephen L' Ercedekne (probably the son of Odo, the first
of the name in Kilkenny), by his marriage with one of the
daughters and co-heirs of Thomas Fitz Anthony, Seneschal
of Leinster, the founder of Thomastown, acquired lands in
that Manor, apparently a portion of the ancient Manor of
Ogenti. William de Dene is returned as Tenant of Ogenti,
in the oldest list of the feudal tenants of the County, that
made in 1247, and the name of Archdeacon or Ercedekne,
does not appear. But in the partition made between the
Earl of Gloucester's heirs in 1320, Ogenti was held jointly
by Thomas de Dene and Sir Richard L'Ercedekne. Accord-
ing to an inquisition taken the 13th of January, 1613, at the
Black Abbey to find the estate of Thomas Archer Fitz Walter,
the jury found that Thomas Dene and the heirs of Rich-
ard Archdeacon, otherwise McOdy, were coparceners of the
Manor of Thomaston, lately by partition called the Manor of
Grenan and the Manor of Dangin. The former Manor was
held by Dene and the latter by Archdeacon. Peter or Piers
McOdy, alias Archdeacon is described as of Fasogoe Gowley
in Rathpatrick. He was the son of Thomas, son of Redmond,
son of John Archdeacon, of Bawnballinlogh, and succeeded as
head of the family his second cousin, Richard Archdeacon,
alias McOdo, Lord of the Manor of Bawnmore, who died on
the 3rd day of October, 1617, leaving three daughters but
no male issue.
The Manor of Bawnmore was subsequently conveyed to
the Bryan family.
As the "whole sept of the Codies" were said to be among
the insurgents who plundered the City of Kilkenny, in 1641,
Peter (Piers) Archdeacon himself probably came in for a
share of the blame he did not deserve.
From the Book of Orders on Process it appears that Piers
(Peter) Archdeacon entered an action against John Bryan,
of Bawnmore, Esquire, on the 22nd of October, 1646, which
probably arose out of the fact that the Archdeacons were
formerly Lords of that Manor.
Piers Archdeacon of Rathpatrick, appears in the list of
those who supported the efforts to make peace while not
openly opposing the Nuncio. His son, Richard Archdeacon,
of Bawnballenlogh, was transplanted with sixteen others in
1652, as was also Peter Archdeacon, of the same place, who
may have been another son, or is perhaps the same Peter
The extent of the estate forfeited by Peter Archdeacon
or Pierce Cody, as appears under both names in the Down
Survey, was 1136 acres, in the Baronies of Galmoy and Gow-
ran. On the lands of Kilmurry which he held in the latter
Barony, was a Castle in repaid. His son Richard at the same
time forfeited Bawnballenlogh containing 353 acres and upon
it a thatched house, a bawn and some cabins. This plainly
contradicts the tradition related by O'Sullivan andO'Donovan,
that Piers McCody got .from Cromwell in lieu of some ser-
vices rendered, as much land as he could see from a certain
place and position, and that the spot from which he took his
view is the little eminence on which the Protestant Church
of Eirke stands. The tradition probably relates to some
event much older than the time of Cromwell, whese name
was brought into it in more recent times. Peter Archdeacon
was evidently dead before the Restoration so he could not
have forfeited his estate, as 0' Donovan states, in 1691. But
while the Archdeacons do not appear to have met with any
consideration from Cromwell, they managed to secure the
favor of Charles II. A King's letter dated the tenth of April,
1661, directs Richard Archdeacon, of Bawnballenlogh, in the
County of Kilkenny, Gent, son of Peter Archdeacon of Rath-
patrick, to be restored. The only result of this was, however,
that he obtained a Grant under the Act of Settlement of a
moiety of Killeteomes, alias Killjames (which formed a part
of his fathers's estate) in the Parish of Collumbkill, in the
Barony of Gowran, containing 149 acres, 2 roods plantations
meausure (242 acres and 27 perches statute) to hold at the
quit rent of L. 3.3.6-1, the Patent bearing the date of 4th of
July, 1667. It is most likely that it was a son of this Rich-
ard, named Piers, who forfeited the estate in 1691, and from
whose eldest son Patrick, who settled at Tinahua, near Kil-
macow, 0' Donovan's grandmother was descended.
Another branch of the Archdeacon family was trans-
planted to Galway where they flourished down to the pres-
ent century. Persons of the name were numerous in both
the County and the City where James Archdeacon was one
of the leading merchants at the time the Rebellion in 1641
broke out. He was one of those who were plundered in the
general riot. He was Mayor of the City for 1649-50, and
opened the negotiations with Cromwell for its surrender.
His daughter, Catherine, married Edward Roth Fitz Peter,
grand-nephew of David Rothe, who during the period of the
commotions was Roman Catholic Bishop of Ossory, and was
mother of Michael Rothe who followed James II. to France
and became a Lieutenant General in the French service, a
Knight Commander of the Military Order of St. Louis, and
and Colonel of Rothe's Regiment.
1 James Cody
1 Sarah Womack
2 Michael Cody
2 Rebecca Rogers
3 Marion M. Cody
3 Rachael English
3 Amanda Louisa Cody
3 James M. Wellborn
3 Jepthah Milton Cody
3 Missouri Eliza Cheely
3 Madison Derrelle Cody
3 Frances Carr
4 Anna Louisa Cody
4 Nathaniel H. Coleman
4 Lucilius Lewis Cody
4 Elodie Virginia Pattison
1 Sherwood Womack, married Nancy Rogers.
2 Wyley Womack, married Amelia Byrom.
2 Mitchell Womack, married Mary McCamie.
2 Sherwood Womack, married Emily Smith (sister of Rev.
Otis Smith. )
2 Martha Womack, married Rev. Otis Smith.
2 Lucretia Womack, married (1) Dr. Brown, (2) Dr.
2 Mahala Womack, married Dr. N. N. Smith of La-
2 Jane Womack, married Cullen Rogers.
2 Nancy Womack, married Davis McFarland.
2 Rebecca Womack, married Lewis Hines.
2 Susan Womack, married Ladd Newsome.
1 Sicily Womack, married Harris McFarland. Lived on
"Luckett Place" near Barnette, Ga.
2 Helen Womack, married Micajah Rogers. She was
buried on the "Luckett Place" near Barrett, Ga.
Micajah Rogers represented Warren Co. in 1837-38.
Sicily Womack, (1) and Sarah Womack (1) were sisters
of Sherwood Womack (1).
Sarah Womack (1), married James Cody (1).
Rev. Otis Smith was at one time President of Mercer Uni-
By L. L. Cody.
Among the early settlers of Wilkes County, Ga. , were
two brothers, Thomas and Solomon Lockett. The date of
their birth must have been some years prior to the Revolu-
tionary War. No attempt has been made to trace the family
history further back. The section in which they lived is
now embraced in Warren County, Ga.
Solomon Lockett was a wealthy and substantial citizen
who lived on Williams Creek in the extreme northern portion
of Warren County, Ga.
According to statement of Mrs. W. E. H. Searcy, Sr.,
who was daughter of Rebecca Rogers, who was daughter of
Warren Lockett, who was son of of Solomon Lockett,
his wife's maiden name was Martha Alford, familiarly called
Solomon Lockett must have been born ten or fifteen
years prior to the Revolutionary War, but of the exact date
there is no record. Nothing is know of his antecedents or
the date of his arrival here; neither have I been able to as-
certain the date of his marriage. The old residence of the
Lockett family has in recent years been demolished. At no
great distance away the Williams Creek Baptist Church was
located, as was also "Amsden Academy." This last derived
its appellation from a Mr. Amsden, one of its early tutors.
The church was doubtless established by the earliest settlers
of this section.
The Trustees of Amsden Academy in 1827 were:
Solomon Lockett Joseph Hill
Thomas Persons Henry Heath
Jethro Darden Edwin Baker Reuben Rogers
Solomon Lockett had three sons, Uriah, Warren and
Dr. Cullen; one daughter, Cynthia. The descendants of
these in direct line are given in my genealogy of the Lockett
Warren Lockett married Eliza Ficklin, daughter of
Barnett Ficklin, whose wife was a Miss Abercrombie. He
died young - , leaving his widow and their only child, Rebecca,
well provided for. She afterward married Henry Gibson,
son of a prominent citizen, Col. Churchill Gibson, by whom
she had children, two that we know of, Epsy and Thomas.
Eliza Ficklin as a girl, was described as a handsome
blonde. She had, that we know of, three sisters, Adeline,
who married Dr. Lynah; Caroline, who married Thomas
Wheeler, and Emeline, who married Wingfield Wright. The
two beautiful homes of the Lynahs and Wheelers I have
often seen myself, situated on the old Federal Road, between
Warrenton and Mayfield.
Thomas Lockett lived in the southern part of Warren
County until his death occurred in 1842. His old home, sit-
uated on Rocky Comfort Creek, is still known as the "Lock-
ett Place." His family moved to Marion County, Ga., but
after several years of residence there, all excepting Cullen
R. removed to Texas, and settled near Cleburne. Nothing
is kncwn of his family by his first wife. His second wife,
Temperance Rogers, was the daughter of Reuben Rogers,
Sr. She died at Buena Vista in 1846. Cullen Rogers Lock-
ett, their oldest son, returned to Warren County. He was
was born February 26, 1814. He was once Sheriff of Marion
CHILDREN OF THOMAS LOCKETT AND
2 Cullen Rogers Lockett, married Harriet Ivy.
2 Reuben Lockett
2 Thomas Lockett, married Mary Anne Cheeley.
2 Solomon Lockett.
2 Chloe Lockett.
2 Betsy Lockett.
2 Rebecca Lockett, married John Johnson.
CHILDREN OF CULLEN ROGERS LOCKETT
AND HARRIET IVY
3 Sennie Lockett, married Thomas Hinton.
3 Thomas Solomon Lockett, married Vicie Smith.
3 Susan Lockett, married Seaborn Jones.
3 Chloe Martha Lockett, married Geo. M. Guy.
3 Mary Lockett, married Ezekiel Matthews.
3 Sansel Lockett, married Marshall Harrison.
3 Clara Lockett, married Richard Walden.
3 Abner J. Lockett, married Mary Jones.