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1822 TO 1922
REV. R. W. ROGERS,
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PIKE COUNTY COURT HOUSE
AN ACROSTIC— PIKE COUNTY
Come, oh my muse! my pen inspire,
And touch it with poetic fire.
Help me to tell the wondrous story
Of Pike's past and luture glory.
P's for pride of a noble sort,
Pride of character whicn can't be bought.
Which strives to be true and dares to be brave
Would help the erring, the lost would save.
J's for industry, in things worth while;
Seeking the good and shunning the vile.
Ready alike to serve God or man ;
Building a character on God's plan.
l^ 's for knowledge, coming from above;
The knowledge 06 God, whose name is love.
Like Mary to sit at Jesus' feet:
Learn lessons of faith and trust complete.
P's for earnest in purpose and aim;
Putting forth efforts, worthy the name.
Not idling; loitering, wasting time,
But struggling: climbing to heights sublime.
/^'s for Christ Jesus, our Lord, our King.
Hail Him ! Crown Him ! His praises sing.
To Him swear allegiance, to Him render praise,
Now and ever, through everlasting days.
f\'^ for obey the laws ordained of God.
Thou shalt; thou shalt not; says God's own word.
Render to Caesar, what belongs to him.
Treat God fairly, or else 'tis sin.
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f J's for union; together we stand,
Loving ; tender, a brave loyal band.
Drive out the Devil ; Honor our God.
He'll sustain us, tho we pass 'neath the sod.
"M's for numbers who've wandered away:
From the Shepherd's fold they've gone astray.
Let's seek these lost sheep of the fold.
Angels rejoice o'er the penitent soul.
•y's touch not ; taste not, the unclean thing.
T'will bite like the serpent; like the adder will sting.
Be sober and clean and pure in our lives.
Nor bring grief and shame to children and wives.
Y stands for youth, the boys of our land.
Hope of our country: a loyal band.
Ye boys be brave in the world's great strife.
Lofty your aims and pure your life.
Historv of Pike Coiiniv
Boundaries of Pike County were laid out in 1882. It was
bounded on the north by Fayette and Henry ; on the East
by Monroe and a part of Butts ; on the South by Upson ;
on the west by FHnt River and Line creek.
In 1824, a part of Pike w^as added to Upson. In 1851, the
County of Spalding was formed and the northern part of
Pike, in which was situated the city of Griffin, was put in
the new county. The area of Pike was again greatly less-
ened in 1920, when the Eastern part of the county, in which
was situated the towns of Barnesville, Milner and Liberty
Hill, was added to the new county of Lamar.
Pike County was named for General Zebulon Montgomery
Pike, a hero of the war of 1812, who lost his life in a battle
with the British troops. The county site was originally
old Newman near Finchers Church, but was moved to Zebu-
lon in 1825. The town gets it's name from he given name
of General Pike, and was suggested by Mrs. D. S. Patter-
son, who was an early settler of Pike, but who died near
Jackson, Ga., in 1883.
The first court house was of hewn logs, and Mr. D. S.
Patterson told me that he helped to hew the logs. The log
house which Mr. Patterson built for a dwelling is still stand-
ing 01! the farm owned by the estate of Mrs. R. W. Rogers,
and is over 100 years old.
The second court house was of brick and cost $8,000.
The present building was erected in 1895. The following
were commissioners: T. J. Cadenhead, Chairman; E. G.
Aikin, J. T. Tyus, William M. Hartley, Sr., Clerk.
On November 25, 1825, an act was passed by the Senate
and House of Representatives of the General Assembly of
of Georgia, and signed by Governor G. M. Troup, author-
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izing the purchase of lot number 227 as the county site,
naming it Zebulon. The following were appointed com-
missioners: Lewis Daniel, Francis Daniel, Hugh F. Rose,
Laurince, and Absalom Echols, with authority to exer-
cise the power of Justice's of the Peace.. According to the
Court Records this was revived in 1894-5.
I copy some things now from an article written by Mrs.
M. J. Redding and published in the Pike county Journal in
March 1914. "Zebulon was laid off early in the 20's.
Among the earliest settlers was Mr, Hugh G. Johnson, who
built the first house in Zebulon on „the lot now owned by
Mrs. Maples. He afterwards built where the home of Mr.
Jas. Slade now stands. Among the old landmarks still left
are the Ballard House, the Blasingame House and the Wells
No people can be truly prosperous, in the truest sense
of that term, unless the character of the citizens is built
upon faith in the the true God. But for the influence of
the Christian religion, we would be no better than the peo-
ple in heathen lands.
The early citizens of Pike county recognizing God's claims
upon them began at once to plan for the preaching of the
gospel and the building and organizations of churches, and
to the work of the pioneer preachers is due much of the
credit for the prosperity and intelligence of our people.
We feel that we must devote some space to the work of
the church in our county.
HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
THE EARLY HISTORY OF METHODISM IN
Up to 1830, Georgia and Florida were in the South Caro-
lina Conference. In those days the preachers were nearly
all unmarried men. At first, a preacher's salary was $60
per annum. After a few years it was increased to $80
and thsn, later to $100. They needed but little money,
as they rode horse-back, and carried their books and clothes
with them. The average circuit had two preachers with
about twenty-five or twenty-six appointments at which
they preached twice each month, having an appointment
every day in the week except Monday. Some of these Cir-
cuit Riders, though their education was limited, were won-
derful preachers of the gospel.
Andrew Hamil came to Pike County in 1823, and he was
the first Methodist preacher who came to this part of Geor-
gia. Late in life he married Miss Maria Torrance of Bald-
win county. Alter his death, she married Judge William
A. Cobb of Upson County. Mrs. Cobb was one of my best
friends. She Hved to be very old. Just before she died,
she gave me some of Andrew Hamil's books.
A Camp Ground was established at Fincher's Church at a
very early date, but for lack of water, in 1853, it was mov-
ed to Bluff Springs. Miss Sarah Lifsey heard the first
Fermon there in September, 1853, and remembers the prea-
cher, Rev. Joshua Payne, who afterwards died of Yellow
Fever in Savannah. His text was 2 nd. Timothy, 4-7-8.
The Camp Meetings were suspended during the Civil War
and were not held again until 1878. They have been kept
up ever since, and have been occasions of great spirit-
ual power. Great sermons have been preached there by
Holy Men o " Cod and thousands have been born into Christ's
Kingdom. This Campground is connected with the Zebu-
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Ion Circuit (1922) and the following are Trustees: Jas. W.
Holsey, W. J. Franklin, W. D. Howell, Thos. A. Lif sey, and
Robt. R. Carter.
The Baptist church filled a prominent place in the
hsitory of this section of Georgia. In 1836, there was
a division on the subject of Missions and Sunday Schools.
One branch is known as the Missionary Baptist Church
branches have the same creed, and both have done much
for the up-building of Christ's Kingdom. The Missionary
Baptist Church has done a wonderful work in sending the
gospel to the heathen, and in promoting the cause ofChrist-
ian Education in the Homeland. I have tried fairly and
impartially to give a brief account of every church in the
county according to the information I have been able to
obtain. The churches in this county belong to the Flint
Rev. John Milner established a church called Sardis, on
the land belonging to the estate of Mrs. M. E. Eubank six
miles from Barnesville. There are a number of graves to
be seen yet near the site of the old church. Thisi church
was moved to Barnesville. This was the beginning of
the Barnesville Baptist Church.
PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCHES
Harmony Church was constituted about 100 year ago.
It was first built on the Jackson road, but was moved later
to its present location on the Milner road. The first Dea-
cons were, John Cadenhead and Jas. Sullivan (Grandfather
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of P. M. Sullivan). The following pastors have served
this church, but we do not know the order or date of their
pastorates: J. A. Monsess, Lee Wyat Childs, Britain John
Morgan and William Mosely.
Deacons are, Judge Bloodworth and C. W. Sullivan.
January 9, 1833, Concord church was deeded by William
Gilbert to the Deacons. From this church the town takes
its name. Among the pastors who have served this
church are: Elders Duke, Nichols. Thrash, Head, Fuller,
O'Neal Bussey, Williamson and Morris.
Flat Rock Church was constituted in 1858. The follow-
ing have served as pastors at various periods in the past
W. T. Goddard, John P. Lyons, J, L. Gunter, J. C. Nichols,
J. A. Wright, Daniel Henderson and A. C. Elliott. In
1920, there was a division in the church, and now there
are two pastors, and two church organizations in the same
church building, holding services on different Sabbaths.
Of one branch. Dr. J. M. F. Bazemore is pastor, and Wil-
liam M. Hartley Sr., and Jonas Hartley are the deacons.
They have about twenty members. Of the other branch
Geo. R. Goddard is pastor and Walter Ballard, Ira Harden
and W. 0. Reeves are the Deacons. They have forty mem-
bers and belong to the Towilaga Association.
HISTORY OF FINCHERB CHURCH
Fincher's Church was oiganized in 1822 or 1823. The
records show that Andrew Hamil was the first pastor.
Among the charter members were Jos. Fincher and his wife,
Mrs. Martha Fincher for whom the church was named.
Grandma Fincher lived to be 96 years old. In 1831 the
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Lifsey family moved to Pike County and liaving been Metho-
dists in Morgan County they united with Fincher's and
from that d?.y they have helped to make Methodist history
and advance the Kingdom oi our Lord Jesus Christ. When
the writer was pastor of Fincher's in 1876-77, there were
forty-eight Lifssys on the church roll. Miss Sarah Lif-
sey 86 years old is still living just waiting the call of the?
Master. Fincher's was connected with the Zebulon Charge
until the Fall of 1866, when the Circuit was divided. About
that time the Pika Mission, afterward changed to Milner
Circuit w'as established embracing Milner, Ebenezer, Fin-
cher's and Century Nelson Churches. The writer served
this Circuit in 1876-77.
Fincher's church was put with the Zebulon Circuit in
1915. A Sunday School w^as formed at a very early date.
They now have a vsry flourishing school with an enroll-
ment of one hundred and thirteen. W. T. Cochran is Sup-
J. S. Lifsey, better known as Uncle Tony went to heav-
en in 1921, being 82 years o!d. He was Superintendent for
Fincher's Church has an enrollment of two hundred-one
members, ranging of 9 to 87 years of age.
The present Trustee's are Robt. R. Carter, W. T. Coch-
ran, Jas. H. Lifsey, Thos. A. Lifsey and Joseph S. Slade.
The following compose the Board of Stewards : T. A. Lifsey,
W. Enoch Storey, L D. Cochran, Jos. S. Slade and Henry
S. Bishop. Benjamin N. Lifsey is Church Secretary.
There have been several church buildings at Fincher's in
the past. The present elegant building was erected in
PINCHERS WOMAN'S FOREIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY
A woman's Foreign Missionary Society was organized
at Fincher's Church nearly twenty years ago. Four years
ago the society was re-organized and since then the work
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has been carried on with renewed zeal and consecration.
The study class has been a wonderful help and inspiration
to the members.
The society has fitteen members, with following officers:
Pres., Miss Mary Kelly; Vice-Pres., Mrs. R. R. Carter; Secy.,
Mrs. Henry Bishop; Treas., Miss Claude Slade.
In 1918, Mrs. Arthur Maness organized a Young People's
Auxiliary with fifteen members. There are thirty mem-
bers now in the Society, with the following officers : Lead-
er, Mrs R. R. Carter; Pres., Miss Mary Kelly; Vice Pres.,
Miss Florence Carter; Secy., Mrs. I. D. Cochran; Treas.,
George Lifsey; Supt,, Children's work Mrs. S. S. Barrett.
She has a flourishing Society.
The Ladies Aid Society of Pinchers Church was organized
in 1922, with Mrs. S. S. Barrett as president. Twenty-
three members are enrolled. The object of the society is
to help the church and the parsonage.
Although Pinchers Church was established at a much
earlier date, the deed was not recorded until 1846. The
following were the Trustees: Simon Slade, John Means,
Jas. Neal, Colens Moreland, Jos. T. Fincher, Wm. Barrett,
Sr., Jas Barrett, Nathan Boyd and John Lifsey.
Among the early members were Mrs. Edith Lifsey, who
died at the age of 96, the Barrett family, the Slade family,
the Howell family and the Storey family.
EBENEZER M. E. CHURCH, SOUTH.
We can not find when Ebenezer Church was organized,
but the first recorded deed was dated Aug. 5, 1840, and was
made by W. 0. Kendrick to the following Trustees: Syl-
vanus Kendrick, Thos. B. Jones, Wm. Park, Richmond R.
Kendrick, Samuel Ford, W. G. Morgan and J. L. Winfield.
Some of the early members of this church were Rev,
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Pati'ick N. Maddox, local preacher and his family, A. E,
Eubank and wife, Mrs. Henrietta Shehee, Laurence Smith,
John Means, Jas. W. Means, Mrs. Fannie Slade, Jas. Banks-
ton and famil3% Garlington Leak and family and Jas. W.
Holsey and wife. Ebenezer has always been small in num-
bers, but loyal and faithful to the doctrines and discipline
of the Methodist Church. Of the early members, Mrs. J.
W. Means and J. W. Holsey still survive, patiently waiting
the Master's call. Mrs. M. Eubank (91 years old) and her
daughter, Mrs. Richard W. Rogers have recently died. Bro.
J. W. Holsey, while leading the congregation in prayer, in
Zebulon, on Easter Sunday 1922, was stricken with paraly-
sis, and has been bedridden since. His life has been a bene-
diction to Ebenezer and Zebulon.
Ebenezer Church was on the Zebulon charge until the
Milner Circuit was formed in the hitler yixties, composed
of Milner, Ebenezer, Fincher's, and Century Nelson
churches. Rev. J. S. Bryan was one of the first pastors of
this Circuit. Rev. Isaac G. Parks served the Circuit in
1873 ; Eli Smith in 1874 ; Rev. Jas. Smith in 1875, and the
writer (R. W. Rogers) in 1876-77. I have not a record of
the later preachers. In 1917 it was placed on "The Rock"
Circuit. L. E. Wright was pastor in 1917-18; Robert P.
Tatiim in 1919-20, J. D. Milton in 1921, and Grover C.
Knowles is the beloved and efficient preacher and pastor
The following are the Stewards: Warren W. Bush, Jas.
W. Holsey, Jas. 0. Franklin, and Jas. W. Elliott. Miss Alma
Walker is Sunday School Superintendent. Miss Alma Bush
is the President of the Woman's Missionary Society.
Ebenezer Church made a fine record in the Centenary
HISTORY OF CENTURY NELSON CHURCH.
Century Nelson Chiirch was organized about 1822. It
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was named for one of the charter members, Mr. Thos. Nel-
son, who was 100 years old at the time the church was es-
tablished. It is said that he split 100 rails the day he cele-
brated his 100th birthday. There have been several church
buildings here. One was destroyed by a cyclone in 1894,
and the present building was erected in 1895.
Tills church was connected with the Zebulon work until
1866. It was then put on the Milner Circuit. In 1917 it
was placed on The Rock Circuit. The present very much
beloved pastor is Rev. Groyer C. Knowles.
Among the early members of the church, who served
their generation by the will of God, were Thos. H. Turner
and family; Mrs. Amanda Eussey and children; Thos. L.
Campbell and family ; Thomson Graham and wife ; Jas. Yar-
brough and family; Mrs. Thos. Allen and children; Mrs.
Matthews and family; Thos. Verden and family; Seaborn
Hickson and family, and the Simmons family.
There are sixty members on the church roll. The follow-
ing are the Tozrd of Stewards: Thos. J. Matthews, T. T/.
Matthews, Curtis W. Allen and J. T. Speer. There are forty
on the Sunday School roll. Mrs. W. A. Bishop is Superin-
Rev. T. L. Bussey, a useful local preacher, now living in
Atlanta, was a member of this church for many years.
HISTORY OF MT. OLIVE BAPTIST CHURCH.
The church record was burned when J. W. Pilkenton's
store was burned several years ago, he being clerk. Mt.
Olive Church was constituted between 1835 and 1840 by
The following pastors and clerks have served the church :
1849-54 Henry Garland of The Rock, Ga.; Clerk, W. T.
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1855-56 Jacob King, Upson Co. ; Clerk, P. H. McDowell.
1857-58 James F. McCloud, Upson County; Clerk, P. H.
1859 Jacob Buffington ; Clerk, P. H. McDowell.
1860-61 W. W. Head of Milner; Clerk, P. H. McDowell.
J, M. Slade and J. D. Carreker came home from Camp
Stephen Griffin, united with the church and were baptized
the third Sunday in September, 1861, by W. W. Head,
1862-66 G. A. Moore; Clerk, P. H. McDowell.
1867 James H. Weaver; Clerk, P. H. McDowell.
1868-71 E. S. Harris; Clerk, P. H. McDowell.
1872-74 J. A. Jackson, Delray, Ga. ; Clerk, P. H. McDowell.
1875-86 E. M. Hooten, Milner, Ga. ; Clerk, H. G. Jordan.
1887-90 W. A. Brooks, Madison, Ga. ; Clerk, H. G. Jordan.
1891-96 J. W. Beck, Jackson, Ga. ; Clerk, J. W. Pilkenton.
1897 J. F. Crawford, Talbot County ; Clerk, J. W. Pilken-
1898-1904 W. P. Head, Woodbury, Ga.; Clerk, J. W. Pil-
1904-1908 L. Hooten, Zebulon, Ga. ; Clerk, J. W. Pilkenton.
1909-1915 W. U. Kendrick, Griffin; Clerk, G. W. Hamlett.
1916 F. B. Ricketts, Atlanta; Clerk, G. W. Hamlett.
1917 J. T. Espy, Mercer University; he resigned in Au-
gust to go to the Seminary at Louisville, Ky.
1918-1920 L. B. Harvey, Forsyth ; Clerk, J. T. Pilkenton.
1920-1921 James C. Eppinger, Griffin; Clerk, J. T. Pil-
1921-1922 C. E. Hitt, Forest Park ; Clerk, J. T. Pilkenton.
James Holmes, John Jordan and Alfred Tarver were the
first deacons and were, perhaps, in the constitution of the
church, however we can't be certain about that as the rec-
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ords were destroyed. P. H. McDowell was a deacon and
clerk of the church for about 35 years. J. W. Pilkenton and
H. G. Jordan of Barnesville were deacons for a number of
years. J. P. Garner was deacon and also William Hardy of
Upson County. W. J. Jones, R. G. Elliott, J. T. Pilkenton,
T. C. McLendon, S. E. Clark and Luther Jones are the pres-
The land east of the creek belonged to Jas. M. Holmes and
he gave four (4) acres for the church lot. Robt. Pilkenton
gave three (3) acres making seven (7) in all.
Two of the oldest members now living are J. D. Carreker
and Mrs. Susan Reeves who have been members 62 years.
Total membership is about 246.
Number of ministers ordained from Mt. Olive Church
were three. Zachariah Harris in 1848 who moved off to
Dale County, Alabama, and spent his life in the ministry.
G. W. Garner was ordained about 1880 and is now one of
our leading ministers. J. D. Carreker was ordained about
Therd have been three churches erected on present lot:
first one about 1835, second 1858 which was blown down by
the cyclone March 3, 1893 and was rebuilt during the sum-
mer. Burl Banks of Zebulon being the contractor.
The number of churches constituted or partly constituted
from the old church were five, namely, Beulah, Hendricks,
Molena, Neal and Pleasant Valley.
We have had irregular Sunday Schools from about 1870,
ben regular for the last twelve years. Superintendent,
R. G. Elliott; average attendance, forty; number of teach-
ers, five. W. M. S. was organized about 1909 during the
pastorate of Bro. W. U. Kendrick. Mrs. W. J. Jones was
president for several years. Mrs. E. J. Reeves is our pres-
ent president; Mrs. J. T. Pilkenton, Vice-President; Mrs.
J. L. Hamlett, Secretary; Miss Ethel Carreker, Treasurer;
Miss Perla Pilkenton, chairman Social Committee. Sunbeam
leader, Mrs. M. D. Connally.
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STORY OF NEAL.
Neal is not incorporated. The following are the business
firms : T. J. Williamson, merchant ; J. W. Curtis, merchant ;
Strickland & Williamson Gin & Warehouse Co.
The Southern Railway passes through the town.
The school teachers are Miss Alice Wilkerson and Miss
Florence Huff. Th6re are nine grades taught and sixty-five
pupils on the roll.
NEAL BAPTIST CHURCH.
In 1894, a Missionary Baptist Church was constituted at
Neal by Rev. J. D. Carreker; most of the members coming
by letter from Mt. Olive Church. The following were the
charter members : B. F. Newman, Mrs. Dicy J. Williamson,
G. T. Baily, A. D. Riggins, M. D. Riggins, L. 0. Oxford,
J. N. Riggins, Mrs. Sudie Riggins, B. B. Howard, Mrs. Emma
Howard, J. W. Woodward, Mrs. J. W. Woodward, Miss Ida
Woodward, and Mrs. Addie Parks.
The church was admitted into the Centennial Association,
at their next meeting. The following were the first Dea-
cons: A. D. Riggins, J. L. Brandenburg and G. T. Walker.
C. M. Blount was Clerk. Rev. J. D. Carreker was the first
Pastor. Rev. J. Seaborn Winn i& the present Pastor.
Mt. GILEAD BAPTIST CHURCH
Mt. Gilead Baptist Church was constituted in 1873. Rev.
Timothy Kimball was the first pastor. There were only nine
charter members. Gabriel Pitts was the first deacon, This
church has grown steadily and they now have 175 members.
Rev. Chas. E. Hitt is the present pastor (1922) and the fol-
lowing are the Deacons: J, 0. Kendrick and W. C. Ken-
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NEW HOPE CHURCH.
New Hope Church was connstituted May 28, 1882. J. T.
Kimball Moderator. There were ten charter members. E.
A. Cooper and J. B. Lynch were the first deacons. C. E.
Hitt is the present pastor and the deacons are O. L. Smith,
S. E. Shackelford, and L. M. Brown. The following have
served as pastors in the order named : Harry Wells, A. C.
Wellons, J. Q. Buffington, W. T. Buffington, A. C. Smith,
J. Q. Buffington, J. B. Hoyle, T. A. Brown, T. W. Wood.
The present membership is 234. The church belongs to
the Flint River Association. Wm. A. Smith is Sunday
School Superintendent with an enrollment of 121. A Sun-
beam Band has recently been organized.
New Hope is one of the most flourishing country churches
in the County. They have a beautiful church building, and
the best kept cemetery in Pike County. • • - *
New Hope School was established about 1882 or 1883. It
was a continuation of old Harmony School. The following
is a partial list of former teachers: Messrs. Stewart, Gar-
ner, Blasingame, Mathews, Harris, Sewell, Broadnax, Rev.,
C. E. Hitt ; Misses Kennedy, Touchstone -and Thrash. Eight
grades are taught and 168 pupils were enrolled the last
Tlie following are the teachers for the Fall term 1922:
Principal, Rev. Jas. C. Eppinger; 1st Asst., Miss Martha
Morris; 2nd. Asst., Miss Mittie Pritchett; 3rd Asst., Miss
Ethel Cai'ter. The largest country school in Pike County
BEULAH BAPTIST CHURCH.
This church was constituted in 1865. The land was do-
nated by Jas. P. Mangham. The following were the first
deacons: Steve W. Elliott, Sr., Jas. Parks, Wm. Newton,
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T. C. Brannan, Samuel Chapman, Jas. Bailey, Robt. Evans,
W. L. Waller, J. W. Butler and Thos. Howard.
Wm. W. Ferguson w^s the first pastor, serving through
1870. Following him were: J. A. Jackson, 1871; C. Wash-
ington Oliver, 1872 to 1877, under his ministry the member-
ship of the church grew rapidly, 100 having been received
in one year; W. J. Patrick, 1880; W. H. Richardson, 1881;
J. A. Jackson, 1882, 1883, 1884 ; Wm. Ferguson, 1885 ; J. W.
Marshall, 1886-1889; W. W. Kendrick, 1890-1894; W. T.
Buffington, 1895-1896; J. D. Harris, 1897-1899; W. B. Whit-
tle, 1900-1902; W. M. Coker, 1903-1904; John T. Robinson,
1905-1906; J. W. Marshall, 1907-1908; W. T. Buffington,
1909-1914; J. T. Culpepper, 1915-1916; Fred B. Rickett,
1917; G. H. Taylor, 1918-1920; J. Seaborn Winn, 1921; Low
Sunday School Superintendent, W. L. Waller; fifty pupils
enrolled. President Woman's Missionary Society, Mrs. W.
E. Storey ; members, 20.
WEAVER BAPTIST CHURCH
The United Baptist Church of Weaver was organized in
March 1863 with thirteen (13) charter members. The first
pastor was John I. Weaver. Later, Tidwell, Bradshaw,
Leverett and W. R. White were pastors. Some of the mem-
bers were James Weaver, Frank Weaver, Robert Lambert,
Robert Bethune, Margaret Weaver, Mandy Weaver, Ta-
bith Reid, Matilda Weaver and Mary Buck. In 1913
this church went into the Missionary Baptist Church, Rev.
L. Horten was pastor. Our present pastor is Rev. J. S.
Winn. Have about forty members on roll. A. S. Weaver
and E. F. Weaver are the deacons, Arthur Wood clerk, Floyd
Murphey suptrintendent of the Sunday School. Twenty-six
pupils on roll. The W. M. S. was organized five years ago,
and in April 1922 we organized the Y. W. A. Sunbeams and
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Royal Ambassadors, which all are doing a good work for
Weaver School. Miss Jewel Roan teacher. Seven grades
taught. Pupils on roll.
A list of Methodist preachers who have served the differ-
ent churches in Pike County and the date. These faithful
men of God did much for the moral and spiritual upbuild-
ing of this country, and we should honor their memory.
Andrew Hamill, 1823 ; Morgan C. Turventine, 1824 ; John
Hunter, 1825-26; Benjamin Bell, 1827; Tilman Douglass,
Wm. M. Stegall, 1828; Mathew Rhodes, Zebe Brown, 1829;
Willis D. Mathews, Wm. Crawford, 1831; Willis D. Mat-
thews, Isaac Boring. 1832; Wm. M. Stegall, Thos. Coleman,
1833; Jas. Hunter, E. Heam. 1834; John W. Starr, Daniel
Daily, 1835 ; John Weathersby, 1836 ; Alfred Dorman, 1837 ;
Jas. Dunwoody, J. J. Tabor, 1838; Harris Sternes, 1839;
Jesse W. Carrol, 1840 ; A- Pennington, J. W. Farley, 1841 ;
A. Pennington, Jamison Scaif, 1842; Claiborn Trussell,
Vestall, 1843 ; J. B. Wardlaw, 1844 ; Miller H. White,
Wm. A. Smith, 1845-46; Samuel Bellah, 1846; Noah Smith,
Sam. J. Bellah, 1847; McCarrol Purifoy, Nathaniel Allen,
1848 ; Robert Stripling, Chas. W. Thomas. 1849 ; William B.
McHan, J. P., Morgan Bellah, P. C, 1850; Morgan Bellah,
Jas. Smith, 1857 ; Lemuel Q. Allen, 1852 ; Noah Smith, 1853-
54 ; Jesse W. Canve, J. P., 1854 ; Warren Baggerly, John C.
Simmons, 1855; Jas. Jones, 1856; S. C. Quillian, 1857; Jesse
R. Littlejohn, 1858; Noah Palmer, 1859: C. W. Howard,
1860; John W. Knight, 1861; Jas. M. Armstrong, 1862;
David Holmes, W. C. Rowland, 1863; D. T. Holmes, C. W.
Parker. 1864 ; R. A. Seale, 1865-66 ; Francis Bartow Davies.
1867; W. P. Rivers, 1868; David Stripling, 1869; John P.
Duncan, John W. Reynolds, died on work, 1870; Wesley F.
22 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
Smith, 1871; Joseph Carr, 1872; Wesley G. Hansen, 1873;
David Nolan, 1874-75 ; T. S. L. Harvell, 1876-77-78 ; Cades-
man Pope, 1879-80; J. T. Lowe, 1881-82-83-84 ; L. P. Neese,
1885 ; J. S. Askew, J. P. in 1884 ; F P. Brower, W. R. Still-
well, 1886 ; J. W. Blosser, W. H. Graham, 1886, two circuits
formed ; J. J. Singleton, Ellison R. Cook. 1887-88 ; Sherman
R. England, 1889-90-91-92; E. K. Aiken, 1893-94-95-96; J. J.
Ansley, 1897; M. M. Walraven, 1898-99; J. P. Burgess, died
(supplied by A. B. Pope), 1900; Thos. V. Weathers, 1901-
02-03-04; T. S. Edwards, 1903; Fred W. McClesky, 1906
W. H. Speer, 1907-08-09-10; C. P. Marchman, 1911; John R
Jones, 1912; ¥/. S. Branham, 1913; J. W. King, 1914-15-16
E. P. Eubanks, 1917 ; Arthur Maness, 1918-19 ; J. D. Milton
1920: D. S. Patterson, 1921; Adrian Warwick, 1922.
Were I called upon to name the uncrowned heroes of the
present day I should unhesitatingly mention the teachers of
our rural schools. No class of citizens are doing more for
the future of our country than they. Their work is second
only to the ministry. With inadequate salaries, most of
which they are forced to spend at summer training schools,
with a devotion worthy of the cause, they are giving their
lives to the work of training our boys and girls for future
citizens along intellectual and spiritual lines.
Fincher's Church is about 100 years old. A school was
established there in the early history of the church. Miss
Sarah Lifsey says she attended school there about 80 years
ago. Rev. W. H. Cooper, a Baptist minister, was the teach-
er. Miss Mary Harris, who became Mrs. R. L. Barrett
HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY 23
taught there several years ago. Miss Carrie Chapman
taught the school in 1921 and Miss Igene Carter is the
teacher now (1922). There are 35 pupils and seven grades
Teachers for 1922-23 : Miss Adrian McGeehee, Miss Jes-
sie Boynton. Eight grades are taught.
Teachers for 1922-23: Mrs. E. J. Reeves, Miss Olga
Reeves. Eight grades are taught. Number pupils, 96.
Teachers for 1922-23: Miss Grace Hartley, Miss Mat-
thews. Seven grades are taught.
Teacher for 1922-23: Mrs. Eva Patton. Eight grades
are taught. Number pupils 44.
Teacher for 1922-23: Miss Ine Goulding. Seven grades
Teacher for 1922-23: Mrs. M. Whatley. Seven grades
arj taught. Number pupils, 44.
Teacher for 1922-23 : Mrs. E. J. Scott. Seven grades are
Teachers for 1922-23: Prof. Wm. Henry Reeves, Bessie
Carter. Seven grades are taught.
24 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
Board of Education.
Dr. J. C. Beauchamp, President, Williamson. I
J. Morris Means, Zebulon. '
W. J. Reeves, R. F. D. 1, Zebulon.
H. G. Langford, Meansville.
Col. Frank L. Adams, County School Superintendent,
HISTORY OF NEW HOPE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
New Hope was organized as a congregational Methodist
Church in 1852. The church house was built in 1853. Rev.
W. H. Graham was its first pastor. In 1888 the church
formed a union with two other churches (the Congrega-
tional and Free Protestant Churches) and left off the Meth-
odist part of its name and has since been known as New
Hope Congregational Church. The church now is composed
of 95 members. It has a Sunday School of 30 members and
a Ladies' Aid Society. Dr. D. Witherspoon Dodge of the
Atlanta Theological Seminary is its present pastor, and
Early Owen is church clerk. Rev. Jones Bush was pastor of
this church for a number of years.
LIBERTY CHAPEL CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.
This church was organized February, 1893, by Rev. Wm.
H. Graham, Jr., in the home of Mr. W. W. King, about one
mile from Lifsey Spring. Bro. Graham was the first pas-
tor. Mr. W. W. King and children and Mr. Jeff Foster and
family were among the charter members. Mr. Jas. R. Wood,
a member of New Hope Congregational Church, rendered
valuable assistance in organizing the church and in erecting
the church building. The church was built in 1895, and
dedicated on the third Sunday in September of that year.
Rev. Gideon Home, the present earnest and zealous pas-
tor, has served this church as pastor several times in the
HISTORY OF P IKE COUNTY 25
FRIENDSHIP PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.
Friendship Presbyterian Church was organized in 1835
by Rev. J. Y. Alexander and Rev. A. M. Money. At this
time it was in the Flint River Presbytery which existed be-
fore the Atlanta Presbytery. The original site of the church
was in the Western part of Pike County, three miles and a
half northwest of Concord. To make the church more cen-
tral to its membership it was moved about 1870 to its pres-
In the early days of the church annual campmeetings
were held. The church has been fortunate in having many
devout and consecrated men to serve it. Rev. J. W. Corbin
was pastor for many years. He drove over a hundred miles
through the country in a buggy to meet his appointments.
W. J. Keith supplied the church for a number of years. In
1849 Rev. Andrew G. Peden became pastor and served for
twenty years. He was succeeded by Rev. L. H. Wilson, who
was pastor for three years. Rev. Peden then resumed the
pastorate and held it until his death in 1896. Since that
time the church has been supplied by Rev. W. E. Dozier,
Rev. Abraham, Rev. Stacy, Rev. Hannah, Rev. Young, Rev.
E. W. Russell, Rev. W. P. Hemphill, Rev. Stafford, Rev. L.
D. King and others. Seminary students occasionally have
supplied the church.
Rev. Tellford, of Greenville, Ga., is supplying the church
at present with the following officers :
Elders— D. P. Blake, A. E. Blake and Perrin Blake.
Deacons — Jesse L. Marshall and Edgar Huckaby.
Although the church has lost many of its members, by
deaths and moving away, it is at the present time growins*
in influence and numbers and the prospects for the future
are bright — having recently organized for the community
a Woman's Auxiliary and a Junior and Senior Christian En-
26 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
NAZARENE BAPTIST CHURCH
In 1893, a church was organized in the southwestern parlj
of Pike County, called the United Baptist Church. In 1908
it was reorganized as the Nazarene Church. The present
pastor is Rev. W. R. Hanson.
There are 37 members on the church roll and 78 on the
Sunday School roll. ,/
The officers are. Sunday School Superintendent, J. M;
Butler; Asst. Supt., J. A. King; Bible Class Teacher, S. J.
Gibson ; Juvenile Teacher, Miss Nettie Gibson ; Picture Card
Class, Mrs. J. M. Butler; Secretary, Miss Lottie May King.
STORY OF CONCORD
Nearly a century ago settlers began to move into West
Pike, which at that time was but a stretch of wild forest
land over run with Indians and wild animals. These pio-
neers began building log cabins for homes and clearing the
forests for farm lands. As there were no railroads in the
state, farm produce was hauled to Macon where small boats
came up the Ocmulgee.
As the community grew with the coming of other settlers,
there was built about eighty years ago the first church, the
Primitive Baptist, called "Concord", which gave the towu
its name. This building was moved in 1886 to make room
for the Georgia Midland and Gulf Railway, and a hew
church was erected. About the same time the first school-
house was built, at which the grandparents of some of the
present generation were educated. ':^n':-±^ :•;■■ jfv'^n^irfjf^i
About eighty years ago the Central Railroad reached
Griffin enabling our people to do their marketing nearer
home. With the advent of the Georgia Midland Railway
in 1887 the town began to grow. New stores were started
and old ones were rebuilt. Old Salem, the Methodist
HISTORY OF P IK E COUNTY 27
Church, moved to town in 1888 and Hebron, the Baptist
Church, came in from the country about the same time. The
schoolhouse at that time was a small building just across
the street from the present one. The principal was Prof.
R. D. Shruptrine of Thomaston, Ga.
The first charter was granted in 1887 and signed by Grov,
John B. Gordon. In January, 1888, the first town council
was formed, composed of the following members: E. M.
Hooten, T. L. McLendon, W. E. Lloyd, N. B. Waller and J. C.
Irvin. N. B. Waller and J. C. Irvin still live ; the others have
gone to their reward. Concord is an orderly and a prosper-
ous town. For several years about 5,000 bales of cotton
were marketed here, but the advent of the boll weevil has
greatly reduced the number. The people take great interest
in beautifying their homes, and several very handsome resi-
dences have recently been erected. '; ^''^ '""".
The following firms do business here:
: Pike County Nursery, A. A. McElveen.
Fancy Groceries, Miss Essie McLendon.
Fancy Groceries, D. W. Story.
General Merchandise, J. F. Madden & Sons, Fertilizer
Mixers, Cotton Buyers, Bankers, Warehousemen, Growers
of Peppers and Peaches.
R. F. Strickland & Co., General Merchants, Fertilizer Mix-
ers, Cotton Buyers, Corn Elevator and Mill, Undertakers.
-Raven & Smith, General Merchants.
J. C. Irvin, General Merchant.
Lee & Strickland, General Merchants.
J. A. Madden, Fancy Groceries.
-'. .Chas. Morgan, Fancy Groceries and Ice, Livery Auto. ,
R. A. Mallory, Physician and Druggist.
D. L. Head, Physician.
Braswell & Sharpe, Blacksmiths and Repair Shop.
28 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
Waller & Lee, Blacksmiths and Repair Shop. ^
Postmaster, R. E. Lee. 1
Garage, D. B. Lee and D. G. Tucker.
Present Town Council : Mayor, E. L. Raven ; Clerk, E. F.
Scott. Councilmen: R. C. Blanks, H. P. Edwards, E. F.
Scott, D. W. Story, and R. H. Strickland.
Smith Bros. Nurseries.
Concord is probably known by more people than any other
town of its size in the South. One business firm her doubt-
less serves more customers than any other establishment in
We refer to Smith Bros., the nurserymen. This business
was established 35 years ago, by J. H. & C. T. Smith and
has now grown to be the largest retail nursery in the South.
They ship trees to almost every railroad station in the
Southern States and they number their customers by the
hundred thousand. Trees and plants from Smith Bros, are
grown around nearly every home in the cotton belt.
Trees are grown here by the million. They grow more
peach trees than anything else, but also have large blocks
of apple, pear, plum, pecan, rose, ornamentals and other
stock. From 50 to 100 people are employed to work in their
office, packing houses and fields.
Mr. C. T. Smith is business manager of the firm, and is
assisted by Mr. F. M. Smith, and a good force of office work-
ers. The field department is run by Mr. J. H. Smith, assist-
ed by Mr. C. M. Smith.
The Concord Woman*s Club.
The Concord Woman's Club was organized Sept. 9, 1921,
with 21 members — ^present membership, including honor-
ary members, 30. The officers elected for the year were:
Mrs. Florence Brown, President.
Mrs. W. A. Strickland, Vice-President.
HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY 29
Mrs. R. H. Strickland, Second Vice-President.
Mrs. R. C. Blanks, Secretary.
Miss Sallie Mae Strickland, Treasurer.
The purpose of the Club is community work, for we be-
lieve like our wise president of the General Federation of
Woman's Clubs, Mrs. Winter, that "Community work must
be the hub of the wheel in Club work."
During the first year of our club's existence, all our efforts
have been used to improve our school. Among the things
accomplished are: Assistance rendered in equipping the
domestic science department, beautifying the school grounds,
helping to make a payment on electric light plant and im-
proving the interior of our dormitory.
The money used in financing our activities was raised by
giving entertainments of various kinds at intervals through-
out the year, and by selling refreshments at ball games dur-
ing the summer.
In giving these entertainments and in selling refresh-
ments our object was two-fold, first, of course, to make
money for the use of the club, and second, to provide whole-
some, interesting and inexpensive recreation for both old
and young in our community, and the importance of giving
every one his money's worth in the matter of both enter-
tainment and refreshment was stressed.
The registering of our women and their voting in the fall
elections is a far reaching event in the first year of the Con-
cord Woman's Club.
But by far the most satisfactory achievement of our first
club year has been the wonderful spirit of love, sympathy
and cooperation among the women of Concord.
HISTORY OF CONCORD MUSIC LOVERS CLUB.
The Music Lovers Club of Concord, Ga., was organized at
the Dormitory on October 16th, 1921. At the first meeting,
which was held at the home of Mrs. C. T. Smith, twenty-
30 H ISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
three were present and enrolled as members. The following
officers were elected for the ensuing year:
Miss Vera Lazenby, President.
Miss Ruth Sullivan, Vice-President. '
Miss Mary Clary, Secretary. .
Mrs. C. T. Smith, Treasurer.
Misses Vera Lazenby, Ruth Sullivan, Elsie Brown, Mary
Irvin and Mrs. Bessie Lee, Program Comtnittee.
Miss Elsie Brown was elected Secretary to fill the unex-
pired term of Miss Mary Clary.
It was decided that each member pay 25c dues for the
first year and that we, meet once a month, also that we joir.
the County and State Federation.* Membership was denied
in the General Federation on. Recount of- youth of the Club.
. The object of the Club -is the enjoyment of its mem
bers and to promote and develop the love for-g^od music.
The Club has followed the outline for Club Study "Ameri-
canization Through Music" issued by the General Federa-
tion of Women's Clubs. ^
A play was given during the summer, by the Club mem-
bers, and a nice sum realized — .money to be used for run-
ning expenses for the Club and purchasing necessary mate-
Present membership, including all who enrolled during
the year (some having moved away) and honorary mem-
bers, numbers thirty-five. : ■.:. jv
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HEBRON BAPTIST CHURCH
Hebron Baptist Church, Concord, Ga., was constituted
October 6, 1838. John H. Mjlner was the first pastor. Later
pastors were: J. M. Wood, 1870 to 1873; J. A. Jackson-,
HISTORY O F PIKE COUNTY 31
1874 to 1878; E. M. Hooten, 1878 to 1890; W. A. Brooks,"
R. F. Smith, J. C. Solomon, J. P. Lee, J. W. R. Jenkins, W.
C. Ivey, W. J. D. Upshaw, and F. P. Glass. The present
pastor is W. C. Jones; Clerk, R. H. McLendon ; Treasurer
Current Expenses, E. T, Scott ; Treasurer Benevolent Funds,
John B. Madden ; Deacons, W. A. Bottoms, J. C. Irvin, W.
M. Marshall, John B. Madden, J. H. Reeves, W. A. Strick-
land, J. H. Strickland ; Sunday School Superintendent, S. A.
King-; Asst. Supt., John W. Oxford; Secretary and Treas-
urer, R. H. Strickland; number of teachers, eight; number
of pupils, 125.
Woman's Missionary Union: President, Mrs. J. C. Irvin ;
Secretary, Mrs. R, H. Strickla,iid ; number memberg, 32,
Girls Auxiliary and Royal Ambassadors : number on roll,
25. Leader, Mrs. R. H. Strickland.
Sunbeam Band : • Leader, Mrs. C. B. Jones - number on
roll, 25: ■' ;' •
Number members on present church roll, 285.
• The present church building was erected in 1887 at a cost
The pastorium was purchased in 1917, value $3,000.00.
'! CONCORD METHODIST CHURCH.
Salem Church was organized in the early days of Method-
ism in Pike County, but as the old records have been lost,
we cannot give dates. Among the early members were the
Fossett and Beckham families. In 1888, the church was
ijioved to Concord. The oldest living member of the church
is Mrs. Mary Mallory, a sister of ex-Governor Atkinson and
mother of Dr. R. A. Mallory. After a long life of conse-
crated service she still abides, patiently waiting the Mas-
Rev. W,. A. Warwick is the present pastor. Names of
32 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
Board of Stewards: Dr. R. A. Mallory, Jesse C. Beckham,
John Fossett, and R. W. Hale. Number of members on
church roll, 60. Sunday School Superintendent, H. H. Bran-
denburg. Number enrolled in Sunday School, 35.
John H. Hooten was one of the Stewards when the church
was moved to town.
A Christian Church was organized at Pedenville Sept. 2,
1902. At a tent meeting held in Concord in August, 1904,
it was decided to move the church to Concord. The present
building was erected in 1905 and dedicated the same year.
The first pastor was D. A. Brindle, who now lives in Grif-
fin. The first Elders were W. L. Marshall and F. Mortimer
Smith. The first Deacon was C. T. Smith. The church
membership is about 100. The value of the church prop-
erty is $2500. The Sunday School was organized in 1905.
The following is the faculty of Concord School for the
year 1922-23: Clyde M. Carpenter, Superintendent; Miss
Lois Collier, Latin and English ; Miss Wyoline Hanson,
Science and Mathematics, and Athletics; Mrs. Clyde M.
Carpenter, 6th and 7th Grades; Miss Eifie Cason, 4th and
5th Grades, and Athletics ; Miss Gertie Morris, 2nd and 3rd
Grades, and Athletics; Miss Clara Dean, 1st Grade and
Domestic Science; Miss Vera Lazenby, Music; Miss Helen
The Board of Education is as follows: John B. Madden,
Chairman; R. H. Strickland, Secretary and Treasurer; Dr.
R. A. Mallory, J. T. Fossett, and C. B. Strickland.
HISTORY OF P IKE COUNTY 33
STORY OF MOLENA
Molena was incorporated in 1888. Some of the first resi-
dents were J. J. Alford, J. W. Avery, R. M. Brooks, J. M.
Brooks, J. N. Brooks, C. M. Blount, J. P. Carreker, Dr. J. M.
Carreker, W. T. Cochran, Theo Rumble, Robert Guest, B.
F. Cox, A. J. Carmichael, C. M. Daniel, F. E. Drewry, A. D.
Granger, Dr. Joseph Hooten, S. L. Hardy, Allen Harris, J.
T. Jordan, C. P. Jordan, J. H. Jordan, Mrs. J. B. Justice,
Oscar Y. Legg, Dr. J. B. Matthews, J. H. McDowell. Dr. G.
M. McDowell, C. F. Phelps, J. J. Riggins, W. H. Searcy, Dr.
S. S. Steadman, J. M. Smith, D. W. Willis, C. W. Whatley,
and Dr. S. T. Whitaker.
J. 0. Bartlett & Co., General Mercantile.
Harris & Willis, General Mercantile.
S. 0. Bartlett, General Mercantile.
D. M. Willis, General Mercantile.
Jordan Mercantile Co., General Mercantile.
Brooks Mercantile Co., General Mercantile.
Mrs. J. A. Et)ply, Millinery and Fancy Groceries.
Mrs. Rossie Girrard, Millinery and Fancy Groceries.
Daniel Bros., Drug Store and Soda Fount.
J. H. Grubbs, M.D.
Bank of Molena: J. C. Wilkes, Cashier; Cleo CaiTeker,
Bookkeeper; Z. Lawrence, President; W. 0. Jordan, Vice-
Pl-esdient; W. 0. Hardy, W. M. Barker, J. S. Dunn, and
J. W. Capel, Directors.
Molena Warehouse Co., Rock Warehouse Co., Molena Gin
34 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
Co., Molena Shop Co., J. T. Jordan & Son, Cotton Buyers
and Dealers in Fertilizers ; J. S. Dunn, Dealer in Fertiliz-
ers; Dunn & Willis, Cotton Buyers; D. M. Willis, Cotton
Buyers; Bennett & Capel, Dealers in Fertilizers; L. M.
Jones, Peach Grower, 200 acres in trees; Brooks Farm &
O'rchard Co., 150 acres in trees; Mrs. S. L. Hardy, Hotel.
Org-anized Oct. 31, 18S2. First pastor. Rev, R, B. Hamlin.
ether pastors: J. E. Russell, R. W. Rogers, J. W. Taylor,
J. H. House, John M. Crow, C. B. Weathers, W. H. Speer,
Paul Kendall, H. L. Embry, Oscar Bulloch, E. D. Hale, T. H.
Members enrolled, 20.
Stewards, Ralph Brown. J. C. Wilkes.
Woman's Missionary Society, organized Aug. 31st, 1922:
President, Mrs, W. D. Bennett ; Treasurer, Mrs. E. P. Jor-
dan ; Secretary, Mrs. C. M. Smoak ; Corresponding Secre-
tary, Mrs. J. C. Wilkes.
On October 31, 1892, a deed to the lot on which the Meth-
odist Church stands was made by Mrs. Julia Brooks to Jas.
S. Pope, J. H. Hooten and Theo. Rumble. Among the early
members were W. F. Cochran, J. H. Hooten, Theo Rumble
and Mrs. S. L. Hardy, Mrs. Hardy has been a member of
this church longer than any other member.
.SKETCH OF MOLENA BAPTIST CHURCH— CENTEN-
Organized 1888. First pastor, Rev. Pritchard, two years,
with a membership of 35, First Deacons, Jno. N. Brooks,
H. G. Jordan, C. J. Dunn. First Superintendent, Jno. N.
Brooks, eight years.
Second Pastor, Frank Blalock, for five years. Member-
ship, 60. Deacons, Jno. N. Brooks, H, G. Jordan, C. J. Dunn,
J. T, Jordan.
HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY 35
Third Pastor, Judge Hammond, for three years. Member-
ship, 75. Deacons, Jno. N. Brooks, N. G. Jordan, C. J. Dunn,
J. F. Jordan, D. M. Willis, and J. P. Carreker. Superintend-
ent, H. G. Jordan, six years.
Fourth Patsor, Rev. Stout, 2 years. Membership, 80.
Deacons, H. G. Jordan, C. J. Dunn, J. T. Jordan, D. M. Wil-
lis, J. P. Carreker.
Fifth Pastor, C. M. Brittain, four years. Membership, 90.
Deacons, J. T. Jordan, D. M. Willis, J. P. Carreker, W. T.
Cockrell. Superintendent, D. M. Wilhs, 18 years.
Sixth Pastor, Rev, W. L. Bolton, one year. Membership,
100. Deacons, J. T. Jordan, D. M. Willis, J. P. Carreker, W.
D. Bennett, J. 0. Bartlett.
Seventh Pastor, J. S. Knowles, seven years. Deacons, J.
T. Jordan, D. M. Willis, J. P. Carreker, W. D. Bennett, J. O.
8th Pastor, Dr. B. D. Ragsdale, three years. Membership,
107. Deacons, J. T. Jordan. D. M. Willis, J. P. Carreker, W.
D. Bennett, J. 0. Bennett.
Ninth Pastor, Rev. Esco Logan, four years. Membership,
115. Deacons, J. T. Jordan, D. M. Willis, J. P. Carreker, W.
D. Bennett, J. 0. Bartlett.
Present Pastor, Rev. H. L. Crumley. Present Deacons,
J. T. Jordan, D. M. Willis, W. D. Bennett, J. 0. Bartlett, H.
M. Hardy, C. R. Willis. Present membership, 118. Present
Superintendent, D. M. Willio. Nine classes in Sunday School.
Number enrolled in Sunday School, 100.
W. M. Society: Organized about 1900. Mrs. H. G. Jor-
dan, first President. Present President, Mrs. B. H. ivey.
Number members, 20.
B. Y. P. U. organized four years ago. Present member-
ship, 45. Emmett Caldwell, President.
Y. W. A. and Sunbeams organizations also.
36 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
MOLENA HIGH SCHOOL.
R. H. Comer, Superintendent. Literary teachers, Misses
Naomi Prather, Gertrude Pilkenton, Marion Pilkenton, Kate
Lee, and Ethel Carreker. Musio teacher. Miss Ruth Willis.
Expression teacher, Mrs. J. W. Capel. Eleven grades.
MOLENA CIVIC CLUB.
The Molena Civic Club was organized in 1908 and feder-
ated in 1916. There are 38 members on the roll. The fol-
lowing are officers: President, Mrs. W. 0. Jordan; Vice-
President, Mrs. J. W. Capel; Secretary, Miss Miriam Jor-
dan ; Treasurer, Mrs. J. S. Dunn.
The object of the Club is to help beautify the town; to
help the school financially, and to give the teachers our
hearty cooperation and support. A good literary program
is rendered at each meeting which is much enjoyed and is
a source of pleasure and inspiration to all who attend.
MOLENA MUSIC CLUB.
The Molena Music Club was organized and federated in
May, 1922, with 16 members. The following are the offi-
cers: President, Miss Cleo Carreker; Vice-President, Miss
Ruth Willis; Secretary, Miss Gertrude Pilkenton; Treas-
urer, Miss Christine Wilkes.
A musical program is rendered monthly. The aim of the
Club is to encourage the love, appreciation and better un-
derstanding of good music, and to learn something of the
lives and work of noted musicians.
STORY OF HOLLONVILLE
Hollonville is not incorporated. There are two stores,
keeping a general stock: R. C. Connell & Son, Yarbrough
HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY 37
& Johnson. There is a piibhc ginnery and a tomato can-
The Hollonville school teaches eight grades, with an en-
rollment of about 45 or 50. The teachers are Prof. Warren
Coppedge, Principal, and Miss Gladys Scott, Assistant.
The Hollonville Woman's Club was organized April 7,
1920. The purpose of the Club was to establish and pro-
mote a clean social, moral community friendship. In Jan-
uary, 1921, we joined the Federation. We have seventeen
members and our officers are as follows: Mrs. C. P. Scott,
President; Mrs. Opal Coggin, Vice-President; Mrs. Essie
Yarbrough, Secretary; Mrs. Frank Johnson, Treasurer.
HOLLONVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH
Hollonville Baptist Church was organized in 1874. The
charter members were Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Milner, Mr. and
Mrs. J. M. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Z. T. Scott, Mrs. Jane Jack-
son, Mrs. Mary Driver, Newton O'Neal, Mr. and Mrs. Wil-
liam Edge. John L. Jackson was the first pastor. Services
Were held in the school building until 1876, when a church
was erected. This building was destroyed by a cyclone in
1920, and the records were lost. A new church building
was erected in 1921. Rev. C. B. Jones is pastor.
In 1875 the church was deeded by G. W. Jordan and J. W.
Banks to R. G. McAfee, J. J. Milner, Dr. B. M. Owen and
J. L. Edge.
The Deacons for 1922 are E. H. Scott, Z. L. Scott, and
HOLLONVILLE METHODIST CHURCH.
We do not know just when Flat Rock Church was estab-
lished. The Quarterly Conference records dating back to
1846 show that it was a strong church then for those times.
In 1892, the name was changed to Hollonville and the fol-
lowing are named as Trustees: W. S. Scott, W. T. Huckaby
38 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
and J. W. Hood. In the Trustees' report, they state that
the church was comparatively new and worth $1000. It
remains on the Zebulon Circuit records through 1896, when
it was placed on some other work. In 1902, the Hollonville
Church re-appears on the Zebulon Circuit, and continues on
that work through 1916, when it Was placed on another cir-
cuit. It is now on the Griffin Circuit and Rev. J. H. Farr is
the pastor (1922). There are about 20 names on the church
roll. The following are Stewards: E. J. Scott, M. S. John-
son and E. B. Connell.
Among the early settlers, who as members of Flat Rock
Church, helped to make Methodist history in Pike County,
Cadesman Pope, the head of the Pope family, deserves hon-
orary mention. His son. Rev. Cadesman Pope, after long
years of active service in the ministry, is now a superan-
nuated member of the Arkansas Conference. Another son,
Judge Jas. S. Pope, served his generation by the will of God,
and at the time of his death was an active member of the
Methodist Church in Zebulon. A daughter married Mr.
Owen Jones, and they and their children were members of
Flat Rock Church for years. Another daughter married
Rev. J. Sidney Bryan, a member of the North Georgia Con-
ference, who served both as pastor and presiding elder in
Pike County. Mrs. W. J. Franklin is a daughter of Owen
Jones. Mrs. J. M. Head is a daughter of Mr. Cadesman
STORY OF MEANSVILLE
The town of Meansville was incorporated in 1898. The
following are the city officers: Mayor, H. G. Langford;
members of the Council, W. F. Reeves, W. B. Maddox, B. E.
Wilson, H. S. Bishop and J. W. Holloway, Jr. P. T. Wilson
HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY 39
The following are the business firms :
Robt. R. Carter, General Merchandise and Undertaker.
Established in 1910.
Slader-Reeves & Co., General Merchandise and Groceries.
Established in 1916.
C. W. Bankston, General Merchandise. Established in
W. T. Holloway, Groceries. Established in 1922.
Miss Mary Bloodworth, Millinery.
R. P. Barrett & W. Herman Means, Cotton Buyers.
Wm. M. Hartly, Jr., Lumber, Bldg. Material and Grist
Echo Mountain Fruit Co., Peaches, Tomatoes and Pota-
toes. Established in 1918.
Postmistress, Miss Lucy Slade.
Railroad Agent, H. G. Maulden.
Jones Hotel, Mrs. Minnie Chapman,
Meansville Gin Co.
Meansville Fertilizer Co.
Farmers Gin & Warehouse Co.
H. G. Langford, Insurance Agent.
B. E. Wilson, Printing.
T. C. Barrett, Barber Shop.
Garage, J. S. Clark, Prop.
J. D. Ferguson, Shop and Repair Work.
The following are the officers of the Meansville Bank:
President, U. L. Taylor; Vice-President, J. W. Holloway;
Cashier, Grady Langford; Bookkeeper, Geo. Smith. This
Bank was established August 1, 1911.
Among the most progressive farmers of this section of
40 HI STORY OF PIKE COUNTY
the County are U. L. Taylor, J. C. Norris, T. A. Lifsey, and
W. T. Cochran.
Taylor Springs and Lifsey are resort places. The waters
of each have healing properties. There is quite a little vil-
lage at Lifsey. Mr. W. E. Storey runs a mercantile and
family grocery business. There are a number of cottages
occupied during the hot months and the swimming pools are
Ciowded with bathers.
MEANSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL.
In 1880, a school was started at New Hope Congregational
Church, about one mile from Meansville. Miss Carrie Fryar
was teacher and the following were trustees: Jas. W.
Means, J. L. Aldred, J. C. Chapman, Theo Williams and
Henry Nelson. This school was moved to Meansville in
1903 and the following were trustees: J. W. Holloway, Jos.
C. Slade, J. Morris Means, W. C. and Early Owen. The fol-
lowing were teachsrs: Dr. Herler, Miss Lucy Floyd and
Miss M. Rawls. The present trustees are: H. G. Langford,
Early Owen, Dr. J. C. Bramlstt, W. F. Reeves and J. C.
Slade. Faculty for Fall term 1922 : Rev. J. Seaborn Winn,
Mrs. E, B. Horn, Miss Florence Carter, Miss Fannie Maud
Norris, Mrs. W. D. Howell, Music. Ten grades are taught.
Present enrollment ? ?
Woman's Improvement Club.
Meansville Woman's Improvement Club was organized in
March, 1921, with about six or seven members. Mrs. E. B.
Home, President; Mrs. Maie Slade, Vice-President; Miss
Florine Carter, Secretary and Treasurer; Mrs. Henry Bish-
op, Corresponding Secretary. At present the membership
is twelve, and the same officers with the exception of Mrs.
Colie Slade who is Secretary and Treasurer.
THE MEANSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH.
The Meansville Baptist Church was orgjinized August 18,
HISTORY OF P IKE COUNTY 41
1885. Bro. Harry Wells of Zebulon, Ga., was the first pas-
tor. He served as long as he was able. Then these other
dearly beloved men served us (I do not know just the years
they served) : Bro. W. A. Brooks, Fayetteville, Ga. ; W. H.
Durham, a Mercer student, Macon, Ga. ; T. E. Qine ; W. H.
Brown, Thomaston, Ga. ; J. Q. Buffington, Milner, Ga.; A.
C. Smith, Griffin, Ga. ; W. C. Oliver, Milner, Ga. ; L. Hooten,
Zebulon, Ga.; W. U. Kendrick, Griffin, Ga. ; W. B. Whittle,
Griffin, Ga., and T. J. Espy, Mercer student, Macon, Ga.
The present pastor is J. W. R. Jenkins, Zebulon, Ga.
In 1912 a Woman's Missionary Society was organized
with Mrs. O. T. Dewberry, President; Mrs. G. M. Shehee,
Secretary and Treasurer. The society has grown from four
to twenty members. It has missed only a few meetings
since its organization. It keeps its dues paid up and does
a great deal of personal service work.
In 1921, having outgrown the old building and it being
unsuitable for Sunday School purposes, under the leadership
of our able pastor, J. W. R. Jenkins, and our Sunday School
Superintendent, H. G. Langford, it was decided on account
of financial conditions to build a temporary house of wor-
ship. A lot was purchased in the center of the town and a
nice tabernacle was erected, consisting of four double Sun-
day School department rooms and the main auditorium.
The church has now a membership of 105. There are en-
rolled in the Sunday School 124.
The first deacons of the church were V. H. Collier, R. W.
McGinty and J. M. Ferguson. The present deacons are A.
C. Jones, W. D. Vining and H. G. Langford. The clerk of
the church is J. C. Collier.
The Sunday School has been an **A-1" Standard School
for the past three years.
This church has contributed to the $75,000,000 Campaign
in the last three years nearly one thousand dollars.
42 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
STORY OF ZEBULON
Zebulon was incorporated in 1825. Among the early set-
tlers were W. E. Mangham, John N. Neal, John N. Man-
gham, Allen Pryor and Samuel Mitchell.
The Bank cf Zebulon.
The Bank of Zebulon was organized as branch of the Citi-
zens Bank of Barnesville and began business Sept. 1st, 1902.
The officers at this time were J. W. Cabaniss, President;
W. J. Franklin, Vice-President; C. R. Gwyn, Cashier; E. F.
Dupree, P. M. Sullivan, J. W. Means and S. A. Howell with
above officers were Directors.
First bank building was erected in 1903 and destroyed by
fire in 1904. Organized in 1905 as State bank with charter
dated March 18, 1905, the charter members being C. H.
Humphrey, R. P. Spencer, J. M. Means, C. R. Gwyn, P. M.
Sullivan, W. J. Franklin and E. F. Dupree. The capital stock
was $15,000 which was increased to $16;500 in 1908 and to
$25,000 in 1910. Now has surplus and undivided profits of
$25,000. The following are officers and directors: W. J.
Franklin, President; P. M. SuUivan, Vice-President; C. R.
Gwyn, Cashier; J. H, Baker, Asst. Cashier; E. F. Dupree,
Attorney ; M. M. Head, J. M. Means, and W. C. Norris Direc-
tors. In 1920 the new building on the corner was completed,
and has been occupied since.
Business Firms of Zebulon.
In 1894 P. M. Sullivan and E. H. Baker began business,
under the firm name of Sullivan & Baker. Soon afterwards,
P. M. Sullivan bought E. H. Baker's interest. On Feb. 1st,
1895 J. M. and B. Slade bought a half interest in the busi-
ness, the firm name being Sullivan & Slade. On Jan. 1, 1901,
B. Slade retired and J. J. Slade came into the firm. On Jan.
1, 1909, the firm was reorganized, and incorporated under
its present name, the members being A. A. Howell, J. J.
HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY 43
Slade, Leon H. Rawls, W. S. Slade, J. M. Slade and P. M.
Sullivan. On Jan. 1, 1914, A. A. Howell sold his interest to
the other members of the firm. The firm of Sullivan-Slade
Co. run a department store, dealing in dry goods, groceries,
furniture, hardware, plantation supplies, etc.
In 1887, the firm of Adams & Franklin was formed to do
a general merchandise business. In 1890, Mr. Adams re-
tired, and the business has been run by W. J. Franklin since.
The building was burned in 1904, and the present building
erected in 1906.
The Ballard House is run by the Misses Ballard.
The Howard House is run by Miss Evelyn Howard and
Mrs. Ruth Wright. The excellent table kept by these sis-
ters attract many traveling men to Zebulon.
In 1899, O. L. Pierce opened up business. In 1902, C. B.
Pierce entered the business under the firm name of C. B.
Pierce & Co. In 1910, 0. L. Pierce withdrew, and C. B.
Pierce has been doing a general merchandise business since.
His store was built in 1905 and was the first store in Zebu-
Ion to have show windows.
Miller G. Harrison opened up a lumber business in 1913.
Since his death, an interest has been sold in the business,
and it is now the Tidwell Lumber Co.
John Presley has been running a family grocery since
The Zebulon Gin & Fertilizer Co. was organized in 1892
by the Gate City Oil Co. with J. Morris Means as manager.
In 1910, it was reorganized with J. Morris Means, President,
and J. W. Holloway, Vice-President. The Fertilizer plant
has a yearly capacity of 5,000 tons. In the ginning depart-
ment there are two batteries of four gins each, with a capac-
44 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
ity of 100 bales per day. There is warehouse room for 2,000
bales of cotton. The warehouse is bonded by the U. S. Gov-
Zebulon Drug Store. Owned by Dr. M. M. Head. Man-
aged by Grover Hooten.
Physicians of Zebulon are Dr. Marvin M. Head and Dr.
J. R. Graves.
The Corn Mill is operated by the Brown Bros.
The Shoe Repair Shop is run by J. H. McGlon.
The Zebulon Garage is managed by Mr. Albert J. Bush.
Roger Dunn has 100 acres in peaches, and he and P. M.
Sullivan jointly own another 100 acres. P. M. Sullivan also
own another orchard of 40 acres.
Tomatoes and potatoes are also grown for market by W.
M. Caldwell, L. H. Rawls and Josie Dunn.
Dr. Chas. L. Watkins has been practicing dentistry for
Douglas S. Barrett began a family grocery business in
Wm. J. Sla-f^:' opened a market and family grocery in
Lewis Garret runs an up-to-date barber shop.
Geo. McCoy, brick mason.
Ralph McCoy, plumber.
Rev. Robt. L. Barron is the obliging and efficient post-
master at Zebulon.
Zebulon is on the Southern Railway. R. L. Culbreth is
Zebulon Live Stock Co., P. M. Sullivan, W. S. Slade, and
Col. E. M. Owen. The business is managed by Wm. S. Slade.
HISTORY OF P I KE COUNTY 45
Zebulon Potato Drying House is oprated by the following:
Sullivan-Slade Co., Dr. M. Head, J. W. Storey, Judge E. F.
Dupree, Walter Harrison.
Wiley Mitchell carries the mail on R. F. D. Route 2, and
John Baker carries Route 1.
Carl McKinley, auto repairing and general blacksmith.
The following are builders and contractors: Cadesman
Banks, H. Brazier and Chas. 0. Canafax.
John N. Harp began business in 1912. He does a general
merchandise and grocery business.
The firm, of Beckham & Beckham opened a market and
family grocery business in 1909, Marvin B. Beckham
bought out Glen Beckham in 1920.
City Council for 1922: Mayor, Dr. J. R. Graves; Mayor
Pro-tem, H. A, Rider; Dr, Chas. L, Watkins, Wm, S. Slade,
Cadesman Banks ; Clerk, John H. Baker.
Marshals: Wm. Williams and Robt. Chapman.
The Southern Eell Telephone Exchange is managed by
Miss Vallie Brazier,
Zebulon has a very satisfactory water supply system,
Spencer Means and Allen Corley deserve a great deal of
credit for spending their vacation in truck farming.
All honor to Jas. Howell for spending his vacation in use-
ful employment, thus helping to pay his own expenses at
The Pike County Journal was established by Parry Lee
in 1886, and was edited by him until 1893. S. R. Green
edited a paper called "The Pike County Times," for a few
years. The two papers were aftrwards consolidated. W. J.
Franklin owned the paper for several years. In 1904 after
. the consolidation of the papers. Col. E. M. Owen bought it
and edited it until 1912 when he sold it to Dr. J. M. Head.
In 1922, Dr, Head's health failing, he sold it to the present
editor, H. D. Weaver.
46 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
Zebulon Woman's Club.
The Zebulon Woman's Club was organized in March, 1917,
with 15 members. They later entered the State Federation
and their co-operation and helpful activity have more than
once called forth the commendation of tlie State club offi-
cers. Their work has been eminently worth while in build-
ing up a better community and a finer citizenship. This
club has the honor of giving the District Federation its
present president, Mrs. R. C. Johnson.
Zebulon Music Study Club.
Zebulon Music Study Club was organized April 27, 1920,
with 16 charter members. Twenty-one other members have
joined since. It was admitted to the Federation of Music
Clubs July, 1922. Officers, 1922-23: President, Mrs. W. D.
Howell; Vice-President, Mrs. F, L. Adams; Secretary, Mrs.
W. M. Marsh ; Treasurer, Mrs. R. W. Dunn ; Publicity Agent,
Miss Miriam Rogers. The object of the club is the study
of music. Monthly meetings are held at which musical pro-
grams are rendered.
Zebulon Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
The Zebulon Woman's Christian Temperance Union was
organized Friday afternoon, March 18, 1910, at the Baptist
Church under the direction of Mrs. Florence E. Atkins, Na-
tional organizer, Nashville, Tenn. (she now lives in Savan-
Charter officers and members were: Mrs. W. J. Frank-
lin, President ; Mrs. J. H. Means, Treasurer ; Mrs. C. J. Dick-
son, Corresponding Secretary; Mrs. W. D. Howell, Record-
ing Secretary ; Mrs. J. W. R. Jenkins, Mrs. W. H. Speer, Mrs.
R. C. Matthews, Mrs. R. D. Adams, Mrs. J. E. Eppinger,
Miss Lida Franklin, Miss Janie Lou Floyd, Miss Kathleen
Adams, Miss Dora Speer, Mr. Hendrix Reid, honorary mem-
HISTORY OF P IKE COUNTY 47
The Woman's Christian Temperance Union is an organ-
ization of Christian women banded together for the protec-
tion of the home, the abolition of the liquor traffic and the
triumph of Christ's Golden Rule in custom and in law.
The motto is "For God and Home and Native Land." The
motto of the National W. C. T. U. is "For God and Home
and Every Land."
The bade is a bow of white ribbon that is symbolic not
only of purity and peace, but includes all the correlated re-
forms that center in the protection of the home.
The good resulting from the efforts of this faithful and
prayerful band of women can not be estimated.
There are twenty-nine active members and fourteen hon-
orary members at present. May there be many more Chris-
tian women and men to join this useful organization and
thereby make this old world a better place in which to live.
The officers for 1922 and 1923 are: Mrs. G. B. Ridley,
•President; Mrs. J. W. R. Jenkins, Treasurer; Mrs. P. H. Sul-
Schools of Pike County.
Through the kindness of Miss Lizzie R. Mitchell, who
gave a numbei- of years of her consecrated life to faithful,
efficient teaching, which has been a benediction to Pike
County, we ai'e enabled to present some very interesting in-
formation about the teachers in Zebulon and the adjacent
country. Her grandfather was the first teacher. In those
days there were two schools. The male academy stood
about where Capt. Howard now lives, and the female acad-
omy near where the present school buildings stand.
I append a list of teachers, who taught in and around
Before the Civil War: E W. Wells, John Stewart. Thig-
48 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
pen, Miss Davison, Rogers, Stone, Dodson, A. E. Eubanks.
After the Civil War: Harry Wells, W. H. Pritchard, Fer-
gerson, Gus Harris, J. N. Brooks. R. D. Adams, Jas. Wil-
liams, G. B. and W. B. Merritt, Miss Minnie Merritt, Miss
Nell Merritt (Mrs. A. B. Pope) assisted. W. A. Mitchell, P.
F. Brown, Broadinax, C. B. Matthews, Harley Lawson.
This brings us to about 1902 when the Zebulon school
was deeded to the M. E. Church, South, and named the Grif-
fin District Institute. The following were the presidents in
the order mentioned: Rev. C. V. Weathers, J. E. Smith,
A. H. Stevens, Rev. Geo. E. Rosser, and Rev. J. R. Speer.
In 1912, the school was deeded back to local trustees and
became the Zebulon High School. Since the change the fol-
lowing have been principals : Prof. T. J. Gardner and Miss
Lizzie R. Mitchell. Eleven grades are taught. The school
opened Sept. 4, 1922, with an enrollment of 256. The pres-
ent faculty is: Rev. A. J. Hargrove, Principal; Miss Mary
Lucy Hargrove, 1st grade; Miss Mirian Hunt, 2nd and 3rd
grades ; Miss Vera Courson, 4th and 5th grades ; Miss Emily
Drake, 6th and 7th grades ; Miss Sarah Harrison, latin and
history ; Miss Irene Redding, English and French ; Miss
Sybil Akin, mathematics and science ; Miss M. L. Hargrove,
domestic science; Mrs. R. C. Johnson, music.
The enrollment for the spring term will be much larger.
Zebuloit Methodist Church.
We cannot find out wlien the first Methodist Church was
established in Zebulon, but as the first Methodist preacher
was sent to Pike County in 1823 it must have been soon
after the county site was moved there. None of the early
churches were deeded until several years after their estab-
lishment. The court records show that on June 6, 1842, a
deed was made to the following trustees : Jas. Beckham, Jas.
Neal, Isaac E. Nunnally, Robt. M. Stegar, Wm. M. Barrett,
HISTORY OF P IKE COUNTY 49
Sr., Solomon G. Beckham and Andrew J. Beckham. In the
early days, the circuits were large, but as the churches grew
new circuits were established. For a number of years there
were four churches on the Zebulon Circuit, with preaching
at each church once a month. During the pastorate of Rev.
J. Walter King, there was a gracious revival, and the church
took on new life and power, and at the request of the Board
of Stewards, Zebulon was made a half station, in 1915, with
preaching twice a month. The other churches on the charge
are Finchsrs and Concord. The present pastor (1922) is
Rev. Adrian Warwick. The following are the Stewards:
E. M. Pope, J. Morris Means, W. D. Howell, Wm. S. Slado,
Hartford Green, and Dr. Marvin M. Head. Church Secre-
tary, G. B. Ridley. Number of members is 160.
The Zebulon Sunday School, under the management of
the efficient and up-to-date superintendent, has grown rap-
idly in numbers, attendance and zeal. There are 148 names
now on the roll, and it is thoroughly organized in every de-
partment. The following are the officers: E. Martin Pope,
Superintendent; Frank L. Adams, Secretary; Capt. J. F.
Howard is president of Men's Bible Class ; G. B. Ridley and
John C. Wood are the teachers. Since the death of Mrs.
Richard W. Rogers, Mrs. Susan Pope has been the teacher
of the Woman's Bible Class.
Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of Zebulon M. E.
The first society was organized February 4, 1889, with
the following officers: President, Miss Minnie Merritt;
Vice-President, Mrs. Will Wells ; Recording Secretary, Mrs.
S. R. England; Corresponding Secretary, Miss Mattie
Green ; Treasurer, Mrs. J. L. Driver. The society has been
in existence since its organization, but for the last few years
it has taken on new life and is now doing fine work. They
have an .interesting Mission Study Class in connection with
the society. Below is a list of the present officers: Presi-
dent, Mrs. W. J. Franklin; Supt. of Young People's Work,
50 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
Mrs. H. L. Green ; Siipt. of Junior Work, Mrs. J. M. Means ;
Social Service, Mrs. F. L. Adams ; Study and Publicity, Mrs.
W. D. Berry; Supplies, Mrs. Laura Wells; Treasurer, Mrs.
M. M. Head ; Recording Secretary, Mrs. L. H. Rawls ; Corre-
sponding Secretary, Mrs. W. D. Howell ; Agent for "Mission-
ary Voice," Mrs. L. H. Rawls.
Parsonage Aid Society.
The Parsonage Aid Society was organized in October,
1910, 30 members. Mrs. E. M. Pope was elected President;
Mrs. W. D. Berry was elected Secretary and Treasurer. This
society was organized for the purpose of improving and
benefitting the parsonage in any way possible. In the year
1914 the name of this society was changed to Social Service
Department and was then under the auspices of the Wo-
man's Missionary Society. Many things have been accom-
plished by the aid of this society for both parsonage and
church. Among the presidents who have served are Mrs.
A. A. Howell, Mrs. Laura Wells, Mrs. J. M. Means, Mrs. Mc-
Gouirk, Mrs. Adams and perhaps others. Many changes
have taken place since its organization. Three of the char-
ter members have been removed by death. Many have
moved to other places, but today we still exist and can boast
that we are still doing a good work, with Mrs. F. L. Adams,
President, and Mrs. C. B. Pierce, Secretary and Treasurer,
with a membership of 33.
Among the saints of other days belonging to the Meth-
odist Church we mention Wm. Ford (Uncle Billy), Joseph
Ford, R. Y. Beckham, Jas. Howell, Dr. C. F. Redding, Judge
The Zebulon Baptist Church.
The facts in the first part of this sketch are based partly
on the recollection of a conversation with Rev. G. W. Wood
now deceased. In 1823 a Baptist church was constituted
and its meeting house erected on the grounds of what is
HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY 51^
now East View Cemetary in Zebulon. The church at that
time was not known as the Zebulon Church, but its name
has shpped the memory of the writer of this sketch. The
division among Baptists on the question of the churches co-
operating with missionary organizations was in process of
development throughout the state. Differences among Bap-
tists were somewhat neglected and overlooked in 1827 and
1828, due to the great revival all over the land. In the year
1828 in the Flint Rivei- Association consisting of 33 churches
there were baptized 1,869 persons, almost doubling its mem-
bership. At the meeting of the Association in Forsyth in
1829 the real battle on the mission question began in this
Association. By 1833 the baptisms dropped to 88.
The Baptist Church at Zebulon suffered proportionately.
The incident of Margaret Higdon given below shows the
straits to which the church was reduced.
The new birth o^ the church, so to speak, took place on
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1834. From that time on it w^as known as
the Baptist Church of Christ at Zebulon. A new minute
bool: was begun with a record of a conference on that date.
In the minutes of May 1, 1841 it is recorded: "In conse-
quence of a previous division in this church and the former
clerk keeping the Church Book we find ourselves destitute
of the Constitution and the Rules of Decorum for remedy
whereof, etc." This quotation shows why a new record book
In this conference of October 7th delegates to the Asso-
ciation were appointed and the time set for the choice of a
preacher, clerk and deacon or deacons. The delegates to
the Association were James E. Bland and Milus Murdoch.
The minutes were signed by Spencer Stamper, Moderator,
and Matthew Orr, Clerk pro tem.
From that time on, while at times it has not been as pros-
perous as at others, its growth has been commensurate with
the town of Zebulon.
The pastors of the church from 1834 have been: John
52 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
Milner, December, 1834, to 1836 inclusive; Spencer Stamper
1837 to 1841 ; John H. Milner, 1842, to March 9, 1857, the
date of his death which was on the day after his last ser-
mon ; Jacob Buff ington, 1857 to 1859 ; J. H. Weaver, 1860 to
May, 1861, when he went to the war. A. B. Vaughan, Sr., a
member of the church, filled the pulpit until October when
W. G. McMichael who had been called as pastor accepted to
serve to the end of the year. A. E. Cloud served 1862 and
1863. In 1864 J. H. ¥/eaver was pastor again. J. M. Wood
was pastor in 1865. In 1866 and 1867 J. H. Weaver was
pastor for the third time. From 1868 to 1876 J. M. Wood
was pastor. E. M. Hooten served in 1877 and 1878. J. M.
Wood was pastor the third time from 1879 to 1881. In 1882
W. C. Felts was pastor. Harry Wells was pastor from No-
vember, 1882, to the end of 1888. J. W. Beck was pastor
from 1889 to 1902. In 1903 and 1904 J. Parry Lee was pas-
tor. C. M. Brittain was pastor in 1905. R. H. Harris began
the year 1906 as pastor but his health failed. The church
called R. L. Bolton who supplied until he left for the semin-
ary in the fall. J. W. R. Jenkins has been pastor from 1907
to the present time.
TTie church has had only five clerks since its reorganiza-
tion: James E. Bland beginning Oct. 25, 1834, Clark M.
Dickinson beginning Jan. 5, 1839, Wiley E. Mangham begin-
ning March 13, 1847, Wm. 0. Gwyn beginning Jan. 11, 1891,
and Jesse J. Slade beginning April 11, 1896.
In the minutes of April 5, 1862, this resolution is re-
corded: "On motion we the church unanimously tender our
church bell as a donation to the Confederate Government to
be cast into cannon for the use of the war."
Of the early days of the Zebulon Baptist Church this in-
cident is related: An unfortunate dispute began which di-
vided the church into two factions. So warm was the con-
tention that one side went over and nailed up the church.
Old "Grandma Higdon," who sided with neither faction
and prayed for both, one day was in the church yard clean-
ing off the graves of her dead. As she passed the church
HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY 53
door and saw how the angry deacons had locked the Lord out
of His house, she could stand it no longer. Sending one of
her slaves for an ax, she had the doors and windows opened,
letting in God's glorious sunlight. Then she took the dusty-
Bible from the pulpit, read a chapter, and then knelt in
prayer with her faithful slaves.
As she started home she passed the gate of her lifelong
friend, Mrs. E. W. Wells. She went in and related the ag-
gressive measures she had taken. Mrs. Wells' reply was,
"Sister Higden, you've done exactly right and to your next
prayermeeting I'll come with my children." So these two
earnest women held these simple services.
The time of the annual meeting of the Flint River Asso-
ciation was approaching. "Grandma Higdon" said the
church must be represented. Since the men hadn't returned
she had herself appointed a delegate, walked out to the As-
sociation at old Hebron Church, and was received as the
first and only woman delegate of that body.
The deed to the Zebulon Baptist Cliuvch was made in
1835 by the judges of the Superior Court to Wiley ]\Iangham
and Geo. W. Miiner, but was not recorded until 1861.
This church has given in the last three years to the 75-
Million Campaign nearly $7,000.
The following are the present deacons : E. F. Dupree, S.
J, Eason, E. H. Baker, J. J. Slade, C. R. Gwynn, E. L. Mc-
Kinley, and W. H. Dunn.
There are 166 members on the church roll. The Sunday
school has 122 on the roll.
The Ladies' Aid and Missionary Society of the Zebulon
Baptist Church was organized in 1890, with Mrs. W. P.
Gwynn, President ; Miss Jennie Mitchell, Secretary, and Mrs.
M. J. Redding, Treasurer. There were only ten members at
lirst and but little work was accomplished ; but as time went
on, under the leadership oC consecrated officers and by the
efforts of willing workers, both membership and work in-
creased. Now the enrollment is about thirty, and the funds
54 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
raised have been used for different missions, general benevo-
lence and church improvement. The W. M. S. has organ-
ized and is fostering the folloiwng organizations among the
young people of their church : A Y. W. A., with Mrs. R. C.
Johnson as leader; a S. A., with Miss Lizzie Mitchell as
leader; a band of Royal Ambassadors, led by Rev. J. W. R.
Jenkins; and a Sunbeam Band, led by Mrs. R. C. Johnson.
The present officers are: Mrs. C. R. Gwynn, President;
Mrs. J. W. R. Jenkins, Vice-President; Mrs. P. M. Sullivan,
Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer ; Mrs. Robt. Dupree,
Recording Secretary ; Mrs. J. J. Slade, Chairman of Personal
THE STORY OF WILLIAMSON.
The town of Williamson was incorporated in 1908, and the
present officers are: J. H. Yarbrough, Mayor; A. C. Reeves,
R. H. McLucas, C. A. Yarbrough and Paul Beauchamp,
Councilmen ; T. E. Drewry, Marshal.
Two branches of the Southern Railroad pass through
Williamson, one known as the Atlanta and Fort Valley, and
the other used to be known as the Georgia, Midland and
Gulf, though they are both now under the same manage-
The Bank of Williamson was incorporated in 1912, and
the officers are I. B. Howard, President; C. A. Yarbrough,
Vice-President; P. W. Vaughn, Cashier. Capital stock,
List of business concerns are as follows :
R. H. Yarbrough & Son, general merchandise.
Williamson Grocery Co., groceries and supplies.
W. S. Jackson, general merchandise.
R. H. McLucas, fancy and staple groceries.
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B. A. Ridley, postmaster and dealer in cigars, tobaccos,
B. C. Wilson, auto tire shop and accessories.
F. L. Pitts, blacksmith and garage.
Williamson Bonded Warehouse, cotton storage.
Farmers Warehouse, cotton storage.
Hutchison and Vaughn, ginnery.
E. R. Reynolds, groceries.
Three physicians: J. C. Beauchamp, I. B. Howard, and
W. L. Beauchamp, who has recently opened up a baby hos-
Paul Beauchamp, cotton buyer.
A. P. Dickinson operates a nursery for raising peach
History of Williamson Methodist Church.
I am indebted to Mr. I. W. Williamson for the facts of
the early history of this church. It is said that his great
grandmother, Mrs. Nancy Freeman, brought the first Meth-
odist preacher here. Six generations of the Williamson
family have belonged to this church. These facts are re-
corded in an old class leader's book kept by Bro. William-
son's father. The church was established in 1823 and An-
drew Hamill was the first pastor. The first church build-
ing was of logs, and was built on Hester's Hill. Later a
frame building was erected near where Dr. Beauchamp now
lives and called Red Oak. The deed to the lot on which the
church now stands was made by Giles Drier and I. B, Wil-
liamson in 1856, an^ was made to W. H. Simmons and B.
F. Harber, trustees. This church is now on the Griffin Cir-
cuit and Rev. J. H. Farr is the present pastor. Dr. J. D.
Yarbrough, 84 years old, is a confederate veteran, and a
faithful member of this church. The following were among
the early members of this church: The Harpers, Simmons,
56 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
Yarbroughs, Aliens, Freme, Rivers, Reids, Hesters, Wil-
liamsons, Hootens, and Holseys. The Hunts, Pattens, Shells,
Borders and Barfields v/ere members later. The following
are the Board of Stewards: Dr. J. Beauchamp, P. W.
Vaughn, Wallace Williams, L. D. Wheeless, Raymond Dick-
inson. 125 members are on the church roll.
Superintendent Sunday School, P. W. Vaughn. Number
of officers, teachers, and pupils 65.
The Woman's Missionary Society of the M. E. Church
was organized on January 3, 1915, by the District Secre-
tary, Mrs, Sasser of Senoia. Under the pastorate of Rev.
Mr. Nathan Thompson the society held on for one whole
year with only four members. In January of next year, it
took on a new lease of life and now has fourteen members.
Dues are paid, church is looked after, and local charity is
carried on by these faithful few.
Williamson Baptist Church.
In 1869 a little Baptist band began holding meetings in
an old field schoolhouse on Shannon Place. They deter-
mined to organize a church. In 1871, Providence Baptist
Church was built near what is now known as Rover, Ga.
The charter members were Mr. Allen Shackelford, Miss Sal-
lie Shackleford, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Aycock and Miss Lizzie
Aycock. Miss Aycock is the oldest member of this church
now living (1922). The first pastor was Col. John D. Stew-
art, later Judge Stewart, who served the church for twelve
or more years and built up one of the strongest country
churches in the Flint River Association. The church was
named by Mrs. Joel Aycock. The first deacons were Allen
Shackleford and Joel Aycock, who continued in office until
their death. Eight children of the Aycock family joined
this church. J. W. Shivers was the next deacon and re-
mained in office for years. The following served while the
church was near Rover: Revs. Enoch Hooten, Elam Cul-
pepper, W. U. Kendrick, Prof. Wm. Pritchard (an educator
and preacher), Judge Jas. A. Drewiy, and Rev. Geo. Garner.
HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY 57
Judge Jas. A. Drewry has been pastor twice, and W. U.
Kendrick three times. A number of the older members dy-
ing and so many moving to town, it was decided to move
the church to WilHamson. As the church had grown very
weak, the Rev. Geo. Garner came as pastor again, he hav-
ing been appointed by the Fhnt River Association to look
after the weak churches. Under his ministry the church
took on new life and many new members were received.
Since his pastorate the following have served: Revs.
Knowles and Pate, and Dr. B. J. W. Graham, the present
The Woman's Foreign Missionary Society was organized
in 1908 with five or six members. Mrs. J. A. Bennett was
the first president. Twenty-two members are now on the roll
and Mrs. J. W. Touchstone is president. Only two of the
charter members are now living, Mrs. 0. T. Moreland and
Mrs. Fillyaw, both of whom are untiring in their zeal and
devotion to the cause. They look carefully after every de-
partment of misisonary work. They have organized a
Young Woman's Auxiliary, a Girls' Auxiliary, the Royal
Ambassadors, and a Sunbeam Band. At present all the
young people's societies work through the Baptist Young
People's Union. The present deacons are Richard Rawls,
Wm. Fillyaw. and Jesse Gill.
The Sunday School is in a flourishing condition, having
five -eachers and eighty members. The following are the
officers: Otis Rawls, Superintendent; Jesse Gill, Assistant
Superintendent; Wm. Fillyaw, Secretary and Treasurer.
I am indebted to Mrs. 0. T. Moreland for the interesting
information contained in this sketch.
Williamson Christian Church.
In August. 1911, Mrs. L. M. Omer, State Secretary of
Missionary work, organized a W. M. S. at Bethany Chris-
tian Church. Mrs. C. A. Dickinson was made President.
On account of scattered membership, it was suggested, as
we had several members in Williamson, that we have our
58 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
metting in the homes. Through he inspiration of our meet-
ing we had a vision of a new church in Williamson, but was
unable to secure a suitable lot until the fall of 1917 when a
beautiful central lot was purchased from Josiah Allen, on
which a nice brick church was built which is Williamson
Christian Church. About fifty of the Bethany members
enrolled there. We have at present about ninety on roll.
On the fourth Sunday in January, 1919, we had our first
service which was glorious. Our first and present pastor is
Bro. F. L. Adams of Atlanta. We organized early in same
year. Sunday School was organized the following Sunday
with J. W. Anderson, Superintendent, six teachers and two
officers, C. A. Yarbrough, Secretary, and Drewry Dickinson,
Treasurer. Had eighty pupils on roll. At present F. S.
Drewry is Superintendent, and we have about fifty-five on
roll. Have three elders and eight deacons.
Mrs. Belle Dickinson is President of the Woman's Mis-
sionary Society. Have twenty-two members. In July, 1920,
the church was dedicated by John H. Wood, president of
Southeastern Christian College, Auburn, Ga. Much good
has been accomplished for our dear Lord since the organ-
ization in 1919. The church building is valued at $8,000.
BETHANY CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
Bethany Christian Church was organized by A. M. Am-
mons, an evangelist. The first pastor was W. L. Marshall.
Harris Jones was pastor from 1881 to 1894; T. L. Harris
served two years ; then D. A. Brindle was pastor until 1899 ;
then R. A. Helsabeck, 1900-01; W. F. Harrison, 1902; D. A.
Brindle, 1903-07 ; Harrison Jones, 1908-09 ; A. J. Mize, 1910-
11-12; T. E. Linkons, 1913; A. J. Mize, 1914; T. 0. Slaugh-
ter, 1915; J. H. Corley, 1916-17; W. A. Chastain, 1918; D.
A. Brindle, 1919-20; G. H. Kinnont, 1921-22. There are
three deacons and one elder. There is a Ladies' Aid So-
ciety. F. S. Drewry has served as clerk and deacon for
HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY 59
Williamson High School.
Until a few years ago, Williamson had a very inferior
school building, a poor equipment, and a very ordinary
school. A few patriotic citizens met and consulted together
to devise some plan to relieve the situation. They first
tried a popular subscription, but this plan failed. About
this time. Dr. J. C. Beauchamp was elected to the Senate.
After studying the question, he introduced a bill in the Sen-
ate to allow local schoos diltricts to issue bonds for school
purposes and pressed it to passage, and had the same done
in the House of Representatives by an advocate of the bill.
Under the provisions of this law, six per cent bonds to the
amount of $6,000 were issued and sold, these bonds to run
for a long term of years. By this means, Williamson now
has a handsome building, veneered with brick, four large
classrooms, commodious cloak rooms, and a broad hall on
the first floor. On the second floor there is a music room
and an auditorium with a stating capacity of 700, The
stage fittings, the curtains and scenery and a piano were
furnished by the Woman's Club. There is a handsome por-
tico and entrance overlooking the grounds. There are six
acres in the grounds of great natural beauty. The building
was completed in 1915. Great credit is due Dr. Beauchamp
for his interest and zeal.
Faculty for Fall term, 1922: Principal, W. L. Harris, 8th,
9,th 10th grades ; Miss Evie Stone, 1st and 2nd grades ; Miss
Pauline Jones, 3rd and 4th grades; Miss Nell Shannon, 5th,
6th, and 7th grades; Music, Miss Louise Baker. There are
ten grades taught. There is an average enrollment of 145
Williamson civil officers: Justice of Peace, F. S. Drewry ;
Notary Public, Jas. Brown; Bailiff, Thos. Drewry.
60 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
WILLIAMSON WOMAN'S CLUB.
In October, 1904, the Williamson club was formed under
the name of "Modern Priscillas." As the name would indi-
cate, it was primarily a sewing club.
Soon, however, seeing the sore need, we began to take up
civic and school improvement work. We raised money by
various sundry and divers means and bought a piano for
the school. We also started a public library which now con-
tains over five hundred volumes, which, with the book-
shelves, have been recently donated to the school, though
still under the supervision of the club. We also paid off a
debt of long standing on the church. In April, 1916, we
federated, and with the broadening of our horizon, our name
was changed to the Woman's Club.
All our energies were then directed toward building a
club house, which, today, the only one in Pike, stands as a
monument to the tireless efforts of its members. During
the war, it was tendered to the Red Cross as a work room
and remained as such to the end of the war. Each member
of the club did her bit during the war. Towels, scrapbooks
and canned fruit were sent to the base hospital at Fort Mc-
Pherson. A complete hospital outfit for a soldier was do-
nated, through the Griffin Red Cross, before our auxiliary
That Williamson always exceeded her quota in all the
drives and campaigns was largely due to the concentrated
efforts of the club members. Chairmen of the Red Cross
auxiliary and U. W. W. campaign were also recruited from
Trees have been planted as a memorial for each soldier
who left from this vicinity.
The club contributes annually to the Tallulah Falls Insti-
tute and Student Aid, this year giving $1.00 per capita to
The club has contributed largely to the social life of our
HISTORY OF P IKE COUNTY 61^
village in giving showers for each bride and entertainments
of every known variety. Flowers sent to sick and bereaved
In January, 1921, we became charter membrs of the Pike
County Federation, and in October of the same year, mem-
bers of the General Federation.
Our club house was formally dedicated and its doors
thrown open to the public on April 30th, when with appra-
priate ceremonies, the cornerstone was laid by the Masonic
fraternity. On the same day our club was hostess to the
Pike County Federation at its first meeting.
A bulletin board, which has proved to be very useful, has
been placed in the post office. We also conduct a second-
hand magazine stand there, through the courtesy of the
postmaster. At present, we are bending every effort to-
ward beautifying the town well, for the benefit of the pub-
lic at large, and as a memorial to one of our loved members.
Our membership is limited to twenty, and at prestnt we
have ten active members. On our roll, however, are one in
New York, one in Florida, two in Atlanta, one in Kenwood,
and one in Zebulon, who pay their dues, thus testifying to
the love that they still bear to the Woman's Club of Wil-
COLORED CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS.
Up to the close of the Civil War in 1865, the colored peo-
ple belonged to the same church as the whites and were
served by the same pastors, holding their servies in the
afternoons. In many of the Methodist churches, there were
galleries built, and numbers of the servants occupied them
during the services for white people. Some negroes were
licensed as local preachers, and did much good among their
own people, some of whom the writer remembers well, viz.,
Sandy Kendall and Edmund Lowe of Upson County, and
62 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
Wm. Fincher of Pike County.
Soon after the war the M. E. Church, South, organized
the colored M. E. Church and has fostered it ever since.
The other colored Methodists have gone either to the M. E.
Church (North) or to the African M. E. Church. They
have Methodist and Baptist churches at various places in
the County, and have large memberships and enthusiastic
services at all their churches. The A. M. E. Church in Zebu-
Ion has only 15 members. J. W. McKnight is the present
pastor. The M. E. Church has 226 members and Jacob Mad-
dox is pastor. The. Baptist Church has 300 members and
Monroe Watts is the present pastor. The M. E. Church for
the colored people in Zebulon was organized 58 years ago.
Jacob Maddox is also pastor at Meansville with 72 members,
and at Roberts with 35 members.
The colored school in Zebulon has an enrollment of 186.
There ai'e schools and churches for colored people all over
the county. They are noted for paying their pastors. The
relations between the races are pleasant.
Floyd Slade runs an undertaker's establishment for col-
ored people. Manuel Hall and Gilbert Baker run stores, and
Robt. Lindsay and John Collier run blacksmith shops.
In cases of fire in Zebulon the colored people render val-
Several colored soldiers died or were killed in France, but
I have been unable to get the facts.
In 1861, when Georgia seceded from the Union and took
her place among the Confederate States of America, the
call was made for troops to defend what we conceived to
be our rights, as patriotic sons of the South our men and
boys from 16 to 60 years arrayed themselves under the
banner of the Confederacy and led by Jackson, Hood and
HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY 63
Lee many of them laid down their lives on the altar of their
country's honor. Pike County furnished her full quota.
Even if loyalty had not led her to do so willingly, public
sentiment would have compelled it.
Most of our soldier boys have passed over the river and
now "rest under the shade of the trees." A few, in age and
feebleness extreme, still wait the Master's call.
The Confederate Veterans of Pike have an annual reunion
at Bluff Springs Campground. We append a list of those
who still survive :
Z. T. Beckham, W. C. Bishop, J. D. Carriker, Josephus
Coggin, J. D. Dunn, J. W. Holsey, S. A. Howell, C. W. Sulli-
van, J. D. Yarbrough, F. M. Butler, C. H. Johnson, J. A.
Bishop, W. R. Brumbaloe, J. E. Coppedge, T. T. Conner, P.
R. Coker, B. J. Foster, W. M. Jamison, J. J. Johnson, Moun-
tain Kendrick, G. E. Lavender, W. T. Lyle, J. W. Marshall,
Columbus Moore, S. J. M. Pilkenton, Martin Phillips, M. F.
Ross, A. H. Reed, J. E. Smith, J. J. Sykes, J. F, Weaver.
WIDOWS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS.
Mrs. A. Banks, Mrs. D. S. Allen, Mrs. J. L. Aldred, Mrs.
W. T. Barker, Mrs. Ann Bevil, Mrs. Laura Beckham, Mrs.
Donie Gwyn, Mrs. Margaret Hankins, Mrs. J. H. Howell,
Mrs. T. Z. Jones, Mrs. J. W. Means, Mrs. D. A. Mcintosh,
Mrs. J. B. Nelson, Mrs. Cassie Parker, Mrs. Susan G. Pope,
Mrs. Annie E. Scott, Mrs. Hardy Steward, Mrs. Josiah
Wood, Mrs. A. Harvill, Mrs. T. Johnson, Mrs. Mary J. Park,
Mrs. M. S. Riggins, Mrs. L. D. Scroggins, Mrs. M. A. Strick-
land, Mrs. E. W. McEling, Mrs. Lavonia Lifsey, Mrs. A. F.
Brrwn, Mrs. M. E. Bernard, Mrs. A. F. Beckham, Mrs. M. F.
Ballard, Mrs. S. G. Bloodworth, Mrs. Fannie Burnett, Mrs.
L. P. Coggins, Mrs. Nancy Dean, Mrs. E. F. Green, Mrs. M.
A. Huckaby, Mrs. S. E. Johnson, Mrs. F. M. Newell, Mrs.
Catherine Pearce, Mrs. Rhoda Scott, Mrs. M. A. Terrel, Mrs.
Mary P. Thornton, Mrs. M. A. Turner.
64 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
WAR BETWEEN U. S. A. AND GERMANY.
When, in 1917, the United States, moved by a humanitar-
ian impulse, to go to the help of the oppressed nations of
Europe, declared war against Germany, and issued the call
for troops, our boys responded from every state in the
Union. The Georgia training camps were soon crowded
with the flower and strength of our young manhood, who,
with the patriotism characteristic of the Southern people
were ready, if need be, to sacrifice their lives on the altar
of their country's honor. Pike County furnished her quota.
Some of them died in the training camps ; some of them, on
the field of battle, dyed the soil of France with their heart's
blood. Each deserves the equal honor. The sacrifice was
the same. Among those killed in France were Frank Hunt,
son of T. J. Hunt. His body was brought to Milner and bur-
ied. Herman K. Davis, son of Austin Davis. He was bur-
ied in France. His mother died at her home near Zebulon,
Ga., the day after his death.
Henry Allen O'Neal, son of J. J. O'Neal, enlisted in the
Marines, August 14, 1917, and was sent at once to Paris
Island; sailed for France in February, and made the su-
preme sacrifice June 14, 1918, in the battle of Chateau
Thierry. He went out from Concord. His body was sent
home and buried at Mt. Zion Church, Meriwether County,
August, 1921. ,
Roy Todd, son of T. M. Todd of Concord, Ga., enlisted in
the Marines; sailed for France in February and was killed
in the battle of Chateau Thierry June 2, 1918. He was bur-
ied at Manchester, Ga., June, 1921.
Ernest Ross, son of W. A. Ross of Pike County, Ga., was
killed in battle in France and his body was brought home
Solon Self, of Molena, Ga., died in France, and his body
was brought home for burial.
The following died in the training camp: Pierre Sullivan,
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Grady Sullivan, sons of S. A. and Mrs. Mellie Sullivan, and
were buried in Zebulon, Ga. Roswell Hooten, son of Rev.
L. Hooten. He was buried in Zebulon, Ga.
THE RED CROSS.
When, at the call of our country, our boys and young
men bads farewell to mothers and wives and sweethearts
and went ready to make the supreme sacrifice, if need be,
our women, animated by a patriotism equally as pure and
a devotion as sublime, banded together for prayer and ser-
vice, and Red Cross chapters were formed all over our land.
The women of Pike County heard and responded to the call.
Chapters were organized in Barnesville and Zebulon, and
Auxiliaries at Meansville, Williamson, Concord, Hollenville,
and New Hope, and also in the Zebulon High School. The
Red Cross made sweaters, mufflers ad socks for the soldiers
and underwear for the war orphan children of other lands.
It also contributed money towards carrying on the World
Aside from the work done and the money given, perhaps
the best service the Red Cross did was to create sentiment
and so shape public opinion that no self-respecting whit©
man dared be a shirker. When the U. S. Government put
on the drives for the sale of bonds and war saving stamps
there was no difficulty in raising the amounts called for,
but the towns and villages and country places vied with each
other in going "over the top."
Below is a list of the officers of the Zebulon Red Cross
Chapter: Chairman. J. W. R. Jenkins ; Vice-Chairman, Mrs.
M. M. Head ; Recording Secretary, Annie May Baker ; Treas-
urer, C. R. Gwyn; Chairman Woman's Work, Mrs. W. J.
Franklin ; Chairman Home Service, Mrs. C. R. Gwyn ; Chair-
man Junior Red Cross, Mrs. W. R. Gresham ; Corresponding
Secretary, Lutie Head; Chairman Plnances, E. M. Owen;
Chairman Publicity, Miss Nan Howard.
66 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
In 1917, Rev. E. P, Eubanks, who was then pastor of the
Methodist Church in Zebulon, organized a Troop of Boy
Scouts, from which our boys derived a great deal of pleas-
ure and profit. By providing pure and innocent recreation
for them, they were kept from seeking it in things impure
and unclean. Then they were inspired by lofty and unsel-
fish aims, and the many good deeds they wrought in help-
ing people in trouble, looking after the sick not only lifted
many a burden from troubled hearts, but afforded the boys
themselves the joy that always comes from unselfish ser-
vice to others.
COUNTY OFFICERS. ' ]
Judge Superior Court, W. E. H. Searcy, Sr,
Solicitor Superior Court, Emmet M. Owen.
Clerk Superior Court, Jos. W. Storey.
Judge City Court, E. F. Dupree.
Solicitor City Court, H. A. Rider.
County Commissioners: Dr. Marvin M. Head, Robt. W.
Hale, John S. Dunn ; Clerk, Col. R. Colbert Johnson.
Tax Receiver, R. H. McLendon.
Tax Collector, John A. Corley. ;
Justice of the Peace, G. Ben Ridley. ,
Notary Public, John T. Baker.
Bailiff, Wm. Childs.
Sheriff, W. M. Marsh.
Ordinary, Capt. John F. Howard.
The first Superior Court records were for the May term,
HISTORY OF P IKE COUNTY 67
The Ordinary's Court was organized April, 1856. The
first Ordinary was Joseph Beckham; John H. Mangham,
Ordinary, 1861 ; J. J. Harper, Ordinary, 1866 ; Robt. Eppen-
ger, 1873; other Ordinaries: Harry Wells, T. J. Blasin-
game, Jas. W. Means, R. C. Johnson, John F. Howard.
The following were Clerks: R. Y. Beckham, Dr. J. B.
Mathews, Robt. C. Mathews, Jos. W. Storey.
Representative in Congress, Walter E. Wise.
State Senators, Robt. Holmes, Dr. J. C. Beauchamp.
Representative, Homer Bloodworth, Owen.
COURTS OF PIKE COUNTY.
It appears from the records in the office of the Clerk of
Pike Superior Couit that the first superior court of Pike
County was organized September 15, 1823.
An Act was passed by the General Assembly of Georgia
the 23rd day of December, 1822, fixing the site of the Pub-
lic Buildings in Pike County, and purchased a lot near the
center of the County for county purposes, which was incor-
porated and made permanent by an Act of the General As-
sembly passed the 26th day of December, 1823. This county
site was named Newnan and was about one mile west of the
present town of Meansville. The Court House at Newnan
was of hewed logs.
An Act was passed December 10, 1824, requiring a por-
tion of Pike County to be taken off and added to Upson
County, which caused the Pubhc Site to be near the south
line of Pike County, the Commissioners thereby being com-
pelled to discard the first site and select a second lot for the
Public Site, lot number 227 in the Eighth District of Pike
County was selected and the site was named Zebulon. The
Act fixing this lot as the county site and incorporating it
as such was approved November 25, 1825, by G. M. Troup,
68 HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY
Governor, and was to take effect upon its approval.
The officers and their terms of office of the Superior
Court of Pike County are as follows:
1923 to 1925 : Eli S. Shorter, Judge ; Charles J. McDon-
ald, Solicitor-General; E. P. Daniel, Clerk; Burrell Orr,
1825 to 1829: Charles J. McDonald, Judge; B. F. Harris,
Solicitor-General ; E. P. Daniel, Clerk.
1829 to 1831: Christopher B. Strong, Judge; Rich L.
Sinims, Solicitor-General ; E. P. Daniel, Clerk.
1831 to 1835: Christopher B. Strong, Judge; Washington
Poe, Solicitor-General; E. P. Daniel, Clerk; J. P. Austin,
1835 to 1841: Angus McDonald King, Judge; James H.
Mask, Solicitor-General ; E. P. Daniel, Clerk.
1841 to 1843 : Angus M. King, Judge ; J. H. Stock, Solici-
tor-General; A. B. Beckham, Clerk.
1843 to 1845: Edward D. Tracy, Judge; Z. E. Harmon.
Solicitor-General; A. B. Beckham., Clerk.
1845 to 1847: Edward D. Tracy, John J. Floyd, Judges;
Samuel Hall, R. W. McCune, Solicitor-Generals; John M.
1847 to 1849 : John J. Floyd, Judge ; R. W. McCune, So-
licitor-General ; Henry A. Caldwell, Clerk.
1849 to 1853: James A. Starr, Judge; R. W. McCune, So-
licitor-General; John A. Cochran, Clerk; Joseph R. Culpep-
1853 to 1855 : Jas. A. Starr, Judge ; J. A. Thrasher, So-
licitor-General ; John A. Cochran, Clerk ; Wiley W. Grisham,
1855 to 1857 : Gilben J. Green, Judge ; James R. Lyons,
Solicitor-General ; John A. Cochran, Clerk.
1857 to 1861: E. G. C^baniss, Judge; Jas. R. Lyons, So-
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licitor-General ; John C. Reddnig, Clerk.
1861 to 1865: John J. Floyd, Judge; A. D. Hammond,
Solicitor-General ; Charles F. Redding, Clerk.
1865 to 1867: Alexander M. Speer, Judge; A. D. Ham-
mond, Solicitor-General; Charles F. Redding, Clerk; W. D.
1867 to 1871: Jas. W. Green, Judge; Lemuel B. Ander-
son, Solicitor-General; C. F. Redding, Clerk.
1871 to 1873: Jas. W. Green, Judge; Lemuel B. Ander-
son, Solicitor-General; C. F. Redding, Samuel F. Mann, R.
Y. Beckham, Clerks.
1873 to 1877: John L Hall, Judge; Fred D. Dismuke, So-
licitor-General; R. Y. Beckham, Clerk.
1879 to 1881 : Alexander M. Speer, Judge ; Fred D. Dis-
muke, Solicitor-General; R. Y. Beckham, Clerk.
1881 to 1883: J. D. Stewart, Judge; E. Womack, Solici-
tor-General; R. Y. Beckham, Clerk.
1883 to 1885: J. D. Stewart, Judge; E. Womack, Solici-
tor-General ; A. G. Harris, Clerk.
1885 to 1887: J. D. Stewart, James S. Boynton, Judges;
E. Womack, Solicitor-General ; J. L. Driver, Clerk.
1887 to 1889: James S. Boynton, Judge; E. Womack,
Solicitor-General; E. A. Parker, Clerk.
1889 to 1891 : Jas. S. Boynton, Judge ; E. Womack, Solici-
tor-General ; D. C. Hightower, Clerk.
1891 to 1893: Jas. S. Boynton, Judge; Fred D. Dismuke,
Solicitor-General ; T. J. Blasingame, Clerk.
1893 to 1895 : John J. Hunt, Judge ; M. W. Beck, 0. H. B.
Bloodworth, Solicitor-Generals ; T. J. Blasingame, Clerk.
1895 to 1897: Marcus W. Beck, Judge; 0. H. B. Blood-
worth, Solicitor-General ; J. B. Mathews, Clerk.
1897 to 1899: M. W. Beck, E. J. Reagan, Judges; 0. H.
B. Bloodworth, Solicitor-General; J. B. Mathews, Clerk.
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1899 to 1905: E. J. Reagan, Judge; O. H. B. Bloodworth,
Solicitor-General ; J. B. Mathews, Clerk.
1905 to 1907 : E. J. Reagan, Judge ; O. H. B. Bloodworth,
Solicitor-General ; J. B. Mathews, R. Y. Beckham, Clerks.
1907 to 1909 : E. J. Reagan, Judge ; O. H. B. Bloodworth,
Solicitor-General; R. D. Adams, T. J. Blasingame, R. C.
1909 to 1911 : E. J. Reagan, Judge ; J. W. Wise, Solicitor-
General ; R. C. Mathews, Clerk.
1911 to 1913: R. T. Daniel, Judge; J. W. Wise, Solicitor-
General; R. C. Mathews, Clerk.
1913 to 1915: R. T. Daniel, Wm. E. H. Searcy, Jr.,
Judges; E. M. Owen. Solicitor-General; R. C. Mathews,
1915 to 1917 : Wm. E. H. Searcy, Jr., Judge ; E. M. Owen,
Solicitor-General ; R. C. Mathews, Clerk.
1917 to 1921 : Wm. E. H. Searcy, Jr., Judge ; E. M. Owen,
Solicitor-General; R. C. Mathews, J. W. Storey, Clerks.
1921 : Wm. E. H. Searcy, Jr., Judge; E. M. Owen, Solici-
tor-General ; J. W. Storey, Clerk.
COUNTY COURT OF PIKE COUNTY AND CITY COURT
The County Court of Pike County was established in 1879
under a general Act passed by the Legislature in 1872, with
Hon. J. S. Pope, Judge, who served continuously as judge of
the County Court of Pike County until 1891.
In April, 1891, Hon. E. F. Dupree was appointed judge of
County Court of Pike County and served as judge until the
County Court was abolished by an Act of the Legislature
in 1909, at which time the City Court of Zebulon was created
to supplant the old County Court. Upon the creation of the
HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY 71
City Court of Zebulon E. F. Dupree was appointed judge
and has continuously served as judge of the City Court of
Zebulon until the present time.
J. J. Rogers was appointed as first Solicitor of the County
Court. In their order the following attorneys have since
served as solicitors of the County Court and the City Court
of Zebulon: W. S. Whitaker, J. J. Rogers, Stephen M.
Woodard, J. J. Rogers, C. W. Gwyn, E. M. Owen, J. F. Red-
ding and H, A. Rider.
The clerks of the Superior Court of Pike County have al-
ways been ex-officio clerks of the County Court and the City
Court of Zebulon.
Given under the auspices of the Pike County Federation
of Women's Clubs, Mrs. Hunton Allen, Director.
3. Colors with Escort.
4. Goddess of History.
5. Gen. Zebulon Pike.
6. Descendants of old families.
7. First Mode of Travel.
8. First Session of Court.
9. First Circuit Rider.
10. First Baptist Church.
11. First Baptist Preacher.
12. Belles of Early Days.
13. Plantation Float.
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14. Veterans of the Sixties.
15. The First Buggy.
16. Cotton Float.
17. Corn Float. :
18. Tomato Float.
19. Nursery Float.
20. Peach Float.
21. Pepper Float.
22. Electric Float.
23. Ford Float.
24. Lumber Float.
25. World War Float.
26. Red Cross Float.
27. Belles of 1922.
28. Women's Club Floats.
29. Masonic Float.
30. Eastern Star Float.
31. Woodmen of the World Float.
32. W. C. T. . Float.
33. Boy Scouts.
34. First School Teacher.
35. Modern Teacher.
36. Public Schools.
37. Mayors and Councils.
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