Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Do you have Southern ancestors? Did any of them reside in the Peach State? If that is the case, you may be interested in Clearfield Company’s reprint, FAMILIES OF SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA by Jack N. Averitt.

     Originally published as Volume III of GEORGIA’S COASTAL PLAIN: FAMILY AND PERSONAL HISTORY in 1964, the reprint is a compilation of approximately 1,000 biographical sketches. Birth dates of most of the men and women under study range from the 1880s to the 1930s.

     As expected, the article for each individual furnishes vital statistics, parentage, educational background, any military service, occupation, religious affiliation, and political leanings. Since many of the people were local or state leaders, details about their civic interests, offices held, awards, and organizational memberships (like the Masons or the Kiwanis) also appear. Even their hobbies may be mentioned.

     In addition to data about the ancestry of the sketch’s subject, information about the genealogical background of the spouse is also provided. Along with the names of his or her parents, the birth and death dates as well as the couple’s place of birth usually appear. If the spouse’s parent or grandparent was a prominent citizen, Brief details about that person may be given.

     Full names of children can be found in the articles. Often, their exact birth date and place of birth are included. Sometimes their educational background appears, especially if they were still attending school at the time the sketch was compiled.

     Some articles extend pedigrees back several generations. The entry concerning Carrie Mae (BRINSON) BRANNEN, for instance, traces her lineage back to the American Revolution by naming her ancestors--Adam BRINSON and Abraham Shepherd LANE--who participated in that war. Since the sketches are full of details, those facts may provide valuable clues for further research. If you descend from forebears in the Peach State, you will want to peruse FAMILIES OF SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA.

     The 457-page soft-cover book has a full name index. To the price of $52.00, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.50 for one book; each additional book is $2.50. For FedEx ground service, the cost is $7.50 for one book; each additional book is $2.50. The volume (item order #9409) may be purchased by check, money order, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211-1953. For phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website at

     Now we complete the roster of names of members of the Brownwood chapter for the years 1878-1879. The data can be found on page 125 of TRANSACTIONS OF THE M. E. GRAND ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER OF TEXAS AT ITS THIRTIETH ANNUAL CONVOCATION HELD AT THE MASONIC TEMPLE, IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON, ON THURSDAY, THE ELEVENTH DAY OF DECEMBER, A. D. 1879, A. I. 2409, AT THREE O’CLOCK P. M., which was published in Houston by W. H. Coyle, Printer and Lithographer, in 1880. (In the title, the M and E are each followed by three dots, representing the Triple Tau emblem of the organization. However, for simplicity, a period is used in this column.)

     Past Master:


     Most Excellent Master:





J. Robert BROWN

George HOGUE


Kinsearching Home Page