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Directions to Cemeteries
Evergreen Cemetery: Located beside Evergreen Baptist Church in Brooks C ounty, Georgia, about four miles from Dixie. To get there from Thomasville, you go out Highway 84 East toward Quitman for about 20 miles. You will come to an intersection called "Dixie Junction" (with Tractor company on left). Turn left on paved road. Follow it about four miles. The church and cemetery are on the right. The "Massey" plot is on the left as you face the cemetery.
Old Hendry Cemetery: Located off U.S. 19 in Thomas County, Georgia. To get there from Thomasville, go out U.S. 19 towards Albany, beyond the river. Right after the 22 mile marker, there is a dirt road to the right. (If it has not been torn down, there is also an old sign saying "Whipoorwill Restaurant." On the left are several mobile homes. Turn right. After about 100 yards, you come to a fork. Veer LEFT. The cemetery is fenced in on the left not far from the fork. Chastain graves are all around.
Union Cemetery: Located in Mitchell County near Vada, Georgia. From Thomasville, go through Cairo to Hwy 112 that heads to Camilla. Turn right there, go about 10 miles. There is a large peanut mill on the left (Hwy 216) . Go left there. Drive about 5 miles. There is a concrete block church there on the right beside a dirt road. Turn left on the dirt road. Go a couple miles to a paved country road and turn right. Go two miles. On the right is an OLD wooden church, on left in open field beside a house is the cemetery. Harrell and related graves are all around.
Bold Springs Cemetery: Located in Grady County, Georgia. From Thomasville, go out the Cairo Road. After you cross the Grady County line, about five miles or so, is the Pine Park Road. Turn right there. Follow that road about three miles to the church and cemetery on the left. Chastain and Aldredge graves are towards left center as you face it.
Antioch Cemetery: located out from Boston, Georgia. From Quitman, go highway 84 to the blinking light in Boston. Turn left there on 33. Follow it through town as it curves. Right out of town, there are two small bridges crossing the road. Immediately after the second bridge, there is a dirt road (lower Boston Road). Turn right on it. Follow it about 6 miles to where there is a paved road turning sharply to the left. Turn left on this road. Go about a mile or so, on right, there is a cemetery. No building or sign to mark it, behind a garden.
People (other than immediate family) who contributed information. A special thanks to all.
Mrs. Barbara Chastain Baggett, Lynn Haven,
U. S. Census Records Checked
Thomas County, Georgia 1850, 1860, 1870,
1880Lowndes County, Georgia 1850, 1860
Evergreen Cemetery, Ozell, Georgia
Newspapers Written To:
Quitman Free Press *
( denotes those willing to run and ad for me.
Thomas County, Thomasville, Georgia
Federal Archives and records Center, East
Printed materials used:
Roster of Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, Volumes I - VII
Baird, Charles W. History of the Huguenot Emigration to America, Regional Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD.
McCrady, Edward, The History of South Carolina under the Proprietary Government 1670 - 1719. Russell and Russell, N.Y. 1897. Reissued 1969.
Chastain, James Garvin. A Brief History of the Huguenots and Three Family Trees: Chastain, Lockridge and Stockton. El Paso, Tex. Baptist Spanish Publishers, 1933.
Universal World Reference Encyclopedia, Consolidated Book Publishers, Chicago, ILL. 1970. Volumes 5, 7, 12.
Index of Revolutionary War Soldiers by National Society of the American Revolution, Washington, D.C. 1966.
DAR Collection of Lineage Books
Huguenot Emigration to Virginia and the Settlement at Mannikintowne, by Virginia Historical Society.
Padgett, Sadie T. Padgett and Ryals Family History 1776 - 1976. Served as a model and inspration for the author.
Huxford, Folks, Florida State University
Massey, Judge Frank A. Massey Genealogy, 1974. Published by King and Massey, Fort Worth, Texas
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412 N. Webster St.
Quitman, Georgia 31643
July 21, 1979
Writing our family history was truly a most memorable experience of my life. The work and technicalities behind the finished product were important, but not half so valuable as the end result.
You now have an authentic record of your own achievements and milestones, as well as those of many other family members. Hopefully, this record will be treasured and handed down to future generations who may have no other access to such genealogical data included.
You also have a living history of your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. for generations back. As you read about various relatives, you cannot help but acquire a stronger sense of patriotism as you see that our ancestors, uncles, aunts and cousins for hundreds of years have been a significant part of the growth of our country. Living, loving, worshiping, working, fighting, bearing children, and dying -- they were men and women who merit pride and honor for what they gave to the world, and to each of us, their descendents. Then, when you read of our relatives that lived in England and in France, you learn to appreciate the universal bond of mankind.
A family history such as this actually has no real beginning point, nor an ending. It is a continuous story that will grow for as long as our world exists. It is impossible to record everything significant in all our lives, but we must attempt to preserve what we can.
As I collected the material, I realized that even though a written history is important, inclusion of variety would enhance the story in a way that written words could not. Thus I aimed to include meaningful documents such as marriage licenses, military papers, letters and wills. Not only did they offer this variety, but they also gave authenticity to the material. I also knew that pictures would add enrichment of a different sort. Pictures of people help us know them in a way that facts do not. Pictures of places give us a sense of actually "being there" when being there is not possible.
I would like to recommend that you NOT use this book as a scrapbook or photo album as that is not its purpose. If you want to keep a continuous record of your family, do it elsewhere. Actually, I am already making tentative plans for a future supplement -- one that would include material I receive later (my genealogical interest has so developed that I am sure I will be searching for more information on the rest of my life), as well as updating of records such as marriages, divorces, births, deaths, so I would be happy to receive from anyone information on any of these milestones when they occur so I can add them to my files for inclusion.
You might also be interested in knowing that a family history such as this is in demand by genealogical centers, therefore, I plan to put three copies in public research libraries so that others who may not know of us can also learn. One will be put in the Thomasville City Public Library in their genealogical section (reserved for research inside the library --- not to be checked out); one will be in the Department of Archives and History in Atlanta, Georgia; and the third will be in the Genealogical Center of the world in Salt Lake City, operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons).
For those who might be interested in the tangible aspects of the book, pages that have pictures on them were prepared and copied by Quitman Printing Company in Quitman, Georgia' pages that have no pictures on them were copied by Tel-Com in Valdosta, Georgia; and the cover and binding were done at the National Library Bindery in Atlanta, Georgia.
Finally, I would like to say that I sincerely appreciate all the help, support and encouragement I was given. I hope that in return, I have given something to you that will be especially meaningful now, and that will increase in value as time goes on.
Karyl Chastain Beal