Curiosity sometimes gets the best of us! Gilmer County, Georgia was created in 1834; the Cherokee Indians were removed in 1838 ... only a few white families were in the county prior to 1840. I grew up on a farm in Gilmer County, GA - and became curious about the people who owned the farm prior to the time my family purchased it in 1932. My research has led me to the conclusion that the first owner was a John Addington. After looking at the Addington genforum, I decided Addington descendants might find some of the following information helpful ...
1834 Gilmer Census: No Addington listed
1840 Gilmer Census
Page 3: John Addington .. (M) 2-0-0-1-0-0-1 // (F) 0-2-1-1-0-1
Page 8: Henry Addington .. (M) 1-0-0-1-1 // (F) 1-0-0-0-1
Page 9: Jarrett Addington .. (M) 0-0-0-0-1 // (F) 0-0-0-0-1
Page 9: William Addington .. (M) 1-0-0-0-1 // (F) 1-0-0-0-1
Page 10: John Addington, Sr. .. (M) 0-0-1-1-0-0-0-1 // (F) 0-0-1-1-0-0-0-1
1850 Gilmer Census
Addington, Joseph H. - age 25 - b. NC - Farmer
Addington, Susanna - age 20, b SC
Addington, John - 23 - NC - Farmer
Addington, Sarah Ann - 20 - GA
Addington, Zachary T. - 1 - GA
Addington, John W. - 2 mos - GA
Addington, John, Sr. - 61 - SC - Farmer (3000)
Addington, Rachel - 59 - VA
Addington, John - 53 - SC - Farmer (1800)
Addington, Rachel - 48 - SC
Addington, Elizabeth M. - 22 - SC
Addington, Frances M. - 17 - SC
Addington, Thomas M. - 14 - SC
Addington, John H. C. - 12 - GA
Addington, William D. - 10 - GA
Addington, Rachel M. - 7 - GA
Addington, Henry - 38 - NC - Farmer
Addington, Martha A. - 34 - GA
Addington, William M. - 14 - GA
Addington, Lucy E. - 10 - GA
Addington, Julia A. - 8 - GA
Addington, Mahalia P. - 5 - GA
Addington, Leroy - 2 - GA
1860 Census - No Addington in Gilmer County
Addington Marriages in Gilmer County:
Carolyn Addington & William Weems - 28 Dec 1835
Henry Addington & Ann Holt - 5 Jan 1836
Henry Addington & Sarah Smith - 5 Jan 1843
Mary Addington & William B. Ellington - 26 Jan 1843
William Adington & Lucinda Smith - 18 Jan 1845
John Addington & Sarah Ann Merks - 2 Apr 1846
Huckely Addington & Susannah Addington - 23 Sep 1849
Margaret Addington & Samuel M. Ralston - 19 May 1850
Lowery T. Addington & Mary A. Boon - 27 Dec 1854
From The Annals of Upper Georgia Centered in Gilmer County by George Gordon Ward, 1965 - Chapter 13, beginning on Page 185. This chapter is devoted to discussion of early families and is based mainly upon reminiscences of Bethel B. Quillian & William Ellington, II - Mr. Ward apparently found some written record of these.
"Addington: The original settler was Clemmie Q., who had a brother Frank. Clemmie settled about Ellijay. There were two John Addingtons among the early pioneers. One of these lived in the Cartecay community, the other south by east of Ellijay at the Henry Webb place. The men were related.
"The Cartecay John was said to have arrived in Gilmer, in the fall of 1831, from Macon County, North Carolina. He bought a placed owned (in 1881) by a member of the McHan family, probably the Will McHan place. Here he remained until around 1850, when he sold out to Barnett Wilson and moved to Jackson County. There he bought the Cunningham plantation, six miles above Jefferson. Here he remained until his death in 1860.
"Mr. Addington was a man of some means, and especially delighted in fine livestock. He was also remembered as an excellent farmer, for his industry (forceful and telling), his close dealing and his ready cash. He was never known to want the usual needs for substantial living. To his dining table went the best of his fields and gardens and the markets of his day. A Whig in politics, he was a member of the M. E. Church for many years.
"His wife survived till about 1877. His children, a few years later, were much scattered. He left a daughter in Gilmer. She married W. B. Ellington. And a youngest daughter, a Mrs. Ralston, lived in Fannin County."
Comments: It is my belief that the first two sentences in above quotation were included in error - and that they actually apply to the Quillian family rather than the Addingtons!
From beginning of the second paragraph, the balance of this quotation appears to concern "Cartecay John." "Cartecay John" was obviously the John Addington in HH #86 in the 1850 census -- in that census, he is listed between Bethel B. Quillian & Lewis D. Ellington who definitely lived in the Cartecay District of Gilmer County.
For those interested in pinpointing exactly where "Cartecay John" lived - look at map of Gilmer Co, GA and find where Highway 52 crosses the Cartecay River. Of course, Highway 52 as such didn't exist in 1850, but using that as a guide ... it is my conclusion that John Addington lived along the river south of Hwy 52; Ellington lived along the river north of Hwy 52; Quillian's property likely adjoined Addington - a little further east out Hwy 52. Addington sold his land to Barnett Wilson; Wilson sold it to Will McHan; McHan son died intestate and property sold at auction in 1932; my grandfather appears to have bought the largest tract, which included the McHan homesite which, I assume, was also likely the homesite of Wilson and Addington - atop a hill overlooking the river.
Without going into a lot of detail, Lewis D. Ellington & John Addington were instrumental in establishing what became Cartecay Methodist Church - the original church was on Ellington land deeded to the church in 1844. Perhaps the original church burned for, in 1859, Barnett Wilson donated two acres of land for a new church and cemetery. The new church was built entirely of hand-hewn timbers fastened together with wooden pegs! Another new church building was erected in 1974, but the "old" one is still standing and is now on the National Register of Historical Places. Cartecay Methodist Church is perhaps one-fourth to one-half mile from the Cartecay River - on north side of Highway 52.
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