My name is John Robert Arnall, Jr.
son of John Robert Arnall
son of Robert Herman Arnall
son of Robert Lee Arnall
son of James Miles Arnall
son of John Gholston Arnall
son of William Henry Arnall
most of my information, I got from James Wiley Arnall, Jr. (deceased)of Senoia, Ga. (who is my Dad's first cousin), but I have spent time over the last five years looking for leads into going back further. I focused on trying to tie to the Virginia Census of 1782 in Hanover County where:
Joshua Arnold(Arnall) 9 3
Henry Arnold (Arnall) 7 2
William Arnold(Arnall) 4 2
are listed, but by 1810 only William and Henry remain with Henry's will showing he stayed and died in 1835. However William's family statistic drop to only two members (one over 45 and one between 26 and 45, which tends to point to William in 1810 being William Ben the son of Henry, so possibly the first William left with Joshua.
Going to Wilkes County GA., we find Joshua Arnall and William Arnall listed in the 1806 land lottery in "Early Records of Georgia Vol. I and II Wilkes County". Also, we find Joshua Arnold's (Arnall) will signed 4/9/1807 and probated 6/1/1807. William is listed as a son.
At this point, I seem to have two William Arnalls, possibly a brother of Joshua Arnall and certainly a son of Joshua Arnall. At this point I started researching the Gholston name for a connection possibly a wife's maiden name. If you look under Anthony Gholson(Gholston) Sr. to William Gholson Sr. to John Gholston (born 1749 Spotsylvania County and died 1805 in Baldwin County, GA). He had a daughter Agnes Gholston who married William Arnall. I also have a revocation of power of attorney notice in the local newspaper for Millidegville(sp?)dated 10/9/1821 from James D. Askew, John Gholson, William T. Harper and William Arnall to Eggleston Gholson. John Gholston died in 1803 and his will was probated in 1806. Eggleston was his youngest son and I guess may have settled the estate after John's wife (Ann Pettis) died. In any case, James Askew was the husband of Cynthia Gholston, William Harper the husband of Cena Gholston and William Arnall the husband of Agnes Gholston. All were John Gholston's daughters. The middle name would then make alot of sense, John Gholston Arnall. For the record John Goldson's (Gholston) will is in Hancock County and the revocation, the Askew/Gholston marriage and Chatham/Gholston marriage in Putnam County. No I have not found a Arnall/Gholston marriage lisc.
I do understand that William Henry Arnall died around 1832 to 1835 and I have a list of Walton County "loose" marriages that show William N. Melton marrying Agnes Arnold on May 17, 1840 which could explain why it has been hard to find Agnes Arnall if she remarried. I am researching William N. Melton at this time.
I would love to tie William Henry to Joshua, because those first three in Virginia are the next big step back and I don't know of anyone who has gotten back further than them. The Missouri Arnall's tie to Henry and I think David Arnall out in Arizonia also ties to Henry. How the three tie together is also a big question to me. The above doesn't quite tie William to Joshua, but hopefully it is useful data. I also have to believe that John G. had siblings and I am looking for them.
This all I know doesn't quite agree with the horseback and Butts County stuff, but maybe it does. At least better than the other story.
I reference the "Biographical Souvenir of the states of Ga. and Fla., F.A. Baltey and Co., 1889" Souvenir Sketches - Henry Clay Arnall
Henry Clay Arnall, a successful merchant of Newnan, Ga. was born in Coweta County, Ga. May 17, 1850. His father, John G., a native of Putnam County, Ga., and a planter by occupation, died in 1873, at the age of sixty-three years. He was a son of Golston Arnall, who was born in Philadelphia, Pa. John G. Arnall married Miss Ann Gibbs, a native of Walton County, GA. who died in 1873. She bore her husband ten children,.....
The printing was 1889 and I don't have anything else that begins to substantiate what it says.
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