Realizing this is several years after your post, but would like to know how you learned of the maiden name of Thomas M. Awbrey's wife Sarah? I found this old news article from 1877 printed in the Atlanta Constitution newspaper which gives Sarah's maiden name as GAY. I have been researching the GAY family lines in and near Heard County, Georgia and wondered if you knew who Sarah's parents were? I noticed you had the maiden name of Zachary for her. This is the transcription of the news article. The identical article also was in the Carroll County, Georgia newspaper in 1877. Both Thomas M. Awbrey and his wife Sarah were still living at the time this article was written:
THOMAS M. AWBREY
Thomas M. Awbrey was born in Georgia about 1820. His parents were among the first settlers of Heard county, moving there soon after the county was organized. There they died and are buried. Their son Thomas, received a good plain education in the country schools of Heard county. About 1840 he was married to Miss Gay.
He has frequently been Justice of the Peace and has filled several offices in Heard county, and is now the Commissioner of its Roads and Revenues. He has always been a farmer and is now one of the most thrifty planters in his section.
He did not enter the army in the late war as he was legally exempt. Before and since the war he has been a Democrat in politics and has been very earnest in his support of that party. he is a man of faultless private character and is highly esteemed in his county.
He is a deacon in the Baptist church, and a zealous religious worker. His general reputation is one of the best character and he will be a good man in his State's counsels.
Sources: "The Carroll County Times" newspaper, Carrollton, Carroll County, Georgia,nNewspaper Issue of JULY 6, 1877 and
The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, newspaper issue of July 3, 1877.
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