Posted By:Barbara Sanders
Subject:Re: Atlanta GA Traynham businessmen
Post Date:February 09, 2002 at 12:55:10
Message URL:
Forum:Traynham Family Genealogy Forum
Forum URL:

Many years ago, I found an article in a book entitled, "Men of Mark in Georgia by Northern, Vol 6. It is about William L. Traynham (He was an uncle to my Grandmother, Cleo Cliffor Traynham Taylor).
"One of the leaders in the lumber trade of Atlanta is William L. Traynham at the head of the Traynham Lumber Co., and also largely interest in farming in South Georgia. Mr. Traynham was born in Laurens District, South Carolina, April 18, 1845, son of B. G. Traynham, a farmer and wife, Mahala Riley. On both sides of the family, Mr. Traynham is descended from Virginians who moved south and settled in Laurens District, South Carolina, about 1793. His grandfather was James Traynham, who was the son of David Traynham who was born in Scotland and was the first of the family to come to Virginia. Mr. Traynham is of the impression that his mother's people belonged to the Irish branch of the Riley family. In that event he would be of Scotch-Irish descent--and his career lends color to that supposition.

In 1850, when he was a little boy of five, his father moved to Oak Hill, near Covington, Georgia, and later to DeKalb County. Young Traynham was trained in the local schools of Newton and DeKalb Counties and upon the outbreak of the War between the States tried to enlist in the Confederate Army. He was so light in weight that he officials would not accept him. Like David, however, he would not be all together denied and so he went to Northern Virginia with the army, a part of the time being with Major Thomas of Lawrenceville. In the summer of 1863, the found work for him in the powder and ammunition factory located at Augusta.
(If anyone is interest in the rest of this story, please post a message, and I will gladly share the rest of this article.}