This road is off US-1 between Alma and Baxley Georgia, closer to Baxley. It is Heritage Parkway. Along each side of the parkway are trees planted with names of pioneers that settled Appling County in the 1700s-1800s. A sign of dedication is beside each tree. We discovered it a couple years ago and went back this year to get a new photo of the tree dedicated to my 5th great-grandmother. Some of the trees have grown to be pretty, some are slow growing, but the parkway is pretty. I am glad they designed it for us to enjoy.
This is the tree planted in honor of my 5th great grandmother. Rebecca Carter 1765-1840. She married Stephen Crummey. They had a daughter named Keziah Levisia Crummey who married Abraham Crosby. Levisia and Abraham had a son named Aaron Crosby who married Mary Ellen Thornton. Their son, Henry Crosby married Mary O'Steen. Their daughter, Queen Victoria Crosby married Ernest Linwood Little. They had a daughter, Ethel Elma Little. Ethel married Daniel Robert Gill. Ethel and her husband Daniel Robert Gill had my mother.The GPS for this tree (#104) are: N 31 degrees 42.459' W 082 degrees 24.855'
My other kin that settled in Appling County: William Harris and his wife, Lucinda Hiers. The 1840 census has 4 free white persons listed at their home in District 9, Appling, Georgia USA. They later moved to Ware County. /// Thompson Harris III and his wife, Nancy Ursery lived there 20 years. Nancy died in 1840 in Appling County GA (some people say she died in Florida??). 1830, he is in Appling, GA. 1 free male under 5; 2 free males 5-9; 1 free male 10-14; 1 free male 15-19; 1 free male 40-49; free females under 5 and 1 free female 20-49. The 1840 census has them in Appling, GA. 1 free male 5-9; 1 free male 10-14; 1 free male 15-19; 1 free male 50-59; 1 free female 5-9 and 1 free female 40-49. 1 person employed in agriculture. 2 persons under 20 cannot read or write. /// Thompson Harris II and his wife, Francis Davidson /// Thomas Altman drew Lot # 319 in District 5 of Appling County /// The 1840 has Benjamin Colson Davis living with his parents in Appling GA. /// Joseph Hiers and Martha Patsy Strickland.The 1840 Census has the Hyers in Appling County. The household includes: 1 male from 5-10 yrs; 1 male from 10-15 yrs; 1 male from 15-20 yrs; 1 male between ages 50-60. 1 female from 15-20 yrs; 1 female between ages 40-50; 1 female between ages 50-60. All are listed as free white persons. He died before 1860 and she died a few years later. Both died in Appling, GA, USA. They later moved to Ware County. /// Thomas Newbern and his wife, Kizzie Collins lived in Appling County in 1823. (1825 that area became Ware County then 1858 became Pierce County). This location was approximately five miles northwest of Blackshear. He lived there until his death in 1837. /// David Cason and his wife, Martha Thomas. 1850 Census has David Cason (spelled Caser) as a farmer with his farm valued at $300.00. Living at home in Militia District 583, Appling, Georgia, were: David 37, Martha 28, Frederick 8, David Jr. 7, Winnie (f) 5 and Shaderick 2 months. They are all born in GA. Martha nor David Jr. cannot read or write. In the Property Tax Digests, 1793-1892, there is a David Cason listed in District Number: 583 Place: Appling, Georgia. /// Frederick Cason and his wife, Elizabeth Williams. When Appling County, GA was opened up to settlers in 1819, Frederick moved there. The 1820 census has Frederick Cason in Appling, Georgia on the 7 August 1820. There are free white males: 5 age under 10; 1 age 10-15; 1 age 26-44; free white females: 1 age under 10; for a total of 8 people. Includes 2 persons who are Foreigners not Naturalized. (I see no listing for his wife and don't understand the Foreigners not Naturalized being he, his wife and children were born in the USA) Frederick moved to Tattnall County, Georgia about 1808 and served as Justice of the Peace from 1809-1816 providing for the organization of Appling County in 1819. He was named as one of the election officers to conduct the election of the first Appling County office holders and he was elected one of the first five Justices of the Inferior Court for the new county of Appling being commissioned March 19, 1820 Frederick Cason is living in Appling County, Georgia in 1820 as a Court Justice for the County of Appling Georgia and a farmer. /// Henry Crosby. In 1850, Henry was 10 and lived with his parents in Militia District 583, Appling, Georgia. /// Aaron Crosby and his wife, Mary Ellen Thornton. Aaron's family moved to Appling County in 1828. 1840 Census has them living in District 9, Appling, Georgia. Listed are: free white males under 5: 2; free white males 20 thru 29 - 1; free white males under 5: 1; free white females 20 thru 29- 1. 2 people cannot read or write. 1 is employed in agriculture. The 1850 US Census has them Militia District 583, Appling, Georgia. Aaron is 41. He is a farmer whose farm is worth $300.00. Mary is 36 years old. Sarina Crosby at age 13, Thomas F Crosby at age 11, Henry Crosby at age 10, Lusinda Crosby at age 8, Mary A Crosby at age 6, Joel Crosby at age 4, Nancy Crosby at age 1, There is 1 person over 20 who cannot read or write. /// Abraham Crosby, was born in 1780 in Barnwell, Colleton County, S.C. He died in 1830, in Appling, Georgia. He married Levisia Crummey in 1802. He moved with his family to Appling Co. GA. in 1828, and settled on Lot 236, 2nd. district. I have an 1840 census for a Lavina Crosby in District 9, Appling, Georgia. She is between age 50-59 and there are 2 free white males between 20-29 and a free white female between 20-29. It has 2 persons employed in agriculture. [I am thinking this is Levisia, our line. (Aaron Crosby lives in the same area.)] The 1850 US Census has Levisey Owsby (Levisia Crosby) female age 63, birth year about 1787, born in South Carolina. She now lives in Militia District 456, Appling, GA. She is listed as a farmer and land value as $400.00. Anne lives with her at age 36. Both were born in South Carolina. /// Stephen Crummey was born between 1750-60 in Barnwell, South Carolina. He died in 1820 in Barnwell, South Carolina .Stephen married Rebecca Carter in 1783 in Barnwell, South Carolina. Rebecca Carter was born in 1765 in St. Bartholomew's Parish, Colleton Co., SC . She died in Appling County, Georgia abt. 1840. /// Sometime after 1822 (about 1827-9), the four Thomas brothers (including our Lewis Thomas) moved from McIntosh to the new county of Ware which had previously been part of Appling. Lewis and Elisabeth Thomas settled in the fourth land district near where Bristol is now. Mr. Huxford says they lived on lot # 174 in the 4th district, NW of Offerman close to the Little Satilla River. ~~~~ some of these moved on to other places (Pierce or Ware) but some of them died in Appling.
OK, as you can see, comparing this information and the sign above, not all my ancestors are listed on the sign. However, according to my findings they should be. I wonder why they are not. I sure did not make all that up!
I think this is the prettiest cotton field I have seen since living here. Note: While I was taking the photo, I heard a saw. Then, I heard and saw a tall pine tree, behind this field, go to the ground.
P.S. The blue background for this page is a photo of the sky that day.