Milner Echols' 1850 History With Updates



Annotated by Terry Dean Echols 2012-ongoing.

A short history of our family from the first that landed in America till the present time, as far as I can ascertain----.

John Echols an Englishman came to America about the end of the 16th or the beginning of the 17th Century and settled in Caroline County, Virginia, and married a tall redheaded woman named Mary Cave and by her had five sons and three daughters. I shall begin with his sons first and carry out their family as far as my knowledge extends.
I lean towards the theory that John Echols that married Mary Cave is NOT the "Englishman" Echols that arrived in the New World. More information can be found at the John Echols & Mary Cave page.
John married Mary CAVE in 1683 in Caroline County, Virginia (Source: U.S. & International Marriage Records, 1560-1900) and had the following children:
  • John ECHOLS (1684-1750) m. Rebecca BOOKER
  • Eleanor Elizabeth ECHOLS (1691-1771) m. William MURPHY; m. Gideon SMITH
  • Anne ECHOLS (1698-1749) m. George MARCHBANKS Sr
  • Abraham ECHOLS (1700-1749) m. Sarah HUBBARD
  • William ECHOLS (1702-1771) m. Sarah TURNER
  • Joseph Moses ECHOLS (1703-1776) - Never Married
  • Richard E ECHOLS (1704-1778) m. Catherine "Caty" EVANS
From the above you'll see there is a daughter missing, Mary (Mary Eleanor ECHOLS). Many researchers over time have merged Sara & Mary CAVE into one woman. I believe that John was married first to Mary's sister Sara and Mary Eleanor is the daughter of Sara CAVE not Mary. Following all the connected families lead me to this conclusion. Also Mary Eleanor was born in 1680 leaving a big gap in years between her birth and Eleanor Elizabeth born in 1691. I'll post more details on a separate page but for now I have left Mary Eleanor ECHOLS off the list of daughters of Mary CAVE.
John was his first son who left Virginia a young man and settled in the lower part of N. Carolina and raised his family, of whom I know nothing.

Abraham was old John's 2nd son, married [the widow] Sarah Tamer [Sarah HUBBARD] and by her had two sons and several daughters.

His sons were Joseph and Joshua. Joseph married a Miss King [Elizabeth KING], and by her had 2 sons and 5 or 6 daughters [also married Elizabeth STREET]. His sons were Abraham and Jeremiah who left Virginia in time of the Revolutionary War and went to Pennsylvania. Of their offspring I know nothing.

Joshua married Hannah Brown [Margaret Hannah BROWN], had a number of children of whom I know but little. He had one son Darius [Darius Jasper ECHOLS], a conspicuous man in Habersham County, Georgia. The rest of his family lives chiefly in the upper part of Georgia. [Joshua also married Mary GRAY].

Old Abraham had one daughter [Martha Rebecca ECHOLS] who married James Hodges [James Calvin HODGES] a very worthy man, his family moved to Tennessee. He had one son named Jessee and he had a son named James who was a commanding officer in Tennessee and got drowned in Cumberland River near Cairo [Cairo is a populated place located in Sumner County, Tennessee]. Jessee had one daughter named Tabitha, that is all I know of the family. Old Abraham had another daughter named Sarah [Sarah Hubbard ECHOLS] who married John Rowden and by her had 4 sons and one daughter. His sons were Abraham, Laban, Josee, and John. Abraham [Abraham Echols ROWDEN] married a woman named Chick [Rachel CHEEK], moved to Tennessee. I know nothing of his family. Laban married Milly Adams [Milly ADAMS] raised a large family. I know nothing of them only two of his sons to wit, Hubert [Hubbard Allen ROWDEN] and Lot [Lott ROWDEN], who live in Gwinett [Gwinnett] County, Ga. Josee [Joseph ROWDEN] married Susannah Adams [Susannah ADAMS], moved to Tennessee, of his family I know nothing. John married Milly Brewer [Millicent Mary REEVES], a widow, the daughter of old Jeremiah Reeves [Jeremiah REEVES Sr] sister to Rev. Malachi Reeves [Rev Richard Malachi REEVES] and Rev. Jeremiah Reeves [Rev Jeremiah REEVES Jr]. He also moved to Tennessee and was drowned in the Tennessee River. Of his family I know nothing. Old John Rowden's daughter was Tabitha. She married Glover Crain [Glover CRAIN], had several children by her and then died. He had one son named Joseph Crane who married a Miss Hood. They had several children, one son named John Glover Crane who was a wholesale merchant in Charleston, S.C. Joshua Crane had a daughter married a Mr. Whitman, a Baptist preacher and a teacher in the Penfield Academy, Green [Greene] County, Georgia.

P.S. James Hodges daughter[s] [Tabitha] married John Lacy.[,] [Sarah married] Wm Glass [William Watson GLASS Jr] and [Rebecca married] Hally Shaw [Haley G][.] Lacy had one son named Elijah and he and wife parted. [Elijah married Tabitha ECHOLS on 12 Jan 1802 in Halifax County, Virginia, USA. She is the d/o Joseph ECHOLS Sr & Elizabeth STREET]. Glass had 5 sons and 3 daughters. His sons were Hubbard, Mason, Frederick who married Betsy [Elizabeth] Strother and he was killed by the Indians in Alabama. The other three, David, Elish [Elisha] and Elijah. Mason married a Miss Wyatt and lives in Fayette County, Georgia the rest of his sons I know nothing. His daughters were named Tabitha, Patsy [Martha], and Sally.

Tabitha married Richard Wood and by him had three sons and one daughter. Her sons were Winston, William and Willis. Her son William represented three different counties in the state of Georgia and was Colo. of the same counties. He then moved to Randolph County, Alabama and represented that county and is Colo. and judge of the court. Willis, her third son married a Miss Cochran [Elizabeth COCHRAN] and died young. Richard Wood's daughter was named Elizabeth and married Samuel D. Echols [Samuel Dorrell ECHOLS]. Hally [Haley G] Shaw raised a large family in Jackson County, Georgia. I know nothing of his family only E. B. Shaw, his grandson, who lives in Gwinett County [Gwinnett County, Georgia], and is a very eminent Baptist preacher.

P.S.S. If I mistake not, old Abraham Echols had a daughter who married a man by the name of Hubbard in Virginia. I know nothing further of them.

The third son of old English John Echols was named William. I don't know who he married [Sarah TURNER]. He had several sons and daughters. His sons were John and William. John was one of the largest men ever raised in Virginia. He was a Quaker preacher. That's all I know of him or his family as I never saw him but once. William was also a very large man, married a widow Spradlin [Susanna Elizabeth SNEED] [he was first married to Rebecca Rachel SPRADLIN]. By her had three sons and four daughters. His sons were Joel, Elcanah, and William. Joel and Elcanah moved to Tennessee. Settled on Cumberland River near Caro. I was once at Elcanah's house after his death. He had a large family. I know the names of none of them only his youngest son named Richard. They are a very wealthy family. Joel I think they told me had no child. William, the third son, married a girl by the name of [Mary] Elizabeth Farmer - a schoolmate of mine in Virginia. He moved to Alabama, settled in Madison County near Huntsville and was a very great wholesale merchant in that town. I know but very little of his family. He had a daughter [Susannah] married Richard Holden also a wholesale merchant in Huntsville and also had two sons who moved to Mississippi. One of them was killed by a man and the other wrote to me about it. I think the one that wrote was by the name of Larkin. The one that was killed I think was by the name of Joseph [killed by William M Sledge]. That's all that I know of that family.
NOTE: Something has always confused me about the accepted genealogy of William II, son of William & Sarah TURNER Echols. In Milner's history he states "William was also a very large man, married a widow Spradlin. By her had three sons and four daughters. His sons were Joel, Elcanah, and William." All the research I've found has all of William's children with the mother Rebecca Rachel SPRADLIN which by my research was never married before marring William. Susannah Elizabeth SNEED however, was married prior to her union with William to Joseph Edgar SPRADLING meaning she should be the mother to these children if we are to believe the memory of Milner. 

If my dates are correct then William was 21, Rachael 20, in 1750 when they married. Susannah was 19, Joseph 21, in 1756 when they were married. Susannah was 31, William 39, in 1768 when they were married.
 Old William Echols daughters married William Wynne [William M WYNNE Jr married Mary Frances ECHOLS], Vardre [Vardry] McBee [Capt Vardry McBEE married Hannah ECHOLS] and Daniel Williams [married Ann ECHOLS] and Richard Anderson [married Orpha ECHOLS] [also Judith ECHOLS married Richard KIRBY and Ruth ECHOLS married Moses HENDRICK]. Of Wynne's family I know nothing as they moved to Tennessee in an early date. Old Vardre [Vardry] McBee moved from Virginia to South Carolina before the Revolutionary War and was a Capt. In that army and was said to have done as much damage to the British and Torries in that part of the country as any Capt. In that country. He had two sons, to wit, Silas and Vardre [Vardry]. Silas was a very large man, went to Mississippi and died there. I know nothing of his family. Vardre [Vardry] still lives in South Carolina, Greenville District. He has six children, only one married, that a daughter, married a Mr. Carson. He has one daughter Malinda single, one son Luther, the rest I don't know their names. He is said to be the richest man in that part of the state. His property is estimated at one million dollars.

Old Vardre [Vardry] has several daughters. I don't know their names. One [Elizabeth Vardry McBEE] married a man by name of Ross [Rice Farrar ROSS Sr]. How many children she had I know not. I only know one of her sons who is by name of Rice F. Ross [Rice Farrar ROSS Jr]. One married a man by name of Asher. They have one son in Dade County, Georgia, by name of William Asher, a very smart man. That is all I know of that family.

Daniel Williams, who married the third daughter of old William Echols [Ann ECHOLS], went to Tennessee, raised his family there. Of his daughters I know nothing. His sons were Sampson and Oliver. Sampson was said to be an uncommon smart man, represented his county many years. There is a very fine town in Tennessee named in honor of his name - Williamsburg. Sampson Williams was a very large man, rather cross-eyed. Richard Anderson married old William Echols fourth daughter [Female ECHOLS - I currently do not know her name], had five children by her and she died. I know the names of two of their sons, which were Medy and John. Medy became very rich, owned the first merchant mill I ever saw, on Banister River in Virginia, where was a considerable town built named Medsville in honor of Medy Anderson's name. They both had families of which I know but little.

Joseph Echols was the fourth son of old English John Echols. He never married, consequently had no family. He was an afflicted man, had what was called the asthma which prevented him from lying down. He never lay down for forty years -- had an instrument made that fitted his forehead and sat and slept. His common vocation was hunting and trapping on the River at which business he made considerable property as he lived in the frontier country where game was plenty.

Richard Echols was the fifth son of English John Echols who married Caty Evans [Catherine EVANS] - he was my grandfather - and by her had fourteen children. Three died in infancy. The rest lived to raise families. Their first son was Moses [Joseph Moses ECHOLS] who married Betsy Wynne [Elizabeth WYNNE]. They raised a considerable family. Their first son was John who married Fanny Formby [Frances FORMBY] and moved from Virginia to Tennessee. I know but little of the family. He was a one-eyed man, he was very smart and had great property. Their second son was Obediah. He married Betsy Terry [Elizabeth "Betsy" TERRY] [This Betsy is d/o Joseph TERRY & Susannah BIBB]. He died at about 65 years of age. I know but little of his family, only one son who lives in the western district of Tennessee by name of Champness Terry Echols, a Baptist preacher. Moses third son was by name of Moses who married a Miss Terry [Elizabeth "Betsy" TERRY] [this Betsy is d/o David TERRY & Elizabeth LUCK] [also married Sally FARMER] - cousin to his brother Obediah's wife. I know nothing of his family. Their fourth son was by name of Evans [Evans W ECHOLS] who married Anna Terry [Anna TERRY, also the d/o David TERRY & Elizabeth LUCK], sister to his brother Moses wife. They live in Virginia. I know no more of their family. Old Moses daughters were by name of Rebecca, Priscilla [I find no records using Priscilla, I believe it should be Drucilla - marriage record for her and David BATES list her name as Drusillah Schols], Tabitha, Betsy [Elizabeth], Lucy and Frances. Rebecca married Edward Akin. I have no knowledge of their family. Priscilla [Drucilla] married David Bates in Halifax County, a very large man who offered for the legislature in the county that he was born and raised in when he was about twenty-five years old. He got every vote that was given in the county and the county was very large. He continued to go to the legislature as long as he stayed in Virginia. He then moved to Georgia, Wilkes County. He became a representative of Wilkes County in Senate and was once appointed President Senate pro tem - you can see his name in the digest of the laws of Georgia. He became so fat that it was supposed by the doctors that his fat melted in him, killed him before he was sixty years old. He weighed nearly four hundred pounds. He raised his family in Wilks [Wilkes] County, Georgia but after his death they moved to Tennessee. I have but little account of them since. He had one son named Randolph and one named Anderson. Of the rest I have no account only one daughter named Susanah who married James Johnson of Oglethorpe County.

Old Moses third daughter Tabitha married Nathan Formby. He moved from Virginia to Georgia and died in Walton County. He raised four sons and several daughters. His sons were named Moses, Obediah and Nathan. The other I don't know the name of [Aaron FORMBY], he married a Miss Harvie [Elizabeth G HARWELL] in Newton County and died there. Moses and Obediah live in Newton County. They both have families but I don't know the name of either of their wives. Nathan lives in Alabama. I know not of his family. One of old Nathan's daughters [Frances W FORMBY] married John Whitaker and one [Prudence FORMBY] married Henry Nichols. One [Sarah Ann FORMBY married] Israel Moore and one [Lucy FORMBY] married a Mr. Park [James PARKS]. I know nothing of the family. Old Moses fourth daughter Betsy [Elizabeth] married Marlin Farmer. I know no more of the family. His fifth daughter Lucy married Jonas Meadows and that's all I know about them. His sixth daughter Frances married a man by the name of Shelton [Levi SHELTON]. I have no account of them further.

Old Richard Echols second son was named John. He married Lucy Koore [Lucy Anna MOORE], raised a large family by her. They had three sons and six daughters. Their oldest son was James. He married Nancy Winbush [Nancy WIMBISH] of South Carolina. He moved to Alabama in an early date, so I know but little of his family. I have heard that one son named George, a doctor [Dr George Moore ECHOLS], and another named Saml - that is all I know of them. [They had two sons named Samuel - Samuel Wimbish ECHOLS & Samuel Moore ECHOLS].

Old John's second son was named John. He married a Miss Moore [Isabella MOORE]. He also moved to Alabama. I know nothing further of them. Old John's third son was named Saml. He married Jane Holloway [Jane M HOLLOWAY] of Elton, Putnam County, Georgia. He moved to Alabama so I know nothing further of them; old John's daughter was Prudence [Lucinda Prudence ECHOLS] who married Christopher Irwin [Christopher IRVIN(E)]. They raised a large family of sons and one daughter who died young. I know nothing more of them only Christopher and David. Christopher [married Martha MOORE] lives in Walton County, raised several sons and one daughter. I don't know the names of the sons tho I am told they are smart young men. His daughter was Sophrony [Sophronia IRWIN]. She married Raman Ray [Raymond R RAY]. They live in Cobb County. David Irwin lives in Marietta and is a very imminent lawyer and a very wealthy man. He has a family that I know very little about. Old John's second daughter was by name of Temperance. She married Jno. Rodgers [John RODGERS]. They raised several sons. I know of only two of them, Dr. James Rodgers, who married Wm. G. Springer's [William Green SPRINGER] daughter [Catherine SPRINGER] and lives in Carrol [Carroll] County. He has represented that county in the legislature of Georgia. David Rodgers lives in Stewart County and has also represented that county in the State Legislature. Old John's third daughter named Caty [Catherine] never married, died young. His fourth daughter Patsy [Martha] married Capt. William Ellis [William Paul ELLIS Jr]. They live in Pike County near Griffin. They have raised several sons and daughters. I know only two of his sons, Richard [Richard Paul ELLIS, married Frances Ann HEFLIN] and Thomas [Dr. James Thomas ELLIS, married Nancy Jane DUNN]. One of them is a doctor, both very large men. They had one daughter married a man named Wilson who lives near Griffin. Old John's fifth daughter named Liddy [Lydia] married Skelton Standifer [Skelton Daniel STANDIFER], moved to Alabama. I know no more of them. His sixth daughter Lucy [Lucy Ann] married Nathan Williams and raised their family in Jasper County. I know nothing further of them only one son, a doctor who lives in Meriwether County, Georgia.
"They had one daughter married a man named Wilson who lives near Griffin." I don't have this daughter yet. All daughters I know of have a husband and not one named Wilson. Lucinda Prudence married Christopher IRVIN(E), Catherine according to Milner died young and never married, Temperence married John RODGERS, Martha "Patsy" married William Paul ELLIS Jr, Lucy Ann married Nathan WILLIAMS and Lydia married Skelton Daniel STANDIFER. If you know the missing daughter that married WILSON please contact me.
Old Richard Echols third son was named James Echols [James David], a very large man, had a very singular mark in his features. He had one black eye and one blue eye. He married Elizabeth Palmer, widow of John Palmer of Richmond County, Virginia. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Milner [Elizabeth Elsote MILNER]. By her he had five sons, three daughters. His oldest son was Milner, who married Susannah Sansom, had ten children. Their first son was Samuel Dorril Echols [Samuel Dorrell], who married Betsy Wood [Elizabeth "Betsy" WOOD]. By her he had four sons and four daughters. His first son was named Alfred. He married a girl named Thirston [Sally Ann HAIRSTON]. They had one child and then they parted. His second son was named Wood Echols. He married a girl by name of Patrick [Elizabeth PATRICK], had three children, moved to Alabama and died shortly after he went there. I know nothing of his family. Third son named Winston M. Echols married a Miss Summer Cain [Summer CAIN], had one child and she died. He married again but I know not to whom [Berrilla SUMMERLIN]. His fourth son is named John, a young man not yet married. His oldest daughter was named Maryan [Mary Ann]. She married Colo. Thos. J. Johnson [Col Thomas Jefferson JOHNSON], who lives in Herd County, near Franklin. They have children but I know not their names or how many. His second daughter was named Mahaley [Mahala], married Mercer Babb [Mercer BABB], had one child and she died. Her daughter is a daughter named Antonett [Mary Antoinette BABB]. Saml's third daughter Betsy Ann [Elizabeth Ann] married a Mr. Hollandworth [Levi A HOLLINGSWORTH], lives in Heard County,. They have one child. I know nothing of them. His fourth daughter Susannah [Susan Ann] not yet married. [She later married Jesse John CAVENDER. Her headstone shows name Susan A]. Milner's second son was named James, died an infant by a fall out at the door. His third son was named Richard, died an infant also. His complaint was the Flux. His fourth son was named Robert Milner Echols [Gen Robert Milner ECHOLS] [Georgia Legislature organized a new county on the Florida line, naming it Echols in his honor on 13 Dec 1858]. He married Mary Melton and by her had twelve children. His first son was named Jonathan Milner Echols, died at the age of seventeen years. His death was caused by an over hard march in the army in very hot weather. His second son was named Dorrel Sampson Echols, died an infant. His third son was named Thomas Jefferson Echols, married Lucinda A. Pate [Lucinda Ammons PATE] and by her had three sons, the first Jonathan M. Echols [married Sallie BAKER], his second son died young, his third son was named Robert Milner Echols.

Robert M[ilner]. Echols, fourth son of Robert Walton Echols, a youth, his fifth son Samuel D. Echols, his sixth son named Richard, died young. His seventh son Joseph a little boy [Joseph Henry ECHOLS].
[The statement above, "Robert M. Echols, fourth son of Robert Walton Echols...", is not correct. This version of Milner's History was found online. I have not been able to obtain an original published version so this mistake could be a transcription error. Robert Walton Echols is the fourth son of General Robert M[ilner] Echols & Mary MELTON. It should read "Robert M. Echols' fourth son, Robert Walton Echols, a youth,..."]
Robert M[ilner] Echols first daughter Rhoda [Rhoda Ann] married Thos. J. Trammel [Thomas Jefferson TRAMMELL Sr], had nine children by him - to wit -Collumbus [Columbus M], Georgia [Capt George Washington], John Robert, Thos. [Thomas Jefferson], and Ugnias [Eugenius Augustus]. Her daughters are Tabitha, Martha [Martha Laura] and Susan [Susan Jane], the youngest not yet named [Josephine Medora]. His, [Robert M[ilner] Echols], second daughter Martha married Doctor John G. Waddel [John G WODDAIL] [several spellings of this name exists in various records: Woddail/Woodall/Waddel/Waddle], she had one child and died when it was nine days old, named Thomas Echols Waddel [WODDAIL], who lives with his father in Alabama. His third daughter Elisa [Elizabeth Jane, married Joel C BAKER], his fourth daughter Mary Ann [Mary Ann Tabitha, married James Troup SCOTT], his fifth daughter Frances [Frances E], none married. Robert M[ilner]. Echols was a man that filled many responsible offices. He represented Walton County upward of twenty years in succession, was six or seven years president of the senate. He was Major General. He was also Judge of the Court and one of the Trustees of the University at Athens and - of all he was member of the Baptist Church at Sardis, Clerk of the same. He was appointed by Congress a Colo. in the United States Service to command 13th Regiment in Mexico [Mexican-American War]. He was also appointed by the President to pay off the soldiers in Mexican War - his office was at New Orleans. He died in Mexico at the National Bridge whilst in command of the 13th Regiment on the third day of Dec., 1847 in the 49th year of his age. [While on dress parade at the National Bridge, in Mexico, he was thrown from his horse, sustaining injuries which, complicated with bowel troubles, caused his death.].

Thos. [Thomas Jefferson] Echols, the fifth son of Milner Echols, married Polly Harper [Mary Elizabeth HARPER] [Also married Elizabeth HUFF]. By her had six children, two of whom died young. His first son was Robert H. Echols [Robert Harper], married Elizabeth Morris [Elizabeth Carolyn MORRIS] [Also married Mary Ann MORRIS, sister to Elizabeth Carolyn]. His second son, Joseph M. Echols [Joseph Milner], married Virginia Norton [Virginia Agee NORTON], had by her three children. Thomas' first daughter, Susannah North Echols, married John Chappel [John Wesley CHAPPELL], lives in Merriwether [Meriwether] County, has several children. Her oldest is William, her second one named John, the rest small, I don't know their names. His second daughter Mary not married. [Later married Unknown LESTER]. Milner Echols' sixth son named William Sampson Echols [William Sansom], married Kitty Holder [Catherine HOLDER], had by her four sons and two daughters. His oldest son John Thomas Echols married a Miss Kelly [Tabitha C KELLY] [also married Lydia C HENDRICKS], has several small children. His second son Robert M. Echols [Robert Milner] not married. [He later married Mary Frances GILBERT]. His third son Lumpkin [Wilson Lumpkin] not married. [He later married Martha Elizabeth POSS]. His fourth son, an infant named Thos. Rhodes Echols [Thomas Rhodes]. [He latter married Amanda R UNKNOWN. They are both buried at Flint Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery in Hiram, Paulding County, Georgia]. His first daughter Martha who married Jos. Selvy [Joseph SELVY] who had one child by her and ran away and left her. Second daughter Frances [Isabella Frances] not married. [Isabella Frances never married].

Obediah Echols, seventh son of Milner Echols, married Hannah Holder - sister of his brother William's wife - had five children by her. His first son James Echols, his second Tapley, his third John Bunyan, his first daughter Susannah, his second Nancy [Nancy Catharine] who married a Mr. Shaw [John William SHAW]. Obediah Echols, son of Milner, died in Milledgeville in the 31st year of age. Was a very good businessman, was appointed Surveyor Genl. before he was thirty years of age.

Milner Echols first daughter named Leah died before she was three years old. Her death was caused by a burn. His second daughter Patsy [Martha] married Joshua Ammons. She had two children. First daughter Mary [Mary Jane] married James Mobley [James Lyle MOBLEY Sr]. They have three children. Their oldest a son named Samuel Iverson Mobley, second a daughter named Susan Martha Mobley. Joshua Ammon's second is a son named John Milton Ammons, not married. [He later married Martha BRISCOE]. M. Echols third daughter named Nancy married A. B. Rose [Absalom Bonham ROSS], by him had nine children. First son named Augustus died about his fourteenth year. Second Dolphus [Adolphus Echols ROSS, married Mary Louisa TUGGLE], third son Theophelus [Theopholus J], fourth son Aurelius [Aurelius B], fifth son William, sixth Marcus, seventh Agenius Mercer, none married. His first daughter Sarah died at about Seventeen years of age, second daughter Martha died at about eight years old.

Robert E. Echols was the second son of James Echols. He married Elizabeth Davis, they had three sons and one daughter. His first son was Wm. Milner Echols [William Milner]. He was a tanner by trade and married in Montauleo [Monticello], Jasper County, Georgia. I know nothing more of this family, only that he lives in Monroe County. [He married Cyntha STUDMAN] His second son was named Jessee Mercer Echols [Jesse Mercer]. He married a girl named Sandel Carrel [Sandeville CARROLL]. They had no children. They live in some of the Cherokee Counties. He is in some office on the railroad, the last I heard of him. His third son named James lives in ____ County, Alabama. I know nothing more about him. Robert E. Echols daughter named Lucy married and went to Tennessee. I know no more about her.

Absolom Echols [Absalom] was the third son of James Echols, married Nancy Sansom. They had no children. He was killed by Johnson Hammock in Alabama. Hammock was condemned to be hanged for it but killed in jail before the day of his execution. Obediah Echols [Rev Obediah Judson ECHOLS Sr] was the fourth son of James Echols. He married Elizabeth Strong [Elizabeth STRONG]. They had one child [Joseph Henry ECHOLS] and his wife and child both died. He then married Elizabeth Flournoy [Elizabeth A FLOURNOY], by her had two children, a son and a daughter. The daughter died an infant and his wife also died about the same time. His son was named Philip Henry Echols. He had a great deal of property left him by his grandfather Flournoy [John Francis FLOURNOY]. He was educated at Schenectady College in New York. He studied law under Judge Berrien [John Macpherson BERRIEN] at the City of Washington and married the Judge's daughter, Margaret Berrien [Margaret Lydia BERRIEN].

He returned to Georgia and practiced law and died on the Cirquett [Circuit] in Marion County at his uncle Absolom Echols [presumably house]. Obediah then married Elizabeth Jones [Elizabeth DISMUKES], a widow in Hancock County and by her had several sons and daughters. His first son by his last wife was by name of James Walter Echols, a very rich man and lives at Auburn, Alabama. [He married Mary Ann WHITEHEAD]. His brother Samuel now lives with him, a doctor. Their father, Obediah Echols, lives in Mississippi, Carroll County, has four daughters married and lives near their father. The names of the men that they married I don't know, only one [Sarah Caroline ECHOLS] married a Mr. Foreman [Wilkins Judson FREEMAN], he has two small sons lives with him, one named Judson, the brother I don't know the name.

James [David] Echols daughter - first daughter was named Leah Echols. She married Robert North. They had four sons and four daughters. Two of their daughters died young. Their first son named Wm. [William Buchanan] North married Frances [J] Arnold, had several children. I don't know their names. They live in Coweata County, Georgia. Their second son Anthony North married [Mary] Polly Hubbard, a second cousin to him. They have a large family of children chiefly grown and several married but I don't know who to. He has one son named Robert [W] and another named [John] Hubbard and one daughter named Adaline. Their third son named Abraham, married Miss Holms [Elizabeth C HOLMES]. They have a large family but I don't know their children's names. The fourth son named Marcus married Dosha Thurmond [Eudoria A THURMOND]. She had two or three children and died. He then married a widow but I don't know her name [Mariah Louisa LEDBETTER]. Robert North's first daughter Patsy [Martha] married a Mr. Hale, never had any children, her husband died. She is now a widow. Second daughter Lucy married James [James Lauder] Willis, had several children, moved to Alabama and there she died shortly after she went there.

James Echols second daughter named Mary Echols, married Jeremiah Reeves [Jr]. They had five sons and four daughters. One of the daughters died young and another fell into the spring and drowned. Their first son Absolom Echols Reeves, who lives at Rome married [Elizabeth] Elisa Tyas, by her had one daughter who died at about the time she was twenty years old while she was attending Association in Chattanooga County. John N. Reeves, their second son, never married, lives in Augusta. Jeremiah Reeves, their third son, married [Hannah Margaret Elizabeth BOYLE] at about 40 years of age, lives in Walker County. Their fourth son, James M [Milton]. Reeves, never married. Joseph Reeves, their fifth son, married a Miss Hodge and lives in Chattanooga in Tennessee and keeps a tavern in that town. Jeremiah Reeves first daughter, Leah [Elizabeth], married Samuel [Johnson] Neblick, lives in Jackson County, Georgia. I know nothing of their families. Their second daughter Elisa [Eliza Ann] married Ben [Benjamin Mercer] Powell [Sr]. I know nothing of their family, only they have one son named Evans [Evan Absolom] Powell. James Echols third daughter named Elizabeth [M] Echols married [Thomas] Thos. M. Fagg. He then ran away, left wife and child and never been heard of since.

Benjamin Echols was Richard Echols fourth son. He married Sabra Hendrick, his own cousin and by her had three sons and five daughters. Their first son was Richard, he married Betsy Smith his cousin. They had no children, were very wealthy. They differed, parted and never lived together any more. He died from a fever taken in Floyd's army in 1815. John Echols, their second son, married a girl named [Nancy] Merrel, raised a large family in Mississippi. I know none of his children, but his oldest daughter Elmira. Benjamin Echols was old Benjamin Echols third son. He married [Elizabeth] Betsy Ellis, lives Chattanooga County, had a large family of children. His first son is Richard [Ellis] Echols [Sr], married but don't know who [Caroline Jane BOLLING] [also married Louise Frances DORSETT]. Second son Abner not married [later married Margaret A VARNER], third son Robert [P] lately married to Miss Verner [Elizabeth Ann VARNER, sister to Margaret]. Their first daughter Caty [Catherine] not married. Second daughter (I know not her name) [Sarah Ann] married [Amzi Green] Amay Dickson, a very fine man. He had several other daughters but I don't know their names.

Old Benjamin Echols first daughter Lucy married Samuel [T] Paine [Payne Sr], had several children; one son named Samuel [T Jr] lives near Rome. One of his daughters [Patsey] married a man named [Charles] Williamson. She is now a widow. Benjamin Echols second daughter Betsy [Elizabeth] never married, died rich. Third daughter Sally married Luis [Lewis] Rolston, had three children, one son Robert, the others daughters. One married a man named Edwards. I know nothing of their family. Fourth daughter Caty [Catherine] married Jacob Lawridge [LAUGHRIDGE], moved to Mississippi, had several children. I know the names of but two of them, one boy named Legon [Terry Legion], one John –

Fifth daughter named Citty [Kitty T] married J. Dyche [Isaac Robert], moved to Mississippi. He shortly died. I know nothing further of the family ---

Obediah [Parks] Echols was old Richard Echols fifth son. He married a very rich old Irishman's daughter. His name was Wm. McDaniel, her name was Caty [Catherine] McDaniel. He had five sons and two daughters. His sons, William who died at about 19 years old, second son Benjamin Echols. He was a nearsighted man, not very bright, but had the most extensive recollection of any man. He inherited a large estate from his grandfather McDaniel's estate but had not forecast enough to take care of it. He married Betsy Milner in Kentucky, his own cousin. They had several children, one son named Obediah, one daughter named Mariea. I know nothing more of his family as they moved to Tennessee but left Blind Ben - as we called him. Old Obediah Echols third son was James, married Sally Rutledge, raised several children. I know but little about them only one of his sons named Silas Echols said to be a very smart man. James was a great farmer, a great hand to make tobacco, and from that was called Horn Worm James. Old Obediah's fourth son was named Obediah. He married a Miss Franklin [Halifax County, VA shows marriage 7 Sep 1805 and her name as Nanny] in Virginia but moved to Georgia and died young, left two children, a son named Josephus and a daughter. I know not where they are.

Obediah's fifth son was named Elijah. He married a girl by name of [Elizabeth] Willingham. I know nothing more of his family. He was said to be the greatest millright that ever was seen in the State. Old Obediah's two daughters were named Betsy [Elizabeth] and Nancy, one [Nancy] married Thos. Rutledge, the other [Elizabeth] married Wm. Arnold. They both moved to Tennessee. I know nothing further of their families. Old Obediah's wife died. He then married a widow Jones [Lucy Atkinson JACKSON] near Richmond in Virginia. Her maiden name was Jackson, she was a half sister to the great General Lawson. By her he had two sons and one daughter. His first son was Philip Jackson Echols [married Mary Elizabeth JACKSON], lives in Crawford County, Georgia, and one son lives in a little town in Monroe or Forsyth County, the name of the town I don't recollect. That is all I know of his family. He has been Clerk of the Court in Crawford County. His second son was Samuel [Brame] Echols [Sr]. He married [Sarah Cobb] Sally Booker and moved to Alabama and died. I know but little of his family. Old Obediah's daughter was named [Mary Claiborne] Polly Echols who married a man by name of Raney [WOODS], moved to Giles County, Tennessee and died a few years ago, so I was informed by a letter from his daughter. Old Obediah was a Baptist preacher of the highest order of his day.

Joseph Echols was sixth son of old Richard. He was a Methodist preacher, married [Mary] Polly Stamps and by her had five sons and four daughters. First son Ruben married [Elizabeth] Betsy Owen, of whom I know but little. He moved to Mississippi and died shortly. He had several sons, I don't know their names. He had one daughter Sarah, married Samuel Marshall, a very fine man, lives in Coweata County. Another daughter Caty married a man by name of [James] Bell, of them I know nothing.

Joseph's second son was Levi, married a [Mary A] Miss Hubbard, became vastly rich and died soon. He lived in Washington, Wilks [Wilkes] County, had but one child, that was a boy named Joseph Hubbard Echols. He is a man of great learning. He is a Methodist preacher and a lawyer and he was the president of the Female Academy in Madison, Morgan County, Georgia. Joseph Echols third son named Simeon married Caroline [L] Van Allen, daughter of Peter L. [Lawrence] Van Allen. He [Peter Lawrence VAN ALLEN] was a very great lawyer, and was killed by Wm. H. Crawford in duel on the bank of Savannah River in South Carolina at Barksdale Ferry. Caroline Van Allen was said to be worth $20,000 when Simeon Echols married her. They moved to Mississippi near Columbus to a little town called Athens where he shortly died. His wife lives at the same town and keeps a public house. I know nothing of their family.

Joseph Echols fourth son was Josephus [Dickerson], a very tall man, became a doctor. He went to Alabama to a town called Selma and by his Partner I am told he got very rich. I heard he married but I don't know who to, consequently know nothing of his family. [He married sisters, first to Elizabeth ENGLISH, second to Margaret A ENGLISH].

Joseph Echols fifth son, William, was also a doctor, never married, had a wen on his neck which was cut out and he died immediately at about 24 or 25 years of age. Joseph Echols first daughter Tabitha married Thomas Cooper, had no child, died in Cowetta County. His second daughter Caty [Catherine Evans] married a very worthy man in Jasper County named Archibald [Calmet] Standifer. She was upward of forty years old when she married, had no child. His third daughter Rebecca never married, lives in Newnan, Cowetta. His fourth daughter [Nancy] Olive married an Englishman named John Daugherty, lives in Coweata County, keeps a public house, he is said to be a very fine man, I know nothing of his children.

Old Richard had five daughters, the oldest named Mary Echols, married Thos. Wynne, had 2 sons and 4 daughters. His first son was Obediah, married Onry Bolton [Leona "Oney" BOULTON - marriage record is for Caswell County, North Carolina NOT Virginia] in Virginia, had by her several children, first son John Wynne lives Oglethorpe, married a girl [Susannah] Owen, of his children I know nothing only one son named Glen [Glenn Owen] Wynne married a daughter of Samuel Lumpkin [Sarah Pope LUMPKIN] and lives in Coweata County. [Obediah also married Lucy R TERRY]. Thos. Wynne's second son Thos. Wynne Jr. was left very rich by his father but alas - he was a drunkard and gambler and married onto a very low family, spent his property in a few years and went over seas to some foreign land, his family lives in the upper part of Georgia. He had one daughter [Harriet] married a man by name of [Jonas] J. Brand, and two of his daughters married two brothers named Fincher [Elmyra married Micajah Michael FINCHER, other sister & brother undetermined at this time]. I know but little more of the family.

Old Thos. Wynne's first daughter married Wm. Arnold, had three children, one son and two daughters - she was by name Rhoda, weighed nearly 400 pounds. Her son was William, married a Miss Milner, had two sons by her and died. One of his sons is a wholesale merchant in Charleston, South Carolina, the other one I know but little about. One of her daughters [Mary] married Samuel Lumpkin of Oglethorpe, the other [Sally] married David [Davis] Owen of Newnan, Coweata County, all very wealthy people.

Thos. Wynne's second daughter [Sarah] married Levi Marshall - a brother to the great preacher Abraham Marshall - they had several sons and daughters. First daughter married Robert N. Crawford of Columbia County. I know but little about the rest of their children. Thos. Wynne's third daughter Kitty [Mary Christian] married John Bolton, they had three sons and two daughters. Their sons were Thos., Charles and John. Thos. lives in Newnan, Charles lives Wilks [Wilkes], vastly rich. John died. He lived in Cobb County on the Chattahoochee River near Montgomery's Ferry. Their daughter Betsy married Philip Cooper and died shortly, their daughter Polly married Thos. Sims, lived in Washington, Wilks [Wilkes] County. He died and then she married a man by name of Sherburn, he died.

Old Thos. Wynne's fourth daughter Lucy [Jane] married William Booker, had by him three daughters and one son, their names were Polly who died, Sally [Sarah Cobb] who married Samuel B. [Brame] Echols [Sr] and now lives in Alabama. Third daughter Lucinda married William Galbreath, they have one daughter [Mary W GALBREATH] married Absalom Echols Roberts and another married a Mr. Hester and they also have a young son I know not his name. The son of Wm. Booker was the notorious John W. Booker who died in Monroe, Walton County, Georgia.

Old Richard Echols second daughter, Drucilla, married Wm. [F] Owen [Sr], raised a large family. They all went to western countries but one daughter, her name was Rhoda. She married the Rev. [Richard ] Malachi Reeves. I know but little of the family since they went to the west. Old Richard's 3rd daughter Sally [Sarah] who married John Milner and moved to Kentucky in a very early date raised a very large family. Their sons were Armstead Milner, a very rich man, John Milner and Mark Milner.

Old Richard Echols fourth daughter Anna married James Daniel, had five children, four sons and one daughter. Their sons were Moses, Hopkins, Echols Daniel and Jeremiah. Their daughter Caty never married. Echols Daniel married [Mary DEES] but never had children by his wife. [A memorial exist at Find-a-Grave linking Echols Daniel as father to Josephine DANIEL Berry]. He is a vastly rich man, lives in Floyd County. Hopkins married the widow Crane, the grandmother of John Glover Crane of Charleston. Jeremiah Daniel married but I don't know who. He moved to west. I know nothing of his family.

Old Richard Echols fifth daughter Elizabeth married William Raney, had one daughter named Betsy Hunter Raney. She married a very great lawyer by name of Edward [Dandridge] Jones who lives in Giles County, Tennessee. Of their family I know nothing more.


A Short Account of my Great Grandfather Walter Evans Family

He was a Welchman. Came to America about the beginning of 17th century, married Betsy Holcomb and settled in Caroline County, Virginia. He had several sons and four daughters. Who his sons married I know not. One of his daughters named Caty married Richard Echols – my grandfather. One other named Kitty married Daniel Terry. From them sprang the Colquitt family. One other of his daughters married John Hendrick. From them came the family of Jones, Smith and Ligon. Another of his daughters married Richard Hubbard. From hem sprang the Hubbard family of Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

Old English John Echols had three daughters which I could have inserted had I known enough about them to give any satisfactory account of them. I only know they married outlandish men, one an Englishman named Nicholas Gilington. Of their family I know nothing. The second daughter married an Irishman named Murphy. I know nothing of their family only they had two sons, Joseph and William, that was called the greatest Baptist preachers that ever was known in Virginia of their day. Old English John Echols third daughter married a Scotchman named Marshbank. I know nothing of their family only the family of Deens in DeKalb and Floyd County sprang from that family.


  1. Old Richard Echols second son was named John. He married Lucy Koore [Lucy Anna MOORE], raised a large family by her. They had three sons and six daughters. Their oldest son was James. He married Nancy Winbush [Nancy WIMBISH] of South Carolina. He moved to Alabama in an early date, so I know but little of his family. I have heard that one son named George, a doctor [Dr George Moore ECHOLS], and another named Saml - that is all I know of them. [They had two sons named Samuel - Samuel Wimbish ECHOLS & Samuel Moore ECHOLS].


    I'm confused. Are you saying that Dr. George and both Samuels are James' sons? The internet keeps insisting that Samuel Moore Echols is the son of John Echols and Lucy Anne Moore. Now, I don't believe everything I read but would you mind confirming your findings? They would make much more sense in the timing. (Catherine Jane Echols and John Morgan Black are my 3x great grandparents.)

  2. Samuel Wimbish ECHOLS was b. 1801; Samuel Moore ECHOLS was b. 1818

    There are actually two men named Samuel Moore ECHOLS, the one above s/o George Moore ECHOLS & Nancy WIMBISH and the other b. 1781 s/o John ECHOLS & Lucy Anna MOORE.

    The wills:
    First the will of Obediah SATTERWHITE. He is the father of Martha SATTERWHITE that married Samuel Moore b. 1818:

    "...One fourth to Nancy Daniel wife of John Daniel and her children forever–one fourth to Martha Echols, wife of Samuel Echols and her children for ever–one fourth to Lucy Echols, wife of John Echols and her children forever. And the remaining fourth to my son John Satterwhite and his children forever...."

    That Samuel above is listed as S M or Samuel M in most records.

    2nd the will of John ECHOLS husband of Lucy Anna MOORE:

    "...First: I give to my son Samuel M. Echols, five hundred dollars in money, one horse called Pompy, one iron pot, and one feather bed all of which he hath received...."

    John ECHOLS, husband of Lucy Anna MOORE, is the s/o Richard E ECHOLS & Catherine EVANS

    James ECHOLS, husband of Nancy WIMBISH, is the s/o John & Lucy above.

  3. I tried to find any of the Echols family in Forsyth County Ga and could not. Possibly my search of the page missed it or they did not live in the Atlanta Area

  4. I am descended from Thomas Wynne, "Kitty" Wynne Bolton and Charles Bolton. His son Charles died of typhoid in Civil War time. His widow Sarah "Sallie" Jeter Bolton remarried a Whitley. She moved to Wharton, TX to be with her son, also Charles Bolton. This Charles Bolton was my grandmother's father. My grandmother Lucile was the eldest of 11 or 13? I have a brother whose 1st name is Bolton. I go by Jeter, which is my middle name! I finally found where Col. Charles Bolton (Kitty's husband) ended up buried in Hearne, TX. Quite the story. Apparently a Galveston hurricane ruined the cememtery where he was buried and a daughter Lillie (by I believe a third and final wife) had his body moved from Galveston to Hearne. We have yet to find where his son Charles (Civil War vet) is buried. He lived of course in Wilkes Co. GA, but died in MS. We are the poor relatives as our Charles died. His brother inherited Valhallah plantation which was somewhere in the Wharton vicinity. Col. Charles was wealthy. There is a building in old Galveston strand area that he had built. And old home that was once his is still there, not in its original location. My father's cousin passed away last year. He too was a Charles Bolton. I would love to know where Kitty Wynne Bolton is buried. Good luck in your research. Hope this helps some.

  5. Please let me know if anyone has any info on where Charles Bolton (1835 1866) is buried.

    Also Kitty Wynne Bolton (1763 1798) his mother. Thank you.

    There is a long will for Thomas Wynne posted on Familysearch.

  6. Which Thomas Wynne? Can you give me more details and people attached? I have three men named Thomas Wynne. What is Kitty's real name? I don't have her as Kitty - if I have her at all.

    I don't currently have anyone named Charles Bolton.

  7. Tabitha Echols is my 5th great grandmother and Betsy Wynne my 6th. They are in my matrilineal line, mtDNA haplogroup H5a1b. I'm currently researching this area of my tree. Thanks for the great website. It clears up a lot of confusion.

  8. Dear Sir,
    My name is Dorothy Lynn Lawrence, I am the oldest granddaughter of Joe Lee Echols and Euterpia (Mc Daniels). My mother was Euterpia Joe Echols of Brownsboro, Tx. She was born on August 27,1932 in Dallas Tx. and died February 4, 1996 in St Louis ,Mo. She is buried in Pine Log Cemetery in Brookland, Ar. My mother had three children Dorothy Lynn (born Dec.02,1957) Roberta Annn (born Nov 21, 1958) and John Mark ( born Jan.04,1971).If you would like further information email me at . I hope to hear from you.
    Thank you

  9. Thanks for the additional info but I need to move this post out of the Milner Echols history as it does not pertain to his writing.

    Blogger, unfortunately, does not allow for comments to be moved only deleted. Can you re-pose this on the Richard E Echols (link is in navigation on the right) page as your lineage is directly tied to him.

    Sorry for the inconvenience. I'll leave this up for now until I see a new post under Richard's page. I would just copy and paste it but that would destroy all the link-backs to you should anyone have additional info you your line of the tree. I descend from Abraham's line, Richard E's brother.

    Thanks you.

  10. My family is following our lineage via John m: (Mary) Eleanore Gilmore to John m: Mary Cave to Abraham m: Sarah Hubbard Tamer to Joshua m: Margaret and/or Hannah Brown to James m: Rebecca Burton in GA by now.
    What I know for certain is their son, William Early Echols b. 4-16-1825 d: 1-21-1906 was married to Margaret (Polly) Beard (Baird). These are my great great grandparents on my maternal lineage. We Early married 2nd a Sarah Carver and then 3rd a Martha Rebecca relation to me, of course.

    Wm Early and Margaret Beard had a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Echols b: 11-24-1853 d: 2-8-1943 who married William Houston Looney b: 1858 d: 12-12-1958 Both are buried in Athens, AL
    Their daughter was my grandmother. - Inez Elizabeth Looney who married Clarence Lee Watts, Attorney in Huntsville, AL.
    Inez and Clarence are both buried in Huntsville, AL
    Their daughter was my mother, Jame Keller Watts who married my dad, Charles Middleton Fitts, Jr. They live in Jackson, MS where I, Susan Jane Fitts Davis, was born and raised. Momma died in 2001.

    It took me forever to get to Old John (I) from Grovesend, Eng. (Bristol)

    Would love to chase on back to his parents and beyond. Wondering if John Eccles in Scotland-laird of Kildonan - could in any way be the right path??

    I enjoyed your writings!


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