Published Friday, November 16, 2012

Column: Research center now open three days each week

Column by Dianne Webb

Special to The Newnan Times-Herald

Exciting news for us!

As of Nov. 1, the Coweta County Genealogical Society’s research center is open three days a week. A volunteer will be available on Tuesday through Thursday to assist anyone who comes to research their family’s history.

Down at the Genealogical Society, we are all celebrating the fact that The State Archives will remain open. It had been previously announced by Secretary of State Kemp that starting Nov. 1, the records would only be available by appointment, and even then there would be strict limitations. We would have been the only state in the Union whose historical records would have been not readily available to the public.

Jonathan Parrish Owens’ tombstone reads “A friend to his country and a believer in Christ.” He died in 1899 and is buried at Sharpsburg Baptist Church. I like to think that a tombstone inscription truly speaks for the person’s character.

Jonathan’s implies that he was both patriotic and had a strong faith. Both are character traits of which his descendants can be proud.

Jonathan was born in 1831, probably in Jones County, Georgia to Jonathan Owens and his wife whose last name was Eady. Jonathan was married twice, first to Frances Camilla Kelley, then to Martha Jane Kelley Perdue.

The two women were first cousins. Jane was a widow who brought a son into the marriage.

Jonathan served in the Confederacy in the 61st Georgia Infantry. He fought in numerous battles and was injured both at Paine’s Farm and at Petersburg by grapeshot through both thighs. He came home, regained his strength, then went to Richmond, and was there for the surrender.

Jonathan’s great-grandson, Jim Owens of Newnan, has researched his family, and has found the will of his third great-grandfather, Spencer Owens. In Jones County Georgia in 1823, his will was probated and lists his wife Mary, children Peter, Purnal, Jonathan (Sr.), Spencer Jr., Sarah Sharp, Mary Bonner, and Elizabeth Cooper. He also named grandchildren David Cooper and Patsy (?) Storey.

Jonathan (Jr.) and his 1st wife Frances had three children, Martha Lillian, James Walter, and Cicero D. A son, Carlton Julius, was born to him and Martha Jane.

Carlton Julius and his wife Sarah Elizabeth Robertson, had seven children – Lucille Emily, Carlton Columbus, Bryan, Roy, James, Willis, and Glenn Cotter. Carlton is the father of Jim.

Here in Coweta County today, there are descendants of this family still making contributions. Some have left, but their roots are still here.

Our roots play such an important part of who we are. We all need roots.

We would love to help you discover your roots at the Coweta County Genealogical Society. Don’t think for a minute that it’s a boring ordeal...we have a blast.

We hope that you will come to see us.

The research center is located in the historic passenger train depot in downtown Grantville. The research center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We are also open the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

If, at any time you would like to research your family and our hours won’t work for you, please contact us. If at all possible, we will try to accommodate your schedule and one of us will meet you there.

If you want to join the society, send your dues — $20 for an individual, $25 for a family — to CCGS, P.O. Box 1014, Newnan, Ga., 30264. We need your support, and you need our information!

Y’all come!

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