Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Geneaology: Goldsmith family came, went in Coweta

Column by Dianne Webb

Special to The Newnan Times-Herald

In 1833, John T. Goldsmith applied for a Revolutionary War Soldier’s pension here in Coweta County.

John and his wife, Lovie Caswell, had recently moved from Monroe County. John had entered service in July 1779 and was in the battles of Mobley’s Meeting House, Walker’s Plantation, and the skirmish at Wallahorn’s Ferry.

John was born in Camden District, South Carolina, in 1761. He stated this fact in his pension application, and said that he was told this by his parents. There is no record of whom his parents were.

In 1790, he married Lovie in Clay County, Georgia. They had at least nine children – Nancy, William Hale, Elizabeth, John T., Allen, Zilpha, Martha, George Madison and Matthew Caswell.

John and Lovie moved to Chambers County, Alabama, sometime between 1836-1840, as he is listed in the 1840 census as living there.

John died in 1841.

In one of our Coweta County Genealogical Quarterlies, I found that John and his family joined New Hope Baptist Church in the late 1830s. Matthew Caswell and his wife, Elizabeth Huggins, joined in 1841, but later joined his family in Alabama, as they are there in the 1850 census. This information was taken from the old church records, and was a great clue as to what area of the county they lived. I’ve stood on the hill at New Hope Baptist Church and thought of their coming there to worship.

Lovie died in May 1850. Her obituary is in the “Christian Index” and stated that she was “a woman of prayers; for she had the satisfaction to see all her children, except one (and there were nine of them alive at her death) members of the same family of God. It also said that she was speechless for six weeks before her death, but was still joyful in her faith and in her family.’

The Goldsmith family passed through our county and left their mark.

Records of their presence are in John’s pension application and church and marriage records.

Each of us will leave our mark. Hopefully, it will be honorable, and our descendants will feel pride when they learn of us.

Realistically, all families have their “black sheep” and ne’er do wells. Their stories are all intriguing. Everyone has a story. We have so many stories of Coweta County’s families, are so eager to share them with you.

Please come to see us.

The Coweta County Genealogical Society Research Center is located in the historic passenger train depot in downtown Grantville. The research center is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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.

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.

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