My copy of High Priest in Tall Cotton: A Historical Narrative of Cohentown Wilkes County Georgia is on the way, and I’m looking forward to learning all about my Cohentown Ancestors! As Barrett tells us…
“Cohentown was an all-Black rural farming and residential community in Wilkes County, Georgia. It was located off highway 44 Danburg Road, in the old Anderson or 179th General Military District. It was nestled south of Hog Folk Creek and northwest of Fishing Creek. Cohentown sat approximately 5 miles north of the county seat of Washington. It was here where family branches of the Cohen, Hanson, Wingfield, Lockhart, Gladman, Anderson, Charlton, Curry and others, would plant root, and call home. In this tight-knit community, everyone was an aunt or uncle, either by blood or community bond. From the early 1880s to about 1950, these families of farmers would become acquainted with both the bride of prosperity and the groom of depression.”
I’m a true believer in the power of Ancestors who want their stories told, and can feel new DNA dots being connected!
Barrett’s documentation of Cohentown ensures the preservation of a rich history that is all but vanished from Wilkes County memory. I know the signs. Stay tuned, the Ancestors have MUCH to say!