Always Reach Out…

James Edward DICKEYI’m in the process of restoring all the archived Our Georgia Roots blog posts, online BEFORE I allowed the domain and hosting to lapse in 2011.

Clearly I’m shortsighted. I never really intended to research again when I walked away in August 2011, and felt , I could live with my research surviving in archives (online) and in binders (with me).

I was wrong on all counts. When Mom passed on 8/5 the Ancestors called me back to the research. And I cannot willfully remove a decade long narrative of the WINGFIELD, CARTER, DORSEY, DICKEY and JACKSON Ancestors from the online genealogy landscape.

Cut and paste is my future until the work is complete!:)

But there’s hope in my effort too. Hope old historical gaps will be filled. Hope the few remaining research hurdles will move aside. Hope in the more to come.

This brings me to the DICKEYS — 1999, 2002, 2009 (twice) and today. Encouraged by my AAGSAR Community and Linda of Between the Gate Posts, I’m reaching out yet again.

My request over the years remains unchanged. I want to know what Rev. James Madison DICKEY wrote in his personal journal and bible regarding his time with my 4th Grandmother Catie. So adding nothing, I repost — Acceptance: No Word From Dickey’s Descendants…

21 August 2009

Well it’s been 3 weeks since I emailed the living descendants of Rev. James Madison DICKEY in a final attempt to encourage them to […]

Rose CODY, Born About 1782

While reading the CODY and WOMACK Families book sent to me by Lori, I discovered the name of Michael CODY’s first slave — Rose.

The Author notes that:

during the year 1800 he purchased a negro girl, who was then 18 years of age, whose name was Rose.

By my estimation, that would place Rose’s birth sometime about the year 1782.

Interestingly enough, Michael’s 1832 will names a Rose & Rosetta, among his 42 slaves & both the Warren County 1850 & 1860 Census for Rebecca & Madison Derrelle, have a black, female slave that logically, could be our Rose.

From my other family book reference CODY-ROGERS of Georgia, I know that the separation of family was said to be Michael’s greatest issue with Slavery & that his will specifically stated there was to be no selling of slaves or his property.

Could Rose, born in 1782 be my oldest Ancestor to date? YES. Will I ever be able to confirm this fact? I pray God I will, whether it be to confirm or negate a blood connection.

What am I counting on to assist me? If Michael purchased Rose in 1800, hopefully there is a deed transaction living in the Archives to shed light on the transaction. If Rose was so well loved that she remained with the family some 65 years, could she be mentioned somewhere in the CODY family papers or buried near Michael & Rebecca in Warren Co?

I’ll be looking out for my Rose and yes, she is MY Rose now.

I admit, it is hard for me to look past an Ancestor once our paths cross. My knowledge of their being unknown for so long just won’t allow me to leave them unamed or unrecognized.

Be they my CODY blood […]

1832 Will of Edmund CODY, Warren Co.

Warren County GA Archives Wills…..Edmund Cody August 15 1831


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Source:  WarrenCo,Ga  1798-1852 admr est/wills

Written: August 15 1831

Recorded: March 9 1832

The Last Will & Testament of Edmund Cody Deceas’d

Georgia, Warren County} In the name of God Amen. I Edmund Cody of the county

aforesaid Do make & Ordain this my Last Will & Testament in manner & form

following: To God I commend my soul & my body to the Earth in decent Buried.

And as it respects my Earthly estate I wish first that all my just debts be

paid and

Second} It is my will & pleasure that all my estate both real and personal,

that I shou’d die in possession of be sold on a credit of twelve months the

purchaser giving small notes with approv’d security that is two hundred &

seventy eight acres of Land where I now live and sixteen negroes (to wit)

James Susan Dicey Julia Rachel Vincent Alfred Aily Betty Cloe Ruby Dolly

Rebecca Martha Matilda and Tempy Together with my horses & stock of every

kind. One wagon & gig working utensils together with my House & Kitchen

furniture and increase if any and

Third} I give my Daughter Sarah Hardaway seven hundred dollars to be paid out

of my Estate in eighteen months from the sale.

4th} I give my Grandson Robert Cody fifty Dollars in cash to be paid out of my

estate in eighteen monts from the sale.

5th} I give to the children of my son James Cody deceased to be equally

divided share & share alike (to wit) Edmund Cody, Benjamin, Robert, Celia,

Elias, Christopher C., Katherine, Eliza, Lucretia and James Cody Seven hundred

dollars to be […]

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3 Parts = 1 Mystery: Who Was Catie’s CODY Owner?!

Pierce CODY Slave NarrativeOkay, here’s the skinny…

Since Lori, a descendant of Michael CODY of Warren Co. GA has come across OGR’s path, I am even more convinced that this year I will solve my #1 family mystery — who was Catie’s original CODY owner in Warren Co?

Now, although Lori & I had both ruled brothers Michael & Edmund out, due to their 1831 deaths, I think their wills bear witness that there could still be a Catie-connection because of how their estates were parsed out.

The approach? To post the wills of both CODYS & the questions each will raises.

My gut {or maybe it’s Catie!} tells me that I am on the right path… I just have to follow the clues. From the beginning, I’ve thought the answer was here, maybe now it’s time for it to be revealed?!

Fingers crossed!:-)

Edmund CODY. The line we’re following for now is Edmund’s Son – James {d. 1825 Warren Co.}. James had Sons – Edmond, Benjamin, Robert, Elias, Christopher, Albert & James. I want to rule-out Robert CODY first, before I look at the other sons. About the will:

  • Who was his estate sold to in 1832, along with 16 negroes – James, Susan, Dicey, Julia, Rachel, Vincent, Alfred, Aily, Betty, Cloe, Ruby, Dolly, Rebecca, Martha, Matilda, & Tempy? Both his land & slaves went to this person. It doesn’t appear that any of the slaves were willed to his children — just real money & revenue yielded from the sale.
  • I need to obtain the estate inventory, it will tell me more by identifying slave ages & purchaser. I […]
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A Wing & A Prayer…

After a long {but blessed} week, I’m going to wake up tomorrow & head over to Emory’s Pitts Theology Library in search of a few old, dusty records from The Smyrna Church in Washington, GA.

In 1860, Rev. James Madison DICKEY traveled from Augusta, through Warren Co. {I assume this was his route} & into Wilkes Co. to oversee the reconstruction of The Smyrna Church.

What I know…

  • Along his way, Rev. Dickey acquired my 4th Grandmother Catie from a CODY in Warren Co.
  • The Smyrna Church of today, has no records from the period 0f 1860-61 when Rev. Dickey pastored the church.
  • The UMC NGC Local church histories, 1812-. MSS 028 collection contains a box I am very, VERY interested in – 27/31 Smyrna United Methodist Church, Washington; 1788-1974. Photo enclosed.

What do you think it contains?

Maybe church minutes or membership rosters? Maybe somehow proof that my Catie continued to “work” in the church when Rev. Dickey departed in 1861? Maybe an old, archaic image of the Minister or the church as it appeared in the mid 1800s?

I have no clue! All I know, is that when all you have is a wing & a prayer, you just have to be prepared to take a leap of faith.

The next time I post I may be ecstatic with a new find or thoroughly disappointed that the keys to Rev. Dickey & Catie’s relationship still remain in the hands of Rev. Dickey’s living descendants – who to date, have been less than forthcoming.

It’s a toss-up!