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  • ID: I304
  • Name: John Gordon McCurry
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 11 AUG 1776 in South Carolina, USA
  • Death: 6 DEC 1857 in Hart County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial: DEC 1857 McCurry Family Cemetery, Hart County, Georgia, USA
  • Occupation: War of 1812 Soldier, Farmer
  • HEAL: "Old Age"
  • Religion: Presbyterian
  • Note: In 1820, John McCurry was living in in the Higginbotham District of Elbert County.
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  • Note: SOURCE: 1820 Census of Elbert County, Georgia, Microfilm No. 33, Roll No. 8.
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  • Note: In 1840, John McCurry was living adjacent to Laughlin McCurry and James E. Brown in District 315.
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  • Note: SOURCE: 1840 Census of Elbert County, Georgia, Microfilm No. M 704, Roll No. 40, Family 343.
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  • Note: John McCurry is listed in the 1850 U.S. Census as the head of Family #959 of Elbert County, Georgia:
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  • Note: J. McCurry 74 M Farmer S Carolina
  • Note: S. McCurry 67 F S Carolina
  • Note: A.W. McCurry 24 M Georgia
  • Note: F. McCurry 19 F Georgia
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  • Note: SOURCE: U.S. Census 1860, McCurry's District of Hart County, Georgia, Dwelling & Family #82.
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  • Note: John McCurry obtained 600 acres of land not far from where Bethesda Church is located. It lies on both sides of the old Holly Springs Road and on both sides of Coldwater Creek. He built his home on the land, and it later was willed to his son
  • Note: Alexander W. McCurry. He also built and operated a cotton gin on Coldwater Creek.
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  • Note: SOURCE: The History of Hart County, by John Baker, 1933.
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  • Note: Listed as follows in the War of 1812 soldier database:
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  • Note: JOHN MCCURRY 4 REGIMENT (BOOTH'S), GEORGIA MILITIA.
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  • Note: SOURCE: War of 1812 Database of the Generations Historic Records CD-ROM.
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  • Note: OBITUARY OF JOHN MCCURRY FROM AN OLD NEWSPAPER:
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  • Note: Departed from this life on the 6th of December, 1857, at his residence in Hart County, Ga., John McCurry, in the 82nd year of his age.
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  • Note: The deceased united with the Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church at Generostee, S. C., about the time the Rev. R. Irwin took charge of same.
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  • Note: He was for many years a regular attendant, though the church was fifteen miles distant. His connection with and attachment for this church remained unchanged, though the state of his health for many years past prevented his attendance.
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  • Note: While in service, during the War of 1812, his health was so impaired that he was removed home under difficult circumstances. During this trip he contracted an aversion to riding in any kind of vehicle, which never left him, so that he rarely left
  • Note: home unless to attend church, an election, on which occasions he generally walked.
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  • Note: Five weeks before his decease he was attacked with a disease of the chest, at which time he expressed the opinion that this attack would put a close to his sufferings on earth and would remove him from the dangers of this life, which he esteemed
  • Note: greater than death. He refused to take medicine, saying that medicine could not restore youth or give a sound constitution. He seemed entirely resigned against murmuring or repining at his sufferings.
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  • Note: He leaves a widow, a large number of children and grandchildren, with many friends to mourn his death; but with the consoling belief that what was their loss was his gain.
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  • Note: LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN MCCURRY:
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  • Note: Hart County, Georgia
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  • Note: In the name of God Amen! I John McCurry, being of sound mind and in reasonable state of Health but knowing the certainty of death do make this my last will and testament and dispose of what worldly goods it has pleased God to bless me with.
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  • Note: First of all I wish all my just debts paid out of anything that may suit my Executor, not otherwise disposed of in this my last will and testament.
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  • Note: Second. I give unto my beloved wife Sarah McCurry all the land belonging to the tract whereupon I now live not otherwise disposed of during her natural life and at her death to be divided as follows. It is my will that my son Alexander W. McCurry
  • Note: shall have that part of said tract that the dwelling is is situated on, commencing where the Holly Spring Road enters said tract of land on the South side of the creek, running down said road till it strikes the diaw? bars on top of the hill
  • Note: beyond the creek from the dwelling thence a strait line to Daniel E. McCurry's corner in the field being the South west corner of Daniel E. McCurry's land hereafter designated, then along his line until it strikes James E. Brown's land, thence
  • Note: along my line to the beginning corner.
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  • Note: Third. It is my will that the remainder of said tract of land be sold and equally divided between my lawful heirs, provided my son Alexander has the refusal of said land by him paying two hundred and fifty dollars for said land and that sum to be
  • Note: divided between my ten children. But if he Alexander refuses to pay the said two hundred and fifty dollars, the proceeds of said land when sold shall be divided between my nine other children leaving out Alexander.
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  • Note: Fourth. I give and bequeath unto my son Lauchlin McCurry the tract of land whereupon he now lives supposed to contain one hundred acres already surveyed off.
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  • Note: Fifth. I give and bequeath unto my son Duncan M. McCurry a certain tract of land commencing at a pine corner on the road east of James E. Brown's turning South until it strikes William Rucker's line. Said tract lying east of said line joining
  • Note: William Rucker and W. E. Davis on the South, Lauchlin McCurry on the East and John McCurry on the North.
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  • Note: Sixth. I give and bequeath unto my son John G. McCurry all that portion of land whereupon he now lives, lying north of a line already surveyed, commencing at a pine corner on the public road east of James E. Brown's, turning east until it strikes
  • Note: Lauchlin McCurry's line, said land bounded on the west by James E. Brown.
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  • Note: Seventh. I have already given my son Daniel E. McCurry forty eight acres of land and my Bounty Land Warrant. I also give and bequeath unto my son Daniel E. McCurry another small piece of land containing twenty one acres, commencing at a pine
  • Note: corner on the road being the corner of Duncan McCurry's land, then south along said Duncan McCurry's line to a Chestnut corner, then west to a Stake corner in the field near beginning corner then to beginning corner which I believe will make him
  • Note: equal with my four other sons.
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  • Note: Eighth. I will and bequeath to my daughter Flora Clark one hundred and forty dollars and to her four children by her first husband one hundred and forty dollars and I have already given her a colt valued at twenty dollars which will make three
  • Note: hundred dollars. The said one hundred and forty dollars to be paid to said Flora Clark and one hundred and forty dollars to her four first children at the death of my wife Sarah McCurry out of any of my property not otherwise disposed of.
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  • Note: Ninth. I will and bequeath unto my daughter Catherine Paine two hundred and eighty dollars to be paid to her at the death of my wife. I have given her a colt worth twenty dollars to make her three hundred dollars.
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  • Note: Tenth. I will and bequeath unto my three daughters Mary Brown, Nancy Brown, Sarah P. Brown three hundred dollars each to be paid out of my estate not otherwise disposed of at the death of my wife.
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  • Note: Eleventh. It is my will that if my estate is not worth three hundred dollars for each of my five daughters that it shall be equally divided between them except the two that I have given the two colts worth twenty dollars to be deducted from their
  • Note: shares. But if there is anything left after paying my five daughters. To be equally divided among my ten children at the death of my wife.
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  • Note: Twelfth. I will and bequeath unto my wife Sarah McCurry my negro woman and two children and increase should there be any during her natural life. Then to be sold on my premises at public sale among my ten children and no other person shall have
  • Note: liberty to bid and it is my will that they remain in the family and it is my will that if any of my children should buy and sell one of my negroes out of the family that said negro go back to the other nine and be sold as above described.
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  • Note: Thirteenth. I will and bequeath unto my son Alexander McCurry my blacksmith tools.
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  • Note: Fourteenth. I will and bequeath unto my wife Sarah McCurry all my household and kitchen furniture, house, plantation tools and all other articles not herein mentioned during her natural life then to be sold as above mentioned.
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  • Note: Fifteenth. I also will and bequeath unto James E. Brown a small piece of land in front of this dwelling house commencing at a pine corner on the road west of this house then a strait line to Daniel E. McCurry's stake corner on the road east of
  • Note: said Brown's dwelling.
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  • Note: Sixteenth. I also appoint my two sons John G. McCurry and Alexander W. McCurry and son-in-law James E. Brown to act as Executors to this my last will and testament this fifteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
  • Note: fifty seven.
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  • Note: Signed, Sealed in the presence of
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  • Note: Allen McGee
  • Note: William Jones
  • Note: Edward R. White JP
  • Note: JJohn McCurry (seal)
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  • Note: Whereas I John McCurry did on the fifteenth day of March in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and fifty seven Sign Seal and declare and publish My last will and testament.
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  • Note: SOURCE: Hart County Georgia, Will Book A 1854-1894, pages 27-31.
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  • Note: John McCurry obtained possession of a large tract of land, containing 600 acres, not far from where Bethesda Church is located, lying on both sides of the old Holly Springs Road, and on both sides of Coldwater Creek. This tract of land was
  • Note: originally granted to Hugh McDonald, perhaps in consideration for his service in the War of the Revolution.
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  • Note: The memoranda on the grant and plot are as follows:
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  • Note: "Pursuant to a warrant under the hand of the Honorable John King, Esquire, Senior Justice, presiding at a land court held in Wilkes County, dated November 30, 1787, was surveyed for Hugh McDonald, who lives in this State, a tract of land
  • Note: containing six hundred acres, bounded N. W. by Ledbetter, S. W. by Patterson and surveyed land, S. E. by Thomas E. Smith, and on all other sides by Bedford Brown's land, having such form and marks as are represented in the above plot.
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  • Note: "Surveyed December 1, 1787, by H. McDonald, D. S., and certified by D. Creswell, Esquire, C. S.
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  • Note: "T. M. MCCALL, Sur. Gen."
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  • Note: At the time this land was granted to Hugh McDonald it was embraced in Wilkes County. Later, in 1790, when Elbert County was created, it was then included in Elbert County, and later, in 1854, when Hart County was organized, it was included in and
  • Note: became a part of Hart County.
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  • Note: When Elbert County was created in 1790, this tract of land was included in the l0th Militia District as originally laid off in the organization of Elbert County, and was also known as McDonald's District, Hugh McDonald being the Captain of the
  • Note: 10th district.
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  • Note: On the above described land John McCurry built his home, which, if we are not misinformed, It is still standing, though changed and improved since it passed from the McCurry family.
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  • Note: It later became, by the provisions of the will of John McCurry, the home of his son, Alexander W. McCurry.
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  • Note: John McCurry, by deed and also by provisions in his will, conveyed the balance of his lands to his other sons and sons-in-law. In making bequest to his son, Daniel E. McCurry, he gives and bequeaths to him his bounty land warrant. We have never
  • Note: learned where the land covered by his bounty land warrant was located.
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  • Note: While John McCurry owned the place he erected and operated a cotton gin on Coldwater Creek, and at that time the cotton press, as now used, was not known and perhaps had never been invented. The cotton was packed as the lint came from the gin into
  • Note: round bales. The lint was placed in holes, or excavat Ions, in the ground near the gin, or large, planked-up cylindershaped boxes, lined with sufficient bagging to 'cover the bale of cotton when packed and tramped and packed with a crow bar or
  • Note: other rods or bars of iron, and when completed was lifted out of the hole or box. The bales so packed were not of such size or weight as at present, but necessarily much smaller.
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  • Note: During a part of the time the gin was operated, cotton seed were considered of no value other than for planting purposes, and at the gin the seed were either piled out or allowed to float down the creek so as to be out Of the way.
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  • Note: It has come down to us by tradition that it was by accident, during this time, that cotton seed were discovered to be quite valuable as a fertilizer for wheat and other crops as well. As told to us by an old citizen who still lives in the
  • Note: community, some of the sons of John McCurry were hauling a load of cotton seed across a corn field, and as the wagon passed over the corn rows some of the seed fell out on to the ground. The land was sown to wheat and it developed that where the
  • Note: cotton seed were left on the ground the wheat grew very luxuriantly, and from this incident people began to save and use their cotton seed for fertilizing purposes.
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  • Note: John McCurry and his wife, Sarah, are buried south of the old Holly Springs road, about opposite the old home, their graves marked by a marble monument with the following inscription:
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  • Note: JOHN MCCURRY, BORN AUGUST 11, 1776; DIED DECEMBER 6, 1857; MARRIED SARAH MCCURRY, DECEMBER 31, 1799. SARAH, BORN OCTOBER 9, 1783; DIED SEPTEMBER 18, 1863."
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  • Note: SOURCE: The History of Hart County, By John Baker, 1933, pages 196-197.
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  • Note: January 15, 1858
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  • Note: Departed this life on the 6th of December, 1857 at his residence in Hart Co., Ga., John McCurry in the 82nd year of his age. The deceased united with the A. R. Church at Generostee about the time that Rev. R. Irwin took charge of the same. He was
  • Note: for many years a regular attendant although the church was 15 miles distant. ...While in the service during the War of 1812, his health was so impaired that he was removed home under difficult circumstances. During this trip he contracted an
  • Note: aversion to riding in any kind of vehicle which never left him, so that he rarely left home unless to attend church, an election, or where he thought his duty dernanded his presence on which occasion he generally walked. ...He leaves a widow, a
  • Note: large number of children and grandchildren.
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  • Note: SOURCE: Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices, 1843-1863, p.74.
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  • Note: The McCurry Family Cemetery is located at N34'15.027", W82' 56.541". This is about 150 yards into the woods, on the South side of Hart County Road 67, approximately .2 miles South of where it joins County Road 68 (Old McCurry Road). The
  • Note: cemetery is surrounded by a rusted iron gate. It was completely overgrown with trees, shrubs, and vines (and found only by luck!) when David Brown visited it on December 23, 1996. The marker of John and Sara McCurry was barely visible, and
  • Note: because of the thick undergrowth, it was not possible to determine if there were any other graves present.
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  • Note: Surname Given Name: MCCURRY JOHN
  • Note: Company Unit: REGIMENT (BOOTH'S), GEORGIA MILITIA.
  • Note: Rank - Induction: PRIVATE
  • Note: Rank - Discharge: PRIVATE
  • Note: Misc Rol: 4
  • Note: Box Rol: 137
  • Note: Exct Roll: 602



    Father: Angus McCurry b: 9 APR 1743 in Kilfinn, Argyleshire, Scotland
    Mother: Flora McDonald McDougal

    Marriage 1 Sarah McCurry b: 9 OCT 1783 in South Carolina, USA
    • Married: 31 DEC 1799 in Elbert County, Georgia
    Children
    1. Has No Children Alexander W. McCurry b: 21 NOV 1826
    2. Has No Children Katherine McCurry b: 5 OCT 1802
    3. Has Children Lauchlin McCurry b: 10 SEP 1804 in Elbert County, Georgia, USA
    4. Has No Children Duncan M. McCurry b: 2 FEB 1812
    5. Has No Children Daniel E. McCurry b: 22 JUN 1809 in Elbert County, Georgia, USA
    6. Has Children Mary McCurry b: 2 MAY 1807
    7. Has No Children Flora McCurry b: in Elbert County, Georgia, USA
    8. Has Children Sarah Presley McCurry b: 11 OCT 1824 in Elbert County, Georgia, USA
    9. Has Children Nancy E. McCurry b: 6 OCT 1818 in Elbert County, Georgia, USA
    10. Has No Children John Gordon McCurry b: 26 APR 1821 in Elbert County, Georgia, USA
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