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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 36
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)

Nick Alford, writes that he is still trying to find the origin of the tale on pages 48, 49 and 50 of Covington's History of Colquitt County about my uncle, Jack Alford. His full name was Andrew Jackson Alford and he was born 1847 in North Carolina and came to Worth County, Georgia ca 1875 and lived in Poulan with his first wife who died 1904 in Carrobelle, Florida. If he really did marry Aunt Sally Bearden in the 1890s, it is bigamy! We strongly suspect that is the case.
"Did the tale come from a Colquitt, Thomas or Worth County newspaper or some unpublished source? We, in my family, sure would like to know. Uncle Jack was known as a colorful character. He died 1929 in Tallahassee, but is buried in Carrabelle, we think, although we can't find a grave," said Mr. Alford.
If you can help, please contact Nick Alford.

Frank Worley, 1825 Gardenia Rd., Sebring, FL 33875 writes that he is seeking information about his 2-great grandfather Joshua Browning.  Mr. Worley would like to know who has parents and siblings were. It appears that Joshua Browning was born ca 1794 in North Carolina. He married Lydia Godwin in Georgia. Their children were: Noah, Nancy, Joshua, Desdemond, Elisabeth, Cornelius (Neal?), Jeronia Ann and Sarah.
An 1850 census shows Joshua and Lydia in Lowndes Co., Georgia with their children. Joshua's age is shown as 52 and Lydia's age is shown at 43. Also shown in Lowndes Co., Georgia was john Browning, born ca 1804 in North Carolina, with his wife, Eleanor, and children. John Browning may have been Joshua Browning's brother.
An 1860 and 1870 Georgia census places Joshua and his wife, Lydia Godwin, in Colquitt County, Georgia. In 1860, his daughters, Elisabeth and Sarah were living with them. Joshua's age is shown as 66 and Lydia's age is shown as 56. In 1870, his daughter, Sarah, is shown living with him and Joshua's age is shown as 85 and Lydia's as 76. (This appears to be different than their ages compared to other census records. It appears that there is a 10 year addition to their actual age.) His daughter, Jeronia Ann Browning Croft, and her husband, Jacob Henry Croft, Jr., and family along with Neal Browning are also shown living in Colquitt County.
Any information would be appreciated.

If you are searching for family in our area, be sure and send your query to me. Write PO Box 2693, Moultrie, GA 31776-2693.

Pat Parker, 507 Holland Ave., Philadelphia, MS 39350 (601-656-6089) also writes that she is searching for information on her great-great grandfather, Michael McNamara born 1831 in the British West Indies or in Ireland. He died 1863 in Key West, Florida. Legend says he was in Georgia as a young man, possibly with a brother, name unknown. Also in Georgia at that time was Anna Hoffman, born in Baden, Germany, with her daughter, Mary Ann Rachel. Anna supposedly ran a boarding house where Michael (and his brother?) and a Mr. Park of Connecticut were boarders. Apparently, Michael, Anna and Rachel and Mr. Park moved to Key West, Florida where Anna and Mr. Park were married. In 1854, Michael and Rachel married. The questionable brother of Michael may have been involved in some kind of crime in Georgia and. to my knowledge, disappeared from family history.
Michael and Rachel had two sons, John Pittman, born 26 April 1857 in Key West, last known residence, Algiers, Louisiana - and William Pinkney, born 30 May 1859 in Key West and died 21 May 1921 in Key West.

William Pinkney McNamara married Victoria VonTagen in Key West, Florida. Children Genevieve (Ginny), born and died in Key West; Ruby, born Key West and died Ashtabula, Ohio; William Archibald, born 5 April 1887 in Key West and married 1 December 1906 Corine Adams who died 14 May 1920. Their children were Violet Naomi and Mary Louise, born 29 January 1912 in Key West.

Mary Louise McNamara Palmer has just turned 89 and is in failing health.
Pat Parker writes, "It is my fondest wish, before she fades away, to present her with a more detailed history of her family. However, the name Michael McNamara seems to be as common as John Smith."

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