GENEALOGY: Two new city histories are published

DATE: 07-02-2000
PUBLICATION: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
SECTION: Gwinnett Extra
PAGE: JJ; 10

County histories are always a major source for genealogists because they contain lists of officials, early settlers, many times county records and family histories.

On the other hand, city histories are often overlooked, perhaps because in Georgia, cities are rarely the source for records used by genealogists.

Two city histories have recently been published. Dr. Bernadette K. Loftin, a retired professor of history from Middle Georgia College, has written "The Cochran Community: Development, Continuity and Challenge." The author has presented a balanced view of the city from its incorporation in 1869 to the 1890s in Pulaski County, and later as the county seat of Bleckley County.

Due to the fact the author has footnoted her work, it is one of the most detailed histories published about a Georgia city.

She has analyzed the economics, as well as the arrival of settlers and the railroad to the area that led to the town's creation. There is a surname-only index.

Since the first printing has sold out, pre-publication orders for a second printing are being taken until July 15. The cost is $45 plus $2.65 postage to Uchee Trail Publishers, P.O. Box 322, Cochran, GA 31014.

Richard Plumer has written "Town of Suwanee, Georgia, Early History." In this slim volume, the author has approached the history decade by decade from the beginnings via the railroad in 1871 up to the 1920s. The book includes interesting maps and historical photographs, as well as current photographs of surviving historic buildings.

The author includes the history of both black and white schools, fraternal groups, businesses, fires, a "love-triangle death," as well as histories of the owners of all the houses. The appendix includes the 1880 through 1920 censuses for the town.

There is a full-name index. The book is a must for anyone with a link to Suwanee. It is available from the Gwinnett Historical Society, P.O. Box 261, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 for $20 plus $3 postage.

Roswell monument

Roswell is honoring the 400 women millworkers of the Roswell Manufacturing Company who, in 1864, were charged with treason and taken north to Kentucky and Ohio by orders of Gen. Sherman.

A monument will be unveiled at a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 8 in Old Mill Park on Sloan Street. The monument is funded by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, mill worker descendants and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

For information about the monument, contact Phillip Cochran at 770- 998-8904. Books about the Roswell Women include Michael Hitt's "Charged With Treason" (1992) and Ruth Cook's "North Across the River" (1999).

Where to write

Inquiries should be addressed to Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., P.O. Box 901, Decatur, GA 30031. For past columns and useful genealogy Web links, point your browser to: genealogy/index.html.