News from The Cartersville Express

The Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
April 25, 1878, Page 2
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Oglethorpe County.

[Written by C. H. C. Willingham, editor of the Cartersville Express]

This is one of the oldest settled counties in upper Georgia.  It has produced some of the most distinguished men of the State.  It may be proud of its history.  We have especial reasons for having great reverence for the grand old county.  It has been the home of our ancestry and kindred for nearly a century.  The paternal grandfather of the writer, a Virginian, was an officer in the war of independence and an early settler of the county.  He was living in Wilks when a portion of that county was cut off as a part of Oglethorpe.  Our father was born there in 1790.  On the maternal side, our great grandmother resided there, her parents being among the early settlers near Millstone.  Indeed, our great-great-grandmother died in the same neighborhood.

Our own parents were married and resided in Oglethorpe, and had they remained there a few weeks longer we would have been a native of that grand old county; and we have always been sorry they did not remain long enough for such propitious event.

These thoughts are suggested by an interesting article in the Atlanta Constitution, of Tuesday, giving a short sketch of Oglethorpe, and we give expression to them merely to show that we have as good right to be a Georgian “to the manner born” as any other man.  The dust of a great-great-grandmother, of a great-grandfather and mother repose in the soil of Oglethorpe, and we revere the splendid history of the county.


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