Great sports, Fayette!

Our hearts were in our throats last Friday as the Fayette County girls and boys basketball teams chased after their first state titles in school history. Though both the Lady Tigers and Tigers fell short in their quests to two of the best teams in the state, they should be proud of all they accomplished this season.

Judy Fowler Kilgore: Finding Your Folks: Chasing Jesse Cole through Georgia and Alabama

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You never know where the path will lead when you start out on one of these research adventures. Last week after I posted my queries on the Internet and people started responding, not to the Owen side, but to the Cole side of my questions, I stood at the fork in the path, wondering whether I should really take off on this new family or politely thank them and state that I was only interested in the Cole-Owen part of the family.

Judy Fowler Kilgore: Finding Your Folks: William T. and Mary Ann Owen Cole

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This started out to be one of those difficult stories where the wife dies, the husband remarries, and the census records give a different variation of the surname each year. When that happens and you are totally confused, you go to the Internet message boards and mailing lists for help.

Ben Nelms: PTC, treated sewer water is not your friend

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Peachtree City is truly a fine city. It is one that continues to be heralded as one of the most desirable in the United States in which to live and raise a family.

Michael Boylan: Forever a northerner

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From time to time, I get called a Yankee. It’s done mostly in a joking manner and the person calling me that isn’t thinking about my deep hatred for the baseball team with the same name. The word typically comes up when something truly southern comes up in conversation.

Michael Boylan: Stories about a girl

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7th grade dance

We had been going out for a week, although we hadn’t actually gone anywhere.

We had agreed to meet at the school dance, which was to be held in the gym, that Friday. I don’t remember what I wore that night, other than a liberal amount of English Leather, and I can’t remember what she wore either.

Judy Fowler Kilgore: Finding Your Folks: The Coleman P. Owen family

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It took me the better part of the day, but last Friday I was able to copy all the will and estate information pertaining to Coleman P. Owen, the only provable child of Brice and Sarah Law/Lane Owen of Rocky Mount, Meriwether County. Research has indicated that Coleman may have had a sister, Martha, who married John Moncrief, and I have put out "feelers" on Internet lists to see if anyone has proof. There are several references to Moncriefs in Owen family documents, but nothing that would tell us without a doubt that Martha was the daughter of Brice and Sarah. Early census records indicate that Coleman had a brother and two sisters, but I have not been able to find any information on them at all.

Ben Nelms: I believe in you!

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It is with great difficulty that I must let the readers of the South Fulton Citizen know that this edition will be the last one our company produces.

Judy Fowler Kilgore: Finding Your Folks: More about the Owens of Rocky Mount

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Whenever I do an in-depth study on a family, I try to get as much of a "feel" for them as I can, and try to visit the area where they lived, if it is not too far. In the case of the Brice Owen (senior) family, this wasn't hard to do. Last week I went back to Greenville to gather some more Owen/Owens land records. My route takes me from my home near Thomas Crossroads through Sharpsburg, then through Luthersville, then on to Greenville.

Michael Boylan: The mind of a New England sports fan

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I sat in the living room of my cousin Lisa’s apartment last year watching the AFC Championship game between the Patriots and Colts with family members I hadn’t seen in years. We ate this great chicken pot pie and had a few beers, celebrating and hooting and hollering as the Patriots ran up an 18 point lead over Peyton Manning and his boys.

Michael Boylan: Snow problem

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Is everybody O.K.? Did you have enough bread and milk to last you the night on Saturday?

Whew, that was some batch of flurries.

Michael Boylan: An inside look at the news room

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Close your eyes and try to imagine what the news room of The Citizen looks like. Don’t get scared. We won’t let Ben bite.

Judy Fowler Kilgore: Finding Your Folks: The south side Owen and Owens families

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My sister, Kay, and I attended an estate sale in Pike County, a few weeks ago, which involved the descendants of the Owen family. This family (I learned after doing a little research) was in Meriwether County before Pike, and In Wilkes and Jasper counties before that. Since Martin Owen(s) of Upson and Meriwether was my ancestor and he has been my brick wall for years, this event held more than just a mild interest for me. I have long wondered if Martin was connected to the other Owen/Owens families in this area. My sister also was very interested since Bricy Owen, a relative of the family who was having the sale, was buried in the Hollonville Cemetery, just a few hundred yards from her home. Could he be one of our distant relatives?

Judy Fowler Kilgore: Finding Your Folks: To Ancestry, or not to Ancestry …

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I was surfing the 'Net the other day and stumbled across a blog which caused me great concern. It was on and was a place where customers and technicians could share information and opinions on different programs offered by, probably the largest genealogy corporation in the world (The Generations Network, Inc.). I have been a member (subscribed to their services) since 2000, when they were in their infancy, and, for the most part, have been quite satisfied with their performance.

Michael Boylan: The year of being good

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First off, this is not in response to not getting what I wanted from Santa Claus for Christmas. I understand that there is really no room in Santa’s sleigh for a vending machine full of Hostess’ Suzy-Qs and Drake’s Devil Dogs. Besides, it is important to be careful what you wish for. You wish for a mega-supply of delicious baked goods and you get something else, like a huge gut. Or worse.

Judy Fowler Kilgore: Finding Your Folks: How to tell us your story

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Happy New Year 2008 and welcome to the start of our eighth year of "Finding Your Folks!" The very first column was published Jan. 12, 2001 and we've really covered a lot of ground (and a lot of families) in the past seven years.

Judy Fowler Kilgore: Looking back ...

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A very long time ago when I was a not-so-young but new reporter for the “other” paper, Cal would challenge me each year to come up with a “Year in Review” story, hitting the highs, lows and main news stories of the past year. (Yes, Cal was my boss even back then.)

Judy Fowler Kilgore: Finding Your Folks: Byram bits and Pike County books

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Even though I've temporarily shelved the Byrams until I can find something documentable to prove Beverly Byram's children, I want to thank the people who wrote in last week and sent a little more information on William Dawson Byram (son of James William Byram and grandson of Beverly Byram) who moved from Pike County, Ga. to Blountville, Ala. I could not find him in any census, although I did several searches with several variations on the name.

Cal Beverly: The sound of Christmas carols in the air

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Here’s a Christmas carol story.

My first job was playing Christmas carols. I was hired Dec. 15, 1959 at age 15 for a two-hour disk jockey slot on a little 250-watt AM station not far from the bluffs of the Chattahoochee River. My first official action was to cue up Percy Faith’s version of “The Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.”

Michael Boylan: Kisses of death (relatively speaking)

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Ahhh, the slow news days of December. A time to read about Hannah Montana’s march across the country, raunchy mannequins in a shopping mall, teddy bears named Muhammad and the return of Don Imus to the airwaves.

Judy Fowler Kilgore: Finding Your Folks: The Byram, Parker, Stewart family

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James A. Parker was the second son (and fourth child) of John and Martha Byram Parker, and the grandson of Beverly Byram and Sarah Williamson who had moved from Mecklenburg County, N.C. to Pike County, Ga. in the 1820s. James was 11 years old when his grandfather died in 1849 and, as close as the family lived, I think we can assume he was well acquainted with his grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Cal Beverly: Who should be new PTC councilman?

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Right in front of you, I’m going to wrestle with some conflicting political feelings.

First up is the runoff race next Tuesday with top vote-getter Mike King facing Doug Sturbaum for the Post 2 Peachtree Council seat.

Michael Boylan: Playing games with my kid

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They say one of the joys of parenting is being able to re-live your childhood by playing with your children. You get to re-read classic tales like “Hop on Pop,” a book which my 2-and-a-half year old son, Colin, has just recently decided to take quite literally, play games like Hide and Seek, color and use some of the eight million toys, many of which are battery operated, annoying and/or noisy, that people have bestowed upon your child in the hopes of driving you as completely bonkers as their children drove them.

Judy Fowler Kilgore: Finding Your Folks: The Parker-Byram family

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I'm still trying to tackle these Pike County Byrams and I have to admit this is one of the most difficult families I've done. Either there is little documentation of information on the early members of this family or those who have it ain't partin' with it. I have been to the Pike County probate office three times and have only found two references to our Beverly Byram, who was there at least from 1826 (when he purchased land) until his death in 1849. One probate reference was his will and the other was a notice that he had been made administrator of the estate of a James Byram Sr. in 1835. This raises a whole 'nother set of questions in itself … the first one being, who the heck was this James Byram? There were a lot of them.

Michael Boylan: Digesting Halloween and a boatload of chili

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Halloween was a over week ago, but the candy that little Colin amassed will be with us for a long time to come. If you love candy (and who doesn’t?), slap a monkey costume on a toddler and watch the goodies come rolling in.

Cal Beverly: Candidates who should — and who shouldn’t — be elected

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My recommendations:

Don Haddix, Peachtree City Council Post 1

Mike King, Peachtree City Council Post 2

Judy Fowler Kilgore: Finding Your Folks: The Byroms of Pike County

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I had fully intended to give you a nice column filled with goodies from the Pike County Courthouse on the family of Beverly Byrom of Pike County. Beverly was the older brother of James Byram whose family was featured in a series of columns several months ago. Beverly lived and died in Pike but many of his descendants lived in the area served by Bethel United Methodist Church on Luther Bailey Road in Coweta. Last week, I had answered a message on the Rootsweb message board from Heather Byrom Hannah who was inquiring about the Byram book and said she was related to the Coweta Byrams. I had not studied the Pike County Byrams and really wanted the opportunity to do so. I could still connect this family to mine through the other Byrams and then through the Tidwells.

Cal Beverly: Is PTC facing a literal sell-out by its own Council?

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On the agenda for this Thursday night’s meeting of the Peachtree City Council are several remarkable items in a row: A rezoning of 25 acres of the city’s industrial park land for a 367-unit apartment complex; a request to annex and rezone 13.5 acres on Redwine Road for a 48-bed assisted living facility and multiple office complexes; and a request for the city to sell a developer two city streets to allow the developer the land required to build a Kohl’s department store big box.

Judy Fowler Kilgore: Finding Your Folks: Oops! Wrong Rawls family

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Boy, did I make a bad blunder last week. I just flat out lied to you. Didn't mean to but I made a statement that just wasn't true. For a minute there, I seemed to have lost my genealogy savvy and didn't use the genealogy cop-out as I should have done … you know those lovely phrases that allow you to speculate like crazy without committing and showing your total ignorance. Things like … "may have been" … "said to be" … "more than likely" … "probably" … and "possibly." There are more, as you well know. We all use them constantly when we're not quite sure.

John Munford: If PTC enables Kohl’s, the west side will be lost

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“We don’t want to be like Riverdale.” “We don’t want to be like Newnan.” “We don’t want to look like Fayetteville.” “We don’t need a Pavilion (sneer implied).” “I moved here from the north side of Atlanta. The traffic there is HORRIBLE!”

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