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Elijah Andrew Jackson Rich

Elijah Andrew Jackson Rich[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]

Male 1840 - 1925

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  • Born  16 Nov 1840  , , Randolph County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Bible Inscription  A Prayer for Old Age  [12
    • EAJ wrote
      "O most merciful God, cast me not off in the time of old age. Forsake me not if my strength faileth. May my hoary head be found in righteousness. Preserve my mind from dotage and imbecility, and my body from protracted disease and excruciating pain.

      Deliver me from despondency in my declining years and enable me to hear with patience whatever may be Thy holy will.

      I humbly ask that my reason may be continued to the last and that I may be so comforted and supported that I may leave my testimony in favor of the reality of religion and of Thy faithfulness in fulfilling Thy gracious promise. And when my spirit leaves this clay tenement, Lord Jesus, receive it.

      Send some of the blessed angels to convey my inexperienced soul to the mansions which Thy love has prepared, and oh may I have an abundant entrance ministered unto me into the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen."

      Prayer of E. A. J. Rich
      11/16/1840 - 7/4/1925
    Bible Inscription  The EAJ Rich Family Bible  [12
    • "To my dear children I present you this book the word of God. The greatest gift the human family has ever received. I hope you will accept it and carefully preserve it. Peruse its pages prayerfully and live up to its teachings. And may you always in your troubles take them to God in prayer. And may the Lord have mercy and save your souls. I want you to live a Christian life. And I hope and pray that you and your families may live a righteous life that you may join us in that beautiful city above in presence of God who gave us this great book the word of God.

      Presented you by your earthly parents. And I hope may be ratified by our heavenly Father.

      Elijah A J Rich"
    Biographical sketch  from A History of Savannah and South Georgia, Volume II  [9
    • "Elijah A. J. Rich was but one year old when his parents settled in Decatur county. At that time and for some years later, all southwest Georgia was sparsely settled, and all kinds of game abounded through this section. There were no railroads then nor for many years to come, and Bainbridge was the market for the settlers over a wide radius of country. Though the Rich family was probably as prosperous as any of their neighbors, they had all the privations and inconveniences of pioneer existence. The mother was a most diligent housekeeper and either by her own hands or with the aid of her house slaves spun and wove all the cloth and dressed all her children in homespun garments. As a boy, Elijah A. J. attended the pioneer schools, kept up in the neighborhood by subscriptions of the residents who were able to give their children such advantages. He had at an early age taken an active part in the farm, and soon after the breaking out of the Civil war he enlisted in Company A of the Fifty-ninth Georgia Infantry, with which he went into Virginia, and joined Lee's army. His regiment was assigned to General Longstreet's corps, and participated in many of the important battles of the Virginia campaign, including that at Seven Pines, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, and the numerous struggles around Richmond and Petersburg. For his excellent service to the South he was elected first lieutenant in Company A. A short time before the surrender of General Lee, he was wounded, and was granted a furlough, and before its expiration, peace was declared, so that he never rejoined his command. He soon bought a piece of land about five miles from Bainbridge, and went in debt in order to secure this start in life. There he built a small log house, and it was to that rude shelter that he took his young bride on their marriage. All the furniture of the establishment was home-made, and Mr. Rich went to the mill and bought rough lumber, with which he made with his own hands all the furniture for his home, doing this of mornings before work and at noon hour. In April, 1867, Mr. Elijah A. J. Rich, married Miss Hattie Pierce. She was born in Baker county, and at an early age was left an orphan, and was reared by her aunt, Harriet Bryant. Mrs. Rich, as a girl, received a very practical training and learned to card, spin and weave. She spun and wove and cut the cloth and made clothes for all her family, and sewed it all by hand. She also wove the sacks in which Mr. Rich was accustomed to carry corn to the local mill, and in which he brought the meal which furnished the great staple food of corn bread.

      Mr. Elijah A. J. Rich was elected to the Georgia legislature in 1886 on the Democratic ticket from Decatur county, defeating his opponent with an overwhelming majority. One among the many things Mr. Rich did for the good of his state and county, was to support the bill, leasing the Georgia railroad running from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tennessee. He served two years with credit to himself and state, and was offered a second nomination but refused. Thrift indoors and without, brought its reward, and in a few years Mr. and Mrs. Rich were on the high road to prosperity. After paying for the first tract of land, he secured other tracts, and improved these and sold them out for a profit.

      In 1875 Mr. and Mrs. Rich founded a school, known at this date, 1913, as the Bethel high school. This school is a living monument to Mr. and Mrs. Rich. When Mr. and Mrs. Rich first started up this school it was for the benefits of their own children, but later others joined them. This big-hearted man and woman not only desired a good education for their own children but that other children not so fortunate should have some advantage. Mr. and Mrs. Rich maintained this school with their own funds, letting the poorer children go without any cost to their parents. One very poor boy, William II, Griffin, came to Mr. Rich and asked that he be admitted to this school, saying that he was a poor one-armed boy and wished to get an education so he would be able to make his own living. Mr. Rich seeing that the boy was very desirous of learning, allowed him to attend school. This man is now a professor of one of our southern colleges.

      In 1895 Mr. Rich bought the land where he now resides in lot 391, in Bethel district. There he has built a most comfortable frame house, and various farm buildings for the shelter of his stock. Mrs. Rich is a very careful and tasteful housekeeper and their home is furnished nicely, and is a place showing the refinement and thrift and good cheer of the entire family. Mr. and Mrs. Rich have eight children, whose names are: Euzema, Minnie, Emory G., Arthur J., Dola, Hunnewell, Perry D., and Thomas E."

      "Mr. and Mrs. Rich are both members of the Missionary Baptist Church, as are all their children. Mr. Rich and his sons are affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, he and three sons being Knight Templars. That while we have done these things, we feel like it's not of ourselves but of the Holy Spirit has guided and directed us through this life."
    Biographical sketch  from Decatur County Past & Present, p. 352-353, by Pauline (Rich) Cooper and from the files of Mazie (Rich) Ramsey: 
    • "Elijah was one year old when his parents settled in Decatur Co. Soon after the breaking out of the Civil War, he enlisted in Company A of the 59th GA Infantry, with which he went into VA, and joined Lee's Regiments. He fought at Seven Pines, Gettyburg, Fredericksburg, Petersburg and Richmond. For his excellent service to the South he was elected first lieutenant in Company A. A short time before the surrender of General Lee, he was wounded in his right shoulder, losing the use of his arm, was granted a furlough, and before its expiration, peace was declared, so that he never rejoined his command. After he returned home, he learned that his father was wounded in a skirmish with Sherman's army and was attended to by members of the Masonic Order in Macon. He went to Macon and stayed with his father until his death. Perhaps the gratitude for kindnesses of these men motivated E.A.J. Rich and three of his sons to become knight templars in the Order.

      Elijah was elected to the GA legislature in 1886 on the Democratic ticket from Decatur Co., defeating his opponent with an overwhelming majority. One of the many things he did for the good of his state and country was to support the bill leasing the Georgia railroad running from Atlanta to Chattanooga, TN. In 1875 Mr. and Mrs. Rich founded a school known as the Bethel High School. Elijah and Hattie were members of the Missionary Baptist Church for some 56 consecutive years. Elijah and his sons were affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, he and three sons being knight templars."
    Biographical sketch  from the Sesquitinnial Celebration of Decatur County: 
    • "Even though Elijah and his family did not own a single slave, they answered the call to arms in 1961 in the War Between the States, and rendered a full measure of devotion to the Confederacy. In this holocaust his father and two of his brothers were killed on the battlefields of Northern Virginia. He saw service with the 59th Georgia Regiment and was Captain of his company. At the end of hostilities he returned home to the Bethel Community of Decatur County, and was married to Miss Hattie Pierce in 1867.

      On September 20, 1869 both of them joined the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, and shortly after he was elected a Deacon in this church, a position which he held for 56 years until his death on July 4, 1925.

      E.A.J. Rich rose from "boot strap" farming to become a progressive, aggressive and successful businessman. He served in the Georgia Legislature. Being in the minority during the Reconstruction era, he decided to devote the remainder of his life to his family and private business. He was a quiet man, a Christian gentleman, a devoted Mason, a stern but generous father, and a good neighbor. He was truly a pioneer of Decatur County."
    Move  1841  10 miles north of Bainbridge & Blakely Road, , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    a tract of timbered land ten miles north of Bainbridge on the Bainbridge & Blakely Road 
    • Although a biographical sketch for Elijah mentioned this move, the Decatur County deed index book did not contain a corresponding land record. Perhaps the land was located just north of the Decatur County line in the part of Early County which later became Miller County. This would account for Elijah's son's death certificate showing Miller County as Elijah's place of birth.
    Census: Federal  15 Aug 1850  , District 22, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • 1) Thomas Rich, male age 33, farmer, $600 real estate, born in GA
      2) Letty Rich, female age 33, born in GA, cannot read or write
      3) Jane Rich, female age 13, born in GA, attended school
      4) Sarah Rich, female age 12, born in GA, attended school
      5) Elijah Rich, male age 9, born in GA, attended school
      6) Susan Rich, female age 8, born in GA, attended school
      7) Augustus Rich, male age 7, born in GA
      8) Washington Rich, male age 6, born in GA
      9) Thomas Rich, male age 5, born in GA
      10) Charles Rich, male age 2, born in GA
      11) Susan Rich, female age 21, born in GA, cannot read or write
    Land Purchase  16 Aug 1862  Lot 392, District 15, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Henry Hera and Thomas A. Swearingen to Elijah A J Rich - district 15, lot 392 
    • Recorded August 18th 1862
      Georgia This Indenture made this the Sixteenth
      Decatur County day of August Eighteen hundred and
      sixty two between Henry Hera and Thomas A Swearingin
      of the first part and Elijah A J Rich of the second
      part all of said state and county.
      Witnesseth that the said Henry Hera and Thom
      as A Swearingin for and in consideration of the Sum
      of Three hundred and Seventy five Dollars to them
      in hand paid at and before the Sealing and de-
      livery of these presents the receipt is hereby acknowl-
      edged hath granted bargained sold and conveyed
      unto do by these presents grant bargain sell and
      convey unto the said Elijah A J Rich his heirs and
      assigns all that tract of land known and distin-
      guished as Lot number Three hundred and Ninety Two in
      the Fifteenth district of Said county of Decatur formerly Early
      County. To have and to hold the said Lot of land
      with all and singular the rights members and apput-
      tenances thereto appurtaining to the only proper use benefit
      and behoof of the said Elijah A J Rich his heirs executors
      and adminitrators forever in fee simple and the said
      Henry Hera and Thomas A Swearingan the said bargained
      premises to have and to hold unto the said Elijah A J
      Rich his heirs and assigns with all and singular the rights
      members and appurtenances will warrant against themselves
      and against the claims of all other persons whosoever.
      In testimony whereof the said Henry Hera and Thomas
      A Swearingen have hereunto set their hands and affixed their
      seals the day and year above written
      Signed sealed and
      delivered in presence ofHenry Hera LS
      Thos J. Rich Thos A Swearingen LS
      J A Zegler C.S.C.
    Military: Civil War  8 Oct 1861-16 Oct 1864  [16, 17, 18
    Sergeant (later 2nd Lieutenant), 59th Regiment, Company A, Georgia Infantry 
    • Elijah A. J. Rich enlisted as a Sergeant 5th Class in Company K, 1st Regiment, Georgia Infantry, State Troops on 08 October 1861. This regiment was blended into Company A, 59th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry in Spring of 1862. He was appointed Sergeant on May 3, 1862, and was promoted to Full Sergeant on 16 June 1862. He officially enlisted in Company A, 59th Infantry Regiment Georgia on 16 June 1862, and was promoted to Full Lieutenant 2nd Class on 29 December 1862.

      He was wounded in his right shoulder and was treated at Wayside Hospital (General Hospital No. 9) in Richmond, from 8 Oct - 9 Oct 1864. He was then furloughed on 16 Oct 1864.

      Returning on 09 April 1865 at NC at close of war (Pension records show he was in North Carolina attempting to reach command when war closed.)

      The 59th Infantry Regiment was formed in the Spring of 1862 with men from Jackson, Whitfield, Crawford, Worth, and Turner counties. After serving for some time in Georgia and North Carolina, the unit moved to Virginia. Early in 1863 it was attached to General G.T. Anderson's Brigade where it remained for the balance of the war. The 59th fought at Gettysburg (1-3 Jul 1863 during Gettysburg Campaign), moved with Longstreet to assist Bragg at Chickamauga (18-20 Sep 1863 during Chickamauga Campaign), then served in the Kentucky Campaign. Returning to Virginia, it took part in the conflicts at The Wilderness (5-7 May 1864 during Grant's Overland Campaign), Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, the Petersburg siege north of the James River, and the Appomattox operations. The unit lost more than twenty-five percent of the 525 engaged at Gettysburg and sustained 69 casualties from May 6 to April 14 and 85 from August 1 to December 31, 1864. Fifteen officers and 251 men were present at the surrender. Its field officers were Colonel Jack Brown; Lieutenant Colonels Bolivar H. Gee, Charles J. Harris, and George R. Hunter; and Majors Mastin G. Bass and William H. Fickling.
    Land Sale  1 Mar 1866  Lot 392, District 15, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    EAJ Rich to his siblings Sarah A. Wilson, A. M. Rich and Susan L. Rich - district 15, lot 392 
    • The warranty deed was recorded 25 Aug 1913 in book M-3, page 642.
    Land Purchase  6 Jul 1869  Lot 384 & Lot 385, District 15, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Wm. W. Cheever (sheriff's sale) to E.A.J. Rich - district 15, lots 384 & 385 
    • Recorded August 2nd 1869.
      Georgia Whereas in obedience to a writ of execution issued out of
      Decatur County the Superior Court of Dougherty county at the suit of the
      Marine Rank of Georgia, against Cheever Sims & Co.
      returnable to the June Term 1859, H. B. Waugh sheriff of said coun
      ty did lately seize lots of land numbers 385 and 384 in the Fif=
      teenth district of said county - as the property of Wm W. Cheever and
      after being dule and publicly advertised agreeable to law did on the 6th
      day of July 1969 at the place of public sales in said county expose the
      same to public sale when E.A.J. Rich being the highest bidder the
      same was knocked off to him for the sum of one hundred and
      fifty seven dollars. Now this Indenture made this 6th day of
      July 1869 between H. B. Waugh sheriff of said county as aforesaid
      and E.A.J. Rich Witnesseth that the said H. B. Waugh sheriff
      for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred & fifty seven
      dollars by the said E. A. J. Rich to the said H. B. Waugh sheriff
      in hand paid hath granted bargained and sold to the said
      E.A.J. Rich so far as the office of sheriff authorizes him all the
      tracts or lots of land known as lots numbers 385 and 384 in the
      Fifteenth district of Decatur County with all the appurten
      ances thereto belonging and also all the estate interest claim &
      demand in law equity or otherwise belonging to the said Wm. W.
      Cheever.To have and to hold the said E. A. J. Rich his heirs
      and assigns and forever in fee simple, in as full and ample
      a manner as the said Wm. W. Cheever held or had of held and
      enjoyed had it not been seized and sold under said writ of
      execution.
      In testimony whereof the said H. B. Waugh shff. has
      hereto set his hand and affixed his seal the day above written
      Signed sealed & delivered in presence of
      Thos. Mann H. B. Waugh shff LS
      T. A. Swearingen N. P. & exoff
      J.P.
    Religion  30 Sep 1869  1306 Bethel Road, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 20, 21
    joined Bethel Missionary Baptist Church 
    • Bethel, one of the oldest Missionary Baptist churches in Decatur County, had its beginning on Aug. 20, 1853. Since its beginning, the church has had three buildings. The current one was erected in 1889.

      "On September 20th, 1869, E. A. J. Rich, my Father, joined the church, and Mrs. Rich, my Mother, joined the next day at the water, and they were baptized together. Four days later he was made Deacon, serving consecutively until his death in 1925, a period of 56 years."

      "According to the record he was on a Building Committee in 1873." "Mr. E. A. J. Rich, gave the timber and sawed the lumber at his saw mill for the framing of the present edifice." "My Mother, Mrs. E. A. J. Rich, solicited the fund for the first paint job. My Sister, Minnie Rich, solicited the money for the first musical instrument, an organ, in 1889 or 1890. Previous to the day of the organ, noteless hymn books were used, and being few in number, the preacher lined the hymns and someone raised the tune, often pitching it to high. Old brother Isaac Williams, as sweet as a Christian character as ever lived, was hymn hoister, and never missed the pitch. In his absence Ephrain Dennison, a colored member, hoisted the hymns."

      September 7th, 1906, E. A. J. Rich granted to Bethel Church two acres of land off of lot 370, 27th District. The consideration for same being $1.00."

      "On October 14th, 1922, the old organ was sold to E. A. J. Rich and the proceeds applied on the purchase of a piano for the church."

      "The stone in front of the Rich family burial plot is said to be the center of the plot of land owned by Bethel Church. Notice on that stone the marking of a cross, North, South, East, West."

      Note from Dola Bush Rich:
      "My Father had preserved the old records since the constitution of this church, and handed them down, and it was from these that I found most of my information. I interviewed a number of people and obtained some information."
    Land Purchase  15 Feb 1870  Lot 381, District 16, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    W. J. Hornsby to E.A.J. Rich - district 16, lot 381 
    • Recorded Feby 16th 1870
      Georgia This indenture made this the 15th of February 1870 between
      Decatur County W. J. Hornsby of the County of Decatur and E.A.J. Rich
      of the same place witness that the said W J Hornsby for and in consideration
      of the sum of Five hundred dollars in hand paid by the said E A J Rich
      the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained & sold
      and by these presents doth grant bargain and Sell unto E A J Rich
      lot of land no. three hundred and eighty one in the 16th district of
      Decatur County containing 250 acres more or less said W J Hornsby
      his heirs and assigns to have and to hold said lot of land with all
      the appurtenances thereunto belonging or appurtaining for ever in fee simple
      the said W J Hornsby will and his heirs and assigns will warrant & defend
      the rights and title of said lot of land against themselves and the claim
      of all other persons whatsoever - in testimony where of the said W J Hornsby
      hath set here unto his hand and affixed his Seal the day and year
      above written-
      Signed, Sealed, and delivered W. J. Hornsby LS
      in presence of
      Sophie E. (his x mark) Logue
      H J Logue J. P.
    Land Sale  16 Feb 1870  Lot 381, District 16, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    E.A.J. Rich to W. J. Hornsby - district 16, lot 381 
    • Recorded February 25th 1870
      Georgia This Indenture made this the 16th day of February 1870, between
      Decatur County E.A.J. Rich of the county of Decatur of the first part and
      W. J. Hornsby of the same county of the second part Witnesseth that the
      said E.A.J. Rich for & in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars
      to him in hand paid by the said W. J. Hornsby as well as for the
      securing the payment of the notes hereinafter described has granted
      sold aliened and conveyed and by these presents doth grant sell
      alien and convey unto the said W. J. Hornsby his heirs & assigns a lot
      of land lying in the 16th district of said county of Decatur & known
      in the place of said district as lot No 381 in said 16th dist of said county.
      To have & to hold the said lot of land to the said W.J. Hornsby his heirs
      & assigns in fee simple. And the said E.A.J. Rich will & his heirs
      executors & administrators shall the aforegranted premises to the said W.J.
      Hornsby his executors, administrators & assigns warrant & defend by virtue of
      these presents.
      Provided, nonetheless that if the said E.A.J. Rich his heirs executors
      or administrators or assigns the amount of a certain promissory
      note made by the said E.A.J. Rich payable to the said W.J. Hornsby
      or bearer, bearing date with these presents, & due on the first day
      of January next for the sum of two hundred dollars with
      all legal interest which may be due upon the same and all expenses
      which may be incurred by the said W.J. Hornsby in collecting the same
      there as well this deed as the above described promissory note to be
      utterly void otherwise to remain of full force.
      In witness whereof the said E.A.J. Rich has hereto set his hand
      & seal the day & year above written
      E.A.J. Rich LS
      H.J. Logue, J.P.
    Census: Federal  5 Sep 1870  , Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    • 1) Elija Rich, white male age 30, farmer, $1,075 real estate, $850 personal estate, born in GA
      2) Harriet Rich, white female age 21, at home, born in GA
      3) Usamer Rich, white male age 3, born in GA
      4) Susan Rich, white female age 28, at home, born in GA
      5) Sarah Willson, white female age 32, farm labor, born in GA
      6) Thomas Willson, white male age 12, farm labor, born in GA, cannot read or write
      7) Elija Willson, white male age 10, born in GA, cannot read or write
      8) Mary Willson, white female age 8, born in GA
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    Guardianship Bond  30 Nov 1870  , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    • Georgia Decatur County Nov. 30th 1870.

      Know all men by these Presents, That we, E. A. J. Rich Principal & S.S. Mann Security, Acknowledge ourselves jointly and Severally bound
      unto Joel Johnson Ordinary of Said County, and his successors and
      assigns, in the just and full sum of Three Hundred Dollars, to the true payment of which, well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, and
      the heirs and executors of us and each of us, jointly and severally, by these presents. Sealed with our seals, and dated this 30th day of Nov. 1870.

      The Condition of the above Bond or Obligation is such, That
      if the above bound E.A.J. Rich who is this day appointed Guardian
      of the person and property of Brad Rich orphan child of
      Thomas J. Rich deceased, he acknowledging of the same by his ac-
      ceptance of said appointment, and of Letters of Guardianship of this date,
      shall well and truly maintain, clothe and educate said Orphan according
      to the Laws of this State, and shall annually make a just and true
      return of all his actings and doings herein, unto the said Ordinary, and
      pay over all assets that may remain in his hands when said
      Guardianship shall legally terminate, then this obligation to
      be void, else to remain in full force.

      In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and
      seal, the day and year above written.
      attested and approved E. A. J. Rich LS
      Joel Johnson Ordy. Saml S. Mann LS
    Guardianship Bond  30 Nov 1870  , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    • Georgia By the Court of Ordinary said County
      Decatur County To E. A. J. Rich.
      Whereas, R. Bradberry Rich orphan child of Thomas
      Rich deceased, is possessed in his own rights of
      a considerable estate, by means whereof the power
      of granting the guardianship of the said Brad-
      berry Rich to us is known, manifestly, to belong,
      and for better securing the estate and more
      ample maintenance and education of the said
      minor and from the integrity confidence
      reposed in you, we d hereby commit the edu-
      cation, maintenance and guardianship of the
      said Bradberry Rich to you, the said E.A.J.
      Rich you assenting thereto, by your acceptance
      of these letters: herein charging you, that you
      maintain and cause to be educated the said
      Bradberry Rich in such a manner as shall be
      suitable to his interests and circumstances,
      during his minority, and that you inquire
      into and take charge of his estate, both real
      and personal, and all other things to do,
      which by law you ought to do, for your
      said ward, of all which a true and per-
      fect account you shall render to the first
      term of the Court of Ordinary for said county
      in every year, during your continuance in
      office; and lastly, we do hereby constitute
      and appoint you, the said E.A.J. Rich
      guardian of the said Bradberry Rich du-
      ring his minority- Given under my hand
      seal of Office, this 30th day of Nov 1870
      Joel Johnson Ordinary
      Seal
    Land Purchase  5 Jan 1871  Lot 408, District 15, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [27
    John Donalson to Elijah A. J. Rich - district 15, lot 408 
    • State of Georgia Recorded Dec. 10th 1878
      Decatur County This Indenture made this the
      5th day of January 1871 be-
      tween John Donalson of the state & county
      aforesaid of the first part & Elijah A.J.
      Rich
      of the same place of the other part
      Witnesseth that the said John Donalson
      for & in consideration of the sum of Two
      hundred & fifty two dollars to him in hand
      paid at & before the sealing & delivery of these
      presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowl-
      edged hath granted bargained sold & con-
      veyed and doth by these presents grant bar-
      gain sell & convey unto the said Elijah A.
      J. Rich his heirs & assigns all of that tract or
      Lot of land Number four hundred & Eight (408)
      in the fifteenth district of the county aforesaid
      To have and to hold said tract or lot of land
      to him the said Elijah A.J. Rich his heirs & assigns
      together with all & singular the rights members
      & apputenances thereof to the same in
      any manner belonging to his & their own
      proper use benefit & behoof forever in Fee
      Simple And the said John Donalson
      for himself his heirs Executors & admin-
      istrators the said bargained premises to
      the said Elija A.J. Rich his heirs & assigns will
      warrant & forever defend the rights & title there
      of against themselves & against the claims
      of all other persons whomsoever
      In Witness whereof the said John Donalson
      hath hereto set his hand and affixed his seal the
      day and year above written.
      Signed sealed & delivered John (his x mark) Donalson
      in presence of
      M Rich
      Hiram Brockett
      N.P. J.P.
    Land Sale  4 Oct 1871  Lot 381, District 16, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [28
    EAJ Rich to John T. Smith - district 16, lot 381 
    • Recorded Oct 29th 1872.
      State of Georgia This Indenture made this the 4th of October Eighteen
      Decatur County hundred and Seventy one between E. A. J. Rich of the
      State and county aforesaid of the one part and John T. Smith
      of the Same place of the other part witnesseth that the Said
      E. A. J. Rich for and in consideration of the Sum of one hun-
      dred and eighty dollars to him in hand paid at and before
      the Sealing and delivering of these presents the receipt whereof
      is here by acknowledged hath granted bargained Sold and con-
      veyed and doth by these presents grant bargain Sell and convey
      unto the Said John Smith his heirs and assigns all that tract or lot
      of land number 381 in the 16th District of the county aforesaid. To
      have and to hold Said tract or lot of land to him the Said
      John T Smith his heirs and assigns together with all and Singular
      the rites members and appertanences their of to the Same in any [?]
      ever in fee Simple and the Said E. A. J. Rich himself and his heirs ex-
      ecutors and administrators the said bargained premises to the Said
      John T. Smith his heirs and assigns will warrant and forever de-
      fend the rites and titles thereof against themselves and against
      the claims of all other persons whom so ever.
      In Witness whereof the Said E. A. J. Rich hath hereunto set his
      hand and affixed his seal the day and year above written.
      Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of
      A. M. RichE. A. J. Rich LS
      R B. Rich
    Land Sale  4 Oct 1872  Lot 381, District 16, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [29
    EAJ Rich to John T. Smith - district 16, lot 381 
    • State of Georgia Recorded Nov 30. 1877
      Decatur County This Indenture made this 4th day
      of October 1872 between E. A J Rich of the state & county
      aforesaid of the one part and John T. Smith of the same
      place of the other part. Witnesseth that the said E A
      J. Rich for and in consideration of the sum of one
      hundred and Eighty dollars to him in hand paid
      at and before the sealing and delivering of these pres-
      ents the receipt whereof is here by acknowledged hath
      granted bargained sold and conveyed and doth by
      these presents grant bargain sell and convey to
      the Said Jno T. Smith his heirs and assigns all that
      tract or lot of Land No 381 in the 16th Dist of
      the county aforesaid To have and to hold said
      tract or lot of Land to him the said Jno T Smith
      his heirs and assigns together with all and singu-
      lar the rites members and appertanences thereof to
      the same in any manner belonging to his and
      their own proper use benefit & behoof forever in fee
      simple. And the said E A J Rich for himself his
      heirs Executors & administrators the said bargained prem-
      ises to the said Jno T Smith his heirs and assigns
      will warrant and forever defend the right and
      titles thereof against themselves and against all
      other persons whomsoever
      In witness whereof the said E. A. J. Rich hath
      hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day
      & year above written
      Signed Sealed and delivered
      in presence of
      A M RichE. A. J. Rich LS
      R B Rich

      Georgia Personally appeared R B. Rich
      Decatur County who being duly sworn deposes and
      says that he saw E. A. J. Rich sign seal and deliver
      the foregoing deed for the purposes therein stated and
      that himself and A M Rich signed it at the same
      time as subscribing witnessesR B Rich
      Sworn to & Subscribed
      before me this Nov 22d 1877
      J Wimberly JP
    Land Purchase  16 Sep 1874  Lot 450, District 15, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [30
    Jack R. & Rachel Phillips to Elijah A. J. Rich - district 15, 65a of lot 450 
    • State of Georgia Recorded Dec. 10th 1878
      Decatur County This Indenture made this the 16th
      of September Eighteen hundred
      & Seventy four between Jack Phillips & Rachel
      Phillips of the state & county aforesaid of the
      one part and Elijah A. J. Rich of the same
      place of the other part Witnesseth that the said
      Jack Phillips & Rachel Phillips for & in consid-
      eration of the sum of Two hundred Dollars to them
      in hand paid at & before the sealing & delivery of
      these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowl-
      edged hath granted bargained sold & conveyed &
      doth by these presents grant bargain sell and
      convey unto the said Elijah A.J. Rich his heirs
      & assigns all that tract or lot of land number
      four hundred fifty. Sixty five acres in the 15th dis-
      trict of the county aforesaid to have & to hold said
      tract or lot of land to him the said Elijah A.J. Rich
      his heirs & assigns together with all & singular the
      rights members & apputenances thereof to the
      same in any manner belonging to his & their
      own proper use & benefit & behoof forever in
      Fee Simple & the said Jack Phillips & Rachel Phillips
      for themselves heirs executors & administrators the said
      bargained premises to the said Elijah A.J. Rich
      his heirs & assigns will warrant & forever defend
      the rights & title thereof against themselves and
      against the claims of all other persons whomso-
      ever In witness whereof the said Jack Phillips and
      Rachel Phillips hath hereunto set his hand & affixed
      his seal the day & year above written
      Signed sealed & deliveredJack (his x mark) Phillips LS
      in presence of Rachel (her x mark) Phillips LS
      R. B. Rich
      D. B. Womble

      Georgia Personally appeared before
      Decatur County me Geo. F. Westmoreland a Nat.
      Pub & ex officio JP. in and for said county
      RB Rich who after being sworn deposes
      & says that he was a subscribing witness to the
      within deed of conveyance that his signa-
      ture as such witness is genuine & that
      he saw the makers of said deed Jack
      Phillips & Rachel Phillips sign seal &
      deliver said deed & the other D.B. Womble
      also sign the attestation in his presence
      and in the presence of such others on the
      day upon which said date bears date
      Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th Dec
      1877
      G F WestmorelandR. B. Rich
      N.P. & ex off J.P.
    Land Purchase  5 Dec 1876  Webster Street, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [31
    L. F. Burkett (sheriff) to Elijah A. J. Rich - 1/2a Webster Street lot in Bainbridge 
    • Georgia Recorded Jany 17th 1877
      Decatur County This indenture made this
      5th day of December 1876 between L. F. Bur-
      kett sheriff of said county of the first part
      and Elijah A J. Rich of Decatur County of
      the second part Witnesseth that whereas V. M.
      Boren Constable of said county did on the 6th
      day of November 1876 levy upon and afterward
      return to L. F. Burkett sheriff who afterward exposed
      to sale, a certain lot of land and improvements
      hereafter more fully described before the court house
      door in said county, between the legal hours of
      sale, and after advertising the same in the
      Bainbridge "Weekly Democrat" for the space of 30
      days thereafter, did sell the said property on the
      5th day of the present month said property being
      levied on and sold as the property of Jack Mor-
      gan, under and by virtue of an execution is
      sued from the justice court of said county of
      Decatur in favor or Saml S. Mann executor
      of the estate of Luke Mann against said Jack
      Morgan, and the said Elijah A J. Rich hav-
      ing been the highest bidder for the same, and
      it being knocked off to him as the pruchaser at
      the sum hereafter named: Nin[?] the said L. F.
      Burkett shff as aforesaid, in consideration of
      the promises and the sum of ninety-five dol-
      lars to him in hand paid at and before the
      signing and delivery of these presents the receipt
      whereof is hereby acknowledged has granted bar-
      gained, sold aliened and conveyed & by these
      presents doed grant bargain sell alien and
      convey unto the said Elijah A J Rich his heirs
      and assigns the aforesaid city lot lying
      in the town of Bainbridge in said county &
      state lying on Webster street measuring from
      the North west corner of John Johnsons lot then
      north on said street 35 yds then due East 60 1/2
      yds, then due south 35 yds to the north line of
      John Moses' lot, then due west on said line
      and the North line of John Johnsons lot 60 1/2 yds
      to the point of starting - containing 1/2 acre
      more or less. To have and to hold the said
      town lot to the said E. A. J. Rich his heirs and
      assigns, in as full and ample a manner as
      the said Jack Morgan might have done
      In testimony whereof the said sheriff has
      hereto set his hand and seal the day & year
      above writtenL. F. Burkett shff LS
      Signed sealed and
      delivered in presence of
      V M Bornum
      T F Hampton Clk S C
    Land Purchase  5 Dec 1876  , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [32
    L. F. Burkett (sheriff) to Elijah A. J. Rich - 3/8a Perry's Shop lot in Bainbridge 
    • Georgia Recorded Jany 17th 1877
      Decatur County This indenture made the
      5th day of December 1876 between L. F. Burkett
      Sheriff of siad county of the first part and
      Elijah A. J. Rich also of Decatur County of the
      second part: Witnesseth that whereas V. M.
      Borum constable of the 573th Dist G.M. did on
      the 6th day of November 1876 levy upon and after-
      wards return to L. F. Burkett sheriff who afterwards
      exposed to sale a certain city lot hereafter
      more fully described, before the court house door
      in said county between the legal hours of sale
      and after advertising the same according to law
      in the Bainbridge "Weekly Democrat" for the space
      of thirty days thereafter did sell the same lot
      on the first Tuesday of this present month said
      lot being land in and sold as the property of
      R. S. Perry under and by virtue of an Execution
      issued from the Justice court of said county of
      Decatur, in favor of S. S. Mann Exr of the estate
      of Luke Mann against said R. S. Perry and the
      said Elijah A. J. Rich having been the highest
      bidder for the same, and it being knocked off
      to him as the purchase at the sum hereafter
      named- Now the said L. F. Burkett shff as aforesaid
      in consideration of the promises and the sum of
      Fifty dollars to him in hand paid at and before
      the signing and delivery of these presents the
      receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged has granted
      bargained sold aliened and conveyed and by
      these presents does grant bargain sell alien and
      convey unto the said Elijah A. J. Rich his heirs and
      assignes the aforesaid city lot, lying in the city
      of Bainbridge and in said county and state
      and known in the place of said city Known
      as Perrys shop Lot, bounded as follows on the
      North by the property of U. G. Broom East by
      D McLauchlin & South by Crawfords Mill lot and
      West by Broad Street, containing 3/8 of an acres
      more or less- to have and to hold the said city
      lot and improvements to the said Elijah A. J. Rich
      his heirs and assigns in as full and ample
      done[?]. In testimony whereof the said Shff
      has hereto set his hand and seal the day and
      year above written. (Estate of Luke Mann interlines
      before signing. L. F. Burkette Shff LS
      In Presense of
      this 5th day of Decr 1876
      V. M. Bonum
      T. F. Hampton Clk S C
    Land Sale  23 Dec 1876  Webster Street, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [33
    Elijah A.J. Rich to Saml S. Mann - Perrys Shop & Webster St lots 
    • Georgia Recorded Jany 18, 1877
      Decatur County This Indenture made this the
      23rd day of December 1876 between Elijah A. J.
      Rich
      of said county of the first part and S.
      S, Mann also of said county of the second part
      Witnesseth that for and in consideration of
      the sum of seventy five dollars to him in hand
      paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged
      the said E. A. J. Rich doth grant bargain sell
      and convey to the said Saml S. Mann his heirs
      and assigns the following property, that is to say
      the north half of a city lot in the town of Bain-
      bridge, known as lot no one in Luke Mann's sur
      vey with improvements known as Perrys shop lot
      bounded as follows. on the north by property
      of W. G. Broom, East by D McLaughlin, south by
      Crawfords mill lot and west by Broad street
      containing 3/8 of an acre more or less, with all
      the appurtenances thereto belonging, Also a piece
      of land in the town of Bainbridge with the im-
      provements, lying on Webster street and known as the
      Jack Morgan lot measuring from the north west
      corner of John Johnsons lot due north on said st
      35 yds then due East 60 1/2 yds then due North 35
      yds to the North line of the John Moses lot, then
      due west on said line and the North line of
      said John Johnsons lot 60 1/2 yrds to the point of
      commencing with all the appurtenances thereto
      belonging containing a half acre more or less
      To have and to hold the said two described pre-
      ises to the said Saml S Mann his heirs and
      assigns in fee simple. And the said E. A. J.
      Rich will the aforegranted premises to the said
      S. S. Mann forever warrant and defend
      In testimony whereof the said E. A. J. Rich
      has hereto set his hand & seal this day & year
      above writtenE.A.J. Rich LS
      Signed sealed and
      delivered in presence of
      B.S. Brockett
      Hiram Brockett
      Ordy DC
    Land Purchase  29 Nov 1878  Lot 341, District 27, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [34
    Jackson R. & Rachael Phillips to E.A.J. Rich - district 27, 125a W 1/2of lot 341 
    • Georgia Recorded Jany 29th 1879
      Decatur County This Indenture made this 29th
      day of November 1878 between Jackson Phillips and
      Rachel Phillips of the first part an E.A.J. Rich
      of the other part both of county & state aforesaid
      Witnesseth that the said Jackson Phillips and
      Rachel Phillips for and in consideration of the
      sum of fifty dollars to them in hand paid at &
      before the sealing and delivery of these presents
      the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath
      granted bargained sold and conveyed and
      doth by these presents grant bargain sell and
      convey unto the said E.A.J. Rich his heirs and assigns
      half that tract or parcel of Land situate lying
      and being in the 27th Dist of said county being
      lot No. 341, Known and distinguished as the
      west half of said lot, containing 125 acres more
      or less To have and to hold said tract or parcel
      of Land to him the said E.A.J. Rich his heirs and
      assigns together with all and singular the
      members rights and appurtenances thereof to the
      same in any manner belonging forever in fee
      simple; and the said Jackson Phillips & Rachael
      Phhillips for themselves their heirs and assigns
      the said bargained premises to the said E.A.J. Rich
      his heirs and assigns will warrant and forever defend
      the right and title thereof against themselves and against
      the claims of all other persons whomsoever. In witness
      whereof the said Jackson Phillips and Rachael Phillips
      hath hereto set their hands & seals the year & day above
      writtenJackson (his x mark) Phillips LS
      Signed sealed and Rachael (his x mark) Phillips LS
      delivered in presence of
      A. E. Parker
      A J Griffin
      Georgia Personally appeared A. E. Parker
      Decatur County who on oath says that he saw Jack-
      son Phillips sign the foregoing deed for the purposes
      therein contained and that A. J. griffin and himself
      signed the same as subscribing witnesses at the same
      time A. E. Parker
      Sworn to & Subscribed
      before me this 23d Jany 1879
      J. F. Wimberly JP
    Land Purchase  7 Jan 1879  Lot 447 & Lot 448, District 15, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [35
    Estate of Hiram Brockett to E.A.J. Rich - district 15, 125a each of lots 447 & 448 
    • State of Georgia Recorded Feb 1st 1879
      Decatur County Know all men by these pres-
      ents that I John D. Harrell duly
      constituted Administrator of the estate both real and
      personal of Hiram Brockett late of Decatur county
      deceased by virtue of an order of the court of Ordinary
      of Decatur County granted at the regular Decem-
      ber term 1878 of said court (notice of application for
      said order having been previously published in term
      of the Law) after advertising the same for sale in
      terms of the Law did on the 1st tuesday in January
      1879 within the legal hours of sale put up & ex pase for
      sale at public outcry before the Court house door at
      Bainbridge in the county of Decatur the real
      estate hereinafter described when the same was
      knocked off to E.A.J. Rich of the county of Decatur
      being the highest and best bidder at the price of
      one hundred and Seventy two Dollars. Now
      for and in consideration of the said sum
      of one hundred and Seventy two Dollars cash
      in hand paid by the said E.A.J. Rich (the
      receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged) I the said
      John D Harrell as administrator as aforesaid
      have granted bargained and sold and do by these
      presents grant bargain and sell (so far as the office
      of administrator authorized me) unto the said E.A.J.
      Rich the following described Real estate to wit-
      Lots of Land nos 447 and 448 in the 15th district of
      Decatur County Ga being fractional Lots contain-
      ing 125 acres each more or less. To have and
      to hold the same together with all the rights mem-
      bers and appurtenances thereunto belonging unto the
      said E.A.J. Rich his heirs and assigns forever
      in as full and ample a manner as the land
      was seized posessed and enjoyed by the said
      Hiram Brockett at the time of his death
      In witness whereof I the said John D Harrell
      as administrator as aforesaid have hereby
      set my hand and affixed my seal the 7th
      day of January 1879
      Signed sealed & delivered J. D. Harrell LS
      in the presence of admr Est Hiram
      W D Swicord Brockett
      J. T. Wimberly JP
    Land Purchase  9 Oct 1879  Lot 433, District 15, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [36
    William T. Cox to E.A.J. Rich - district 15, 125a of E 1/2 of lot 433 
    • State of Georgia Recorded October 9th 1879.
      Decatur County This Indenture made the 9th day of October
      in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight
      hundred and seventy nine between William T. Cox of the County
      of Chatham of the one part and E.A.J. Rich of the County of Decatur
      of the other part. Witnesseth that the said William T. Cox for and in consid-
      eration of the sum of Eighty Dollars in hand paid at and before the sealing
      and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged
      has granted baragined, sold, aliened, conveyed and confirmed, and
      by these presents does grant, bargain, sell, convey and confirm unto the
      said E.A.J. Rich, his heirs and assigns, all of the East half of lot
      of Land number Four hundred and thirty three (433) in the 15th Dist
      fifteenth Dist of Decatur County, Georgia. Containing 125 acres more
      or less. To have and to hold. The said one half (1/2) Lot of Land,
      with all and singular the rights members and appurtenances thereto
      appurtaining to the only proper use benefit and behoof of him, the
      said E.A.J. Rich his heirs, Executors, Administrators and assigns
      in fee simple: And the said William T. Cox the said bargained 1/2
      Lot od Land unto the said EAJ Rich his heirs, Executors, Administrators
      and assigns against the said Wm T. Cox his heirs, Executors, Admrs
      and against all and every other person or persons. Shall and
      will warrant and forever defend by virtue of these presents
      In Witness Whereof The said Wm T Cox has hereunto set his hand
      affixed his Seal and delivered these presents the day and year
      first above written.Signed Sealed and delivered in
      presence of us: Wm T. Cox LS
      J M Campbell
      J T Wimberly- Clerk S.C. D.C. Ga
    Census: Federal  4 Jun 1880  Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [37
    • 1) Elijah A. J. Rich, head, white male age 40, farmer, born in GA, parents born in GA
      2) Hattie Rich, wife, white female age 31, keeping house, born in GA, parents born in GA
      3) Euseamer Rich, son, single white male age 12, attended school, born in GA
      4) Minnie Rich, daughter, single white female age 10, attended school, born in GA
      5) Emery Rich, son, single white male age 8, attended school, born in GA
      6) Arthur J. Rich, son, single white male age 7, attended school, born in GA
      7) Madora Rich, daughter, single white female age 5, attended school, born in GA
      8) Hunnewell Rich, son, single white male age 3
      9) Perry Rich, son, single white male age 8 months
      10) Zilphy Lofton, aunt, widowed white female age 47, keeping house, born in GA, parents born in GA
      11) Rosa Heana, single white female age 19, boarder, school teacher, born in GA, mother born in NC
      12) William Sloan, single white male age 22, farm laborer, cannot read or write, born in GA, parents born in GA
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    Promissory Note  21 Dec 1881  Lot 395, District 15, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [38
    Isaac V Yearta to E A J Rich - district 15, 55a on N side of lot 395 
    • Georgia Know all men by these presents that
      Decatur County I, Isaac V Yearta for and in consider
      ation of the Sum of five dollars in hand paid the re
      ceipt whereof is hereby acknowledged as well as for the better
      securing the payment of a promissory note bearing even
      date with these presents for Sixty nine 98/100 dollars payable
      to E A J Rich or bearer and due first day of Oct 1882
      I hereby mortgage sell & convey to said Rich his heirs or
      assigns 55 acres of lot no 395 in the 15th District of said
      county on the north side of said lot & more particularly
      known as the place where I now live also one sorrell mare
      named "pigeon" 3 years old and one cow & calf marked crop
      & half crop in one ear & two under bits in the other - To
      have and to hold the above described property to the
      said E A J Rich his heirs and assigns forever in fee
      simple. Provided that if the said J V Yearta shall
      pay or cause to be paid to the said E A J Rich his heirs
      or assigns the amount of the note herein specified at
      the date named then this mortgage to be void else of
      full force & effect And the said Isaac V Yearta will &
      his heirs & assigns shall the said property to the said
      Rich his heirs & assigns forever warrant & defend the
      right & title thereto And I hereby for myself and
      all others claiming under or through me waive all man
      ner of right to homestead or exemption laws now of
      force so far as the above property is concerned and
      the full payment of the above described debt is
      concerned - Witness my hand and seal this Dec 21st 1881
      Signed sealed & delivered J V Yearta LS
      in presence of
      C. W. Wimberly
      J. T. Wimberly C S C
    Land Purchase  18 Apr 1882  Lot 384 & Lot 385, District 15, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [39
    John Jackson to E A J Rich - district 15, 1/2 undiv. interest in lots 384 & 385 
    • Georgia Recorded April 18th 1882
      Decatur County This Indenture made the 18th day
      of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight
      hundred and eighty two between John Jackson of
      the County of Dougherty of the one part and E A J
      Rich
      of the County of Decatur of the other part Wit
      nesseth that the said John Jackson for and in consid
      eration of the sum of Three hunderd and twelve and
      a half Dollars in hand paid at and before the seal
      ing and delivery of these presents the receipt where
      of is hereby acknowledged have granted bargained sold
      aliened conveyed and confirmed and by these presents
      do grant bargain sell alien convey and confirm unto
      the said E A J Rich his heirs and assigns all my one
      half undivided in and to lots of land numbers (384)
      Three hundred and eighty four and (385) Three hund
      red and eighty five in the Fifteenth (15) District of
      said County of Decatur the same being my undivi
      ded half interest conveyed me by a Deed from Samuel
      B Webb to John Jackson and Henry Hora dated 27th
      day of March in the year 1854 which Deed is Recor
      ded in Book y page 533 in clerk's office of Decatur
      Superior Court To have and to hold the said bar
      gained property with all and singular the rights mem
      bers and appurtenances thereunto appurtaining to the
      only proper use benefit and behoof of him the said
      E A J Rich his heirs executors administrators and assigns
      in fee Simple and the said John Jackson the said
      baragained premises or one half interest in said
      lots of land unto the said E A J Rich his heirs
      executors administrators and assigns against
      the said John Jackson his heirs executors admin
      istrators and against all and every other person
      or persons Shall and will warrant and forever
      warrant and defend by virtue of these presents
      In Witness whereof the said John Jackson has here
      unto set his hand affixed his seal and delivered
      these presents the day and year first above written
      Signed Sealed & delivered
      in presence ofJ Jackson LS
      D A Russell
      J T Wimberly C S C
    Quit Claim Deed  8 Feb 1883  Lot 324, District 15, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [40
    E A J Rich to Josiah Ard - district 15, 250a of lot 324 
    • Georgia Recorded February 8th 1883
      Decatur County This Indenture made this 8th day of
      February in the year of our Lord 1883 between E A J
      Rich
      of the first part and Josiah Ard of the other part
      Witnesseth that the said E A J Rich for and in
      consideration of the sum of one hundred Dollars
      cash in hand paid the receipt of which is hereby ac
      knowledged hath bargained and sold and doth by there
      presents remise release and forever quit claim to the
      said Josiah Ard his heirs and assigns all the right
      title interest claim or demand the said E A J Rich
      has or may have had to Lot of land Number Three
      hundred and twenty four (324) in the 15th District
      of Decatur County Georgia containing 250 acres more
      or less with all the rights members and appurtenances
      to said Lot of Land in any wise appurtaining belong
      ing To have and to hold the said lot of land to
      the said Josiah Ard so that the said E A J Rich
      nor his heirs nor any other person or persons claiming
      under him shall at any time by any ways or means
      have claim or demand any right or title to the afore
      said lot of land or its appurtenances or any right
      thereof. In testimony whereof the said E A J Rich hath
      hereto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year above
      written
      Signed Sealed and deliveredE A J Rich LS
      in presence of
      S M Patterson
      J T Wimberly C S C
    Voter Registration List  1886  Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [41
    • Elijah A. J., age 45, farmer
    Politics  1886-1887  [11
    a State Representative from Decatur County, Georgia 
    News Article  25 Aug 1888  , Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [42
    The Atlanta Constitution 
    • Under Political Points:
      "...The convention to nominate members of the house of representatives from Decatur county will meet in Bainbridge on the 1st of September. Hon. John D. Howell [should be Harrell], Captain George A. Wright, Colonel W. W. Russell, and perhaps Hon. E. A. J. Rich, will contest for the nomination..."
    Census: Federal  15 Jun 1900  Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [43
    • 1) Elija A J Rich, head, white male age 59, married 33 years, born Nov 1840 in GA, parents born in GA, farmer, owns farm #112
      2) Hattie Rich, wife white female age 52, mother of 8, all living, born Apr 1848 in GA, parents born in GA
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    Guardianship Bond  2 Jun 1903  , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [44
    • GEORGIA, DECATUR COUNTY.

      Know all Men by these Presents, That we, E Rich and EAJ Rich acknowledge ourselves jointly and severally bound unto T.B. Maxwell Ordinary of said County, and his successors and assigns, in the just and full sum of Nine Thousand Dollars, to the true payment of which, well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, and the heirs and executors of us and each of us, jointly and severally, by these presents.
      Sealed with our seals, and dated this 2 day of June 1903.

      The Condition of the above Bond or Obligation is such, That if the above bound E Rich who was this day appointed Guardian of the person and property of Katie Rich Lucile Rich and Clide Rich orphan children of E G Rich deceased, he acknowledging of the same by his acceptance of said appointment, and of Letters of Guardianship of this date, shall well and truly maintain, clothe and educate said orphan according to their circumstances, and shall take good and lawful care of their person and property, according to the laws of this State, and shall annually make a just and true return of all his actings and doings herein, unto the said Ordinary, and pay over all assets that may remain in his hands when said Guardianship shall legally terminate, then this obligation to be void; else to remain in full force.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and year above written.
      Attested and approved E Rich seal
      by T.B. Maxwell E A J Rich seal
      Ordinary
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    Census: Federal  15 Apr 1910  Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [45
    • 1) Elijah A. J. Rich, head, white male age 70, married 43 years, born in GA, parents born in GA, general farmer, owns farm #9
      2) Hattie Rich, wife, white female age 65, born in GA, parents born in GA
      3) Loucile Rich, granddaughter, single white female age 16, born in GA, parents born in GA, attended school
      4) Clide Rich, granddaughter, single white female age 14, born in GA, parents born in GA, attended school
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    Will Written  21 Dec 1914  , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [46
    • Georgia Decatur County: Will of E. A. J. Rich-
      Last will and testament of E. A. J. Rich. I, E. A. J. Rich, of said County and State, being of sound mind and memory, do hereby make this my last will and testament, hereby voluntarily revoking all former wills.
      Item 1 - I wish my Executor as soon as possible after my death to pay all my just and honest debts, and collect, if possible all debts owing to me, and should there not be enough cash to pay all my debts, then I desire a public sale made of sufficient personal property to raise such amount.
      Item 2 - I give to my beloved wife, Hattie the South half of lot land no. 391 in the 27th District Decatur County; also one horse and buggy, one mule, two cows and calves, all of her own choice, also all the household and kitchen furniture, all the farming tools and implements, also all provisions on hand, and all the hogs that I may have, all of said property to remain hers during her life or widowhood, and at her death or marriage to revert to my estate and to be divided equally among my lawful heirs. This is given her in lieu of dower and years support.
      Item 3 - Any other personal property that I may have, not heretofore mentioned and included to be sold at a public sale and the proceeds equally divided among my heirs, including all notes mortgage accounts etc., and my executor is hereby authorized to sell any bonds that I may have at private sale on competitive bids, instead of at public outcry, as his discretion may direct him.
      Item 4 - I will and direct that lands that I may own at the time of my death, except the half lot mentioned in (item 2) above, be divided into sixty-two and one half acre tracts, except the land known as the fraction lot which shall be divided into fifty acre tracts, and each of said tracts sold separately, after legally advertising same, to the highest bidder for cash at a public sale, and the proceeds divided equally among all my heirs.
      Item 5 - I will and direct that my beloved wife, Hattie, take share and share alike with my other heirs at law, in addition to the provision made for her in (item 2) above, and I hereby name as my other lawful heirs my beloved children, viz: Euzema, Minnie, Emory G, Dola, Arthur J, Hunewell, Perry D, and Thomas E, all of which said children shall take share and share alike.
      Item 6 - My beloved son, Euzema, being the oldest child, of more mature years, and being thoroughly familiar with the status of my business affairs at all times, and having more time that he could devote to the execution of wishes herein expressed, without detriment to his own business affairs, I hereby appoint him as the executor of this my last will and testament, which appointment is not made because of any more confidence reposed in him than any of the others, but solely for the reasons named, and having sufficient confidence in him that he will carry out my wishes satisfactory, legally and honestly. I further direct that my executor not be required to make bond, or returns to the ordinary and that he have no compensation for his services out of my estate except expenses actually incurred and necessary to carry out the requirements of this will.
      In testimony whereof, I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal this the 21st day of December, 1914 - E. A. J. Rich__________L. S.

      Georgia Decatur County:
      The above and foregoing signed sealed and published by E. A. J. Rich, as his last will and testament, in the presence of the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto as witnesses, at the instance and request of said testator, and in his presence and in the presence of each other. This December 21st, 1914.
      W. V. Custer
      J. O. Lane
      J. C. Hale
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    Census: Federal  8 Jan 1920  Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [47
    • 1) E. A. J. Rich, head, married white male age 79, born in GA, parents born in NC, farmer, owns a general farm
      2) Hattie Rich, wife, married white female age 70, born in GA, parents born in GA
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    Membership  1870-1925  , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Masons 
    • He enjoyed the distinction of being the oldest Mason in Decatur County.
    Died  4 Jul 1925  , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Cause: (a) intestinal toxemia (3 days); (b) old age 
    Obituary  9 Jul 1925  , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [48
    The Post-Searchlight 
    • "Mr. E.A.J. Rich dies Saturday morning
      The county was saddened Saturday morning by the announcement of the death of Mr. E.A.J. Rich, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of this section of the country. Born in Randolph county November 16th, 1840 he came to this county at the age of three and one half years. On April 25th 1867 he was united in wedlock to Miss Hattie Pierce who was born in Baker County but raised in Decatur County, and who still survives him and to whom eight children were born and six of these are still living and are among our most prominent people.
      Mr. Rich joined the Masons in 1870 and was the oldest Mason in the county. He and Mr. Henry Ehrlich joined at the same time but in taking the initiation Mr. Ehrlich missed one night because of illness and Mr. Rich finished his initiation first and being therefore the oldest Mason in the county at the time of his death.
      Mr. Rich joined the Bethel Missionary Baptist church September 20th, 1869 and for 56 years was a Deacon of this church. In this little church and community was the story of his early life and struggles and in his latter days the care of the little church and cemetery was the one thought of his old age. In 1886 he and Hon. John D. Harrell ran for legislature and became the first Democratic legislators from Decatur county after the war. While a member of the general assembly the state capitol was built, the Western and Atlantic road was first leased. In the building of this capitol this legislature did not use the entire appropriation and many thousands of dollars were returned to the treasury. In his service he became acquainted with a close friend of Henry W. Grady. This was the most trying period of Georgia history and one this is ever replete with interest to the younger generation.
      The descendants of this pioneer now consists of 35 grand children and 24 great grandchildren. His body was born to its last resting place by his grandsons, Messrs C. C. Rich, P. T. Rich, R. L. Rich, E. G. Rich, C. R. Rich, Bill Rich, Jim Rich, and W. G. Powell, Jr. The funeral services were held at the Bethel church in the presence of the life long friends and acquaintances of the deceased. Rev. H. H. Shell and Rev. W. M. Parker were the ministers officiating. One of the largest crowds in the history of the church attended the last rites of the deceased Deacon.
      His sons living are Messrs. A. J. Rich, E. Rich, P. D. Rich, T. E. Rich, and Mesdames W. J. Bush of Colquitt and J. T. Powell of Brinson.
      Mr. Rich enlisted in the Confederate army as a private and served nearly throughout the entire war. Becoming wounded just before the endof the war he was sent home a first lieutenant, with the rank of captain, having been elected captain to succeed the captain just killed, he arrived home before he received his commission.
      The story of this good man's life is the story of the men that made this nation. A pioneer with all the burdens of a pioneer he proved to be a man to carry that burden. He loved his people, his country, the birds, the animals and everything of life and flowers within its borders. Men of his type are fast passing away and the younger generation will do well to take lessons from these men who loved and toiled, who spent their lives in their country churches, very happy in them and not at all worried by the lure of the city or the attractions that take men from their conviction off into a strange avenue of thought and endeavor. Decatur county was a wilderness in his boyhood and where great farms florish now, he had in by gone days runted, free and untrammelled in the forests thereof. His sons and his sons' sons are still citizens of the county, not a single one of the sons have seen fit to make his home elsewhere and they are taking up where he left off. The subject of this sketch was blessed with that kind of a nature that allowed him to share his good things with the less fortunate and as well help them to bear their burdens. He was a friend without guile or mental reservation.
      A neighbor without envy, an acquaintance without guile, a soldier without fear, a public man without duplicity and a citizen with his hand over at the plow hands of progress and he will be missed in the county and his community. Of such men were prophets made in the days of old and of such men yet do nations rest their all. The men from the soil who can be trusted with a nation's future. The friends of the deceased pioneer do most sincerely sympathize with the relatives and descendants even to the third generation.
      The Masonic order were in charge of the funeral services accompanied his body to the churchyard where he became a deacon one month after his joining the church and was until his death. Holding this place more than half a century."
    Letter of Administration  5 Oct 1925  , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [49
    • Letters Testamentary

      Euzema Rich
      Executor of Letters
      E.A.J. Rich

      Georgia, Decatur County
      By the Hon. the Ordinary of said County.
      To all to whom these Presents shall come or be made known a Greeting:
      Know ye, that on the 5th day of October, in the year of our Lord
      Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-five, the last Will and Testament of
      E.A.J. Rich, of said county, deceased, was exhibited in open Court,
      and in Solemn form of law, proved and admitted to record, a copy
      of which is hereto annexed; and administration of all and
      singular the goods, chattels, credits, lands, and tenements of said
      deceased, was granted to Euzema Rich, the Executor in and
      by said Will named and appointed, he having first taken the oath
      and performed all other requisites required by law, he is, by order
      of said Court, and by virtue of these presents, legally authorized
      to administer the goods, chattels, credits, lands, and tenements of said
      deceased, according to the tenor and effect of said Will and Testament,
      and according to law, (and he is hereby required to render a true
      and perfect inventory of all and singular, the goods, chattels, credits,
      lands and tenements of the said deceased, appraised and returned
      to this court according to law.)
      In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my handand affixed
      the seal of my office, this 6th day of October, 1925. T.B. Maxwell
      Recorded Oct 6th, 1925 Ordinary
      T.B. Maxwell - Ordinary.
    Will Probated  5 Oct 1925  , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [50
    • Georgia, Decatur County:
      Personally appeared before the undersigned, Ordinary of said County, J. C. Hale, whose name appears as a subscribing witness to the within writing purporting to be the last will and testament of E. A. J. Rich, who being duly sworn, on oath says that he, together with W. V. Custer and J. O. Lane, (now deceased), on the 21st day of December, 1914 subscribed the said will as a witness thereto, at the special instance and request of the said E. A. J. Rich, the testator therin, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, as did also the said W. V. Custer and J. O. Lane after he, the said testator, had signed his name thereto. That the said E. A. J. Rich in their presence freely and voluntarily signed and published the same as his last will and testament, and at the time of said signing and attestation, he was of sound and disposing mind and memory.H. C. Hale
      Sworn to and subscribed before me, this Oct 5, 1925
      T. B. Maxwell - Ordy.
    Name  Bud 
    Name  E.A.J. 
    Occupation  farmer  [1
    Buried  Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
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    Person ID  I289  Nestor Rich Tree
    Last Modified  26 Feb 2012 

    Father  Thomas Joseph Rich,   b. 30 Apr 1815, , , Emanuel County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1864, Ocmulgee Hospital, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Letty Fenn,   b. 26 Apr 1816, , , Laurens County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1857, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  2 Jun 1836  , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reunion  26 Jun 1966  , , Seminole County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    News Article  4 Jul 1968  , Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Family ID  F114  Group Sheet

    Family  Hattie A. Pierce,   b. 4 Feb 1849, , Milford, Baker County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1933, , Colquitt, Miller County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  25 Apr 1867  , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 51, 52
    Children 
     1. Euzema Rich,   b. 8 Nov 1868, Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1944, 1500 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Minnie Rich,   b. 12 Aug 1870, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1909, , Cyrene, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Emory G. Rich,   b. 24 Jan 1872, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1902, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Arthur Johnson Rich,   b. 19 Dec 1873, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1953, , Brinson, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Madora Rich,   b. 1 Sep 1875, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1957, , , Seminole County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Hunnewell Rich,   b. 22 Sep 1877, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1956, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Perry David Rich, Sr.,   b. 22 Sep 1879, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1963, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Thomas Elijah Rich,   b. 24 Oct 1882, , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1965, , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
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    Last Modified  13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID  F138  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Nov 1840 - , , Randolph County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 15 Aug 1850 - , District 22, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand Purchase - Henry Hera and Thomas A. Swearingen to Elijah A J Rich - district 15, lot 392 - 16 Aug 1862 - Lot 392, District 15, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand Sale - EAJ Rich to his siblings Sarah A. Wilson, A. M. Rich and Susan L. Rich - district 15, lot 392 - 1 Mar 1866 - Lot 392, District 15, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Apr 1867 - , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 5 Sep 1870 - , Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGuardianship Bond - 30 Nov 1870 - , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGuardianship Bond - 30 Nov 1870 - , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand Purchase - L. F. Burkett (sheriff) to Elijah A. J. Rich - 3/8a Perry's Shop lot in Bainbridge - 5 Dec 1876 - , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 4 Jun 1880 - Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsQuit Claim Deed - E A J Rich to Josiah Ard - district 15, 250a of lot 324 - 8 Feb 1883 - Lot 324, District 15, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsVoter Registration List - 1886 - Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNews Article - The Atlanta Constitution - 25 Aug 1888 - , Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 15 Jun 1900 - Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGuardianship Bond - 2 Jun 1903 - , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 15 Apr 1910 - Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill Written - 21 Dec 1914 - , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus: Federal - 8 Jan 1920 - Pine Hill Road, Lynn, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMembership - Masons - 1870-1925 - , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: (a) intestinal toxemia (3 days); (b) old age - 4 Jul 1925 - , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - The Post-Searchlight - 9 Jul 1925 - , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLetter of Administration - 5 Oct 1925 - , , Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill Probated - 5 Oct 1925 - , Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Bainbridge, Decatur County, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
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