I wonder if anyone has connections with this family.
My mother's mother's father's father was Joel Eason Smith (born 1824 Stewart Co., lived in Quitman 1880 Census, died 1888 Georgetown).
His son Mardonius F. Smith (born 1857 possibly Randolph, GA, lived in Randolph 1850 Census, lived in Quitman 1860 Census, lived in Quitman (Georgetown) 1870 Census, lived in Quitman 1880 Census with Wife and servants, don't have any 1890 Census but they were in KY at the time, lived in East Bernstadt, KY in 1900 Census with 4 children, still alive on 1910 Census in Nelson, KY).
Mardonius was married to Roxana (Roxie). They had 8 children, but only 4 of them were still alive by 1900 Census, and another one died in 1901 (brought back and buried "at their old home" in Quitman), followed by the death of Mardonius' wife Roxie in 1904 (newspaper article someone sent me). However, Roxie shows up again, alive, on the 1910 Census in Nelson, KY.
I wish I could trace Roxana's family, but I don't have her last or middle name. She was born about 1861 in Georgia, married Mardonius in about 1879, lived with him in Quitman in 1880 Census, and either died in 1901 in East Bernstadt, KY according to transcribed local newspaper article someone sent me, or else was still alive in Nelson, KY in 1910 Census.
I also wish I could find out more about Joel Eason Smith. I saw a website of the Mithven family that said he was a school teacher, farmer, and judge of the County Court of Quitman County. I wonder if there's some sort of record that would show that. It doesn't say all that on the Census.
Does anyone have any information on Joel Eason Smith's parents or other ancestors? His father was Allen Smith, his mother was Mary Jane Methvin born 1829 in Quitman. Any further back than that?
Apparently the family suffered a huge setback after the Civil War, and lost a lot of land and money (revealed on Census records) -- does anybody have any anecdotal or historical information to help explain how wealthy farmers lost land after the Civil War in southern GA?
Also, does anybody know about the popularity of the name Mardonius in the 1800s? I've only seen about a dozen of them. The Joel Eason Smith family gave most of their kids classical names (Mardonius was a Persian General in ancient times). Or would it be more likely that Mardonius was a family name handed down from an earlier generation? Anybody want to hedge an opinion?
Finally, does anyone know where I could see photographs of Quitman, and get an idea of what life was like there in the 1800s? Any web sites? Photos to share? Any newspaper items? I would love to get a glimpse of how things were when my ancestors lived in Quitman so many years ago.
Any ideas where the cemeteries might be that they would be buried in Quitman? Did they bury near their homes, or were there separate graveyards?
What was Quitman / Georgetown like in the mid-to-late 1800s? Was there a village of some sort? A railroad?
I am new to doing genealogy searches, and I thank you in advance for any help you might be able to give.