Andersonville, Georgia

No before we start on the wrong path here the Andersonville I speak of is not the prison of war time infamy. This Andersonville was located some two miles south of Acworth.  We look at Kenneth Krakows description of Andersonville as being ….

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Why an interest in this place you ask? Well I came across a blog on a news website called the Patch. The link is

http://marietta.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/an-eccentric-southern-gentleman

and the article is called “An Eccentric Southern Gentleman” by a Mr. Todd Hudson, with a B.A. in English Literature and who is currently working on his masters. I tried to comment on the blog but for some reason my browser or the sites software would not allow it. Needless to say he shares some valuable info.

I searched for Andersonville before because two miles south of Acworth it what we call Butler Creek where a large shopping center and sub divisions are now. When I was growing up a large flea market was there. where impoverished folks like myself would shop. At any rate lets look further. If you look at the Map we can see Andersonville there. and you can also see Moons Station. All this just above Big Shanty or Kennesaw and Below Acworth. Moon Station had a historical marker there and it used to be where you cross over the railroad onto Giles road. Now it is all changed with industrial parks and super sub divisions.

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We see in the news article above Mr. D. W. Dickson is the postmaster in 1839. In 1842 Joseph P. Anderson become postmaster.

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The following is from Mr Todd Hudson’s post about Chuck A. G Anderson in Marietta.

 Described as a “woods-colt,” livery owner “Chuck” Anderson flouted social conventions while remaining well-liked and well-respected 

Sometime around 1910, a southbound train pulled into Marietta. As it came to a stop across from the hotel and livery, a passenger stuck his head out of the window. Spying an antiquated-looking gentleman seated in front of the livery stable, the passenger called out, “How many folks live in this little town?”

Hearing the passenger’s Northern accent, the antiquated gentleman answered, “Well, we’ve got a couple of thousand that live here, but we’ve got 10,000 dead Yankees buried over there on the hill!”

That gentleman was John A.G. “Chuck” Anderson, one of Marietta’s more colorful characters. His antiquated appearance came from more than just his age (he would have been about 65 in 1910); Anderson’s preferred clothing style was reminiscent of an earlier time. The cut of his suit, his tall hat, his wide mustache and his long sideburns gave him the air of an old-fashioned Southern gentleman.

Anderson also possessed eccentricity in keeping with his appearance, managing to flout social conventions without losing respect. Anderson easily moved among all levels of society and was well-liked by black and white, rich and poor alike.

Some of this may have come from the nature of his childhood. According to Thomas Allen Scott’s Cobb County, Georgia and the Origins of the Suburban South, Anderson was referred to as a “woods-colt,” meaning a man of illegitimate birth, and the census records appear to bear this out. The U.S. census of 1860 lists a 14-year-old J.A. Anderson living with his 48-year old father, John A.G. Anderson Sr., and no other family. Yet the 1850 census lists his father as a bachelor living alone at a Marietta hotel owned by John Arnold.”  

I guess when it comes to genealogy we all have a woods-colt in our family. Some of which are the finest people you ever want to meet.

1. Acworth Ga. from Cherokee County to Suburbia” copyrighted by Carrie Dyer Woman’s Club, Acworth, Ga. 1976

2. The First Hundred Years: A Short History of Cobb County, in Georgia, Vol 1 by Sarah Blackwell Gober Temple

3. Georgia Place Names by Kenneth K. Krakow

4. https://commons.kennesaw.edu/ehap/sites/commons.kennesaw.edu.ehap/files/civil_war_map_of_kennesaw_0.png 1864 Map of NW Georgia created by Sherman’s Union Armies of Cumberland, Ohio, and Tennessee on their march to Atlanta. Original can be located at Central Cobb County Library.

5. http://marietta.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/an-eccentric-southern-gentleman, “An Eccentric Southern Gentleman” by a Mr. Todd Hudson

6. Federal Union, Mar. 12, 1839 — page 3

7. Federal Union, Jan. 11, 1842 — page 1 

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