Thursday, April 21, 2011

Who Do I Think I Am? Wow! Part 37


My ancestor great-great-great grandfather Eugene Hargraves Tyson (1798-1868) was born with the name Job Tyson, named after his father. At an early age, probably at age 7 or 8 he was an orphan. His father died in 1803 and his I don’t know when his mother died, probably within a couple of years of Job. His sister Winston Tyson, a schoolteacher adopted him and legally changed his name to Eugene Hargraves Tyson. Why? The only Hargraves known near them was in Job’s militia unit.

Eugene Hargraves attended college. He Attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, when it was named Franklin College. He excelled in his studies, which included math. After he finished up with college he stayed and became a tax collector in Clarke County. When the Indians were moved out to Oklahoma via the Trail of Tears Georgia had a land lottery for the land the Indians left behind. Eugene won a lottery for land to mine gold, which was on Kellogg Creek in Cherokee County.

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