Saturday, August 24, 2013

Greenville Pullen, Sr (1788-1860)

Here is one of my ancestors who apparently had an interesting life.  Here are all the Legacy and factual tales I have came across on him:

Greenville Pullen Sr [284]1 was born about 1788 in , , SC, died on 20 Mar 1860 in , Whitfield Co, GA about age 72, and was buried in Miller/Pullen Cemetery, Whitfield Co., GA.

General Notes: He was in the War of 1812.   Enlisted in Milledgeville, Ga., in 1814 for a term of eighteen months.  He was discharged at Fort Jack, near Savannah, Ga.  He enlisted as a private and later was appointed musician, a fifer for the company.  Records show he was discharged after both arms were broken in an accident while at work on barracks.
-Paul Pullen

1820     Gwinnette Co., Ga.
1830     DeKalb Co., Ga.
1840 & 1850     Cass Co, (now Bartow), Ga

     In 1832 Greenville obtained land in the newly opened Indian area of Cass County (now Bartow) in a lottery, and the family moved there.

     In 1834 Georgia state census lists the Greenville household in the 822nd district.  His homestead was on the Etowah River about five miles west of Cartersville, Georgia.  The Cherokee Indian Removal took place between 1832 and 1838.  A family story is that Greenville participated in the physical removal of the Cherokees.  The 1850 slave schedule shows he owned seven male and seven female slaves.

There is a family story that the Pullen traveled with two other families to Cass County in a covered wagon and while fording a river the Pullens' oxen became frightened and entangled.  It was Mary Ann, not one of the men, who swam in the water to loosen their yoke in order to cross safely.

-Paul Pullen (in his Pullen book).

     Greenville provided land for the Pettits Creek Baptist Church in 1839, and an additional three acres in May 1844.  Later, the church congregation grew and a new church building was built in Cartersville. Today it is First Baptist Church.

     Of interest is that the Union Army was camped on Pullen land prior to the Atlanta battles.

     Around 1852 most of the Pullen family left Cass (Bartow) County. Greenville applied for and received from the government 160 acres of land in Whitfield County, based on his War of 1812 service.  Greenville downsized his land and slave holdings.  The Taylor family, then living in Chambers County, Alabama, most likely bought some slaves.

     Records indicate his homeplace was in a community called Cedar Ridge.  He owned lots 140 and 141.  They owned three household slaves.

     When he died his estate was valued at $5,600, including the three slaves which he directed to be sold.  He named his adopted son Elias executor of the estate.  In the will probate process family members accused Elias of mishandling the affairs.  Elias had to post bond and demonstrate to the court that he could fulfill his responsibiltes.

     The inventory and appraisment bill of the property of Greenvill Pullen Estate appraised by us on the 6th Day of April 1860.

House and Kitchen furniture, bedding and cooking vessel $100.00
1 Loom 4.00
600 lbs Bacon @ 10 cents 60.00
2 sets of Plows and Plow Gear 3.00
1 Axe 1.00
1 Axe .25
1 Grindstone 2.00
2 Shovels 1.50
2 Scyth Blades 1.00
1 Yoke of Oxen 30.00
5 Cows and Calves 50.00
21 Head of Hogs 1 year old and 7 pigs 50.00
1 Blind Mare 40.00
1 Wagon 35.00
1 Saddle 4.00
90 Bushels Corn 60.00
The Land (Home Place) 1200.00
1 Buggy 60.00
1 Bay Horse 40.00
1 Negro Man 60 or 70 years old 100.00
1 Negro Woman 47 years old 500.00
1 Negro Girl, Elen 4 years old 400.00
80 Acres of Land Lot No 152 9th district 3rd Section. 500.00
- Paul Pullen (in his Pullen book).

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