Friday, April 19, 2024

My Tyson Ancesters Pranking the Brits, Soldering Trail of Tears, Ga.'s Gold Rush,

 and possibly witnesses the Invention of the Cotton Gin.

I  am reading a book about American history.  Now I am in a section about  the Revolutionary War, Eli Whitney, and the Cotton Gin.  Which brings me to my Tyson ancestors.

My ancestor Job Tuspm (1760—1803) lived in South Carolina during the Revolutionary War.

As a young Job played a practical joke against the British soldiers and was caught, a hangable offence.

It appears the head British General Lord Cornelius pardoned Job, saying something like “Boys will be boys.”

A pardon from the enemy was a fate worse than death.  His friends shunned him.  Job had to get a signed petition among his bothers and close friends stating that Job Tyson was a loyal American. 

Job Tyson married Deltha Stanton.  They had 5 children.

The oldest was Delitha Winson Tyson (be 1778-abt 1865)  Winston professionally was a school teacher.  She never married.  She died in a home for retired schoolteachers in Augusta, Geogia.

Job and Delitha Tyson’s youngest was also named Job Tyson. 

I don’t know why or how come  but Winston Tyson, the unmarried school teacher, adopted her youngest brother Job Tyson and changed his name to Eugne Hargraves Tyson.  I suspect she wanted for young Job not to be connected by name to the one Lord Cornelius pardoned.  I wondered why she chose “Hargraves” for a middle name but after studying  their relatives and others close by the only Hargraves I found was in the nearby militia her father was a member of.

General Nathan Greene , who fought gallantry for America, in the Revolutionary War, was from another country.  The United States gave him Cumberland Island a Thank You.

It has been handed down that she applied for got a job as a teacher on General Nathan Greene's plantation on Cumberland Island, near Savannah.  It has been handed down that she had the job of teaching on the plantation when Eli Whitney came and applied for the same job.

While there, he invented the Cotton Gin with the help of Mrs. Greene and her comb.


Back to our ancestor Eugene Hargraves (Job) Tyson.  His stepmother (sister) saw that he was well educated.  Here is more notes on my g-g- grandfather:

Eugene's name was possibly changed from Job because the name Job TYSON had a reputation of being a Tory.


E.H. Tyson is on the Matriculates list for 1815 UGA Class,(A

Catalogue of the Alumni of UGA),  listed residence as Augusta Ga in married to Elizabeth Herring.

(note - his guardian D. Winston Tyson lived in Augusta - her address was probably his last known address, as for UGA was concerned).


Eugene was a tax collector in Clarke County, Georgia.  A Mrs. Fleming has possession of his tax collector's book.  I have held his tax collector's book. It was a small red book, inside ledger style columns of numbers with a beautiful penmanship (Edwin 'Eddie' Tyson Hunter).


Prior to 1832, a strongly enforced treaty with the Cherokee Indian Nation restricted the white man from the Cherokee Lands which included most of North Georgia, north of the Chattahoochee River.  Then, gold was discovered near Dahlonega, Ga., and the treaty was quickly voided.  The Cherokee Nation carried the treaty to the Supreme Court and the Court put out a ruling in favor of the Indians but President Andrew Jackson said in essence: "Let the Supreme Court enforce their ruling".  The white moved in.  The Cherokee Indians were rounded up and sent to Oklahoma in the infamous "Trail of Tears".


Georgia Military records 1808-1809, list E. H. TYSON as a lieutenant . He also served April 8 1820 to January 22 1821 and Dec 22 1821 to Jul 25 1822.  W. G., son of William Theodore Tyson stated that Eugene County and that he helped gather up the Cherokee Indians and delivered them to "Old Smoke Ferry" to be deported.


Eugene received a grant to Land Lottery number 210 of the 20th District of Early County, Ga., 16 Feb 1829 and to Land Lottery 899 of 3rd District, 2d Section of Cherokee County, Georgia, 15 Jun 1835.  It is doubtful if he ever claimed his land in Early County.


In library search  from Records of Clarke, County, Ga. 1801-1892 In the

Georgia Dept of Archives & History...compiled by:  Robert Scott Davis pub. by

Southern Historical Press Inc.

I found that: Eugene H. Tyson was listed:

Lt. in Clarke Co. regiment 6 Oct.

1818, 1819,

Ensign in  "                      "

 Apr 16, 1823, 1820

Militia Fines 1814-1833

Eugene (S) Tyson


several "Court Case Files of the Inferior and County Courts, 1805-1895

(Record Group 129-2-2)....This series contains original, unbound papers which

formed portions of civil case files including but not limited to: Debts,

summonses, Fi Fas, Complaints, Distress Warrants, Bail Bonds, Attachments,

Promissory Notes, Affidavits, & Assumsits"

"Billiups, Robert R. vs Tyson, Eugene H. 1819...(also Billups vs. a

Capt. 1813) Robert Cabell 1812, Cyril Herring 1814,


Tyson, Eugene H.; Deane, John vs Billups, Robert R. 1820  (no date "A List of

men of 217th Dist., John Deane Capt.  #8.  Wm. B. Herring and #46 Eugene H.



"E. H.  Tyson is on the Matriculates list for 1815 UGA Class, (A

Catalogue of the Alumni of UGA), listed resident as Augusta Ga and married to

Elizabeth Herring."


His gold mining claim in Cherokee County, Georgia, was located along the banks of Kellog Creek.   Kellog Creek now runs from Alatoona Lake (Alattona Lake did not exist then) to what was once TYSON property near Highway 92.  Some beleive he mined did not redeem all his gold and it was/is hidden on his farm.


The TYSON Family Cemetary is located about 200 feet off Highway 92 (Old Alabama Road), near the intersection of Bells Ferry Road in the Northwest corner (behind Downey's Auto Parts - 1999).  The plot contains four marked graves and two unnamed stones.


1850 Cherokee County, Ga. Census, 15th Division, Oct 23 1850:

Tyson, Eugene H.               53M miner           $500  Ga.

            Eliza                        51F Va

            Richard P.               22M miner                      Ga

            Thomas S.              20M                                 Ga

            Mary Ann                18F Ga

            John G.                   16M Ga

            Howard                   14M Ga

            Olin V.                     11M Ga

            Texas                      10F Ga

            Crawford                    8M Ga

            Frelinghuysen           4M                                Ga



1860 Cherokee County, Ga., Census, 15th Division:

Tyson, Eugene H.                 62                                  Ga

            Eliza                          61 Va

            C. Texas Clifford       20                                  Ga

            Free                           15 Ga


ATHENS GAZETTE, VOL. i, No. XXIII, Thursday, July 21, 1814

Communicated.  The Athens Academy, superintended by the Pres. of the

University, is now under the immediate direction and tuition of Mr. John N.

Scott, late of Fayetteville, NC.  This young gentleman was for several years

a pupil of the Rev. W. L. Turner, and does great honor to that excellent

instructor.  A semi-annual examination of the Students of this Seminary

closed this day.  The Examiners were the President, and Professor of

Languages of Franklin College, the Rev. John Hodge, and Dr. Wm. Wright. The

first class, consisting of H. H. Tigner, Jesse Paulett, Leroy Holt and

Thacker Howard, ere examined ... The second class consisting of Robert

Carney, Crosby Dawson, Milton Holt, Homer Howard, Benjamin Rutherford, Eugene

Tyson, were examined on Virgil's Georgies ... The third class, consisting of

Thomas Baldwin, Robert Full wood, Robert Jones, George King, Lucius Lamar,

Joseph and James Loving and John Stuart were examined on ... The fourth

class, consisting of John Billups, Pulaskie Holt, Samuel Oliver, John Park,

Thomas and Alfred Scott and James Scott, were examined on Caesar's

Commentaries & Selected Profanis...  The fifth class, consisting of (9 men)

were examined on three books of Caesar's Commentaries...The sixth class,

consisting of Thomas Baldwin, Charles Betton, Crosby Dawson, Milton Holt,

Leroy Holt, Thacker Howard, Homer Howard, Samuel Oliver, John Park, Jesse

Paulett, James Scott, Hope Tigner, Eug. Tyson, Turner Willhite, and Robert

Wallice were examined on English Grammar ...


>show Thomas Moore was the Tax Collector - from a newspaper on Sept. 7,

1815"Athens Gazette"



Athens Gazette, Apr. 6, 1815 - List of letters remaining in the Post Office

at Athens the last day of March 1815  ... Job Tyson , Robt. J. Cabell, & Dr.



Athens Gazette, Apr. 11, 1816 - List of letters remaining in the Post Office

at Athens, first Apr. 1816 ... E. Job Tyson ...


Athens, Thursday, July 27. (1815).  Order of Commencement (Univ. of Ga). On

Tues. evening, was presented the Tragedy of "Abra-Mule, or Love and Empire".

Dramatis Personae - Briscoe, J. Lamar, Wm. H. Flournoy, Watkins, Cooper,

Baxter, Langston, R. Flournoy, L. Brown, Goode.


On Wed., A Salutator Address in Latin ... by Henry Hull.  On the Peace - by

Miles C. Nesbit.  Phillip's Eulogy on Washington - by R. H. Randolph.  An

Extract from an Oration delivered 4th July, 1812 - by E. Langston.  On

Eloquence - by O. H. Appling.  On Patriotism - by Joseph W. Jackson.  A

Comedy, called "Abroad and At Home" - L. Q. C. Lamar, John King, James Lamar,

Dawson, Briscoe, Appling, Paulett, Newton, Charles Mathews, Thomas Scott, R.

Banks.  Women:  Goode, Roberts, Tyson, Col. Elliott's Oration on the benefits

of Science - by W. Briscoe.  On the Character and Privileges of the Female

Sex by Jabez P. Marshall.  Degrees conferred by the Pres.  A Valedictory

Oration - by John M. Erwin.


Athens Gazette, Apr. 6, 1815 - List of letters remaining in the Post Office

at Athens the last day of March 1815  ... Job Tyson ...


Athens Gazette, Apr. 11, 1816 - List of letters remaining in the Post Office.


Edwin “Eddie” Tyson Hunter, Jr


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