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John Vinson
Male 1782 - 1856

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  • Birth  1782  Grayson, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  19 Dec 1856  Wayne, Augusta, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1097  Martin Family | Vinson Relatives
    Last Modified  20 Sep 2014 
     
    Family  Margaret Calloway,   b. 1778, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1856 
    Children 
    >1. Tully Vinson,   b. Abt 1798, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Vinson,   b. Abt 1800
    >3. Ebenezer Calloway Vinson,   b. 2 Feb 1807, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1857, Milledgeville, Baldwin, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Levina Vinson,   b. Abt 1808
     5. Martha G. Vinson,   b. Abt 1812,   d. 31 Dec 1874, Warren County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Louisa Vinson,   b. Abt 1814
    >7. John A. J. Vinson,   b. Abt 1817,   d. 01 Feb 1886, East Tallassee, Tallapoosa, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  19 Jul 2007 
    Family ID  F2150  Group Sheet
     
  • Notes 
    • Baldwin County GaArchives History .....History of Baldwin County - Vinson Biography 1925
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      THE VINSON FAMILY

      Five Vinson brothers came to America from Ireland, and settled in Maryland. My great-grand-father moved from Maryland to Hancock county, Georgia, and was a Methodist minister. His son, Ebenezer Vinson, moved from Hancock county, to Baldwin county, Georgia, about 1854.

      Ebenezer Vinson built a home, three miles from Milledgeville, on the Sandersville road. The house is still standing—a two story house, well preserved and painted gray. The second story is only across the front of the house, and a small front porch below, a type of architecture very much in use at that time. The many out buildings have long been torn away.

      Ebenezer Vinson had two brothers and two sisters. One sister, Martha Vinson, married Mr. Parham, of Warren county. The other sister was named Vina. One brother, John Vinson, moved to Alabama and. the other brother, Tully Vinson,
      moved to Texas. Ebenezer Vinson lived and died near Milledgeville. His wife was Martha Crawford Dickson, and his children were: William Vinson, Henry Vinson, Walter Vinson, Edward Vinson, Lucy Vinson, (Mrs. N. P. Williams), Dora Vinson (Mrs. Wm. Williford), Anne Vinson (Mrs. Thomas Beall).

      Bishop Pierce performed the marriage ceremony of Ebenezer and Martha Dickson, and came from his home to preach the funeral of Ebenezer when he died, as he was a life-long friend.

      Edward Story Vinson is the only member of the family now residing in Milledgeville. He married Miss Annie Morris, and the children are: Mrs. J. W. Cannon, Cordele, Ga., Mrs. M. J. Guyton, Dublin, Ga., Mrs. Thos. Pollard, Jacksonville, Fla., Hon. Carl Vinson, M. C., Washington, D. C., Edward Vinson, Cordele, Ga., Fred Vinson, Honduras, C. A., Lieut. Wilbur Vinson, U. S. A., Ft. Benning, Ga.

      One of the early settlers of Baldwin County was Mrs. Harriett Singleton Morris, wife of Thomas H. Morris. They were married in Jones County, Ga., Feb. 4, 1851, and early moved to Baldwin County, in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood. Mr. Morris died the first year of the Civil war, and Mrs. Morris died in Milledgeville, May 27, 1912, in her eighty-first year, leaving the following children: Mrs. E. S. Vinson, Milledgeville, Ga., Mrs. Ida Armstrong, Macon, Georgia, Mr. Gus Morris, Milledgeville, Ga., Rev. T. H. Morris, Dallas, Tex., and the late Mr. Chas. Morris, Milledgeville, Ga.

      Mrs. Harriet Singleton Morris is a descendant of the Revolutionary soldier, Captain Matthew Singleton, of S. C. The Revolutionary records of S. C., show that Matthew Singteton was a friend of Nathaniel Greene, a great favorite of his, and considered by Greene a good soldier. Matthew was Captain of a company during the war, and his son, John was in the company. He became a Captain before the war ended.

      The Singletons ranked, during the colonial period in Virginia, as one of the most prominent families. The Singletons of South Carolina were very active during the Revolutionary war, and their name appears in several different companies. One of the women of the family, Sarah Angelica Singleton, married the son of Martin Van Buren, and as Pres. Van Buren was a widower, his son's wife presided over the White House. We copy from the Washington Post, Nov. 15, 1914, the following:

      "There is no figure in the period costume at the National Museum more admired than the graceful form recently placed in a case representing Mrs. Angelica Singleton Van Buren, mistress of the White House during the administration of President Martin Van Buren. Mrs. Van Buren's father was Richard Singleton, a large land owner and planter of Sumter County, S. C., a member of a family that ranked among the "blue bloods" of that exclusive state. To complete an education in keeping with her elevated social position, Miss Singtelon was sent for several years to Mme. Ireland's School in Philadelphia, and in 1837, she spent a portion of her holidays in Washington with her kinswoman, Mrs. Dolly Madison, who took pride and pleasure in presenting her to President Van Buren. She was a girl of rare beauty, and most accomplished, she at once became a reigning belle and one year later she was married, at her own home in South Carolina, to Maj. Abram Van Buren, eldest son of President Van Buren, a graduate of West Point, an officer in the army, who at the time was acting as his father's private secretary."

      The same newspaper article goes on to describe her first appearance at the White House, and describes her costume. There are many descendants today in Milledgeville of the Singleton and Morris families, among them the Vinson family and the Morris family.

      (Written by Mrs. M. J. Guyton—(Lelia Vinson).

      The Vinson family, originally of Hancock County, was transplanted to Baldwin after this manner:

      Ebenezer Callaway Vinson, tho' still a comparatively young man, began to suffer a physicial decline: he decided that the climate of South Georgia would be more agreeable, and therefore more desirable, as a place of residence. This thought perhaps as to the mildness of the climate was dominant, but the fact that the family owned a great deal of land thereabouts also had its weight as a determining factor. Accordingly, Vinson quitted his Hancock plantation and started out with South Georgia as his objective, to decide on the exact location for the future home of his family. He and an older brother had surveyed, for the government, large tracts of land in South Georgia.

      Horseback travel was slow and he was not well, so when Milledgeville was reached, he resolved to tabernacle here. Even in that day and generation, Milledgeville offered superior school advantages. Mr. Vinson therefore made a
      quick purchase of the plantation, for many succeeding years known as the Vinson place, situated three miles east of Milledgeville, with the expectation that it was to serve only as a temporary home for him and his family. As a lad, Ebenezer had become familar with the capital city; his brother, Tully Vinson, in later years, Gen. Vinson, represented Hancock County in the Legislature and the youth, Ebenezer, often accompanied him on his trips to Milledgeville. So this old time acquaintance with the town exerted its influence in changing his decision to
      establish there his Lares and Penates.

      Many years after the days when Tully Vinson was Hancock's representative in the legislature, old timers, remembering his name and fame, supported a young scion of the family from Milledgeville who sought political preferment in the Halls of Congress.

      The new home in Baldwin indeed proved a temporary abiding place for Ebenezer Callaway Vinson. In two years time, on Dec. 25th., 1857, at the age of fifty, he passed on to the Great Beyond. He left his wife, Martha, and ten children as follows: Maria Jane, who became the wife of Col. Eli Gumming, of Wilkinson County; Anne, who married Thos. N. Beall, of Wilkinson; Wm. H. Vinson, who married Julia Beall, of Talbot County; Dora A., who became wife of V. Wm. Williford; Henry Crawford Vinson, whose first wife was Lou Brake, of Baldwin, and whose second wife was Lorene Wood, of McRae, Ga.; Lucie Catherine, wife of Wm. Pleasant Williams; Charlie, who died when thirteen years of age; Edward Storey, who married Annie Morris, of Baldwin County; Walter Dickson, who married Anna Caraker, of Baldwin County; and Mary Rebecca, wife of John Roberson. All, with the exception of Anne and Mary, had children and there is now a large family connnection, scattered widely.

      Martha Dickson Vinson, the widow, had strength of mind and character and she "carried on" in the best sense, as a mother, and as manager of her plantation, for nearly fifty years after her husband's death. She was the daughter of Wm. Dickson and Lucy Crawford. The latter's death occurred, unexpectedly, at her home in Sparta, on the well remembered night "when the stars fell." A son of Lucy Crawford's uncle, and therefore her first cousin, was Wm. H. Crawford, Georgia's governor. Of him the great Napoleon said, after Crawford's visit to France, "He is the only man to whom I unconsciously feel impelled to make obeisance." That, for Crawford's appearance and bearing. The mother of Lucy Crawford was an Atwood and, according to family tradition, three times an heiress. Ebenezer was given the name of Callaway because that had been his mother's name. His two sisters, Levina and Martha, were Quakers. These side lights have their physological significance in the history of the family.

      The only representatives, now in the county, of this once numerous family, are: Edward Storey Vinson, son of the first Vinson and his wife; and their son, Carl Vinson, representative in Congress of the Tenth District of Georgia. Dixon
      Williams, with his wife and sons; and Mrs. Leverett Montgomery and her family. Mrs. Montgomery was Lois Scott, granddaughter of Win. H. Vinson. Mrs. Lucie V. Williams lives in Birmingham. She and E. S. Vinson are the only members of the original family now living.

      Of Ebenezer Callaway Vinson, who planted the family in Baldwin Co., it would well be said in the words of Shakespeare, "He was a man, take him for all in all; I shall not look upon his like again." Of Martha, in the words of Proverbs, "Her children rise up and call her blessed."



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      Part V

      HISTORY of BALDWIN COUNTY GEORGIA

      BY MRS. ANNA MARIA GREEN COOK

      ILLUSTRATED

      ANDERSON. S. C.
      Keys-Hearn Printing Co.
      -1925—


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