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Rawls Family Information

Savannah Morning News

April 19, 1886

Charlton County Items

Racepond, Ga., April 17

Mr. J. Rawls, the well-known turpentine man of Moonshine in this county, has just had built one of the best little churches it has been our lot to see in the wiregrass. Beautifully situated between Moonshine and Racepond on the Savannah, Florida and Western Railway, it can be seen from the four cardinal points of the compass. Though never before have the people had the benefit of a church, they appear to fully appreciate the present advantages, for they come from miles around.

This section has always been considered a stronghold of the Primitive Baptists who stoutly object to Sunday Schools, but here there is a very flourishing Sunday School.

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CHARLTON COUNTY, GA. HISTORICAL NOTES 1972 By Charlton County Historical Commission

Page 200

CHARLTON GETS ROADS

The early records of the Ordinary’s [Probate Judge nowadays] Court are filled with petitions for community roads from all over the county. The law called for the election of Road commissioners. In 1879 the commissioners were: Traders Hill District, [listed three men]; Willisville, [listed three]; Gaineyville, [listed three]; Thick Branch, Jehu Paxton, Japeth Rawls, Jesse Crews; Centre Village, [listed three]. These commissioners selected the Overseers, who summoned all able-bodied men to three days road work [per year].

Page 238

UNUSUAL NOTES IN OUR HISTORY

On November 23, 1895 there was established in Charlton County a post office with the official name “Moonshine.” The postmaster was Japeth Rawls. It lasted till June 18, 1896 when it was discontinued with the mail being sent to Traders Hill. This post office was located near Racepond, on the east side of the present Highway No. One, near the old John Carter home place.

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CHARLTON COUNTY HERALD [weekly newspaper]

July 27, 1988

C.O. RAWL DIED SUNDAY

C.O. Rawl, 73, Kingsland, died Sunday in Columbia, S.C., after a short disease. The Lexington County, S.C. native and former Folkston, Ga. resident had lived in Camden County, Ga, for 48 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Kingsland.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn K,; Son Rolf O., St, Augustine; four daughters, Evelyn Jolane Guske, Sylvester, Ga.; Diane Brandon, Jacksonville; Debra Gerry, Oxford, Ga.; Cathy Reed, Duluth, Ga.; a brother Claude, Kingsland, Md.; two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Smith, Lexington, S.C. and Blanche Barker, Cedar Lake, Ind. 12 grandchildren.

Services were held at First United Methodist Church of Kingsland with burial at Pineview Cemetery, Folkston, Ga.

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FROM MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS ONCE FILED IN CHARLTON COUNTY ORDINARY’S OFFICE, THEN STORED IN COURTHOUSE ATTIC AND RESCUED BY CHARLTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN 2004.

Single sheet

APPLICATION FOR PERMANENT LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION

Georgia, Charlton County

The petition of Nancy Rawls, a citizen of said state and county and one of the next of kin of Sandy Rawls late of said county, deceased, shows that said deceased departed this life on or about the first day of July 1871 [It looks like 1871 but may be 1891] and as she believes intestate leaving property real and personal lying in said county of the probable value of five hundred dollars and that said estate should be administered upon for the purpose of collecting and paying the debts due and owing by the said estate and for the purpose of making distribution among the heirs of said deceased.

Wherefore petitioner prays an order demanding(?) a citation to issue and be published in terms(?) of the law and if that no good cause be shown to the contrary your petitioner be appointed the permanent administrator of the said deceased.

This lst day of September 1891.

NANCY (her X mark) RAWLS

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TRANSCRIPT OF ARTICLE ON PAGE 8 OF CHARLTON COUNTY HERALD, DATED OCTOBER 15, 1980

Newspaper clipping tells of 1888 visit to Charlton County. This was first printed in the November 22, 1888 issue of the Waycross [Ga.] Reporter:

Eighteenth paragraph:

Going on towards Pierce County, we come to the turpentine farm of J. Rawls, originally from Virginia. He came to this country with Mr. James B. Baker, deceased, when a young man, and liked the country so well he decided to make this county his home. Mr. Rawls has been very successful in his undertakings and from a worker for daily wages, he has by dint of hard and persistent toil, climbed up the ladder of fortune, until he is now the owner of the firm at Moonshine and has a half interest in a firm in Johnson County. He is a successful farmer, as well as a turpentine man, raising large quantities of grain every year.

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