Georgia Genealogy & History

Editor: Jeannette Holland Austin    Volume 3    Issue No. 4 April 2007


Father Sherman Afraid to March

to Sea Alone

”Returns to Fort Oglethorpe and Will Endeavor to Get Another Escort. Makes Himself Famous. 


Special to The Georgian.  Chattanooga, Tenn. May 5---Rev. Father Sherman, who has now become famous because of his own ‘march to the sea’ over the route taken by his distinguished father, returned to the post at Fort Oglethorpe today soon after the escort which left here Monday morning.  It is stated today from a very reliable source that Father Sherman is a little afraid to continue the march to the sea without an escort, and he is not going to go alone.  He will take another step to get this or another escort to go over the route to Cartersville, Ga. Again and from that point to Atlanta and on to the sea.  Father Sherman had gone only as far as Cartersville when his escort was recalled by the war department.  Just what steps Father Sherman will take in getting a military escort is not known, but he says he will not move another step over the 1906 ‘march to the sea’ without a military escort.  He does not seem to want to take the advice from the Southern people that if he goes alone he will be received in only the hospitable manner to which Southerners are capable.  It was stated here that if Father Sherman undertakes to go again with a military escort of United States soldiers he will encounter similar trouble when he undertakes to make the march Monday.


Camped Near Calhoun.  Special to The Georgian. Calhoun, Ga., May 5—Father Sherman and escort of cavalry camped at the Richard Peters stock farm near Calhoun Thursday night and left early Friday morning for Chickamauga. 



While here, he said he had no ill will for the people of Georgia, attributing all the trouble to politics.  He said he was president of a Chicago college, and that there were 65,000 people in this parish.  He is interested in a bill now before congress to pay for the Baptist and Presbyterian churches at Calhoun, which were taken and used for army purposes when his father was here on his memorable march to the sea.  On his return home, Father Sherman said, he would take the matter up with his congressman and urge the passage of the bill.  Father Sherman made a good impression on those who met him.  The party camped at Dalton Friday night, and from there proceeded on to Chickamauga.


Bishop Keiley disapproves Father Sherman’s Trip. Savannah, Ga., May 5—The Rt. Rev. Benjamin J. Keiley, Bishop of Georgia, has returned to Savannah, after spending a fortnight in the north.  While away, he attended the celebration in commemoration of the anniversary of the Baltimore cathedral.  He was asked for an interview concerning Father Sherman’s proposed trip through Georgia.  Though he declined to be interviewed on the subject, it is known that he did not look upon it with favor.  Indeed, it is said by friends close to him, that the bishop would not have received Father Sherman had he come to Savannah.”  The Atlanta Georgian May 5, 1906

Background Information: Father Thomas Ewing Sherman, S. J.  10/12/1856-4/29/1933, lawyer, educator, and Catholic priest, was the fourth child of William Tecumseh Sherman and his wife Eleanor Boyle Sherman, née Ewing. Tom Sherman was graduated from Georgetown University when eighteen years of age and two years later received a graduate degree from Yale University. He was trained to be a lawyer but in 1878 decided to join the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and was ordained a priest the following year. Father Sherman later taught philosophy at Saint Louis University and served as an army chaplain during the Spanish-American War of 1898. When he reached his mid-fifties, he began experiencing mental problems and suffered from long bouts of depression. Perhaps this explains his obsession to repeat his father’s March to The Sea.


The Proud Traditions of Georgia Braves

All Indians did not go West to Oklahoma and Kansas.  Many of mixed lineages stayed behind and continued to farm their lands. They maintained their heritage inside the framework of organized tribes. Starting in about 1880’s the Georgia newspapers published accounts of the annual “Great Councils” organized by the Red Men of Georgia. Each tribe had its representatives.  For example, the Great Council of 1906 which was held in Brunswick, Georgia, was represented by Atlantans as follows:

Cherokee Tribe No. 1 – J. E. S. Cooper, Dr. Charles J. Vaughn, R. F. Know, W. D. Green, C. M. Kister, G. H. Hinnat, H. Ivey, J. B. Wallace, H. A. Barton and W. R. Bean. Mohawk Tribe No. 5 – G. F. Barrett, W. F. Freeman, H. Davis, R. T. Peavy. Comanche Tribe No. 6 – S. L. Blanchard, M. Cain, J. E. Bowden, J. R. McMichael, J. A. Bohannon, J. F> Bradley, W. T. Dozier, N. H. Matthews, J. W. Asbury, G. B. Beauchamp, W. L. Hollingsworth. Powhaton Tribe No. 8—E. L. Brooks and G. A. Bates. Conesauga Tribe No. 23—E. B. Yancey, G. F. Murray, J. B> Davies, S. W. Lord. Apalachia Tribe, No. 31—W. B. Bowen and Thomas A. Pinson. Choctaw Tribe No. 35—W. M. Tidwen, N. Light. Chippewa Tribe No. 50—T. W. Pepper, A. F. Lee, C. W. Harris. Etowah Tribe No. 45—E. D. Thomas. Silver Cloud Council No. 1, Daughters of Pocahontas—J. P. Nash, T. H. J. Miller, D. E. Green, W. B. Stewart. Tallaluah Council No. 4—L. F. Millican, Joseph Ivey. Eufaula Council No. 8—V. J. Dennis, J. W. Mulkey. Pocahontas Council No. 14—L. E. Whittier. Wild Rose Council No. 16—W. B. Holcomb, W. M. Silvey.

The Great Chief of Council for 1906 was:  James L. Mayson, Comanche, No. 6, Atlanta.  The Atlanta Georgian May 5, 1906.

Research Tips

To find references to Georgia relatives of Cherokees and Creek Indians in Oklahoma, see the Dawes Rolls of 1908.  These rolls consists of thousands of applications of prospective relatives from Georgia looking to receive a distribution of Oklahoma lands being deeded to those having at least 1/32nd Indian blood and who could prove it. Most of the applications from Georgia came from Gilmer, Cherokee, Hall, White and Forsyth Counties.  The applications may be read at the   –U. S. Archives (or Federal Records Centers in Georgia).  Older Indian Rolls such as the Old Settler Rolls, etc. were used to prove lineages.  In other words, as Indians were transported to other areas, the names of those being transported were recorded.  This invaluable resource contains a wealth of genealogical information.

New Additions

The Georgians by Jeannette Holland Austin published in 1986 has been updated and is now available to subscribers of


Genealogies - Autry/Awtry of White & Cobb Counties; Brown of Franklin Co.; Cleveland of South Carolina and Cobb Co.; Donaldson of Fulton Co.; Gignilliat of Cobb Co.; Hames of Murray Co.; Moore of Floyd and Cobb Counties; Slaton of Fulton Co.; Register of Laurens Co.; Richardson of Upson & Fulton Counties; Scoggins; Shattles of Monroe & Upson Counties; Simms; Stapleton; Stubblefield; Taylor; Traylor;
Warren; Voss of Culpepper Co., Virginia & Cobb County; Warnock and Wise

History of First Settlers to Golden Isles of Georgia, including photographs.  If you plan a trip, be sure and print out this history to take with you !

European History Books Online
History of King Charles II of England;
Irish Monarchy: King Heremon by Jeannette Holland Austin; King Alfred of England: Makers of History; Queen Victoria: Great Britain and Her Queen; Heraldry

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