Sent north for the duration

Elias G. Carnes parents were Andrew Jackson "Jack" Carnes and Susan Catherine Silvey, called "Miss Silvey." Andrew Jackson Carnes was born in 1845, probably near Kingston in Cass County, Georgia. The county name was changed to Bartow in 1861.

Jack is listed with the family in the 12th District, Cass County in 1850, and he, 23, Catherine 30, and "Eliza," 1, a female, are listed in the 1870 census in the Kingston District, Bartow County. “Eliza” is actually Elias G. Jack and Catherine, and their children are also listed in the 1880 census in Kingston, Georgia. On both occasions, they are living next door to his parents, Shem and Elizabeth Carnes.

Andrew left Georgia sometime before or in the early years of the Civil War and returned after it was over. Speculation is that Shem and Elizabeth were determined not to lose their youngest son to the conflict. Andrew’s brother James Canada died at Gettysburg, and his oldest brother Elias Grady, was captured.

Andrew sold part of the land in Kingston originally owned by Shem in 1883.
I do not know when Jack died, but it was apparently before 1900, nor do I know where he is buried. Catherine died 6 June 1896 in Linwood, a no longer existing community very close to Hall Station), Bartow County (See "Documents"). I don’t know where she is buried, either. It is possible their graves are among the many unmarked in the Connesena Cemetery.

A correspondent pointed out to me that the obituary for Elias G. Carnes lists his father as Jack (Jackson) and his mother as “Miss Silvie." I did a search and found that in the 1880 census for Kingston, there is a Mary E. Silvey, 62, born about 1818, living right next door to Elias G. and Susan C. Carnes. She is living with a granddaughter Emma L. Silvey, 10.

Using this information, I discovered that Mary E. Silvey, 33, was living in Clarke County, Georgia, in 1850 with no husband, but with children Susan C. 13 (born about 1837), Amanda 12, Virginia 10, Elam 8, John H. 6, Mary G. 3, and a male infant. Her husband's name was William J. Silvey, born 1820-24, who apparently died 1849-50 based upon the age of his youngest child.

William and Mary were married January 26, 1836 in Clarke County, and are in the 1840 Clarke County census (William is head of household and 16-20 years old). Mary’s maiden name was Brown.

In the 1820 census, there are three Browns with a girl under 5, all in the Salem District, Clarke County: Joseph, James, and Leward. Her father was probably James, who appears in the 1830 census with two girls 10-15, and in the 1840 Clarke County census as well.

The Salem community was on the Apalachee River on the old boundary between Clarke (now Oconee) and Morgan Counties, which means it was probably an earlier name for High Shoals.

William Silvey is in the 1840 Clarke County census age15-20 with two girls under 5 and a female 20-30 in the household, all of which could fit, but I can find nothing else on him.

The children of William J. Silvey and Mary E. Brown

1. Susan Silvey, born about 1837 in Georgia, probably in Clarke County. She married Andrew Jackson Carnes.
2. Amanda Silvey, born about 1838, probably in Clarke County.

3. Virginia Silvey, born about 1840 in Clarke County, Georgia.

 4. Elam Silvey, born about1842 in Clarke County, Georgia.      

5. John H. Silvey, born about 1844 in Clarke County, Georgia.

6. Mary Frances Silvey, born 22 December 1849 in Clarke County, Georgia.      
John H. Silvey, son of William J. and Mary E. Silvey, and brother of Susan C., is on the muster list for Company E, 8th Georgia, during the Civil War. See "Our family in wartime." John is living in the Watters District (Shannon area), Floyd County, in 1880 with Julia C. Otts. Julia was born 28 February 1844 and died 11 September 1915, according to her gravestone in the Blue Pond Baptist Church Cemetery.

They were married 12 October 1860 in Floyd County, and had six children:

1. Viola Alice born 1866 in Ohio
2. Lottie R. born 20 July 1869 in Atlanta.
3. Nancy born 1867, probably in Floyd County.
4. Julia born 1872, probably in Floyd County.
5. Fannie born 1874, probably in Floyd County.
6. Rufus born 1877, probably in Floyd County.

There is some confusion over John H.’s children. He is said to also have married Sarah A. Meighen, born 1835 in Ohio, on12 October 1860 in Guernsey, Ohio. Their children were Lilly A. born 1863, Nancy born 1866, and Viola born 1866, but I believe this may be in error because their last name is said to be Selby and not Silvey.

John H. Silvey died 13 August 1931 in Atlanta.

I tried to find Mary Silvey’s granddaughter, Emma L., but had no luck. Since she is listed as a Silvey, she is probably the child of Elam, but I couldn't find her or Elam.

Jack and Miss Silvie had six known children:

1. Elias G. Carnes, born 1866 or 1869 in Georgia. He is the grandfather of Pearl Grace Buttrum, my grandmother. See "Elias G. Carnes and Harriet Elizabeth Bagwell."

2. Mary G. Carnes, born in 1872. I know nothing else about her.

3. Annie E. Carnes, born 1873. I know nothing else about her, either.

4. Catharine M. Carnes, born 1876. Ditto.

5. Sarah J. Carnes, was born in July 1877, and on 4 July 1895 in Bartow County married Joseph D. "Frisby" (Frisbee). His birthday is unknown, but he apparently died or divorced her before 1900 because she is living with Elias G. and Elizabeth Bagwell Carnes in Adairsville that year. She is listed in the 1910 Fulton County census, but nothing further is known of her.

6. Nancy Carrie Carnes was born in 8 October 1879, probably in Kingston, and died 17 December 1952. She married a Thomason, then later a Frank Jeffries (1882-1955). In the 1900 Adairsville census, she too is living with Elias G. and Lizzie Bagwell Carnes, as Carrie Thomason, with a daughter Lillie, born January 1899. Nancy died in Fulton County, but she and Frank are buried at Snow Springs Baptist Church cemetery west of Adairsville.    

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