Thursday, November 11, 2010

Atlanta Universalists of 1895, part 1

In the publication ONWARD of January 17, 1896, there was a listing of all members of the new Universalist Church in Atlanta of 1895, as well as all the known Universalist in town. This listing includes that and my first run of research of who these people were. The original was complied by Mary Grace Canfield
Unless noted, we only know these folks were Universalist in circa December 1895.

Mr and Mrs. H.D. MCutcheon
Members of both the 1880s congregation and the new one. converted by Rev.
D.B.Clayton (then of Atlanta). He was a former Methodist and she a former Methodist.
Children were James, Howard, and Mrs. Cullpeper.
Hugh "David" McCutcheon (1844 - 1919) born in Gainesville, Ga (Northeast of Atlanta)
he joined the Rebel army in 1862 at age 19, just days before the Battle of Shiloh.
At some point he was captured and was held at the Lousiville (KY) Military Prison until being released in September 1864. In 1870, he and his younger brother ran a store in Marietta Georgia, which he continued on his own to at least 1880. He continued in the mercantile businesses in Atlanta, including the Atlanta Fire and Waterproof Paint Company. He was active until the summer of 1919, visiting his daughter in the Panama Carnal Zone. He died three months later at the Confederate Soldier Home in Atlanta. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows.
Louisa McCutcheon (1844- ) born in Cherokee, Georgia. Upon the death of H.D. she moved in with her daughter in the Canal zone. She apparently died in the middle 1920s.
Emma L. McCutcheon Cullpepper (1873- ) married G. W. Cullpeper in 1892. She filed for divorce in 1906, due to his habitual drunkenness and having assaulted her. He died in 1909. She lived with her sister in Atlanta, after the death of her sister's husband. She is in the 1930 census.
James B. McCutcheon (1876- )worked at the Post Office in the 1890s, but spent most of his career selling farm instruments. Moved to Alabama in the 1920s.
Howard Clayton McCutcheon (1878 - 1956), Officer of the Georgia Universalist Young People's organization in 1897. 1911 recited at the Universalist Christmas pageant (with niece Catherine Garwood). Managed and then owned a print shop.
We will assume that his middle name was in honor of Rev. Clayton.

H. D. was active as secretary of the Georgia Universalist Convention in the 1880s-1890s. In the 1890s, he was listed as living in "Pleasant Valley". An Universalist Church existed in "Pleasant Valley" from 1874 (building in 1875) for the next 10-15 years. I'm not exactly sure where this particular "Pleasant Valley" was.

"Mr and Mrs. H. Linch were Georgia natives," and also members of the 1880s church.
Hezekiah Linch (1842-1923) was the son of Elijah Linch and the grandson of Rev. Elijah Linch, the universalist minister who turned his church near Prosperity SC
to affiliation with the Universalist denomination. His mother was Mahalia Prater.
He had a brother named Giles Chapman Linch, after the (small u) universalist minister before their grandfather. He was born near Prosperity, and his family moved to Columbia, SC and then Madison, Florida before the war. After the war, he moved to Atlanta, and established a junk selling business, which replaced in the 1880s, by a Hide and Tallow business that was very successful, usually having around 6-10 full time employees.
Permelia "Gabriella" Hicks Linch (1853-1932) - Born in Georgia, and married when she was 16. After the death of her husband, she lived with one of her two daughters, moving with them to Louisville, Kentucky in the 1920s.

Mrs. M.T. Day
Born in New Hampshire, lived in Massachusetts before moving to Atlanta.
Probably Mary F. Day,(1813- ) the only Day I could find in Atlanta in 1900, from New Hampshire, and then had lived in Massachusetts. Her husband, David, had been a grocer in Atlanta in 1870. She was a widow, living with her daughter's family in Atlanta in 1900.

update 14 Nov 2010: I should have mentioned that H. Linch was active in the Georgia Universalist Convention in the 1880s.

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