Harper Lineage

(Harper Coat of Arms)


Charles Malachi Harper (b. 1759, m. 1783, d. 1837)
born in Norwich, Norfolk, England
m. Chastity Lucinda Roberts
Children:     James Adam Harper (b. 1784, d. 1854) - m. Mary Smith
                       Malachi Harper - m. Elizabeth Smith
                       Ezra Harper
                       Jenkins Harper
                       Mary Harper
 

James Adam Harper, Sr. (b. 1784, m. 11-2-1811, d. 1854)
born in SC, died in Wayne County, GA; he was a prominent and influential citizen of Wayne County and was a successful farmer. His large estate was divided into twelve shares at his death, there being eleven surviving children and his wife. The estate inventory amounted to $7603.68.
m. Mary Smith (b. 1790 in SC, d. 1861)
Children:     Lavinia Harper (b. 1813, m. 4-3-1828, d. 1858) - m. James Aaron Strickland
                       Levicy Harper (b. 1815, d. 1884) - m. William Eugene Campbell, Jr.
                       Malachi Harper (b. 1817, d. 1900)
                                  m. 1) Mary Elizabeth Knight

                                        2) Mary A. Jane Sykes Lane (b. 1825, m. 7-13-1855)
                       Mary Elizabeth Harper (b. 1820, d. 1886)

                                  m. 1) James Manning, 2) James C. Drawdy
                       Rebecca Harper (b. 1822, d. 1848, m. 1-8-1838) - m. James Manning
                       Charles Harper (b. 7-15-1830) - m. Ellen Popwell
                       Mary J. Harper (b. 1827) - m. 1) Martin Manning, 2) Thomas O. Lane (m 7-29-1869
                       Elizabeth Ann Harper (b. 1831, d. 1852) - never married
                       James A. Harper, Jr. (b. 1833) - m. Elizabeth Harper
                       Nancy E. Harper (b. 1834, d. 1877) - m. Elijah Tucker Knight
                       William Harper (b. 1838, m. 12-15-1854) - m. Harriet Kelley
                       Joshua Harper (b. 12-24-1835, d. 4-28-1899) - m. Eliza Knight
 

Mary Elizabeth Harper (b. 1-5-1820, m. 10-3-1833, d. 2-9-1886)
m. James C. Drawdy (b. 12-2-1812, d. 12-1-1872)
Children:     Mary Ann Drawdy Head (b. 6-27-1836, d. 6-7-1874) - m. Richard Head
                       Besile Matilda Drawdy (b. 1837)
                       William Thomas Drawdy (b. 1838, m. 4-26-1866)

                                  m. Rebecca Jane Liles (b. 1845)
                       Harriet Elizabeth Drawdy Manning Liles (b. 1842, d. 1909)
                                  m. 1) Joseph Hamilton Manning (b. 8-3-1838, m. 1-14-1858, d. 8-22-1861)

                                        2) James H. Liles (m. 7-26-1866)
                       James M. Drawdy (b. 1844, d. 7-16-1863) – killed by stroke of lightning
                       Daniel Webster Drawdy (b. 1845, m. 1866, d. 1925)
                                  m. 1) Mary Lucinda Crosby (b. 8-20-1842, d. 6-27-1906)

                                        2) Janie Crosby Manning (b. 1853, d. 1933, m. 1908)
                       George Washington Drawdy (b. 5-8-1848, m. 2-10-1870, d. 2-17-1926) - m. Mary E. Strickland
                       Martha Ann Drawdy Crosby (b. 1849, m. 9-6-1866) - m. Joseph Crosby
                       Albert H. Drawdy (b. 9-15-1851, d. 11-1869)
                       Samuel O. Drawdy (b. 1854, d. 1869)
                       Serena Drawdy (b. 1857, d. after 1880)
                       Levicy Ann Drawdy (b. 1-1860, d. 5-15-1933)


 

Daniel Webster Drawdy (b. 3-22-1845, m. 8-20-1866, d. 2-6-1925)
born in Wayne County, buried in Crosby Cemetery at Buffalo, Brantley County, GA; his epitaph reads: "Resting till the resurrection morn"; listed as a taxpayer in Jesup, GA in 1909; he began his military career on September 22, 1862 at Waynesville, GA; he served in Company A, 24th Battalion, Georgia Calvary and on February 13, 1864 was transferred to Company G, then to Company D, 7th Regiment, Georgia Calvary; he received the Southern Cross of Honor in 1903; Private Drawdy surrendered with General Lee at Appomattox on April 9, 1865.  Pvt. Drawdy was listed as being present on all roll calls and served through the duration of the war.  He lost his haversack in April 1864 and his pay was deducted to replace it.  David Cason of Pierce County and O. T. Blitch of Wayne County witnessed his pension application for service rendered during the Civil War as they had served in the same company.  John W. Knight and B. B. Knight, Sr. attested that his property value included 136 acres of land at $300; 40 head of cattle at $280; two head of horses at $210; 10 hogs at $10; buggy and wagons at $45; and household goods at $50 for a net worth of $895.  He acquired more than 4000 acres of property in the 3rd District of Wayne County of which approximately 3600 acres was sold to Grangerville Turpentine Company in 1906 for $4500.  In 1918 he deeded two acres of land to the Wayne County Board of Education for a one-room schoolhouse to be built in his community and named Drawdy School.  After his death, J. D. Drawdy filed an application for pension due to a deceased pensioner in the amount of $100.  This was to cover services rendered which consisted of burial expenses of $46, a visit by Dr. T. W. Causey and medicine furnished of $20, and two visits by Dr. M. N. Stow and medicine furnished of $34.

m. Mary Lucinda Crosby (b. 8-20-1842, d. 6-27-1906)
born in Wayne County, buried in Crosby Cemetery at Buffalo, Brantley County, GA; her epitaph reads: "Heaven now returns our treasure, Earth the lonely casket keeps, And the sunbeams long to linger, When our sainted Mother sleeps."
Children:     Mary Esther Drawdy Sikes (b. 5-1-1867, d. 10-1-1941) - m. Joseph Raiford Sikes
                       Aaron Joshua Drawdy (b. 10-15-1868, d. 10-5-1942)
                                  m. 1) Mary E. Roberson (m. 12-15-1889), 

                                        2) Mary Caroline Manning (m. 12-13-1893)
                       Louisa Drawdy (b. 1872)
                       Virginia (Zinnie, Ginie) Elizabeth Drawdy Lane (b. 8-13-1875, m. 1-3-1893, d. 1-24-1946)

                                  m. John Hardy Lane (b. 1866, d. 8-23-1944)
                       Joseph Daniel Drawdy (b. 5-21-1878, m. 12-23-1900, d. 11-23-1939)
                                  m. Martha Mattie Manning (b. 5-19-1878, d. 12-22-1957)
                       John Mitchell Drawdy (b. 3-21-1880, m. 5-24-1908, d. 1-27-1949)

                                  m. Rachel Manning (b. 2-13-1890, d. 7-5-1969)
                       Addie Janie Drawdy Manning (b. 12-26-1882, m. 8-21-1907, d. 12-1-1958)

                                  m. George Homer Manning (1880-1919)
                       Sallie Maebelle Drawdy (b. 11-26-1885, m. 8-9-1908, d. 2-15-1954)
                                  m. 1) Andrew Jackson Knight

                                        2) Ernest Alton "Dude" Purvis (b. 10-16-1906, d. 3-5-1990)
m. Janie E. Crosby Manning (b. 1853, m. 1908, d. 1933)
In the 1910 Census of Wayne County, GA, 3 stepchildren were living with he and his wife: Lee Manning (b. 1893), Virgil Manning (b. 1896), and Esma Manning (b. 1898).

 

 

John Mitchell Drawdy (b. 3-21-1880, m. 5-24-1908, d. 1-27-1949)
born in Wayne County, GA; he was listed as a taxpayer in Jesup in 1909 and Rachel was shown as owning land there in 1912.  The land was deeded to Rachel by Daniel Webster, Johnís father.  They were listed on the 1920 Census in the Mt. Pleasant District of Wayne County as home owners with a family of five sons.  John was injured as a young man working in the timber industry and walked with a slight limp for the rest of his life. Family members shared that a log had rolled on his leg and medical attention was not sought immediately.  By the time he got to a doctor to have it set, the realignment did not take very well. Sometime after the death of his father in 1925, John and Rachel moved to Pierce County. Minutes from the Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church show that the church received their letter for membership on May 19, 1928. He is buried at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Pierce County, GA.
m. Rachel Manning (b. 2-13-1890, d. 7-5-1969)
born in Wayne County, GA; buried at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Pierce County, GA
Children:     Walter Conius Drawdy (b. 10-12-1909, d. 1-25-1984)

                                  m. Goldie Dowling (b. 6-13-1911, d. 4-10-1988)
                       Burris Daniel Drawdy (b. 12-17-1910, m. 10-30-1934, d. 8-2-1985)

                                  m. Nola Vergalene Lee (b. 9-27-1917, d. 10-2-2007)
                       Emmett Lafayette Drawdy (b. 9-19-1915, d. 7-9-1990)

                                  m. Ellen Lorena Luke (b. 1916, d. 9-10-1949)
                       John Dillion Drawdy (b. 1913, d. 10-27-1976) - never married
                       Joseph Franklin Drawdy (b. 11-11-1918, d. 6-22-1991)

                                  m. Isabell Harris (b. 4-19-1924, d. 5-19-1992)
                       Janie Lue Drawdy (b. 3-4-1921, d. 1-13-1988) - never married
                       Viola Rachel Drawdy Jacobs (b. 7-7-1926, m. 11-18-1944, d. 5-6-2002)

                                  m. Homer Eldon Jacobs (b. 8-17-1924, d. 10-13-1993)
                       Fannie Missouri Drawdy Carr (b. 10-17-1923, m. 12-22-1942, d.1-30-1984)

                                  m. Grady Dewitt Carr (b. 12-2-1916, d. 7-1-1992)
                       Myrtle Mary Drawdy Peacock Ramey Turner (b. 6-28-1928, d. 2-15-2005)
                                  m. 1) Marion Peacock (b. 2-28-1922, d. 8-4-1955)

                                         2) Ralph Ramey

                                         3) Isaac Turner

 

 

Burris Daniel Drawdy (b. 12-17-1910, m. 10-30-1934, d. 8-2-1985)
born in Wayne County, GA; died in Pierce County, GA; buried at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Pierce County, GA
m. Nola Vergalene Lee (b. 9-27-1917, d. 10-2-2007)
born in Pierce County, GA;  died in Ware County, GA; buried at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Pierce County, GA
Children:     Virginia Alene Drawdy Robinson (b. 11-3-1935, d. 1-22-2018) - m. Richard Robinson
                       Henry Edward Drawdy (b. 12-5-1937, d. 11-29-2013) - m. Lois Marie Everett
                       Joan Drawdy Davis Lee (b. 5-20-1940) - m. 1) Julius C. Davis, 2) James Lee
                       Nola Mae Drawdy Carter (b. 4-29-1943) - m. Warren Roger Carter
                       James Daniel Drawdy (b. 9-28-1946) - m. Gloria Bowen
                       Jo Allen Drawdy (b. 6-28-1948, d. 1-9-1949)
                       Ellie Jane Drawdy Loudermilk (b. 9-9-1949, m. 6-22-1968) - m. William A. Loudermilk
                       Linda Drawdy Griffis Hayden (b. 11-1-1951) - m. 1) Melvin Griffis, 2) Lee Hayden
                       Glenda Drawdy Lee (b. 11-1-1951) - m. Larry Lee
                       Ronald Austin Drawdy (b. 6-4-1955, d. 6-10-2000)

                                  m. 1) Mary Ann Griner, 2) Beverly Ennis
                       Joseph Franklin Drawdy (b. 2-23-1961) - m. 1) Dara Mathis, 2) Karen Anderson
 

 

Ellie Jane Drawdy Loudermilk (b. 9-9-1949, m. 6-22-1968)
born in Ware County, GA
m. William Alex Loudermilk (b. 2-27-1949)
born in Birmingham, AL
Children:     Jason Wayne Loudermilk (b. 9-6-1975, m. 6-12-2004) - m. Margaret Courtney McCammon
                       Sherri Lynn Loudermilk Underwood (b. 5-28-1978, m. 6-8-2002) - m. Chris Underwood
                       John David Loudermilk (b. 7-28-1985, m. 10-25-2007) - m. Sarah Beth Williams
 
 
 

Bibliography:

Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, VI, p. 119
Census Records, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, Wayne County, Georgia
Tombstone Inscriptions
E. L. Darling and Son Funeral Home Records, Blackshear, Georgia
www.familysearch.org - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Wayne County Internet site
Interviews with family members
Cemeteries of Brantley County

Miscellaney of Wayne County, will of James C. Drawdy

Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Pierce County, Georgia

Crosby Cemetery in Brantley County Georgia

Maps for Pierce, Brantley, and Wayne Counties

Family Bible Records