John F. Methvin

 

I, JOHN F. METHVIN, was born in Coweta County, Ga. June 14th, 1848. I entered the Confederate service in January 1863, and was discharged from the service at Appomatox Court House, Va. on the 9th day of April, 1865. The record of which service I have already written and is now in the possession of my children.

 

On the 2nd, of December 1866, I married Emma H. Coleman of Meriwether Co, Ga. I lived in Meriwether County until the last day of December 1872, on which date I moved to Senioa County, Ga. There we reared a family of six children, two sons and four daughters, namely, Samuel A., Pleas A., Nettie, Minnie, Glynn and Sue. In December 1890, I moved with my family to Anniston, Ala. I resided there for four years, 1891-2-3-4, and in December 1894, I moved to Atlanta, Ga. and have resided here ever since.

a) Samuel A. Methvin married Emma Elliott of Griffin, Ga. He was connected with the Central of Georgia Railway and the Atlanta, Birmingham and Atlantic Railways for more than thirty years, and is now retired. He now resides at Camilla, Mitchell County, Ga. He has one daughter Louise, who married Charlie Watt, a young lawyer of Camilla, who was killed in an automobile wreck December the 21st, 1927. She remains a widow, she resides with her father and mother. She owns her own home, has a good farm and is in the dairy business.

b) Nettie M. Methvin married Thomas R. Holder of Jefferson, Jackson Co. Ga. September 1891, she resided at Jefferson and on the 22nd day of January, 1896, her husband, Thomas R. Holder, died, leaving her with one son, John Methvin Holder, who was born October 12, 1893. He was in the World's War, and on July 21st, 1918, he married Elsie McCutchins of Rugby, England. He has one daughter, Barbara Holder, my great grand daughter, and resides at Thomasville, Thomas County, Ga. and is engaged with the Highway Department of Georgia. Nettie remained a widow for five years and married Dr. John M Spence of Camilla, Mitchell County, Ga. She had four children by Dr. Spence, two sons and two daughters; the two sons died in infancy and the two daughters, Elizabeth and Emlynn, grew up to be grown and engaged in teaching. Dr. Spence died the 24th of January 1927, and is burried at Camilla Ga. In January 1931, Nettie and her two daughters moved temporarily to Decatur, DeKalb County,.where Emlynn entered as a student in the medical department of Emory University in the Pathological Department and will graduate in June 1932. Elizabeth died at Decatur the 15th day of July 1931 and is buried at Camilla, Ga.

c) Minnie Methvin married Dr. Charles N. Clark of Appalatch, Fla. June 24th 1901, and resided two years at Appalatch, then moved to Sheffield, Ala. where he has done an extensive practice and died November 24th, 1910, leaving his wife and one son, John Laurin Clark, who married Christeen McNair of Wrens, Ga., and has two children, son and daughter, who are my great-grandchildren. He is now engaged in the undertaking business at Thomasville, Thomas County, Ga.

d) Pleas A. Methvin married Lilla Rogers of Chattanooga, Tem. He was engaged as a pure food inspector for fourteen consecutive years for the State of Georgia. He resiqned. He is now general manager for the Alco Feed Mills, manufactures of pure-food products in-Atlanta, for the State of Fla., and resides in East Lake, Fla. He has no children.

e) Glynn Methvin married R.S. Tigner of Atlanta, Ga., the 10th day of October, 1906. He was the general manager of the sales department of the Armour Fertilizer Works of Chicago, with factory and offices located in Atlanta, for the southern states. He died the 6th day of November, 1917. She remains a widow, has no children and resides with me.

f) Sue Methvin is single. She is now, and has been for more than ten years engaged in the manufacture of grave cement burial vaults, under the name, "Methvin Cement Vault Co. 900 DeKalb Avenue N.E., Atlanta, Ga.

I studied law and was admitted to practice at the bar at the August Term 1876 of Fayette Superior Court. I practiced in the Coweta and Flint Circuits of the United States for the Northern District of Ga, before Judge Erskin in the City of Atlanta, in March 1878. Was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Ga., on the 12th day of March 1879. Was admitted in the Superior Courts of Alabama in 1891. Was admitted to practice in the District and Circuit Courts of the United States for the northern District of Ala. in 1892. Was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the State of Alabama in 1892. Was admitted to practice in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans, La., at October term 1904. Was admitted to practice in the Court of Georgia Appeals in 1910. I moved to Atlanta, Ga., December 1904 and have resided here ever since.

My wife, Emma H. Methvin, died the 14th day of April 1930. We had been married and lived together as husband and wife, sixty-four years, four months and fourteen days at the time of her death. I cannot refrain from saying she contributed largely to my happiness, success and achievements of life. During her entire life, she exemplified the highest type of Christian Character from girl-hood to the grave. Her home and children were the ideal of her heart, and she remains and will ever remain in my heart as a green spot in memory's waste.

I am not sufficiently informed as to give any definite account of the history of the descendants of the Methvins who came from Scotland with my grandfather as narrated in the first part of this narrative. The best information I have is from J.J. Methvin residing in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He says, "My grandfather settled in middle Georgia in one of three counties, Baldwin, Twiggs or Wilkinson, but he thinks it was Twiggs County. His name was Thomas and he has four sons and two daughters namely; James, William, John, Samuel, Nancy and Lizzie. John was my father, he was born in 1811 and died in 1879." From the statement of J.J. Methvin quoted above, I am satisfied that his grandfather, Thomas Methvin was a first cousin of my grandfather, Nathan Methvin, and was one of the Methvin colony that came from Scotland with him.

I lived in Anniston, Alabama 1891-94. Judge Cassidy was the judge of the city court of Anniston; he was my neighbor and being in the practice of law, I was associated nearly every day with him. He was born and reared in Barbour County, Ala. He said that when he was a boy there were two old brothers named Methvin that lived near Eufaula, Barbour County, Ala. He said they owned adjoining plantations and had considerable real wealth, that they reared large families and by intermarriage, a large percentage of the people of Barbour County are related to the Methvin family. He said they were Scotch people and came there from Scotland. Judge Cassidy told me their names but I have forgotten them. I am and have been satisfied for many years that these two Methvin brothers that Judge Cassidy told me of in Barbour County Ala. were two of the Methvin colony that came with my grandfather from Scotland.

In 1892, there were two Methvin brothers who lived at Senica, S.C. moved to Birmingham, Ala. and went into the coal business; I went to their place of business twice on my visits to Birmingham, but they were not in and I failed to meet them. I am satisfied that these two Methvin brothers were the descendants of the Methvin who came in the colony with my grandfather and settled in South Carolina.

In my tour of Texas in 1882, I found a Methvin family living in Belton, Bell County, Texas, with whome I spent two days in May, 1882. It was the family of Thomas Methvin; his wife was Sarah Methvin. She said her husband was born and reared in the panhandle of Texas, I think Grayson County. She said he came to Jackson County, Ala. and married her and came directly to Belton, Bell County, Texas. She said they were among the earliest settlers of Belton, and that he remained there the rest of his life and died there somewhere about 1870. I had a diary in which I noted all she told me about their history, but it was burned in my office in Atlanta, in December 1901, and I have to rely on my memory of what she told me. At his death, he left her and four children, three sons and one daughter. I have forgotten their names. Being a pioneer settler of Belton, he accumulated considerable property in Belton, he owned several large brick stores and built a large hotel on the west side of the courthouse square in which he died, and in which her and her children were living when I was there. None of her children were married; her youngest son was in the drug and jewelry business in Temple, Bell County, Texas. Her other two sons managed their property interest in the operation of their hotel which was named "Methvin Hotel" From what I learned from Mrs. Methvin, I was satisfied that her husband was a son of the Methvins that came from Scotland with my grandfather and settled in Texas.

Before completion of this biography, I shall undertake to give some history of the maternal side of my house. My maternal grandmother was Rebecca Rawls, she was born and reared in Louisville, Jefferson County, Ga. She was born in 1790. She had two brothers and three sisters, namely, Isaac, Joseph, Harriet, Caroline and Sarah. Isaac settled in Jackson County, Ga. He was one of the pioneer merchants of Jefferson. I never saw him but once when he came on a visit to see his sister, my grandmother in 1858, in Coweta County. He died during the Civil War and is buried at Jefferson, Jackson County, Ga. Joseph Rawls moved to Plains, Sumpter Co. Ga. and died there just before the Civil War. Sarah Rawls married a man by the name of Eubanks. I don't know how many children she had, she had one son, Joseph Eubanks, who moved to Newnan, Coweta Co. Ga. He married a lady by the name of Mary Carmichael, reared a family of four sons and three daughters. Just after the Civil War he and his family moved to Atlanta, where he lived until his death, which occurred in 1886 or 1887. As I remember all of his children married and reared families in Atlanta, but all are dead now, except one son and two daughters. I do not remember what became of Caroline and Harriett Rawls. I have forgotten the name of my grandfather Rawls and from where he came.

My grandmother married Lemuel Braxton Drake, who was a son of Thomas Drake who came from Virginia., and settled in either Jackson or Warren Counties Ga. He was my great grandfather and a direct descendant of the distinguished family of Sir Francis Drake of the British Government. I do not remember when he was born or married. He died about 1795, at or near Warrenton, Ga. My grandfather, Lemuel Braxton Drake was born in Virginia, and died in Louisville, Ga. about 1840. My grandfather Drake reared a family of six children, three sons and three daughters, namely, Francis, Thomas, William, Eliza, Martha my mother, and Mary. Soon after the death of grandfather Drake, grandmother and her family moved from Louisville to Coweta Co, Ga. Francis Drake married Ernely Bexley of Coweta County, raised a family of three sons. All the family are dead now except one son, W.A. Drake, who resides at Moreland, Ga. and is now in his eighty-fifth year. Thomas Drake married Cumy Morgan and reared a family of thirteen children. He died in 1888, his wife died in 1898. All of his children are dead except two, Alvey Drake and Fannie Hughie, who lives in Cullman County, Al. William Drake married Nancy Morgan, reared a family of two sons and six daughters. He and his wife died in 1893. Elisa Drake married Elijah Mitchell and raised three children, two sons and one daughter namely, Trussie, Henry and Sarah. They moved to Talledega Co. Ala., in 1853. Uncle Elijah and Aunt Eliza died in 1870. Mary Drake married E.P. Bailey in 1858, they had no children. Her husband died at Tallapoosa County, Ga. in 1890, and she died in 1903 at the age of eighty-three.

Grandmother Drake died in March 1879, age eighty nine years, and is buried at Tranquill Church Cemetary near Turin, Coweta County, Ga.

In writing this brief history of the Methvin and Drake families, I have been guided by the information I obtained from my father, mother, and my grandmother, Rebecca Drake, who was intimately acquainted with the Methvin family from the eighteenth century, and from talking with the older heads of both families wherever I have met them since I was a small boy. I transmit this brief history of our family to the keeping of my family.

This the 23rd, day of May, 1932 John F. Methvin

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