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Many of the settlers of the area that was included in the original County of Montgomery when it was formed in 1793 seem to have traveled to the newly opened lands together, or at least to have been neighbors or acquaintances prior to coming here. They were mostly Scots or Scot descendants from North Carolina, some coming by way of South Carolina, and many had varying degrees of Native American blood. Once settled in this rough new land, times were hard and people had to work together and help one another to survive. Transportation was limited to horseback or mule and wagon; therefore, families intermarried frequently. First-cousin marriages were not a novelty but a common occurrence in those days. In these pages, I would like to reveal the tangled links between the families. Any help, additions or corrections, would be greatly appreciated.

Olivia Williamson Braddy

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"MONTGOMERY COUNTY" by Larry Ronald Braddy & Olivia Williamson Braddy will go on sale the week of November 15, 2010 at most local stores, i.e., Dennards' and Soperton Pharmacy in Soperton and various other stores in Mount Vernon, Vidalia, Lyons, and Swainsboro. It can be conveniently ordered from the online bookstores like Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, as well as can be found on eBay. This is a pictorial history of Montgomery County, published by Arcadia Publishing Co., and includes most of the pioneering families of the County.

"TREUTLEN COUNTY" by Larry Ronald Braddy & Olivia Williamson Braddy went on sale October 27, 2008 at the same locations. This is a pictorial history of Treutlen County, published by Arcadia Publishing Co., and includes many descendants of original Montgomery County settlers. A portion of Montgomery County was cut off into Treutlen County when it was created in 1917.

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The annual MOSES ALGERINE BRADDY FAMILY REUNION is held on the Saturday before Labor Day at the Community House in Mount Vernon. This tradition was instituted circa 1890. A barbecue meal, prepared by the family, is served. Moses Algerine Braddy (1847-1918) was a son of Oliver Bennett Braddy and Elizabeth Smith; he moved from Emanuel County to Montgomery shortly after 1870, and in 1874 married Florence Herndon (1858-1942), daughter of Henry Herndon and Samantha Miller. This couple reared 14 children in the Tiger Creek/Kibbee area of Montgomery County. For more information, contact the reunion's historian, Larry R. Braddy at 478-279-0221.

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Pioneer Families of Old Montgomery County, Georgia
Updated February 14, 2013

Olivia Williamson Braddy
olbraddy@pineland.net

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