Dodge, Haralson Publish County Histories

November 27th, 1994


County histories are always a mainstay for researchers needing an insight into the history and families of an area. The largest collection of Georgia county histories can be found at the Georgia Archives. The two newest additions to that collection, begun when Georgia celebrated its colonial bicentennial in 1932 and designated county historians in many counties, are those for Dodge and Haralson Counties. The “History of Dodge County, Georgia, 1932-1992” was presented by the William Few Chapter, DAR, although copyright is held by the Dodge County Historical Society. The major chapters in the book act as a sequel to the 1932 county history. These chapters cover the intervening sixty years in the county, its towns and communities, the economy, community organizations, health care, schools, churches–a very long chapter, and then by far the largest chapter, family histories. Each of the latter were prepared by a family member. Notable families include the Stuckey family of candy fame. There is a surname-only index. Published through W. H. Wolfe Associates, the book can be ordered from Col. William Few Chapter, NSDAR, c/o Ocmulgee Regional Library, 525 Second St., Eastman, Ga. 31023.


Lois Owens Newman, at 90, has become Georgia’s oldest published county historian with the appearance of her “Haralson County, Georgia, A History”. The author, of Tallapoosa, wrote for the local newspaper for several decades and thus got her interest in the county’s history. The book opens with the pre-Haralson part of its history before its creation in 1856. It is full of useful lists of citizens in various activities throughout the county’s history. There are chapters or parts of chapters devoted to streams, communities, liquor licenses, Civil War soldiers, widows, and pensioners, some historic photos, and lots of lists of early citizens. About 70 pages are devoted to families. The appendix includes marriages from 1856-1900, tax digests of 1866 and other years. The full-name index does not include names from the appendix. The book, more a compilation than a written history, is the culmination of years of information gathering by the author. She is commended for her perseverance. The book is handsomely published by W. H. Wolfe Associates for the Carroll County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 576, Carrollton, Ga. 30117 for $40 plus $4 postage and $2.40 sales tax.


Two books related to Charleston, South Carolina have recently appeared. “History and Records of the Charleston Orphan House, Volume 2 : 1860-1899” was written by Susan L. King. It is the second volume of records from this, the oldest public orphanage in the U.S. Orphans are arranged alphabetically with some parental data given. There is also an index. The first volume is also available.

“Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Charleston, 1820-1829” was transcribed by Brent H. Holcomb. The passengers are listed by ship and date, accessed by an index. Both are available from SCMAR, Box 21766, Columbia, S.C. 29221. The Orphans book for $22 postpaid, the passengers for $25 plus $3 postage.