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The Darden-Swan Family Lineage of Central Georgia

Updated December 9, 2006

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Our families are descendants from Isham Swan and Ethan Darden lineages. Other family names through marriage include: Blalock, Boozer, Brown, Dillard, Finney, Freeman, Gilmore, Goolsby, Grier, Jackson, Johnson, McDowell, Myrick, Redding, Rucker, Toles, Walton, Weatherspoon and Wooten.

Our ancestors lived and farmed in the communities, towns, and cities of Dames Ferry, Forsyth, Flovilla, Gladesville, Gray, High Falls, Juliette, and East Juliette, Georgia. Counties include Butts, Monroe, Jasper,and Jones.
Isham Swan married Luvinia (?). They parented the following children: Lurainey, Lettie, Warren, Wiley Sr., Lucy, George and Moses.
Lurainey Swan married Turner Finney. Their children are Lettie, Peter, Jamima and Turner, Jr.
Lucy Swan married Jacob Grier. They parented Lettie, Sally, Cary and Charles.
George Swan married Lucinda Wimbush. Their children are Robert, Amanda and Mattie.
Moses Swan married Rosetta (?). Their children include Cajer, Rose, Micajah, Isham B., Louisa, Cora, Mattie Joe and Moses,Jr.
Wiley Swan, Sr. married Martha Shannon. Their children are Margaret, Laura, John, Wiley Jr., Katie, Vicey, Tabetha, George and Carrie. Carrie Swan and Pinkard Grier(not married) were the parents of Mattie Swan. Carried married Dan Dillard and their marriage produced Laura, Vinnie, Robert (Wig), Oscar and Lucinda.
Warren Swan married Georgia Ann Walton: The parented the following children: Mattie Lou, Johnny, Isom, Augustus, Frank, Catherine, Suzanna, Joe and Mingo.
Lettie Swan married Ethan Darden. They parented Amy, Charity, Ellen, Temp, Jane, Robert and Rachael.
Jane Darden married Anderson Augustus Redding, Sr. Their children are Charity Ann, Henry, Lovett and Anderson, Jr.
Rachael Darden married John Blalock. Their children are Parthenia, Garfield and Joe M.

Robert Darden married Jamima Ford: They parented the following children: Samuel, Andrew, Charlie, Rose, Lettie, Janie, Cora, Arthur, Beaula Lee, Mima, Susie, Ollie, Hester and Zollie.

Hester Darden married Arnold Banks. Their children are Beaula and Gladys.

Cora Darden married Samuel Walton, who once owned many acres north of Juliette, GA. They parented Louise, Mary, Lizzie, Ollie, Ola, Helen, Lillie, Mattie, Robert and Sam.

Following slavery, most of the jobs available to blacks were agriculture and domestic related. Later, our family members became Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Preachers, Business owners, Soldiers, Accountants, Airmen, Sailors, Marines, Television Reporters, Writers, Policemen, Firemen, Electricians, Engineers, Bankers, Nurses, Librarians, College Professors, Politicians, Inventors, Real Estate Agents, Insurance Agents,Truck Drivers, etc,.

In 1923, while living in Juliette, GA, Anderson A. Redding, a descendant of the Isham Swan, invented an improved version of automobile headlight. It was designed to keep the path of light steady while the vehicle moved forward. Anderson received a patent on September 2, 1924. Using money from his invention, Anderson was one of the African Americans in Monroe County, GA to own a new car. He died in Juliette, GA in 1944.

After being selected from the University of Tennesseeas as a first round pick in the 1985 National Football League (NFL)draft, Alvin Toles played professional football with the New Orleans Saints for three years. Currently, he is a business owner in Metro Atlanta.

Ester James (EJ) Junior, III, son of Samella Walton Junior, Grandson of Robert Walton, played professional football with the Saint Louis/Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seatle Seahawks for a total of 13 years. After working as a Defensive Coach for the Rhine Fire, NFL Europe, he became a college football coach at Southern Baptist University, MO in 2006. He is an ordained minister.

Family Photos
  • Anderson Redding Invention (53 KB)
    While living in Juliette, GA, Anderson Redding Invented an improved version of the headlight in 1923.
  • Darden, McDowell & Walton Reunion 2005 (435 KB)
    Percy Freeman with the sons of Lucious and Louise Walton McDowell starting on the left with Melvin, Donald (rear) and Marvin McDowell (right) at the 2005 Darden, McDowell & Walton Reunion in Chattanooga, TN.
  • Juliette Georgia during the 1900's (385 KB)
    Cotton was shipped abroad from the Juliette, GA train station during the 1900's. Cotton production stopped after the bollweavel devastated the industry.
  • Mrs. Mattie Grier Freeman (91 KB)
    Mattie is the daughter of Carrie Swan, Granddaughter of Wiley Swan, Sr. and Great Granddaughter of Isham Swan
  • Crossing the Ocmulgee River (101 KB)
    This bridge connected Juliette, GA, Monroe County to East Juliette, GA, Jones County. It was replaced in the late the 70's by a modern concrete bridge.
  • Dr. Brian Weatherspoon, Pediatrician (1 KB)
    The eldest of three children, Dr. Weatherspoon was born and reared in Michigan where he attended Henry Ford High School, graduating at the age of sixteen. During his freshman year in college at the University of Detroit he majored in engineering but subsequently transferred to Wayne State University in his second year to pursue his undergraduate degree where he received his BA in Biology. He took Spanish courses in college at Wayne State and has always been interested in other languages and cultures. He commenced in 1983. Dr. Weatherspoon enrolled at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing for medical school where he completed his medical studies in 1987. His interest in becoming a pediatrician came about during his first year of medical school. After visiting the newborn nursery floor and receiving post-graduate instruction by Dr. Marshall Klaus, who is well known for his studies with maternal and infant bonding, Dr Weatherspoon learned how early after birth newborns generate a preference for the human voice, face, and physical contact. Dr. Weatherspoon completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, commencing in 1990. There he encountered many different and often rare, childhood diseases, as well as the common everyday illnesses. His favorite rotation was the “Continuity Clinic” which operated much like a private practice where each resident established their own panel of patients with guidance from faculty. One of his greatest joys as an intern was seeing his patients' begin walking, talking, and growing - ultimately developing with personality. His experiences at the Continuity Clinic and with Dr. Klaus during post-graduate instruction ultimately influenced him to choose general pediatrics as his specialty.
  • Yolanda Renee McDowell (103 KB)
    Granddaughter of Ruby Jackson McDowell, Great Granddaughter of Laura Dillard Jackson, who is the daugher of Carrie Swan Dillard.
  • Lucious W and Louise Walton McDowell (203 KB)
    Louise is a Descendant of Ethan Darden and Lettie Swann of Juliette, GA.
  • Robert "Wig" Dillard (48 KB)
    Robert Dillard is the son of Carrie Swan and Daniel Dillard. Dan's father is Cane Dillard.
  • E J Junior III 2-Time NFL Pro Bowl Player (16 KB)
    E J Junior, III, played in the NFL for 13 years. He was a number one pick by the Saint Louis Cardinals in 1981 and also played with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks.
  • Joseph Finney, Jr. and Family of Juliette, GA (544 KB)
    Joseph Finney, Jr. is a descendant of Joseph Finney, Sr, Peter Finney, and Great Grandparents, Lurainey Swann and Turner Finney.
  • Sam and Ruby McDowell (21 KB)
    Ruby Jackson McDowell is a descendant of the Carrie Swan Dillard, Wiley Swan, Sr, Isham Swan lineage
  • Anderson Augustus Redding, Jr. (46 KB)
    Anderson Redding was an inventor who lived and died in Juliette, GA. He invented an improved version of the headlight which was patented in 1923.
  • Ms. Deborah McDowell and Patricia Jennings (785 KB)
    Deborah and Patricia are descendants of sisters Louise Walton McDowell and Ollie Walton Jennings. They are both descendants of Cora Darden Walton and Samuel, Robert Darden, Lettie Swan Darden and Ethan, and Lettie's father, Isham Swan.
  • Mattie Mae Freeman & Granddaughter Johnnie (95 KB)
    Mattie Swan married Willis Freeman, Jr. they parented Mary Sue Freeman Boozer, Carrie Freeman Gilmore and Annie Laura. Mary Sue marrie Johnny Boozer. Their children are Johnnie Mae, Jean, Johnny Sam and Kenneth Earl.
  • CMS Percy L Freeman (199 KB)
    CMS Percy L. Freeman, GA Air National Guard, is a descendant of the Louise Freeman, Mary Boozer, Carrie Swan, Wiley Swan, Sr. and Isham Swan lineage.
  • Mrs. Carrie Freeman Gilmore (461 KB)
    Carrie Freeman Gilmore is the daughter of Mattie Swan and Willis Freeman, Jr. Her Grandmothers are Carrie "Grandma Hop" Swan and Lujenia "Grandma Jean" Colbert, Daughter of Mary Ishee.
  • Civil War Troops Movements, Land of our Ancestors (32 KB)
    In 1864, Kilpatrick Calvary Division passed through Northern Monroe County, Southern Butts County, Jasper County and Jones County. Some of our ancestors lived in and around a community named Cork in Southeastern Butts County.
  • Dione Freeman and Ebony (125 KB)
    Dione is Grandson of Annie Laura Freeman, Greatgrandson of Willis Freeman, Jr. and a descendant of the Jack Freeman and Isham Swan lineages.
  • Dillard/Swan Descendants (288 KB)
    Mary Freeman Boozer, Carrie Freeman Gilmore, Vinnie Dillard Gay and Laura Dillard Jackson are daughers and Granddaughters of Carrie Swan Dillard, daughter of Wiley Swan, Sr.
  • Rick Blalock, News Reporter/Author (2 KB)
    Rick is a News reporter for WAOK in Atlanta, GA. He is the author of Remembering Diana: The Peoples Tribute to Their Princess (Milligan Books, 1998). Rick is a descendant of Isham Swan, Lettie Swan Darden and Ethan, Rachael Darden Blalock and John.
  • Alvin Toles, Linebacker, N. O. Siants, 1985-88 (194 KB)
    Alvin is a descendant of Jane Darden Redding and Anderson Sr., Lettie Swan Darden and Ethan and Isham Swan. He was the 24th player picked by the Saints in the first round of the 1985 draft. He played for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • Ms. Katherine Brown and Son (214 KB)
    Katherine is the Granddaughter of Charity Redding, Greatgrandaugher of Anderson Redding and a descendant of Ethan Darden.
  • Mrs Annie Mae Darden (379 KB)
    Annie Mae married Sandy Darden, son of Charlie Darden, son of Robert Darden, son of Lettie Swan Darden and Ethan.
  • Cora Butler-Reynolds (1929-2005) (47 KB)
    Cora Butler is the daughter of late Charlie F. and Sarah E Walton Butler. She served as an Educator in Chattanooga, TN. She is a graduate of Morristown Junior College, Tennesee State University and Columbia University.
  • Redding Sisters (133 KB)
    Descendants of Anderson Redding, Juliette, GA
  • Mrs Johnnie Mae Boozer Rodriguez and Family (367 KB)
    Johnnie Mae Boozer Rodriguez with Children, Michael and Yolanda, Daugher-in-law and grandchildren.
  • Descendants of the E. Darden & I. Swan Lineages (974 KB)
    Clarence Toles, Kenneth Johnson, Juliette, GA and Johnny S. Brown, Jonesboro, GA.
  • Barbara Jean Redding (355 KB)
    Descendant of Anderson Augustus Redding
  • Dr. Walter Rucker, Jr. Descendant of Isham Swan (17 KB)
    Dr. Walter Rucker, Jr. A descendant of Anderson Redding, Juliette, GA. Teaching and Research Interests: Atlantic World/African Diasporic History, Pan-Africanism, Slave Culture and Resistance, and Black Social Movements B.A. History, Morehouse College (1992); M.A./Ph.D. History, University of California-Riverside (1994/1999). A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Walter Rucker was an assistant professor of History and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) for three years prior to his arrival at the Ohio State University in 2003. Professor Rucker has delivered a number of professional talks and authored journal articles appearing in the Journal of Black Studies, the Journal of Negro History, and the Black Scholar. His first book is entitled "The River Flows On": Black Resistance, Culture, and Identity Formation in Early America (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005). Professor Rucker is currently working on a book-length treatment which will focus on Diasporic culture and community. Over the past decade, he has taught a range of courses including Atlantic World Slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, Slave Culture & Resistance, African American History, U.S. History and World History. Professor Rucker is currently the Resident Director of the Ghana Study Abroad Program in the Department of African American & African Studies.
  • Percy Freeman's DNA African Lineage (147 KB)
    A DNA test revealed that Percy's mother's mothers lineage is from the Fulani People of Northern Nigeria. Another test revealed his father's lineage is from the people of Holland.
  • Robert & Jamima (Ford) Darden (88 KB)
    Robert is a descendant of Ethan Darden
  • Ruby Louise Freeman and Joanne Stovall (166 KB)
    Ruby Louise Freeman visited her Aunt, Dorothy Grier Jones in Chattanooga, TN in 1955. While there, she became friends with Joanne Stoval. Louise died in 1960. She is a descendant of Carrie Swann, Wiley Swann, Sr. and Isham Swann.
  • Daughters of Lucious and Louise Walton McDowell (509 KB)
    Daughters of Lucious and Louise Walton McDowell at the 2005 Darden McDowell Family Reunion, Chattanooga, TN.
  • Samuel Walton & Cora Darden Walton (25 KB)
    Samuel & Cora once owned a large farm that included over 400 acres in Juliette, GA.
  • Descendants of Ethan Darden & Lettie Swan (789 KB)
    Jennifer, Sylvia, Roselle, April, Robert II, Alexias, James and Marian.
  • Darden, Redding and Johnson Family Cruise (930 KB)
    Family Reunion Cruise to the Bahamas on Carnival
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