I was just surfing around this morning on and happened upon your excellent write-up of the Alderman’s in Georgia. (Dated 7/1/2006)I live in this very area today.I am a Blanton, but we are related via my G-G-G-G Grandfather, Joshua Blanton, who married, over the course of his lifetime, TWO Alderman sisters, Mary and Keziah Alderman.
I am in the latter stages of preparing a book on the “Blanton’s of Wiregrass Georgia”.One fact I have deduced from my research is that we Blanton’s of southern Georgia owe our geographical residence today to your Alderman ancestors.Were it not for them, who knows where I may be living now!!!????It is my belief that the progenitor of the “Wiregrass Georgia Blanton’s” (David Blanton) was following his Alderman cousins when he himself brought his family to this area of Georgia between 1827 and 1830, from Bullock County, Georgia.
The first Alderman to arrive in this neck-of-the-woods apparently was Thomas Alderman (a son of David C. Alderman & Jemima).The documentation of this fact is a land deed on file in the Thomas County, Georgia Clerks Office in Deed Book A, page 89.Of note is that the instrument is “Captioned” in Scriven County, Georgia on February 2nd, 1826, but not recorded in Thomas County until November 8th, 1826.This would suggest Thomas bought the land, probably sight unseen, while he was living in Scriven County, but did not physically arrive in Thomas County until November 1826.The land involved is located in Land District 13, Land Lot # 398.In 1828, William C. Alderman (this would be a brother of Thomas Alderman) and family arrived in this area from Bullock County, Georgia.He settled in the Tallokas District, near Bethel Church.
My G-G-G Grandfather, David Blanton (possibly named in honor of his mother’s uncle, David Alderman), did not leave Bullock County until after the drawing of the Land Lottery of 1827.By 1830 however, David Blanton appears in Lowndes County, Georgia.There were several of his Alderman cousins in this area by 1830.Namely, George Alderman, two (2) James Alderman’s, and a Thomas Alderman, all living in Thomas County, Georgia.In addition, there was a William Alderman in 1830 Lowndes County.In your material, you mentioned James had moved to Brooks County from Bullock County, and then on into Florida in 1848.Brooks County did not exist until 1858.It was carved out of Lowndes and Thomas Counties in that year.The initial settlement areas for William C. Alderman (Tallokas District) & David Blanton (City of Quitman, Georgia) ARE TODAY located in Brooks County, Georgia.It appears the early settlement ground of these Aldermans & Blanton’s lies between the present day towns of Thomasville, Georgia (Thomas County), and Quitman, Georgia (Brooks County).
There are many Alderman’s still living in this part of southern Georgia.There are many as well in Florida.
Not only is it my belief that my David Blanton followed his Alderman cousins to this area, but that he had also followed them to Bullock County, Georgia from Duplin County, North Carolina.As you pointed out in your material, the Alderman’s moved to Bullock County, Georgia in about 1816.They appear to be living there next door to one “Alexander Blanton”, who had been in Bullock County since about 1810.We are not sure what the exact relationship is of this Alexander Blanton to my David Blanton.My suspicion is that they are Uncle/Nephew.When David Blanton arrived in Bullock County in 1823, he also took up residence next door to Alexander Blanton.Thus, Alexander is apparently related closely to the Duplin County, N.C. Blanton’s.
By way of footnote, William & Timothy Alderman were living in Brooks County, Georgia in the 1860 Census.I did not know if you had the information details on all the southern Georgia Alderman’s or not?I most probably don’t have it all myself!But, I wanted to share what I did have.I do have nine (9) households of Alderman’s in Brooks County in the 1860 Census, annotated with children’s names and ages; if you have need of them.Maybe one day I will be able to attend one of your Alderman reunions.]
Jimmy L. Blanton