The Medders Family
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Benjamin Newton Medders 1860-1917
Benjamin “Ben” N Medders was born 22nd July 1860 in Holmesville, Appling County, Georgia and died 25th February 1917. He was one of (2) children Born to Mary MEDDERS. His mother never married his father, their are certain documents found among the papers of Elizabeth Altman Medders that states his father was a Henry Deen. Benjamin is the nephew of three uncles that fought for the South during the US Civil War, John Smith “Meadows” MEDDERS fought at the Battle of Jonesboro, James Riley “Meadows” MEDDERS fought at the Battle of Nashville.
1Benjamin N Medders was born only a couple of months after the start of the US Civil War. He grew up living with his mother Mary under the household of his Uncle James Riley Medders.
Benjamin Newton Medders is living in Holmesville, Appling County, Georgia on 21st July 1860 and 25th July 1870 with his mother Mary. They are living in the household of his Uncle James Riley “Meadows” Medders.
N "Meadows" Medders is living in Appling County, Georgia in
4July 1880 as a Farmer. He is listed as head of household. Living with
him is his mother Mary and his sister Martha E age 9.
Sarah Elizabeth LEGGETT
in 1886 in Georgia and they had (10) children according to the 1910
Census, but lost 2 children it is believed at birth or just after. It
is not known as of yet which of other child was deceased as of 1910.
Sarah was the daughter of
Elizabeth CROSBY. It appears
that Benjamin had a rough time trying to produce male heirs. He did
have one son Benjamin Bryant Medders who
survived to adult hood (picture
provided by Rod Medders).
Georgia Post Office Statistics
(page 32 & 33)
Benjamin Newton Medders was the first and only Postmaster for the town of Medders, Georgia established in 1894. Medders Georgia was located thiry eight miles northeast of Alma, Georgia. It had a big store, located in the store was the post office. Medders Georgia ceded to Rockingham, Georgia in 1907, with Benjamin N. Medders as postmaster.
Benjamin N Medders is living in Appling County, Georgia on 625th June 1900 as a Farmer with his wife Sarah E and his mother Mary and family. The children living with them at this time are; Kizzie E age 13 - Mary F age 12 - Ellen N age 10 - Lillie B age 8 - Delia age 6 - Benj B age 4 - Minnie L age 2 and Cillar M age 8months. Benjamin is not living far from Mary's brother William Washington and his family. Also living in the same household is a boarder by the name of Henry Murphy age 16. Benjamin is recorded on (page #104, line25, household #282).
Rod Medders provided the following history and events of Benjamin N Medders and many other family members.
Deed Book, page 51 includes an entry for
the sale in 1904 by J. M.. Medders to B. N.. Medders. For $20, Mad sold on
February 2, 1904 one-quarter acre of lot 271, fifth district, “being
in nearly northwest corner of said lot, bounded on the south by the
B&B Railroad right of way, west by B. N.. Medders, extending thence
50’ eastward and from the railroad right of way northerly 179’ and
on the east by J.D. Kinlaw; said tract being east and west 50’ wide,
beginning at the east boundary of land now owned by Ben Medders”. J. M.. Barber and W. Riley Medders witnessed the sale.
B. N. Medders and A. M. Mclaughlin, of Hamilton County, Florida were two of eleven stockholders who formed the Alma land and Improvement Company in 1906. The capitol stock of $50,000 was divided into $100 shares. They bought up 200 acres from J. G.. Rigdon, for $7,000, part of lots 221 and 282 and began a large real estate venture. Among the list of first buyers were J. M.., Jasper, B. N.. Medders, J. H.. Estell, the McLaughlin's and W. H.. Mercer. Nearly 500 lots were sold.
Benjamin N Medders is living in Louisville, Appling County, Georgia on 6th May 71910 as a farmer with his wife Sarah "Sallie" and family. Sarah states that hey have had (10) children but only (8) are living. The children living with them at this time are Elizabeth "Kizzie" age 29 - Delia age 16 - Benjamin Bryant age 14 - Minnie L age 12 and Cillar M age 10 and Ethel age 7. The Name of the 10th child is not known at this time. There is also a lodger living in the same household by the name of Jackson R Johnson age 42. Benjamin is recorded on (page #114, line 53, household #238).
Politicking – Encyclopedia of Georgia (chapter
13, page 209)
About 4 years before the death of Benjamin, Colonel Causey remember that Ben Medders gave a big political rally in 1913. Judge Tom Parker and Randall Walker, both in the race for Congress, gave speeches. Present at the rally was James Jimmy Warnock, father of Eli Warnock, and Preacher Norton. Mr. Warnock was 97 years old at the time and Preacher Norton, who preached at the Big Creek Church at the age of 100, was 104 years old.
After the death of
Benjamin, Sarah is found living as a widow in Rockingham, Bacon
County, Georgia on 7th January 1920 with her family. The children living
with them at this time are; Cilla M age 20 - Lydia Ethel age 17. Also
living in her household is a niece and nephew Avas C Leggett age 13
and John Leggett age 18? Sarah is recorded on (page
#43, line 62, household #110)
Sarah E “Leggett" MEDDERS was born 25th February 1866 in Appling County, Georgia and died 8th May 1948 in Appling County, Georgia. Sarah is buried at Big Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Alma, Bacon County, Georgia.
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