Something you may not have known: The Rock House
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So we can blame Wiley Carter for Jimmie Carter? Wiley was a model Democrat. He got away with murder.
Wouldn’t the relationship mean that Jimmy Carter is the Great, Great, Great, Great Grandson of Ansley?
Good article Scott and lots to opine in on. I did know about the Rock House and have been by it and stopped at the cemetery and historical marker, which all history buffs are prone to do. I passed by that way on one of my exploratory Jeep rides around the countryside that we take from time to time that usually involve dirt roads. Here is something else you didn’t know: most all of you have driven to Atlanta on I-20 hundreds of times. I bet that most all of you were not aware that one of the underpasses on I-20 between here and Atlanta is a dirt road crossing the bridge over I-20. The name of the road is even related to this article somewhat, Carters Ford Road in Taliferro County.
Back to article, Scott, I don’t want to argue but I just recently finished Jimmy Carter’s book called ‘A Full Life, Reflections at Ninety’. It is a great book by a great man. You can make cracks about his Presidency, as I did back in the day, but to make cracks about him being a democrat in today’s political arena is simply wrong. Carter’s personal beliefs fall far from today’s democrats do. If you don’t believe me, read any of his books. Anyway, on page 4 of his book, Carter says this: ‘Wiley Carter (1798-1864) was deputized in a sheriff’s posse in Wilkes County when he shot and killed a man named Usry. During the routine one-day trial, the Wilkes County Sheriff testified that Usry was about to shoot Carter and that the shooting was justified.’ Carter goes on to say that because of the community upheaval from the shooting his great, great grandfather moved shortly later to a farm about 10 miles north of Plains, GA, explaining how the Carter clan ended up in Plains.
Carter even talks in the book about a family reunion that he hosted in 1998 to celebrate the 200th birthday of Wiley Carter and 950 descendants showed up. Somebody here has their story wrong.
And Scott, I didn’t mean to infer you made a crack about Carter, I was directing that at one of the previous commenters.
Interesting article on local history, Scott.
Keep ‘em coming!
The other Alan Smith- Alan the Lesser