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Atlas Jones Dargan, Wadesboro, NC
Posted by: A. Shaw Dargan III Date: July 18, 2001 at 19:17:10
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I am looking for the decendants of Atlas Jones Dargan, b. 28 Jun 1815, Wadesboro, North Carolina; d. _______, <Wadesboro, North Carolina>; m. 18 Nov 1841, <Wadesboro, North Carolina>; Eleanor A. Pickett, b. 1812, <Wadesboro, North Carolina>; d. _______, <Wadesboro, North Carolina>. She was the daughter of Col. Joseph Pickett and Frances Boggan.

Apparently, He was married to the sister of Eben Nelms [Ebeneezer Nelme] possibly before his marriage to Eleanor Pickett, as evidenced by the following excerpt from Family Tree Maker Online: GenealogyLibrary.com: Family Tree Book: Relatives of General William Alexander Smith and of W Thomas Smith , Page 116

"His [Eben Nelms] special friend and brother-in-law, Atlas J. Dargan of Wadesboro, his intimate boon companion of the various courts attended, was a noted character of that day. Brilliant, ingenious, factitious, but negligent in dress and personal appearances; often with a shabby coat, pants suspender button missing, shoes untied, with disheveled hair, he was a master of wit, learning and sarcasm. His friend Eben Nelms was his antithesis--neat in his habit, his dress in style, his appearance gentlemanly. His mind was active and sparkling with irony; he was clever and a great teaser. Both were humorous, both liked "peach and honey".
Their contemporaries, who were familiar with the characteristics of these famous raconteurs, enjoyed the following bonmots. In the halcyon days before the war, Eben Nelms and other gentlemen were standing in front of the Court House door when Mr. Dargan approached. Addressing the party but looking at Nelms he said: "Ezer--teaser spell Nezer and two red elms spells Ebenezer Nelms". Instantly flashed back: "Bootless, shoeless and hatless spells Atlas, splurging and charging spells Dargan". They were knights of the round table. Afterwards Dargan was appointed Brigadier General of the Militia and Nelms was commissioned Captain of Co. A. 1st Mississippi Regiment in the Confederate Army."

From the History of North Carolina, page 26, Atlas Jones Dargan served in the North Carolina House of Commons from 1850-52.

I would appreciate any information one would be willing to share.

A. Shaw Dargan, III


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