Thank you for answering my query in the Chance Family Forum. I’ve not seen the book titled, Your Darley Ancestors by Lon Jackson Darley. I see where the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah has a copy and here’s their brief description.
Thomas Darley ( 1760 – 1832 ), an Englishman, served with the British forces during the American Revolution, and remained after the war as an immigrant in South Carolina. He
married Sarah Snelling about 1784, and in 1816 they moved to Jefferson County and later
to Harris County, Georgia. Descendants live in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and elsewhere. Book includes genealogical data about various Darleys in England and
I gather that a son Thomas Darley married Penelopy Calhoun before 1820 in Barnwell South Carolina and a daughter Mary Darley married Burrell R. Calhoun around the same time. Penelopy and Burrell’s parents were Samuel Calhoun and Mary Hargroves. Mary’s father
was Burrell Hargroves and his property holdings in Montgomery County Georgia would
determine the fate of many Darleys and Calhouns.
Households for Mary Calhoun, Burrell Calhoun and Thomas Darley are shown in the 1820
Barnwell South Carolina Federal Census. A legal notice places Burrell Calhoun in
Montgomery County Georgia in August 1825. The names of Burrell Calhoun and Thomas
Darley appear on the county’s Jury List in April 1827. Mary Calhoun was the administrator
on her deceased father’s estate. Here’s the first two of four legal notices that appeared in the
newspaper. Burrell Hargroves’ name was left out of the first notice.
SOUTHERN RECORDER, MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA, Saturday, November 14, 1829:
Georgia, Montgomery County: Will be sold before the Court House door in said county on the first Tuesday in December, next, between the legal hours of sale, all the property belonging to
the estate of ( name not given ), late of said county, deceased. Sold for the benefit of the heirs and creditors of said estate. ( Signed ) Mary Calhoun, Admx.
SOUTHERN RECORDER, MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA, Saturday, December 5, 1829:
Georgia, Montgomery County: All those indebted to the estate of Burrell Hargroves, late of
said county, deceased, or owed money by that estate, must make immediate payment or
present their notes for payment. ( Signed ) Mary Calhoun, Admx.
Mary Hargroves Calhoun died in the 1840’s and the property ownership came down to her
heirs, Burrell R. Calhoun, Thomas Darley and his wife, and James I. Calhoun. The 1850
Georgia Agricultural Census shows that Burrell R. Calhoun owned 1945 acres,
Thomas Darley owned 1000 acres, and James I. Calhoun owned 455 acres in the county.
Thomas Darley and Burrell R. Calhoun were neighbors in the 1850 Montgomery County
Thomas Darley age 55, Penelope age 52, Sarah age 23, Thomas age 21, Elizabeth
age 19, Penelope age 17, Mary G. age 15, John W. age 13 and Christianna F. age 9.
Calhoun, Burrell R. age 50, Mary age 53, Samuel age 25, James I. age 23, Mary Ann
age 21, Christiana age 18 and Hannah E. age 13.
Another large Darley family appears in nearby Emanuel County in 1850. I don’t
know how the Darleys in both counties are related but they paid a heavy price in the
.............. Company H, 47th Georgia Infantry:
( 1 ) John A. Darley, enlisted March 1862, private; mortally wounded at Chickamauga; died in hospital in Atlanta, October 8, 1863. Buried in Oakland Cemetery.
( 2 ) James Darley, enlisted March 1862, private; died in hospital, Jackson, MS, January 8, 1863.
( 3 ) Thomas C. Darley, enlisted March 1862, private. He was born in 1827.
.......... Company A, 4th, Georgia Sharpshooters:
( 1 ) William Darley, enlisted August 24, 1861, private; died Bearis Station, TN, August 24, 1862.
( 2 ) John W. Darley, enlisted August 24, 1861, private; left sick in Kentucky, October 1862, not heard from since.
( 3 ) John Darley Sr., enlisted August 24, 1861, private; died Granville, TN.
( 4 ) David Darley, enlisted August 24, 1861, private; died Greenville, TN.
Here’s the legal notice that appeared in the newspaper when Thomas Darley died:
SOUTHERN RECORDER, MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA, Tuesday March 31, 1863,
Georgia, Montgomery County: Josiah B. Hamilton apply ( applies ) to me for letters of administration on the estate of Thomas Darley Sr., deceased.
These are, therefore, to cite and admonish all and singular, the kindred and creditors of said deceased, to be and appear at my office within the time prescribed by law, to show cause, if
any they have why said letters shall not be granted. ( Signed ) F. McRae, D. Ordinary
Thomas Darley’s death is recorded in the LDS IGI and the record shows he’s buried in a
Darley-Calhoun Cemetery in Montgomery County. The cemetery is located near the junction
of Georgia Highway 15 and County Road 227. He does not have a grave marker. Evidently
Thomas Darley’s daughter Sarah was never married. She’s buried in the cemetery too and
the inscription on her grave marker reads: SARAH DARLEY - died April 22, 1874 –
Age 48 Years, 4 Months & 21 Days.
Mary Darley Calhoun died in June 1879 and her death was recorded in the 1880 Mortality
Census ( Deaths from June 1, 1879 through May 31, 1880 ). Here’s her information:
FAMILY : 2
NAME : Calhoun, Mary
AGE : 86
SEX : F
COLOR : W
MARITAL STATUS : Married
BIRTHPLACE : South Carolina
FATHER’S BIRTHPLACE : England
MOTHER’S BIRTHPLACE : South Carolina
PROFESSION : Blank
MONTH OF DEATH : June
CAUSE OF DEATH : Dropsy
LENGTH OF TIME IN COUNTY : 56
Mary Darley Calhoun and her husband Burrell were buried on a hilltop behind their home.
The location is some quarter mile northwest of the small rural community of Kibbee Georgia.
No grave markers to my knowledge and their old property has returned to thick forest land.
Columbia County Georgia
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