Parker Writes About
The Poppell Family
This column has been written this week by Elmer Parker, a Poppell
descendant, who has access to valuable records in the National Archives.
It is believed that his is the first time that the history of the Poppell
family has been so thoroughly covered in any article. We are indebled to
Mr. parker for making this record available to the related families.
(Elmer Parker, Assistant Director of the Old Military Records, in the
National Archives, Washington, D.C. He is the son of Mrs. Katie Baxter
Parker of Jesup and the late Scott Parker of Long County. There was a
picture of Elmer Parker and of Caroline Baxter (1825-1906) daughter of
Robert and Susan Popwell and wife of Stephen H. Baxter, Jr. (1823-1904) of
Liberty County, Georgia. She was the great grandmother of Elmer Parker.)
Seen and Heard Here and There
by Helen Wiliams Conon
The Poppell family of southeast Georgia is decended from John Popwell
who settled on Jones Creek in Liberty: (Now Long) County before 1800. The
name may originally have been spelled Popple but most of the family adopted
the spelling Poppell by the middle of the ninteenth century.
John and William Popwell, probably brothers, appear to have emigrated
from Ireland about 1773 for in that year they petitioned the Governor of
South Carolina for land warrants and 100 acres in old Craven (now Cheraw)
County were surveyed for John on Feb. 25, 1773. During the Revolutionary
War when South Carolina was overrun by the British, John was one of Gen.
Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion's men, serving in Capt. John Norwood's Company.
After the war, he moved to Beaufort District. In 1790, his family
consisted of himself, a wife, a daughter and four sons. It seems
appropriate to mention that Israel and Theophilus Baxter, who also lived in
Cheraw and served in Marion's brigade. likewise moved to Beaufort and from
there to Georgia. The exact date of their removal to Georgia is not known,
but Liberty County records show that in 1799, 300 acres on Jones Creek were
surveyed for John Popwell and 200 acres on Canoochee River for Theophilus
Baxter. John Popwell, Jr. carried the chain for his father's survey.
Within the next seven years, Popwell obtained additional grants, all
totaling 950 acres.
John's sons with their approximate dates birth appear to have been:
John Jr., (1732), Pharoah (1784), Jordan (1786), William (1788), Paul
(1790), Robert (1794), Gideon (1796), George Washington (1797) and James
John Jr. was married on April 6, 1809, to Sarah, daughter of Henry
Dyess, a Revolutionary soldier. Another Dyess daughter, Winifred, married
Paul on Oct. 12, 1815. Gideon was married in Tattnall County on May 3,
1819, to Mary Johnson.
Pharoah and his wife, Temperance, lived in Tattnall and had the
following children: Jordan W. (1811), Minerva (1813--married Vincent I.
Strickland), John (1816), Nathaniel Ward (1818), Pharoah Jr. (1820),
Bennett W. (1822), and Brinkley G. (1824).
Robert, while living with his brother Pharoah in Tattnall, married
Susan Standfield and had a number of children including John Jackson,
Caroline, James Allen, William R., and Edward R. He and his brother Gideon
served in Capt. Andrew F. Fraser's Company of Maj. John Minton"s Battalion
Georgia Militia during the first Seminole Indian War.
At St. Marks, FL, Capt. Fraser's men saw cattle that the army had
bought from the Spanish and they recognized them as bearing the marks of
their friends and neighbors back in Georgia. For his service, Robert
received warrants for land in Iowa and in Alachua Clounty, Fl.
Robert's daughter Caroline (Apr. 30, 1825-Jan 7, 1906) was married on
Oct. 27, 1844, to Stephen H. Baxter Jr. (July 27, 1823-June, 1904) and they
had ten children: Harriet Jane (married John D. Driggers), Hendley (was
captured --there are three lines here that are so faded they cannot be
Priscilla, daughrer of Walter Allen R., Strickland, Josephine (married
Daniel Braicher), Florida (married William B. Weather), John Henry, Sheriff
of Liberty County (married Estella, daughter of James H. Pinholster), James
Madison (married mary, daughter of Jesse J. Strickland, borhter of Allen
R.) and Sarah (married Daniel Clifford McDonald.) Robert's son, James
Allen Poppell, who was born in Liberty County, Dec. 27,1827, moved to
Appling County as a young man and served as Sheriff, 1858-60, Tax
Collector, 1860-62, and Representative, 1878-79. He married a widow, Mrs.
Mary Alice (Moody) McGauly on July 22, 1848 and had issue: George, James
Spencer, Hansel, Columbus, and Mary Jane. Hansel married Sarah, daughter
of Joel and Naomi Moody. One of his children is Gladys, the wife of Ed
Parker, formerly of Ludowici.
A number of the Poppells moved to north central Florida in the 1820s
and 30s and served long and faithfully in the second Florida War against
the Seminole Indians, 1836-41. John Jr. and his son Henry Dyess, and Paul,
and Pharoah's sons, Pharoah, Jr., John and Nathaniel Ward and Paul's sons
Paul, Jr. and Boyd Dyess.
Nathaniel Ward Poppell was in Maj. Leigh Read's Florida Battalion.
John Poppell, Jr., was killed in a battle with the Indians at Old Town in
Florida on June 18, 1836.
Henry and Paul Poppell, together with Vincent I. Strickland and
Littleberry Parker, formerly of Liberty Clounty, were privates in Capt.
Sheehee's Company of Maj Taylor's Battalion Middle Florida Mounted
Volunteers in 1838, under the command of a future President of the United
States, Gen. Zachary Taylor.
Two of Nathaniel Ward Poppell's sons died during the War Between the
States--George P. at Winchester, Va., in Oct. 1862, and Pharoah at
Richmond, Va., in Jan. 1863, both in the 5th Florida Infantry.
James and Sally Ann Poppell of McIntosh County were the parents of
Wilson, Martha, Lousia, Calvin, Nancy and Jane. George W. and Susannah
Poppell of Wayne County had issue: George Washington, Jr., Mary, Paul,
Gideon D., Elizabeth, Mildred Amelia, Lazarus, Marion, Celeta, James and
Susannah. G.W., Paul, Gideon and Marion were Confederate soldiers and Paul
died in the war.
James Gideon Poppell, son of Gideon, enlisted as a sergeant in Capt.
George Troup Dunham's (afterwards Capt. James Madison Smith's) Company I,
Altamaha Scouts," 25th Georgia Infantry; was captured in Nov. 1863 and sent
to Rock Island Prison, Ill. There, in order to be released from prison,
became a "galvanized Yankee" by volunteering to go West and fight Indians.
After the war, Poppell was discharged and returned to Liberty County
where in Aug. 1866, he married Nancy Ann, Daughter of Needham and Rebecca
(Berry) Yarbrough, formerly of Williamsburg District, S.C. To them were
born eight children: Mary, William, Sarah, Rebecca, Allen, James Arthur,
and Katie May. James and Nancy moved in 1876 to Volusia County, FL. James
fell dead in the town of (too faded to read.)
Descendants of old John Popwell's brother William of Cheraw County,
S.C. appear to have moved to central Alabama before the War Between the
--Elmer Oris Parker
3422 Navy Day Drive
Washington, D.C. 20023
The old Poppell land near lower Jones Creek in this county is not far
from the well known very deep fishing lake known as the "Fountain Hole."
This is were John Popwell, the immigrant, settled about 1799. That land is
now owned by the Fountain Head Company. One of the owners of the Fountain
Head Company is Harry B. Chapman of Ludowici, who says that there are three
old Poppell home sites on the property and they do not know which is the
site of the original home.
There are numerous descendants of the Poppell family that remained in
this county. Among them is Earl Smart of Ludowici, the son of the late
Mrs. Annie Poppell Smart, who was the daughter of Ed Poppell and the
granddaughter of Jordan Poppell. It will be noted that the immigrant, John
Poppell, had a son, Jordan, who was born in 1786, His brother, Pharoah
Poppell, had a son, Jordan Poppell, born in 1811. Mrs. Smart's mother was
the former Rachel Sullivan of this county, who was also the mother of the
late Raymond, Artemus and Willie Gordon. Her grandson, Clyde Gordon, son
of the late Artemus Gordon, is the Mayor of Ludowici. The late Raymond
Gordon's widow, Mrs. Mary D. Gordon and some of her children live in
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