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Info found on Mary Trawick Proctor, Bartow, Ga./Wake, NC
Posted by: Sandria Swope (ID *****7682) Date: May 09, 2003 at 19:15:56
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Hi, I do not do research on this surname but found the most wonderful article in an old newspaper I am looking through and thought it may be of interest to someone in this forum. It is taken from "The Lyons Progress", Toombs County, Ga., July 28, 1911. It reads as follows:
We found many wonderful things in the beautiful county of Bartow while we were attending the Press Association in Cartersville, and that is one reason we think the following from the Macon Telegraph may be interesting to our readers.
Mrs. Mary Trawick Proctor, aged 111 years, a real daughter of the American Revolution, a woman who has lived in three centuries when stirring events were making the history of nations has just been discovered in a humble one-room cabin in Bartow County, Ga. Her sole companions are her daughter, Miss Mary Proctor, aged 90, and two great-grandchildren, descendants of another daughter, all whom are left of six generations of her family.
Mrs. Proctor was born in Wake County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Wiley Trawick, who left North Carolina about 1780, and moved to Alabama, when that state was in its pioneer days, and where she was married to Hiram Proctor when she was 19 years of age. Her husband was a veteran of two wars, the Revolution and the War of 1812.
On a bedding of straw, constituting a mattress so thin that the rough plank slats can be seen, this daughter of the Revolution lies, her form emaciated, skin wrinkled almost a skeleton. Her aged daughter never tiring of her feeble efforts to give her mother every possible comfort, administering to the wants and necessities of the little household, and betimes tills the soil in a small cotton and garden patch near by. The meager profits derived from this labor she adds to the $12 a month pension Mrs. Proctor receives for the services of her husband rendered in the War of 1812.
Luxuries are unknown in the Proctor home and necessities are often denied. Food of the plainest kind is eaten, half a cracker for Mrs. Proctor being usually sufficient for her while sometimes a whole one. Born but a few years after George Washington was elected President, April 30, 1789, her infancy was spent when American Liberty was in its swaddling clothes. She moved and had her being at the very close of the 18th century, when John Adams was chief executive. George Washington was the only President who served before Mrs. Proctor became a native of North Carolina. She has lived under the administration of twenty-five Presidents, including Adams and Taft.

I do not have the ability to make copies from this microfilm or I would offer it. I use a converted fiche reader to look at my film but this microfilm can be borrowed from the University of Georgia through inter-library loan with your local library or it can be purchased from them. Info on this newspaper as well as other Georgia papers can be found at this link:

Hope this helps someone with their search! Good luck!

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