The first part of the Johns family that I am going to start looking at this fall is James Jackson Johns and his wife, Ellender Cornelia Moore. Ellen was born on October 13, 1839 in Coweta County, Georgia. Coweta County was formed in 1826 from lands originally belonging to the Creek Nation, relinquished to the US government as a part of the 1825 Treaty of Indian Springs.
James was born on September 18, 1828 in DeKalb County, Georgia. DeKalb County was formed in 1822 from three other counties: Henry, Gwinnett and Fayette.
Ellen and James married on December 18, 1859 at the age of 20 and 30, respectively, in Paulding, Georgia. Paulding County was formed in 1832 from the larger Cherokee County (Many of the Cherokee who lived in Paulding County left in 1838 during the Trail of Tears removal).
James died on March 17, 1917 at the age of 88 in Villa Rica, Carroll County, Georgia. Carroll County was formed from the same treaty as Coweta County in 1832, and neighbors it to the northwest. Ellen died a few short months later on June 22, 1917 at the age of 77. They are both buried New Georgia Baptist Church Cemetery in Pauling County.
According to his gravestone, James was a Private in the Confederate States of America, Company F, 30th Georgia Infantry. This regiment participated in the Jackson Expedition, the Battle of Chicamauga, the Georgia Campaign, and the Tennessee Campaign. The Roster of Confederate Soldiers of Georgia indicates that he enlisted on September 25, 1861 at the age of 33 and mustered out on May 29, 1862, serving less than one year.
It was always rumored that Ellen Moore was of Native American ancestry. I haven’t yet been able to confirm that ancestry, though her birth in Coweta County lends itself to it being a distinct possibility.