Nancy Watkins was a daughter of Abner Watkins and wife Nancy Smith according to her 1928 death certificate. She married O.L. Searcy in Gilmer Co. Ga. June 29, 1856. During the Civil War while Tobe (O.L.) was away in Lee's army, local Yankees ransacked the Searcy home in Cherry Log, Ga. according to Ward's Gilmer Co. Ga. history pages 345-346, "Noblett and his band of 85 men, all mounted, galloped thunderously up Leading Ridge toward a community now known as Cherry Log in the district of the same name. It was a critical time of the war and the insolence and oppressions of the Yankees were growing. The band drew rein at the home of Tobe Searcey, who lived where Charley Hice lives now. Mr. Searcey was away with General Lee. Dismounting, Noblett's men swarmed into the Searcey home. Mrs. Nancy Searcey, Tobe's wife, was at home with her small children. Some of the men began climbing into a loft, where they located cans of honey hoarded against the stark needs of the family. They began to hand down and portion out the cans. They also seized bedclothes and whatever else came to hand. But Captain Noblett was not so base. He had a streak of sympathy for his neighbors. Mrs. Searcey hurriedly appealed to him, calling him by name. He is said to have answered her civilly. She fearlessly and desperately reminded him of the outrageous conduct of his men, some of whom were already galloping away into the distance with blankets and miscellaneous articles dangling and flying from their saddle horns. 'Would you starve and freeze me and theses helpless children?' she demanded of Noblett, who can be said to have had some discipline over his command. He sternly ordered his men to lay down what they had taken, and all in his hearing are said to have obeyed." Nancy Watkins Searcy lived until 1928. She was buried in nearby Rock Creek Bap. Cemetery.
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