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Nancy (Watkins) Searcy (1836 - 1928)

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Nancy Searcy formerly Watkins
Born in South Carolina, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 29 Jun 1856 in Gilmer, Georgia, United States of Americamap
Died in Cherry Log, Gilmer, Georgia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 2 Oct 2019 | Created 14 Aug 2013
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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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Title: Nancy Searcy & Overton Ledbetter Searcy
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Title: Nancy Watkins Searcy

Nancy was born in 1836. She was the daughter of Abner Watkins and Nancy Smith. She passed away in 1928.


  • "Georgia Deaths, 1928-1942," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), Abner Watkins in entry for Searcy, Nancy, 22 Jul 1928; citing Cherry Ivy, Gilmer, Georgia, United States, Georgia State Archives, Morrow.
  • Book, "Thirty Ye Olde Tyme Families", by D.C. Stewart, library Ellijay, Ga., genealogy room.
  • 1850 & 1860 census Gilmer Co. Ga.
  • "The Annals Of Upper Georgia Centered In Gilmer County", by Ward.
  • 1928 Gilmer Co. Ga. death certificate Nancy Searcy.
  • 1856 marriage record Gilmer Co. Ga.
  • "Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 4 November 2017), Overton L. Sercy and Nancy Wadkins, 29 Jun 1856; citing Marriage, Gilmer, Georgia, United States, county courthouses, Georgia; FHL microfilm 219,505.


Thank you to Julie Lane for creating WikiTree profile Watkins-2026 through the import of Lane Family Tree (1).ged on Aug 13, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Julie and others.

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On 17 Sep 2019 at 16:13 GMT Keven Watkins wrote:

Watkins-2026 and Watkins-7785 appear to represent the same person because: These appear to be the same person. She matches both father Abner Watkins & Nancy Smith Watkins.

Nancy is 18 degrees from T S Eliot, 17 degrees from Walter Howe and 16 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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