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  • ID: I517
  • Name: John Irwin J. BRIDGES
  • Given Name: John Irwin J.
  • Surname: Bridges 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1859 in Washington County, Georgia 1 2
  • Death: Bef 1935 in Washington County, Georgia 3 3 4
  • Event: Background
  • Note:
    Family legend has it that John did not get along with his stepsons, the three oldest Mason boys who were in their teens at the time.  The boys believed that John Bridges was converting to his personal gain their late father's money.  Around 1892 the Mason boys hatched a plan to kill John Bridges.  An unidentified relative, who supposedly knew of the boys' nefarious plans, put John Bridges on a train in Tennille, Georgia, headed for Florida.

    There is no proof of the accuracy of this family tale, but John Bridges did not return to Georgia for more than twenty years.  His two sons with Mary (Mason) Bridges, Thomas Eugene Bridges and William Watson Bridges, were only a few years old when John Bridges allegedly boarded that train to Florida, and he never saw his sons again.
    5
  • Event: Census Index Census Report 1890
  • Note:
    State: GA;  County: Washington; Div: 89th GMD
    Official Census Date:1 Jun 1890;
    Population Schedule, county copy
    Court of Ordinary, Sandersville
    ===================================
    Bridges...John I.......W...M...27...GA.
    Bridges...Marie V...W...F....35...GA
    Mason....Gordon.....W...M...15...GA
    Mason....Clifford....W...M...13...GA
    Mason....Mamie.....W...F....10...GA
    Mason....Annie......W...F....10...GA
    Mason....Dora.......W...F......7...GA
    Mason....Julian......W...M.....7...GA
    Mason....Sallie......W...F.......6...GA
    Bridges...[blank]...W...M......1...GA*

    He was later named William Watson Bridges]
    2
  • Change Date: 22 Oct 2011 at 03:23



    Father: Alexander J. BRIDGES b: 1825
    Mother: Nancy BRIDGES b: 27 Oct 1825

    Marriage 1 Annie E. BATCHELOR b: 1866
    • Married: Aft 1880 3
    • Change Date: 6 Apr 2006

    Marriage 2 Mayme Vandella "Mary" SMITH b: 8 Sep 1854 in Swainsboro, Emanuel County, Georgia
    • Married: 25 Apr 1888 in Washington County, Georgia 6
    • Change Date: 6 Oct 2011
    Children
    1. Has Children William Watson "Willie" BRIDGES b: 3 Feb 1889 in Harrison, Washington County, Georgia
    2. Has Children Thomas Eugene "Tommie" BRIDGES b: 11 Aug 1890 in Emanuel County, Georgia

    Marriage 3 Mattie DUFFY
    • Married: Aft 1900 3
    • Change Date: 18 Jun 2001

    Sources:
    1. Title: 1870 Washington County, Georgia Census
      Publication: [primary source] Sandersville, Georgia, 1870
      Page: LN 7-13, HN 63, FN 63;  Page: 195A;  Image: 0069;  Roll: M593-182.
    2. Title: 1890 Federal Census, Court of Ordinary, Washington County, Georgia, Population Schedule
      Author: Henry, William R, Editor
      Publication: [derivative primary source] Original records: Sandersville, Georgia, 1890. Book, Warner Robins, GA: Central Georgia Genealogical Society, Inc. (CGGS), 1994.
      Date: 29 Sep 2008
      Note:
      [This census index— containing a list of the name, race, sex, age and  birthplace in order of enumeration of individuals enumerated on the 1890 census for Washington County, Georgia—  were ordered from Washington, DC and were received by the Court of Ordinary for Washington County, Georgia before the  originals of the 1890 census reports were destroyed by fire in 1921.  The original three books, along with mocrofilm copies, are on file in the Court of Ordinary, Washington County, Georgia.  In 1985 the Central Georgia Genealogical Society, Inc. (CGGS), obtained permission from the Court of Ordinary to compile the index in book form, and the book was published by CGGS in 1994.  A copy of that book is in the possession of Diane Carrington Bradford.]
      Page: column 1, p 16
    3. Title: Colby Smith and His Descendants
      Author: Brantley, Gene D., Smith, Robert A., and Veal, Carllene S.
      Publication: [primary and secondary source] Louisville, GA: The Colby Smith Family Publications, 1998
      Date: 19 Sep 2000
      Note:
      The three authors are all direct descendants of Colby Smith and Anna Henry Smith of early Washington County, Georgia.
    4. Title: Descendants of Dr. Benjamin Darius Smith
      Author: Smith, DeSaussure Dugas, III "Dess", Compiler/Editor
      Publication: [primary and secondary source] Georgia, 2000 dess@jazz.cybermedia.net GEDCOM file (imported 9-18-2000) received from Dess Smith as an attachment to e-mail message dated 9-11-2000 to Diane Carrington Bradford.
      Date: 18 Sep 2000
      Note:
      DeSaussure Dugas Smith, III  "Dess" is a direct descendant of Dr. Benjamin Darius Smith and through him of Colby Smith of early Washington County, Georgia.
      Page: GEDCOM from Dess Smith
    5. Title: Mason/Sherouse/Carrington Family Records
      Author: Bradford, Diane Carrington, Compiler
      Publication: [Primary and secondary source] Stone Mountain, GA, 1999 (LFOT@mindspring.com) [Family records, research and memories of Diane Carrington Bradford in possession of compiler.]
      Date: 1 Sep 1999
      Note:
      Mason/Sherouse  & Carrington/Porterfield Family Information.
    6. Title: Colby Smith and His Descendants
      Author: Brantley, Gene D., Smith, Robert A., and Veal, Carllene S.
      Publication: [primary and secondary source] Louisville, GA: The Colby Smith Family Publications, 1998
      Date: 19 Sep 2000
      Note:
      The three authors are all direct descendants of Colby Smith and Anna Henry Smith of early Washington County, Georgia.
      Page: p 795
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