The Barnesville News-Gazette, Barnesville, Ga., Thursday, October 20, 1904
The Bloodworth Family
Pioneer Settlers In Middle Georgia.
A Noted And Useful Family To The State
The following article appeared in the Griffin News Sunday, and as it relates to the family of Senator E.H. Bloodworth, of Barnesville, and is of great interest generally to the people of this section, we take pleasure in reproducing it: One of the most prominent early settlers in Griffin was Solomon Bloodworth. Most precious memories come as I call to mind some incidents of the family. One was when he lived fronting the Episcopal church on the hill near the Christian church in 1849, I was boarding at his house, and married while there and carried my bride to board with me. When bed time came he asked me to have family prayer. I did so and have kept it up to the present. Once when on of his boys had gone into a billiard room and began to play, the old man found him in there and went in and took the cue out of his hand and used it in sending the young fellow out. The whole family were quiet, peaceable, agreeable people. I never knew any of them to quarrel. I always enjoyed their company. The old man gave me my marriage license, and I always felt good over it. Two of the sons are doing well here in Atlanta. I send you a letter from Judge J.G., which gives a full brief outline of prominent points in the history of the Bloodworth family. - Rev. C.W. Parker (Transcribed 6/23/04 Lynn Cunningham)
Atlanta, Ga., Sept 3, ‘04
Rev. C.W. Parker, City
Your P.C. without date to hand. My father was born in Warren county, Ga., July 4, 1806. His father moved to Monroe county while father was a boy. He joined the Baptist church at the age of 18 and was made a deacon at 21. He was clerk of his church and clerk of the association at the time of the split in the church, and he remained with what was and is known as the Primitive Baptist until about 1868, when he put his letter in the first Baptist church of Griffin, and died a member of that church in 1890 at the age of 84. He remained clerk of the old church and association continuously up to 1867. He was a consistent church man, never having taken a drink in a bar room, played a game of billiards, ten-pins or any game of chance during his life. He commenced to merchandise in Griffin in 1884; he moved his family there in 1845. In 1848 he began the cotton warehouse business in Griffin, and continued in the cotton business during the balance of his life. He built the first house erected on the Flemister lot, corner Hill and Popular streets, and the house still remains and is yet known by the older residents as the Nunnally place. He also built the Johnson house on broad street near Solomon; also built the first house on the place known as the Patterson place fronting the Episcopal church. He never entered politics for himself, but for a long time was a strong factor in politics for his friends.
Very truly your friend,
My eldest brother, Dr. W.W. Bloodworth was born 1827; died in Birmingham, Ala., 1891
2nd brother, T.J. Bloodworth, born 1829; died in Griffin, Ga., 1879
3rd brother, Rev. J.M. Bloodworth, born 1831; died Atlanta, Ga., 1895
4th brother, E.H. Bloodworth, born 1833; lives in Barnesville, Ga., (cotton)
5th brother, L.J. Bloodworth, born in 1836; lives in Atlanta, clerk in Kimball House.
6th brother, F.D. Bloodworth, born 1842; lives in Savannah; cashier Savannah National Bank.
I am the 7th son, born in 1845; live here; Justice of Peace.
8th brother, W.R. Bloodworth, born in 1849; lives in Griffin now.
9th brother, B.M. Bloodworth, born 1848; lives in New Decatur, Ala.; merchant.
10th brother, J.H.H. Bloodworth, born 1853; died 1900
1st sister, Lucy, born 1835; died 1902.
2nd sister, Tommie, 1838; lives in Alabama.
3rd sister, Linna, born 1840; lives in Birmingham, Ala.
4th sister, Sarah, born 1850; lives in Cedartown Ga..
5th sister, Glennie, born 1855; died in Griffin, Ga., I do not remember the year, but I think it was 1878.
W.W.B. had 6 children, 4 now living.
T.J.B. had 10 children, 4 now living.
J.M.B. had 10 children, 4 now living.
E.H.B. had 8 children, 5 now living.
Lucy had 10 children, 5 now living.
L.J.B had none.
Tommie had none.
Linna, 5, all living.
F.D.B., 5, 2 living.
J.G.B., 9, 6 living.
B.M.B., 6, 6 living.
Sarah, 5, 4 living.
[signed] J.G. Bloodworth