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Augustus Jerome Georgia
1835 - 1917

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Augustus Jerome "A. J. " Georgia was born 23 Aug. 1835 in Newfield, NY to Elijah Burr Georgia III and Sally Jane Ogden His father was a farmer and always looking for the ‘perfect’ farm land, moved the family several times before A. J. moved his family and mother to southeast Kansas. The first family move was to Tioga Co., NY in 1846 and then to Bradford Co., PA in 1850. In the autumn of 1854, the family moved to Kalamazoo, MI where Augustus attended the Ceresco Institute for two terms. After graduation, he began teaching with his first school being in Kalamazoo. On 4 April 1860 in Colon, Michigan he married Edith L. Bennett. Edith, born in 1843 in Branch, Michigan, was the daughter of William S. Bennett and Lucena Wilder. Not long after their marriage, in the summer of 1860, the couple moved to Iowa City, IA where their daughter Edith May Georgia, was born on 24 Nov. 1861. A. J. and Edith would have a total of four children but Edith May would be the only one to survive with the others dying in infancy. The following year, on 14 Aug. 1862 at the age of 27, he enlisted in the Union Army as a Corporal 3rd Class in Co. E., 28th Infantry Regiment Iowa. He was wounded at the Battle Chickasaw Bayou in December 1862 north of Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was discharged on disability 7 April 1863 at Helena, AR. After returning home to Iowa, and finding out that his father had died on 1 Feb. 1863 while he was away, Augustus Georgia along with his mother and siblings moved his family to southeast Kansas in 1866 and settled on a farm near the present site of Pittsburg in Crawford Co., KS. In April 1867, he was elected Justice of the Peace and remained in that position for 6 years. On Jan. 4, 1877, he was elected Superintendent of Schools for Crawford County. While in this role he created a two-mile square school district that included the new town of Pittsburg. Soon after he became the first schoolteacher in Pittsburg, teaching in a one-room frame schoolhouse built at 5th and Walnut. His teaching career in Pittsburg lasted only a few months though, when he was appointed as postmaster of Pittsburg in January 1877. At that time, the post office was located on the northwest corner of 3rd and Broadway. He remained in this post until 1884 when he resigned to devote fulltime to his real estate, loan and insurance business, Georgia & Wood, which he opened with his son-in-law, Neal Wood in a building he built at 301 W. Broadway. This building was torn down in 1975 for the construction of the National Bank of Pittsburg’s new bank building. According to the 1890 Pittsburg City Directory, Georgia was living at 109 N. Walnut and was in the real estate and insurance business. Not long after his wife died in 1894, he built a new house at 503 W. 4th Street. A. J. was also very instrumental in bringing the Missouri-Pacific Railroad to Pittsburg in 1886 by helping raise the needed capital for the railroad right-of-way. Also in 1886, Georgia along with Franklin Playter and T. P. Waskey organized the Pittsburg Board of Trade whose goal was to raise capital to bring industry to Pittsburg. While in Pittsburg, Georgia was active in the Mason’s and the Methodist Episcopal Church of which he was a member. He also was a member of the city council and board of education. On 17 Feb. 1894, his wife Edith died in Pittsburg and was buried in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. He remarried in 1896 to Mrs. Elizabeth Bell after her death he married for a third time to Mrs. Columbia Shipp. She died and he married for the fourth time to Mrs. Ray, who survived him. In 1912 A. J. and his fourth wife left Pittsburg and moved to Sawtell, California, west of Los Angeles, to live near his brother, Sylvester Georgia. Augustus Jerome Georgia died at the Veteran’s Hospital in Los Angeles, CA on 22 Nov. 1917 and is buried in sect 33 of the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

Contributor: Georgia Family History - Edward L. Woodyard, Armonk, NY

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Father: Elijah Burr Georgia III born 26 July 1808 in New Mifford, Litchfield Co., NY, died 1 Feb 1863 in Johnson Co., IA. Married in 1827. Parents: Elijah Burr Georgia II and Keziah Tense.
Mother: Sally Jane Ogden born 11 Jan. 1808 in Tioga Co., New York (now Tompkins Co., NY), died 12 May 1874 in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., KS, buried Mt. Olive Cemetery, Pittsburg, KS. Parents: Nathan Ogden and Susan Odgen.

Children of Elijah Burr Georgia III and Sally Jane Ogden:
1. Mary Keziah born 8 May 1828 and died 16 Oct 1844 in Newfield, NY at the age of 16.
2. William born 8 May 1834 in New York and died about 1852 in Waverly, NY at the age of 14.
3. Augustus Jerome born 23 Aug 1835 in Newfield, NY and died 22 Nov 1817 in Los Angeles, CA (see above)
4. Sylvester Stewart born 11 Sept 1837 in New York and died in Los Angeles, CA. He married Laria Minard and then in 1906 Mrs. Louise Shaw. They had no children.
5. George Washington born 22 May 1840 in New York and died 6 Jan 1910 in Mankato, Kansas. He married in 1863 Martha Hawk.
6. Clarissa born 23 Aug 1842 and died 22 Oct 1919 in Newfield, NY. She married Don Utzie.
7. Francis Elijah born 27 Sept 1844 in New York and died 28 Jan 1874 in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., Kansas. He nver married.
8. Helen Augusta born 11 Sept 1911 in New York and died 24 Feb 1901. She married William Alcorn and then Gerard Ramet.
9. Phylancy born 17 Oct 1849 and died 17 Oct 1855 in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the age of 6.
10. Cash Ogden born 15 April 1851 and died in 1869 at Pittsburg, Crawford Co., Kansas at the age of 18.
11. William V. born in 1853 and died 11 Feb 1865 in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., Kansas at the age of 11.

Children of Augustus Jerome Georgia and Edith L. Bennett:
1. Edith May born 24 Nov 1861 in Iowa and died 5 June 1904 in Pittsburg, Crawford Co., Kansas. She married 17 June 1878 at Girard, Crawford Co., Kansas, Neal Erastus Wood born 15 Dec 1853 at Southbury, Ohio and died 10 July 1937 in Los Angeles, California. He was the son of Erastus Austin Wood and Lucyetta Lucretia Bradley. They are both buried at the Mt. Olive Cemetery at Pittsburg, Crawford Co., Kansas

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Georgia Family Stone
Mt. Olive Cemetery - Pittsburg, KS

Sally Jane (Ogden) Georgia
Mother of A. J. Georgia
Mt. Olive Cemetery - Pittsburg, KS

Francis Elijah Georgia
Brother of A. J. Georgia
Mt. Olive Cemetery - Pittsburg, KS

Cash Ogden Georgia
Brother of A. J. Georgia

Mt. Olive Cemetery - Pittsburg, KS