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Simpson Booker

SIMPSON BOOKER, farmer, Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia, son of Richerson and Esther (Simpson) Booker, was born in Wilkes County, Georgia, April 9, 1831, the third of four children, all boys.

He worked on the farm, and went to school as he had opportunity, until he reached manhood. He then took charge of his father's farm, and has had the management of it from then until now.

In 1861 he enlisted in the Irwin Guards, which afterward was known as Company C, Cult’s Artillery Battalion. As a member of this command Mr. Booker was in some of the most important battles of the war, among them: The seven days fight around Richmond, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Appomattox Court House, etc. At the time of the surrender he was at Red Oak Church. After the disbandment he returned to the old homestead satisfied with whatever tribute it may bring to his comfort and pleasure.

Mr. Booker was married Dec. 20, 1855, to Miss Amanda, daughter of Basil Neal, of Columbia County, Georgia, who bore him one child, a daughter, and died December 14, 1858.

On June 27, 1865, he married Miss Georgia, daughter of John M. Lazenby, of what is now McDuffie County, Georgia. Six children, four sons and two daughters, have blessed this union, of whom two sons and one daughter are dead.

Mr. Booker is a master Mason, and a member of the Methodist Church.

Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume II, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895.







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