Montgomery Facts
 Major James McConnell Montgomery
-- came to this area and was 1st white citizen after the 
     Creek Indians in 1821 at the time was Dekalb Co.
-- owned 1000 acres 
-- built 1st house in "Atlanta" at Bolton and Moores Mill Roads
-- owned and operated Montgomery Ferry 
-- established a church on the old Atlanta - Marietta Rd. on 
    Casey's Hill  (Crestlawn  Cemetery) 
-- was Senator from Dekalb Co. 
-- donated land for water works 
                   James McConnell Montgomery

-- ??? 1770 -- Oct. 6, 1848
-- same blood as General Richard Montgomery of Revolutionary 
    fame that was killed in attach on Quebec in 1773
 -- was Presbyterian
-- from Jefferson Ga. ( Jackson Co.)
-- died 3 months after wife Nancy
-- both buried in Montgomery Cemetery

                    Nancy Farber Montgomery

-- Oct. 7, 1780 -- July 17, 1848
-- married James McConnell Montgomery
-- had 13 children
-- lost one arm
-- Nancy's Creek named after her
-- was Methodist

                    Ulysses Montgomery

-- son of James and Nancy
-- Dec. 15, 1805 - Oct. 1, 1835
-- no college
-- childless widow married Neal Connally -
    they lived and died on Marietta Rd. just outside corp. limits
     Neal was uncle to Dr. E. L. Connally
                    Telemachus F. Montgomery

-- son of James and Nancy
-- was Presbyterian clergyman
-- died in Florida

                    Rhadamanthus J. Montgomery

-- son of James and Nancy
-- died  Nov. 1841 in Wotumka Ala.
-- was Presbyterian clergyman in Cassville, Bartow County Ga.
-- married Miss Harriet Hagle of E. Tenn.
-- childless widow married Hon. J. Norcross in 1945
                 only son Rev. Virgil O. Norcross

                   James F. Montgomery

-- son of James and Nancy
-- Sept. 10, 1813 - June 8, 1847
-- no college
-- lived on plantation near father
-- was in Fla. War of 1836
-- married Miss Young of Cobb Co. had 4 children
    when widowed, moved to Marietta
  -- son - William R. Montgomery - 
                Clerk of Superior Court, Cobb Co.
  -- son - J. S. Montgomery - Hearns Texas
  -- son - Henry F. Montgomery - Jacksonville Ala.
  -- daughter - Mrs. Emma Haynes - Marietta Ga.

                    Joseph T. Montgomery

-- son of James and Nancy
-- married Miss Cameron of Troup County Ga.
-- died soon after the war
-- 2 sons - Jacksonville Ala.

                    Hugh B. Troup Montgomery

-- son of James and Nancy
-- nickname Troup
-- married Miss Broughton of Troup County Ga.
-- son - Hugh Montgomery - Opelika Ala.
-- son - William J. Montgomery - 
              sec./ treas. of Atl. Cotton Seed Oil Mill

                    ????????? Montgomery

-- daughter of James and Nancy
-- married Dempsy Connally of Campbell County Ga.
-- had large family - moved to Texas before war

                    Amelia Montgomery

-- daughter of James and Nancy
-- married Joseph D. Shumate - early settlers of Cobb Co. Ga.
-- moved to near LaFayette Ga. then to Texas where he died
-- had 4 sons and 3 daughters

                    Narcissa Montgomery

-- daughter of James and Nancy
-- was the youngest daughter
-- married Henry Dean who dies before war
         whose nephew is James W. Loyd - the city Marshall
          James A. Collins was brother of Mrs. Loyd
          and half brother of Henry Dean
          Mrs. Collins was sister of W. R. Venable,
          clerk of Superior Court, 
          their uncle was James M. Montgomery

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Colonel Hugh Montgomery was born Jan.8, 1767 in S. Carolina. He was the son of James Montgomery, himself a member of a family which, because of religious persecution, left Scotland in the early part of the eighteenth century and settled in Ireland. The family came  to America not many years later, and after a possible residence in Virginia, settled to Pendleton District, S. C. about 1749. Receiving a grant of land in Franklin County, Ga., James Montgomery moved to that county not long after it’s organization in 1786. His son Hugh, was shortly engaged in surveying boundary lines between the territory of the Indians and whites. Colonel Montgomery represented Jackson County in the state legislature 1807-1811 and in the state senate 1812-1825. He removed shortly thereafter to Tennessee.
He had been interested in the Cherokee Indians for some years and had been instrumental, with Governor Joseph McMinn of Tennessee in sending missionaries among them. He was appointed Indian agent in 1825, serving until 1838. He then removed to Chattooga County, Ga., and died Jan. 22, 1852, near Alpine, where he is buried. Colonel Montgomery was the brother of Major James McC. Montgomery, of Standing Peachtree, on the south side of the Chattahoochee River.
Mrs. James T. Anderson, of Marietta, was great - grandniece of Colonel Montgomery.
Rev. R. J. Montgomery, son of Major James McC. Montgomery, of Standing Peachtree, DeKalb Co., was pastor of the Marietta Presbyterian Church in 1836 and 1837. Rev. Joseph T. Montgomery, president of the Marietta Female College when it opened in 1869, was also a son of Major Montgomery. Rev. Joseph T. Montgomery had previously been president of LaGrange Female Academy (later Institute, then College) at LaGrange, Ga., which was owned by Joseph T. Montgomery and his brother, Hugh B. Troup Montgomery, from 1843 to 1856.
Hugh B. Troup Montgomery of DeKalb Co., owned a slave named Ransom, who was employed in work on the W. & A. RR, “ did in 1845 by his own most strenuous efforts and unaided for much of the time save the Chattahoochee River bridge from destruction when on fire and thus preserve state property which cost $7,500.” The state as “ a proper reward,” bought Ransom and though he was the property of Ga., he was paid a “reasonable compensation” for his work. In after years, when the state road was leased, the legislation gravely considered the question of proper employment for Ransom for “ it is the purpose of the General Assembly to carry out in good faith the intentions of the people of the state,” and that body “ respectfully requested” the superintendent of public buildings to employ the ex-slave in the capitol, his salary of $15 a month “ to be paid by the state treasure to Ransom Montgomery personally.”
Ga. Laws, Dec. 5, 1849, House Res.; Feb. 8, 1854; Sept. 27, 1883
After the death of their parents, three of the remaining children, Joseph, Telemachus and Hugh, ventured to the town of LaGrange and purchased 60 acres on which stood a small school. The brothers took over the school beginning with 16 students ( all female ) and renamed it the LaGrange Female Institute. The school was soon to have over 100 students and became a very affluent private school. On December 17,1847, the General Assembly of Georgia granted the institute all rights conferring degrees and honors of merit. The Montgomery’s were well known for their charity and if a student was unable to pay the $9.00 per month tuition they would pay it for her. One story is told of two girls arriving at the commencement ceremonies thinking that to commence was to start the season. When Mr. Montgomery explained it to them they were in shock. He wired their parents and was told to "keep them." Even though the school was a ten month college, the girls were graduated and received their degrees....four years later.
With finances being so tight and with the brothers paying for so many students out of their own pocket, they were eventually faced with the choice of selling the school and the land or going bankrupt, so on January 29,1857, they sold the institute to the Methodist Episcopal Church South for the sum of sixty thousand dollars. Thus the Montgomery regime had come to an end and the first institute of higher learning for women in Georgia became the second Methodist educational institution in Georgia. The school now is known as LaGrange College.