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For clarity, it should be noted that Philomath was originally called Woodstock.  Name had to be changed
in mid-1840s when a post office was approved though locals continued calling it Woodstock and this is
still the Woodstock District of the county.  It should also be noted that throughout these writings about
families, I will use abbreviations and often identify individuals by initials as writing of multiple people
with same first name is confusing and repetitive use of full names becomes cumbersome.  EX:  Robert
Cunningham Daniel may sometimes be RCD.

Robert Cunningham Daniel (RCD) was born October 31, 1807, in Wilkes County, GA, to Cunningham
“Game” and Jane
Ewing Daniel.  Robert married first Elisabeth Wynne Favour November 6, 1828; she died
April 16, 1830 (no children).  He married second Emily G. Milner June 23, 1831.  He died December 1, 1863
– age 56 years, 1 month & 1 day and is buried at Daniel Family Cemetery (DFC, aka Bryan-Daniel Family
Cemetery), Philomath, GA.  (see
CD-JED-ENTER for his parents)

Emily G. Milner (EGMD) was born July 27, 1812 in Oglethorpe County, GA, to Jonathan and Rebecca
Milner.  She died June 30 1864 – age 51 years, 11 months & 3 days and is buried at Daniel Family Cemetery,
Philomath, GA.  She died 7 months after her husband’s death. UNCERTAINTY:  Emily G. Milner’s middle
name is listed 4 times as Gordon in the Family Bible; it is listed as Godwin on most internet sites I have
found.  Godwin was her grandmother’s maiden name, so that would make sense.  I don’t know of any of her
ancestry named Gordon, but at least one of her grandsons was named Gordon. (see

Robert Cunningham Daniel and Emily G.
Milner Daniel had the following children as listed in the RCD
Family Bible:

1.        John Jonathan Daniel (JJD), born March 1, 1833, in Oglethorpe County, GA.  John died October 27,
1904 – aged 71 years, 7 months, & 26 days.   

2.        Robert Cunningham Daniel, Jr (1st Jr), born September 22, 1835.  Died May 16, 1841 – 5 years, 7
months & 24 days.  Buried:  DFC.  

3.        William Thomas Daniel (WTD), born November 9, 1837.  He died January 1, 1867 (killed.)  

4.        Mary Antoinette Daniel (MADP), born June 14, 1840.  She died June 26, 1911 (aka Marie on several
internet sites and tombstone).  

5.        James Cicero Daniel (JCD), born March 28, 1843.   He died August 7, 1927, in McDonough, GA.  LINK

6.        Ella Campbell Daniel (ECDB), born September 11, 1846.  She died July 21, 1922 – age [not quite] 76

7.         Benjamin Franklin Daniel (BFD), born July 9, 1850.  He died June 25 [27],  1910, in Decatur, GA, of

8.        Robert Cunningham Daniel, Jr. (2nd Jr or III), born January 3, 1854.  Died October 4, 1861 – aged 7
years, 9 months, & 1 day.  Buried:  DFC

The above dates of births, marriages, and deaths for themselves and their children were taken from the
Family Bible.  As shown, RCD and EGMD had two sons named Robert Cunningham Daniel, Jr – both died as
children.  Following the deaths of Robert C. and Emily G. Daniel, their children transferred that Bible to
their son James Cicero Daniel via a cover letter signed by Cicero’s siblings dated January 1st, 1866.  
According to a newspaper tribute found with the Bible, RCD died after a short illness, but it does not
indicate what the illness was.  Included with the Bible was the order by J C Daniel dated March 2, 1915, for
memorial slabs for their graves.   Also included were obituaries for Benjamin Franklin Daniel and for his
widow Florence Housholder Daniel.  (see

In the 1832 land lottery, Capt. Hatchett’s District, Robert C. Daniel is shown to have 2 draws as well as 2
draws in the land lottery gold region.

The 1860 census, enumerated June 20, 1860, was the last census before their deaths.  It lists RCD as 52, a
farmer, real value at $20,400, personal value at $41,130; EGMD age 47.  (See
RCD-MISC for this and
other censuses involving RCD & EGMD.)    

Robert C. Daniel built a Greek Revival style house c1830 in Philomath which they named
Globe.  We were
told many times and from several sources that this name was selected because they enjoyed the works of
Shakespeare so much, the house was name for the Globe Theatre in London.  Family lore is that his first
child, John Jonathan, was born in the house, so it had to have been completed before March 1, 1833.

It is said RCD donated the land on which the Presbyterian Church was built as well as land for the school,
but I have not yet found deeds for these transfers.  He, as well as 2 sons, served as Elder of this church:  
John Jonathan and William Thomas.  He also sold land for the Methodist Church for $100.  (See
From Eliza Bowen’s History of Wilkes County, published in 1880:
"When the Presbyterians built their new church at Woodstock, they had new elders, one
going to the second Salem.  Robert C. Daniel, a son of Cunningham Daniel, became an
elder, and after his death his son William Daniel, and afterwards his son John Daniel
became elders, the latter now (1880) holding office.  These four generations of Daniel
in direct succession:  James Daniel, Cunningham Daniel, Robert C. Daniel, and his sons
William and John Daniel, have served the old church which has been called Liberty,
Salem, and Woodstock ... for more than one hundred years without interval."

According to some of the deeds in which RCD transferred land, there was a PLAN for layout of land lots for
the village of Woodstock.  I do not know if this plan was devised by RCD, himself, or if it was a community
plan; but this plan was mentioned in at least 4 deeds I have found so far in which RCD “leased” land.   The
deed to Elijah Robinson was Lot 1 of the “plan”, deed to Dr. Samuel Glenn was for Lot 2 of the “plan”, and
deed to David Daniel was for Lot 4 of the “plan”.  These 3 deeds were written on the same date, September
12, 1839.  A fourth deed to Josiah A. Carter written in 1854 says his lot is #6.   In addition, when RCD
transferred land to other people, including the 4 above, these deeds were written as a lease for 999 years
with a small cash payment +
“a grain of corn per annum rent”.  Other criteria to be met included
restrictions on selling intoxicating liquors or gambling which could result in forfeiture.  (For details, see
DEEDS, see RCD-MISC.)    I don’t know exactly when Reid Academy (boys school) was established, but we
see in these leases, the property was to go toward the school if those criteria were not in compliance causing
foreclosure and if RCD was deceased and there were no heirs-at-law.  We know which properties lots 1, 2, &
4 in Philomath are currently, and they run east to west on the south side of road, so we can assume that Lot
#3 of the “plan” was for RCD, himself, as his house was located between Dr. Samuel Glenn’s Lot #2 and
David C. Daniel’s Lot #4.

The three deeds for lots 1, 2 & 4 above trigger some confusion.  All 3 deeds were initiated September 12,
1839.  However, we know that houses had been built on at least two of these lots long before 1839.  David C.
Daniel (RCD’s uncle) had built the oldest house inside Philomath (the Daniel-Bryan House) on Lot #4.  It is
generally believed to have been built c1795, but certainly by 1807 as 1807 is written on the west chimney.  
The house for Elijah Robertson on Lot #1 had also been built long before 1839.  Dr. Glenn’s home was built
around the same time as RCD’s home which had been built c1830.  My observation in researching deeds of
this era is that paperwork was not a high priority, and likely these deeds were a formality to document what
had been a verbal agreement.   Note that Dr. Samuel Glenn’s deed was not recorded until February 7, 1842.  

RCD and Dr. Samuel Glenn co-owned a steam saw and grist mill on 2 acres.  On December 24, 1851, RCD
sold half interest in this property to Dr. Samuel Glenn for $20.  Then, May 21, 1859, RCD purchased
Glenn's half interest in that and the 2-acre land on which the mill was located for $1,500, though, it seems
payment was not made at that time as 2 payments by John are shown for this purchase in settlement of
RCD's estate.  (See
DEEDS for details on sale/purchase, see RCD-MISC re payment)

The RCD family (as several other families in Philomath) was considered among the wealthiest in Oglethorpe
County.  Owning a piano was an indication of wealth.  In the Annual Returns S-213, there were taxes of
$2.00 paid for 2 watches and $2.00 for one piano – these taxes were above the state and county taxes.  The
inventory of his estate lists two pianos, one listed as “old”.

Surprisingly, as many wills as RCD signed as a witness, he did not have a will when he died December 1,
1863.  There are 2 documents in Probate Office regarding administration of RCD’s estate.  In a hand-written
document dated January 4, 1864, his two oldest sons, John and William, along with this wife, Emily,
petitioned for, and were granted, Letters of Administration on his estate. In a second pre-printed form
dated March 7, 1864, his two oldest sons, John J and William T, along with his son-in-law, F G C Peek were
granted Letters of Administration of RCD’s estate.  Emily died seven months after her husband’s death, and
William died January 1, 1867.  (see

At the time of Emily’s death, daughter Ella was 17 years old and son Benjamin was 13 years old.  John J.
Daniel applied for and was granted guardianship of his youngest brother, Benjamin, on December 5, 1864
(age 14 years 5 mo) at the time.  From the Annual Returns and from the Equity & Appeals Book D, we see
that primarily John and William managed the estate until William’s death when this responsibility fell
almost exclusively to John.  Expenses for the minor, Benjamin (clothes, shoes, tuition, books, etc) were
paid from the estate plus 4 months board for Ella in March, 1864, as well as what is probably clothes and
special foods for Ella’s wedding/marriage in November 1865. (see

John and his family lived in RCD’s home place (Globe) following RCD’s death.  We know John was living
here in May 1865 as the Civil War came to an end.  As John’s ward, it is presumed that Benjamin lived with
them, though in the expenses paid from RCD’s estate, there is one instance of JJD’s paying his sister’s
mother-in-law, Georgia A Bryan, $45 for 3 months board for Benjamin January 24, 1867.
[AR: S-203]  This
was right after William’s sudden death, January 1, 1867.  My speculation is this was probably a matter of
convenience while John would have been occupied with loss of his brother, assisting William’s family,
prosecution of the man who killed him, on top of managing his father’s estate.  (See
prosecution for William’s death.)  

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