Mill Worker Photographs

Roswell Mill Workers/Families

Olney Eldredge Mary Eldredge Martha Eldredge
Olney & Judson Eldredge
Mary Eldredge
Martha Eldredge
    • Olney and Judson Eldredge
      Olney was the supervisor of the Roswell cotton mills, and one of the favored few to be rehired after the war.  Judson was only 8 when his family was loaded onto to a mule wagon and sent to Marietta.

    • Mary Eldredge
      The oldest daughter of Olney Eldredge, Mary was only 19 when forced from her home in Roswell.

    • Martha Eldredge
      Martha was 17 when Union soldiers arrested her father.  Martha Later married Thomas J. Minhinett, whose father had been employed by the Roswell factories for many years. Martha's picture appears on the book cover of The Women Will Howl.
Mary Kendley Thomas Kendley John Kendley
Mary Kendley
Thomas Hugh Kendley
John Robert Kendley
    • Mary Kendley
      Sent to Indiana with her brothers and sisters, Mary married Albert May and settled in Perry County.  She visited Georgia on a couple of occasions, but Indiana remained her home.

    • Hugh Kendley
      Roswell mill worker Thomas Kendley was sent north with his sister and brother. He found work at the Indiana Cotton Mill in Perry County, Indiana.  He never returned to Georgia.

    • John Robert Kendley
      John was serving in the Roswell Battalion when his brothers and sisters were arrested and sent to Indiana.

 

New Manchester Mill Workers / Families

Walter Stewart Synthia Stewart
Walter and Charlotte Elizabeth Stewart
Synthia Stewart
    • Walter Washington Stewart and Charlotte Elizabeth Stewart
      Formerly a mill boss at the New Manchester mill, Walter joined the Confederate Army, but was captured and sent north as a prisoner of war.  After his release, he found his wife and children in Louisville, Kentucky and worked in a local tannery until he could earn enough money to return to Georgia.

    • Synthia Stewart
      From a tintype made when she was about 17 years of age. Synthia’s father, Walter Stewart, was serving in the Confederate army when the rest of the family was sent to Louisville.  Synthia recorded her version of the events when she was 92.
 
Nelson Tucker Berdine Tucker Elizabeth Tucker James Carroll
Nelson Tucker
Berdine & Sarah Tucker
Elizabeth Tucker
James Carroll
    • Nelson Tucker
      Avowed Unionist and New Manchester farmer, Nelson Tucker told his wife he was “trying to make crops for the Yankees to subsist on while they whipped the rebels." Nelson took his wife, Eliza, and their younger children to Louisville after the Yankee army helped themselves to Nelson's crops. Nelson died in Louisville in 1865, but the rest of the family returned to Georgia.

    • Berdine Tucker
      Having sustained a back injury from a falling tree at Vicksburg, Berdine Tucker was sent home and detailed to work in the Sweetwater factory.  Berdine (son of Nelson Tucker) was arrested as a political prisoner and sent north with the New Manchester mill workers.

    • Elizabeth Tucker
      Daughter of Nelson and Eliza Tucker, Elizabeth Tucker, a New Manchester mill worker, met a Union soldier, probably while he was hospitalized in Marietta, and married him 1865. She and her new husband settled in North Georgia after the war.

    • James Carroll
      Union soldier James Carroll married Elizabeth Tucker in Atlanta in August 1865.

 
Bell Family Humphries family Elizabeth Jennings
Seated left to right: Elizabeth Bell,
William Bell, Elizabeth Bell (his wife)
Standing: James Bell, Raford Bell
and Sarah Bell
Back row left to right
John Humphries, Sarah Humphries,
John B. Humphries

Elizabeth Jennings
(left)

    • Bell Family
      Thomas Bell and his oldest son William were both employed by the New Manchester cotton mill when Union soldiers arrived in New Manchester. Thomas and William were both arrested as "political prisoners", and sent north along with Thomas's wife Mariah and eight younger children. The family was back in Georgia by August 1865, but Mariah died a short time later after giving birth to her tenth child, Raford Bell.

    • John Humphries
      John Humphries operated a shoemaking business, which was probably part of the leather-making operation at the New Manchester mill.  John and his oldest son Merrell were arrested as “political prisoners” and sent north along with John’s wife and several young children.

    • John B. Humphries
      John Benjamin Humphries, second oldest son of John Humphries, was arrested in October of 1864 while serving in the 41st GA.  Sent to a Federal Prison at Camp Douglas, John Benjamin was paroled seven months later.  He managed to locate his parents and siblings in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and worked in a government stable until he earned enough money to bring them all home.

    • Elizabeth Jennings
      Elizabeth was the daughter of Gideon and Jane Jennings of New Manchester. Gideon was employed the New Manchester mill and his name appears on the list of "political prisoners" arrested in New Manchester. Elizabeth, who was only five at the time of the arrest, was sent north with her parents and six brothers. It is believed that Elizabeth's mother died in Evanston, Indiana before the family could return to Georgia. Her burial place remains unknown.

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