J. WESLEY DANIEL was born March 08, 1827. Family members contend that he
was born in Washington County, GA but that information has not be
substantiated. His given name is also subject to conjecture; there are
records that state JAMES WESLEY and others that state JOHN WESLEY.
Signatures found are: J. Wesley Daniel and Jas. Wesley Daniel. Family lore
claims he went by the name Wesley, and was colloquially referred to as J.
J. WESLEY DANIEL lived most of his adult life around the Oconee River on the
Laurens, Wilkinson County line. Part of this area of interest once belonged
to Washington County. He also held a good amount of property about where
the Dublin Airport is now located, and which reached back to Montrose, GA.
So far, records that reveal how he acquired his properties remain
He married MARY ELIZABETH WATKINS, dau. of ISAAC and ANN WATKINS on
September 13, 1859. MARY WATKINS was born April 28, 1839 and d. April 06,
1911. Their children were: JAMES WRIGHT DANIEL, b. January 15, 1861, d.
November 28, 1900; FRANCIS MARION DANIEL, b. December 12, 1863, d. October
24, 1948; ANNA ELIZABETH DANIEL, b. July 17, 1865, d. November 11, 1930;
and GEORGE THOMAS DANIEL, b. February 05, 1867, d. February 03, 1887.
At the age of 37, J. Wesley was drawn into the War, and served in a Unit
known as Stapleton's Brigade (Co. A, 2nd GA Militia), which consisted of
many older citizens of Laurens Co., GA. This Unit fought along side the
Army of Tennessee, and continued to serve with them until the War's end. J.
Wesley and Mary lived out their days in Laurens County, and are buried
together in the Old Dublin Cemetery.
Who are J. WESLEY DANIEL's ancestors? The naming conventions of his
children are certainly interesting (the conventions continue with his
grandchildren). Also noteworthy, there are some Jones researchers of the
area who accept that J.WESLEY DANIEL was the half-brother of SEABORN JONES,
b. 1814 in North Carolina, d. 1892 in Laurens County, GA. No other sibling
info is noted, and I find no primary info. to prove the DANIEL/JONES
connection. The only suggestive evidence of this possibility is a
photograph of J. Wesley with the sons of Seaborn Jones.
Has anyone stumbled across a marriage record of a DANIEL and a JONES between
the years 1815 and 1827 in the counties (or nearby counties) mentioned
above? Has anyone stumbled across any deeds, grants, or wills that would
account J. WESLEY with the property referenced above? Theories regarding J.
Wesley's ancestry are invited...
At the wall,
Paul Wesley Daniel