I have included some notes from the website relating to the lynching of Leo
FRANK in 1915 for the 1913 murder of 13 year old Mary PHAGEN. Their
information on this website also states that George E. DANIELL of Marietta
was also a leader of the KKK in that area.
I would almost bet that Clay Road in Cobb County, GA was probably named for
Herbert CLAY or for other members in his CLAY family. The M. M. SESSION
listed was probably part of the well known SESSIONS family which was a very
politically oriented and was tied to IRWIN family from Washington County,
GA. The CLAY family was not a bottom of the barrel family, either, nor was
the MORRIS family. So, regardless of what they did, these folks came from
nice families who were very political and this was as much a political act
as anything else.
Regardless, there are some errors in some of their research because they say
Gov. SLAYTON lived out near Paces Ferry Road but in fact, his mansion was
located near the present day Piedmont Hospital and Peachtree Battle area of
Peachtree Road in Atlanta. This area is well back towards town from Paces
So much for historical research and I hope their research on the facts
relating to this case are not as tainted as their research concerning where
Gov. Slayton lived. Gov. Slayton's mansion was torn down in 1953 but my
wife attended an Easter egg hunt there before it was torn down, which is why
she remembers where it was located.
According to information at World Connect, George Exie DANIELL (1881-1970)
was the son of Josiah B. DANIEL (1838-1917) and Martha HURST (1849-1919) and
a grandson of Jeremiah Melton DANIELL (1797-1874) and Nancy Ann BURNETT
(1799-1847) of Bogart, Oconee County, GA. He was married to a Lila GILBERT.
This was supposedly part of the Gov. Robert DANIELL family of Charleston.
For those of you interested in this, you can go to their website at:
for other details.
A possible candidate is George Exie Daniell (c.1882-1970), who owned a
jewelry store on the square in Marietta for over forty years. MDJ, July 27,
1970, p. 1:8. Daniell was acquainted with several of those on the list
including Herbert Clay, Judge Newton Morris, and M. M. Sessions, as all four
were charter members of the Marietta Country Club, which was founded in 1915
the year of the Frank lynching. MDJ, Sept. 15, 1995, p. A-6.
John R. Clarke