“An Old Landmark of Cherokee.”

 
The Free Press
Cartersville, Georgia
September 13, 1883, page 2
 
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There resides in Cartersville one of the oldest citizens of Cherokee, Georgia. His name is Mr. R. F. Daniel, father of Mr. M. F. Daniel of this town. “Uncle Frank,” as he is affectionately called, is now over eighty years old and is still an active old man and comes down to town almost every day, always in a good humor and happy-spirited. He was a member of the first grand jury of Cherokee county, then comprising the country known as the Cherokee Nation. The court was held in the fall of 1832. Hon. Charles Dougherty presiding as judge of the superior court. The court was held at the place now owned by Mr. S. C. Tate, in Pickens county. The court met and adjourned the same day, and the grand jury found only one true bill and that was against a white man by the name of Tom Cantrill for hog stealing. The said grand jury sat upon an old log in a corner of a fence.

Mr. Daniel knows not that there is living now another member of that grand jury except himself. Before that court he was appointed by Gov. Gilmer as one of the managers to conduct an election for two justices of the peace for the whole of the second section of the Cherokee nation, at which time Eli B. McConnell and Wm. B. Malone were elected to said offices.

That was a long time ago! The descendants of the men of those days, many of them have passed away, and yet we have living and moving among us Uncle Frank Daniel, cheerful and contented, though his footsteps are tottering for the grave. We hope his last days may be happiness, of a good conscience and a bright hope of a future immortality.

Mr. Daniel still lives with his first and only wife, now seventy-one and is in excellent preservation and gets about well for one of her age.

 

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