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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

John's Gold

The family of John Chambliss resided in Bolingbroke, Georgia (near Macon).  They were the descendants of Revolutionary War Soldier, Christopher Chambliss who died ca 1844.  The Chambliss family were not slackers so far as fighting for freedom is concerned.  During World War II, three brothers joined the Navy and fought the cause against the Germans.  However, a memorable story of Civil War days was told me as I went searching for ancestors.  John Chambliss was an old man during this fight and after General Sherman took Jonesboro and headed south for Savannah, the communities and towns located in his path, evacuated to avoid capture.  Like his neighbors, John Chambliss hid his valuables in the garden.  For years afterwards, family members spoke of "the gold that John hid" when finally, in 1888, a grandson recalled the exact spot.   True to his memory, he took them to the garden and dug up several jars of coins.  There was no gold (and if there was, John must have come back for it after the war), and the jars only yielded about $80.00.  But the story is priceless. You ask why.  And I say to you that it tells a thousand stories of an ancestor I knew nothing of.  I can relate to troubled times (as all of us can) and understand the hurry to leave town.  In those days the diminishing value of paper money printed by the Confederate States of America was of questionable concern and gold and silver coins , the only money of value, was a heavy load to carry.  That dilemma was a natural concern.  So how much gold is in the ground?  I cannot answer that question except to say that the lost gold train of the Confederate Army still haunts the minds of treasure seekers.  It is still out there somewhere!  And, I do not have John's gold, however, I have the story to pass down through the generations.

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