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J. T. Kidd

J. T. Kidd, planter and miller, Milford, Baker County, Georgia, son of George W. and Martha (Crocker) Kidd, was born in Stewart County, Georgia, in 1851.

His grandfather, Richard Kidd, when a young man, settled in Stewart County—among the earliest settlers-and was a planter of note and a prominent citizen. He represented the county in the general assembly, reared a large family of children, of whom only one survives—Peninah Belle, living in Alabama—was an influential member of the Methodist Church, and died at a very old age in 1867.

Mr. Kidd's father was born in Newton County, Georgia, and, when quite young, went with the family to Stewart County, in which he grew up and was educated. During the war he served awhile in the militia. He served a number of years as sheriff of the county, his vocation being that of a planter, and milling. In 1866 he moved to Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia, where he kept a hotel until 1869, when he moved to Baker County, and settled on a plantation near Milford. Seven years afterward he moved to Brooks County, Georgia, where he lived till he died, his wife surviving him but a short time. He was a consistent member of the Methodist Church. They were the parents of three children: Missouri, wife of C. W. Dunkin, of Brooks county; J. T., the subject of this sketch, and Cora.

Mr. Kidd was raised mainly in Baker County, on the farm, and at milling; but was schooled mostly in Lumpkin, Stewart County, and at Albany. In 1872 he entered into business for himself at the old home place, where he remained about five years; he then, in the spring of 1877, settled where he now lives, and engaged in planting and operating a saw and grist-mill. Energetic and enterprising, he is a hearty and liberal supporter of all movements calculated to promote the interests of the county morally and materially. He served as county commissioner a number of years.

He married Miss Cordelia F., daughter of W. J. Jeffries, a farmer and stock raiser of Baker County. To them three children have been born: Willie J.; Centennial, and George Hand. Mr. Kidd is a stanch democrat, and himself and family are members of the Methodist Church.

Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume I, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895.

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