North Carolina, USA
Keziah Eudel Barber (Barbour) Cone was born about 1750 in the Pee Dee Station area of North Carolina. She was the sister of Cassandra Barber Carter and may have been the daughter of William Nathaniel Barber and Hepzibah Loomis Barber. If so, some of her ancestors were said to have come to America aboard the Mayflower. (She may also have been the daughter of William Barber and Sytha Barber of North Carolina. Genealogist Carolyn Jarrard speculates she was the daughter of John William Barber and Nancy Barber of North Carolina.) Keziah may also have been the sister of John Barber, Sr.
About 1765 at the Pee Dee Station in North Carolina, Keziah married William Henry Cone, who was to become a farmer, landowner, justice of the peace, and Baptist minister (of the Little Ogeechee Baptist Church), and who became a Revolutionary War hero known as the "Fighting Parson" (while fighting with Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox," of South Carolina). Keziah and William became residents of Cheraw County, South Carolina before migrating to Effingham County, Georgia and later to Bulloch County. They had nine children: Aaron Cone, Sr., Jane Elizabeth Cone Hardee, William Cone, Jr., Joseph Cone, Keziah Cone Dampier, Sarah Cone Knight, Nancy Ann Cone Hagin, Mary Cone Lee Best, and Elizabeth Cone. Keziah and William resided in the Ivanhoe Voting District (Briar Patch Census District) of Bulloch County, Georgia. Preceding her husband in death, Keziah died in 1810 in Bulloch County and probably was buried in a now unmarked grave in the Old William Cone-Barber Family Cemetery (Captain William Cone Cemetery) adjacent to the old Barber family homestead on the east side of the Old River Road near the Stagecoach Road on the western bank of the Ogeechee River south of Georgia Highway 119 (Guyton-Stilson Road). In 1985 a bridge across the Ogeechee River linking Bulloch and Effingham Counties was named in honor of her husband.
Among her many notable descendents was a son, Aaron Cone, Sr., who was a courier during the American Revolution; a son, William Cone, Jr., who served in both the Georgia and Florida legislatures; a son, Joseph Cone, a pioneer of Thomas County, Georgia; a daughter Nancy Ann Cone Hagin, a founding member of three Baptist churches and a poet; a grandson, John Fletcher Hagan, a veteran of the Second Seminole War; a grandson, Aaron Cone, Jr., who assisted naturalist John Abbot in exploring Bulloch County; a grandson, William Haddock Cone, who was a Confederate veteran and a Florida state senator; a grandson Peter Cone who was a veteran of the War of 1812 and the First Seminole War and a Major General in the Confederacy; a grandson Daniel Newnan Cone who was a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty; great-grandsons, Paul Robert Cone and John Slater Cone, Confederate soldiers who died from wounds received at the battle at James Island, South Carolina in June 1862; a great-grandson, James Fleming Cone, a Confederate soldier who died on July 20, 1864 during the Battle of Peachtree Creek, in defense of Atlanta; a great-grandson William Giddens, a Confederate soldier who died in 1864 at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia just north of Atlanta; a great-grandson, Frederick Preston Cone, Governor of Florida from 1937 to 1942; great-grandsons and Confederate veterans Aaron Donaldson Cone, Isham Walker Cone, William Ashton Cone, Joseph J. Cone, John D. Cone, Ansel Barber Cone, and John W. Hagin; a great-grandson Joseph Smith Cone, a Lt. Colonel in the Confederacy and a Georgia state senator; a great-grandson Daniel Newnan Cone, Jr., a Confederate veteran who served in the Florida legislature; a great-grandson James Basil Cone, a dentist; a great-great-grandson Hutchinson Ingham Cone, Sr., a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a veteran of both the Spanish American War and World War I, and a Rear Admiral; a great-great-grandson Daniel Newnan Cone, III, a physician; a great-great-grandson Reamer Hamilton Cone, a teacher; a great-great-grandson Howell Cobb Cone, a founder of Georgia Southern University, an attorney, and member of the Georgia Legislature; a great-great-great-grandson, Hutchinson Ingham Cone, Jr., a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army; a great-great-great-grandson William Henry Cone, a World War II veteran, a Lt. Commander in the Navy, and an attorney; a great-great-great-grandson Rufus McClelland, a World War I veteran; a great-great-great-grandson Harry McClelland, a World War II veteran; a great-great-great-great-grandson Pernell McClelland, Jr., a World War II veteran; a great-great-great-great-granddaughter Annette Cone-Skelton, celebrated artist and Co-founder and Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta; a great-great-great-great-grandson Waldo Floyd, Jr., MD, a physician; a great-great-great-great-grandson James Howell Cone, a Lutheran minister; a great-great-great-great-grandson John Cone, an accountant; a great-great-great-great-grandson William McDonald, a pastoral counselor and professor; and a great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter Sharlotte Neely Donnelly, PhD, a professor and author of Snowbird Cherokees; to name but a few of Keziah Barber Cone's descendents.
Thanks so much to the dozens of Cone family genealogists for much of this information. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.
William Henry Cone (1749 - 1816)
Aaron Cone (1766 - 1835)*
Joseph Cone (1772 - 1839)*
William Cone (1777 - 1857)*
Sarah Cone Knight (1780 - 1859)*
Keziah Cone Dampier (1780 - 1851)*
Mary Cone Lee Best (1787 - 1862)*
Old William Cone-Barber Family Cemetery
Created by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
Record added: Jan 14, 2009
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