Robert Tuck on naming of Marthaville
of of in as a an his of the at as to he his for of the He in he an Is PIONEER PRES. CALHOUN- ON THE NAME OF ATLANTA r- DITOR CONSTTTUTIOXi Observ I- Ing the controversy la your pa- per concerning th name of our city. and your editorial stating that It had settled beyond appeal that It was first named Marthasvllle after Mrs. Martha Lumpkln Corapton the daughter of Governor "Wilson Lumpkln. and then Atlanta toy I. Edgar Thom son of Pennsylvania then chief engineer of the Georgia railroad allow me to say that you are correct. Having lived In Atlanta since 1852. and before that date In Decatur. 6 miles distant 6uch was my Informa tion derived from the old citizens. I note. also that a correspondent fists if Mr. Bud was not the first mayor. I know that Moses" W. Formwalt was the first mayor and Mr. Bud was one of the early Justices of the peace. As other questions regarding Atlanta's early history may arise and It may be useful. I send you herewith a copy of the "History of Atlanta and Its Pioneers. published In 1902 by our society. We sold a number of copies but still have some on hand which can be obtained at my office. 421 Temple Court city It covers 'the first settlement origin of same rail roads government of city manufacturing business professions churches schools military and fire companies destruction and rebuilding of the city etc. The article on city government prepared by ex-Mayor James E. Williams is alone worth the small price of the book which is SI. W. L. CALHOUN President Pioneer Society. Atlanta April 15 1907. The Martlioavllle Name. Editor Constitution The articles re cently appearing .In The Constitution regarding naming of the former village of Marthasvllle and subsequently the city of Atlanta recalls to me a conversation I ha&'about twenty years ago with Mr. Robert Tuck of Clarke county now deceased. Those who were acquainted with Mr. Tuck knew Elm to be a man of unquestioned veracity and whose I 017 of past events of which he knew was remarkable. In recounting to me some of the Incidents of his early life he stated j that he- knew Atlanta when it was only I a village and known as Terminus and that while he was there at work the name was changed to "Marthas-ville in honor of the youngest daughter of Rev. George Lumpkln of Oglethorpe county. I remarked that I thought that he was mistaken about that as the general belief was that the name Marthasville was adopted In honor of Miss Martha Lumpkln daughter of the ex- governor. To this he replied "Yes. I know that to be the general opinion but I was there and I know that the name was for George Lumpkin'a daughter Martha. He then stated to me that Rev. George Lumpkln and another gentle man of Oglethorpe. whose name I do not recall contracted with the Georgia Railroad Company to furnish ties for the Athens branch air. Tuck was hired by these contractors to overlook the bands engaged In the work and upon the completion of this work the same parties contracted to do some work on the line near Terminus I think to grade the road from Deca tur and Mr. Tuck was again engaged to superintend their laborers. Mr. Tuck stated that Mr. Lumpkln spent a great deal of his time during this period at the scene of operations and was very popular with th laborers and also the civil engineers who had charge of the work. TBat he continually talked of his baby daughter Martha who had married previously and whom he seemed td Idolize and anything that he saw that h I thought would please her he would secure saying "I want that for Martha until that phrase became a byword with the ment who wen they wished for anything very badly would say "I want that for Martha. When there was talk of changing the name of the hamlet the first name that suggested Itself to them was "Mar thas or "Marthasvllle the latter name being adopted. The foregoing statement made to m by Mr. Tuck is the most plausible one I have heard and I think the true ona for the following reasons Wilson Lumpkln was governor from 1831 to 1635 and in 1833 the Georgia "railroad was chartered but If the governor took any active Interest In the movement there Is' no record of. the fact. He was afterwards- sent to the United States senate and I pre sume was there when the Georgia road was completed. According to tradition this name was bestowed ten years after Governor Lumpkln's term had expired and even admitting that ho was a very popular executive in that length of time his popularity would have waned. Then why should this village be called for his daughter There Is no satisfactory answer to this question available- On the other hand we learn that at the -very tfm of the naming of the village. Rev. George -Lurnpkm who also had a popular daughter named Martha was present and aiding the completion of the road and building the terminal facilities and this Is at present th status of the case. While I would not detract one Iota of fame from Mrs. "Martha R. Compton. whose middle name may or may not have caused the selection of the name "Atlanta. yet I am convinced and I think the facts and the circumstances abundantly prove that the village of Marthasvllle was named not as an honor to any one but was done In a. humorous way by the engineers and overseers and was suggested by the name of Mrs. Martha A. Lumpkin /Compton's cousin Martha Lumpkln Moore who died- In Athens. Ga Feb ruary 19 1907 and was buried at .the family graveyard within 300 feet of where she was born eighty years ago. It was her wish to be laid there. In this quiet place where her ancestors reposed among the people whom she loved and who loved and honored her not because an Insignificant village had been named for her nor that her brother John had come very near being governor but for her sterling worth her amiable disposition and Christian character. She. nor her friends desired any gorgeous display or sentimental obsequies over her dead body even if it was to lie In an honored tomb among strangers. May she rest in peace. Respectfully. J. W' MEIERE. Arnoldsville Ga. April 15 1907. I I I I a i re- es- n f 10..NE RlRES. "E I E CO SUTION I contr vers yourpa i cOncrnIng t name i edioria .sttng i setted b yond appea .tat .I a tlrt Marthuvuie aftr I MM. Lumpkn aug ter Gove.rna Wlson i ten AUant Egar Thom Pennll\anla t D' i Georc& rairoad. 'alow t y crect 1 lved Atanta 182 land betor .dte Dcat t .1' dratant m ton the citzens. II I i ss frst i I I th tlrt 1r. wa erly JUStc s I Questons histor I ma "IUsOr Atanta nd Is PloJeer pUbllhed copie s offce I cit I cover 'th settement origi BameraU- rads I profesions churche'l miitary tre companie detructon re uUdln& artcle ciy b ex- a'or Jame E. lams Imal b k L I t Atanta Aprl Thelartb.Ule Consttuton artcles re-I centy alP aring .n Consttuton r vi- iarthavle subsequenty th ciy Atanta recals re I out i wih Carke I count I &qualnted r. lim 8 m\n veraciy or whic remakable. recountng i Incidents' lfe I he Atant wa B viage is I that whie "Marthas'l "le h n r' t youngst I dauehter count was mitken belef was 'name Martha- vle WI n repled I Gorge I O&lethorpe. recal wih .4- I Rnrac tornlh te" f r' te Athes brnh. 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