FAMILIES OF DECATUR COUNTY GEORGIA
Post-Searchlight May 19, 1976 p.5A
article was gathered and prepared by Mrs. Frank Battles
Jr. on behalf of
The Daughters of the American Revolution.)
We are not sure just when the Cloud family appeared
in Decatur County but we are sure it was quite early.
One member of the family says that tradition in his
family tells of their coming as early as 1814 and having
a trading post between Spring Creek and the Flint River.
The 1820 census shows two families of Clouds, Elizabeth
and John Cloud, in Early County.
Elizabeth Cloud as head of household with - Males:
under 10, 1; 16-18, 1; Females: 10-16,
2; 16-26, 1; 26-45, 1. John Cloud as head of household
- Males: under 10, 3; 10-16, 1; 26-45, 1;Females: under
10, 1; 26-45, 1. By 1830 the census of Decatur County
shows John and Reuben. Elizabeth Cloud is not
listed. Either she had died by then or remarried. The
first Cloud family to appear in this country was William
Cloud who came from Calne, Wiltshire, England to Pennsylvania
with William Penn. He was granted 500 acres of land
by William Penn on the 8th and 9th, 1681, to be laid
out in Pennsylvania. He died in 1702 in Concord, Chester
Co., Pennsylvania. The name of his wife is unknown.
For three generations this family resided in Pennsylvania.
When William Cloud of the third generation made
his will on May 12, 1747 he gave land to his three older
sons, and small token to his three younger sons and
three daughters. There is no further record of
the three younger sons in Pennsylvania, but every evidence
that they moved on to North Carolina and South Carolina.
The older brothers did eventually remove to Virginia.
Jeremiah Cloud, Senior, served in the Revolutionary
War along with three of his sons. He was the fourth
generation from the immigrant William Cloud. He married
Sarah and died about 1822 in Wilkes County Ga.. They
had the following children:
- Jeremiah Cloud Jr., Revolutionary War
Soldier, married Sarah and died in Wilkes County
Ga., in 1783. His second wife was Elizabeth
Jones. They married in Olgethorpe County,
Ga.; Noah Cloud, Revolutionary War Solider,
born 1752 in Virginia; died 1844 Edgefield County,
South Carolina; Ezekiel Cloud, Revolutionary War
Soldier, born 1760 in North Carolina; died Henry
County, Ga. Married Elizabeth Harmon; Elisha Cloud,
married Ruth Collins; Reuben Cloud, born 1750; Peter
Cloud who died before 1832; Aaron Cloud who moved
Noah Cloud fifth generation son of Jeremiah and Sarah
Cloud, was born in 1752 in Virginia and died in Edgefield
County, South Carolina. He at one time lived in Wilkes
County Ga. but must have returned to North Carolina
before his death in 1838. He married Eunola Carrol who
survived him. Their children were William Cloud; Reuben
Cloud who died in 1831 in Decatur County. He married
Caroline and had a son Noah Lafayette. Noah's only child,
a son died when about 10 years old. Noah left no descendants
but left his property and household things to a woman
of color, Miriah Davis, for her faithful service to
his mother, his wife and himself. Noah
Lafayette Cloud, who died in 1883, was the first white
chi1d born in Bainbridge according to a newspaper clipping.
He was postmaster in 1852, 1855, 1858, 1869 and
1870. His father Reuben was one of the first purchasers
of land in the town of Bainbridge, owning the lot behind
the present courthouse;
Jeremiah Cloud, who died in 1818 in Decatur County,
married Elizabeth Noble. She survived him and
is very probably the widow Elizabeth who was the head
of the household in the 1820 census of Early County;
Mary, who married Van Swearinger; John, who
married Margaret Swearinger; and James.
John Cloud, son, of Noah and his wife Sarah, was
born in Wilkes County, Ga. and died in Decatur County
in 1840. He married first, Margaret Swearinger, who
died here in 1830. They had six sons and one daughter:
Reuben Cloud who married Charlotte Lottie Gibbons, Oct.
11, 1830; Mansico Cloud who married Eliza McGriff and
died in 1857; Phillip Cloud, who married Sophia Elizabeth
Mock on Sept. 20, 1845; Daniel Cloud who married Phebe
Pate, Mar. 12, 1833 in Decatur County; James Cloud;
Elizabeth Cloud who married H. Kemp; John, Jr. (His
brother Reuben administered his estate. He had a son
Berry Cloud.) (John Cloud married 2nd, Sarah Dean before
So three brothers Reuben, Jeremiah and John Cloud
came to Decatur County, being the sixth generation from
the original immigrant William Cloud, who settled in
Pennsylvania in 1681. From these brothers came
the Clouds of Decatur County. They have been good citizens
and have served. their community well.