|About Trapp Family of Paulding Co.,Georgia to Franklin Co.,Alabama
James Thomas Trapp was born in 1806 South Carolina. He lived his life as a
farmer and was married twice. He was first married to a lady named Susannah
about 1824 in South Carolina. This couple are my fourth great grandparents.
This marriage had three known children: Mary, James Thomas and Jane. (His son
was called 'Thomas' to distinguish between father and son). There may have
been more children to this marriage.
Between 1830 and 1840, James and his family started their move, along with
other Trapps, to Georgia. His wife, Susannah, was received by letter to the
New Hope Baptist Church in Georgia from Long Creek Church in Pickens County
South Carolina. Her letter was dated January 7, 1832. By the 1840 census,
James and his family were in Cass County Georgia living close to Jeremiah,
ELizabeth and Abegail Trapp (possible mother and siblings to James). When the
families separated and moved, James took his family and settled in Paulding
County, Georgia. There James gave land for the Friendship Primitive Baptist
Church to be built on. This document was dated and signed August of 1851.
In 1853, Susannah passed away and within that same year, James remarried to
Julia Ann Weeks. Julia was the widow of Aaron Shedd and mother to four young
children. Three more children were born to James and Julia: Henry, William M.
James' death was in 1880 with Julia following nine years later. Most of the
descendants of James traveled and settled in Franklin County, ALabama. Some
descendants still make their home there today around what was once called
Trapptown. This was a small community that once had a school, mill and a
store. The store is still there and has changed hands.