This Attaway genealogy is focused on the family of
The known beginning of the line is with John’s grandmother:
Information from the Craig family bible has been generously provided by a Craig cousin that reveals a lot about the Attaway family. The father of John William, Nancy Emmer, and Sallie Attaway was John T. C. Attaway; and according to family consensus, the “C” must have stood for “Carlton.” To take it one step further, J.W. Attaway’s first child named a son “Thomas Carlton,” which suggests that the father of J. W. Attaway was named John Thomas Carlton Attaway. The same cousin has also provided a copy of Sallie Craig’s death certificate, which confirms the trail that the census records lead us to. Thanks to another cousin in Sallie Craig’s line, we now have a copy of a 150 year old marriage license for John T C Attaway and Belinda Beck. We have found J. W. Attaway’s mother Sisly in the 1850 census along with his father’s brother, William.
According to family historians, John William’s father J.T.C. Attaway was a sandy-haired Irishman who came here from Ireland as a young boy. The Ireland connection has not been found yet. The 1840 Talbot county Georgia census finds him at the age of 5 living with his brother William and mother Sisly Attaway. The assumption is that she was widowed.
John T.C. Attaway married Belinda (Malinda) Beck, a young woman of French descent, who died young.