Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Georgia Black Book

How could you not want to read this book!

The Georgia Black Book – Morbid, Macabre, & Sometimes Disgusting Records of Genealogical Value by Robert Scott Davis, Jr.

I put it on hold at the library and it came in today.  The book is out of print so unless you want to spend a bundle you definitely want to go the library route. 

So here is a list of the chapters:

1)  A Tribute to My State
2)  Horse Thieves and Other Charming People, 1754-1823
3)  Liars, 1810-1838
4)  Convicts, 1817-1850
5)  Murders, Murderers, and Murder Victims, 1823-1869
6)  Convicts, 1851-1871
7)  Insane Asylum Inmates, 1853-1870
8)  Principal Keeper’s Reports, 1866-1873, List of Convicts to Fill Gaps in Chapter 5
9)  Racial Incidents, 1865-1868
10) Central Register of Convicts, 1872-1897
11) More Murders, Murderers, and Murder Victims 1869-1900
12) Central Register of Convicts, 1872-1897
13) Other Sources Equally Disgusting

If you are wondering WHY this sort of book would interest me, you might want to read my blog post on Just How Many Murders Can One Family Have?  I have since found yet another murder.  My 2nd cousin twice removed, Rougier Grantham, was clubbed in the head with a large piece of wood by Bonny Aldrich.1  You can see that my family was… interesting.

Bob Davis is a prolific writer and I have several of his books.  I am going to meet him for the first time in person on August 23, 2014 when both of us are speaking at the Augusta Genealogical Society’s Homecoming event.  I am looking forward to it.

     1 "Bonny Aldrich kills R. Grantham over disputed debt, five dollars," The St. Tammany Farmer, 15 January 1916, p. 1, col. 2-3; digital images, Library of Congress ( : accessed 28 October 2013).


Copyright © 2014 Michele Simmons Lewis


  1. I have found a reference to an ancestor in the Black Book concerning a racial incident. I would like to know where I could download pages, or if not, could anyone do a lookup for me: John Rhymes, of Bulloch County, and another man murdered a slave girl. Thanks. Email me at

  2. Check with WorldCat and see who has the closest copy. It isn't considered a reference book so you can get it via interlibrary loan. I got it from the library.