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Jonesboro in Clayton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Johnson-Blalock House

 
 
The Johnson-Blalock House Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 12, 2009
1. The Johnson-Blalock House Marker
Inscription. Ante-Bellum home of James F. Johnson, attorney, planter, merchant, Confederate officer and noted political figure in mid-nineteenth century Georgia. Johnson introduced the legislation which created Clayton County in 1858 and the bill which incorporated the town of Jonesboro in 1859. Col. Johnson knew virtually all of Georgia's political leaders over a period of years and it is reasonable to assume that a number of distinguished Georgians were guests in the Johnson home. The house was acquired from Johnson's widow by Jesse Lewis Blalock, prominent planter, merchant, attorney and member of the pioneering Blalock family of Fayette County. Blalock was elected Clerk of the Fayette Superior Court in 1844 and also served as the first Ordinary of Fayette County. Both Johnson and Blalock represented their respective counties as delegates to Georgia's secession convention and both voted to take Georgia out of the Union in January 1861. The house was used as a Confederate commissary and as a field hospital during the Battle of Jonesboro. It is prominently featured in a sketch of Jonesboro drawn by George D. Sayller of the 2nd Iowa Infantry during Gen. Judson Kilpatrick's cavalry raid Aug. 19th, 1864.

Source: A History of Clayton County, Georgia 1821-1983 by Joseph Henry Hightower Moore
 
Erected
The Johnson-Blalock House Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 12, 2009
2. The Johnson-Blalock House Marker
2008 by Gene Blalock.
 
Location. 33° 31.437′ N, 84° 21.266′ W. Marker is in Jonesboro, Georgia, in Clayton County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (Georgia Route 54) and Stockbridge Road (Georgia Route 138), on the right when traveling south on North Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 155 North Main Street, Jonesboro GA 30236, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee's Corps Withdrawn (within shouting distance of this marker); Heritage Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Clayton County (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Two Days of Battle at Jonesboro (approx. 0.4 miles away); Diverted Attack (approx. 0.4 miles away); Unknown Confederate Soldiers Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Battlefield Landmark (approx. half a mile away); Attack by Lee's Corps (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jonesboro.
 
Regarding The Johnson-Blalock House. The house was probably built in the 1840s, in the "plantation plain" style common in Georgia. In the 1850s it was enlarged and remodeled to its present appearance.

James F. Johnson's widow, mentioned on the marker, was Martha Holiday Johnson. She was the aunt to the famous
The Johnson-Blalock House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 12, 2009
3. The Johnson-Blalock House and Marker
"Doc" Holiday. Family repute was that "Doc" Holiday visited his aunt Martha and uncle James in Jonesboro many times when he was young.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USPoliticsWar, US Civil
 
The Johnson-Blalock House image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 12, 2009
4. The Johnson-Blalock House
The house is shaded by trees almost as old as the house itself.
The Johnson-Blalock House image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 12, 2009
5. The Johnson-Blalock House
This exceptionally large magnolia tree was planted in the 1880s, according to Blalock family history.
Christmas At The Johnson-Blalock House image. Click for full size.
By Samuel Eugene Blalock Jr, circa 2001
6. Christmas At The Johnson-Blalock House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 2,001 times since then and 217 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   6. submitted on , by Samuel Eugene Blalock Jr of McDonough, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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