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James Lawrence "Jim" Paris

"James Lawrence Paris was born November 10, 1864, the twin brother of Charles N. Paris. He was raised and educated in Milton County and attended the Prep school at Norcross where Professor Coolidge was his teacher.

He taught school for two or three years in Milton County during the years of his young manhood. "Jim" was married to Sara Seal "Sally" Conner in 1892 and they established their first home in a house right near the Clear Springs Baptist Church.

He kept the store for Uncle Joel Webb at Webb, Georgia, for two or three years following his marriage. He then went to Mobile, Alabama, and worked for four years at a loan company. Subsequently he moved back to Milton County and farmed on the Elias Cunningham farm, which is just down the road from the present Joel B. Shirley place.

During this time, he went to Cherokee County and ran a large farm and cotton gin for Colonel Brook until the outbreak of World War I. During World War I he worked as a cotton weigher for Roswell Manufacturing Company.

After the war he farmed around the Roswell area until about 1941. During the early years of World War II he moved to Atlanta where he retired and lived with his wife in West End until she died. He was living with his daughter, Myrtle, at the time of his death, May 17, 1954."

Quotation from The Family Of Henry and Martha Paris, Copyright 1963 by Harry Talton Kemp, Sr.