William Wadley:

 

 

William Wadley was born on his father’s farm in Brentwood, New Hampshire, son of Dole and Sarah Colcord Wadley  

His father was a blacksmith and relied more for a living on this trade than on his farming operations  

William learned this skill in his fathers shop.  

His father died when he was only thirteen, leaving on his shoulders, the responsibility of supporting his family.  

After several jobs and partnerships, he left his home and the rigorous climate of New Hampshire and came to savannah.  

The government was then building fort pulaski and he got a job and worked there for 6 yrs  

During this period he bought books and began studying math and civil engineering. The Central of Georgia had been completed to davisboro.  

Mr Wadley was employed by the company to build a bridge over the canal outside of Savannah   

Based of his reputation, there he was next hired to superintend the building of the railroad bridge over the oconee river in washington County  

During this period of his life he resided in Jeferson County for about 3 months  

Soon he was made roadmaster of the Central of Georgia. In his next position he became superintendent of the Railroad in 1849.  

When Howell Cobb became governor of Georgia he offered Wadley the position of General Superintendent of the state owned Western and Mid-Atlantic Railroad, in which he accepted.  

He subsequently left this to take employment with various railroads in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.  

In 1862 he was appointed a Colonel in the confederate army and put in charge of all transportation and railroads in the confederacy. Some had questioned his loyalty to the “Cause” .  

Offended, he resigned his commision and returned to the railroad the duration of the civil war.  

In 1866, he was approached and accepted the presidency of the Central of Georgia in which he served with great dignity, integrity, and skill until his death in 1882.  

He was the first american railroad man to concieve of a railroad system instead of just one line. It was during his tenure in office that the branch railroads were built to connect with the central at Wadley.  

He bought a 1360-Acre tract of land in monroe co. and built a mansion at what was later to become a flag stop above Macon, Bolingbroke.  

This house he named “Great Hill Place” still standing but not owned by any of his relatives, is now on the register of historic buildings and the Georgia Conservatory.  

* Information provided by the book “Over the Ogeechee” by Eunice S Bryant.  

 

3 Responses to William Wadley:

  1. PATT MULLINS says:

    I AM SEEKING ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT MR. WADLEY MORE ON THE PERSONAL SIDE. HIS NINE CHILDREN? BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, DESCENDANTS OF THE WADLEY NAME. MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER IS ABE OR ABRAHAM WADLEY FROM JEFFERSON COUNTY.

    PATTMULLINS@GMAIL.COM

    THANK YOU.

    • Nancy Wadley Joiner says:

      I am a descendant of William M. Wadley. I would be glad to assist you with any information I can provide.

  2. PATT MULLINS says:

    I AM SEEKING ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT MR. WADLEY MORE ON THE PERSONAL SIDE. HIS NINE CHILDREN? BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, DESCENDANTS OF THE WADLEY NAME. MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER IS ABE OR ABRAHAM WADLEY FROM JEFFERSON COUNTY.

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