George's Family Background

George Battey Falligant descended from an established, if not distinguished, Savannah family. His pateral great grandfather Louis Painbeur Falligant, born in 1776 and an officer in the army of Napoleon the First, had been decorated with the cross of the Lejion of Honor of France and had survived six years as a prisioner in England after the battle of Waterloo. Recovering from the ill effects of that confinement, the great grandfather sailed for Africa where he was capturedthen rejected by cannibals who traded him for two dozen bottles of wine to the sea captain who had transported him to the shores.

Subsequently married to Sarah Benedict of Danbury, Conneticut, Louis Falligant fathered several children in theWest Indies-among them, Grandfather Louis N. who was aged nine when the family immigrated to Savannah life in 1816. By age 79, Louis N. was the oldest merchant in Savannah after 54 years in trade. He and Eliza Raiford, a descendent of one of the earliest setting families(Raiford) of the colony of North Carolina and whose father was a soldier in the war of 1812 and who also was a a descendant of one of the earliest setting familes ( Batttey) of the colony of Rhode Island, produced eleven children of whom three served as officers in the Army of the Confederacy. One son--Robert--later became an attorney, served in both houses of the Georgia legislature and then became a Surperior Court Judge.


Born in 1842, George's father Champion G. Falligant clerked for his father Louis N. until 1861 when he enlisted on the side of the Confederacy, was promoted to the rank of Captain and served throughout the course of the Civil War after which he opened a real estate and insurance agency in Savannah. In 1869, Champion married Ruth H. McIntosh Mell, descendent of a noted Revolutionary General from Virginia and also of the chief of the Bolum clan of Scotland whose family migrated to America in 1733. By the late 1880's this union had produced eight children.