This is something of both a sad and sentimental photo to me. The older couple on the front row are Grandpa Jack and Grandma Caroline. The lady on the left in the back row is Aunt Tince, their daughter. The one on the right is Granma Molly, next to her husband Granpa Elmore.
In the 1900 census, Molly and Elmore are both listed as single. But in the 1910 census, Elmore is listed as married to Tince (Frances was her given name). So what happened? What’s the story?
Evidently here’s what happened. Elmore married Molly in about 1901 from what I can tell of records and all. (This picture looks to be about 1901/1902 based on their child’s age in it.) In 1910, the census records Elmore and Tince as having been married for one year, since 1909. So obviously this means that Molly must have passed away before 1909 in that case. Again, what happened?
The Georgia public libraries have what is called The Georgia Room, where older records and books are kept on reserve for research. Most of these pertain to either that county or another county or the state at large. I went to the Georgia Room located at the Cobb County Main Branch a while back. I was thrilled to find a cemetery book for Worth county, since I knew I had family buried there. I found several people in the index that I looked up. I made copies of pages to keep with my records. I even browsed the pages for the rest of that cemetery and managed to find a few other family members! I was shocked and saddened to find Granma Molly though. She was buried next to a child and Elmore. She had passed away on July 3, 1908, as had the child born that day. The baby is just referred to on the headstone as “Infant.”
So while this story may seem sad, it has something of a “happy resolution” for me. Now I know what happened. Now I have the story. Now I can share.
And I have more to share… but that’s another story for another day…