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“Granpa Jack”

Okay, Granpa Jack is the difficult one!!  So here’s what I think I’ve figured out…

This is one part of a photo of both my Granpa Jack and Granpa Jesse.

This is one part of a photo of both my Granpa Jack and Granpa Jesse.

Granpa Jack (John Worsham) was born April 1838 to Daniel and Alsey (Joiner) Worsham.  He is listed as having been born in Georgia from what records seem to say.  In 1850 he is listed as living with Daniel and Alsey in Marion county, Georgia.  1860 finds the family living in Militia District 743, Taylor county, Georgia.  From what I can make of records, he married Elizabeth Johnson on March 7, 1861.  She was his second wife but I have yet to find anything on a first wife.

Let’s look at a couple of things before we get to the Civil War episode of his life.  There are two children listed as living with Granpa Jack and Granma Elizabeth: Orren (1857) and Sissy (1859).  So these children were born before they got married.  So the question now is if they were illegitimate (born out of wedlock) or if they are Granma Elizabeth’s from a prior marriage.  I can’t seem to find documentation either way.  It could also be that the date for the marriage (March 7, 1861).  I think what some are guessing is that these are not he and Granma Elizabeth’s children, thus a first marriage before her.  At this point, any of these are possibilities.

Two of my 3g grandfathers, Jesse Hobby (left) and John "Jack" Worsham (right).

Two of my 3g grandfathers, Jesse Hobby (left) and John “Jack” Worsham (right).

Documenting his time in the Civil War has been very difficult.  Because I have no middle name for him, that adds a difficulty to this.  I think I have narrowed down which unit he was with by process of elimination; however, I’m not sure sure I have proof positive.  I have found documentation on his two older brothers and next youngest: James Monroe “Daniel”, William Henry, John “Jack”, then Young Stokes.  I’ll write more on the documentation I’ve found that I feel pertains to him later.

This is Jesse Hobby, Civil War soldier and father of Lue Hobby.

This is Jesse Hobby, Civil War soldier and father of Lue Hobby.

Above is the photo of Jesse Hobby, my other 3g grandfather in this same line.  His daughter, Eliza Lucretia, is who married Granpa Jack’s son, John.  I definitely have Granpa Jesse as having served in the Civil War and surrendering at Appomatox Court House.  It’s very interesting that the children of these two Civil War Veterans would end up marrying; however, the Hobby and Worsham families did not live too far apart!

1870 found Granpa Jack listed as living in Gatlins, Macon county, Georgia.  The family seemed to have moved by 1880 to Cedar Creek, Taylor county, Georgia.  Per usual, there are no 1890 Federal Census records.  It appears that he married Julia on November 16, 1893.  This is confirmed in the 1900 Federal Census where they are listed as living in “Militia Districts 853, 1071, Howard, Cedar Creek, Taylor, Georgia”.  I do have the 1910 Federal Census showing them as living in  Ideal, Macon county, Georgia with son James Collier.  I have not found him/ them in the 1920 or 1930 Federal Census.  The death date I have is January 15, 1931, for now that’s not documented.  And I haven’t managed to pin down his burial location, thought I have “potentials” from Findagrave.com that I’ll look into.

**If you happen to know where CEDAR CREEK, Taylor county, Georgia, is present day, PLEASE contact me.  I’m curious as to it’s whereabouts.**

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Treasure Chest Thursday

I’m snagging a page out of my friend Liz’s “blog book” and posting on a family treasure I have.

This piece is not necessarily of some great value, but it’s lovely and has a lovely story (I think) of how I came to have it.

cut glass bowl

This is a cut glass bowl that my Tata gave me.  (Tata is what I call my mom’s mother, for those who don’t already know.)  She gave me this as a wedding present in late 2009.  If I remember correctly, she said it was my Gunga’s, her mother.  It’s a fairly shallow dish, even for a candy dish, but is one of the prettiest I’ve seen.  I keep it put away in the box she gave it to me in so as not to have it end up broken.

Now here’s something I would LOVE to find, but fear all are gone or broken…

"Hennie's Antique glass plate of Pres. Grover Cleveland & V. Pres. Thomas A. Hendrick - our ancestor." (Madge Cook Kimbrough)

“Hennie’s Antique glass plate of Pres. Grover Cleveland & V. Pres. Thomas A. Hendrick – our ancestor.” (Madge Cook Kimbrough)

This is a MUCH older photo that Gunga had.  This is a commemorative cut glass plate of President Grover Cleveland and his Vice President Thomas A. Hendricks.  Granma Lila was a Hendricks and evidently someone had traced back that we were related to him.

If anybody knows of one of these in existence, PLEASE let me know!!

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recommended books…

Check out the blog post (by Charles Moore) below for some books that sound VERY intriguing!!

 

Family Deception.

 

Also, check out my list of blogging friends who write on genealogy and family finds.  I created a page on here with a tab at the top, so pop on over and check them out!

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Worsham/ Wishum line… the ladies!

So I realized that I listed the men of the family line, but not the women.  So here goes, the ladies who married the men of the line I’m planning to blog.

 

Thomas Edgar Wishum (1897-1982) married Mary Lizzie (Elizabeth?) Massey

John Collier Worsham  (1872-1940) married Eliza Lucretia Hobby

John “Jack” Worsham (1838-1931) married Elizabeth Johnson (and a Julia, after?)

Daniel Worsham (1814-1891) married Alsey Joiner

Daniel B. Worsham (1791-1835) married Caroline Fowler

David Worsham (1765-1815) married  Martha Smith

Henry Worsham (1740-1795) married Martha Jackson

Charles Worsham II (1687-1735) married Elizabeth Archer

Charles Worsham I (1660-1729) married Mary Beville

John William Worsham (1625-1660) married Elizabeth Littlebery

John William Worsham (1594-1660) married Nancy Bennett

William Worsham (1552-1661) married Susan Taylor

 

I only “think” this is all correct.  Some of the later pieces I just can’t say definitively.  I found the info elsewhere and my not have documentation specifically on these persons.  That said, I do have some.

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Lost and Found – John Wilson

"John Wilson - colored help" is about all I knew, it's all Gunga wrote...

“John Wilson – colored help” is about all I knew, it’s all Gunga wrote…

It’s been several months now since I snagged the boxes and envelopes from my Tata’s apartment.  (Tata is what I call my grandmother, my mom’s mother.)  Heehee… I’m a stinker and still have them, but she doesn’t mind!  Some of them were actually her mother’s, my Gunga.  The one above being amongst those from Gunga herself.  All Gunga had written on it was that his name was John Wilson and he was colored help.  I still would love to find out who his family is.  I would love to share a copy of this with them.  But I still have some investigating to do.

After some work, here’s a few things I’ve managed to deduce… I think?!  This photo appears to be from about 1920- 1930.  The plant in the back is castor bean.  Possibly sold to or used by the local pharmacist, whom Granpapa Elijah Jr happened to be related to.  I managed to find him in some census records and draft cards with a little help.  He was a drayman for Granpapa Elijah Jr’s grocery story, Cochran Grocer, there in Cochran, Georgia.  his birthday appears to be November 15, 1873.  He was married to a Phebe Ann Porter as best I can tell, but I’m not sure the daughter (Lela Verseois Porter) is his and not just hers since the last name is Porter.

I’ll have to comment more if I find more at some point… but PLEASE leave a message or contact me if you have information!!  Thank you…

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“Granpa John”

This is really where my discoveries start.  I think I mentioned last post that I remembered meeting Granddaddy Buddy a few times at his house in Doles.  Through Ancestry.com and a website on our family genealogy, I discovered that his father was John Collier Worsham, born June 1872 in Manchester, Meriweather county, Georgia.  His parents were John “Jack” and Elizabeth (Johnson) Worsham.

This may be one of my fave photos of him... and the only one of just him I've seen.

This may be one of my fave photos of him… and the only one of just him I’ve seen.

He married Eliza Lucretia Hobby, daughter of Jesse and Eliza Amanda (Simpson) Hobby, in 1895.  He was 23, she was 18.  They had a total of 12 children: James Ambrose, Thomas Edgar, Jessie Ivey, Susie Mae, Lillie Pearl, Mamie Lee, Essie Vee, Johnny Jackson, Lester Ree, Ollie Dyce, Elbert Julian, John William.

Granpa John, Granma Lou, and their children...

Granpa John, Granma Lou, and their children…

While Granpa John was born in Meriweather county, the 1880 Federal Census finds the Worsham family living in Cedar Creek, Taylor county, Georgia.  After marrying Granma Lou in 1895, the 1900 Federal Census finds them with their family settled in Militia District 1044, Worth county, Georgia.  All the subsequent Federal Census records show them living in the same district, with the exception that the 1940 one lists them in Sylvester, Worth county, Georgia.

It’s interesting to note that the 1940 Federal Census was taken on April 1, 1940, and Granpa John passed away June 1, 1940.  He’s buried in Providence Primitive Baptist Cemetery with several other close and more distant family members of his.  Interestingly, Granma Lou is NOT buried beside him.  She is buried at Red Oak Missionary Baptist Church where her parents and other family are buried.  (She passed away before him in 1922.)

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“Granddaddy Buddy”

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In the middle of this photo wearing a hat is my Granddaddy Buddy.  Well, he’s actually my great grandfather on my father’s side.  The little girl on the far left is Mamie Lee (Wishum) Britt.  Granma Lou (Eliza Lucretia Hobby) is holding (Elbert) Julian.  Standing in front of Granddaddy Buddy (Thomas Edgar Wishum) is Lester Ree (Wishum)(Whiddon) Ford.  Granpa John (Collier Worsham, later John William Worsham) is holding Johnny Jackson (Wishum).  The older boy in the back is (James) Ambros Wishum, who is standing behind Essie Vee (Wishum) Branch.  Based on the look of the ages of Julian and Johnny Jackson, this photo is circa 1916.

Granddaddy Buddy was born July 28, 1897 in Worth county, Georgia, to John Collier Worsham and Eliza Lucretia (Hobby) Worsham.  He was the second oldest of 12 children.  His only older sibling was Ambros.  After him, in order, was Jessie Ivey, Susie Mae, Lillie Pearl, Mamie Lee, Essie Vee, Johnny Jackson, Lester Ree, Ollie Dyce, Elbert Julian, and John William.

Worsham family

This photo needs cropping!  🙂

In the 1900 Federal Census record, he’s listed as two years old living in Militia District 1044, Worth, Georgia.  In the 1910 Federal Census record, he’s listed as thirteen and still in Militia District 1044, Worth, Georgia.  (Notice that his birthday probably explains the one year discrepancy with the age.)  In the 1920 Federal Census, he’s listed as twenty-two and single living with his parents in Doles, Worth, Georgia.  The 1930 Federal Census lists him as married to “Lizzie” with two children, “L E” and “Mary L”.  Granma Lizzie was Mary Lizzie (Elizabeth?) Massey.  She’s the daughter of Newton Elmore II and Mollie (nee Powell) Massey.  If you look at the rest of the page, you’ll notice that he’s listed right above his father and siblings, meaning they lived next door.  My guess is that the land was a wedding present or the like.  You’ll also notice elsewhere on the page the last names Hobby and Whiddon, also elsewhere in the family tree.  In the 1940 Federal Census, the most recent one released, he’s listed as married to Lizzie (“Lenie” as it’s transcribed) with three children (“Elie”, which should be L.E., Mary Lou, and “Nolen”, who’s relation is not actually listed).  This is the first Federal Census record that my grandfather, Nolan, is listed on after his birth.  The only notable names on the page with Granddaddy Buddy and his family is Dice (Morris Franklin) and Kate (Arrie Katherine, nee Furney) Hobby.  Dice would have been Granddaddy Buddy’s uncle, Granma Lou’s brother.

Granddaddy Buddy passed away January 2, 1982.  I remember meeting him a few times before he passed away, but I was 6.5 when he died and don’t remember much.  I do remember the overalls he wore, Daddy says all the time!  I asked Daddy once if Granddaddy even owned a suit.  Probably not, he didn’t go to church much that Daddy remembered.  Which makes sense in another way.  Granddaddy Buddy and several Worshams are buried in Providence Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.  When Anthony and I went to find and visit the grave sites there, I noticed the church sign.  They only met a few times a month.  Here’s a picture of the sign:

Providence Primitive Baptist Church

The line under the meeting times says Elder Walter Todd, Pator.  Below that indicates that it was “constituted 1860”.  There are several family members buried here which hazards a guess that they were members at this congregation at some point.  I don’t recall having run across records of the “consituting” and charter members or any member lists, but I’m not sure that I’ve searched as of yet.  Next on the list??

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