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.
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.
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.)