“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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  1. 1.4.3B.5. John William Worsham b Jun 1872 Manchester, Meriwether, GA.

    According to “The Hobby Family of South Georgia” by Robert J. Robinson, “Eliza Lucretia Hobby “Lue”, m 9 Jun 1895, in Worth Co, GA to John William Wishum, son of Jack Wishum and Julie Johnson. Eliza is the sister of Martha Katherine Hobby who m John’s brother, Elbert Aubrey Wisham. They are the daughters of Jesse Hobby b 28 Jul 1840 Irwin Co, GA d 22 Sep 1916 in Worth Co, GA & Eliza Amanda Simpson b 30 Jul 1842 Colquitt Co, GA. (William Monroe, 2001) Eliza b 9 Feb 1877, d 9 Sep 1922 Worth Co, GA bur Red Oak Cem. (Georgia Death Certificate No. 24744 as Mrs Lon Worsham)

    Joe Branch, 2003, wrote: “short while after my grand pa John W. {then known as John Collier Worsham} left home and took Aunt Julie Worsham latter Mrs. George {Ned} McDonald, and uncle Robert Edgar with him, and went to live said Aunt Emma, or his sister, when Edgar was abt 12 yrs. old or less, and with the help of Aunt Emma he raised them, at the time he came to live with them, John W. slept on a newly picked pile of cotton on the porch. He took Edgar with him while he went to pick cotton, some said he also took Aunt Julia. But he picked cotton, cut cord wood and died what he had to raise them, latter when Lizzie P Barfield Worsham had a son and named him Collier, my grand pa changed his name from John Collier Worshan to John W. Worsham and latter to Wishum he also latter changed his birthday from 1872 to 4 July 1874 so they could celebrate the 4th, and lay by of the crops, and his birthday, and get the family together at the same time.”

  2. Yeah, I forgot to write about how he tried change his birthday!!

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