Monthly Archives: February 2019


So connections to a courthouse can be scary – depending on which side of the law! I’ve got some of both, to be honest, but we’ll still with a pleasant surprise out of Cochran, GA.

So above is a photo of the Bleckley County courthouse in Cochran. It’s actually across the street from where my Granpa Toombs had a Standard Oil station. But wait, what’s that plaque there in front?!

Well now, I KNOW that name! Uncle Jim as I’ll call him was Granpapa Elijah’s brother. The brothers were businessmen in town running grocery stores and Cook Banking Company. I think that in addition to what the plaque lists Uncle Jim was also editor of a paper in Cochran, but I’d have to find that info again.

This plaque was dedicated to Uncle Jim partly as a prominent citizen but also because he served as mayor at one point. Below is a photo I have the original of.


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Family Photo

So week 8 of #52ancestors is family photos. I have or have seen or scanned or some combination of those several family photos. They range across my family lines. Across decades or centuries. Across generations. However, they don’t cross the Georgia state line for the most part.

The only exception is the ones from my great grandmother, Gunga as we called her. I have some from her that were taken when she and Granpa Toombs went to Havana, Cuba. One even notes they were staying at the Hotel Seville!

That said, I want to share this one and talk about the work I ended up doing with it.

The photo above is my Powell family. It was labeled on the back – “Brother”,”Powell Bro_”, Aunt Tince Powell Massey, Jack Powell, “Powell”, Molly Powell Massey, Caroline Mae Powell, “baby”, “child” and Elmore Massey.

It helped that I knew Jack and Caroline Powell were the parents of Molly and Tince. I also know that I’m decended from Elmore Massey and Molly. (Note, when Molly died he married Aunt Tince not long after.) Know those names and dates in general, I had some info to go on in order to fill in some of the specific names for the general ones on here.

I managed to find them in the 1900 Federal Census. So based on that record:

Back Row
Benjamin J.
Francis D.
David G.
Mary S.E.E. (Powell) Massey
Elmore Massey

Front Row
William B.
Jackson Powell
Minda D.
Francis C. (Caroline Mae?) Powell
Ida M.

This means that the baby Granma Molly has would most likely be Willie M. Massey and make this picture circa 1901/ 1902.

I managed to make pretty quick work of this search project because I had names. We’re not always that lucky with photos. A lot of being able to research without specific names is learning how to make a good guess at the ages of people in a photo. Are they 5 or 15 or 65? You can usually do just fine getting within about 5 or 10 years without much help. Then you can use clothing or surroundings for help figuring out a year. The clothes in this picture just seemed to fit about 1900.

If the photo is completely random and you have no names at all, that would make it difficult to identify the people in it, but you could get to at least a rough estimate of the year – which can help if you find other photos that are labeled!

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Surprise and Love

I’m going to combine two weeks with this post for #52ancestors. This will get me caught up! Also, I’m not sure I have a lot to say about either topic.

Week 6 – Surprise

I’m not sure there’s been anything too surprising for me. Maybe that’s the surprise? I haven’t found anything that I don’t feel like others have found in researching. One gentleman killed his father-in-law – it’s a story, there are newspaper articles. There’s also a disappearance and discovering the body – again, a story and articles. My DNA results were surprisingly boring as well – just what I’d have thought from what I already knew. *shrugs* I guess I’m just really typical American.

Week 7 – Love

I know one thing I’d love is to visit places my ancestors lived. My Worsham ancestors in Virginia and England. (Okay, I’d love to visit Rhodt, Germany and Rodez, France, too!) I’d also love to find the court records for the two gentlemen’s cases I mentioned above to know more about what happened. And love number three is more information on the bank or grocery store my Cook ancestors owned.

If you’ve done genealogy or any kind of family research, what’s been a surprise or something you’ve loved?

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So I’ve talked about libraries and databases before. But this week I want to share what I love about the ones I frequent!

I LOVE that my local branch of the library is right near by! We can run over on a Saturday to check out books. Internet out? Stop by and use the computers there! I have two routes home from work and one of them makes it actually on my way home.

I live and work in Cobb County, Georgia. The main branch of our libraries is named Switzer. They have what’s called the Georgia Room. That’s the genealogy and family history treasure trove! I recently found a book there on the parish my ancestors lived in just browsing the shelves.

I also LOVE when I can make it to the Georgia Archives! Okay, so technically they’re not a library but they have books and that’s close enough! The ladies in the research room are so nice and helpful. If you’re in the area of Morrow, Georgia, you might want to keep an eye out for any Saturday tours coming up. They had them once a month this past year for their anniversary and they were incredibly interesting. This year, I think they’re moving to just quarterly. Definitely check them out online! They have a Facebook page AND Virtual Vault.

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I’d like to meet…

So #52Ancestors challenge, week 4. I’m not sure who I’d want to meet. Not without just saying all of them! I probably have a question I want to ask any one of them if I had the chance.

This is some of Grandma Lizzie's Powell family.  Her parents are in the top right.
This is some of Grandma Lizzie’s Powell family. Her parents are in the top right.

So I guess I’d want to start with my great grandparents – Thomas Edgar Wishum (“Granddaddy Buddy” as we called him), Mary Lizzie (probably Mary Elizabeth) Massey (“Grandma Lizzie”), James Benjamin Waters (“Granpa Waters”), Willie Odessa Nipper (“Grandma Dessa”), Harry Thomas Stone (“Granpa Harry”), Eunice Irene McDonald (“Nana” as we called her), Toombs Haywood Kimbrough (“Granpa Toombs”), Madge Elizabeth Cook (“Gunga” as we called her), and Una Bollinger (“Grandma Una”).

Granpa John, Granma Lou, and their children.  That's Granddaddy Buddy in the middle.
Granpa John, Granma Lou, and their children. That’s Granddaddy Buddy in the middle.

Of all of those, I only met Granddaddy Buddy, Nana, and Gunga. I only met Granddaddy Buddy a time or two since he passed away when I was young. But I knew Gunga and Nana fairly well.

Granddaddy Buddy and Grandma Lizzie.
Granddaddy Buddy and Grandma Lizzie.

I’d want to know what my grandparents were like. What were their own lives like as well? What about their parents?

"Papa, Mama, Nip, Grandmother Nipper"
“Papa, Mama, Nip, Grandmother Nipper”

Yep, start with them and work back meeting and getting to know them all! Oh the stories I’m sure they’d tell!

Granpa Toombs and Tata.
Granpa Toombs and Tata.

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