You can find all kinds of tales in the newspaper. Some good. Some bad. Some mundane. Some exciting.
I found the tale of my third great uncle shooting his father-in-law. It was a surprise that I didn’t even know to look for. Isn’t that the problem sometimes? You don’t know to look. You don’t know to ask the question.
If you joined me last week, you know a bit about my grandmother. I feel like I know a good bit about her. I mean, I grew up knowing her. Her name is my middle name even. I know who her birth mother was and even where she worked in 1930, thanks to Federal Census records. I know she was left at the telephone company. I think she told me and wrote it in what she wrote of her memoirs.
But then THIS was posted in a group I’m in…
WAIT, WHAT?! Could that be my Tata? Let’s see, of course this is Cochran. That’s the group this was posted in. The year? Yep, that’s right. The month? Close enough if she was “healthy”. My aunt and uncle, her children, agree this has to be her!! (Also, how many babies would have been left at the telephone company in Cochran?! Not just this year but in the history of Cochran?!)
I had to share that picture of my Tata as a baby again! This would have been not that long after she was left on the porch.
To see that article from the paper was ASTOUNDING! This is outside proof of what my grandmother told us. I just hadn’t even thought to look for it. I’m not sure I would have know what search terms to use?! I guess “baby” in the year 1931 in the town of Cochran might have gotten me somewhere. I know there were two papers over the history of the town and at least one would have been in print at this time. I just never would have even thought to look. You can bet I’ll be looking for follow up stories now though!
I can use what I said before – baby, 1931, Cochran. But need to use “telephone company”, Mrs. J.A. Sikes, and maybe the sheriff’s name (W.H. Jones). Who knows?! Maybe I can find even more!
So what’s the question a newspaper can answer for you?
Uhh, that’s all? What’s that supposed to mean? Well, that means that I get to decide! So this weeks is going to use the number 12 AND lead up to next weeks “In the Paper”!
We always new my grandmother was adopted. She was older than 12 when she found out – “accidentally on purpose” from (I think she said) a mean little boy down the street. I hate that she was upset. She either ran away or wanted to run away. Gigi had to settle her down, I’m sure.
The photo above is my grandmother as a baby. I think she’s younger than 12 months but older than 12 days – to put it in 12s!
This is my grandmother before she was 24 (two 12s, get it?). She went to college at Middle Georgia College. I’ve got another picture of her that’s from her time there as well.
I definitely get my love of reading from my grandmother, so it’s no surprise this is her with a book! Honestly, my other grandmother loved to read as well and they both worked for the library for several years.
She sure loved her daddy! This is her and my Granpa Toombs. He passed away before she was 36. He was born in Hamilton, Georgia, in 1903.
Next week, we’ll talk about where my grandmother was born and when!
But before I leave, one other 12. Amy Johnson Crow said that 12 can be/ would be your mother’s father’s father. For me, that’s Harry Stone. He’s another story for another day though! Stay tuned and maybe we’ll come back to him another week!
So this weeks 52 ancestors prompt is “Large Family”…
I grew up in an average sized family. There were five of us – two parents, three children. I also grew up not knowing much definitively about my grandmother’s family. Oh she talked about them lots! We just didn’t really get to meet or spend time with them – not us grandchildren at least. So this was one of my reasons and projects when I started doing genealogy.
I did find them in the 1940 U.S. Federal Census!
J B Waters, Odessa Waters, Willard Waters, John N Waters, Winnifred Waters, Cortez Waters, Helen Waters, Elizabeth Waters, Mary Nipper
I KNEW THESE NAMES! This was them. It matched all I knew from what Grandmama had told me.
This was already a pretty large family to me – two parents, six children, and a grandmother! (Mary Nipper is Grandma Dessa’s mother.)
The photo above is one of only a few of this side of my family. Papa would be the J.B. Waters from the previously referenced census. Mama would be Odessa Waters. Nip is what John N. went by. And Grandmother Nipper would be Mary Nipper.
From what I’ve found, and I could be wrong, Grandma Dessa had a total of 14 children that I count. While this is between two marriages, this is still a large family! I know I don’t have a photo of them all together, partly because a couple died young and partly because there’s so many.
I think a future project needs to be a collage (or photo book at least!) of all I can collect of them!