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?
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?
Week 3 of the 52 Ancestors challenge is an unusual name. Eliza Lucretia is probably the most interesting or unusual name I have in my tree.
Eliza Lucretia (“Lu” or “Lue”, Grandma Lu to me) Hobby is the daughter of Jesse Hobby and Eliza Amanda Simpson. She was born in Colquitt county, Georgia on February 9, 1877 and died in Worth county, Georgia on September 9, 1922. I managed to find her in every Federal Census for when she was living with the exception of the 1890 one that burned. I’d likely find that she lived in roughly the same area her whole life if I research the few counties, their histories, as well as the militia districts and towns she’s listed as living in.
Grandma Lu married John Collier Worsham sometime in 1895. Grandpa John’s parents were John “Jack” and Elizabeth (Johnson) Worsham. Grandma Lu and Granpa John’s fathers (Jesse and Jack, respectively) both fought in the Civil War as best I can tell – but that’s another story for another post. I do have a photo of them both together that’s also been edited to show them individually. (What I’ve posted below is not a very clear version.)
Grandma Lu and Grandpa John, great great grandparents, had twelve children that I can find record of – which is plenty! Most of them were boys, including Thomas Edgar (“Granddaddy Buddy” as we called him), my great grandfather.
First, I’d like to direct you to the blog and Facebook page for the US National Archives, commonly called NARA. There are two blog posts of particular interest relating to today’s post. First is on the fire in St. Louis, and the second is on Donna Judd. The blog on the fire discusses the time line and a bit about the records it destroyed or damaged and what all happened. The blog regarding Ms. Judd discusses her work in examining the military records that were damaged. Of note from the NARA website is that you must be immediate family in order to request more recent records (for those of you more interested and closer related than I).
Today, I want to start a look at the men in the Waters family. I’ll start with Nip, as John Nipper was called. This is because I have been told that his records were actually in that fire. I don’t know if more have been discovered in more recent years but there were at least some missing or destroyed due to the fire.
Nip was born in 1920 to James Benjamin and Willie Odessa Waters. When he was born, Willie had 4 girls from her previous marriage to Andy Pitts: Lydia Beatrice (who passed away in 1909 at the age of two), Flossie Mae, and twins Edna Earl and Lola Evelyn. After Andy died in 1913, she married James in 1915. James and Willie had two boys (Jesse Willard and Jimmy Layvone) before Nip was born in 1920. Willie would have a grand total of 14 (fourteen!) children with the last being born in 1934.
Nip was born in Ashburn, Turner county, Georgia, but by both the 1930 and 1940 census records he’s listed as living in Vickers, Worth county, Georgia. September 18, 1941, he enlisted in the Army at the age of 21. His residence is still listed as Worth county, Georgia, and the place of his enlistment was Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia. While it’s amusing that the record lists the branch of service as “Immaterial”, it’s interesting to note he was a Warrant Officer. Obviously surviving the war, he returns home to marry and have children. 1986 records indicate he lived in Arabi.
Sadly, he passed away in 2007 at the age of 87. Findagrave.com shows him buried at Arabi-Antioch Cemetery with very nice photos of the grave site. (One photo shows the military marker designating him as “S SGT US ARMY” and “WORLD WAR II” veteran.) His obituary, also found online, list him as a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient.
Stay tuned as we climb this branch of the family tree… 🙂