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.
“John Wilson – colored help” is about all I knew, it’s all Gunga wrote…
It’s been several months now since I snagged the boxes and envelopes from my Tata’s apartment. (Tata is what I call my grandmother, my mom’s mother.) Heehee… I’m a stinker and still have them, but she doesn’t mind! Some of them were actually her mother’s, my Gunga. The one above being amongst those from Gunga herself. All Gunga had written on it was that his name was John Wilson and he was colored help. I still would love to find out who his family is. I would love to share a copy of this with them. But I still have some investigating to do.
After some work, here’s a few things I’ve managed to deduce… I think?! This photo appears to be from about 1920- 1930. The plant in the back is castor bean. Possibly sold to or used by the local pharmacist, whom Granpapa Elijah Jr happened to be related to. I managed to find him in some census records and draft cards with a little help. He was a drayman for Granpapa Elijah Jr’s grocery story, Cochran Grocer, there in Cochran, Georgia. his birthday appears to be November 15, 1873. He was married to a Phebe Ann Porter as best I can tell, but I’m not sure the daughter (Lela Verseois Porter) is his and not just hers since the last name is Porter.
I’ll have to comment more if I find more at some point… but PLEASE leave a message or contact me if you have information!! Thank you…