“Gone With the Wind” Premier

On December 15, 1939, one of the biggest things to happen in Atlanta since the Civil War took place. The premier of the motion picture adaption of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind” was held at the Lowe’s Grand Theater downtown. It was said at the time that more people lined Peachtree Street to see … Continue reading “Gone With the Wind” Premier

The Postmaster of Bill Arp

James Cicero Hunt was the brother of Ida Hunt Huckaby, my second great grandmother. He and his family settled in Douglas County sometime in the 1880s and many members of the Hunt and Huckaby families were living there by the turn of the century. James Cicero owned the Goode Hunt Store off what is now … Continue reading The Postmaster of Bill Arp

Pollard Brown, Patriot

Pollard Brown is one of my fifth great grandfathers on my father's side. He was born in 1763 in Culpepper, Virginia when the state was still a British colony. Pollard was the sixth of eleven children born to Abraham and Jane Brown. Jane was a Pollard before she married and gave her maiden name to … Continue reading Pollard Brown, Patriot

James Hughes, Methodist Pastor

James Edmund Hughes is my wife's second great grandfather and therefore a third great grandfather of our children. He was born May 28, 1824 in Franklin County, Georgia. Franklin County, named for Benjamin Franklin, was created in 1784 out of Creek and Cherokee lands acquired during the cession of 1783 and became Georgia's eighth county … Continue reading James Hughes, Methodist Pastor

Wounded at Okinawa

From April 1 to June 22, 1945 one of the most important battles of the Second World War in the Pacific raged, the battle of Okinawa. When all was said and done more than 20,000 American troops had been killed making it the second most lethal battle in U.S. history. In the midst of that … Continue reading Wounded at Okinawa

Civil War Letter

This letter was written by my third great grandfather, Noah Richardson Smith in 1862 in the midst of the Civil War. I found the text of the letter among family documents after my father died in 2013. The original letter, according to my father's records, is in possession of a Henryetta Green of Greenville, South … Continue reading Civil War Letter

The Illustrious Wardlaws

When researching family history, you find that some families have an influence beyond their direct descendants, an influence that reaches the larger community and even the nation. Such is the case with the Wardlaw family. I'm related to the Wardlaws through my great, great grandmother Jane Moore Farlow. Her great grandfather was James Wardlaw. After … Continue reading The Illustrious Wardlaws

Mining Away For You

Thus far I've written only about my family. Recently, however, I began to research my wife's family and found such an interesting story I couldn't help but tell it. Like my own family, my wife's family is from Georgia for several generations back. Her second great grandparents on her mom's side were Hezekiah Stone and … Continue reading Mining Away For You

Give That Man A Hand

One of the fun things about researching family history is experiencing those "ah ha" moments when the pieces of a story come together. I had one of those recently while researching the Creels. As I've mentioned before, my great grandmother Farlow was a Creel before she married. In researching the uncles and cousins on that … Continue reading Give That Man A Hand

Segregation Through the Eyes of A Child

This comes from the memoirs of my dad's oldest brother Floyd. Uncle Floyd lives in California and is now 84 years old. As you read this, consider the impact it had on my uncle as a child, so much so that he remembered it decades later. Your children watch what you do and it impacts … Continue reading Segregation Through the Eyes of A Child