The Will of John Grice

Born March 28, 1718 in Halifax, North Carolina, John Grice is one of my seventh great grandfathers. I'm related to him through my maternal grandmother's family, the Hammocks and the Cherrys. As with most southerners in the eighteenth century, John was a farmer. He received two land grants in North Carolina, one in 1753 for … Continue reading The Will of John Grice

North To Alaska

The vast majority of my ancestors were from the American southeast, many, if not most, from the state of Georgia, hence the name of this blog. There are some exceptions, however, such as a branch of the Farlows that relocated to Texas in the 1870s. But recently I found a relative who lived about as far … Continue reading North To Alaska

My Great Aunt & A Great Ship

I recently watched a documentary on Amazon called "SS United States: Lady in Waiting" about the American luxury liner "United States." She is the fastest passenger liner ever built and still holds the record for fastest time from New York to Europe across the North Atlantic. It's said the United States could go faster in … Continue reading My Great Aunt & A Great Ship

Letter from Near Savannah, April 1864

Wilborn Hancock is one of my first cousins through the Huckaby and Hunt lines on my maternal grandfather's side of the family. In 1855 he married Mary Jane Gunter. Wilborn was twenty-five when the Civil War began and volunteered with Company F, 57th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry. In May, 1863 he was wounded in the … Continue reading Letter from Near Savannah, April 1864

The Legacy of Priscilla Doyle Tucker Clark

Priscilla Doyle was one of my fifth great grandmothers. She was born in North Carolina in 1750. At the age of sixteen, Priscilla married William Willis Tucker. Together they had two children, Starling Tucker and Fannie Tucker (my fourth great grandmother). Sadly, their marriage was cut short after only four years when William died in … Continue reading The Legacy of Priscilla Doyle Tucker Clark

Images of Our Ancestors

The first photograph that includes a person was taken by Louis Daguerre in 1838. It was a Paris street scene that included a man having his shoes shined. The reason he's visible is because he was stationary for the entire seven minutes the exposure took. The rest of the street appears deserted because the moving traffic … Continue reading Images of Our Ancestors

“Bloody Bill” Cunningham

When the American war for independence started, William Cunningham of South Carolina joined the Continental Army as part of that state's 3rd regiment. But, by 1778, Cunningham had switched sides, becoming an ardent Tory, ruthless in his dealings with those opposing the crown. During the fall of 1781, Cunningham commanded a regiment that terrorized South … Continue reading “Bloody Bill” Cunningham

“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