Two Mysterious Deaths

When looking at the past it's not unusual to find people dying at what we consider a young age, in their 30s 40s or 50s. Often this is for want of medical advancements we take for granted that make once feared diseases like influenza and pneumonia more easily treatable today. But, what's not as common … Continue reading Two Mysterious Deaths

Sinking of the HMS Otranto

On September 25, 1918 during the waning days of the First World War, Cpl. Marvin Stancell boarded the HMS Otranto in New York bound for Glasgow. Otranto was a former passenger liner refitted at the start of the war as an armed merchant cruiser and troop carrier. Marvin was my first cousin, twice removed, meaning … Continue reading Sinking of the HMS Otranto

Uncle Tom’s Books

My maternal grandmother's aunt, Maudine Sweatman was kind of our family's version "Auntie Mame," always traveling to exotic places and doing interesting things. I have pictures of her in the courtyard of Versailles, riding a camel in Egypt and on a Soviet Visa she was given for a trip to the USSR in the 1970s, … Continue reading Uncle Tom’s Books

Distant Relatives, Distant Shores

While the part of the Farlow clan to which I'm directly related have been in Georgia since at least the early nineteenth century, there's a branch at my 2nd great grandfather's level who migrated to Texas. William Wiley Farlow, my 3rd great uncle, moved to Sherman, Texas sometime between the birth of his first son, … Continue reading Distant Relatives, Distant Shores

A Detour At Vicksburg

One thing you discover when researching family history is how historic events impact the story of your family. In the Civil War 620,000 men lost their lives from battle or disease or both. The Civil War Trust estimates this at 2% of the U.S. population at the time. An equivalent figure today would be the … Continue reading A Detour At Vicksburg

A Family Reunion

In August 1919 with the First World War over less than a year and an influenza epidemic impacting Atlanta,  the Huckaby clan gathered in Lithia Springs, Georgia for a family reunion. I'm related to the Huckabys through my paternal grandfather, William Rea Gideon. His mother Kate was a Huckaby. Through pictures taken that day, I … Continue reading A Family Reunion

Etowah Indian Mounds, Cartersville, GA

This was the largest Native American settlement in the Etowah Valley and was originally occupied from around 900 A.D. to 1550 A.D. by the ancestors of the Creek Indians. Now it's a Georgia State Historic site and park. I took these pictures July 4, 2017 when our family visited the site.

The Creek War of 1836

In the early morning hours of May 15, 1836, a group of about 300 Creek warriors slipped across the Chattahoochee River into the town of Roanoke, Georgia, forty miles south of Columbus. Because of tension with the Creeks, many of the town's citizens, including all the women and children had been sent to Lumpkin, Georgia … Continue reading The Creek War of 1836

Marcus Farlow’s Watch

Marcus Lorenzo Farlow was my great grandfather's brother. Along with their other brother John Walter, he owned M.L. Farlow & Brother, a dry goods store in Atlanta. Marcus never married. Before my father died, he passed on to me a broken pocket watch, shattered would be a better description. All that remains intact is the … Continue reading Marcus Farlow’s Watch

A Weaver and A Beck – One Came Home; One Did Not

My maternal grandmother, Evelyn Hammock Gideon grew up in Ocilla, Georgia. Her mother was Bessie Lee Weaver Hammock. Bessie’s father was James Wilson Weaver. He was the school superintendent for Irwin County (where Ocilla is) from 1905 - 1921. They called him "Professor Weaver," though I'm not sure what level of education or experience he … Continue reading A Weaver and A Beck – One Came Home; One Did Not