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
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.
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 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
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
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