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

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

The Battle of Olustee

When asked to name a Civil War battle, names like Gettysburg, Antietam and Chancellorsville come readily to mind.  There are, of course, many lesser known battle sites but among the least known might be those in Florida. Many people don't associate the state of Florida with the Civli War at all, but there were a … Continue reading The Battle of Olustee

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

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

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

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