Sisters, Sisters . . .

Sisters.  There were three of them.  Eula Mae HOLDER was the middle sister of three little girls who lived in Locust Grove, Henry County, GA with their parents Alma Josephine JACKSON and James Solomon HOLDER.

Bertha Lane HOLDER

Bertha Lane HOLDER

Bertha Lane HOLDER born 1 July 1898 was the firstborn .  She married John H SPEIR and they had one child.  It’s believed that Bertha had some higher education beyond elementary school.  It may seem a funny thing to note, but higher education was not an expected privilege for most girls in the early 1900’s.  Bertha could also play the piano.  This beautiful young woman’s life was shorter than her sisters.  She died a few weeks after her 21st birthday on the 20th of Aug 1919.  It would be of interest to find out the cause of death.

Cemetary Marker with Little LambAlthough not a sister,  Lindon C. HOLDER, the only son of James and Alma was born on the 24th of Sept in 1899. He died at 15 months of age on 18 Dec 1900.

Eula Mae HOLDER

Eula Mae HOLDER

Eula Mae HOLDER was the 2nd sister born on the grand date of December 10th, 1900.  She would have been 8 days old when her brother died.  It can only be imagined what a difficult time Alma, the mother would have suffered. Eula married Max Augustus LINN. They had 4 children, 2 of whom reached adulthood. Eula had an elementary school education up to the 8th grade. She worked as a dressmaker until her retirement.  She loved to read, sew, crochet and tat. She died at her son’s house in Covington, GA at the age of 92.

Mamie Lee HOLDER as a Young Woman

Mamie Lee HOLDER

Mamie Lee HOLDER was the last sister born 4 March 1903 in Locust Grove like the other girls.  She would have been 3 years old when her mother Alma died in 1906 and was 6 years old when her father married Della HARKNESS.  Mamie married William Albert EVANS on Dec 2, 1919 and lived most of her life in Griffin, Spalding County, GA.  She and her husband owned and worked a general store that serviced the local community which included both blacks and whites.  Mamie and Bill never had children but hosted their niece many summers.  She was known to like cake.  Through the years, especially during hard economic times she employed her sister Eula to sew dresses for her which was mutually beneficial to each.  She lived to be 100 years old.

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WWI Draft of Max Augustus LINN

WWI Draft Card of Max Augustus LINN

WWI Draft Card of Max Augustus LINN

Six weeks after the United States declared war on Germany  on 6 April 1917, all men in the U.S. were required by law to register according to the ‘Selective Service Act’ passed by Congress May 18th to build up it’s military.   There were three  separate registrations:

1st – 5 June 1917 for men age 21 to 31 who were born between 6 June 1886 and 5 June 1896

2nd – 5 June 1918 for men who turned 21 since the first registration or otherwise did not register

3rd – 12 Sept 1918 for men age 18 – 21 and 31 – 45

Max registered in the 2nd group since his birthday came after the cut off date for the 1st registration.  It is estimated that  24 million men in the U.S. completed a World War I registration card which accounted for about 98% of the men under the age of 46.

There are several bits of information that can be gleaned from this card:

B & W Portrait Photo of Max Augustus LINN

Max Augustus LINN 1896-1952

  • Proof of Max’s birth date and place
  • Residence where Max lived
  • His closest family member  which was his wife Eula Mae HOLDER
  • Where he worked (he was a barber)

Seeing his signature, ‘Max A. Linn” helps personalize this kindred man.

Crew Street in Atlanta GA

This is what Crew Street in Atlanta looks like today.

Scrap Quilt by Eula Mae HOLDER LINN

This quilt is estimated to be made in the 1940’s by Eula.  There are clues that help identify the time period:

  • the fabrics used, their colors and patterns
  • the wear, tear, and aging of the quilt
  • the type of batting or filling in between the top and bottom (some now exposed, see detail photo)

Eula Mae HOLDER LINN sewed strips of fabrics onto 7 x 8 newspaper rectangles for each square in the quilt top.  This method is called ‘paper piecing’ or ‘foundation piecing’.  After sewing the fabric onto the paper pattern, the edges would be trimmed and the newspaper torn away.  The backing fabric of the quilt appears to be off white muslin.  Batting is the middle layer between the top and back and then ‘quilted’ or stitched to hold it all together.

Many of the fabrics have the tell – tale signs of having been manufactured in the 1930’s;  the smallish patterns with a ‘halo’ of white background surrounding it.  It was around this time that the fugitive (fading) properties of colors were being overcome.

Scraps are often collected by sewers over a number of years to use in quilts. Since Eula made dresses and other clothing, she had many left overs fabrics from those projects.  Some of those scraps, if not all, made their way into this quilt.

The growing charm of this quilt includes it’s imperfections.  It’s filled with cotton batting that is spilling out in areas of extreme wear.  It’s the type of cotton that behaves as though it just came from the gin, lumping and bunching together, hence the closeness of the quilt stitches in the ‘shell’ pattern.

The odd size of the blocks, the unevenness of the quilting stitches and now, the stains and gaps seem to give hope for our own lives in the face of imperfections.

As can be seen, this was a utilitarian quilt and it got plenty of use.

1940's Scrap Quilt made by Eula Mae HOLDER LINN

Scrap Quilt probably made in the 1940’s by Eula. Size is 58″ x 78″ .

Close up of 1940's scrap quilt made by Eula Mae.
Close up of Eula’s Mae’s quilt. Notice the exposed cotton batting.

My Kindred Tree #1 on Google

As of today, when you enter ‘My Kindred Tree’ in a Google search, it comes up FIRST!  (see copy of web page at bottom of post)

If for some reason you can only remember ‘Kindred Tree’ it will appear 5th in the search engine. You’ll have to do a bit more hunting if all you remember is ‘My Kindred’ because it appears on the fourth page.

The website URL or address is not the only top dog from the site.  Max Augustus LINN and Eula Mae HOLDER LINN also come up first;  you’ll just have to remember their entire names!  Max’s picture also appears first in the ‘Images’ search.

To put this in perspective, it is estimated that there are about 250 million websites with about 75 million of those that are active.  Google, Yahoo, and Bing share about 90% of all searches with Google getting about 65%, Yahoo 17% and Bing at around 12%.

This is more fun than playing ‘Scrabble’ on line.  Actually it’s called SEO, short for ‘Search Engine Optimization’.  There are several goals for trying to be on the first page of a search engine such as Google:

  1. To make it easier for family and friends to find content. 
  2. To assist others that might be searching for these kindred ancestors and family trees.
  3. To put more ‘good’ content on the internet.

Your comments are valuable to this website.  If you ever want to contribute a ‘post’ (also known as a ‘blog’) please write it out in a word processing program or e-mail and send it to us.  If you have any family artifacts or pictures please, please send those along as well.  Also, please share any research you do.  We’re happy to publish it.

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The Bedspreads Crocheted by Eula Mae HOLDER LINN

Eula Mae HOLDER LINN was gifted in many ways.  One of those was with a crochet hook and thread in her hands.  It seemed like she was always crocheting something.  When she visited family away from home, one of the first things she requested was a trip to the store to buy some thread.

The pictures below show the basic design of the bedspreads she made.  Each square measures approximately 6″ x 6″ and is made of a fine cotton thread commonly known as “knit cro-sheen”  She would make one square at a time and then sew them together for the finished bedspread.  The bedspread covers a double/queen bed and require 12 squares across and 14 squares down for a grand total of 168 squares.  There are 3 known bedspreads of this exact same pattern and size.  That’s 504 squares.  She really was always crocheting something.

Crochet Bedspread made by Eula Mae HOLDER LINN

Bedspread made by Eula Mae with cotton thread called knit-crosheen.

Crochet Bedspread by Eula Mae HOLDER LINN close up of pattern

A close up of the crochet pattern Eula used.

Builder, Big, Boisterous, Bradley, Birthday Boy

Born Cecil Bradley DEAN on January 21, 1921 to John Wesley DEAN and Bessie BURKHALTER as the fifth child and fourth boy in a row. He would also have 4 addition brothers born in the family.  He was the middle child, raised on a farm in rural south Georgia.  He was taught principles of hard work and long hours, mixed with times of fun.

Officially changing his name to Brad DEAN late in life, Brad was a residential builder and commanded attention on the building site due to his size and voice.

He was born on the farm near Waycross, Georgia and went to Pearson High School in Pearson, Georgia.  He did not graduate, but joined the Marines in 1937 and served the next 8 years as a Marine in WWII.  He came home and married Evelyn Roberta BARKER on July 3, 1948.  He worked as a salesman for a candy company and then for the American Greeting Card Company.  He basically sold these items to drug stores.

One pharmacist on his “route”, Dr. Sawner, encouraged him to settle in Knox County, Tennessee around 1950 to build houses.  They became partners, with Dr. Sawner providing the capital and Brad providing the work.  He stayed in the profession the rest of his life, mostly building small single story 3-bedroom starter homes.

He moved to Venice, Florida around 1969.  Evelyn and Brad divorced in 1973 and he soon thereafter married Hazel BARKER (actually Hazel’s first husband’s last name, not her maiden name).  Brad and Hazel moved to Sarasota, Florida about 1975 and he eventually died in Sarasota Memorial Hospital November 19, 1984.

Brad DEAN about 46 years old

Brad DEAN looking quite good around 1967

 

Eula Mae HOLDER LINN

Portrait of Eula Mae HOLDER

Eula Mae HOLDER was the 3rd child of Alma Josephine JACKSON and James Solomon HOLDER the 10th of December 1900.  Locust Grove, Henry County, GA was where her family resided and she was born.

On the 2nd of Sept 1917 she married Max Augustus LINN in Griffin, Spalding County, GA.

She and Max had 4 children together; 2 that grew to adulthood and 2 that died as babies.

Eula Mae worked at a dress making factory in the finishing department.  She would add belts and sashes to finished dresses among other things.

She was an avid seamstress at home making her own clothes as well as dresses for her sister Mamie, quilts, and doll clothes for her grandchildren.  If she wasn’t sewing she was crocheting.  She could crochet anything.  She had the ability to look at a finished crocheted article and duplicate it.  Some items she crocheted were bedspreads, turtle bags to cover Ivory soap bars, and lots of laced edges on women’s dime store handkerchiefs.

Reading was a great hobby of hers with romance novels being the genre of choice.  She had a jewelry box of costume jewelry brooches (as seen in the picture) and on a shallow, little shelf were displayed her collection of miniature ceramic pitchers.

She and her son bought a victorian house in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta in the 40″s – 50’s and lived in the upper apartment until the last few years of her full life.

She died at home in Covington GA, 1993.

War Fans the Flames of Love

Letter from TWG INGLETT to Martha A. PALMER TWG INGLETT letter to wife Martha A. PALMERThomas Wilkes Glascock INGLETT left his sweet wife, Martha A. PALMER, with 3 children to fight in the Civil War.  They carried on their courtship throughout the conflict through letters.  T.W.G. INGLETT was 25 years old when he wrote the above tender letter to his 21 year old sweetheart wife back at home in Columbia County, GA, outside of Augusta, GA.

At the time of the letter, T.W.G. or “Tommie” was part of an army of 52,000 men in General Lee’s defense of Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia.  The battle of Petersburg began in earnest in March of 1864, and in June alone over 11,000 Union soldiers lost their lives trying to take Petersburg.   Over 4,000 Confederate soldiers died in it’s defense.  There was a lull in fighting the first two weeks of July when Tommie wrote the letter.  Within weeks the fighting started back up.

General Grant commanded the Union forces that had little success during the summer of 1864, for the Confederates were protecting their Capital and the surrounding areas with great resolve.  The Union forces began a siege on Petersburg throughout the subsequent winter to cut off supplies to the Confederate soldiers.  The city finally fell  April 3, 1865 when General Lee abandoned both Petersburg and Richmond.

The siege of Petersburg is considered  the last significant stand for the Confederate forces.  The ultimate surrender took place at Appomattox Court House on April 9th, six days after the abandonment of Petersburg.  T.W.G. INGLETT returned home to Georgia and Thomas Jefferson (Sandy) INGLETT was born 16 May 1871, father of Essie Lee INGLETT.

The following is a transcript of the letter, with current spelling and punctuation:

                                          Camp Near Petersburg, VA

                                                      July 15th 1864

My dear little wife, I will drop you a few lines to inform you that I received your kind letter of July 1 and was glad to hear from you, but sorry to hear that you had got so poor. I am well and I hope this may find you and all the rest in good health.  My dear, I am worn out for I have been exposed to the fire of the yankees sixty days, but I am not whipped yet.  We have lost a good many men out of our Brigade.  One day we lost 57 out of one of our Regiments.  But it is not so bad as it has been, for we don’t sharp shoot as much as we did.  I got struck with one ball on the collar bone, but it did not enter for it went through a gun before it hit me.  Poor little Ned and Eli Beasley got killed on the 20th in a charge.  We just have to watch day and night for the mortar shells and dodge them the best we can.  The yankees are in 75 yards of us and it is a continual fire day and night.  My dear I can’t give you half of the news for it would take me a month.  Give my love to all of my folks and tell them to write to me.  Give my Respect to babe and to your Pa and Ma and to Emma and all the rest of Ben’s folks and receive the best portion for that sweet little girl Mattie that has got my heart.  God bless you my love.  How bad I want to see you.  I will close, my love, for this time.  Good Bye Mattie until I hear from you again.  Write soon to your love, Tommie Boy.

Mrs Mattie A. Inglet

My Pen is bad, my ink is pale

My love for Mattie will never fail

Look at this and think of me

T W G Inglet

Max Augustus LINN

B & W Portrait Photo of Max Augustus LINN

Max Augustus LINN 1896-1952

Max Augustus LINN was born on the 30th of August 1896 in White, Bartow County, GA.   His father was Western Hardy LINN (yes, Western) and Martha A. GILREATH.

Besides Max’s birth, here are a few other things that occured in 1896:

  • George Burns and F. Scott Fitzgerald were born too.
  • Utah was admitted as the 45th state.
  • John Philip Sousa composed “Stars & Stripes”.
  • The 1st known women’s basketball game was played between Stanford and California.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe and Anton Bruckner died.
  • The 3rd deadliest tornado in the U.S. hit St. Louis killing 255 people and injuring 1000.
  • An earthquake and tsunami hit Japan killing 27,000.
  • H.L. Smith took the 1st X-ray photograph.
  • The first modern Olympics were held in Athens.
  • Gold was discovered in Klondike, Yukon.

He married Eula Mae HOLDER on the 2nd of September 1917 in Griffin, Spaulding County, GA.

He was a barber by trade.

Max and Eula had 4 children together.  Two died in infancy

His death occurred  on the 30th of June 1952 at the age of 55 in Milledgeville, Baldwin County, GA.

Nice bow tie!  He’s looking rather dapper.

5 Ways to Stay Connected

I’ve been collecting bits and pieces of information about ancestors for a while – since I was a teenager.  My mother introduced me to the idea when she took me on several clue gathering trips of her own.   It seemed to me that there was value in finding and knowing about the people who preceded me in life and shared their DNA with me, whether they meant to or not.

My kindred dead are not the only people I’ve harvested information on.  I started a couple of personal histories about myself and have kept a spotty journal over the years.  My histories are not up to date, but because I wrote them early on, they have details of my life that I have forgotten since and it seems the journal keeping has become a fine source of therapy.  The page always listens.

I was reading a speech by Amy Jensen in which she says, “We all have the opportunity and the responsibility to be record keepers.  Beyond journals and photographs, we now have at our disposal an immense system of record keeping and sharing.  Our blogs, family videos, Facebook pages, and tweets are all opportunities to inject goodness . . . into the world.  Your digital footprint – your record of experiences . . . will have the greatest impact on those who are the most important to you . . . ”  (for full speech see http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=2023)

5 WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED

  1. Follow a Family History Webpage (my favorite is My Kindred Tree)
  2. Make Comments on a Webpage (like My Kindred Tree)
  3. Contribute to a Family History Webpage (send a picture, description, story, etc. about an ancestor to My Kindred Tree website)
  4. Have a “Virtual” Family Reunion (this would be Facebook for a some)
  5. Tweet, Tweet (is anybody doing this?  please share your experience)

    Snow capped mt with reflection of hands holding camera

    Share your pictures, documents, and stories.

It  is because of this “immense system” of sharing via computers, the internet and clever programs I’m able to connect with you and share my bits and pieces.  The world needs a little more goodness in it.