She was only 15 when she married. Without her father’s knowledge or approval, she climbed out the window to elope with James, age 26. He was waiting outside her window. That was September 30th, 1897. . .
It appears that Alma Josephine’s mother died when she was 9 years old leaving her father Elsberry JACKSON a widow at age 46.
About 9 months after Alma and James married, their first child Bertha Lane was born on July 1st 1898.
The following year in 1899, a son, Lindon C. was born. She was 17 years old and Bertha was 14 months old.
Another 14 months later, in Dec of 1900, Alma Josephine JACKSON delivered her 3rd baby, Eula Mae when she was 18 years old. Eula was 8 days old when little Lindon died.
Three years later Mamie Lee was born in 1903.
It’s not hard to imagine how Alma filled her days with 3 little children to care for.
Alma’s father, Elsberry JACKSON never forgave James Solomon HOLDER for taking and marrying his young daughter. He threatened to kill him if he ever saw him and would sit on his porch with a shotgun in his lap. Apparently James wasn’t fond of his father-in-law either because it was remembered that Alma would sneak out with her girls to visit their dad and grandfather.
Alma died in 1906 at the age of 24. The cause of death has not been discovered.
It all happened in Henry County, Georgia. Mostly in Locust Grove, a town named after a grove of locust trees seen from the town. The railroad was key to the town and its economy, carrying cotton, peaches and other produce from the farming area. In 1900, the town itself had a population of 254. Alma, James and the children all lived there. Alma and James were eventually buried there.