Evelyn Roberta BARKER, Young Nurse in South Georgia

Evelyn R. BARKER as young nurse

Young Nurse, fresh out of school. Evelyn Roberta BARKER

Charlotte, a close friend in nursing school with Evelyn Roberta BARKER, called Evelyn simply “Barker”, as did all the rest of her classmates.

Evelyn grew up as an only child to William Washington BARKER and Essie Lee INGLETT on 2018 Starnes Street, Augusta, Georgia.  The house is about 15 blocks from the now mothballed cotton mills on the Augusta Canal.

Evelyn was born 14 June 1921, and she had a good eye for drawing as a child.  She eventually went on to nursing school during World War II and found a nursing job in Thomsonville, GA.

During these early years before she married, she would travel on her off days to the Florida Panhandle beaches with her nursing friends and on one trip even traveled by boat to Cuba.


What Did They Do? Kindred Occupations of Early 1900’s

Farmer, Electrician, Railroad Inspector, Attendant at VA Hospital, Retail Sales, Barber, Dress Maker, Homemaker, are representative of occupations that were prevalent in the years around the great depression of 1929 in Georgia.  Our Kindred Ancestors made a living in all of the above professions.

woman washing with wringer washing machine

James Elmer HOPKINS b 1886 d 1950 lived in Atlanta GA area. He was reported to be a farm laborer when he was just 13 years old and he eventually settled into the occupation of a barber for at least 10 years.

Myrtle Faye DENTON HOPKINS b 1890 d 1985 was a homemaker and raised 5 children.  Originally from TN and settled in Atlanta with her husband James Elmer.

William Washington BARKER b 1898 d 1977 was an electrician after he came back from World War I.  At age 32 he worked for the railroad as a car inspector and  finally ended his career as an attendant at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Lived in Augusta GA.

Essie Lee INGLETT BARKER b 1893 d 1980 worked in the 5 & 10 (nickel & dime variety) store and as a sales woman at a florist before she married William Washington in Augusta.  She was a homemaker throughout her married life and raised their daughter.

Max Augustus LINN b 1896 d 1952 was also reported on the census records to be a farm laborer when he was a young lad of 13.  He like, James Elmer HOPKINS, also eventually became a barber in Atlanta. Keeping a trim look must have been quite popular in those days.

Eula Mae HOLDER LINN b 1900 d 1993 was a young wife to Max Augustus and homemaker raising her children in Atlanta.  By the 1940 census, she was working as a dressmaker.  She was quite an active seamstress on the side and did a lot of sewing for her sister.

John Wesley DEAN b 1885 d 1965 was a farmer throughout his entire life in rural south Georgia in a place called Waycross (the railroads converged in this town and “crossed”), near the Willacoochee River and the Withlacoochee River in Atkinson County.

Bessie BURKHALTER DEAN b 1896 d 1971 married John Wesley as a young woman like Eula Mae HOLDER, and was a homemaker raising 9 children on the farm.  Hard working gal.

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

Aunt Fannie INGLETT

Born 5 years after the Civil War, Frances (Fannie) lived her later years in Tampa Florida with her daughter Nina, my grandmother Essie INGLETT BARKER’s sister.  Bill

Birth: May 13, 1871
Columbia County
Georgia, USA
Death: Aug. 25, 1964
Hillsborough County
Florida, USA

Daughter of Andrew E. Inglett and Mary Ann Inglett. Wife of Thomas Jefferson (Sandy) Inglett. (She married her 2nd cousin)Family links:
Thomas Jefferson Inglett (1871 – 1937)

Winnie Davis Inglett King Bender Kitchens (1889 – 1956)*

*Calculated relationship

West View Cemetery
Richmond County
Georgia, USA
Created by: Deborah
Record added: Nov 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16794619
Frances Elizabeth Catherine Inglett
Added by: M Long
Frances Elizabeth Catherine Inglett
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