The advent of the automobile in the first decade of the 20th Century created a lot of problems especially with accidents. 60% of motorized vehicle fatalities involved children in the street. There were no traffic laws and cars were the newcomers onto the street full of animal powered vehicles. ‘Serious debate was held in courtrooms and in editorials over whether the automobile was inherently evil. The state of Georgia’s Court of Appeals wrote: “Automobiles are to be classed with ferocious animals and … the law relating to the duty of owners of such animals is to be applied … . However, they are not to be classed with bad dogs, vicious bulls, evil disposed mules, and the like.”‘ from an article in the Detroit News.
Alma Josephine JACKSON HOLDER was born in 1882, married very young and had four children before she died in 1906. Her obituary is the basis for the letter below.
You were so young when you left your babies. . . married with four children when you were barely 24 years old. What did you look like? I’ve never seen a picture of you. I wonder what your life would have been like had you lived longer? You had already done so much. Maturity and responsibility were upon you but illness stepped in your path and changed your direction. Beloved by those who knew you both in and out of your family, I wish I had known more about you. Thank you for living and birthing my grandmother even though she only had 6 short years with you . . . I think you would have been proud of her.
Sincerely, Your Great Grand Daughter
Alma’s obituary gives the details for the letter written above. From the Henry County, GA Obituaries 1900-1907 we read:
“Mrs. Jim Holder died at her home near this place on the 30th ult* after a painful illness of several weeks’ duration. She was the wife of our clever blacksmith Jim Holder who is left with several small children to mourn her loss. The broken-hearted husband has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in his sad bereavement.”
*’ult’ is a typing error for ‘July’
1900 U.S. Census of Henry County GA
There are lots of fictional stories and some are tragic by design. It seems a popular writing formula that no matter how the story starts, it ends ” . . . and they all died.”
Here is a transcribed letter written in 1930 Continue reading
Celia and Dicey were sisters in the LANGSTON family. The colonies of America were in rebellion against the British and the LANGSTON family was fully entrenched. Dicey or Laodicea was the 5th child (born 1766) and Celia was the 7th child (born 1771).
At the ripe and daring age of 16, Dicey was a Revolutionary spy while her 11 year old sister Celia was watching. Continue reading
Greenness, trees, and mountains surround the people who visit Amicalola Falls. They gather to enjoy nature or be with friends and family. Some might hike the start of the Appalachian Trail. It was at this place a group of near and distant kin gathered August 12th, 2017 for the 39th annual Gilreath Family Reunion. Visiting and eating potluck lunch after a beautiful prayer of thanks have always been the mainstays of the reunion. Pictures and records of ancestors grace the welcome table. That’s a Gilreath reunion. Continue reading