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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Gussie's Friend Gertrude

This photo has been in my grandma Gussie Pierce Hunt's things for quite a while. Probably taken about 1926. Not knowing anything about the people in the picture, we just saved it.My father thinking that it ma be some kinfolk he didn't know. 
Tonight I solved the mystery. I knew from the back of the card,that it was Gertrude, Mable and Lucille Hickman. 
I went on Ancestry.com and searched. I found Esther Gertrude Hickman . She was from Burke County, Ga, so then I had figure out how she knew my grandmother, as the Pierces were from Wayne Co and Gussie later lived in Brunswick, Glynn Co. Burke county is near Augusta, Ga.
I found Gertrude's father, Joseph Washington Hickman and on his profile, I found that the three girls are sisters.
Looking at the 1930 census for Glynn Co, I then discovered that Gertrude and Lucille worked in the dining room of the Oglethorpe Hotel and so did my grandmother,Gussie.The causeway to St. simons had opened in 1924 and in 1926-1927, work had started on Sea island, the Glynn Island Casino and The Cloisters. I imagine this boom to the economy drew these girls, and others, in from other rural places where jobs were scarce.
Then I discovered that the girls had boarded with my grand aunt Susie and uncle Corbett Slaughter. He was a policeman in Brunswick. 
Dad saved the photo thinking the girls were cousins. No kin at all. So the mystery is solved after all these years. (http://www.glynngen.com/history/oglethorpehotel/)

Friday, May 6, 2016

We, the hubby and I like to just get in the car and drive. Sometimes we have a destination and sometimes we just take the next road. We call it "Going Exploring".

Our Middle East Georgia Ramble:

This day, we headed out toward Statesboro on Hwy 80

past this beautiful field of peanut hay.So pretty with the red cedar vine blooming in the front.

Took another road off toward the tiny town of Stilson.

We took the Daisy-Nevils Highway to Daisy, Georgia. Just a block off of Hwy 280, at the caution light, lies the small town of Daisy. The town was first called Conley, in honor of the Methodist preacher but later changed to Daisy, to honor Daisy Edwards, whose father, T.J. Edwards had donated land for the railroad.It was founded in 1890.
According to "Touring the Backroads of North and South Georgia" by Victoria and Frank Logue, a former slave named Abe Doody Daniel lived in Daisy in the late 1800's and he was famous for his leather crafting skills. People for miles around brought him their skins to tan and have him make shoes, harnesses and other needful items from them.

(internet photo)

We followed a little dirt road and wound back up on 280 and drove into Claxton, Ga.  "The Fruitcake Capital of the World". 
I came across this on Wikipedia: On December 10, 1984, a meteorite fell in Claxton and hit a mailbox.[16] The mailbox sold for $83,000 because it is said that it is the only meteorite to have struck a mailbox.[17] The meteorite is also classified as an L6 meteorite.
Claxton is said to have been named for an American screen actress named Kate Claxton.

From there we went west to Bellville. There is a historical marker there at the little train depot. 

"Probate Judge Darin McCoy, a lifelong resident of Bellville, said the reason Bellville had been so prosperous was because of conservative leadership such as Bellville’s first two mayors, the late Hines Daniel and the late Jerry Coleman. McCoy recalled that Bellville has been visited by Dolly Parton, Jerry Clower and Jerry Lee Lewis. He also recalls that Tom T. Hall wrote his song “God came through Bellville, Georgia” on the steps of the train depot.http://claxtonenterprise.com/bellville/

You can find Tom T. Hall's song on Youtube.

We continued along 292 into Manassas, then into Collins.Small town of about 600.I had a camer malfunction so did not get good photos of these areas. 
Taking 147 into Reidsville, I learned that members of a crime syndicate in the 1800's, known as The Murrellites were causing all kinds of trouble in town, some were caught and tried at the courthouse for stealing horses.More on the Murrellites here. :

we crossed the Altahama and passed a sign saying "English Eddy" Community. There are photos here but not much information for this interesting sounding plasce name.

So on into Baxley. Home of 
  • The Lacs, a country/rap music group, is from Baxley.
  • Caroline Miller, Georgia's first Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist; she received the award for Lamb in His Bosom in 1934
  • and 
  • Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (1999) published by Milkweed Press, which is a memoir about growing up in Baxley. In the book she describes in vivid detail the ecosystem of the vanishing longleaf pine that once covered the area.
From there, we headed on home to Chatham County, as the weather was turning and we were tired. 
If you decide to take this trip, take my advice and bring extra camera batteries . Happy Trails!

Miscellaneous photos.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Isaac Solomon Hunt
My Great- Grandfather

Isaac was born November 10, 1872 in Nashville, Nash County, North Carolina.
He was born to J.T. Hunt and  Dorothy Unknown
J.T. may stand for John Thomas but we don't know for sure, Dorothy may have been called "Dottie".
Isaac married Julia Irene Miller(nee) Slaughter ,June 2, 1900 in Greenville, Madison Co., Fla by Reverand Fountain  Cone. They had five children together. He died on July 11, 1930, in Brunswick, Glynn Co.,Georgia, at the age of 57.
He is buried in Palmetto Cemetery in the Hunt plot.
 Julia  was the widow of Jonathan Benjamin Slaughter.  She had 7 children with Mr. Slaughter.
1900 Census:
Isaac Solomon Hunt lived in Hamburg, Florida, in 1900.
Age: 27;  Married;  Head of House: Head        
Children with Julia:
Bessie Hunt,b. March 22, 1901, Boston, Ga
Ethel Hunt  (twins),b. March 22, 1901, Boston, Ga
Albert Solomon Hunt,b. Aug 27, 1902, Pine Park, Grady Co.,Ga
Joseph Arthur Hunt, b. March 7, 1904, Pine Park, Ga, died young, buried in Ochlocknee, Ga  Mary Martha Hunt (twins),b.March 7, 1904,Pine Park, Grady Co.,Ga
(2 sets of twins and my grandfather, Albert, in between.)
Carpenter, lumberman, lumber yard supervisor, sawyer.
Worked on construction of the Cloister, Sea Island, Ga
Member of Woodman of the World fraternity and a Mason
In 1902, he worked for the Fambroupe and Clark Lumber Co.
1904, he lived in Pine Park, Ga and worked for he Aeostine Lumber Co.
Living in Sanford , Fla, he worked as a carpenter. It was while living here, he raised a collard plant so tall, it was featured in a Ripley's Believe It Or Not cartoon.
After this, he moved to Brunswick, where he worked as a carpenter and built houses and worked at the Cloister.
At the age of 57, Isaac suffered a heart attack while shaving, before he went to his doctor's appointment. He fell and hit his head on the gas heater, inadvertently turning on the gas. He died of asphyxiation.
The Hunt's were sawmill people, working with wood. They say he could walk thru a section of forest and tell you how many board feet you could get out of it.
He lived at 309 Wolf Street, Brunswick, Ga at the time of his death.
Notes from Albert Hunt's memories:
Dad was a sawyer and a cooper and run a farm. He told me about making barrels. About 1901, he moved to Boston, Ga to run a sawmill. In 1902, he was living in Pine Park, Grady County, Ga running another saw mill and farming. 1904 he moved to Sanford Fla and in 1924, he moved to Brunswick.
If he was anything like my granddaddy, He was a mild mannered , even tempered man, who minded his own business and wasn't given to drink.
He had 4 brothers:
Samuel T. Hunt
Luther Hunt
Thomas Hunt
Joseph Eugene Hunt
Newspaper clipping of his death:

He met and married Julia and took her children to raise. I never knew any of them to be jealous or mean to each other.
Julia's children with her first husband:
Laura Ella Slaughter
Hardy Benjamin Slaughter
Julia Irene Slaughter
William Henry "Bill"
James Corbett Slaughter
Joseph Slaughter
Trudie Slaughter These last two were twins.May have been Judy and Trudie. They died in infancy.