I live in a town in Georgia. Not the big city, not the country. Take it this way; we have 1.5 Starbucks and 2 Walmarts. ( I've always gauged town sizes by the number of Walmarts, big indicator in the South believe it or not. ) On my dad's side of the family, we have literally been planted in this exact same town since about 1830. This is before the town even had an actual name. My town wasn't really built til around 1950. The home I lived in growing up is a 5 minute walk from the family land border. I know there is a street in town with our last name, but didn't really realize we had that much to do with the history of the town until now. Before living in my town, the preceding ancestors came straight from England to Dublin, Georgia; which is only an hour south of my town and considered the same region of Georgia. I seriously am a local native.
My mother's side of the family is a bit more interesting. My mom never knew her real dad. He divorced my grandma when my mom was 4 years old. Grandma won't talk about it, so Momma has been clueless. Well... I found out a ton of information!
Her father was in the Army during World War II. He was stationed in Hawaii for a very short time before being sent to Marseilles, France on a "hospital" ship during the war. In the war, he is listed as a night watchman. At the age of 18, he was 5'10 and 150 lbs. The most random, bizarre fact of all the documents was that he was a part of undertaker services/embalmer as his job in the military.
Hardy "Dit" Clarence & Bertie A.
Hardy and Bertie are my mom's grandparents! Here they are as a young couple. I think Hardy looks a lot like my brother in ways. Hardy was a collection agent for a loan business.
My mom resembles Bertie a lot too. Eye shape, nose, cheek lines, same snaggle-tooth before Momma fixed hers' with braces. I see my chin in this photo. I only can find evidence of them having one child.
"M.H." (Martin Harkin) & Wiley F.
Wiley F. (right) is my mom's great grandfather. M.H. (left) is my mom's great, great grandfather. Wow, right?! Both men were farmers with many children.
Herbin Leroy "Lee", Dink Calloway, & Moman Talmadge "Tal"
Now here's a picture I was unsure about at first. How could these 3 men be brothers of Wiley F. from the photo above when there's a car in the background? These men lived a very long time, all into the 90's age range into the 1970's era. So Lee, Dink, & Tal would be my mom's great uncles.