Of Smothering in the Most Beauteous of Counties

Upon doing some light Sunday evening reading in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedule, I was delighted to discover this little gem about my home county, Cherokee County, GA. These notes are written by the census taker beneath the schedule of people who died between June 1,1849 and June 1, 1850: Transcription: There has been … Continue reading Of Smothering in the Most Beauteous of Counties

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[52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks] Edward West, My Rabble-Rousing 87-Year-Old Grandfather

Early on in the year, genealogist Amy Crow of No Story Too Small challenged all blogging genealogists to write about one ancestor per week for 52 weeks. This is my first entry in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. I think it's fitting that the first ancestor I blog about in the 52 Ancestors … Continue reading [52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks] Edward West, My Rabble-Rousing 87-Year-Old Grandfather

Amanuensis Monday: Cherokee (Georgia) Advance Newspaper Account of the 1928 Tornado

Story #1: From page of the Friday, March 28, 1928 edition of the Cherokee Advance TORNADO TAKES HEAVY TOLL OF LIFE AND PROPERTY IN THIS COUNTY LAST MONDAY NIGHT NEAR LATHEMTOWN Five Killed and a Score Injured. Many Houses and Barns Blown Away CATTLE, HOGS, CHICKENS DISAPPEAR IN TORNADO Most Appalling Disaster Ever Visited Upon … Continue reading Amanuensis Monday: Cherokee (Georgia) Advance Newspaper Account of the 1928 Tornado

The Tornado of 1928: “The Most Appalling Disaster Ever Visited Upon Cherokee County, Georgia”

Last Thursday night, this happened less than a mile from my house: That's the EF1 tornado that hit Canton, Georgia on June 13, 2013. There's even a very unsettling video on Facebook of the tornado FORMING OVER MY HOUSE AAAHHHHHHH! (In other news, don't you love how just about every tornado video includes some form … Continue reading The Tornado of 1928: “The Most Appalling Disaster Ever Visited Upon Cherokee County, Georgia”

Military Monday: Papa Remembers WWII and the Really Awesome-Sounding Aftermath

I know, right? War is hell. And from the transcripts of the interview you are about to read, you'll see that that my grandpa Edward West's war experiences were extremely hellish. But he was also very fortunate in that, having a relatively late date of birth, he wasn't drafted at the end of the war. … Continue reading Military Monday: Papa Remembers WWII and the Really Awesome-Sounding Aftermath

Sentimental Sunday: John Berry Duncan’s Signature and Other Significant Details

This signature, from the Confederate Pension Application of John Berry Duncan, hurts my heart. It's so tentative and misspelled. You can tell it was written by someone who doesn't have to write much. John Berry Duncan was born Feb 16, 1822 in Greenville, SC and died April 21, 1915. He moved to Georgia in 1836, … Continue reading Sentimental Sunday: John Berry Duncan’s Signature and Other Significant Details

Military Monday: For The Boys Who Didn’t Come Home… And One Who Did

Apparently I haven't ventured out into the town square of Canton, GA on Memorial Day before, because I was very proud and surprised to see a field of crosses commemorating the area's war dead. (Excuse the terrible iPhone pics. I couldn't see for the bright sun and I'm a terrible photographer as it is.) I … Continue reading Military Monday: For The Boys Who Didn’t Come Home… And One Who Did