Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday- Residence of Dr. W.V. Chandler, Baldwin, GA

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Postcard reads "Residence of Dr. W.V. Chandler, Baldwin, Ga."

Dr. William Vance Chandler is my great-grandfather.  It's hard to tell from the picture but I think there's a good chance that's my great-grandmother, Tina Jones Chandler on the left.  They lived on Chandler Street in Baldwin, GA.

I am so excited to have a copy of this postcard.  I met someone through Facebook and he shared the picture with me.  He had gotten it when it was for sale on eBay.

I have started a new group on Facebook called "Historic Baldwin, Georgia in Habersham County." Check it out if you're interested- it can be found at:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday- Emma Lipscomb Buffington (ca1867-1921)

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Emma E. Lipscomb Buffington was the daughter of Smith and Nancy Lipscomb.  Based on the dates on her tombstone, she was born about 1867 in Hall County, GA. 

Emma married Walter Lee Buffington on 14 September 1879.  Walter Lee was the son of Ezekiel Buffington and Dovie Emeline King. 

Emma died on 16 November 1921. She and her husband are both buried at Lebanon Methodist Church in Gillsville, Hall County, GA.  Emma and Walter's daughter Ruth is my great-grandmother.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wordless Wednesday- Swim in Bill's Pool

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My great-grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. William Vance Chandler, had a pool in Baldwin, Habersham County, Georgia over 75 years ago.   Although I'm not sure the exact date it was built, I know that my grandfather, Billy Chandler, enjoyed swimming in it as a young boy.  He was born in 1914.

He told me how he would charge a nickel to let area boys swim in their pool and he'd charge the girls a dime because as a young boy "No one wanted to swim with a bunch of girls." 

This picture was taken around 1930 when my grandfather Billy Chandler was in high school at Baldwin School.  The unidentified boy in the photograph is not my grandfather but a friend of his that was photographed often at the Chandler pool.

****I just found out that this is a picture of my grandfather's first cousin's son.  This is Edward Fay Shore, son of Louis Fay Shore from the Jacksonville, FL area.  L. Fay Shore and my grandfather Billy Chandler were first cousins but Billy and Edward were much closer in age.  Thank you Walter for helping me identify him!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: “Almost” Buried Together

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Pinckney Lafayette Chandler and Susan Elliotte Vance Chandler Davenport

My great-great-grandparents are “almost” buried together at Oak Hill Methodist Church Cemetery in Greenville County, South Carolina.

Pinckney Lafayette Chandler was the 3rd child of Willis C. Chandler and his wife, Leanna Campbell Chandler. Longtime residents of Greenville County, all three were members of Fork Shoals Baptist Church in Pelzer, Greenville County, South Carolina. Pinckney was born 29 December 1842. At the age of 18, on 19 June 1861 (the day I was born many years later), he joined for duty and enrolled in Hamptons Legion, Company E of the South Carolina Volunteers, CSA. This was one of the companies that fought at the First Battle of Manassas, Virginia on 21 July 1861 and was the battle that Thomas J. Jackson stood his ground and earned the nickname “Stonewall” Jackson. Pinckney is listed on a Surgeon’s Certificate at Camp Butler on 24 October 1861 and later appears on a list of sick and wounded on 27 October 1861 with what appears to say “Bronchitis Chron.” which I assume means Chronic Bronchitis.

He married a neighbor, Susan Elliotte Vance (daughter of William Gilmer Vance and Sisaly Devenport Vance) probably around the summer of 1866- based on the birth of their son. Susan was born on 26 March 1846. He would have been about 23 and she was about 20 years old. Their only child (my great-grandfather), Dr. William Vance Chandler was born the next year on 13 July 1867 in Greenville County, South Carolina near the area at that time called Chandler, South Carolina. Dr. Chandler later said his father took a fever (some thought they remember it being from a mosquito, others say it may have been from the measles). Regardless of the cause, they wrapped him in a cold, wet sheet hoping to break the fever and he took pneumonia and died on Christmas Day in 1868 a few days before his 26th birthday. His son was only 17 months old. Pinckney was buried at Oak Hill Methodist Church with Susan’s family.

Susan Elliotte Vance Chandler became a widow at the age of 22. She remarried on 11 January 1870 at the home of her mother, Sisaly Vance. Susan’s father had died 6 weeks after her husband, Pinckney. She married Ira William Davenport who was born on 7 December 1847. They had many children before Susan died 3 September 1882 at the young age of 36. She was buried beside Pinckney at Oak Hill Methodist Church Cemetery.

The reason I say they were “almost” buried together is because, although they were buried side by side for years, when her second husband died in 1924, the family had a wall installed in the cemetery to in close Susan together with her new husband, blocking Pinckney outside the wall. I think it is very sad.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Charles Terry to Willis Chandler- Land Deed dated 7 January 1845 in Greenville County, South Carolina

Charles Terry to Willis Chandler

Deed 200 Acres

South Carolina
Greenville District

Know all men by these presents that I, Charles Terry of the State and Dist. aforesaid in consideration of the sum of thousand Dollars to me in hand paid by Willis Chandler of the State and District aforesaid have Granted Bargained Sold and released and by these present do grant bargain sell and release unto the said Willis Chandler part of a Tract of Land that was originally granted to Mary Burns for 315 Acres bearing date the 3 of October 1785 Conveyed to George Brooks and from him to Daniel Ford and now from Charles Terry to Willis Chandler Situate in the State and District aforesaid on the waters of Reedy River Beginning in a Read oak 3x thence N. 60? W. on to T.C. Bolling's line 28 chs. to a Read oak 3x thence S. 35 W 50 chs. to a stake 3x thence N. 75 E 19chs 50 to a stake 3x thence S. 55 E. 38 chs. 50 to a rock in the field 3x thence S. 46 E. 22 chs. across Fords spring Branch to a Read oak 3x thence N. 55 E. 19 50 chs to an Ash on the Ceder Shoal Branch thence up said branch about 50 chs to a Ash 3x thence N. 3 W. 21 chs to the Beginning Red oak 3x Including Two Hundred Acres of land more or less together with all and singular the rights members hereditaments and appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in any wide incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and singular the premises before mentioned unto the said Willis Chandler his heirs and assigns forever and I do hereby bind myself my heirs Executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises unto the said Willis Chandler his heirs and assigns against myself and my heirs and against every person whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part there of witness my hand and seal this the 7 day of January 1845.

Charles Terry, LS

Signed Sealed and
Delivered in presence of

Allen Chandler
Tully Campbell

South Carolina

Greenville District Allen Chandler personally appeared before me and made matter? that he saw Charles Terry sign seal and deliver the within Deed of Conveyance to Willis Chandler for the use and purpose therein mentioned; and that Tully Campbell was a subscribing witness with himself.
Sworn to and subscribed this 7th day of January, 1845.

Before me                                                             Allen Chandler
Henry Smith, MGP

The State of South Carolina
Greenville District

I, Henry Smith

Saturday, October 17, 2009

In Color by Jamey Johnson

I think most of us interested in family history love old photographs. There are so many clues hidden in each picture and it shows what life was like for our ancestors- allowing us to put a face with the name we’ve researched for so long.

When I first heard the country song “In Color” by Jamey Johnson, it reminded me of lots of conversations I had with my own grandfather. The song tells of a grandfather telling his grandson about what was happening in his old black and white photos- from cotton fields during the depression, to World War II, and ending with his wedding day.

The chorus ends with:

“A picture’s worth a thousand words but you can’t see what those shades of gray keep covered- you should have seen it in color.”

I think this is a great song. Here’s a link to the video:

What I wouldn’t give to be able to see our old family photographs in color.

Check out my newest blog- Banjos and Baby Dolls!

When I started my first genealogy blog "My Papa's Book," I never imagined how much I would enjoy writing and how many other researchers would contact me about my research. I've noticed it gets a little confusing for my family to have both sides of my family combined in one big blog- so I will keep "My Papa's Book" for my mother's Chandler line. I have started a new blog for the Ellenburg side of the family.

What should I call the blog about my father's side of the family? I tried to call it "with all my heart" because that's what my grandmother would say to me every time she told me she loved me but that name was already taken. I thought about my favorite memories of my grandparents and had a hard time narrowing it down to just a few. The same words kept popping in my mind as possible names.

The first word was "banjo" because I can't see a banjo today without thinking of Grandpapa. I'm sure he never had any idea that the times he played his banjo for me would make such an impression.

When I think of my grandmother I always remember the quilts she made for me and my sisters and later for my daughter. I still can taste her perfect biscuits and continue to try to make them myself- they are close but still not as good as her biscuits. One of my favorite memories of Grandmimi was when my sisters and I went to spend a few days with her and she taught us how to make baby dolls. We stayed up so late making those three babies and I cherish both the doll and the memories. Hence the name "Banjos and Baby Dolls." I think it's time to teach my baby girl how to sew her own baby doll.
Here's the link to my newest blog:
From here on out I will only put Ellenburg and related families in the new blog.
Please let me know what you think!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wordless Wednesday- Celebrating 50 wonderful years together

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Celebrating 50 wonderful years together

William Pinckney Chandler and his bride, Lottie Inez Buffington Chandler, celebrated 50 years of marriage on January 12, 1991 at the home of their daughter and son in law in Georgia.

Billy and Inez were married on January 12, 1941.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I've joined "Find A Grave"

I have recently joined "Find A Grave" and have started adding tombstone information and photographs for my ancestors' graves. 

Here's the link so that you can check it out!

I have also added a "Find A Grave" search box at the bottom of the main page of this blog that will allow you to view all my "Find A Grave" Submissions.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wordless Wednesday- The Ellenburg Family

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These are my great-great-grandparents, George Washington Ellenburg and Rachel M. Watkins Ellenburg and their children.
Back Row (standing): Dovey, Bessie (my great-grandmother), Luther, Cancie
Front Row: Sibbie, George is holding Susie, Rachel is holding Lewis

This picture was taken around 1910 in the area on the boundary lines of Rabun County, Georgia and Macon County, North Carolina, near the area of Sky Valley, GA . 

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday for Tina and Will Chandler

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This is my third Tombstone Tuesday and I am covering the tombstone and markers of my great-grandparents buried in Baldwin Cemetery, Baldwin, Habersham County, Georgia, USA.

My great-grandmother, Tallulah Christine "Tina" Jones Chandler is the child of William Bartley Jones and Matilda Ann Wiley of  Hall County, Georgia. She was born on 16 October 1878 in Hall County.

My great-grandfather, Dr. William Vance “Will” Chandler is the only child of Pinckney Lafayette Chandler and Susan Elliotte Vance of Greenville County, South Carolina. He was born on 13 July 1867 in Greenville County.

Will and Tina got married on 7 February 1897 in Hall County, Georgia and lived together happily for almost 43 years until Tina died on 21 January 1940. She was 61 years old. Will lived 12 more years, dying on 10 August 1952 at 85 years old.
They are missed.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday

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For my first "Treasure Chest Thursday," I thought about all my family's treasures. The one thing most important to me, is how I cherish the time we have been able to spend together. I treasure this picture of 4 generations together and know that one day my daughter will cherish this picture together with me, her grandfather and great-grandmother. We miss them both very much.