It's ironic that my great-grandmother Fannie fascinates me so, yet on a personal level, it seems that I hardly know her.
There has never been a mention of familial names with regard to Fannie yet it seems like my grandmother did know something about her grandparents. I desperately wish my grandmother or my great uncle JD, or my great aunt Ossie, were still here to tell me more.
I would even settle for my grandparents good friends, Lemon and Magnolia Tuggle, who also migrated to NC from Walton County. Mr. Lemon knew a lot of my grandmother's people but they are gone, too. So, I'me left to struggle and try to figure it all out myself.
I've got names of a few of my grandmother's cousins. I've been trying to work some of those lines, too. I've had success on some lines and the same frustration on others as I do on my direct line.
My grandmother's cousin that I had success with, Johnnie Lonnie Phillips, lead me back to the Pierce side of my grandmother's family. Turns out Johnnie was my mother's second cousin. His mother, Ella Pierce Phillips, was my grandmother's first cousin, her uncle Lonnie Pierce's daughter.
Now the line that has been just as frustrating as my direct line, the Durdens. These are some of my grandmother's people, but how?
Here's what I know about the Durdens
1920 Federal Census- living in Richardson District 559, Walton County, Georgia.
Bud Durden, Head of Household, born abt. 1870, age 50, born in GA, Father born in GA, Mother born in GA
Cora, wife, born abt. 1870, age 50, born in GA, Father born in GA, Mother born in GA
Weyman, son, born abt. 1904, age 16, born in GA
Claud, son, born abt. 1907, age 13, born in GA
Ironically, in 1920, the Durdens were living beside another set of cousins (remember Aunt Mattie and her children, http://georgiablackcrackers.blogspot.com/2009/06/sister-nobody-seems-to-know-about.html)
1930 Federal Census - living in Sandy Run, Cleveland County, NC.
Bud W, head, born abt. 1870, age 60, birthplace GA
Cora L, wife, born abt. 1870, age 60, birthplace GA
Millie C, son, born abt. 1906, age 24, birthplace GA
Mattie, wife of Millie C, born abt. 1907, age 23, birthplace GA
Johnny Moses, Step granddaugther, born abt. 1913, birthplace, GA
1932 Death Certificate for a Warren Durden, date of death Feb 15, 1932, place of death, Cleveland County, NC, wife Cora Lee Durden, birthplace Mattison, GA, parents Peter Durden born in Little River, GA and Silvia Jackson born in Little River, GA
If I could just put all the pieces together, I could probably solve Mattie, the Durdens and my great grandmother, Fannie, all at the same time. I keep having this feeling that it's some little small something in all the documentation that I already have and I've just not picked up on it, yet. What is it and when will I have that aha moment?
Until Next Time