The Gold Mine in the Closet: Sugar’s Mother & Her Life in Photos

This will be a post-in-progress, kind of like a work-in-progress, except it’s not work.

This is going to be an experiment, this posting and editing of photos of a single person.  As we discover more photos in the gold mine, I’ll add them to this post.

When she was 16 months old, her family sailed from Bordeaux to New York in 1915 on the S.S. Rochambeau. She’s not in all of the next 11 images; some are ship photos and one is the ship’s roster, but all are relevant to her life.

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With her mother Mary “Leslie” Basinger Lawton. (Added January 17, 2015)

 

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Genette, circa 1919, perhaps about 5 years old. She is at her sister Margaret Lawton Garrard’s house in Gordonston. Margaret is the oldest and Genette is the youngest. That’s Genette’s niece Mary Garrard, who is Margaret’s oldest child.

 

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Genette is on the right with her mother and two unidentified children. Perhaps it’s 1921, and she’s about 6 or 7.  Perhaps the children are her cousins Matilda and Garnett Basinger, which are the most likely possibilities. They are at the Lawton house on Edgewood in Gordonston.

 

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At sea.

At sea.

Perhaps around 1923 or 1924.  Genette is in the back of this trio.  The other two are most probably her cousins Garnett and Matilda.  They are at the Strahan house on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens.

Perhaps around 1923 or 1924. Genette is in the back of this trio. The other two are most probably her cousins Garnett and Matilda. They are at the Strahan house on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens.

 

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Again at the house in Gordonston. Genette is on the left, perhaps about 1924, but I’m only guessing that she might be 10 years old. Sugar says the child on the right is her niece Mary Garrard.

 

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Again at the Strahan house at the University of Georgia in Athens.  There's Matilda Basinger with her mother "Batesie", an unidentified woman, Genette, Garnett Basinger standing in front of her great-grandmother Margaret Roane Garnett Basinger, Mary "Leslie" Basinger Lawton, and Lillie.

Again at the Strahan house at the University of Georgia in Athens. There’s Matilda Basinger with her mother “Batesie”, an unidentified woman, Genette, Garnett Basinger standing in front of her great-grandmother Margaret Roane Garnett Basinger, Mary “Leslie” Basinger Lawton, and Lillie.

 

Genette is on the back row on the very left.  1925, The Pape School in Savannah, Georgia.  She's about 11 here.

Genette is on the back row on the very left. 1925, The Pape School in Savannah, Georgia. She’s about 11 here.

 

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The year is unknown. I’m guessing she’s a teenager here, and we don’t know whose house or car these are. But that’s definitely a dog driving.

 

 

 

Matilda Basinger, Genette, Garnett Basinger, Mary "Leslie" Basinger Lawton, and Leslie's brother Walter Basinger.

Matilda Basinger, Genette, Garnett Basinger, Mary “Leslie” Basinger Lawton, and Leslie’s brother Walter Basinger.

 

Mary "Leslie" Basinger Lawton, her daughter Mary Genevieve "Genette" Lawton, her grandson Billy Garrard, her daughter Margaret Lawton Garrard, and her granddaughter Mary Garrard.

Mary “Leslie” Basinger Lawton, her daughter Mary Genevieve “Genette” Lawton, her grandson Billy Garrard, her daughter Margaret Lawton Garrard, and her granddaughter Mary Garrard.  Genette is possibly about 13 years old.

 

With Erastus Hewitt in Connecticut.  He was a neighbor of Robert Frost.

With Erastus Hewitt in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was a neighbor of Robert Frost.

 

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In Atlanta, Georgia, in 1940. "Mrs. Simmons, 161 Peachtree". (Added 2/18/2015)

In Atlanta, Georgia, in 1940. “Mrs. Simmons, 6161 (or perhaps 1161) Peachtree”. (Added 2/18/2015)

In Atlanta about 1940.

In Atlanta about 1940.

 

 

 

At Rockport 1946 (Added 1/9/15)

At Rockport 1946 (Added 1/9/15)

 

In the garden in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1946. (Added 2/18/2015)

In the garden in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1946. (Added 2/18/2015)

On Edisto Island in 1946 with Faith Murray.

On Edisto Island in 1946 with Faith Murray.

 

With her husband at Edisto Island in 1946.

With her husband at Edisto Island in 1946.

 

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Genette on the left holding Sugar, and her sister Margaret holding Sugar’s brother in 1947.

 

 

She had two wonderful dogs, Maggie and Jiggs. This was possibly made in the late fall of 1947. There are photos of the twins taken during this same photo session, and they look to be about 3-4 months old.

She had two wonderful dogs, Maggie and Jiggs. This was possibly made in the late fall of 1947. There are photos of the twins taken during this same photo session, and they look to be about 3-4 months old. (Added 1/9/15)

At Duffy Street in Savannah, Georgia, possibly around 1950.

At Duffy Street in Savannah, Georgia, possibly around 1950.

 

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(Added 12/21/2014)

 

In the mountains of North Georgia.  Perhaps around the mid-1950s.

In the mountains of North Georgia. Perhaps around the mid-1950s.

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On vacation at Edisto Island, perhaps in the 1970s.

On vacation at Edisto Island, perhaps in the 1970s.

And finally…

Family and friends at her memorial service at Bonaventure Cemetery.

Family and friends at her memorial service at Bonaventure Cemetery.

Mary Genevieve “Genette” Lawton Bateson, 1914-2001.

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  1. The Gold Mine in the Closet: More Photos | Ruthrawls's Blog Says:

    […] looks like I’ll have to start more posts dedicated to just one item, like Sugar’s mother or the twins, where I can add more photos as I find them. (I thought that there were no more […]

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