Posts Tagged ‘Family’

The Gold Mine in the Closet: The Twins

December 5, 2014

Sugar is a twin.

I’ll bet that was a surprise in 1947. The story goes is that they weren’t expecting twins.

Sugar is the younger of the two, and had to stay behind at the hospital for a bit until he caught up.

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(Added January 5, 2015)

(Added January 5, 2015)

These next photos were taken at 122 East Taylor Street in Savannah, Georgia. We’re guessing that the boys were christened that day. We know that Dr. Tucker christened them at Christ Church. The reasons we think it is Christening Day are these: the boys are two months old, they are wearing white, their dad is wearing a tie, and they are gathered in the garden at their grandmother Mary “Leslie” Basinger Lawton’s house.

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Sugar’s mother holds him on the left, and her sister Margaret holds his brother.

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Sugar thinks that this is a photo of him and his grandmother because his mouth is open. He said that he was told that he cried a lot. I pointed out that this baby is yawning, not crying.

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The crying baby is probably Sugar.

 

The grumpy baby is probably Sugar. (Added 1/3/2015)

The grumpy baby is probably Sugar. (Added 1/3/2015)

 

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Sugar’s mother is sitting on the left with one of the boys on her lap. Her mother is standing in the middle with the other twin. Her sister Margaret is to the right with Gumpy the dog.

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Easter at the house on Duffy Street.

Easter at the house on Duffy Street.

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Sugar said that someone went around their neighborhood with a pony and took photos. This is taken at the house on Duffy Street, and his mother is standing on the porch.


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Charles Morton Strahan married the twins’ grandmother’s sister. He was a professor at the University of Georgia in Athens, and he and his wife Mag had a mountain house. The twins and their parents would vacation at the mountain house in North Georgia, and would recall many happy times there.

 

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In North Georgia at the Strahan house. (Added 1/9/2015)

 

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There was a place near the mountain house called Darling Springs. That’s where they kept their perishables, like milk, butter, eggs, and cheese. I can’t imagine having walk down the road to the refrigerator. (Added 2/18/2015)

 

 

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Sugar is probably the one on the left. He thinks this photo was made behind their house on the marsh. (Added 1/3/2015)

Sugar is probably the one on the left. He thinks this photo was made behind their house on the marsh. (Added 1/3/2015)

Are there more twin photos in the gold mine in the closet?  Probably not, but if there are, we’ll find them.

The Gold Mine in the Closet: Mary Garrard

December 4, 2014

You know about Mary Garrard.  We’ve all been to see her before at Laurel Grove Cemetery.

Billy on the left, with wife Alice, and Mary on the right.

Billy on the left, with wife Alice, and Mary on the right.

Here’s Mary as a small child.  She was the daughter of the oldest Lawton daughter, Margaret, who married a Garrard.  The youngest Lawton daughter was Sugar’s mother, so the two girls were only about 4 years apart, even though they were aunt and niece.

The Garrards lived in a house in Gordonston, an early subdivision of Savannah.

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This next photo looks like later in the same day as the previous photo.  Genette has removed her coat, but Mary looks like she’s wearing the same clothes and expression.

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Now this next photo makes me wonder what’s going on here.  Is this a family member, or perhaps a nurse, holding a baby?  Is this baby Mary’s little brother, Billy?

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"Billy, William & Mary". This is Mary, her little brother Billy, and their father William.

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This is Mary, her little brother Billy, and their father William.

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 “MISS ANNE WARING, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Antonio J. Waring, and MISS MARY GARRARD, daughter of Mrs. M. L. Garrard (Mrs. Margaret Lawton Garrard), at the debut dance given in honor by Dr. and Mrs. Waring Thursday evening at the Hotel De Soto.”

An unidentified woman and Mary in the military during World War II.

An unidentified woman and Mary in the military during World War II.

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Somebody, somewhere, knows the answers.  It’s just not me.

The Gold Mine in the Closet

November 1, 2014

Boxes and boxes of photos.

That’s what Sugar has in a closet.  Many of them are labeled; some are not, but he knows who they are for the most part.

We’ve been sifting through these photos for about a week and a half, and I’m starting to recognize people, places, and things.  Nouns in black and white, they are.  Little sniplets of life, in a box or three, in a closet.

He drew out a select series of photos relating to Edisto Island, to start.  Sugar’s parents knew Chalmers and Faith Murray, and spent time living with them, both before and after Sugar was born.  He remembers bits and pieces, little snapshots of his own.

Some of the photos are loose, and some were attached by glue dots to the classic photo/scrapbook style pages of heavy, construction-paper-like stock, and some were enlarged to a 5×7 size.  Sugar thinks that his dad liked some of the smaller ones so much that he had them enlarged.

So I’ll start here and sort them out a bit as I go.

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The page above show shots of Edisto in 1947.  There’s a shot of the river, a former slave cabin, the dog Meechie, and a shot of an upstairs window.

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The next page, which you’ll see above, shows Sugar’s father washing dishes in a bucket, outside on the grass.  When they stayed with the Murrays, there was no electricity or running water in the house, on purpose.  The Murrays chose to live that way.  Also above you’ll see another shot of the river, a man driving an oxcart, and another shot of a tree that you saw on the very first page.

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I cropped this one out of the photo above. You can see in greater detail that there are tools in the back of the cart, and it doesn’t appear that this cart was used for hauling heavy loads.

The next page is striking.  It’s one large photo glued to the paper.  The photo can be clicked on to enlarge.  I see two people in front of the house, a clothesline in the back, perhaps an outhouse.  This is a classic style of slave cabin that was built on Edisto Island.

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Here’s Oxcart Man again, in greater detail, and also the tree by the river.

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I’ve cropped Oxcart Man out of the page above, and I think that’s a handsaw in the cart.  I’d be interested to know what you think.

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It must be springish here.  Nothing is growing is the field, and there’s no leftover greenery from crops.  The curtains have blown outside the windows.

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Next, here’s a little fun in the sun.  This was the summer before Sugar was born.  Here’s his father and mother in a boat in 1946.  We’re guessing this photo was made by Faith Murray.  When you see the other photos, you’ll see why we can guess who the photographer is of each photo.

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Sugar’s mother and Faith Murray at Edisto Island in 1946, most probably taken by Sugar’s father.  Note the glue dots from where the photos were once in an album.

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And to round out the trio of photos, here’s one of Sugar’s father and Faith Murray, most probably shot by Sugar’s mother.

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Here’s the house where Sugar and his family stayed when they visited the Murrays. Sugar says there’s an addition to the house on the left, but it’s hard to see here.

Here’s fun bit.  I wondered why someone took a photo of an upper-story window.  Sugar said there’s someone there, and he thinks it’s his mother.  I think it must be, too, and see where’s it’s handwritten that this was in 1947?  Sugar was born in late summer 1947, so I think  that his mother is pregnant here, but that’s just me talking.  I don’t know that for a fact, but if I had just delivered, I don’t think I’d be off for a vacation at the beach without running water and electricity.  You can click on this photo, or any of the photos, to enlarge, and wonder along with me.

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So you know after looking at all these photos, we’re planning a day trip to Edisto Island.  Today was our first best chance, but cold and windy?  We went to the grocery store instead, because we’re brave pioneers like that.