One of my treasured pieces of genealogy is a file called “250 years with 6 generations of Whitehead’s,” that Mae compiled. It is in her cursive, and a true treasure. According to her sister, Mary Elizabeth “Betty”, it was her little green book. I do not have the original but it is the information that she gathered that helped me develop the Whitehead side of my tree. Martha Mae was my 1st cousin 1x removed. Her parents were Walter Joe and Emma Chloe Adams. See it is important to know that Emma Chloe Adams, was the wife of my grand Uncle (i.e. my dad’s uncle). She compiled the 500 page genealogy of the Adam’s family. She however passed before it was published, her daughters Martha Mae and Mary Elizabeth “Betty” fulfilled her contract. So, as you can see genealogy was in her blood as well.
Martha Mae “Mae” was born 11 October 1925 at home in Carlton, Madison County, Georgia. She was named after her Aunt Martha Ann Whitehead. Mae passed away last November at the age of 87 years old. The beauty of her life is that her mother, Chloe, preserved some of it in this book. Chloe wrote, “Mae had a sweet little round face and long black hair which Joe thought was beautiful. When Joe came in for lunch or at night, he stood by her bed to watch Mae in wonder for a long periods of time until she grew old enough for him to play with her on the big bed” (Whitehead, 1983, p. 296).
Mae graduated from Elberton High School in spring of 1942. World War II was in progress. She graduated from Georgia State College for Women with a degree in Home Economics. She married Henry Brock Snelling Jr., on 2 August 1949. Mae went on to have a great career in education and counseling.
According to her obituary, Mae was survived by her son Charles and his wife, her son Joe, two grandsons and three great-grandchildren. Her obituary is attached. Click on the below link.
Until later, I will be exploring backwards.