What a wonderful trip back to Georgia, Cousin Sarah and Charlie were the most gracious of guides. My Cousin Susan picked me up from the Atlanta airport to conduct round two of Exploring Georgia Roots. She was my faithful companion and photographer. It is amazing how we can just pick up and not miss a beat. We made our way to Lexington to the old court house. My great-great grandfather, George Wiley Whitehead, was the surveyor of the county when this historic building was built. The clerks office was a bit of a bust. The County Clerk’s Office wanted fifty cents per copy. I had brought my scanner, but they said I would still have to pay. We counted over 38 pages in one deed book alone and their copy machine would not handle the size so we abandoned the project as futile. We would go broke first. We were blessed with Deeds later in the trip. I will discuss that another time. Stay Tuned!
Cousin Sara and David have moved into the Carlton home full time. David cleaned out the front office and now uses it as his office. While touring the front office that Coco and Betty both employed for many years, I noticed a painting of the Carlton Place that was done in the style of my father. Upon closer inspection, I found my father’s mark (LWW) and knew for certain that his painting had found it’s place on this office wall for at least the last 20 years. It is a beautiful representation of the home in Carlton. David offered it to me immediately knowing how special it would be for me to own this painting. Sarah of course quickly agreed. There might have even a little tear in my eyes knowing that this beautiful painting had adorn the walls of his grandfather ‘s home for many years. Now this beautiful painting is hanging in my home.
While sifting through an old box, I came across a letter from my father to his Uncle Joe (Walter Joe Whitehead) and his wife Chloe. It was a letter/wedding invitation dated 4 April 1963. Here is my favorite line:
“I am going to be married on the 20th of April to one of your southern girls.” Of course he was talking about my mother. I know they did not have a large wedding; so it was nice that his Uncle Joe was able to attend.
Another treasure found was a letter from my Dad’s mother to Chloe and Joe, indicating how happy it was that Joe was able to attend (the wedding). Margaret’s letter indicates that it was probably her and my Aunt Annette’s first airplane ride. She wrote, “We had a much more smoother trip back…We found out that if you sit over the wings you do not notice the motion too much.”
All in all, it was a great trip and I will have much more to write about as I explore backwards.