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Re: Garlington-Blackman-Cauthen Family in Georgia
Posted by: William Smith (ID *****8681) Date: August 19, 2002 at 07:25:05
In Reply to: Re: Garlington-Blackman-Cauthen Family in Georgia by Jo Ann Garlington of 236

This is great news about my "aunt" Grace Garlington.. You have supplied a missing name that really fits in well to my puzzle -- Lucy Blackmon. The spelling could be with an "a"... but there's Blackmons as well as Blackmans in the family stew.

Putting 2 and 2 together, Lucy Blackmon must have been the daughter of John T. Blackman and Georgia Ann Cauthen. The 1920 census for Milner (Pike County) Georgia states that Grace was living in a household with Georgia Blackman (age 74 and "head of household") and the relationship as listed is "granddaughter". The household in 1920 also included Georgia's sister Mary Elizabeth Cauthen (Wright), and Georgia's daughter Mary Blackman who in later days was called "Aunt Mamie".. Too many Marys I guess. There's also a Mary Alice Blackman in there somewhere (whom I called "Auntie") but I haven't confirmed her lineage.

I don't think that Grace could have been the daughter of Georgia's sister Mary because the names don't pan out. So the Lucy connection seems firm! Something must have happened to her parents for Grace to have been living with her grandmother in 1920. There is a Lucy Blackman buried in the Blackman family cemetery near Milner - she is listed as Martha Lou (Lucy) Blackman, born 15 December 1871 died 6 Feb 1922. If this is the same Lucy, then she may have been too infirm to raise Grace close to the end of her life, which might explain why Grace was with Georgia Ann.

I also remember an "uncle" Glenn Garlington, I think he worked for the railroad.

In case you are interested, my mother Zelma Blackman (Smith) was raised in the Georgia Blackman household. On the 1920 census she is shown as living with my grandfather Felton Blackman and his wife Minnie Bishop Blackman, Zelma was 3 years old. Minnie died the same year, shortly after the census was taken. Rather than raise Zelma alone, Felton let Georgia Ann take her in. I suppose back then single fathers were uncommon.

Grace last lived at zip code 30233 in Jackson, Butts, GA Her birth and death dates are : Born 5 Sep 1901 Died Nov 1982.

So I guess you and I are cousins in some sense but I don't exactly know how you fit in.


William A. Smith (Bill)

PS: in the Blackman cemetery are buried 3 Garlingtons. Are these of interest to you?

John GARLINGTON 3AU1903 17JE1907
Milton GARLINGTON 1FE1905 1FE1905
Paul Franklin GARLINGTON 26JA1897 26AU1968

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