Granny sewed for a living when her husband-Jeff Shackelford died leaving her with 4 children. She also sewed for a widower named Jesse Hughes who had 9 children. They married, a few years later they had our Dad-(Edward). It was always so quiet at Granny's, she always had the doors and windows open in the summer. You could hear the birds and the chickens outside. To this day whenever I hear certain birds, my mind goes immediately back to Granny's.
Granny's Mother, Harriett Louisa Sullivan Ross, born in Union County, GA
Top is drawing of the "Old Home Place of Abraham & Martha Ross" Granny's grandparents. Bottom is, left to right, Nellie Ross Brooks, Granny's sister, Irene Ross, Granny's brother Charley's wife, and Granny visiting the Ross house in the 1930's.
Thomas Jefferson (Jeff) Shackelford born 12-19-1877 in Wintersville, GA, died 8-11-1921, in Blue Ridge, GA. He was a widower with a 3 year old son Harry, born in 1907. Granny's second husband and the father of 4 of her children, Steven Ross, Annell, Clyde, & Gladys. He was 6'7" tall and slender with dark blue eyes, with a dry wit, like his son Ross. He was having a Bible devotion time with Granny & their children around the bed & he fell over with a heart attack & died.
Granny's first husband James Andrews Reid, he was a 39 year old widower, he had 5 children with his first wife Elizabeth. I guess his family took the children when she died, because they weren't with him when he & Georgia (Granny) married on 12-31-1905 when she was 17. They didn't have any children together. He died of Tuberculosis on 9-4-1909.