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Monday, October 28, 2013

Fred and Martha Bates Jackson

Fred Jackson and Martha Bates raised five children in the three-room shotgun house on 629 State Street in Atlanta, Ga.

Friday, October 25, 2013

William Allen Ward, Son of Marion and Phoebe Ward

William Allen Ward May 1890-1948 married Sarah Elizabeth Johnson 1900-1964. They had three children, Owen, Mary and Berdie.  He is the brother of Sarah Elizabeth Ward Bates (Big Granny). Her son Lemuel(Lem) resembles him.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Children of Frances and Mary Bates Pruitt

These are the children of Frances and Mary Bates Pruitt: Nita, Mary, Mildred, Martha, Alfred and Amos Pruitt. They lived in Sweet Apple on the Old Pruitt Farm. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Brothers, Jack Henry & Luther Calvin Wilson


Jack and Luther (also known as Lucious) Wilson were the sons of Cicero and Indiana Ward Wilson. Jack married Linda Fowler. Two of their eight children, Albert Lee and James Odell, drowned in Snapfinger Creek when they were 10 and 11 years old.  Luther Calvin married Margie Mae Henderson. They had four children. One of their children, Marie, died from infected scratches from picking blackberries.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Alfred Gravitt and Ellen Hembree Gravitt

The mother and father of James Elvin and Mildred Gravitt Bates.  Elvin was married to Ethel (Deedle) Bates and Mildred was married to her twin brother Bethel (Buster) Bates.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Newton Alexander and Savannah Bates Smith

It was believed that this picture was taken when Savannah was expecting a child. We do not know who her parents actually were. We have a few theories in the book. We think she was not raised by her birth parents.  We do know that she was a cousin to Lem Bates. In 1891, Savannah married Newton Alexander Smith when she was 14.  We are sure she knew him from childhood.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sarah Elizabeth Bates Lamanac and her 1st born son, Franklin Lee

Sarah Elizabeth Bates Lamanac is the daughter of J.B. and Lois Sims Bates. She lived with her husband, Hugh Lee, in the little red asbestos covered rental home belonging to Grady Daniel on Sandy Plains Road in 1952. Grady owned the general store in the background. The store had an apartment upstairs and the Daniels living quarters were built on to the store. You can barely see the top of the Rock Store across Highway 92.  The two stores were side by side just across the road from one another. The Rock Store was owned by Tommy Garrett.  It was ran at that time by his daughter and son in law Edith and Gene Erwin. The Garrett family owned about 9 rental houses that the Bates family and their friends occupied at one time or another. The homes were within a mile of each another and within walking distance to the store.

Friday, October 4, 2013

J.B. (Jay) & Lois Christine Sims Bates and Daughter Jenny

This is a photograph of J.B. & Lois Christine Sims Bates and their daughter Jenny standing in front of  Tommy Garrett's old Rock Store with the old Gulf sign.  The store was at the corner of Highway 92 and Sandy Plains Rd, just inside Cobb County in 1949.  It was ran by Mr. Garrett's wife, Ms. Lu, her daughter, son-in-law Eugene and Edith Garrett Erwin, after he passed away. The land was later sold in the sixties and the store was replaced by a Kentucky Fried Chicken and a shopping center with a Public. The Public shopping center took three of the Garrett's rental houses.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Nellie Smith Tilley Whitley

This is Nellie Smith Tilley Whitley and her grandson, Richard, who is the son of  Ralph and Myrtice Tilley Grogan. Nellie is the sister of Lillie Smith Bates. She lived in Roswell in the 1960s.  Nellie cared for children in her home. Jenny Bates Meadows-Sauls's daughter, Jane, was one of them. They all loved to stay with Aunt Nellie.

Jenny is the co-author of a soon-to-be-released book titled Oh, Come, Angel Band ~ The Living Genealogy of the Charlton Bates Family.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

New Home Baptist Church 2013

New Home Baptist Church in 2013.  The church is bricked with indoor facilities, Sunday school rooms in back, outdoor covered marble tables for dinner, a baptizing pool on the left side of church,  and a paved parking lot.  The church still believes and worships as our ancestors, preaching from the King James Version of the Bible, and singing the old southern gospel songs along with some new ones. The love and traditions are the same today as they were for our ancestors.

New Home Baptist Church on Highway 92 Woodstock, Georgia in the 1950s

New Home Baptist Church is located at Wiley Bridge Road and Highway 92. This picture was taken in the fifties before the church was turned around and remodeled. This is where the Bates Family went to church and are buried in the New Home Church Cemetery. The 1954 Ford believed to be the Pastor, Rev. Carter Ellis's, and the 1956 Chevy belonged to a Deacon, Glenn Butterworth. They got drinking water from the spring on the property and the outside facilities were in the back down in the woods. It was heated with a pot bellied wood heater. The cemetery was located across the dirt road that ran in front of the church back then. It was turned around facing Highway 92 in the sixties and the church was remodeled with indoor facilities, Sunday school rooms, air conditioning and gas heat.