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Grandmother Georgia 1870 Georgia Grandmother

Several years ago with much success I was able to locate my maternal grandfather's family. Wanting to do the same for my grandmother, I sat down with her and asked her questions about her family. At this time she's about 90 something years old. My grandmother was the eldest of four children who were separated when both parents suddenly died within a year of each other. Each child was raised by a family member (supposedly first cousins and I yet to confirm this) in different parts of the Georgia. My grandmother was 11, and the other children were 9, 7 and 3 years of age. Two of her siblings she never saw again, but later on in life was able to locate her sister and have a relationship with her. Sitting down with her I asked my Grandmother questions about her past and she gave me details she could remember. What I later found after researching the census and other materials, although not all the information was not accurate I could tie it in. For instance she told me her mother had as sister name Mattie Lee. And actually Mattie Lee was her mother's mom and she was named after her. So information like this has helped me to research back to her great-grandmother and I'm still researching.

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