19 July 2012

Proving Margaret Peavy Hitt, Pt 2 (It's Still Personal)

Photo © 2012 S. Lincecum
So, a couple of days ago I told you how I happened upon the grave of a third cousin of mine some time ago in Atlanta, Georgia's Oakland Cemetery.

As mentioned in the previous post, my source of information for how Margaret fit into my family tree is/was from a Peach County, Georgia history and lineage book published by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1972. Margaret Peavy was the daughter of Jack Peavy and Katherine McGaw. Jack was a son of Charles Drury Peavy and Belle O'Brien Bowles. Charles was a son of William Henry Peavy and Elizabeth Jackson. William was a son of Littleton Dickson Peavy and Ann Mims. Littleton and Ann were my third great-grandparents.

Now that we got that out of the way... Have you ever began learning about an individual that might be a relative and discovered they were such an interesting character that you really wanted to be able to claim them? Yep, I'll bet most of us have been there. That's what it was like for me after I read Margaret's obituary in the 31 July 2003 edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As far as fitting her into my family tree, the first tidbits I gleaned from the obituary to help with that were about her mother and uncle.

Margaret's mother was mentioned as "Mrs. G. M. (Kitty) Poole." Well, that was news as I did not know that Margaret's mother married again after Jack Peavy. Next, Margaret's uncle was listed as "Macon, Georgia native Arthur Peavy." Good news there, as one of Jack's siblings was indeed Arthur. And the family resided in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia.

I went off to search for Margaret in the census records. I was fortunate that Georgia's 1940 census had very recently been indexed, as that made it much easier to find her. Look at the jackpot I uncovered:

Fulton County, Georgia 1940 Federal Census
Enumeration District 60-52, sheet 10-A, lines 6 - 11
George Mercer Poole household (via Ancestry.com)
Not only did I find Margaret listed with her mother Katherine (Kitty!) and step-father George Mercer (G. M.!) Poole, but Katherine's mother is also listed -- Eva F. McGaw. Yahoo!

I was also able to find Margaret in 1930. She was with those same parents in Fulton County, Georgia. This time they were listed as Mercer G. and Catherine Poole.

This is great information, indeed, but I've been having a difficult time finding Margaret with Katherine and Jack. Jack was listed with his father, along with brother Arthur and four other siblings in the 1920 Macon, Bibb County, Georgia federal census.

I turned to city directories and found Katherine and her mother Eva residing in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia in 1916 and 1919. Then I searched for Jack, and look what I found in 1924 Macon:

Macon, Georgia 1924 City Directory
Jack with Catherine, & Marg't Peavy (via Ancestry.com)
Jack Peavy, along with a Catherine and a young Marg't, all reside at 416 Forest avenue.

Would this evidence suffice as proof according to The Genealogical Proof Standard? Um, no. However, I am going to claim Margaret Peavy Hitt as my third cousin while I continue searching! :-)

Stay tuned, and I will share with you the coolness of Margaret Peavy Hitt.

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