Showing posts with label Lee Samuel Solomon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lee Samuel Solomon. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Worshipping as Family, Neighbors and Friends, Tallapoosa Primitive Church

Tallapoosa Primitive Church, Carroll County, Carrollton, Georgia, Lee, Ganus
Inside the Tallapoosa Primitive Church
Carrollton, Georgia 

I could imagine them sitting there. Grandparents, parents and children--side by side, gathered together to sing and to worship. 

Peering in the windows of the Tallapoosa Primitive Baptist Church in Carrollton, Georgia, I felt that all over warm feeling of knowing that the Lee, Brock and Ganus families had once been there. 


My people, the people I've worked so hard to get to know on paper had worshipped in that church, walked those grounds, wept at the graves of their departed family members. It truly was hallowed ground. 



genealogy, ancestry, research, Ganus, Lee, Brock Walking through the cemetery, reading the names on the headstones of great aunts and uncles, I felt a new kind of connection to them.  Samuel and Rebecca (Ganus) Lee, Rebecca's sister, Marta Elizabeth Brock, and many others were laid to rest there. Seeing the many graves of ancestors, all in such close proximity underscored what I have always been taught, that the southerners stayed close to their family. Unlike today, where children, parents and grandparents often live many miles apart, years ago, many families chose to stay close as a means of help and support to each other. Certainly, this tendency was evident here. 



Tallapoosa Primitive Church and Cemetery
Carrollton, Georgia


Rebecca (Ganus) Lee
daughter of James Ganus and Elizabeth McCluskey
wife of Samuel Solomon Lee 

Martha (Ganus) Brock
daughter of James Ganus and Elizabeth McCluskey
wife of William C. Brock 


And although I didn't grow up living close to them, and didn't personally know their descendants, the need to be close is still there. But that closeness has come about in a different way. It has come as I've researched my ancestors, discovered and written their stories, and finally as I have visited and paid my respects to their final resting places. 


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Let's be perfectly clear

The picture didn't seem that bad. Yes something had apparently been spilled on it and yes, it wasn't very clear, but it was a picture! A picture of Samuel Solomon Lee and Rebecca Gainus ---my 2nd great grandfather's sister. I was so happy to get a copy of the picture, I guess I looked beyond its apparent poor condition. I didn't know much about photo restoration and didn't realize how much better it could look with a little help.



399Retouch, photo restoration, Ganus, Samuel Solomon Lee, familysearch, ancestry


I once again used 399Retouch to restore the photo and was very pleased with the results..




Rebecca Gainus was born in 1836 and was the daughter of James Ganus and Elizabeth McCluskey. She married Samuel Solomon Lee in 1853 in DeKalb County, Georgia. He was born in 1824 in South Carolina. Together they raised 10 children. You can read more about them at this blog post: Gurganus, Ganus, Ganues and Gaines--What?

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Gurganus, Ganus, Ganues and Gainus--What?


imageNestled in the woods near Shadinger Lake, just a couple of miles outside of Carrollton, Georgia, is Tallapoosa Primitive Baptist Church.  The cemetery lies beside the church and is the final resting place for many who once gathered there as family and friends to worship and socialize.  It is there that Rebecca Ganus Lee is buried alongside her husband Samuel Solomon Lee and many of their children.

Rebecca Gainus was the fifth child and third daughter of James and Elizabeth (Gur)Ganus.   Born in 1836, she was ten years younger than her brother John Monroe Ganus who was my third great grandfather. Interestingly enough, her father shortened their surname from Gurganus to Ganus around 1840, and while most of his descendants spell their surname Ganus, some chose other spellings. Rebecca and her descendants spell their surname as Gainus and her brother Jackson and his descendants spell it Ganues.

image“Rebecker” grew up outside of Fayetteville, Georgia and as a child, she likely worked alongside her sisters Mary, Margaret, and Martha, as they helped their mother Betsy.  Girls generally helped their mothers with household duties such as cooking, cleaning and washing clothes, in addition to other chores such as feeding the chickens and light farm duties. Census data implies that Rebeca could read and write, so whether she attended school or was taught at home, she received some education. 

On 30 October 1853, at the age of 17, Rebecca married Samuel Solomon Lee in DeKalb County, Georgia. and it was there that they began their life together.  Samuel farmed and Rebecca managed the household and cared for their children.  Typical of the times, Samuel and Rebecca had a large family to feed and care for, but large families were a blessing in many ways as they worked together and supported each other in every aspect of life.  Samuel and Rebecca eventually settled in Carroll County, Georgia a little over 60 miles from Dekalb County where they had married.

At twenty-five years old, Rebecca had buried several babies and was caring for their five children when husband, Samuel Solomon Lee, enlisted with the 63rd Regiment Company C on 27 November 1862.  I marvel at the endurance of the women of that era.  Rearing a large family was not an easy task at any period of time, but caring for the children, the home and the farm, while a husband was away at war was a particularly difficult and demanding undertaking that required a great deal of inner fortitude and determination.  In addition many families lived in constant fear of the enemy troops who continually passed by and through their farms.

The war went longer than any of them could have imagined and the cost to lives and property was high.  Rebecca’s brother became one of the casualties of that cruel and devastating war and several other brothers never fully recovered.  She was one of the fortunate ones, however, because Samuel did return home. Together Rebecca and Samuel resumed their life through lean times, raising their children and farming.  They added three more children to their family and lived out their life in Carroll County, Georgia where some of their descendants live today. Their family consisted of Ann T., Roena J., Leonidas, John Franklin, James Marshall, William Thomas, Charles Mentor, Tobeus A., and Emma E. Lee.

On 10 October 1889, at the age of 53, Rebecca passed away and was buried in the Tallapoosa Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Carroll County, Georgia.  Samuel lived an additional eleven years and died on 16 Nov 1900.  He was laid to rest beside Rebecca.

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Samuel Solomon Lee and Rebecca, along with their children, spouses and a grandchild.



All pictures were  generously shared by descendent, Margie Dietz. 

Copyright © Michelle G. Taggart 2013