Family Ties

Family Ties

Road trip to Alpharetta, Georgia today to see a photographer for updated marketing photos. We stopped afterward for lunch at a tony new outdoor mall; “Avalon”. We knew we were In High Cotton when we saw a Ferrari Spider at the valet parking stand. They also had a Whole Foods, but I already bought quinoa this week so we didn’t go in. While navigating the rapidly filling parking lot, I wondered aloud to Shannan if I lived there would I be somebody or just another license plate.

Having being born and raised in Harris County, I’d miss “knowing everybody”. You can, quite easily get to know everybody here who wants to be “got to know”. We are the place for gathering and socializing, going to church, coaching teams, volunteering and helping out where we are needed. Just one more thing to love about Harris County.

It’s time for the weekly blog post and since yesterday was “throw-back-Thursday” I thought I’d refer to the “History of Harris County, Georgia 1867-1961” by Mrs. Louise Calhoun Barfield from which one can throw way back. I found and article about my great-grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Williams Anderson marking the occasion of her 99th birthday, on January 20, 1960.

She was born January 18, 1861, in Fortson, one of twelve children of Asa and Nancy Herring Williams. As a very young child she moved with her family to nearby Meriwether County. My great-grandmother lived through the entire Civil War in this section of the state and although she was only four years old at the time she remembered the impression of seeing Yankee soldiers coming through the yard and dislodging and scattering handmade bricks from the walk in front of the home. I don’t remember what I had for lunch, what about you?

When she was twenty three, she married Thomas B. Anderson, known as the tallest man in Harris County, at six feet, seven inches. Their marriage lasted for 63 years, until his death. I feel like I was the tallest little girl in Harris County until I met Andy Sivell, in the seventh grade. Thank you Andy for being taller than me. In January 1961, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer ran a story for “Grannie Anderson’s” 100th birthday. Accompanying the article is a photo of her holding me, her one-month-old great-granddaughter, Tamara. Now you know how old I am.

I’m so grateful for my family’s roots in Harris County. We are experiencing growth, but our county is still a place where one will be welcomed, can build relationships, and be somebody. For more on the local history of Harris County, I’d recommend a visit to the Chipley Historical Center on McDougald Avenue in Pine Mountain, next to City Hall. It is a great resource for local history and research. Call me or email me at for their hours of operation or if you would like to know more.

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