My Daddy remembers hearing that his grandmother had two sets of twins and that supposedly one set died by age one. I found Jessie (age one, born January 1899 in Georgia) in the 1900 Walton County, Georgia census record. He was the only child I had never heard of so I’ve assumed he’s one of the twins that died as infants.
|1900 Walton County, Georgia census record|
About 1908, Maudie attended a Jones family reunion in Between, Walton County with her family.
They took advantage of a photographer being available and also took an individual family photo. Maudie is one of the toddlers sitting on their father’s lap.
|Thomas Terrell Burnette family, ca. 1908|
On February 13, 1920, the Burnette family lived in the Walkers District of Greene County. Maudie’s father was a farmer on a general farm. Her mother was enumerated as Lizzie. There were 10 children living in the home. Maudie’s grandfather, Samuel Pride Burnette, age 78 and widowed, lived with the family. Maudie’s uncle and aunt, Luther and Etta Belle Burnette, lived next door. Maudie was able to read and write, although the record notes that she had not attended school since September 1, 1919. The census enumerator recorded her occupation as a laborer on a home farm. I guess at 15 you worked on the farm instead of going to school back then.
Maudie married Wyvis Lord, son of William Matthew Lord and Mattie Vickery, about 1926 in Georgia. Together they had three children—William Thomas Lord, Mary Helen Lord, and Geraldine Lord. William was most likely named after his paternal grandfather.
Maudie’s grandfather, Samuel Burnette—the one that lived with her family in 1920—died in Monroe, Walton County, Georgia on September 2, 1926. He was buried beside his wife and Maudie’s grandmother (Millicent Virginia Overton Burnette) at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Loganville, Walton County, Georgia.
Maudie’s first child, a son they named William, was born on August 25, 1929 in Georgia. Its’ possible William was born in Barrow County, Georgia since that’s where the census enumerator found the family on April 15, 1930—in the Jones District. Wyvis’ parents, along with his siblings Paul, Glenn, Robert, and Darice, lived next door. Wyvis was a farmer on a general farm. The census record notes that Maudie was 23 and Wyvis 19 when they married.
|Gravestone of Mary Helen Lord at Shiloh|
On February 6, 1940, Maudie’s father died in Greensboro, Greene County, Georgia at the age of 71. He was buried at Walker United Methodist Church Cemetery in Veazey, Greene County, Georgia. On April 22, 1940, Maudie, Wyvis, William, and Geraldine were living in Greensboro. Maudie was a housekeeper. The highest grade she had completed was 7th. Wyvis was a run packer in a textile mill.
The year 1955 ended tragically when Maudie’s 47 year old brother Henry died in Putnam County, Georgia on December 31. Henry was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia. A year later Maudie’s mother died in Greensboro on December 2, 1956. She was buried beside her husband at Walker United Methodist Church Cemetery in Veazey. Her sister Eleanor died in Fulton County, Georgia on April 25, 1963. She was buried at Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in McDonough, Henry County, Georgia. Her sister Floria (and my grandmother) died in Greensboro on March 3, 1970. She was buried at Bairdstown Cemetery in Bairdstown, Oglethorpe County, Georgia.
|Maudie's twin sister, Claudia|
Maudie’s brother Prince died of a heart attack at the Minnie G. Boswell Hospital in Greensboro on May 15, 1993. He was 89 years old. Prince was buried at Greensboro City Cemetery. Her sister Eva died in McDuffie County, Georgia on April 1, 1995. She was buried at Walker United Methodist Church Cemetery in Veazey. Her sister Julia was found dead in her East Point, Fulton County, Georgia home on August 16, 1999. The exact date of death is unknown, however, it was determined that she had been dead about three weeks. Julia, who was 84 years old, was cremated on August 19 at the Cremation Society of Georgia in Atlanta and no service was held.
|Greensboro City Cemetery|
I never knew my great-aunt Maudie—if I met her, I don’t remember it. I wish I had more to share about her life than just the sad facts. She lived a long life and was the last of her large family to leave this Earth. I hope it was a good life.