States: Georgia: Paulding
I appreciate hearing from you! I would very much like to have a picture of William Hicks--even though I'm not related to him, he was married to my great-grandmother at the time of her death.
Amanda was born Amanda Tallulah Grist, daughter of Rev. John Grist, a Methodist minister and farmer, and Elizabeth Wofford. Elizabeth was from a family that produced many Methodist preachers--she was a great niece of the guy that Wofford College in Spartanburg SC is named for. Amanda is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Rockmart. Her tombstone says that she was born in 1871, but she was 5 years old on the 1870 census, so she was neither the first nor the last to lie about her age. My late father, who was born in 1919, was 8 years old when she died in 1927 and remembered her very clearly. He remembered her as an attractive woman who played the piano very well. My grandfather, Henry Grady Wadsworth, was Amanda's only child and was the illegitimate son of a Southern Railway engineer. Amanda married Henry Braswell (the guy that the town of Braswell is named for) in 1900 when she was 35 and he was 68--according to family lore she had been his mistress for a long time, and he married her after his wife died. He died two years later in 1902, leaving her pretty well off financially. She subsequently married a Carter--don't know the first name, haven't found a marriage record, and don't know how that marriage ended, all I know is that I have a receipt where she paid her 1906 property tax as "Mrs. M. T. Carter." Her final marriage was the one to William Hicks.
My connection to the Tants is on my mother's side. My maternal grandmother was Katie Asalee Tant, daughter of Alexander William Tant, son of Harrison Tant, son of William Edgar Tant. The Augusta/Richmond County Tants are cousins to the Burnt Hickory/Paulding County Tants. Johnny Jacobs at Dallas knows more about the Tants than anybody else alive--you need to talk with him if you haven't already. I can put you in touch with him if you like. He is retired on disability and not in good health, good guy who is glad to share what he knows, which is a lot. He is also very knowledgeable on Paulding County history and migrations from the Carolinas into north Georgia.
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