I have just recently discovered some of my surnames, that are connected to Ellaville, Schley Co.,Ga., were in the Randolph Co. area. The particular names I am most interested in trying to locate are Collins, Snow and Rainey.
My grandfather, Willard S. Snow and his sister, Maude Snow, were placed in an orphanage in Atlanta, called "The Home For the Friendless" and were adopted out. Willard Snow was born in 1898 and said he rememembered going to live with Mr. Rainey when he was about 4 years old.
The information passed down from Maude's family, is that their mother came to visit them one time and was never heard from again. All that was known was her name might have been Henrietta.
The orphanage burned down, with only two ledgers surviving, which did not show Willard and Maude Snow listed. My grandfather showed my father where the orphanage was located, after it burned down. However, in the 1910 Census for Schley Co., Ga. they both are shown as living in the household of Thomas Frederick Rainey, Jr. as adopted son and daughter. It does show Willard as Willow.
I do know Maude married Knox Hale and have also noticed there were some Hales in the Randolph Co. area. There seem to be absolutely no adoption records, in Schley Co. or Fulton Co. Mr. Thomas F. Rainey was a member of the Legislature and was in the Atlanta area during the early 1900, prob. between 1902 and 1905. I believe the adoption was probably during this time.
If anyone can help with any connection here, I would be so thrilled, as this has been such a difficult line to research.
Linda Snow Davis
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