The following was compiled by, Mrs. Elva Allen Whitlock w/o Wendell Whitlock December 1988 This record was compiled to give the descendants of Edward Davis Whitlock and Winnie Cordelia Williams a better knowledge of their relatives, and to provide future generations with a source of information on the history of their ancestors. Thanks to all who help.
On September 20, 1908 in Fayette County 28 year old Edward Davis Whitlock married 16-year-old Winnie Cordelia Williams (Picture). They stayed with his parents, Marcus Varner (Mac) and Rebecca Williams (no kin) Whitlock for several months. They bought and moved to a 3-room house in the Ebenezer Community. (Part of this house is still standing, but has been remodeled and bears no resemblance to the original house.) They made at least 2 crops there, and 3 children were born there. They then bought a 4-room house and farm (probably 100 acres or more) in the Oak Grove Community. They lived in this house several years, then moved into a smaller house on the place and built a new 6-room house with a wraparound porch on Ebenezer Road where they lived until January 1925. During this time, 6 children were born. They also bought, during this period, the Spear Place (100+ acres on Clover Road), the Pollard Place (100 acres on Hwy. 74) and the old Candler Place (this did not connect with the home place.) To farm all this land, there was always hired help along with family members. Henry Marcellus Brown, father of Harvey Brown, bought the Pollard Place; and a brother, Will Whitlock, bought the original 100 acres and house. This house was torn down when Peachtree City was being developed. The above information furnished by, Lucile Whitlock Brown. Seeking better schools for their growing family, they bought the old Potts Place (a 2 story house and 66 acres of land for which they paid $100.00 per acre.) on Roscoe Road in Coweta County and moved in January 1925. Five children were born in this house. Subsequently, 102 acres of land was purchased from a brother, Fed Whitlock, (this place now owned by Paul Whitlock), 121 acres known as the Will Jones Place (sold to Harvey and Edna Whitlock Rooks-now owned by Duke Blackburn), 78 acres probably from the Featherston Family (bought by Paul Whitlock and then sold to Hal Jones for the Christian Youth Camp. This land is now private homes and apartments;) They wanted to buy 7 acres belonging to T. Potts and 21 acres belonging to John Overby along Roscoe Road, but were unable to buy these lands. At one time, a total of approximately 376 acres was owned. Also land was rented for 50 cents to $1.00 an acre from the Featherston, Ware, McCrary, and Taylor families. This land is now Featherston Heights and Brookside Drive developments. Cotton, corn, and truk farming were the main source of income, and again hired help was needed along with family members to farm every available acre, probably as much as 200 acres. In the summer, after "laying by", family members would work in the peach packng shed owned by Jim Farmer. Winter months were devoted to" the grooming of the land for the next year's crop, cutting and hauling firewood, and the butchering of up to a dozen hogs. With the outbreak of World War II, it became impossible to obtain enough help to farm on such a large scale; and with his health affected by a stroke suffered in 1937, Ed Whitlock began to sell some of his properties. After a second stroke, heart attack, and subsequent death of Ed Whitlock in 1946, Winnie Whitlock and the children who were still at home continued to farm on a smaller scale; but in 1948 even that farming was discontinued. Two sons, Dennis and Buford, live in the family home; and the raising of cattle and some cutting of hay are still continued in what has changed from a rural area to a bustling crossroads. The above information provided by, Wendell Whitlock.
Edward and Winnie Abt. 1943
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