Apparently I haven’t ventured out into the town square of Canton, GA on Memorial Day before, because I was very proud and surprised to see a field of crosses commemorating the area’s war dead. (Excuse the terrible iPhone pics. I couldn’t see for the bright sun and I’m a terrible photographer as it is.)
I immediately spotted the crosses remembering two family members, flanking a tree.
These are two collateral ancestors I haven’t researched thoroughly yet. My only excuse is that my favorite part of this hobby is making new discoveries and I know that two super capable researchers – Leisa Wilkie and Patrick Bishop have the Bishop family more than covered! In fact, I recently say my first picture of Mitchell Bishop the other day thanks to Leisa Wilkie’s photo:
(If you are a member of our Bishop Family, centered around Cherokee County, Georgia, please join the Facebook group Leisa was kind enough to make for us. It’s full of Bishop family pictures!)
Mitchell was my Granna, Ellabel West’s first cousin once removed. He was the son of William Preston Kindred Bishop and Donia Victoria Kelly. It was hard to get Granna to talk very much about the past, but she once mentioned to me that he was good-looking and fun and that everyone was devastated when he was killed in the war.
The only thing I really know about Thaddeus Pickett Hester, Jr. is that he’s my Papa, Edward West’s cousin on his mother’s side, and Papa called “Junior.” He was the son of Thaddeus Pickett (Thad) Hester, who later gained local prominence driving the cotton mill bus from East Cherokee county into the mills every day. Thad Jr. enlisted in April of 1943 and died that November, at just age 19.
I promise I’ll soon do better by our war dead and scope out all of the details of their honorable service and what became of them.
I know it’s Memorial Day and not Veteran’s Day, but that said, I wanted to give a little shout out to my Papa, mom’s dad Edward West. He served toward the end of the war in Germany. I’m lucky enough that he allowed me to interview him about his service, and I plan on posting an excerpt from that interview up next week on Military Monday, because Papa definitely deserves his own blog post. (And his own book and statue and airplane and… I love my Papa. <3)
Happy detecting and have a safe and reflective Memorial Day!