The Williams Family Connects With Grady Baggett

Grady Baggett married Mollie Duncan in 1916. After her death in 1929 Grady married Della Williams, daughter of Joseph Williams and Oda Thompson. Grady and Della had three daughters living. Della died in 1942 when the youngest was little more than a year old. The Williamses took care of her after Della got sick with cancer, and Shirley lived with them until after Della's death. Della's brother Lloyd Williams and his wife Elsie Thompson moved into the house with Grady, kept house and cared for the children after Della's death for a time. Grady later married widow Ruby (Walker) Keown. Ruby helped rear the three children of Grady Baggett and Della Williams.

Joe Williams had four brothers: Isaac (Ike); Jailian (Jailllie); and Thomas (Tom); James (Jim) Williams and three sisters: Cindy, never married; Sally, married "Bud" New; Betty, married Harrison Tibbitts. Jim Williams lived in Alabama. Jim asked Joe and Oda to move in with him after his wife died to take care of him. He promised his farm to them after his death if they would, but Oda did not want to leave Paulding County, GA. Jaillie and Ike lived somewhere near Paulding County, GA. A black walnut tree still stands from a seed from a tree that Jaillie had. The tree is more than sixty-five years old and still bearing black walnuts. It was planted in the early 1930s at the home place of Grady and Della Baggett. Three hills were planted and the seeds came up, but only one tree survived. Ike and Jaillie Williams are buried at Union Primitive Baptist Church Cemerery in Paulding County, GA. Jaillie's daughter Angie is buried there also.

Jim Williams had four sons and two daughters: Thomas, Johnny, Callie, James (Jim), Betty, and Elizabeth Williams.

Jaillie had one son and one daughter: Homer and Angie Williams.

Oda, wife of Joe Williams, was a daughter of Frederick Thompson and Della Shead. Frederick died during World War I. Della never remarried. Their children: Thomas Frederick, Della, Claude, Lloyd, Johanna, Myrtle, and two other daughters living.

Burnice Thompson, married Charlie Maulding. Their children: Dean Maulding and one daughter living.

Ada Thompson, married James (Jim) Miller. Their children: Edward; Arnold Miller (both died during World War II); another son and daughter living.

Chester Thompson, married Esther Morgan, both deceased. One son and one daughter living.

Eunice Thompson, married Clifton White. Their children: Bennie, Robert, three other sons and one daughter living.

Ada, wife of Jim Miller, died while pregnant with their fifth child. There was an epidemic of measles in the community. She told everyone if she took the measles, they would kill her. And they did. She and the baby died after she took the measles. They are buried at Smyrna Methodist Church Cemetery.

Sometime during the early 1930s Della Thompson built a new house and got their water from a spring about fifty yards below the house. She did her washing at the spring of water. She had the two washtubs with the rub board on a bench there. The original house that burned sat on the side of the hill across the road from where their latter house was built. It had a porch on the back side that was high off the ground and a long set of steps down to the ground. The porch had banisters around it so that no one would fall off its side. The front yard was decorated with white stones around her flower beds with beautiful flowers scattered all around.It was a beautiful wooded area with large oak and hickory trees in the front and back.

One night during the mid-1930s, while everyone was gone, the new house caught fire and burned. Her son-in-law, Cliff White, saw the house on fire and thought she was in it, so he went in to try to get her out. He didn't find anyone and realized there was no one at home. She and her son Chester built another house across the road and it still stands on Zion Church Road at the corner of Highway 120 in Paulding County.

John Shead and Della Thompson were brother and sister. Ora and John Shead's children were: Guy, Herman, Elvy, O.D., Elsie, Delmor, Ethel, and Effie Shead.

Chester Thompson was middle-aged when he married. He lived to see his mid-90s. Shortly after his death his wife Esther, who was only in her 60s, died while decorating a Christmas Tree in their home. Chester and Esther stayed with his mother Della until she died in the 1950s. Chester and Esther are both buried at Smyrna Methodist Church Cemetery. Della Thompson, his mother, is buried there also. Della's husband, Frederick, was buried where he died during the war.

Joe Williams and Oda Thompson lived for many years in a house just across the road from Zion Baptist Church. Joe and Oda are buried at Smyrna Methodist Church Cemetery in Paulding County, GA. Their son Tom Fred never married. His sight began to deterioate when he was a young man. In the early 1930s, when Joe, Claude, and Lloyd were plowing cotton near the house, Tom Fred asked to let him try to plow a row of cotton. Joe gave him the plow and he went one round, plowing almost all of the cotton up in the row. He never tried again. He was near total blindness at that time.

Later on in life he became totally blind and lived by himself. He did whatever needed to be done, not seeing at all. He kept house, did his cooking, cleaning, and anything else that needed to be done. It is amazing how someone blind can do things for themselves. This was after his father and mother were deceased. The other children married and moved away. But most of them lived in the City of Rockmart, GA, where he lived also. He probably inherited the blindness from the Thompson family. His Aunt Burnice Maulding could see a bit in her young days, but as time went on she lost more of her eyesight. She was totally blind at the time of her death.

Tom Fred Williams (deceased), never married.

As stated, Della Williams married James Grady Baggett (both deceased); have three daughters living.

Claude Williams (deceased), married Dollie Miller and they reared a large family in the County Line vicinity, Polk County, GA. Their children: Wayne (deceased), three sons living and three daughters living.

Lloyd married Elsie Thompson, daughter of John Thompson and Auda Hughes. Auda was a first cousin of Grady Baggett. Her mother and Grady's father were brother and sister. Lloyd Williams and Elsie Thompson, both deceased, had only one child, a daughter living.

Johanne Williams, deceased, married Clinton Tant (deceased), brother of Avon Tant who married her sister living Williams. Their children: Lucille and Bettie Jo (both deceased), three other sons and one daughter.

Myrtle Williams married Elbert Thompson son of John Thompson and Auda Hughes (all the above are deceased). Their children: two sons living and Norma June Thompson (deceased).

Another daughter living, married Avon Tant (deceased).
Children: son living, Margie (deceased), one other daughter deceased; three other children.

Another daughter living, married [1st] Bowman Wingo (deceased).
They had five children.
Daughter married [2nd] (living). Their child living.


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