Genealogy, Photography

Martha Jane or Lula


I don’t think I’ve shared this. I’m not sure who she is, but she was in with a bunch of old family photos my mom sent to me to digitize. It’s in really bad condition, unfortunately. The photo studio was in Atlanta, so it’s likely one of my grandma Jeanne’s great grandmothers. My best guess is that it’s either Lula Cox or Martha Jane Edmonds.

Lula Cox married Henry Lewis Hoover. A bunch of trees on Ancestry have incorrectly linked to parents of a different Lula Cox, which is unfortunate. I don’t know who my Lula’s parents are, and I don’t even know when she and Henry Hoover married. She was born about 1847 in either Georgia or Alabama and died in 1909. Henry died in 1904. Both are buried in Hollywood Cemetery, in Atlanta, in unmarked graves.

Martha Jane Edmonds is the daughter of Asa T. Edmonds and Nancy Guice. She was born in 1846 in Walton County, Georgia and married James R. Thompson in 1869. He died in 1919 and she died in 1917, and both are buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Atlanta. (Holy crap! I hadn’t checked their memorials recently. Some lovely person has added photos of their grave markers.)

Both James Thompson and Henry Hoover were Civil War veterans, on the wrong side, and both were totally bananapants. Both were wounded. James lost an arm and was one of the few Confederate soldiers to be granted a pension.

I wish I knew whether this photo is of Lula or Martha Jane. It’s infuriating not to know!