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The picture above is of my Great Grand Aunt Ollie Atkinson. Ollie was the youngest child of David James and Elizabeth Rachel "Jane" Smith-Atkinson. She was born on April 1, 1889 in Tippah County, MS. That would make her about 11 or 12 when the picture was taken.
On November 8, 1911, Ollie married John Thomas Garrett in Tippah Co., MS. Mr. Garrett was born on May 5, 1873 in Mississippi. John and Ollie had one daughter, Orilla, who was born in late 1912 in Tippah County, MS. John had been married prior to Ollie and had two sons from the previous marriage, Charley born about 1902, and Hubert born about 1907. I do not know what caused the death of John's first wife. I do remember hearing that Ollie loved the boys as her own and made no difference between the boys and her own daughter.
I know very little about Ollie other than mere numerical facts. I can vaguely remember Maw McDonald speaking of "Aunt Ollie", but have no specific memories of things she said.
Ollie died at the young age of 32 on November 11, 1921 in Mississippi. I have had little success in tracing her daughter or stepsons, or of finding death information on John Garrett. I am suspicious that they may have traveled west with other family members after Ollie's death. Time will tell!