Robert Lewis BOATRIGHT

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Male 1892 - 1975

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  • Born  26 Apr 1892  Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  15 Feb 1975  Swainsboro, Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Hebron Church Cemetery, Garfield, Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • Robert Lewis BOATRIGHT (John3, Reubin2, Daniel1), the seventh child of Nancy Deal and John Boatright, was born on 26 April 1892 in Emanuel County, Georgia. He was named as a son, aged 8 years, in his parents' household in the 1900 Emanuel County census, and as age 17 years in the 1910 census. He also was named as a surviving brother in the obituaries of: Nancy America Boatright, 1939; Rubin Boatright, 1947; William Boatright, 1950; Benjamin Boatright, 1951; Kate Boatright Griffith, 1952; Mittie Missouri Boatright Hill Meeker, 1956; Celia Boatright Findley, 1971; Thomas Pelie Boatright, 1974; and Daniel Douglas Boatright, 1974.

      He was a farmer all of his life and was successful in his chosen occupation despite having lost his right arm in the 1940s. His residence for his entire life was in Emanuel County, with the exception of a couple of years around 1915-1918 when he lived in Jeff Davis County. He was a Baptist and served as a deacon at Garfield Baptist Church for a number of years. He also was a Mason and was initiated into Ridgeway Lodge No. 104, Free and Accepted Masons in Garfield on 5 May 1931. He passed (Fellowcraft degree) on 5 June 1931, became a Master Mason on 17 July 1931, and became an Emeritus Mason on 26 April 1962 - his 70th birthday.

      Lewis had a great sense of humor and enjoyed people. He also loved to play checkers and in his later years could be found under "The Tree" in Garfield playing with his friends. He was loved by almost everyone and he, in turn, loved back. He never met a stranger and could "shoot the breeze" with high and low.

      He married Eva Mae Smith, a daughter of Maude I. Griffith and James Pinckney Smith, on 10 December 1913 at Eva's home in Saluda County, South Carolina. She was born on 19 December 1894 in Saluda County, South Carolina. She, too, was a member of Garfield Baptist Church, and an active member of the Garfield Home Demonstration Club. For example, on 7 January 1954, a social column in the local newspaper reported on the monthly club meeting and noted that "Mrs. R. L. Boatright gave a helpful demonstration on making fancy aprons...." Monthly meetings were consistently reported to the newspaper and Eva was mentioned numerous times as a hostess, giving a report or demonstration, providing entertainment, or simply being in attendance. She was known throughout the community for her great home cooking and accomplished sewing skills. Her beautiful quilts and other handwork remain treasured heirlooms by her children and grandchildren.

      In the 1920 Emanuel County, Georgia census, the family was enumerated as follows: Lewis R. Boatright, rents home, age 27, could read and write, born in Georgia, father and mother born in Georgia, farmer; Eva M., wife, age 25, could read and write, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina; J. P., son, age 5, born in Georgia; Harrold D., son, age 3, born in Georgia; and Hilda, daughter, age 1 year & 3 months, born in Georgia.

      Lewis registered for the World War I military draft on 15 June 1917 in the 1621st GMD, Jeff Davis County. The draft registration card provided the following information: Robert Lewis Boatright; age 25; post office address: Graham, GA; born 26 April 1892; natural born citizen; born in GA; occupation: farming, employed by G. W. Griffith, Jeff Davis Co.; dependents: wife and two children; married; claimed exemption based on wife and two children; signed R. L. Boatright; physical description: medium height, medium build, gray eyes, black hair, not bald. His employer was George Washington Griffith, who had married his sister Kate. G. W. also was an uncle of Eva?s.

      The family was recorded in the 1930 Emanuel County census as follows: Louis Boatright, head, rented home, lived on farm, age 37, age 22 when first married, could read and write, born in Georgia, parents born in Georgia, farmer, general farm, employer, was working at the time the census was taken; Eva M., wife, homemaker, age 35, age 19 when first married, could read and write, born in Georgia [sic], parents born in Georgia [sic]; John P., son, age 15, attended school, could read and write, born in Georgia, father born in Georgia, mother born in South Carolina; Harold D., son, age 13, attended school, could read and write, born in Georgia, father born in Georgia, mother born in South Carolina; Hilda, daughter, age 11, attended school, could read and write, born in Georgia, father born in Georgia, mother born in South Carolina; Lora, daughter, attended school, born in Georgia, father born in Georgia, mother born in South Carolina; and, Mildred, daughter, age 4 years and 8 months, attended school, born in Georgia, father born in Georgia, mother born in South Carolina.

      In 1940, the family was living on a farm near Garfield where they had built the home they were to live in until their deaths. The home, at that time, was valued at $400. The 1940 Emanuel County census recorded the family as follows: Lewis Boatright, answered census questions, head, age 47, completed one year of high school, born in Georgia, lived in the same house on 1 April 1935, was at work the week of 24 March, worked 48 hours the week of 24 March, farmer, worked on own account, had income from sources other than wages in 1939; Evamae Boatright, age 45, married, completed one year of high school, born in South Carolina, lived in the same house on 1 April 1935, engaged in housework, had no income in 1939; John P. Boatright, son, age 25, single, completed two years of high school, born in Georgia, lived in the same house on 1 April 1935, was at work the week of 24 March, worked 48 hours the week of 24 March, farmer, worked on own account, had income from sources other than wages in 1939; Lora Boatright, daughter, age 19, attended school, completed four years of high school, born in Georgia, lived in the same house on 1 April 1935, student; and, Mildred Boatright, daughter, age 14, attended school, completed one year of high school, born in Georgia, lived in the same house on 1 April 1935, student.

      They had six children::

      i. John Pickney BOATRIGHT
      ii. Harold Dorsey BOATRIGHT Sr.
      iii. Hilda BOATRIGHT
      iv. Lora BOATRIGHT
      v. Vera Mae BOATRIGHT, b. 23 Nov 1922
      in Emanuel County; d. 5 May 1924
      in Emanuel County; buried in
      Noonday Church Cemetery
      vi. Mildred BOATRIGHT

      Lewis and Eva owned and rented various farm lands in the 1429 GMD of Emanuel County, but their home for the longest time was situated mid-way between Garfield and Twin City (formerly Summit and Graymont). The site now is the home of Joy Boatright Mills, a granddaughter.

      The death of their youngest daughter, Mildred, was devastating to both parents. Mildred died as a result of burns after her housecoat caught on fire. A letter from their daughter-in-law Jewel Boatright to Hilda Boatright Wiggins detailed the tragic event. After trying to put out the flames, Lewis was scarred by burns to his hands and face. However, Eva suffered from depression the rest of her life.

      In addition to losing two children, Lewis also lost his right arm while dynamiting tree trunks on his farm. Despite this handicap, he enjoyed teasing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with the remaining stub of his arm. Of the many stories that could be told about how he turned his tragedy into laughter, one stands out, perhaps because both parties are deceased. Barry, one of Lewis? great-grandsons, had received a doctor's kit as a present when he was about four years old. Lewis, by virtue of being great-grandpa, had been selected by Barry as his "patient." Lewis' "complaint" was his arm. Barry listened to the stub with his stethoscope and performed a number of healing actions. Lewis assured Barry that he felt so much better. Lewis then disappeared for a short time and then returned to the porch where Barry was "examining other patients." As Lewis came through the screen door, he yelled for Barry to come see what a good doctor he was. Lewis now had an arm! He delighted watching Barry?s face as Barry beheld the prosthesis that almost always remained unused and stored away in a dresser drawer. Lewis slyly laughed as Barry became convinced that he was indeed a good doctor.

      R. L. and Eva celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1963 with family and friends at the Garfield Community Center. Their 60th anniversary party also was held there in December 1973.

      Lewis died on 15 February 1975 in Swainsboro, Emanuel County, and was buried on 17 February 1975 in Hebron Church, Garfield, Emanuel County.

      Eva died on 14 October 1975 in Swainsboro and was buried on 16 October 1975 in Hebron Church beside her husband.
    Person ID  I89  Boatright Genealogy
    Last Modified  4 Dec 2013 

    Father  John BOATRIGHT,   b. 3 Nov 1838, Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1913, Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Nancy DEAL,   b. 11 Jan 1853, Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1919, Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Sep 1877  Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F19  Group Sheet

    Family  Eva Mae SMITH,   b. 19 Dec 1894, Saluda County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1975, Swainsboro, Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Dec 1913  Saluda County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. John Pickney BOATRIGHT,   b. 17 Sep 1914, Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1996, Garfield, Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Harold Dorsey BOATRIGHT, Sr.,   b. 19 Oct 1916, Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 2004, Jenkins County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Hilda BOATRIGHT,   b. 29 Aug 1918, Jeff Davis County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 2005, Aiken, Aiken County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. Lora BOATRIGHT
     5. Vera Mae BOATRIGHT,   b. 23 Nov 1922, Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1924, Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Mildred BOATRIGHT,   b. 20 Jul 1925, Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1942, Twin City, Emanuel County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  8 Sep 2010 
    Family ID  F81  Group Sheet


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