Turner County, Georgia
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This land, located approximately 10 miles north of Ashburn, GA on highway 41 was first owned by J. H. Odom. Upon his death, his heirs were given property per his will. My grandmother Corrie Miles Odom Collins was his oldest daughter of 11 surviving children. She received 166.2 acres for the "sum of $5 and other valuable consideration." This deed was signed on April 3, 1948. The land was used for farming and used to grow cows and hogs and raised a family of 2 boys and a girl.
Where the tractor is in the picture was one acre that my grandmother sold to my father, Donald Gene Collins, for the sum of love and affection when he and my mother married in 1966. They bought a TINY single wide mobile home and lived there until 1976. I was born in 1968 and my brother was born in 1974. We lived here until we moved to Rebecca GA in 1976.
My grandmother died in 1975 and my grandfather, Doss Russell Collins died in 1977. My uncle, Willis Russell Collins owned and farmed the entire acreage until the late 1980's. The house was used as tenant rental property by my uncle, until abandoned in the early 1990's. The property was then sold to my father. The out buildings were long since gone and only the house, the concrete pad for the grain bin and the pump house remained. It is believed the house was struck by lightening in 1999 and burned to the ground. After clearing the property, my brother placed a single wide where the house had stood. I bought 4.9 acres from my father in 2000, at the furthermost southeast corner of the property, just to the left of the picture. Looking at the house, the viewer is facing south.
The scene in the picture is how I remember the property growing up, looking out the front door of the single wide across the road from Grandma and Granddaddy's house. I can't wait to give this picture to my father for Father's day 2010. What a treasure!—Sherrie Collins and family