I just checked the forum, and found that you have already replied!Wow!You're much faster than I am.
I would be happy to correspond and swap information.Some odds and ends:I have compiled a brief rundown on FULTON HEDGES pastoral ministries and locations, dates, etc., and remembered that I also have a picture of him, his brother GEORGE (I think it's GEORGE and not FRED), and his brother-in-law HENRY EZRA HART and a large gathering of Baptists in front of the INA BAPTIST CHURCH which he was patoring at the time the photo was made.I have never been able to enlarge the picture, but I look forward to digging it out and starting to play with sizing it up and down, etc.Knowhatimean?
Also, I have a picture of the quilt that I mentioned, and I also have a picture somewhere of what I am sure is a turn-of-the-century cardboard copy of a Civil War era picture of WILLIAM C. HEDGES.REV. WILLIAM FULTON HEDGES (1901-1996), eldest child of great-uncle GEORGE WASHINGTON HEDGES and 1st-cousin of my grampa CLARENCE HART identified the picture as his own grandfather.He said proudly that the family noted that when his dad GEORGE W. was in his prime, he was a dead ringer for his father WILLIAM C. when he was younger.If pictures don't lie, then I would say that that is true, because I definately do have pictures of GEORGE W. and they look alike.I can also see this younger man in the elderly WILLIAM C. HEDGES photo taken with his wife ELIZABETH.
Did you know that WILLIAM C. HEDGES is actually "REV." WILLIAM C. HEDGES?He was also a Baptist preacher, though I'm sure on a level less than a full career.His obituary appears in the 1917 Annual of the Illinois Baptist Convention, which was the Northern Baptist group.But until after WWI, the Northern and Southern Baptist groups in the state still printed each others' associational reports, etc., in each others' Annuals, just for the sake of friendly exchange of information.
As you probably know, the Illinois Baptist General Association (1846-1906) divided in 1906/07 into the Illinois Baptist State Association (Southern Baptists - more conservative) and the Illinois Baptist General Convention (later shortened to just Illinois Baptist Convention - the Northern Baptists - who were beginning to allow more liberal encroachments into their sphere of activities, prompting the eventual split after years of pleading from the more conservative Baptists in the state.)
By the way, thank you for reminding me of the correction I should have made concerning WILLIAM CHIDSEY HEDGES middle name.You are right, and I have had that information for a long time, but some of my notes still has it spelled wrong.My great-uncle GEORGE ALLEN HART (1913-1988) late of Kalamazoo, MI, told me shortly after my grampa HART died that he thought his grandfather's name was "WILLIAM CHINCEY or CHANCERY, or something like that," but he hadn't really heard the full name mentioned in years.Since "CHINCEY" made him sound like a cheapskate, I chose the other possibility, given the two lonesome choices.
It was one of the questions that I had failed to get answered by Grampa, and so George was all I had.In fact, a few years later, I received a copy of WILLIAM C.'s death certificate, and your grandmother DILLIE WALLS HEDGES was the informant, due to the fact that old WILLIAM was living with FULTON and DILLIE in Ina when he died.She spelled his middle name "CHENCIE", if memory serves me.
But shortly after that, I was able to talk to REV. WILLIAM F. HEDGES, and he said he was pretty sure it was "CHIDSY" or "CHIDSEY", but wasn't sure where it came from, although he thought that he had once been told when he was a boy.He said he thought the name sounded like a name for a pet animal - like maybe a horse or a dog.I replied that it reminded me of Chip and Dale the chipmunks.He just laughed.And wow, talk about memories, he laughed just like I remembered my Grampa HART when I was younger.
Funny how certain sounds, smells, even songs can trigger memories where in a split second, if you didn't know better, you were certain that so-and-so was going to walk in and give you a hug or say "Howdy" in their usual old way.I've been fortunate to not yet have lost a great many of my closest loved ones, but my Grampa HART I probably miss the most as of this time.Lookin' mighty forward to getting that hug from him again someday and letting him introduce me to his older kin whom I've never met before.
Well, enough reminiscing, it time for bed again and I have another lingering headache, and tomorrow is another busy day at work.
I'll try hitting one of those E-mail addresses of yours shortly, but I hope this format of communication is okay for now.
Mary, God bless you.