Researching any Lott Family history becomes an exercise which resembles looking for a needle in a haystack. This branch is no different. My grandfather Wiley Lott was the son to Joel Lott and Obedience (Beady) Vickers Lott of the S. GA branch of the even bigger John Lott Saga.
The only story I had to go on when I began my research was one I remembered hearing from my elderly aunts on a Sunday when I was not yet in school. The story was that my grandfather (Wiley Lott) left the Joel Lott family enclave in S. GA because he either did not wish to be a farmer or knew there were about 20 something families within his sibling familial circle and he felt that he wanted more. I believe I recall hearing that he had wandering fever, didn't wish to waste his time with mundane things like working regularly. Think about this, sounds like many people today always looking for the easy way to acquiring something. So after he married Maryann Newbern he sat off on an oddesy that became obsured, blurred and almost unknown. Wiley married, burried and traveled. From S. GA to N FL and finally to the Columbus, GA area. To today I still don't know exactly where he rests. Some sources list him in Douglas, however I've not verified this. You know those Lott's so many families with the same names, it's enough to drive you to.....
His wives included Maryann Newbern, Eliza Rowe and one or possibly two other women. Unfortunately for me Wiley also had children with several of these wives. I grew up knowing that my father Hugh Lott had Ben Lott, Homer Lott, Lillie Lott Funderburke, Mattie Carpenter, Pearl Pridgen and Emma Duncan as siblings. They were very close. I was told that even though some were only half brothers and sister they mad no differences. Because of the hardships they lived through with having multiple step-parents this small core of loving individuals were my whole world as a child. Since my father settled down to have a family later that his older siblings, I grew up about one to one and a half a generation out of line with my peers. Unfortunately for me most all of my first cousins are now deseased. So I really have been doing some scratching to come up with facts.
Many of the really old research I located I credit to Joe & Dan Lott and John Barron. Seems that they had the information from Joel back. My quest continues today. My hope is to completely connect all of the siblings of my grandfather Wiley Lott and great grandfather (Joel Lott) of S. GA.