Drennon American Genealogy
(Ten Generations: 1737 – to Present)
Emphasizing the line and offspring of
Raleigh Eugene Drennon
(last updated Dec 4, 2004)
Individual Names are shown in red ink. Direct descendents and offspring of Raleigh Eugene Drennon are shown in bold ink. The reason, Raleigh Eugene Drennon, is chosen is that he is the highest member of the family tree that I knew personally and who made an impact on my life.
|Scots-Irish Drennon Migration in early 1700s
From Raleigh Eugene Drennon, III:
“Granddad always said our ancestry was Scots Irish, I just finished a good book by James Webb about the Scots Irish “Born Fighting” which stated that there was a big migration from Northern Ireland (Ulster Plantation) beginning in early 1700 and continuing until the revolution. It also indicated that the bulk of them gravitated to the mountain areas of Va, NC, SC & GA..”
Generation 1: Robert Drennon, Sr of Newberry District SC (probably migrated to SC from Ireland in 1737)
See Generation 2 for details concerning the earliest American Drennons. We do not know all of the children of Robert Drennon or his wife or his exact birth date since the earliest census records only recorded the free white males with no birthdates or women listed.
Robert Drennon Sr (probably migrated from Ireland to Charleston, SC in 1737 and then to the Newberry district some years later) . Un-named wife.
Robert Drennon Jr – born in Newbury District, SC
(possibly John Drennon) – born in Newbury District, SC
possibly other children
Generation II: Robert Drennon, Jr of Newberry, SC (born between 1737-1767 in SC)
William Drennon who was born in South Carolina in 1789 is the oldest ancestor that I have good primary documentation for. It is certain that William Drennon’s ancestors arrived in Charleston, SC in 1737 from Ireland. By the early 1800s, many of the original American Drennon clan were still living in South Carolina. However, others moved into the Southern Appalachain mountains. Some Drennons headed for Kentucky, others, including William Drennon(b 1789), settled in Georgia. Other Drennons moved on intoAlabama, and some landed in Arkansas. I do not have dependable primary sources giving with absolute certainty the names of all of William Drennon’s American ancestors. This is because early census takers only took the names of the free white males of a family and did not list birth dates. However, I will explain why I am almost certain of William Drennon’s father. We can limit William’s parents to three groups of Drennons: the York District Drennons, the Newberry District Drennons, and the Pendleton District Drennons. Since we know that William lived in Abbeville, SC in 1820 and since Abbeville was in the Newberry district of South Carolina, his parents must be one of the Newberry Drennons. There are four white free males listed in the District’s 1800 census: John Drennon, Robert Drennon Sr, Robert DrennonJr, and our William Drennon. William Drennon is the son of Robert Drennon, Jr. Guess who his Grandfather must be? Right, the Robert Drennon, Sr of Generation 1!
Robert Drennon, Jr. (born SC) . Un-named wife.
William Drennon (born in SC 1789 – probably in Newberry District of SC)
Other children unknown
Generation III: William Drennon (born GA 1789) married to Rebecca Drennon (SC 1792)
During the Census of 1850, we find that William Drennon is living in Cob County, GA. According to the census, he was born in 1789 and was 61 years old. We do not know the maiden name of his wife, Rebecca, but did learn from the 1850 census that she was born in SC and was 58 in 1850, being born in 1792. William’s oldest son, Thomas Martin Drennon, is living next door to him. Thomas has taken a young bride, Elizabeth Cathlene Pitts of North Carolina. He has two sons living in his home in 1850. In the 1860s, at least two of those sons would fight for the Confederacy: William J Drennon and Thomas Martin Drennon. William and Rebecca are found in the the 1850 census. The US census documents before 1850 only give the names of the heads of family. We find William in Georgia for the 1840 and 1830 census (in Carroll, GA). Since Thomas Drennon was born in Georgia in 1829, he obviously arrived in the state before that date. However, in 1820, William was living in Abbeville, SC. Even though this section of South Carolina was a large slave-owning area, the census of 1820 shows that William Drennon is NOT a slave owner. In 1800, when William was a child, he lived in one of the two areas where Drennons were found. His name, of course, was not listed. Thus, we must guess to what family he belonged. See generation “0” above for details.
NOTE CONCERNING OLDER GENERATIONS AND PROBLEMS WITH DOCUMENTING OLDER GENERATIONS: William Drennon is the oldest ancestor that I know for certain is a direct ancestor. If the follow the logic explained in “Generation 2”, however, he is most certainly the grandson of Robert Drennon, Sr. . It is certain that William Drennon’s ancestors arrived in Charleston, SC in 1837 from Ireland. One of these was likely Robert Drennon, Sr. I do not know how many Drennons were on board. Several generations later, there were some Drennons to enter Pennsylvania and populate the northern and western states that are likely not directly related to our clan. See “Generation 2” for details or our early American ancestors. The Drennons of North Georgia were considered “Scotch-Irish”. Raleigh Eugene Drennon, Sr. had told me and my cousins that the line that had come to him from his past relatives was that when brothers did not get along, they changed the spelling of their name. Others simply did not know how to spell. Thus, we have relatives with last names of Drennon, Drennan, Drennin, and Drennen. There are some folks of those spellings that show up in SC, GA, and AL who show up in later census documents who are likely Drennons. In 1800, the spelling is obviously “Drennon”. When people ask me where did “Drennon” come from, I respond that the furthest back I can document is that it came from Georgia USA! However, I must now amend that to South Carolina. There is a Drennon’s Lick in Kentucky with the “o” in the spelling. It possibly came from some distant cousins who went up to Kentucky instead of taking the Georgia route from South Carolina. Note that the population of Drennons decreased dramatically during the War Between the States. It is uncertain, how many deaths came directly from the hands of Sherman’s army (The Drennons lived along Sherman’s path) and how much was due to the poverty, malnutrition and disease that the war reaped. Engraved grave stones were not common in Floyd County,Georgia. Most Drennons were burried on the grounds of Baptist churches, but the wooded crosses has long sense decayed and sometimes replaced with mere unmarked stones. In this part of the world at this time, the US census is the best primary record. However, before the birth of the USA, there was no USA census! Note that William Drennon of 1789 birth was born in South Carolina. The US census of 1800 shows all Drennons living in SC with the exception of two living in Pennsylvania (probably a second immigration of a Drennon to the US). I would have been stuck at William Drennon’s father except that his father was listed as “Robert Drennon, Jr.” and Robert Drennon Sr was in the same district! What luck!
William Drennon — (born apprx 1789 in Newberry District of South Carolina) 61 year old male in 1850. In 1850, he was a Mechanic, living in Cobb County, GA.
In the 1830 census, William was living in Carroll, GA. Since all of his children were born in Georgia, he must have moved to Georgia before 1829. However, during the 1820 census, William was still in the state of his birth (SC) and the state where his ancestors migrated. He was living in an area in 1820 where many claimed to own slaves. However,William Drennon was listed as owning no slaves in 1820 despite the large number of slave owners on the census of his area.
Rebecca Drennon — 58 year wife of William Drennon in 1850 —- born in South Carolina(born apprx 1792)
William J Drennon — 18 year old son in 1850, living with parents — born in Georgia (son) — Note: William J Drennon was later to join the confederate army. His strong opinion that Johnston could have saved Atlanta with his gorilla tactics if not releaved by General Hood and his saying that “We fought under Johnston and died under Hood” was instilled on his grandson, Raleigh Eugene Drennon, Sr… who passed this information to this grandchild. In the early US census takings, only the name of the head of family was taken. In 1800 (according to the 1800 census), the Drennons were divided into two locations in South Carolina.
Elijah Drennon – 14 year old son, living with parents – born in Georgia
Thomas M Drennon — born apprx 1829 — 21 year old son, living next door to parents in Cobb County, GA in 1850. His occupation in 1850 was that of a mechanic. He would later serve in the Confederate army and would agree with his brother, William, that Johnston could have held Sherman, and that Hood taking over the defending army was a disaster.
Elizabeth Cathlene (Pitts) Drennon — 16 year old wife of Thomas in 1850 (*This according to the 1850 census. Later census data indicates that she could have bee a 14 or 15 year old bride. In the 1850 census, she claimed to be 16. However. in the 1870 census, she claimed to be 34 rather than 36. In the 1880 census, she claimed to be 45. Thomas and Elizabeth had no children until 1853, so this union was evidently not a shotgun marriage. In 1850, she lived with Thomas Martin Drennon, next door to his parents in 1850. After the war, they would move to Floyd County, Georgia. She was born in North Carolina. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Cathlene Pitts. Her parents were William Augustus and Mary Ann (South) Pitts. She had two brothers. Joseph Pitts fought for the CSA in the War Between the States and was killed during the war. Her other brother was Malachi Pitts who also served in the confederate arm. Malachi was killed in 1895 in a boundry dispute.
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Generation IV: Thomas Martin Drennon (b GA 1829) and Elizabeth Cathlene (Pitts) Drennon (b GA 1834 – 1836)
Thomas Drennon and family lived in Cobb County in 1850, but after the War Between the States, the Thomas Martin Drennons moved to Floyd County. The 1870 and 1880 census find him in Floyd County. Thomas said he was 21 in 1850, 41 in the 1870 census, 51 in the 1880 census… so his age is very consistant, unlike his wife, Elizabeth Cathlene (Pitts) Drennon, who was 16 in the 1850 census, 34 in the 1870 census, 45 in the 1880 census. Thomas Martin Drennon and Elizabeth Cathlene (Pitts) Drennon are found in the the 1850 (Cobb County GA) census 1870 (Floyd County GA) census and 1880 (Floyd County GA) census. There is no 1890 census information because it was destroyed by a fire at the Commerce Department in Washington, DC on 10 January 1921
|CIVIL WAR NOTE:
This is the primary generation that fought for the Confederate States of America. In the Drennon line, we have my great great grandfather, Sgt. Thomas M Drennon and great great uncle William J Drennon and great great uncle William Henry Knowles (Elizabeth Cathlene Pitts Drennon’s brother) fighting for the confederacy. Note that neither was a slave owner. Blacks were not common in Floyd County, Georgia. That southerners were fighting to preserve slavery is an obvious rewriting of history by the victor’s side… not an uncommon thing to do.
On my mother’s side, I had my great grand father (from the next generation down), Green Ingram fighting for the CSA. Pvt Greene Ingram lied about his age in order to join the Confederate army. He was in Company A of the 10th regiment of the North Carolina Volunteers. Ironically, Green Ingram was the grandson of General Nathaniel Green who drove the British out of the South in the Revolutionary war. The grandson of a founder of the USA fought against the USA in the 1860s. Also, his grandfather, Shadrack Ingram (spelled Ingraham) was in the Revalutionary War. It was not uncommon for Confederate soldiers to come from the families of Revolutionary soldiers. Green was the son of a slave owner. His daughter who was my grandmother, Lucy Jane (Ingram) Hixson, became very active in UDC (United Daughters of the Confederacy). On my mother’s side of the family, my great great grandfather, Pvt. F. B. Jones was a direct ancestor in the war. He served in Co. K of the 38th NC Infantry. He never returned. He was buried in Virginia during the War.
Quite a few Chandlers also fought for Georgia and the south in the Civil War. Rosalie Chandler married Raleigh E. Drennon, Sr. I have not gotten the Chandlers fully documented yet.
In the years building up to 1860, there were many Chandlers and Drennons in Georgia. However, the war depleted their populations which had to begin rebuildings from the much lower 1870 census count. These families lived in Sherman’s path to the sea. It is likely that not all death’s came at the hands of Sherman, however. Starvation, poverty, and disease took its toll.
Thomas Martin Drennon (b 1829 in GA). His occupation in 1850 was that of a mechanic. He would later serve in the Confederate army and would agree with his brother, William, that Johnston could have held Sherman, and that Hood taking over the defending army was a disaster. The 1870 census declared that Thomas could read and write and had moved to Floyd County, Georgia. In Floyd County, his occupation was changed to “blacksmith”, mentioned in the 1870 and 1880 US census.
Elizabeth (nickname: Eliza) Cathlene (Pitts) Drennon (b 1834 – 36 in GA) – wife of Thomas Martin Drennon — was 14 to16 years old when married to Thomas. (*According to the 1850 census, she was 16 in 1850. Later census data indicates that she could have bee a 14 or 15 year old bride. In the 1850 census, she claimed to be 16. However. the 1870 census, she claimed to be 34 rather than 36. In the 1880 census, she claimed to be 45, rather than 46 or 44! Thomas and Elizabeth had no children until 1853, so this union was evidently not a shotgun marriage. In 1850, she lived with Thomas Martin Drennon, next door to his parents in 1850. After the war, they would move toFloyd County, Georgia. She was born in North Carolina. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Cathlene Pitts. Her parents were William Augustus and Mary Ann (South) Pitts. She had two brothers. Joseph Pitts fought for the CSA in the War Between the States and was killed during the war. Her other brother was Malachi Pitts who also served in the confederate arm. Malachi was killed in 1895 in a boundry dispute. In the 1870 census, it was declared that Elizabeth couldnot read or write. She was called “Elizabeth” in the 1850 census, “Eliza” in the 1870 census, and “Catherine” in the 1880 census for window tinting.
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John M Drennon (b 1853 in GA) – living at home during the 1870 census at which time he was listed as a 17 year old son. He was not in school at this time, but worked as a blacksmith which was the same occupation as his father. The 1870 census claimed that he could not read or write. There was no mention of John M Drennon in later census…unless the middle initial is incorrect in the 1870 census.
Elizabeth Savannah Drennon (b 1854 in GA d 1919) – fraternal twin of John M Drennon, living at home. This daughter of Thomas and Eliza did not attend school and could not read or write, according to the 1870 US census. In 1875, Elizabeth Savannah Drennon married Isaiah Christopher Columbus Bird (b 1844 d 1915).
William Thomas Drennon (b Sep 20 1856 in GA d Mar 5 1904 in GA buried in Atlanta, GA) – He was 13 years old in Georgia according to the 1870 census, living at home and attending school. He could read and write. He is my direct ancestor among these children.
Mary M Drennon (b 1858) – 12 year old daughter living at home in Floyd County, GA and attending school during the 1870 census. There was no sign of Mary in the 1880 census. She perhaps was married with another name or could have been deceased.
Nancy J Drennon (b 1859) — 11 year old daughter living at home in Floyd County, GA and attending school during the 1870 census. There was no sign of Nancy in the 1880 census. She perhaps was married with another name or could have been deceased.
(No 1860, 1861, or 1862 births due to service in CSA army)
Joseph J Drennon (b 1863 in GA) — 8 year old son living at home in Floyd County, GA and attending school during the 1870 census. There is no sign of Joseph in the 1880 census… unless he is “Charles”
Charles Drennon (b 1863 in AL) – not present in 1870 census but present in 1880 census as 18 year old son living in Floyd County. Perhaps “Joseph” and “Charles” are the same person. It is not likely that twin brothers would be born in separate states!
Geo (George) L Drennon (b 1864 in GA) — 7 year old son living at home in Floyd County, GA but not attending school during the 1870 census. During the 1880 census, he was still living at home as a 17 year old son. He evidently never went to school. He was listed as a blacksmith who could not read or write in 1880.
Chris B Drennon (b 1867 in GA) — 3 year old son living at home in Floyd County, GA but not attending school during the 1870 census
Louisa or Louis W Drennon (b 1869 in GA) — 1 year old son living at home in Floyd County, GA but not attending school during the 1870 census
There may have been other children born after 1870, but if so they did not live past childhood in this rought post-war economy in an area that was destroyed by General Sherman’s army.
Also in Floyd Co GA in 1870:
David Knowles age 61 carpenter (Floyd Co GA)
Henry 24 M
Asner 22 M
Margaret 20 F
David 15 M
Josephine 14 F – would later marry William T Drennon (above)
Fannie 11 F
Katie 9 F
Anna 7 F
SCV: William Henry Knowles son – confederate veteran – not living in home
In Cobb County GA in 1870:
Malachi Pitts [brother of Elizabeth C (Pitts) Drennon] – confederate veteran M 32 b NC – died in border dispute in 1895
Sarah J Pitts F 26 wife – keeping house
Malachai Pitts M 6 son
Georgia J Pitts F 4 daughter
William Pitts M 1 son
Civil War Casulty:
Joseph Pitts [brother of Elizabeth C (Pitts) Drennon] was not living for 1870 census. He died fighting for Georgia in the War Between the States. (SCV info)
Aaron Chandler (b 1814 in GA) – grandfather of Rosalie Chandler who married Raleigh E. Drennon, Sr. living in Irwin, GA in 1850. He was a farmer with a large family.
Disiz Chandler (b 1812 in GA) – grandmother of Rosalie Chandler who married Raleigh E Drennon Sr
Firiby A Chandler, daughter (b 1835 in GA)
Sara Chandler, daughter (b 1836 in GA)
Francis Chandler, son (b 1835 in GA) – father of Rosalie Chandler who married Raleigh E Drennon, Sr
Virgil Chandler, son (b 1840 in GA)
Anna Chandler, daughter (b 1842 in GA)
John W Chandler, daughter (b 1845 in GA)
Aeineth S Chandler, daughter (b 1847 in GA)
Generation V William T Drennon (b Sep 20 1856 in GA) and Josephine (Knowles) Drennon (b July 28 1856 in GA)
*Gravestone indicates that William T Drennon married Josaphine Knowle. Census only refers to her as “Josephine”. Birthdates and Death dates come from gravestones in Atlanta, GA, not from census. Census refers to “Rollie”, but the correct spelling was “Raliegh”… from gravestone and from personal knowledge (He was my granddad whom I knew in person).
I visited Agnes with Grandad in a mental hospital in central Georgia. She seemed very sane and quite gentle and nice. I think she was put there because of her relationships with men.
Williiam T Drennon was said to be born in AL in this census… but matches the William T Drennon above in every other category. In other census takings, kids disagree about his being from AL or GA. Most probable: He was born in AL during brief stay in that state. All census matching him were from GA. Because the 1900 Census has many errors (See son Raleigh… who is listed as Rollie, for example), it could be they made an error with birthplace being Alabama—especially since Raleigh Drennon states his dad and mom were born in Georgia in the 1910 census) Much of the information for this generation comes from the 1900 census.
In this generation, we also meet the parents of Rosalie Chandler who will marry Raleigh Eugene Drennon, Sr. In 1900, Frances and Fannie Chandler have been married for 30 years and living in Atlanta (Atlanta Ward 2). They were married in 1870 when Frances was 35 and Fannie was 20. Raleigh evidently met Rosalie after he moved from Rome (Floyd County), GA for Atlanta.
William Thomas Drennon (b Sep 20 1856 in GA d Mar 5 1904 in GA buried in Atlanta, GA ) – He was 13 years old in Georgia according to the 1870 census, living at home and attending school. He could read and write. He is my direct ancestor among these children. There was no sign of Nancy in the 1880 census. She perhaps was married with another name or could have been deceased. Although the 1900 census showed him to be born in Alabama, the 1870, 1880, 1910, 1920, and 1930 census indicated that he was born in Georgia. Some of his offspring indicated that he was born in GA and some that he was born in AL. If he was born in Alabama, it was during a brief visit (Floyd County GA is in NW GA on the Alabama side of the state). During each census, he was living in Georgia. He was buried in Atlanta, GA.
Josephine (Knowles) Drennon (b July 28 1856 d Mar 8, 1938 in GA ) – wife of William Thomas Drennon (father b GA, mother b GA) –[ SVC info: parents of Josepine: David Floyd and Amanda Frances (Shivers) Knowles – brother of Josephine was William
Henry Knowles who was a confederate veteran.] [Knowles not in census but on gravestone and in SVC documentation].
Addie Drennon Perry b Aug 23 1875 d Apr 3 1961
Winnie Drennon Price b July 27 1881 d Mar 31 1966
Raleigh Eugene) Drennon (b Mar 1886 in Floyd County GA) — 14 year old son living in Floyd County Georgia at home in 1900
“Willie L” (William L) Drennon (b Nov 1887) – 12 year old son living in Floyd County Georgia at home in 1900
Agnes D (Dean) Drennon (b Oct 17 1889) d Dec 1 1976 (10 F)
Jake C Drennon (b Oct 1891) – 8 year old son living at home in 1900
Francis Chandler (b Apr 1835 in Georgia … both parents born in GA) – medical doctor in Atlanta, GA. Raleigh and Luther did not know their grandfather. He died before Raleigh E Drennon, Sr married his daughter.
Fannie Chandler, wife (b Aug 1849 in Alabama … both parents born in GA) – The family was intact in 1900, but by 1910, Fannie was head of household with Eva andSalem still living at home. Francis evidently had passed away. Fannie was 60 in 1910 around the time Raleigh and Fannie were newlyweds. She does not show up in the 1920 census. Thus, Raleigh Jr and Luther probably did not know their grandmother well. Fannie was living in Atlanta during at least through the 1910 census.
Eva Chandler, daughter (b Oct 1875 in GA) – school teacher in Fulton County, GA
Salem Chandler, son (b Oct 1875 in GA) – away from home in 1900 but came back to live with sister and mother in 1910.
Frank Chandler, son (b Apr 1878 in GA) – electro plater in Atlanta
Fannie Chandler, daughter (b May 1881 in GA)
Rosalie Lura Chandler, daughter (b January 1886 in GA) – will marry Raleigh E Drennon, Sr and die at 43 of complications due to bone cancer. She will be the mother of Raleigh and Luther.
Generation VI: Raleigh Eugene Drennon Sr (b Mar 1886 in Floyd County GA) and Rosalie (Chandler) Drennon (b GA 1887)
|Favorite Quotes from my Grandfather, Raleigh E Drennon, Sr:
When he was teaching me to drive, whenever I stopped at a stop sign:
“The sign says STOP not PARK!”
I can’t count the number of times he said this to me:
“Son, there are two ways to do everything: your way and the right way!”
Quoting his great uncle Bill and grandfather Thomas:
“We fought under General Johnston and died under General Hood.” (They were strong believers that Johnstons hit and run tactics could have prevented Sherman from taking Atlanta.)
When in college, I would often take granddad out to eat. He would talk to anyone and make almost anyone laugh. Once, he got after a girl taking a drink from a water fountain in an Atlanta mall because that was tax-payers water. She seemed shocked and apologized! Then Grandad would laugh and say she could drink as much water as she wanted. I was three paces back with my hands over my face when he was getting after her. He never got into trouble, though, and was great at breaking the ice with total strangers. Observing his gregarious nature helped me to overcome my own shyness.
Anyone who knew granddad would agree that he was a very bright and witty man. No wonder he was so long in elected office and so admired by almost everyone I met.
Raleigh Eugene Drennon, Sr Mechanic and long-term politition including Mayor protemp of Atlanta, alderman of Atlanta for 36 years, head of democratic party of Georgia – little education but great mind and much energy. It seemed like he knew everything about everything! I can not count the number of times people told me how intelligent he was. Numerous people were always coming to him for advise about any number of matters )
Rosalie Lura (Chandler) Drennon (b Rome GA Jan 1886 d July 16 1929 Parents were Francis and Fannie Chandler of Altanta, GA) – 1st wife of Raleigh Eugene Drennon, Sr and mother of his children of Fulton County (Atlanta) Georgia, wife of Raleigh Eugene Drennon and had his kids. She died young, at age 43 on July 16, 1929
when Raleigh Jr (having recently graduated from Georgia Tech) was in Europe and Luther was in Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, GA.
Raleigh and Rosalie were parents of
Raleigh Eugene Drennon Jr
Rosa Drennon (only ref to her was in 1910 census at 1 year old ). —Evidently died shotly thereafter)
Luther Z Drennon
|Rosalie Lura (Chandler) Drennon and Nettie Whittle Drennon
Rosalie Lura Chandler Drennon was from an Atlanta family with deep Georgiaroots like the Drennons. Evidently Raleigh E Drennon met her when he moved toAtlanta from Rome (Floyd County), Georgia. Rosalie was very sick with bone cancer when her son Raleigh helped Georgia Tech take the college national football championship by defeating the University of Calrifornia in the Rose Bowl. She was under constant doctor’s care from January until July 16, 1929 when she died. The cause of death was “cerebral ambolism resulting from multiple carcinomata of bones.” Cancer would also be the downfall of her two kids. Her son, Luther, would also be plagued with bone cancer. [Rosalie’s death certificate shows her age of 38 … but birth and census data makes a more convincing case for her being 43. Could it be that Women cutting a few years off their adult age is not a new tradition?],
About 6 months after Rosalie’s death, Raleigh Drennon married Nettie Whittle.(See picture of Raleigh Drennon and Nettie (Whittle) Drennon ) who became everyone’s loving grandmother. Raleigh needed a wife to help take care of him and his family and to have a wife on his arm while he was involved in politics. ( I have quite a bit of information on the Whittle Family… and will add them later.) When I was a kid, I referred to them as “Granddad and Nettie”. I thought everyone called their grandmom “Nettie”. I was older when I discovered that “Nettie” was actually her name!
Rosalie was very sick with bone cancer when her son Raleigh helped Georgia Tech take the college national football championship by defeating the University of Calrifornia in the Rose Bowl. She was under constant doctor’s care until July 16, 1929. About 6 months after Rosalie’s death, Raleigh Drennon married Nettie Whittle (b GA 1899). Raleighwas 44 and Nettie was 31. who became everyone’s loving grandmother. Raleigh needed a wife to help take care of him and his family and to have a wife on his arm while he was involved in politics. ( I have quite a bit of information on the Whittle Family… and will add them later.)
Addie Drennon Perry (b Aug 23 1875 d Apr 3 1961 ) – sister of Raleigh and daughter of William T Drennon
– ( Addie married Joe Perry, an Atlanta City Policeman and North Fulton County Police. She loved snuff) They had 2 daughrers:
Jan Perry, later Jan Dodd
Betty.Robertson (married to Walter Robertson)
Winnie Drennon Price ( b July 27 1881 d Mar 31 1966 ) – sister of Raleigh and daughter of William T Drennon. She was married and had a son who lived South of Atlanta and was a pastor.
?????? – son , as adult was a pastor south of Atlanta
Jake Drennon (b d ) – brother of Raleigh and son of William T Drennon — (wife’s name was Kate – owned Drennon Foods with saying “Everything’s Jakes”… made great potato chips “Jake’s Potato Chips” and did some of the food work for the Varsity. Raleigh E Drennon, Jr. worked for him for a short time.
Clifford son – died at a young age
Agnes Dean Drennon (b Oct 17 1889 in GA d Dec 01 1976 ) — sister of Raleigh and daughter of William T Drennon — I took Grandad (RaleighDrennon Sr) to visit Agnes several times. In her younger days, she had many men friends and would disappear for periods of time. She was placed in Milledgeville (GA) state asylum. In this sad tale, she was there for many years before they decided that she had nothing mentally wrong with her. She was a free female spirit living in the wrong time period, evidently. Eventually, she moved to a nursing home in Gray, Georgia.. where I would visit her. She was first a “patient” but later became a nurse/helper there. She had been institutionalized for so long, she no longer felt comfortable to live outside an institution. Granddad felt very guilty about Agnes being institutionalized and expressed this to me in his later years. Agnes, however, was a very happy lady … to her death. Aunt Mary (Luther Drennon’s wife) wrote to her regularly and visited her often.
Willliam L Drennon (b d ) – brother of Raleigh and son of William T Drennon – Raleigh, while in politics did not want William around. I guess there was some disagreement between the brothers. William first lived in the Atlanta area, but Raleigh encouraged him to move to Florida. He lived somewhere along the Tamiami trail near the everglades between Tampa and Miami.
William L Drennon’s wife was Golie Drennon. In Atlanta, he was a mechanic. I do not know what he did in Florida.
While in Atlanta, William and Golie had the following kids:
Generation VII: Raleigh E Drennon, Jr and Luther Z Drennon
|Some favorite moments with my Uncle Luther:
When I worked for him one summer, I was riding with him in a pickup truck, returning from picking up some springs for some Coca Cola trucks. We were stopped behind two vehicles who were waiting for a break in traffic to turn out of the lot and onto a busy Atlanta street. There was a car behind us who started honking. Uncle Luther pulled out a hand-held horn from under his seat, got out of the truck, walked to the back of that car and started honking! It broke me up!
When attending Georgia Tech, Uncle Luther and Aunt Mary often took me out to eat with his family. The bantering between Uncle Luther and Aunt Mary would often amuse me. Uncle Luther knew exactly where he was going, but at an intersection would ask Aunt Mary if he should turn left. She would protest that she didn’t know. “But don’t you think we should turn left?” he would ask. She would say, “Yes, why don’t you turn left”. “OK, darling,” he would answer… and then proceeded to turn right!
Like Granddad, both Uncle Luther and my father always had a smirk and a clever joke to share. They were all very intelligent, hard workers, and perfectionists in their work.
Interesting Tidbits about My Dad
My father was Raleigh Eugene Drennon, Jr. Tales that I heard from my father’s Georgia Tech classmates and his world war II cronies:
Raleigh was cocaptain and both offensive and defensive guard for the Georgia Tech football team that won the national college football championship by defeating the University of California in the 1929 Rose Bowl game. A California player, Roy Regals, ran the wrong way. “Raleigh blocked for him so that he went all the way to the wrong goal and then tackled him for a safety. The “golden tornado” of Georgia Tech won 8-6.
A WWII cronie told me that on Yap Island, Raleigh was well respected. He was a large muscular man. Once a fellow tried to break in a food line and Dad picked him up and bodily carried him to the back of the line. No one ever broke in the food line again.
During WWII, Raleigh was sent to midway island to fix a plumbing problem that did not exist. They did this because they were trying to fool the Japanese that there was a water problem on midway .. in order to break the Japanese code. They had to send Dad to make sure any Japanese “spy” on Hawaii did not expect the trap. My father said he found out just how valuable he was when they sent him there to fix a non-problem and so that he could get bombed! He tried to let my mom know that he was on Midway Island by asking her if she knew where Augusta Georgia was in relation to Atlanta and Columbia SC (It is MIDWAY!). My mother did not figure it out… but answered .. “Of course I know where Augusta is? You know that? Why do you ask such a foolish question.” My Dad never let her live that down.
Raleigh Eugene Drennon Jr (Hall of Fame Football player with Georgia Tech, including 1929 world championship, All American, All Southern, pro-football player, civil engineer, inventor of apple turnover baking machine with Drennon Foods for his Uncle Jake, Cdr USNR World War II Vet: Midway, Yap). His first wife was Evelyn Drennon and his 2nd wife was Effie Vera Hixson Drennon from Augusta, GA. Whereas Raleigh was a Georgia Tech graduate. Effie Vera Hixson Drennon was a graduate of the University of Georgia. Their marriage still worked! Raleigh E Drennon, Jr was father of) :
Luther Z Drennon (b Oct 18 1916 in GA d Oct 10 2000 in GA See http://www.drennon.org/luther ) (Mechanical Engineer from Georgia Tech, Owner of Drennon Springs on West Peachtree St in Atlanta, GA, Capt USNR WWII vet – after my father died, he opened his home to me on many occasions and was a great help to me in my tumultuous adolescence. I will always appreciate him for that.) Like his mother, Rosalie Lura Chandler Drennon, Luther was plagued with bone cancer. Luther married Mary Grace Saunders Drennon (d Feb 24 1996) (I will add more about Saunders later) They were parents of:
Evelyn Drennon (Raleigh Drennon, Jr’s first wife) remarried and had a son.
Jan (Perry) Dodd (daughter of Addie Drennon Perry, Raleigh’s sister): last marriage was to Louie Dodd, nice guy, member of Briarlake Baptist Church and died of complications from Alzheimer’s. It is believed that Jan had children from another marriage. More information needed.
Betty (Perry) Robertson (daughter of Addie Drennon Perry) married Walt Robertson.. nice Christian couple … had two children
Grady Drennon (married ????)
Addendum from 1910 through 1930 census:
1910 Census Information (Fulton County, GA)
Here William L Drennon says his father, William T Drennon was born in AL where Raleigh says GA. In other census (such as 1920, William L claims father was born in GA.. Thus, there is confusion where William T Drennon was born… best guess: born in AL between census takings … but primarily lived in GA.
Raleigh Drennon (M 23)
Rosa Drennon (wife) (F 22)
Rosa Drennon (daughter) (F 1)
Raleigh Drennon (son) (M 2)
Also living in Atlanta GA area:
William L Drennon (brother of Raleigh Drennon) (M 22) (bGA fAL mGA) blacksmith
Golie Drennon (wife of William L Drennon (F 23) (bGA fGA mGA) occupation: “none”
— both state they can read and write
Living in Floyd County GA:
Charles Drennon — Son of Thomas: Raleigh Sr’s great uncle (Living in Floyd Co GA)
Tululah (wife 44 )
Allie (daughter 14)
Charles (son 9)
Noble (son 2)
John T Drennon – living in Floyd Co GA — relation uncertain except that since it is in Floyd Co GA, must be relatives.
Wife: R M Drennon
Son: Silver C Drennon
Mother: Gittie (?)
Noah Drennon (father 35) – heard Graddad mention Noah, in Floyd Co GA – do not know relationship:
Martha Drennon (daughter 16)
Mary (daughter 16)
Myrtle (daughter 16)
M—– (daughter 12)
Everett (son 11)
Frank (son 9)
Norman (son 6)
——-on (son 3)
1920 Census Information (DeKalb County, GA)
Note there is still confusion of the birth state of Wiliam T Drennon …. All indicate he was born in GA in this census. Other census recordings seem confused whether birth state is GA or AL
Raleigh Drennon (M 33 head) (bGA fGA mGA)
Rosalie Drennon (F 31 wife) (bGA fGA mGA)
Raleigh (M 11 son) (bGA fGA mGA)
Luther (M 3 son) (bGA fGA mGA)
Josephine Drennon (F 61 head of household) (b GA f GA m GA) – works for Paul’s Manufactoring Co.
— (Gravestone info Josephine Knowles Drennon b July 28 1856 d Mar 8 1938)
Agnes Drennon (F 29 daughter) (b GA f AL m GA) – works for Toilet Articles
William Drennon [Raleigh Drennon Sr’s brother: William L Drennon] (M 32)(b GA fGA mGA) – manager automobile repair
Golie Drennon (F 33 wife) – occupation: none
Thelma (F 9 daughter) – school student
Mauton (M 6 son) – school student
Golie (F 5 daughter)
William Jr (M 2 son) [Since a Jr, name would be William L Drennon]
Elizabeth Drennon [daughter of Thomas, great aunt of Raleigh E Drennon, Sr] (F 71 widdow) (bGA fUSA mGA) (living in Rome, Floyd County, GA)
John Drennon (living in Floyd, GA – obvious son of one of Raleigh Sr’s great uncles or aunts] (M 34 head) – machinist manufactoring
Hatie Drennon (F 34 wife)
Carl Drennon (M 11 son)
Lucile Drennon (F 10 daughter)
Alice Drennon (F 5 daughter)
Rosa Nell (F 3 daughter)
R Jaque Drennon (lodger M 20 clerk Steam Rail.—) don’t know relationship except lodged in Atlanta in 1920, born in GA around 1900 and mother and father born in GA.
1930 Census (DeKalb County, GA)
By 1930 Raleigh Drennon Jr was graduated from college (Ga Tech 1929) and had moved out. Raleigh had remarried Nettie Whittle since Rasalie Chandler Drennon had died (probably of cancer). Only Luther Z Drennon now lived at home with his parents.
The census information for Raleigh Drennon is from Militia District 531, DeKalb, Georgia:
Raleigh Drennon (M 44 head) (proprietor automobile shop) (bGA fGA mGA)
Nettie Drennon (F 31 stepmother) (clerk bank) (bGA fGA mGA)
Luther Z Drennon (M 13 son) (student) (bGA fGA mGA)
Note: Raleigh Drennon was in Europe at the time.
Jake C Drennon (M 37head) (automobile mechanic, aviation company) – *Raleigh E Drennon Sr’s younger brother
Katherine Drennon (M 37wife)
Clifford S Drennon (M 16 son)
Grady G Drennon (M 11 son)
Other Drennon’s Living in Atlanta, Fulton, GA:
Josephine Drennon 72 – mother of Raleigh Drennon (value of home $2000
Agnes Drennon 35 – sister of Raleigh Drennon, living with Josephine (when not in institution) – occupation: practical nurse
Margaret Drennon – inmate in Atlanta prison, age 14 (bGA fGA mGA)
Drennons Living in Floyd Co
Silver C Drennon — son of John T Drennon (age 21) – molder Stove Foundry
Minnie M Drennon – wife of Silver C Drennon
Gloria L Drennon – daughter of Silver C Drennon, 3 yrs old
Martha A Drennon – daughter of Silver C Drennon, 11 mo old at census.
John L Drennon – unknown relationship but probably related because of Floyd Co location — age 46 – machinist machine shop (b GA f AL mGA)
Katie M Drennon – wife of John L Drennon – age 48 (bGA fGA mGA)
Alice Drennon – daughter of John L Drennon – age 16 (bGA fGA mGA)
Rosa N Drennon – daughter of John L Drennon – age 13 (bGA fGA mGA)
Leor T Drennon – grandson of James H Johnson and living with grandparents – age 13
Elizabett Drennon – age 81 – great aunt of Raleigh E Drennon Sr – daughter of Thomas – living alone. (bGA fGA mUSA)
Noble Drennon – [Relationship: son of Charles B Drennon – better known as C B Drennon, who I met and claimed he was Raleigh’s cousin. Noble was son of Charles B Drennon .. who was son of Charles Drennon who was son of Thomas Drennon. Raleigh was son of William T. Drennon who was son of Thomas Drennon] — age 22 —
Flora Drennon – wife of Noble Drennon – age 22 —
Artie Lee Drennon – daughter of Noble Drennon – age 3
Christine Drennon – daughter of Noble Drennon – age 1
Charley Drennon – brother of Noble Drennon – age 29
C B Drennon – [I knew CB Drennon. He claimed to be Raleigh’s cousin] – father of Noble Drennon – age 63
Viola Drennon – mother of Ira Oswalt (age 21) and living in that household – age 58 married at 15. (b GA fVA mVA) – not working. Son works in coal mine
Lillie Drennon – Negro age 19– servent for private family
Mildred Drennon – Negro age 18 – servent for private family