Early Settlers of
Their Descendants...Their Stories...Their Achievements
Lifting the Mists of History on Their Way of Life
By: Ethelene Dyer Jones
Descendants of the Famed Adam Poole Vandiver
have commented that they particularly enjoyed my
Mr. Theodore Thomas who moved in 1996
John Floyd Edward Vandiver, Rhoda Lucinda Souther’s husband, was a son of George Vandyman Vandiver (1812-1910) and Frances Wheeler Vandiver (1816-1915). George was the second child of the famed Adam Poole Vandiver (1788-1877) and his first wife, Martha Whiting Vandiver (1794-1840).
John Paul Souther of
Rhoda Lucinda Souther was the twelfth
and youngest child of John and Mary “Polly” Combs Souther.
Her parents had purchased and settled about
1836 on four lots where the
Just how Rhoda and John Floyd Edward
Vandiver met is not known to this writer.
But it was not that far from the section of
They lived at the old John
homeplace, she being the youngest of the twelve Souther children. Rhoda and John Vandiver had thirteen
children, twelve of whom were born at the John Souther homeplace. The youngest was born in
Here is a listing of their
birthdates: Mary A. Vandiver (1873)
married Frank L. Smith; William Joshua
Vandiver (1874) married Ida Hilderbrand; Cordelia Jane Vandiver (1876)
Andrew Jackson Townsend and Carl Sieverts; John Joseph Vandiver (1878)
Lula Mae Estee; James Harley Vandiver (1880) married Mae Larsen;
Rosanna Vandiver (1882) married John W. Thomas; Marion Thomas Vandiver
(1884-1900); Della Lucinda Vandiver (1886) married Joseph McDonald, Chaney Canning and Carl
Sarah Evelyn Vandiver (1887) married John Durham; Nellie May
(1890) married Frank Whitley; Hartwell Franklin Vandiver (1891) married
Hazel Blackwell; Callie Buenaulsta
Vandiver (1893) married Barr Patton, ?
Peabody, and Hans Peter Walloe; and the last child, Jesse Edward
(1897) was born in
The sense of adventure continued to succeeding generations from Adam Poole Vandiver as evidenced by the challenges and changes his descendants experienced.
this article and the January 13 column
on Adam Vandiver are the book “Souther
Family History” by Watson Benjamin Dyer, 1988, pages 241-268
monograph by Cornelia Vandiviere Barton of
c2005 by Ethelene Dyer Jones; published Jan. 27, 2005 in The Union Sentinel, Blairsville, GA. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
[Ethelene Dyer Jones is a retired educator, freelance writer, poet, and historian. She may be reached at e-mail email@example.com; phone 478-453-8751; or mail 1708 Cedarwood Road, Milledgeville, GA 31061-2411.]
Updated October 11, 2009