Early Settlers of
Their Descendants...Their Stories...Their Achievements
Lifting the Mists of History on Their Way of Life
By: Ethelene Dyer Jones
Happened to Richard Jarrett Hood?
Three of the seven children born to Mary Reid Hood and Richard Jarrett Hood: Claudia C; (the mother, Mary, seated); Talmadge J.; and Cora Lode Hood. Jessie Mae died in 1902. Ida, Laura and Zona were not present when this family picture was taken.
Last week’s account of the Mary
Hood family noted that Mary’s husband, Richard Jarrett Hood, left on a
Carol Thomas-Alexander, a great granddaughter, persisted in finding the facts and, together with the help of other kin, has solved the mystery of Richard Jarrett Hood.
She writes in her Hood family
“There were many theories about his disappearance.
Mary thought he had...been murdered, which is
what she told her children...There was conversation in the community
local resident in
Mrs. Thomas-Alexander tells how
Carlyle (E. C.) Sanders (d 2002), a newspaperman, editor and owner of The
Rockmart Journal, until his retirement in 1980, made a trip to
Blairsville in the late 1980's seeking information about his
Richard Jarrett Hood, who died in
E. C. Sanders talked to Dexter
Fair, a son
of Claudia Hood Fair. She was the
six-year old child Richard Jarrett Hood seemed most reluctant to leave
in Choestoe when he left in 1895, never to be heard from again by his
When Hood left
Mr. Sanders told Carol
that his grandfather never returned to
Mr. E. C. Sanders told his newly-found cousin, granddaughter of the Union County Claudia Cornelia Hood Fair, that his grandfather, Richard Jarrett Hood “was not a happy person and seemed to have a distant look on his face...which he thought was guilt that went to his grave with him.”
The one child borne by Hood’s
Eudora, was artistic and musical. She
played the piano for the
The Choestoe Claudia Cornelia
8, 1889-Sept. 10, 1958) married John David Fair (1874-1936). They had seven children: Annie Lee, Jessie
Mae, Charles Winford, Fannie Bell, Clifford Leon, Eurah Vee, and
Dexter. Their fourth child, Fannie Bell,
was Carol Thomas-Alexander’s mother.
Carol writes of her grandmother Claudia: “She was a quiet,
well-mannered person, a devoted mother and grandmother...Her creative
enabled her to be a great storyteller, a wonderful clothes designer, an
excellent seamstress and a writer of poetry, among many other gifts.” John and Claudia Fair were interred at
E. C. Sanders remembered his mother, the other Claudia Cornelia Hood Sanders, as a loving and giving person, one who touched countless lives with her music, her ready smile and her Christian influence.
The adage, “Truth is stranger than fiction” is certainly borne out in the Richard Jarrett Hood story.
Jones; published Dec. 4, 2003 in The Union Sentinel, Blairsville,
by permission. All rights reserved.
[Ethelene Dyer Jones is a retired educator, freelance writer, poet, and historian. She may be reached at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 478-453-8751; or mail 1708 Cedarwood Road, Milledgeville, GA 31061-2411.]
Updated September 2, 2009