Sunday, April 5, 2009

Take me home

Eunice Amelia Thomas was the 2nd wife of James Edward Guthrie, of Cortez, Florida. Jim Guthrie (1857-1924) was one of the early settlers of Cortez, coming in the 1880s from Carteret County North Carolina.

His first wife was Charlotte J. Foreman, first cousin of my Great Grandmother, Sallie Adams Fulford.
Charlotte died in 1893 so Jim went back to North Carolina to find himself another wife. There weren't many eligible women around Cortez at the time. That hasn't changed much in 100 years.

He married Eunice and brought her to Cortez to help care for the two children that Charlotte had born. They had seven children themselves so there was a full house.

Eunice lived in Cortez for 60 years but it must not have ever felt like home. She told her children she wanted to be buried back in North Carolina at the old "home place".
So when she died in 1958 they took her back to the Swansboro Community and she was buried in the Hadnot's Creek Primitive Baptist Church next to her parents.

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