I believe everyone wants to have a close relationship with their grandparents, some closer than others. Did our grandparents have a close relationship with their grandfathers? Some did, some were not able to due to the grandparent passing before their birth.
I also wondered would the grandfathers be able to get along with each other? My Grandpa Curtis Pollock was able to get along with everyone. He was proud of the fact that everyone knew him, he was of those kind of men who genuinely liked to talk to everyone about everything. Even though Grandpa only had peripheral vision, it didn't stop him from walking up to a complete stranger, asking him who he was and talking to him as though they had known each other all their lives. Grandpa was the first at being able to "drive while blind" because (1) Grandma was his eyes, she refused to learn to drive, and (2) "Everyone knows me and knows to get out of my way".
I chose to compare two grandfathers from my Dad's line and two grandfathers from my Mom's line of the family. My Dad's grandfathers, one of his dad's one of his mom's, were Isaac James Pollock and Charles Taylor Teague. My Mom's, also one of her dad's and one of her mom's, were John William Booth and William Artice Cook. Each of the four grandfather's lived during the time of the Civil War. Two grandfathers were Union and two were Confederate. Three were soldiers during the war, one was a brother of soldiers.
What are their differences?
Isaac James Pollock was a soldier fighting for the Confederacy, Charles Taylor Teague's brother's fought for the Union and were prisoners at Andersonville. John William Booth fought for the Union and was a prisoner at Andersonville, William Artice Cook fought for the Confederacy.
I believe that just the fact of the question of Union/Confederacy would make it hard to get along with each other though Isaac James and William Artice would have been able to connect and John William and Charles Taylor would as well. Get the four together and there would at least be a heated debate!
What did they have in common?
All four grandfathers were farmers. John William Booth and William Artice Cook were farmers before and after the Civil War. Isaac James Pollock and Charles Taylor Teague were farmers after the war. Before the war, Isaac James was a Deputy Sheriff and Charles Taylor worked in his father and brothers saloon. Charles owned his own saloon for awhile after the war as well.
Only Charles Taylor Teague and William Artice Cook lived in the same county at a certain point in time. Only my Grandmother Lorene Pollock knew her Grandfather, Charles Taylor Teague. My Granddad, George Booth was only two years old when his grandfather John William Booth died so he had no memory of him.
The only thing in common that mattered? Their grandchildren!
You can read about each Grandfather individually by clicking on their picture.
My name is Vicky, and after researching my family history since 1999, I have found amazing stories that need to be told. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!