Cousin Lucy and Husband 'Sock' from Atlanta

August Ancestor Anecdote ~ Cousin Lucy Asenath
1st Cousin 4xRemoved
Nov 22, 1844-Oct 17, 1913
Daughter of  Uncle Daniel N. and Asenath B. Pittman.
Daniel's story HERE
Lucy was named after her grandmother Lucy Eunice Marshall Pittman, my 4x Great Grandmother and the matriarch of the 'Second Generation', also known as 'Wigwam Lucy'.  I'm sure Lucy Asenath heard the story of her Grandmother's living among the Mohawks and was herself called a 'Little Heathen' a time or two.  She and her five siblings were raised in the same house as 'Wigwam Lucy' and their grandfather Ichabod. 
Lucy Asenath was the fifth of six children...four girls and two boys, and all have been researched and have interesting stories to tell.  Several of which will be included in this months August Cousin Challenge.  One in particular you can look forward to is her brother, the Honorable Daniel J. Pittman.  As for Lucy, her 'August Ancedote' begins with her marriage in 1864 to Billings Socrates Ivy. 
 Lucy Asenath Pittman and B.S. 'Sock' Ivy were married during the height of the Civil War when General William T. Sherman set siege to Atlanta and the Atlanta Campaign was in full force.  The accounts of their wedding are undocumented, but with Socrates being from a well known Atlanta Pioneer Family and Lucy being the granddaughter of one of the largest cotton plantation owners in Georgia, the wedding was likely the highlight event of the year for the war torn Atlanta community.  The kind of stuff that brings Miss Scarlet and Mr. Rhett to mind. 
'Sock' Ivy had the distinction of being the First White Male born in the City of Atlanta.  His father, Henry P. Ivy and wife Mary Ann Byrd were early settlers in Atlanta where Henry's occupations were also quite distinctive and important to any new settlement....Blacksmith and Dentist.  Their roots were from the same county in Georgia as Lucy's great grandparents, grandparents and parents.   That made Lucy and Sock's family ties and histories closely bound together throughout their lives. 
Cousin Lucy and 'Sock' had four children:  son Lyman S. Ivy, and daughters Cora Asenath Ivy, Mary Ellen Ivy Anthony, and Rosamond L. Ivy.  Lyman will make the August Ancestor Anecdote list as a Texas Cousin Connection, and his sister Mary Ellen has a number of interesting stories during her long life living well into the 1960's.

Billings Socrates Ivy and Lucy lived their married life in Atlanta where it is said that 'Sock' was a policeman.  He died on March 5, 1896 and is buried  at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery.  The same cemetery where Lucy's grandparents are buried as well as her Uncle Hiram and several other family members.  The land for the church and cemetery were donated by Lucy's father Daniel. 

After her husbands death, Lucy lived with her daughter Mary Ellen Anthony and her husband Dr. Ernest Anthony.  Lucy died at age 68 on October 17, 1913 and is buried at Mount Carmel cemetery...forever resting in peace among her grandparents, husband, mother and father-in-law, and her daughters.
No one is born into this world alone...but with connections to someone's Family Tree.
Everyone has shared the Bond of Family whose name has a History.
These are the Ties That Bind.
Sources:  The Ties that Bind are also the threads that lead to discovery of facts and photos.  Thanks to Sock's family descendants, the Atlanta Newspaper was available on ancestry.com.  I added to their research with information about Sock's only son Lyman having migrated to West Texas.  That bit of information was shared on Sock's Find A Grave Memorial.  It pays to check out every known source available online...including Search Engines like Google.  And last but not least your own knowledge of US history.  With a bit of extra research you can take a Family Detail Fact and turn it into an integral part of an ancestors story...like Lucy and Socrates wedding as a Civil War time event.
If you are a 'Story Reader'...You, too, can be a 'Story Teller'.


  1. I'm always amazed by your research. My favorite thing about your whole post is the line you included at the end: "If you are a 'Story Reader'...You, too, can be a 'Story Teller'." Perhaps you've included it on many posts, but this is the first time I've noticed it. I love it; it's so true!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Always so interesting, Sue. They all died so young, didn't they?

  3. You weave such interesting tales here. I wish I had such a history of my own!

  4. Gotta love the Southern way of attaching nicknames -- like "Sock." I bet people wondered how he got that name, never knowing his real name was Socrates.


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