Thanks to Harriett Lawrence for the identification. Harriet’s grandfather, Jehu Branch, was the brother of the home’s owner. The family still owns and farms the land today.
Over time, the elements have exposed the original shake shingles.
Update: As of late 2016, this house is gone.
I too am related to this family. Elias and Jehu are son’s of William Branch. I am from the line of William’s sister Lucy. I love seeing the pictures from where my family used to live. Wish we could save more of them.
I am also a descendant of Elias Branch 1788-1853 through his daughter, Martha Branch who married Hansford Duncan O’Quinn. They had a daughter, Loucia O’Quinn who married Daniel Isaiah Blitch, son of Benjamin Blitch Jr.
I am also a descendant of Elias Branch through his daughter, Martha Branch who married Hansford Duncan O’Quinn. They had a daughter, Loucia O’Quinn who married Daniel Isaiah Blitch, son of Benjamin Blitch Jr.
I love history and believe in preserving what we can for generations to come. My family has lived in South Georgia for over 100 years. I metal detect for old coins and artifacts and would love to hunt some of these old sites with the land owners. I have no interest in keeping anything we find. I just enjoy finding it.
Please contact me if you have a site like this and want to explore it further.
I have grown up around Chula and Tifton. I have seen this old house in traveling up I-75. Im glad to know now who lived there. Its so sad to see these old home places go to waste. I love these old places. They have so much history and character I think. Thanks.
I love old houses. I know owners have to keep people but Iwould LOVE Togo thru houses & think how people lived. That generation worked hard for a living.
I’ve always been drawn to that house also and to find out that it was owned by a Branch! Amazing. I am descended from Elias and Lucy Devaughn Branch – probably this Elias’s Grandfather.
Cinda , Elias Branch was my g /grandfather. wish you would email me at
Is this the house over looking I-75 on exit 71 off of Willis Still Rd? I ask because I’m always drawn to that house mainly because of it’s location and also because my last name is Willis. I live in Florida but my Dad’s side of the family originally came from Georgia. My Aunt lives in Warner Robins and everytime I visit her I make a point of quickly driving up to this lonely house on the edge of the cotton field, over looking the interstate….am I crazy..maybe..I just like the character of this old house: do you Sir, know anything of this house I m so drawn to?
I don’t think you are crazy at all. I have been drawn to a place off Ocilla
highway heading to Ocilla. The road is called Goat road. Later I found out
that my G-Grandfather Frank Coker once lived in a house at the end of the of the two lane road going up in the field leading off Goat road. The lane led up to the house which had been torn down years before.
The house belonged to Elias Branch, son of William and Jane Branch. House is located in Chula and was once located behind his Mother’s house (located on Academy Rd). I-75 cut through the farm in the 50’s and isolated the house on a hill. Land is still farmed by grandsons of Elias Branch. Uncle Elias was born in 1877 and was the brother of my granddaddy, Jehu.
Thanks so much, Harriett! I will now be able to give it a name! That’s one of the most exciting parts of doing the website: learning about places from family members and those who have memories of them…
You are welcome. Thank you for documenting these special sites – too soon they will be gone.
Hi , Elias Branch was my great great grandfather ,His son James Thomas
was my great grandfather and his daughter Rutha Jane Branch was my
Grandmother . Would like to hear from you on email@example.com
This is great and thanks so much for sharing, Harriet! I am a great great granddaughter of Elias’ & Jehu’s brother, David John.
The colors in this are marvelous, the verdant green & the soft grays of that old wood.. and I like how you can see just a bit of sky through that window.
This is a great photo. I have a few questions about this house. Please contact me when you can.
I love this picture!
Thanks, Dot…me, too!