Eunice was born in Tugaloo, SC to Nola Ellen Dillard and Richard Carlton Lord. Her relationship to her father has been confirmed through DNA. 
In 1910 she and her family lived in Varennes, Anderson, South Carolina. They also lived in Atlanta and Eunice speaks of playing in apple orchards with a childhood friend, Luther Alverson. The orchard was where the Atlanta/Harstfield Airport is now located.
In 1982, while I was in college in Columbia, my grandparents took me out to the restaurant of my choice. The restaurant I chose, unbeknownst to me, was in the house that was her Aunt's "home" in Columbia. I can tell you I was quite confused when she made a comment about a garden we could see from our table, "I used to watch the kids playing there...and I played the Piano in here when people came to pick out the child they wanted." I didn't pursue the comment because My grandfather changed the subject.
Eunice, Mama as we called her, rarely talked about her nuclear family other than to mention she had a sister in Asheville named Grace, that Grace and her husband hosted and officiated her wedding. She did, however talk about her roots. She knew every minute fact about the Dillards of Rabun County, GA. She had pictures and scrapbooks and antiques from her Dillard family. The Lords were often spoken of as "the cousins from Commerce." She would sit and answer my questions about her family, point to this picture or that telling stories about the people who were her people.
When my grandfather died in 1986, an unexpected visitor appeared at the door of their apartment at Martha Franks Retirement Center. When the door was answered, we discovered Beatrice Lord Smith, her sister. Beatrice had driven up from Columbia to offer her condolences. Eunice got upset and told us not to let her in. "What on earth?" was all we could think. When I asked her why she had sent her away, Mama said that she and Beatrice just didn't agree on things.
After my grandparents had passed-away, my sister gave my brother and I a wonderful CD set with interviews she did with them. In Eunice's CD, along with the sounds of the creaking kitchen table, the clicking Register clock and birds Chirping through the screen door, I heard the truth. Or the truth according to Eunice.
She said that her father, Rich, was a wanderer and a drinker (a Lord cousin has told me Rich worked for the railroad). He would disappear for days and weeks and months. When he was home he loved "us kids". One day while he was gone "riding the rails" Nola received a letter from a woman telling Nola that Rich was married to her. The Family split and she and her siblings were sent to live with relatives because her mother couldn't look after them and work at the mill to support them all.
When we moved my grandparents out of their House Beautiful Kit home in Laurens, SC and into Martha Franks Retirement Center, she gave me all of her photos and papers and a few of the antiques. Once she passed I cleaned out her room and carted the last of her things to my house. I let it sit for a while, then, needing to clean out, I went through her papers. In it I found a notebook dated 1923 where she had written her name as "Eunice LLoyd". I read through the notebook which was, I believe, her rediscovery of her family. Names, dates, lists of connections and practice writing her name, spelled correctly at the end, Lord.
I realized that while she was living with her "Aunt" in Columbia she had no contact with her family nor was she taught about her family. I realized while looking at the last of her papers, why she was obsessive about being connected to them.
A few years ago I found a cousin, the granddaughter of Eunice's mother's sister Goolie. I asked my cousin about the family being split up after the divorce from Rich Carlton Lord and she said there was no split up. Eunice was the only one sent away. She said she was in the room at Nola's once when Nola told her mother that Eunice wasn't her child, that she found her on the front porch in a basket. My grandmother who taught herself her family history in 1923, and then obsessed about being a part of that family, was in a basket on the front porch? I asked my cousin if she thought it was the truth, you know how people say a "queer" child was not their own...She said she didn't know the answer to that.
Well, DNA testing has confirmed that Eunice was indeed the child of Nola but not without a doubts. There is one hard connection to the Halls of Rabun County and another connection to That area of Georgia with no obvious connection to the Hall or Wilburn/Welborn family. Our mtDNA Haplogroup is H1b1-T16362C which is Scandinavian.
But there are other Mysteries...Eunice does not show-up on the Census information for Emily Dick's household in 1920. No children, other than the two Dick girls, are listed for the Dick household. Was "the home" somewhere close by? I can't find her anywhere in 1920, can you?
|Head||Richard C Lord||M||25||Georgia|
|Wife||Nola E Lord||F||26||Georgia|
|Daughter||Grace B Lord||F||6||South Carolina|
|Daughter||Eunice D Lord||F||4||South Carolina|
|Daughter||Beatrice L Lord||F||2||South Carolina |
1910 - Toxaway Mills Village, Varennes, Anderson County, South Carolina
192? - Attended Chicora College
1935 - Greenville, South Carolina
April 10, 1940 - 501 Fifth Street, Ward 3, Easley, School District 13 Easley, Pickens County, South Carolina
Find A Grave: Memorial #81273345
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