Fletcher Family Home | Irwin County, GA | c. 1800s
Built in the mid-1800s, the Fletcher Family home was originally a dogtrot style with a central hall down the middle of the, capped by dual doors on either end. Off the back of the house were a porch and an additional wing for the detached kitchen.
In the 1880s, the family home was adapted for more contemporary family living when E.G.M. Fletcher (who had grown up here) married his first wife, Polly. They enclosed the dogtrot and likely made other upgrades to make the home more comfortable. They would live together in this home until she passed away in 1916.
According to a local, he remembers Elbert being a distinguished, mustachioed-gentleman who spent many an afternoon in his rocking chair on this porch.
Oddly enough, I was able to track down an image of Elbert, mustached and posing in his rocking chair in front of this home with his first wife, Polly.
I also found a photo from the 1940s of Elbert Fletcher with his adult children and his second wife, Ruth Turner.