HENRY CALVIN LEVERETT (My grandfather)
Robert M. Leverette 15 Jun. 2002

 Henry Calvin Leverett born 1888 in Terrell County, Georgia moved to Mitchell County, Georgia in 1899 after the death of his father. He married Malissa Autry in 1909; died  December 18, 1935 of double pneumonia. He is buried at Salem Baptist Church, at intersection of Ga.Hwys 122 & 133, west of Pavo, Thomas County, Georgia.

Hilda L.    b.1910/d.1996
Euston L.    b.1912/d.1979
Luther L.    b.1914/d.1991
Lena L.    b.1916
Hazel L.    b.1920

  According to Aunt Hilda, Uncle Luther (a.k.a "Little Buddy" from his service years) and my father, Henry C. L. was a stern man, a strict disciplinarain, until it came to Hazel,  the baby of the group, who (it is said) could do no wrong. There appears to be a conflict in his marriage date. The Mitchell County courthouse records state that he and  Malissa Autry were married in 1910 (approximately two months before Aunt Hilda was born) while my grandmother Malissa, and her brother, Uncle Enoch Autry, said they  were married in 1909. The 1910 census of Mitchell County list Henry Calvin L. as single and living in a boarding house. However, it appears that the Census takers for  Mitchell County started taking their portion of the Census in 1909.

  He owned and operated several lumber mills in south Georgia and north Florida, therein lies several anecdotes. Due to my failing memories, I can only remember one. As  written above he was a strict disciplinarian and could not accept laxity in any form from those who worked for him. One day at his sawmill in Lee County, Georgia, he  dismissed a black man whom he had found sleeping on the job. The black picked up a large steel wrench and tried to brain him when Henry C. had turned his back but was  prevented from doing so by another black who blocked the blow with a piece of wood. The black attacker ran to the nearby Flint River swamps and hid for several days. The local sheriff swore in a posse and captured the black after a thorough search of the area. Upon arresting the black, the sheriff tied him to the bumper of the sheriff's car and drugged him all over the county as an example to all the other blacks. Needless to say the black was killed during this operation. Evidently the sheriff refused to recognise that it was a black who had saved Henry C. L. From that day on until his death, Henry C. always carried a Smith & Wesson revolver in his hip pocket.

 In those days it was a practice to burn the sawdust, but after his death the new owner of the sawmill in Mitchell County just before closing the mill allowed the fire to go out and continued to pile sawdust into a huge mound. I have played on this mound many a time as a young lad. Though the fire was out live coals continued to smolder, creating a large cavern within the pile. Sometime during the early 1960s two small boys were playing on it when it collapsed and buried the boys alive. They died before anyone realized what had happened.

 My grandfather Henry C. moved to Miami in the early 1920s, to be with his brothers, but relocated back to Georgia after a severe hurricane hit Miami in 1927(?) destroying all of his properties. My father, a teenager at the time, my grandmother, aunts and uncle, were in their home when it was demolished, all survived with only minor bruises. What remained of the house was located some one hundred yards from it's foundation the following morning. My aunt Hilda said my father sat in the middle of the living room floor holding his dog during the storm, and when the storm was over the dog was dead. My father, as they all were, was so frighten that he had held the dog so tightly it could not breath.



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