It's my pleasure to introduce you to Hattie Athalia McBride.
My great grandmother was born on July 4th, 1900. When she arrived to this world her parents struggled with a name so for months they called her Baby. One summer on a hot Tennesse day, her mother and she were on the front porch and a man came to ask for something to drink. He was from up north and had been hunting on nearby land. He saw little Baby and asked what her name was. And Baby's mother told him how they hadn't decided on a name. The gentlemen told her that his wife had passed away recently and it would mean a great deal to him if she would consider the name Athalia. And with that he pressed a silver dollar into Baby's hand. He left his name and address so that he could be contacted if they did use the name. Later that day my great-great grandfather came home and he agreed that they could call Baby Athalia but decided his wife should not contact the man because it would be improper for a married woman to contact an unmarried man. Some time later news came that the gentlemen had died and that he left his wealth to the state because he had no heir to claim it.
So Athalia McBride grew up, married farmer Will Stewart of Hardeman County and together they had 12 children. One of which was my grandmother, who she named Dorothy Hattie Idel and another she name Christine Athalia. Christine later drowned at a young age but her name and her mother's name lives on with my mother, Christine Athalia, and me Lauren Athalia.
Happy Birthday to a woman I wish I could have known better! I'm so proud of our 4 generation family name.