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Mildred Louise Shores was the daughter of Floyd Atkinson Shores and Nellie Palmer. She was born July 10, 1917 in Altoona, Lake Co., Florida. She was raised in this little country town surrounded by orange groves, lakes and lots of cousins. She was tall and thin with dark hair and freckles, an odd combination. She got the freckles from her father, who had red hair. Her nickname was "Billie". She married Oley Adkins, whom she met on the school bus..... he was the driver!She and Oley had two daughters, Linda and Pat. She worked many years for Sears and retired. She died from Alzheimer's disease , September 5, 1998.She is buried beside Oley in Cedar Hill Memory Gardens, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Photo of Mildred Louise Shores Adkins

Floyd Atkinson Shoreswas the son of William Greenberry Shores and Georgia C. Atkinson. He was born April 23, 1889 in Lake County, Florida. He was the only son . He was tall , red-haired with freckles. He married Nellie Palmer on January 6 1909 Lake County. They were childhood friends, both grew up in the same little village. In the early 1920s he took his wife and daughters to Miami to live for a while. During the Great Depression he went north to Canada to work and left the family behind. After he returned to Florida he operated an automobile garage for a while and then in later years worked for Lake County as a truck driver. Sometime during his life, it was said that he broke his back. I know he was rather stooped when he got old. He liked to gamble and often bet on dog races. He also liked to fish, and died doing it. He drowned in Lake Dorr near Pittman, Florida. He had never learned to swim and fell overboard from his fishing boat. His great grandson, Neil White, four years old, was with him. The little boy stayed in the boat alone for hours until a rescue boat found him. Floyd died April 16, 1960 and is buried beside Nellie in the Glendale Cemetery, Umatilla, Fla. He and Nellie had four daughters, Eileen Shores White, Bernice died as an infant, Mildred Shores("Billie") Adkins, and Nell Marie( "Mutt") Grew.

Floyd Atkinson Shores abt 1935

Floyd and Nellie Palmer Shores

Grandpa and Me, ca 1950

William Greenberry Shoreswas born November 18, 1850 in Wilkinson County, Georgia. He was the son of Alexander Shores and Sarah Ann Mathis. He married Georgia C. Atkinson in Terrell County, Georgia on July 4, 1881. They must have moved to Lake County Florida soon after they were married because in 1884 she was listed as a resident of Orange County, Florida in the Terrell County property records when she sold the land she inherited from her father. W.G.Shores was the owner of a large packing house in Altoona and lived in one of the nicest houses in the area at the time. Their children were Florence Edith Shores Williams, Myrta Shores Brantley, Floyd Atkinson Shores, and Eva Shores Jarrett. William G. Shores died on Christmas day 1930 and is buried along with his wife Georgia in the Glendale Cemetery, Umatilla, Fla.

Shores Family ca 1910

left to right: Floyd Atkinson Shores, Florence Shores Williams Marable,Father William Greenberry Shores, Eva Shores Jarrett,Mother Georgia C Atkinson Shores,Myrta Shores Brantley

Shores Family Homestead

Alexander Shores was born 12/18/18 according to his Civil War records. . He married Sarah Ann Matthews(probably the daughter of Elijah Mathews who was living next door on the 1850 census ( age 65) on August 24, 1843 in Wilkinson County. He served in the Confederate Army as a volunteer from Houston County, Ga. 57th Regiment , Co. E. . surrendered at Greensboro, N. C. in 1863. In 1878 his name is signed on a petition in the court records of Terrell County shown as a resident of Brown's Station. After the death of Sarah, he married again in Baldwin County to Delia Lewis. He died on 25 March 1899 and is buried in Milledgeville, Baldwin, Ga. ( Not researched by me) Alexander and Sarah are said to have had the following children: Mary A. G. Shores McDowell, Charity Elizabeth Shores Kenney, William Greenberry Shores, Sarah J Shores Hughes, James Austin Shores, Martha Ann Shores Ford, Lemuel Alexander Shores , and Levi.

Picture of Martha Ann Margery Mattie Shores Ford and husband William J. Ford, photo courtesy of Gail Jackson

Picture of Alexander Shores born ca 1824

Shores Census Index

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