My native born American Drummond roots began in South Carolina with the birth of Joseph Berry Drummond, my fourth great-grandfather. Joseph was the son of Henry Drummond of Northern Ireland, who was the son of Daniel Drummond, the original Scotch-Irish Drummond immigrant of my family to come to America and adopt this nation as his own. Joseph was born in the Old Pendleton District of South Carolina on September 17, 1819 when Republican James Monroe was President, Daniel D. Tompkins was Vice-President and the U.S. population was 9,638,453. A few years after Joseph's birth his family moved through Georgia to Alabama where they lived for the next 10 to 15 years. By the early 1840's Joseph, his family and parents and siblings had settled in North Georgia. On July 18, 1843 Joseph married Cassie Elenor Melton in Cass County, Georgia ten years to the day before the completion of Grand Trunk Line, Americas first international railroad. Joseph and his family lived in Cass County until the brink of the Civil War when in 1861 the county name changed to Bartow. Joseph and Cassie's youngest child was named William Jasper Drummond. William was born in Bartow County during the Civil War not far, in time nor distance, from the burning of Atlanta in 1864. William was my third great-grandfather and by his 16th birthday the family had moved to Cedartown, Georgia in Polk County. William and his older brother, Joseph Ely, along with Joseph's family lived with their parents there until after 1880. A few years after which, it is believed that Joseph Berry and Cassie died in Cedartown.
On November 24, 1883, during the Chester Arthur administration, William Jasper married Tabitha E. Camp in Polk County where they lived for nearly 40 years. Tabitha gave birth to 11 children. Unfortunately, only six survived to adulthood. The oldest among those that did survive was my second great-grandfather, James Ivey Drummond, who was born on June 08, 1885 in Cedartown during Grover Cleveland's first term as U.S. president. William Jasper died in Atlanta where he had lived since 1938 on February 05, 1950 at a ripe old age.
Soon after the turn of the 20th Century, James Ivey married Mary Rosa Lee Woodall. The couple began a southbound trek first living in Macon, Georgia a short time before finally settling in Jacksonville, Florida around 1924. James Ivey worked as a car inspector with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad for 35 years before retiring in 1954. However, by 1930, James Ivey and Rosa Lee had divorced and were both remarried. Their three children, James W., Charles Earl and Ivey Leon, were living with their mother and her second husband. James Ivey and his second wife, Stella Fender of Naylor, Georgia had a daughter together named Marie Drummond.
A year later James Ivey and Rosa Lee's second son, Charles Earl, married Bertha Florene Roberts. The couple had three children together, all boys. Earl, as he was known, joined the Merchant Marines as a cabin boy in the late 1920s and served through the mid 1930s. His sea travels took him to the many ports and cities of South America. Upon leaving the Merchant Marines Earl became a cab driver driving for Thrifty Cabs, Yellow Cab and Safety Cabs. When WWII began, Earl went to enlist to once again serve his country. Unfortunately, due to a previous head injury he was rejected for military service. In 1949, Earl was struck with tuberculosis. To make things worse his mother died not long thereafter on January 16, 1950. Earl beat tuberculosis but was unable to work for a few years after his illness forcing his wife Bertha to take a job with Pepsi-Cola. Earl later took a job as a guard and then went to work for McCray's Security. Always the entrepreneur, Earl bought McCray's and renamed it Drummond Detective Agency. Charles Earl Drummond, Sr. died prematurely on July 13, 1967, a day after his 54th birthday. He left behind three sons, two brothers and a sister, several grandchildren and a beloved wife. He is buried at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida next to his wife, Bertha, who being widowed for 29 years, never remarried. Two years later on January 19, 1969, Earl's father, James Ivey, a good Christian man, was leading the Sunday morning devotionals at Woodstock Park Baptist in Jacksonville, Florida. After his prayers James Ivey left this world for his eternal home in the sky. He died at the age of 83. He too is buried at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery along side his second wife of nearly 40 years, Mrs. Stella Fender Drummond.
Earl and Bertha's second son was James "Jimmy" Travis Drummond. He worked at Florida Glass and was a union representative. He was also my grandfather and he died on May 08, 2001 in Jacksonville after a long battle with cancer.