So, in a nutshell, Grandpa Canty married my Grandma, Fannie Billlings Enos, had three children and disappeared. I have no pictures of him and those who might have known him are no longer living. Searching for Grandpa has turned into a bit of a mystery to me. So, piece by piece, I have worked my way backwards and think I can tell the story of his early life and hopefully I will someday find the pieces which explain where he disappeared to and what happened to him in his later life.
The LAST piece of physical evidence I have found through my search is from a World War I Draft Registration Card, dated 12 Sep 1918. Grandpa had made his way back to Georgia and was working as a salesman for the Globe Medicine Co. He was living in Clyo, Effington, Georgia. Through again my friend the Census Report, I found that his brother Willie Canty lived in this area. I deduce from this that Grandpa ended up living with his brother. The trail grows cold there. I cannot find him in any Census Report for 1920 or 1930. I could conclude that he passed away, but I cannot find any report of his death, either.
As I share his story, I will lay out what I do know and work backwards to his birth in approximately 1887 plus or minus depending on which report one is looking at. It is fascinating, like putting together a puzzle, to read what the Census Reports have to say. They tell a definite story.