Carrie Frances Horne was born on 23 January 1880 in Crawford County Georgia to Washington William Buchanan Horne and Mary Ann Morris. She was the youngest child and only surviving daughter. She lived her entire life in Crawford County, where she appears with her parents in the 1880 census. Her father was committed to the State asylum the month before she was born and died there just before her 5th birthday, so she was essentially raised just by her mother. Without their father's income, the family was extremely poor, just scraping by.
Ed and Carrie were married by a Justice of the Peace in Crawford County on 14 February 1897, shortly after her 17th birthday. Ed was 27. Throughout their married life, they farmed in Crawford County.
Their first son, Hiram Alvin Wade, was born on 18 July 1897 but sadly died at 8 months old. By the 1900 census, they are living next door to Carrie's mother and brother, with their 8 month old second son Homer and have been married 3 years. Carrie reports that she had had two children, of whom one was living. They rent their farm and both of them can read and write. For some reason, in this census Ed (as James) is also listed in his father's household, also in Crawford County, as the same age but single and working as a farm laborer.
The 1910 Crawford County census was badly water damaged and so far Ed and Carrie have not been found in the surviving portion. It seems probable that they lost at least one child between Homer (1899) and Bessie (1905), but without the 1910 numbers, it is difficult to know. By 1920, they owned a farm on the Macon-Columbus road. Son Homer had left home already, but daughters Bessie, Viola, Lillie and Clyde, as well as son Louis were still at home. Bessie, Viola and Louis were attending school, but Lillie and Clyde were still too young. Their youngest child, James Edward Jr, was born a few months after the census was taken.
The 1930 census is a mess as far as this family is concerned. Ed (listed here as Edd) still owned the farm and Carrie is listed as a housekeeper. Their ages are correct, but their ages at first marriage are given as 15 and 25, rather than 17 and 27. Ed generally listed his father as born in North Carolina, even though it was probably Virginia and he does so here. But Carrie generally correctly listed her parents as born in South Carolina and Alabama. In this census, however, her father is listed as Alabama and her mother in Mississippi. The oldest daughter Bessie is listed as Bessie Wade, widowed. She shows a "first married" age of 16, but it is crossed out. In fact at this point she was Bessie Griffin and divorced, back living with her parents. She was 14 (and 9 months) when she married. The youngest son is listed as John instead of James, but the other children are correct. In this census, Clyde, 13, and James, 9, are the only two children in school. Bessie's 7-year old son Leroy Griffin is also living with them and is also in school.
By 1940, the children had all left (or left again), except for James Jr. Even though he's only 19, he is married to Lillian, age 16, and they are living with Ed and Carrie. Ed, Carrie and James are living in the same house they were in in 1935, which they own and which is worth $500. Lillian, who was presumably not married in 1935, was living in Peach County at that time. Ed claims to have finished 7th grade and Carrie 6th grade. James and Lillian both did 2 years of high school. Both Ed and James said they had worked 52 weeks the previous year even though both listed their income for that period as $0. Both of them also worked the week of 24-30 March 1940, with Ed doing 40 hours and James 50, both of them on the farm.
Ed died on 18 April 1946 and was buried in Macon Memorial Park, Macon, Georgia. Carrie in turn died on 8 June 1960 and was buried next to him.
The children of Ed and Carrie Wade:
- Hiram Alvin Wade, 1897-1898
- Homer Leonard Wade, 1899-1964. Married Gladys Pullen and lived most of his married life in Florida.
- Bessie Florence Wade, 1905-1988. Married 1) Alfonso Clay Griffin, 2) James Wesley Childers, 3) Unknown Smith and 4) Charles Dennard Wood.
- Viola Elizabeth Wade , 1907-2000, married Frank Becham
- Ira Louis Wade, 1910-1977. Married Thelma Ola Pope.
- Lillie Maude Wade, 1913-1988. Married Chester Payton somewhat late in life.
- Caroline Clyde Wade, 1916-2006. Married John Allen Green. They eventually settled in Mount Pleasant, SC. She was a nurse. She claimed that she was originally named Carrie Clyde Wade, after her mother, but that she thought Caroline sounded better.
- James Edward, Jr, 1921-1993. He was married first to Lillian, then Matilda. Neither of their surnames have been identified.