Five generations


Pictured are five generations of Viola Jane Pellom’s family: (Seated) John William Pellom and Viola Jane, with baby Emmett Scott England; (standing) Noah Jarrett England and Tonya Marie Free. Viola Jane Nichols was born in September of 1922 to Sarah Nichols and Thomas Nichols in Cherokee County. She was the youngest of five children, with three brothers and a sister. At age five, she moved by horse and wagon with her family to Cisco, where her parents were tenant farmers. Viola Jane attended the old Cisco school from 1927 through the Great Depression. At 17, she got a job in Dalton as a babysitter. Every Saturday, she would go to the movies. It was at a theater showing a John Wayne movie where she met Otis Pellom, who in 1942 she would marry. Otis worked for Dr. Bradford, who owned the Chief Vann house at the time. He rented it for a brief time to the Pelloms and  another couple. The Pelloms had three children, but Billy sadly died at birth. Otis helped build his own house in 1957 on land near Tennga, given to him by a relative. Otis and Viola Jane raised their children in that house and Viola Jane still lives there to this day. Otis died in 1990. (Tonya Free provided details for this family story.)


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