Wed under the Great Comet of 1882

William Jackson “Jack” Boyette and Charlotte “Lottie” Cook

William Jackson Boyett and Charlotte Cook Boyett. Image courtesy of

William Jackson Boyett and Charlotte Cook Boyett. Image courtesy of

William Jackson  Boyette was born 11 Oct 1862 and lived his life in the Ray City, Berrien County, Georgia vicinity. He was a son of William Hill Boyette and Jemima Taylor, pioneer settlers of the Ray City, GA area.

He married Charlotte Cook on August 27, 1882. She was a daughter of Lucretia Sirmans and John  Jasper Cook.  J.J. Cook was a farmer of the Watson Grade community just northeast of Rays Mill.  He would later be among those who opposed the creation of Lanier County.  Her brother, Aaron Cook,  fought in the Spanish American War.

One wonders if the newlyweds saw it as an auspicious sign that just a few days later there appeared in the sky the Great Comet of 1882.  The comet was soon visible even in the daytime sky.

 The Comet in Georgia
From the Berrien County News
October 11, 1882

It exceeds in brilliancy the great comet which made its appearance in the days of Millerism. Who knows but what its luminous tail will swoop down upon the earth, as it seems to be rapidly approaching this terrestrial ball.

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  1. Don E Courson said,

    February 20, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I would like to know if the Boyett Family still have a Family reunion every year.? If so I would like to know when.

    • February 21, 2014 at 1:50 am

      Thanks for reading the Ray City History Blog. We’re checking with readers for information on Boyett Family reunions.



      • Don E Courson said,

        February 21, 2014 at 8:01 am

        Thanks Jon for answering my email.I am wanting to know because I am the Great grandson of John Boyett and Mary Jane Boyett, and have been out of touch.

  2. Julie Blount said,

    September 8, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Very interesting. Jack and Lottie Boyett are my great-great grandparents.

    • Don Courson said,

      September 9, 2015 at 8:04 am

      Lue Annie Boyett was my Grandmother

      • Julie Blount said,

        January 21, 2017 at 6:55 am

        They’re daughter Beulah was my great grandmother. Beulahs daughter Helen Fountain was my grandmother.

  3. John McElvey said,

    January 14, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    John Crum was my grandfather. I remember fishing and playing at the Crum Farm. We still have his sword that was recovered after the farm house burned down in 1974.

  4. Julie Calhoun Fritter said,

    July 24, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Lueannie Boyett was my Grandmother.

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