Susan Elizabeth James and her twin sister, Rachel, were born September 8, 1847, in Georgia. The family moved to Tennessee when the girls were 8 years old. The James family lived in a two-story brick house on a plantation in Jefferson County, Tennessee. During the Civil War, while some of the battles were fought near their home, the Union soldiers frequented their home, carrying off chickens, cows, hogs and anything they wanted or could use. Salt, a necessity, was $18 a pound. Those who could not afford to buy salt boiled the dirt from the floor of the smokehouse and drained the water for the salt. Calico was the most expensive material to buy; Susan paid $22 for calico material to make a dress after the Civil War.
At the age of 18, they married brothers, both Civil War veterans. Susan Elizabeth married Anderson Putman, who fought for the South, and Rachel married John Royner Putman who fought for the North.
By Effie Slater
Submitted by Margaret Kenyon