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Georgia woman on search for great-grandfather’s handiwork

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Beacons of family history beckoned Jennifer Smith to ask a favor.

The Lawrenceville, Ga., resident is on a treasure hunt from 1,000 miles away. She wrote to the Times recently, saying she had a favor to ask its readers.

Her great-grandfather, Charles Wallace Ayers, was an electrician by trade who did woodworking as a hobby. In the early 1900s, Mr. Ayers built and lived in a house on Maple Street in Harrisville.

“Around 1940, he made lots of things in his woodshop, including handmade lamps put together with many pieces of miscellaneous scrapwood he gathered from broken furniture and such,” Ms. Smith wrote.

Most of the lamps were sold. But he kept a pair for himself. Both feature the helm of a ship. Those two lamps were handed down to Ms. Smith and her sister, Janie Smith, of Hopkins, S.C. But Mr. Ayers made other styles of lamps such as in the shape of lighthouses.

“I know the lamps are not all alike, but similar. He also made lighthouse lamps and probably others,” Ms. Smith said. “My goal is to see if we can find anyone that may have a pair of these lamps, to share with the rest of his seven grandchildren.”

She added, “We would be willing to pay for these lamps, or if the current owners wanted to keep them, maybe we could get a picture to share with the rest of our family.”

Ms. Smith’s quest was sparked when she visited her mother, Rosemary Harris Mallinson, 87, of Gainesville, S.C.

“I was admiring the handmade wood pieces that her grandfather made. That is when she told me about him making other lamps and things and sold them to some local folks,” she said.

Those with any information on the lamps may call Ms. Smith at 678-754-7585 or email her at moonlucyjoseph@yahoo.com

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