J.O.A. Enecks was born in Barnwell District, SC, the seventh child of William Robert and Mary Enecks. They named him for a Methodist Bishop, James Osgood Andrew. When he was seven years old, he moved with his family from South Carolina to Screven County, Georgia, near the small town of Newington. The Civil War began three years later, and his two older brothers went away to war. He barely escaped the war, being 14 years old when it ended in 1965. He stayed at home and, no doubt, worked very hard to help his family manage the plantation. Although he was too young to fight, his life was changed forever by the war. Expectations of living the traditional plantation life in the manner of his ancestors were gone with the wind.
Life was very hard in the aftermath of the war and the family struggled to produce enough food, but managed to hold on to the land. By 1880, at age 29, he could afford to "take a wife" and he married Anna Sarah Christie, daughter of Robert Christie of Effingham County, Georgia. The biggest influence by far in the life of the Enecks children was religion and the Church. So it was natural that they often went south along the old Augusta-Savannah dirt road to Effingham County to attend Springfield campmeeting. My mother thought it was there that Colonel and Anna met. As a young man J.O.A. was known as "Dude" and later everyone called him Colonel. Zan
"As my father carried the mail on what was known as a Star Route then, and he was also county road commissioner, he was away from home many days in the year. I remember hearing the older ones tell how on one of his long trips over the county (Screven County) on a cold winter day, he nearly froze in the open "road cart" he rode in, driving his loved buggy horse, Shelly. Shelly was a red mare, gentle, and could maintain a gait of six miles an hour for a full day's travel. On this extremely cold day, when he and Shelly came into the side entrance to our yard, my father was so nearly frozen that he had to be lifted out of the cart and taken into the house. He was put in a chair in front of the open fire where "back logs" and fat light-wood pine knots were used as fuel. His socks were burned before anyone realized what was happening. The frost bite that resulted from that day's ride cause him to suffer with aching feet for the rest of his life."
(From memory of Floerl Enecks Smith)
"Colonel carried the mail, fifteen miles to the county seat and back, in a little two-wheeled sulky."
(Kate Laffitte) When Colonel’s first wife died in childbirth in1892, he married her sister, Irene Louisa Christie. They had one daughter, Floerl. Irene died in 1898 and later he married Lena Bryan. They had five children—Elizabeth, Roberta, LeGrand, Bryan and Jarrell.