She was the daughter of Caleb Chitwood, a well-respected man in one of the first communities where W.H. Cobb taught. She married W.H. when she was only 12, and was perhaps a pupil of his. Caleb Chitwood apparently was reluctant to betroth his 12-year-old daughter, but did anyway in 1883. Three years later, on December 18, 1886, she gave birth to Ty.
Amanda was the first person whom Ty told about his plans to go to Augusta to try out for a minor league team, and she gave her blessing but did nothing else.
It was in the summer of 1905 that her life changed forever, when she apparently killed her husband, of more than 20 years, W.H. She was tried for voluntary manslaughter, but acquitted by an all-male jury. The prosecutor never broached the subject of her alleged infidelity at the trial, which might have prevented him from convicting her. After the trial, she never remarried, and some point to that as proof of her innocence of adultery.
She lived until 1936, dying shortly after Ty's election to the Hall of Fame.
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