I think it’s only right I end with my great grandmother Jessie Belle Moorer, who according to documents was born on this day 124 years ago.(Feb. 28th 1890) Jessie was the second eldest child born to Cornelius Moorer and Linda Snow in Lowndes County, Alabama. On December 23rd 1904 Jessie married Scott Cox and together they had eight children, Mary, Susan, Lola Mae, Willie, Jessie, Albert, Ruth and Eloise “Ella”. Both Jessie and Scott worked as farm laborers to provide for their family. By 1920 they were living in Bay Minette, Alabama where most of the other Cox family members migrated to. On March 15th 1950 Jessie Belle Moorer Cox passed alway leaving behind her growing family.
Monthly Archives: February 2014
My grandmother Artensie “Tense” Wesley was the second eldest child born to Lonnie Wesley and Mary Jane Burgess in Natchez, Monroe County, Alabama. Artensie moved to Bay Minette, Alabama in the early 1940s where she and her husband Jesse Cox raised four children. Once moving to Bay Minette she became a devoted and active member of the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. Artensie served as a Sunday school teacher, and would later become the president of the Senior Choir and member of the Senior Missionary Department. Artensie assisted in establishing “The Young Women’s Club”. The Church now has a “Family and Friends Day” which also bears her name.
My grandfather Jesse Cox was the fifth out of eight children born to Scott Cox and Jessie Belle Moorer. At the age of 23 Jesse enlisted in the U.S. Army. He attended the U.S. Army Post Fort Dix, where he was a student at the Bakers and Cooks School. By 1943 Jesse had become a Truck Driver in the 3869th Quartermaster Truck Company. Negro quartermaster truck and transport companies were more or less permanently attached to infantry and armored divisions fighting across Europe. Many of them, through their long attachment, becoming almost integral parts of the divisions to which they were attached. Some of the men joining in the fighting of WWII as riflemen when needed.
My grandfather Wilson Walker was the youngest child born to Lillie Rauzy and Dock Walker in Bromley Baldwin County. “Chic” as he was often referred by was only six months old when his mother died. His Aunt Angeline and her husband Joe took on the run of caretakers for Wilson and the rest if his young siblings. Wilson grew to be quite the baseball player and according to one uncle, he played short stop for the Bromley Bears, a neighborhood baseball team. Wilson Walker is part of my history.
My great Aunt Rena Mae Williams Walker was born March 5th 1907 in Bromely, Baldwin County, Alabama to Mary Stcyre and Frank Williams and was married to Jim Walker. Rena Mae ran the general store located on her father-in-law Dock’s property. Rena Mae was a strong believer in paying yourself. Rena Mae Williams Walker is part of my history.
This is the headstone of my maternal two times great aunt, Angeline Walker Carter. She was born August 13th about 1861 in Alabama. She was the mother of three children, Winston, Mary and Nathaniel. She also helped raise my grandfather Wilson as well some of his siblings. Angeline passed away on August 21st 1950 in Baldwin County, Alabama. Angeline Walker Carter is part of my history.
An even older marriage certificate from 126 years ago. My paternal two great grandparents Dave Burgess and Annies Lee Lock. They got married on February 8th 1888 in Natchez, Monroe County, Alabama at the home of my three times great grandfather Jeffrey Lock.
25 years ago today February 18th 1889 my maternal great grandparents Dock Walker and Lillie Rauzy got married in Baldwin County, Alabama.
108 years ago today February 17th 1906 my great great Aunt Ada Cox and uncle Rufus Hale got married in Farmsville, Lowndes County, Alabama.