Monthly Archives: February 2014

Harriet Walker & Kermit Mitchell

I wanted to share this photo of my great aunt Harriet Walker and her husband Kermit Mitchell Sr. Harriet was born to Dock Walker and Lillie Rauzy on September 16th 1908 Bromley, Baldwin County, Alabama. On September 1st 1928 in Bay Minette, Alabama Harriet and Kermit made it official and tied the knot. I just think this is a cool photo of of my aunt Harriet and uncle Kermit. Harriet died on October 4th 1940 in Fairhope, Baldwin County so this photo was taken at least 74 years ago. Thanks to my uncle Leo for sharing this with me I’m able to share it ya’ll.

Harriet Walker & Kermit Mitchell

Harriet Walker & Kermit Mitchell

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Georgiana Beck

I don’t know much about my maternal great grandmother Georgiana Beck so when I see documents other than census records with her name on it I get a little happy. What I do know is Georgiana was born about 1899 in Jefferson County, Alabama to Minnie Belle Burke.Georgiana got pregnant by a man named James Luther Christian (also a mystery) with my grandmother Clittee at a very young age. She had to do domestic work to help provide for herself and daughter. By January 21st 1920 Georgiana, mother and daughter were living in Youngstown, Ohio. After 1920 I have no idea what happened to Georgiana. I don’t know if she got married, if she stayed in Youngstown, her cause of death or where she’s even buried. It’s all a mystery I hope to one day solve. Georgiana Beck is part of my history

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Wardie Cox Sr.

My paternal two times great uncle Wardie (Wattie) Cox Sr. was born February 14th about 1881 to Eliza Smiley and Richard Cox Sr. Wardie and his five siblings were raised in Farmsville, Lowndes County, Alabama where they worked as farm laborers. Farmsville was also the home of his future bride and the mother of his 15 children Jessie Lee Soles. By 1930 Wardie and his growing family had migrated to Bay Minette Alabama for better opportunities. Wardie continued to work in the farming industry while in Bay Minette and was able to purchase his own property. Wardie Cox Sr. died October 1st 1940 in Bay Minette. Wardie Cox Sr. Is part of my history

Wardie Cox Sr.

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Emile Walker Sr.

My maternal great Uncle Emile Walker was born on May 24 1894 in Bromley Baldwin County, Alabama. He was the eldest child of Dock Walker and his first wife Lillie Rauzy Walker. June 5th 1917 at 23 years old, Emile was drafted into the Army by November 30th 1917 he was stationed at his first training Camp. Camp Gordon located in Chamblee, Georgia. Emile was enlisted into the military and training at Camp Gordon in Chamblee Georgia. By August 22nd 1918 Emile was stationed at Camp Taylor in Louisville Kentucky and worked as a laborer. For a time Camp Taylor was America’s largest military training camp, housing 47,500 men at one time. After WWI most if the camp was dismantled. Emile Walker is part of my history.
Emile Walker
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Natchez

I already posted this pic of Natchez over the summer but every so often I take a look at it and say wow. This place is part of my history, my grandmother, her siblings, her parents, their parents all called this place home. This is the road they walked on, the church where they worshiped, the land they grew their crops. So it was only right I share these photos again of Natchez Monroe County, Alabama

Natchez

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Eliza Smiley Cox

My paternal great great grandmother Eliza Smiley was born in the mid 1850s to Jesse and Ann Smiley. Eliza met and married Richard Cox, together they had five sons and one daughter, William, Matthew, Richard Jr. Scott, Wardie and Ada. By 1900 Eliza was a widow and a single mother. So she and her children from the eldest to the youngest worked as farmers. By 1920 Eliza and four of her children and their families had migrated from Lowndes County, Alabama to Bay Minttee, Alabama. On January 6th 1924 Eliza Smiley Cox died in Bay Minette. Eliza Smiley Cox is part of my history. Eliza Smiley Cox
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Emma Rauzy Watson

Emma Rauzy Watson

My maternal great great grandmother Emma Rauzy was born between the1850s and 1860s. According to census records she was born in Alabama but as oral family history goes she came from an Island off of South Carolina. Before she met and married James Watson on August 18th 1877 in Mobile, Alabama. She already had two daughters Fanny and Lillie Rauzy from a previous relationship. Together Emma and James had one child, James Watson Jr. While Emma took care of the house, her husband worked as laborer to provide for the family. Emma died January 12th 1902 in Bromley Baldwin County, Alabama. Emma Rauzy Watson is part of my history.

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Dock Walker Sr.

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My maternal great grandfather Dock Walker aka Papa was born April 12th about 1866 in Baldwin County, Alabama. He married his first wife Lillie Rauzy on Feb. 16th 1889 with whom he had eight children with. Shortly after Lillie’s death on December 25th 1909 Dock married Ms. Rosie Carter on December 28th 1910 and they had six children together. Dock was a God fearing, family man as well as businessman. He worked as a block setter and as laborer on a sawmill. He eventually owned a large amount of land in Bromley, Alabama. He distributed sections of the land to his children and their families as well as used it to grow fruits, cotton, house a schoolhouse and a small general store. On March 22nd 1953 Dock Walker passed away in Bromley, Alabama leaving behind a great legacy. Dock Walker Sr. is part to my history.

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Minnie Belle Burke Stacks

Minnie Belle Burke Stacks

My maternal two times great grandmother Minnie Belle Burke was born in the early 1800s in Dallas County, Alabama. She was a hard working mother of two. Minnie Belle worked as a private Cook then as laundress for many years in Jefferson County, Alabama until moving with her second husband Edward Stacks, daughter Georgiana and granddaughter Clittee to Youngstown, Ohio. Millions of African Americans from the southern states traveled to cities like Chicago, Detroit, New York and Youngstown between 1910 and the 1930s in search of work, this was known as The Great Migration. While in Youngstown Edward found work as a laborer in the largest Steel Manufacture in the world (Youngstown Sheet and Tube) and Minnie Belle continued worked as a laundress. After the death of her husband and her ailing health in 1930, Minnie and her teenage granddaughter traveled back down south to stay with her younger sister Rebecca and her family in Bromley Baldwin County, Alabama. Minnie Belle died on December 12th 1931. Minnie Belle Burke Stacks is part of my history.

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Burgess Family Bible

 

A cousin shared these old pages from the Burgess family Bible. Listed are the Birth and death dates of my Great grandmother Mary Jane, her mother Annies Locke Burgess as well as her siblings and other relatives.
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