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.
Monthly Archives: February 2014
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.