My Black History Month: Aunt Cleo Walker

February 11th

Just wanted to share a photo of my Great Aunt Cleo (1901-1958)

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My Black History Month: Grandpa Dock Walker

February 10th

On the 1900 U.S. Census my Great Grandpa Dock went from not being able to read and write and 10 years later according to the 1910 U.S. Census he was able to read and write. Grandpa Dock was mentioned a few times in The Baldwin Times “Honor Roll” section of the paper for either having subscribed or renewed their subscription. I just think it was cool to see Grandpa Dock going from not being able to read or write to having a newspaper subscription.

12 Oct 1950 The Baldwin Times


Year: 1900; Census Place: Sibleys Mill, Baldwin, Alabama; Page: 13; Enumeration District: 0004; FHL microfilm: 1240001

Year: 1910; Census Place: Stapleton and Ducks, Baldwin, Alabama; Roll: T624_1; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0007; FHL microfilm: 1374014

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BlackProGen LIVE!: Episode 128 – National Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty and Pension Association

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“The concept of ex-slave pensions first gained traction in 1890 and became a full movement by the beginning of the 20th century. Learn about the history and demise of the movement, the leaders, and how to find ancestors among it’s records.”

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My Black History Month: Grandpa Scott and Grandma Jessie

February 9th

My Great Parents Scott and Jessie Cox were farmers and according the 1940 census Grandpa Scott worked 52 weeks and Grandma Jessie worked 26 weeks in 1939. They brought home a combined income of $412.00, adjusted for inflation, $442.00 in 1939 is equal to $8,223.54 in 2021. Annual inflation over this period was 3.63%.

1940 U.S. Census


Year: 1940; Census Place: Bay Minette, Baldwin, Alabama; Roll: m-t0627-00002; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 2-5

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My Black History Month: Cousin Ernest Hale

February 8th

Super cool to find this 1951 excerpt in The Clayton Record newspaper ands that my third cousin Ernest L. Hale was a teacher in Barbour County, Alabama.

The Clayton Record
17 Aug 1951

Source: The Clayton Record 17 Aug 1951

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My Black History Month: Grandpa Dock Walker

February 7th

On the 11th day of December 1933 my Great Grandpa Dock Walker sold land to the Saints of Bethlehem Temple of Bromley, Alabama. Grandpa Dock was another ancestor who knew the importance of ownership and legacy. Grandpa Dock owned a lot of property throughout Bromley that his family resided on.


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My Black History Month: Grandpa Scott Cox

February 6th

In December of 1948 my Great Grandpa Scott Cox purchase one acre of land from George and Nora Morris in Baldwin County, Alabama. It makes me feel good to know so many of my ancestors wanted ownership for themselves and their families.


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My Black History Month: Grandpa Jerry Burgess

 February 5th

The first record I see my 3x Great Grandpa Jerry Burgess on is the Alabama Voter Registration record. The record was “created in accordance with the federal, post-Civil War Second Reconstruction Act of March 23, 1867. The act required the commanding Union officer in each military district to register all resident male citizens, 21 years and older, to vote after they had taken an oath of loyalty to the United States. The process was to be completed before September 1, 1867. The 1867 voter registration records are significant because this is one of the first government documents to record African American males living in Alabama.”(Archives Alabama) I cannot imagine how Grandpa Jerry might have felt, after not being treated or seen as a HUMAN BEING for most of his life to then go to being counted as a MAN and have his name on a state wide document. I think it is really cool to see my Grandpa Jerry’s name on this document.

Source: Alabama, U.S., Voter Registration, 1867 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.

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My Black History Month: Grandpa Thomas Millender

February 4th

My 3x Great Grandpa Thomas Millender was a farmer like many of my other ancestors and relatives who lived in rural parts of the South. I’ve had the 1880 Agricultural Census Schedule which Grandpa Thomas is on for some time but I never really looked at what he actually grew/produced on his farm until now. Grandpa Thomas rented a the farmland for a fixed price and on his farm he produced 110 pounds of butter in 1879, he also produced 20 dozen eggs and 10 gallons of Molasses. He had two milch cows (A cow kept for milking; a dairy cow) and two working oxens, it cool to see some of the things that was produced on his farm.

Did you ancestors or relatives have a farm? Do you know what they produced on it?


Census Year: 1880; Census Place: Germany, Monroe, Alabama; Archive Collection Number: M279; Roll: 27; Page: 3; Line: 6; Schedule Type: Agriculture

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My Black History Month: Grandma Georgiana Beck Mason

February 3rd

I am interested in learning about all my ancestors but some more than others and my Great Grandma Georgiana is one of them. She was born 20 Jun 1899 to Alec Beck and Minnie Belle Burke in Alabama, she had a brother named Charlie who was about four years older than her. By 1910, Georgiana was living in Birmingham, Alabama with her mom and older brother. According to the 1910 Census, Grandma Georgiana had attended school, and knew how to read and write. Three years later, Georgiana had a baby (my Grandma Clittee) with my Great Grandpa James Luther Christian. Grandma Georgiana worked numerous domestic jobs throughout her life to help support herself and her daughter. By 1920 Georgiana was living in East Youngstown, Ohio with her mom, daughter and Stepfather Ed Stacks. Sometime between 1920 and 1926 Grandma Georgiana got married, her husband’s first name is unknown at the moment but his last name was Mason. 10 Jun 1928 Great Grandma Georgiana died from tuberculosis in Indiana County, Pennsylvania at the young age of 28 years old.


Year: 1910; Census Place: Birmingham Ward 16, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: T624_20; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0100; FHL microfilm: 1374033

Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission; Harrisburg, PA; Pennsylvania (State). Death Certificates, 1906-1968; Certificate Number Range: 062501-065500 U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

Year: 1920; Census Place: East Youngstown, Mahoning, Ohio; Roll: T625_1413; Page: 24A; Enumeration District: 118

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