Posts Tagged With: baldwin county alabama

The Lynching of Reuben Sims

Mr. Reuben Sims is the only documented lynching victim in Baldwin County, Alabama between 1877 to 1950.

Since he was the “only one” I wanted to try to find out a little more about the circumstances surrounding his lynching. Mr. Reuben Sims’ lynching made it in to newspapers across the country.

Below are some articles I found relating to Mr. Reuben Sims’ murder.

reuben simsFri, Apr 29, 1904 – 4 · The Prattville Progress (Prattville, Alabama) · Newspapers.com

 

Fri, May 13, 1904 – Page 2 · The Atmore Record (Atmore, Alabama) · Newspapers.com

 

Sun, Aug 28, 1904 – 15 · The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama) · Newspapers.com

 

Thu, Nov 3, 1904 – 3 · The Baldwin Times (Bay Minette, Alabama) · Newspapers.com

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 An Honest Man’s the Noblest Work of God. Pt. 1

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Photo taken by Monika Cantrell (for findagrave.com)

My Great Uncle Duffie was only 25 years old when he was died, the circumstances of Uncle Duffie’s death was sort of a mystery to me for many years. I knew he had been shot but didn’t know by whom or for what. I’ve heard family stories of a family member being behind his death but I didn’t and at this point I still don’t have any real proof that family member had anything to do with his murder.

While at RootsTech 2018 I stopped by the Genealogybank.com exhibit booth and was able to search on their computers and during my search I came across an article in The Macon Daily Telegraph Newspapers from 01 Jul 1923 about Uncle Duffie’s death. This was the first time I had seen anything regarding his murder. The article was a little difficult to read due to a fold in the paper. I contacted Washington Memorial Library in Macon, GA which houses The Macon Daily Telegraph archives but they had the same folded copy I had. I did some more searching this time using Newspapers.com. I   had to played around with keyword before I found another article in The Montgomery Advertiser also dated 01 Jul 1923. The article is almost identical to the one I found in The Macon Daily Telegraph. 

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Clipping from The Montgomery Advertiser Sunday, July 1, 1923 via Newspapers.com

 

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Clipping from The Montgomery Advertiser Sunday, July 1, 1923 via Newspapers.com

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Clipping from The Montgomery Advertiser Sunday, July 1, 1923 via Newspapers.com

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Clipping from The Montgomery Advertiser Sunday, July 1, 1923 via Newspapers.com

 

 I intend to continue the search for more information regarding Uncle Duffie’s murder.

 

 

 

 

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The Little Red Schoolhouse

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The Blakeley School also known as the Little Red Schoolhouse was built in 1920 in Bromley Baldwin County, AL by the families in the community. The school’s  first teacher was Mrs. Rebecca E. Burke Tompkins and my grandmother’s grand aunt. The last time I was in Bay Minette, my mom, aunts and uncles and I stopped by the Little Red Schoolhouse which is on the property of Baldwin County Board of Education in Bay Minette. Soon the school will be moved to the Bicentennial Park in Stockton. I think this was the first time they had seen the school since they each attended many, years ago. I am always glad to be a part of moments like this as well as share them with others.

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Dock Walker’s Homestead

This past October I took a trip with most of my mom’s siblings to Bromley, Baldwin County, Alabama. In an earlier blog post I posted pictures of them going to the Westview Cemetery,(Click Here). The seven minute video shows of two of my mom’s order brothers visiting the homestead of their grandfather Dock Walker Sr.

 

Bromley from Tasia on Vimeo.

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A Family With Southern Roots

Above are pictures of four out of seven children belonging to Scott Cox and Jessie Belle Moorer as well as  eight out of fifteen of Wardie Cox Sr. and Jessie Lee Soles children.

Eliza was born about the mid 1850s according to census and vital records, not much is known about her upbringing but from her death certificate which was filled out by her son Scott (my great grandfather).Eliza or Liza was born in Alabama to parents Jessie and Ann Smiley or Smyly. Eliza married Richard Cox and gave birth to seven children but only six survived. The children were William, Matthew, Richard Jr., Scott, Wardie and Ada. Richard Cox Sr. passed away before the 1900 U.S. Census, leaving Eliza a to raise six children on her own. According to the 1900 U.S. Census Eliza and her children all lived in Lowndes County, Alabama and worked as farm laborers to support themselves. It is not known what happened to Matthew and Richard Jr. but son William married Lula and made his way down to Bay Minette, Alabama, Scott married Jessie Belle Moorer and followed suit.Younger brother Wardie married Jessie Lee Soles and the baby of the family Ada married Rufus Hale and followed in their brother’s footsteps to Bay Minette. Eventually Eliza moved to Bay Minette where she later died on Jan 6th 1924. Today not only does the Cox family still have strong roots in Bay Minette but they are now spread throughout the U.S.and in countries like Germany and Japan.

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Four Ancestors In One Place

Some people may see some old headstones but I see my maternal linage, my ancestors, my history. I only wish I had pictures of these women to go along with their headstones. In 2008 I found out some of my mother’s maternal and paternal ancestors were buried in Westview Cemetery, a small hidden cemetery located in Bromley Baldwin County, Alabama, talk about hitting a genealogy jackpot with this one. The first headstone belongs to my mother’s father’s side, great grandmother Lillie Rauzy Walker died just six months after my grandfather Wilson was born. Next is my great great grandmother and Lillie’s mother Emma Rauzy Watson, she married James Watson Sr. in 1877 in Mobile County, Alabama. Now to my mother’s maternal side, Minnie Belle Burke Stacks is my great great grandmother and the woman who raised my grandma Clittee in East Youngstown, Ohio. Last but not least Diniah Johnson Burke also known as Mother Burke is my great great great grandmother and Minnie’s mother, she was born in Wilcox County, Alabama.

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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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A Trip Back To Bromley

A Trip Back To Bromley from TAY WAY on Vimeo.

In 2010 my mom, aunt and I traveled down to their birthplace and the hometown of Dock Walker (my great grandfather). Bromley, which is located in Baldwin County, Alabama and is in close proximity to Bay Minette, Fairhope, Spanish Fort, and Stapleton. Here is a little footage of my mother and aunt visiting their old neighborhood and trying to remember where things were 50 something years ago. Hopefully when I down their later this month I can get some more footage and pictures of Bromley.

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