I didn’t know too much or have any contact with my great grandmother Jessie Belle Moorer Cox’s family before I started researching, so I never thought I would find, let alone meet any of her relatives. Well allow me to introduce you to Frank Moorer Sr., Jessie’s first cousin. Frank was one of 12 born January 27th 1896 to Thad Moorer and Caroline Hale in Farmsville, Lowndes County, AL. Frank lived until rightful age of 104 years old. Frank was the “living connection to the past, for he had known many people who had been slaves, who has witnessed the Civil War and Reconstruction.” Last September I had the great pleasure of meeting four of Frank’s children who shared memories of their father. Connecting with them was amazing.
My 3 times great grandfather Jerry Burgess was born a slave about 1825 in Alabama. Jerry married Mary Johnson in 1866 just one year after slavery ended. He went from being property to owning property, farming on his own land and raising his own livestock. Jerry Burgess is party of my black history.
My three times great Aunt Rebecca Burke was born in Dallas County, Alabama About 1889. Rebecca and her husband George Tompkins were instrumental figures in the Bromley, Alabama community. In 1920 Rebecca began teaching in the one room school called The Blakeley school aka the Little Red School House. Her husband George turned an old farm truck into a school bus to take neighborhood children to school. Rebecca accumulated more than 50 years of service in the Baldwin County School system. Rebecca Burke Tompkins is part of my black history.
Every Day in the month of February I will post some information about my family history on my social networking sites, here’s what I have thus far.
My great grandmother Mary Jane Burgess born Jan 25th 1895 in (Natchez) Monroe County, Alabama. She married Lonnie Wesley and together they had 11 children. After his death in 1937 Mary Jane was left to raise 10 Children on her own and had to find work as a farmer to support her family. Mary Jane Burgess Wesley is part of my black history.