This birth announcement clipping was in The Baldwin Times Newspaper (found on newspapers.com) in 1927. My Great Grandparents, Scott and Jessie Cox gave birth to a daughter a couple weeks after their eldest daughter Mary Cox Young had her daughter. I didn’t realize that mother and daughter were pregnant at the same time until I saw this birth announcement. Mary Cox Young was born about 1905, a whole 22 years before her younger sister Ruth was born. I am not sure how close Mary and Ruth were since there was such a large age gap and Mary was already out the house raising a family of her own when Ruth was born.
This is a photo from 2016 of myself, Aunt Ruth’s son and Aunt Mary’s grandchildren, this was my first time meeting Aunt Mary’s grandchildren.
I’ve posted about this before but newspapers are such a great resource for genealogical research. Newspapers articles about your ancestor or relative can fill in some gaps when other documents are missing i.e the 1890 Federal Census. Newspapers can also give you a better understanding of their lives and what life might have been for them in their areas. Sites such as newspapers.com, genealogybank.com, chroniclingamerica.loc.gov , nypl.org have hundreds maybe even thousands of old newspapers your ancestors or relatives might have been mentioned in. You can even just google old newspapers in the specific location you are researching and see what you find. I’ve have browsed multiple newspapers for free by just googling.
This might not seem like much to most but I think it’s pretty cool to see my Great Grandfather Dock Walker name in the paper as well as to know he had a subscription to The Baldwin Times newspaper.
For Family History Month I will be sharing articles I found regarding my family in newspapers as well as other interesting articles and ads in different newspapers to give us a glimpse back in time.
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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.
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.
This is Artensie Wesley born 27 Oct 1917 and Jessie Cox born 25 Oct 1919 and they were my grandparents and since they recently had birthdays I thought it was only right to have them as my Friday’s Faces From The Past. May the both rest in peace.
One of my stops was to the Westview Cemetery in Bromley, Baldwin County, Alabama. I had been to the cemetery two times previously but this time was special. This was the first time since my mother and six of her siblings had been back to Bromley to visit all at the same time. Most of them had not even been to this cemetery where both their father’s family and mother’s family were buried. Me being the genealogist of the family I explained certain relationships to them since some of those folks they never even heard of. It was kinda cool looking at them taking pictures of their ancestors. I made sure I touched all of my female ancestors headstones buried in the Westview Cemetery, I am truly blessed that they have headstones and the cemetery is for the for most part kept up. Some people don’t know where their grandparents are buried and I am able to put my hand on and still read the headstone of Diniah Burke my great great great grandmother. Minnie Belle Stacks, my great great grandmother and Diniah’s daughter. Lillie Walker my great grandmother and her mother Emma Watson, my great great grandmother. Next time I go visit the cemetery I hope I have some of the younger folks with me so I can show them their history.