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My Black History Month:Uncle Bryant

February 1st

My 2x Great Uncle Bryant Burke was born May 15th about 1883 according to census and draft records to Ellis and Dinah Burke in Camden Wilcox County, Alabama. Uncle Bryant lived in different areas throughout Alabama before making the move to San Francisco, California. He was married a couple times, first to Aline Davis in 1906, next to Riller Spruel in 1918. One interesting fact about Uncle Bryant was his thumb and middle finger amputated on his right hand. There are no known children from Uncle Bryant. While I was in San Francisco a few years ago, I visited home and neighborhood Uncle Bryant once lived in during the 1940, along with his niece Georgia, her husband Nelson and their family. Uncle Bryant died on February 28, 1952 in San Francisco, his body was transported to Baldwin County, Alabama where he was buried.

What interesting fact have you found out about one of your ancestors/relatives?

Sources:

The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System; Record Group Number: 147

“Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRV4-C9H : 15 November 2020), Bryant Burke and Aline Davis, 05 Dec 1906; citing Mobile, Alabama, United States, County Probate Courts, Alabama; FHL microfilm 1,550,509.

“Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRVH-93K : 15 November 2020), Bryant Burke and Riller Spruel, 19 Nov 1918; citing Mobile, Alabama, United States, County Probate Courts, Alabama; FHL microfilm 1,550,516.

Year: 1900; Census Place: Cahaba, Dallas, Alabama; Page: 15; Enumeration District: 0026; FHL microfilm: 1240013

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Tracking Diniah

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From 1909 to 1918 my three times great grandmother Diniah Burke aka Mother Burke lived in at least four different sections in Mobile, Alabama. According to the directory she worked as a laundress as well as a cook, I was able to track her and her son Bryant who often lived with her or in a few houses down via the Mobile County Directories. Next time I go to Mobile I’ll be sure to visit these areas.

Sources: 1909,1913,1915, and 1918 Mobile County City Directories via Ancestry.com

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