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Meet Frank Moorer Sr.


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.

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Jessie Belle Moorer

I think it’s only right I end with my great grandmother Jessie Belle Moorer, who according to documents was born on this day 124 years ago.(Feb. 28th 1890) Jessie was the second eldest child born to Cornelius Moorer and Linda Snow in Lowndes County, Alabama. On December 23rd 1904 Jessie married Scott Cox and together they had eight children, Mary, Susan, Lola Mae, Willie, Jessie, Albert, Ruth and Eloise “Ella”. Both Jessie and Scott worked as farm laborers to provide for their family. By 1920 they were living in Bay Minette, Alabama where most of the other Cox family members migrated to. On March 15th 1950 Jessie Belle Moorer Cox passed alway leaving behind her growing family.

Jessie Belle Moorer

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Wardie Cox Sr.

My paternal two times great uncle Wardie (Wattie) Cox Sr. was born February 14th about 1881 to Eliza Smiley and Richard Cox Sr. Wardie and his five siblings were raised in Farmsville, Lowndes County, Alabama where they worked as farm laborers. Farmsville was also the home of his future bride and the mother of his 15 children Jessie Lee Soles. By 1930 Wardie and his growing family had migrated to Bay Minette Alabama for better opportunities. Wardie continued to work in the farming industry while in Bay Minette and was able to purchase his own property. Wardie Cox Sr. died October 1st 1940 in Bay Minette. Wardie Cox Sr. Is part of my history

Wardie Cox Sr.

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Emile Walker Sr.

My maternal great Uncle Emile Walker was born on May 24 1894 in Bromley Baldwin County, Alabama. He was the eldest child of Dock Walker and his first wife Lillie Rauzy Walker. June 5th 1917 at 23 years old, Emile was drafted into the Army by November 30th 1917 he was stationed at his first training Camp. Camp Gordon located in Chamblee, Georgia. Emile was enlisted into the military and training at Camp Gordon in Chamblee Georgia. By August 22nd 1918 Emile was stationed at Camp Taylor in Louisville Kentucky and worked as a laborer. For a time Camp Taylor was America’s largest military training camp, housing 47,500 men at one time. After WWI most if the camp was dismantled. Emile Walker is part of my history.
Emile Walker
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