My Great Aunt Susan Belle aka Aunt Susie was the second oldest born to Scott and Jessie Belle Cox in Lowndes County, Alabama. Aunt Susie had one son named Elbert Walker, she also resided in Pensacola, Florida and at one point during the 1940s each of her three younger brothers lived with her in Pensacola.
On the 1900 U.S. Census my Great Grandpa Dock went from not being able to read and write and 10 years later according to the 1910 U.S. Census he was able to read and write. Grandpa Dock was mentioned a few times in The Baldwin Times “Honor Roll” section of the paper for either having subscribed or renewed their subscription. I just think it was cool to see Grandpa Dock going from not being able to read or write to having a newspaper subscription.
My Great Parents Scott and Jessie Cox were farmers and according the 1940 census Grandpa Scott worked 52 weeks and Grandma Jessie worked 26 weeks in 1939. They brought home a combined income of $412.00, adjusted for inflation, $442.00 in 1939 is equal to $8,223.54 in 2021. Annual inflation over this period was 3.63%.
Year: 1940; Census Place: Bay Minette, Baldwin, Alabama; Roll: m-t0627-00002; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 2-5
On the 11th day of December 1933 my Great Grandpa Dock Walker sold land to the Saints of Bethlehem Temple of Bromley, Alabama. Grandpa Dock was another ancestor who knew the importance of ownership and legacy. Grandpa Dock owned a lot of property throughout Bromley that his family resided on.
In December of 1948 my Great Grandpa Scott Cox purchase one acre of land from George and Nora Morris in Baldwin County, Alabama. It makes me feel good to know so many of my ancestors wanted ownership for themselves and their families.
The first record I see my 3x Great Grandpa Jerry Burgess on is the Alabama Voter Registration record. The record was “created in accordance with the federal, post-Civil War Second Reconstruction Act of March 23, 1867. The act required the commanding Union officer in each military district to register all resident male citizens, 21 years and older, to vote after they had taken an oath of loyalty to the United States. The process was to be completed before September 1, 1867. The 1867 voter registration records are significant because this is one of the first government documents to record African American males living in Alabama.”(Archives Alabama) I cannot imagine how Grandpa Jerry might have felt, after not being treated or seen as a HUMAN BEING for most of his life to then go to being counted as a MAN and have his name on a state wide document. I think it is really cool to see my Grandpa Jerry’s name on this document.
My 3x Great Grandpa Thomas Millender was a farmer like many of my other ancestors and relatives who lived in rural parts of the South. I’ve had the 1880 Agricultural Census Schedule which Grandpa Thomas is on for some time but I never really looked at what he actually grew/produced on his farm until now. Grandpa Thomas rented a the farmland for a fixed price and on his farm he produced 110 pounds of butter in 1879, he also produced 20 dozen eggs and 10 gallons of Molasses. He had two milch cows (A cow kept for milking; a dairy cow) and two working oxens, it cool to see some of the things that was produced on his farm.
Did you ancestors or relatives have a farm? Do you know what they produced on it?