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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Organizing With Magnets

We are all used to seeing magnetic strips in kitchens to hold your knives. I can tell you from experience that it's a nice feature. I found a magnetic knife block at a yard sale one time and I use it a lot. It only holds 3 knives but the magnets are so strong that I can attach my kitchen scissors to it as well. Love it. We also have seen magnets used on your refrigerator to attach notes, pictures, cartoons, etc. But now we have not only magnets but adhesive magnetic strips and magnetic paint, even magnetic chalkboard paint. I haven't been as impressed with adhesive magnetic strips. It just doesn't seem strong enough and the magnetism decreases with time. For some things it's fine. For instance, my niece drew a picture and her mother had it transferred on a magnetic strip about the size of a 4x6 photo. She's now an adult with her own child and I still have that little drawing and it still sticks to the fridge. It won't hold anything else, but it holds itself.

I looked on the internet and found some great ideas for using magnets when you organize. I tried to pick things that you might not normally think of. You can purchase magnets in many sizes and the strips at craft stores. You can also purchase products with attached magnets such as magnetic clips, hooks, organizers and they are easy to find in stores like Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes. So here goes....














































Friday, July 10, 2015

Wallace Samuel Harris and Juanita Sims

This is not a direct ancestor of Stan's. But Wallace Samuel Harris was the brother of Stan's direct ancestor, Edward Boyd Harris.

Wallace Samuel Harris was born 3/26/1898 in Union County, SC to Gamewell Calhoun Harris (DOB 5/26/1853 in Union County, SC; DOD 10/21/1933 in Union County, SC) and Sarah "Sallie" Clementine Brakefield (DOB 4/18/1860 in York County, SC; DOD 3/6/1930 in Union County, SC).

1900 U.S. Census of Pinckney, Union County,  South Carolina; Roll:  T623_ 1544; Page:  17A; Enumeration District:  72, Lines 15-27, "Ravenell Harris" (sic)
Ravenell Harris, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born May, 1853, 47 yrs old, Married 23 yrs, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer, Owns farm, mortgage
Sallie Harris, Wife, W, F, Born Apr, 1861, 39 yrs old, Married, 11 children with 9 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Boyd Harris, Son, W, M, Born May, 1878, 22 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm Laborer
James Harris, Son, W, M, Born Apr, 1881, 19 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm Laborer
May Harris, Daughter, W, F, Born May, 1883, 17 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm Laborer
Paul Harris, Son, W, M, Born Apr, 1888, 12 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, At school
Florrence Harris (sic), Daughter, W, F, Born May, 1890, 10 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, At school
Essie Harris (sic), Daughter, W, F, Born Apr, 1892, 8 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, At school
Carl Harris, Son, W, M, Born June, 1894, 5 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Cass Harris (sic, looks like Voss Harris and is actually Wallace Harris but Ancestry.com has him indexed as Cass Harris), Son, W, M, Born Mar, 1898, 2 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Bernice Wix, Daughter, W, F, Born June, 1884, 15 yrs old, Widowed, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Cotton mill weaver
Dusky A. Harris (sic), Mother, W, F, Born May, 1813, 87 yrs old, Widowed, 1 child with 1 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Havanah Harris, Sister, W, F, Born Feb, 1851, 49 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC


1910 U.S. Census of Pinckney, Union County,  South Carolina; Roll:  T624_1474; Page:  16B; Enumeration District: 118; Image:  860, Lines 84-93, "Egenis Farr" (sic) and "Ganelle Harris" (sic)
Egenis Farr, Head, F(emale), W(hite), 66 yrs old (DOB 1844), Widowed, 7 children with 7 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer of home farm, Owns farm free of mortgage (Gamewell's sister)
Wrtrs Farr (sic, should be James Waitus Farr), M, W, 28 yrs old (DOB 1882), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Laborer on home farm
Carrie Farr, F, W, 36 yrs old (DOB 1874), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Ganelle Harris, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 55 yrs old (DOB 1855), 1st Marriage, Married 32 yrs, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer of home farm, Owns farm, mortgaged
Sallie Harris, Wife, F, W, 48 yrs old (DOB 1862), 1st Marriage, Married 32 yrs, 10 children with 10 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Paul Harris, Son, M, W, 21 yrs old (DOB 1889), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Laborer on home farm
Carl Harris, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1896), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm Laborer
Wallace Harris, Son, M, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1899), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Blanche Harris, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1904), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Annie Harris, Sister, F, W, 60 yrs old (DOB 1850), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC


The Union Times, 3/14/1913, Page 4, Image 4, "Wesley Chapel School and Community"

Wesley Chapel, Mar. 11.-We have had bad weather for several weeks and the farmers are greatly behind in their work.

I guess the farmers will be very glad when the weather clears up so that they can start their crops.

Misses Nina Whitlock and Mattie Palmer spent Sunday afternoon with Miss Fannie Vanderford.

Messrs Biron and Douglas Vaughan, Hoyet Adams and Wallace Harris, spent Sunday afternoon at the home of Mr. N.C. Palmer.

Messrs. Arthur and Frank Vaughan spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Thaddie Palmer.

Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Palmer spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Vanderford.

Messrs. Carl Harris and Ernest Breakfield spent Sunday with friends and relatives at Monarch.

Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Vanderford, Mrs. J.B. Tracey, and Lem Coleman spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. James Vaughan.

Mr. John Whitlock visited at the home of Mr. N.P. Palmer Sunday.

Mr. N.P. Palmer spent Saturday night with Mr. L.T. Coleman.

Mr. G.W. Whitlock was in Union Friday on business.

Miss Vera Farr spent Sunday with her grandmother, Mrs. Eugenia Farr.

Miss Mary Farr spent the weekend with Mrs. Eugenia Farr.

Mr. Frank Vaughan returned home Saturday from Clemson College on account of health.


The Union Times, 5/2/1913, Page 5, Image 5, 1st column, "News From Adamsburg"
Adamsburg, April 28.-The farmers.....
Miss Nettie Vaughn, Wallace Harris, and Misses Nolah Scales, Annie Orr and Mr. J.W. Farr attended services at Brown's Creek Sunday afternoon.
...
Messrs Sewel Scales and Carl Harris spent the weekend with friends and relatives at Monarch. Blue Eyes.

Wallace evidently served in the military during the first World War:
U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
Name: Wallace Harris
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 26 Mar 1898
Death Date: 13 Apr 1979
SSN: 25064****
Enlistment Date 1: 14 Apr 1917
Release Date 1: 22 Mar 1919


Wallace married Juanita Sims about 1919. Juanita was born 6/19/1901 in SC to Charner Sims (DOB 10/30/1880 in Union County, SC; DOD 12/12/1855 in Union County, SC) and Mary Ellen Bailey "Minnie".

They married about 1919 in Union County, SC. Wallace and Juanita Harris had 4 children that I know if:

1) Wallace Samuel Harris, Jr. (DOB 11/20/1920 in Union County, SC; DOD 12/2/1922 in Union County, SC)
SC Death Certificate #20242, Registered District 42-A, Registered #77, Wallace Harris, Jr., DOD: 12/2/1922 in Union, Union County, SC
Male, White, DOB: 1920 in Union, SC, 2 yrs old
Father: Wallace Harris, born in SC
Mother: Juanita Sims, born in SC
Informant: Wallace Harris of Union, SC
DOD: 12/2/1922 at 1pm
Cause of death: Acute pneumonia with contributary cause of food pain (acidosis)
Burial 12/3/1922 at Wesley Chapel

2) Ralph P. Harris (DOB 1922 in Union County, SC; DOD ? in ? ) married ?

3) Virginia Harris (DOB 9/10/1923 in Union County, SC; DOD 9/25/1984 in Union County, SC) married Joseph Martin Wilson (DOB 4/14/1931 in ? ; DOD 3/20/2001 in Union County, SC).

4) Mary Harris (DOB 1926 in Union County, SC; DOD ? in ? ) married ? Prince.

1920 U.S. Census of Pinckney, Union County,  South Carolina; Roll:  T625_1713; Page:  22B; Enumeration District:  139; Image:  791, Lines 93-94, "Haris, S. Walace" (sic)
Walace S. Haris, Head, Owns farm, M(ale), W(hite), 21 yrs old (DOB 1899), Married, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer
Juanita Haris, Wife, F, W, 19 yrs old (DOB 1901), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

1930 U.S. Census of Union, Union County, South Carolina; Roll:  2215; Page:  8B; Enumeration District:  20; Image:  242.0, Lines 51-55, "Wallace S. Harris"
Wallace S. Harris, Head, Rents home $15/month, M(ale), W(hite), 32 yrs old (DOB 1898), Married at age 21 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Clerk at ExpressDr
Juanita N. Harris, Wife, F, W, 28 yrs old (DOB 1902), Married at age 18 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Ralph P. Harris, Son, M, W, 8 yrs old (DOB 1922), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Virginia Harris, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1924), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Mary Harris, Daughter, F, W, 4 yrs 3/12 mos old (DOB 1926), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

1940 U.S. Census of N. Pinckney St, Union, Union County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 7/7/2015, Roll: T627_3843; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 44-21, Lines 55-59, Family 17, "Wallace S. Harris"
Wallace S. Harris, Rents house for $15, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 42 yrs old (DOB 1898), Married, Attended high school 2 yrs, Born in SC, Lived in same place in 1935, Policeman for city, $1,260 wages
Juanita Harris, Wife, F, W, 31 yrs old (DOB 1909), F, W, Married, Attended high school 3 yrs, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Ralph Harris, Son, M, W, 18 yrs old (DOB 1922), Single, Attended high school 3 yrs, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Clerk at retail grocery store, $364
Virginia Harris, Daughter, F, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1924), Single, Attends school, Attended school through 7th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Mary Harris, Daughter, F, W, 13 yrs old (DOB 1927), Single, Attends school, Attended school through 6th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935

Social Security Death Index
Name: Wallace Harris
SSN: 250-64-****
Last Residence: 29379 Union, Union, South Carolina, United States of America
Born: 26 Mar 1898
Died: Apr 1979
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (1956)

FindAGrave.com
Wallace Samuel Harris
Birth: Mar. 26, 1898, Union County, South Carolina, USA
Death: Apr. 13, 1979, Union County, South Carolina, USA
South Carolina Delayed Births, 1766-1900 and City of Charleston, South Carolina Births, 1877-1901
Name: Wallace Samuel Harris
Birth Date: 26 Mar 1898
Birthplace: Union
Father's Name: Gamewell C Harris
Mother's Name: Sarah Sallie Brakefield
[Sarah (Sallie) Harris]
Burial: Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Union, Union County, South Carolina, USA
Created by: LindaLou
Record added: Mar 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34688597

Commonwealth of Virginia Death Certificate #135, Registration Area #213, State File #87-015888, Juanita Sims Harris, DOD 5/14/1987 in Hopewell Convalescent Center, 905 Cousins Ave., Hopewell, VA
Usual residence: Rt 1, Box 410, Sutherland, Dinwiddie County, VA
Female, White, Widow of Wallace S. Harris, DOB 6/9/1901 in SC, 85 yrs old
Occupation: Homemaker
Father: Charner Sims, Mother: Mary Ellen Bailey, Informant: Daughter Mary Prince
DOD 5/14/1987 at 6:30pm
Cause of death: acute coronary insufficiency and arythmia due to coronary artery disease due to mild organic brain syndrome
Buried: Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Union, Union County, SC

Social Security Death Index
Name: Juanita Harris
SSN: 251-30-****
Last Residence: 23885 Sutherland, Dinwiddie, Virginia, United States of America
Born: 9 Jun 1901
Died: May 1987
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (Before 1951)

They both are buried Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 373 Wesley Chapel Road, Union, Union County, SC.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

History

If you have read my blog you know that it is made up of posts about things that interest me such as books I've read, Bible studies I've done, some history, my digital scrapbook pages, family times, genealogy, household and home decorating tips, organizing, etc. That's why I called it Sharon Scrapbook. It's the bits and pieces that I find interesting in life. I work a lot on genealogy in the family lines of myself and my husband and have done years and years of work, some of which I share on my blog. So I document our family's past but I also document our family today with my digital scrapbooking. And I'm always aware that what I document of the past and present will be what's shared in the future. So it all goes together for me. Our family lived through the history that you read in the history books. So did yours! And what you are living through today will be what your descendants will look back upon. Everybody has stories that may not be flattering. It's because our family were human beings just like we are and they were a product of their times and their shared experiences. Just like we are today. What will our descendants, those in our family who are in the future, our great great grandchildren... what will they think of us when they look back at their genealogy and see our names written in the turbulent times we live in? Will they understand our mistakes or will they judge us? Will they be proud of us or ashamed of us? If we see it this way, then maybe, we can look back at those who came before us with a more experienced eye. It's silly to say that your family were bluebloods and never had a stain against it's name. Because there is always someone who you might not be as proud to call "family" as others. It's equally silly to say that your family were something to be ashamed of because there is always someone who you can be proud of to call "family". Why? Because we are all human beings who lived during our times and had experiences and circumstances that shaped us. We are all equally born sinners with an evil sinful human nature. We are all equally able to be saved through the Lord Jesus Christ and the work HE did on the cross. Knowing that we all equally come into this world and we all equally leave this world in the same ways. And the fact that we all live just like human beings have always lived, one step at a time, means we should not judge each other harshly. We should be more understanding. Instead we seem to become more and more judgmental of each other instead of less. We begin to pontificate and point fingers as though we were superior in some way. I'm not prettier or no uglier than anyone else. I'm no fatter or thinner than anyone else. I'm no more white or black than anyone else. I'm no more old or young than anyone else. We are who we are. We were born a certain way and we have no input to that. We can't be held accountable for our big feet or our wide hips or our weak fingernails. Then we were raised in circumstances in which we had no choice in the matter. For instance I was born in 1959 and I can't help that I wasn't born in 1984 or 1934. I was born in a small town in TN so I can't help that I wasn't born in NY or in FL. I was born into a good family (which I'm thankful for) but it wasn't due to anything I did. Some of you may have been born into a "bad" family situation and it wasn't your fault. I can't help that my parents stayed happily married any more than you can help that your parents didn't. I was born into a certain middle income and it wasn't anything I could do about it. I wasn't poor but we certainly weren't rich. It wasn't my fault that my Mom made my clothes nor is it your fault that your Mom couldn't sew and you got your clothes from the department store or that you were too poor and had to wear hand me downs (my sisters had to wear my hand me downs). So you see, there are so many things that shape us but which we had no control over. And then there are the things in history that shape us. For instance I remember when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, when Martin Luther King was assassinated, the Vietnam War was going on, etc. These things affected my family and, therefore, me and it shaped me to some degree whether I realized it or not. For instance, whenever I hear a "Special Report" interrupt daily TV programming, I immediately fear that the President has been assassinated and I start saying a prayer under my breath. I was only a little kid when John F. Kennedy was killed but it affected me that way. If it affected me that way, then how do you think it affected our ancestors when war was declared or when Lincoln was assassinated or when the first airplane was spotted over their little town? Being raised in tiny TN mountain towns until we moved to Spartanburg in 1967, I had not seen many black people. I was about 6 yrs old (1965?) when I remember seeing my first black person walking down main street on our way to the Dairy Queen. I had sung the song, "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world." But I was actually seeing a human being that had a different color. This was during the Civil Rights era but my parents had protected us from all the bad stuff. And my dear parents, who had been raised in a generation that had seen things VERY differently, were progressive enough to use that time at the Dairy Queen to teach me about how God loved all human beings despite their color. And they very seriously told me that it would hurt their feelings to call them names. I remember it so clearly, how they told me that black people preferred to be called Negroes or Colored People but never call them N***rs. I always had a very sensitive heart and could get my feelings hurt easily so I couldn't imagine hurting someone's feelings deliberately. I just never wanted to inflict that kind of hurt so I was shocked that others would hurt someone by calling them bad names and hating them because of the color of their skin (it's not like they had a choice on their color). So, over ice cream, my parents taught me a very valuable lesson that I clearly remember today. Again, my parents were raised in a segregated South. My father's father had been taught by his preacher that black people didn't have a soul and wouldn't go to heaven! But I never knew my grandfather to be anything but kind and generous to anyone, including blacks, that he had dealings with. And my parents had thought for themselves and realized that God loved all human beings no matter what color and they lived their entire life with those convictions and passed them down to us. But I can't harshly judge others when I know that they didn't have the same raising I had. They grew up in a segregated South and had been taught differently so they may have responded differently. I have to look back and try to understand the times they were raised in. Does that excuse them from terrible crimes? No. If they committed crimes, hate crimes, then there should have been justice. I don't excuse but I try to see a bigger picture when it's called for. I happened to find a young man who was a very distant cousin. His story fascinated me because he and his friend were going from still to still (like going bar to bar today) in the mountains on a drinking binge. They ended up spying a farmer leaving his shack and knew his daughter was there alone and that the man usually had money. So they murdered the girl with an ax and stole the man's money. This distant cousin turned on his friend so I don't know if the cousin or his friend actually murdered the girl because it was basically his word that it wasn't him, he was just the look out. But the friend was hanged for murder and the cousin was jailed and died in jail within a year. The whole trial and transcript was found in newspaper stories as far as Australia! Am I proud that a distant cousin was an ax murderer, drunk and thief? No! Do I excuse what he did? No! Was it an interesting story? Yes. There was no excuse or justification for his actions, but in looking at the larger picture, I was able to see how things worked back then. Because I've studied and thought on history so much I was able to look at the story as though I were a fly on the wall, seeing how things really looked. Not a cleaned up version or a dumbed down version but as things might have really been. You can't do that if you don't have any knowledge of history. For instance, the heat in the un-air conditioned courthouse would have made close quarters and a crowd unbearable! The smell alone (before deodorants, colognes, toothpaste) would have knocked us out. No dentists and modern dental technology meant plenty of missing teeth, foul breath, buck teeth, crowded teeth, rotted teeth. No plastic surgeons so no breast reductions or breast augmentations, birth marks, cleft palates, etc. No hair dyes, little makeup, etc would have made crowds look a lot different than today. I remember signs on businesses that said "No shoes, no service" and this was in my lifetime! People used to go barefoot, at least during the summer, a lot more than they do today. You saved your shoes, if you had any, for church and such. People didn't have indoor plumbing and washing machines like they do today so washing clothes was a big chore. Therefore you protected your clothes by wearing aprons, paper collars and cuffs, sleeve garters to hold your sleeves up on your arm and keep them from getting dirty, even dress shields (like Kotex for under your arms, it soaked up the sweat and was easier to clean than a dress was). You came home from church and took your dress off and spent the afternoon in your slip before putting your dress back on to go back to church. You came home from school and changed into your play clothes so you didn't ruin your school clothes. All these things are so different today when clothes are easier to get and easier to keep clean due to our technology.

As you can see, you can't look at anyone in history without looking at their life as they lived it. A great many things were beyond their control and they were the products of a way of life they had no control over. On the other hand, there were things they could control (like that ax murderer) but because they made the wrong choices they, and their loved ones, suffered from it. It's no different today than it was 100 years ago or 1,000 years ago. We are born into things that we have little or no control over and we make choices, good or bad, that also affect us.

Let's look at the "Confederate Flag" issue. From our point of view today, we may not can understand how slavery was ever allowed in the world. It still goes on today but we, as Americans, see it as evil. And it was used by evil human beings as a way to subjugate people. I do not excuse nor do I belittle the horrible things that were done to slaves. But there is a bigger picture. We don't know it unless we study it. We aren't told about it unless we look for it and study it. As many times as there were horrors done to black slaves, there were good things done for black slaves. I do think that slavery is ripe for abuse. Whenever ANYONE is under the control of another, there is the chance of abuse of power. Whether it's children being abused by parents, women abused by husbands, husbands abused by wives, elderly parents abused by children.... absolute power corrupts absolutely. But you can also say that there are just as many good things done under someone else's "power" as there are evil. For instance, my parents were absolutely wonderful. Not perfect, but wonderful people who protected me, loved me, helped me, supported me, trained me and provided for me even at the sacrifice of themselves. I was a child so I was completely under their control but they did not abuse their control. They used it for my good. All parents aren't abusive. All parents aren't good.



Same for my husband. He is a good man who has protected and provided for me and made sure I had the best of whatever we could afford. I'm disabled. I cannot work or support myself so I'm dependent upon him. He did not abuse his control over me. He used it for my good. All husbands aren't abusive. All husbands aren't good.

My parents are elderly. In a lot of ways they are becoming dependent upon us, their children and our spouses, to take care of them. One sister takes care of their finances and makes sure their bills are paid. I try to buy things they need and take them places they need to go. Another sister goes with them to a doctor's visit and helps take care of their dogs. We all have helped take care of things around the house, etc. We are trying to be good daughters and sons-in-laws (and now good grandchildren) and take care of them. They certainly took good care of us. Could we steal from them? Yes. Could we neglect them? Yes. Could we beat them? Yes. Do we? NO! We don't abuse the control or power we have over them. They didn't do it to us and we won't do it to them in their times of need. All children don't abuse their elderly parents. All children aren't always good to their parents.

As you can see, it's less the institution (of marriage) or the relationship (as in families) that is evil or good. It's the hearts of those in power. So were slaves treated badly? Yes and No. We know that some were treated horribly and there is plenty of evidence of it. But we should also know that many were treated well, even as family members. If I paid $50,000 for a new car would I take it mudding? Some would but most of us would take good care of that car because we invested so much in it and we need it. Same for slaves. Slaves usually cost more than the land they worked. Would it make good business sense to mistreat the workers you depend on for your living? So, even if you thought of slaves as property, rather than as human beings, it wouldn't make good sense to mistreat them. Instead, you should want to treat them well so you get more work out of them and so they are healthy and reproduce for your future needs. So, even if you thought of them as no more than animals, you should have enough sense to treat them well enough for them to be a good investment. Then there were those who did realize they were human beings but with the world that they lived in, black people had a harder time free (how does a free black man/woman make a living in those times?) than they would being the slaves of a kind master. So they were treated well because they were co-workers, companions and friends. And, of course, we already talked about those who abused slaves. This was indulging their worst evils because under no circumstances did it make logical sense, but they did it anyway because they were a naturally cruel person. They would the same ones who would abuse their wives, children, and any other vulnerable person they have control over. We have them today just like we had them in the antebellum South and just as we had them in the Middle Ages. It's those people that give the rest of us bad names!

Can we now look at that time period in history and judge them? We can say that those who committed atrocities against slaves (or any human being) were wrong with no excuse. We can say that there were others who were trapped in their times, were raised in ways, lived in circumstances but they made the best of their lives and treated others kindly and generously as it was in their power to do so.

As far as the Confederate flag issue... I have many, many documented relatives - direct ancestors, brothers of brothers, cousins, and in-laws - who served during the War of Northern Aggression. Very few, if any, had any slaves. Did you hear that? Dozens of my ancestors who fought in The War, had no slaves. Same on my husband's side. They thought they were fighting against a tyrannical federal government just like their grandfathers had fought a tyrannical King George during the American Revolution. I won't go into all the reasons why they thought the federal government had gone amok. Suffice it to say, just as you think it has today, so they thought it had then. They took up arms for independence. They legally and democratically voted for seccession and when Abraham Lincoln refused to meet their delegates, who desired to broker peace, and he sent military  to re-enforce Fort Sumter  on our soil, we fired the first shot and the War of Northern Aggression started. I blame Lincoln for starting the War. But, we will not get into that in this post. What I wanted to say was that our ancestors, who lived and fought, were wounded and died and were taken prisoner; whose lives were forever changed and shaped by that horrible time (and it shaped the lives of Southerners until this day!) deserve to be remembered. I think we should remember how hard the black slaves had it; how hard they worked and somehow they survived. Black people today, who are descendants of black slaves, are born from survivors of that time. To realize what they survived, came through and to have it so much better today than their ancestors had - it is something to be proud of and to celebrate. I have no problem with them having monuments, streets named after, museums, history books, historical societies, etc.

But I'm just as proud of my ancestors as they are of theirs. Mine also worked hard. They didn't sit on a porch and watch their slaves works, they worked fields too. They built their own log cabins, hunted for food, pulled up stumps and cut down trees in order to plant. They lived and died a hard life and they found it just as important to fight in the War of Northern Aggression as had their grandfathers who fought for the American Revolution. Some of those Yankee and Rebel soldiers weren't worth spitting on. But many more were and did their duty as they saw fit and I'm proud of those. Why can't I be proud of them? Why can't I honor them and their sacrifices just like I would those who fought in WWI or WWII or Vietnam, etc.? Why can't my heritage be proudly represented? Currently we have the Confederate flag on a place of memorial on the state grounds of the SC Capitol. There is also a memorial to our black citizens on the same state grounds. But they are saying we should take down our Confederate flag, our Confederate memorials, our Confederate monuments, our Confederate battlegrounds? We are suppose to hang our head in shame for something we did not do and most of our ancestors did not do? I"m sorry, but that's wrong. And it won't stop with just removing it. It was put on our Capitol Building in 1961 at the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the War of Northern Aggression, when SC fired the first shot in April, 1861. It was part of our history and is a big tourist interest. I don't know why we let the NAACP bully us into taking it down from the capitol but at least they compromised by putting it in a place of honor on the Capitol grounds along with the black memorial. But that wasn't enough. Removing from the state grounds won't be enough. Removing it from cemeteries won't be enough. Removing it from the retail shelves won't be enough. The more victory they get, the more they will bully to get their way. That's just human greed and selfishness. We will never please everyone, it will never be enough. So don't start caving in to the unreasonable demands. The pendulum of power has swung way out of balance once again. Roof massacred those innocent people in their church. That was his fault and his alone. He did a despicable thing and he will pay for it legally. He was caught in less than 24 hours and his butt is toast. Justice has been done (or will be done as it goes through the courts). So there is no need to protest against "injustice". SC black people seemed to see that and be satisfied. I thought our state did a wonderful job coming together and being supportive of those who were the victims of this senseless crime. I think blacks and whites came together in sympathy for each other in a beautiful way. UNITL Governor Nikki Haley poured gasoline on a coal. She mentioned the Confederate flag and said it needed to come down. That's all it took. Suddenly, something that had reached a consensus and compromise, something that was water under the bridge, ignited. SHE did the worst thing she could have done. She gave those who, in their grief, are looking for something to blame, a catalyst. So now the flag, a memorial of honor and respect for those who fought, is to blame for racism and the massacre. It's so ludicrous and unbelievable that I would have laughed except that people are taking it so seriously and becoming violent about it. And I blame HER for giving them that catalyst, that gasoline. If she said she didn't realize what she was doing and was sorry, I would understand that she just got caught up in fervor. But the damage is done now. The pendulum of racism is no longer in balance, its swung wide and now it's white people who are suppose to be afraid, ashamed, apologetic, and throw in reparations on top of it.

This is a very sad and volatile time. But I want to put it in perspective. Here are a list of those in my family lines (direct ancestors as well as brothers and cousins and in laws) that I know of who fought for the Confederate States of American (C.S.A.). And this is an incomplete list!
Erwin McCoy Conner
Alfred Webb Ensley
Edward L. Ensley
Merrit Joseph Sluder
John Tyler Williams
William A Brawley
Andrew Jackson Brawley
John Pinckney Barnes
Hiram Lindsey Barnes
Charles Adolphus Barnes
Alexander Barnes
Elias Barnes
Richard Barnes
Elisha Nunnally
John H. Nunnally
James Nunnally
George D. Beck
Lawrence Mansfield Adams
Henry Burton Beck
Lewis F. Beck
Richard Beck
William Monroe Blackwelder
J. Vincent Brawley
Neil Singleton Brawley
Neil Stewart Brawley
Robert M. Brawley
Samuel Sydney Brawley
Sidney C. Brawley
William B. Brawley
Cornelius P. Christy
John Robert Fleming
Lawrence Chalmer Fleming
Joseph Elias Lipe
Jackson Oliver Maxwell
William Rankin Michael
John Rastus Mize
John Silas Overcash
Robert Maxwell Rumple
William Neal Rumple
James William Wood
John E. Wood
Richard W. Wood
William A. Wood
Andrew Jackson Young
D. John Hinson
George Washington Hinson
Wade Hinson
Ambrose Ervin Huneycutt
Darling Ephraim Huneycutt
John K. Ricker
Daniel Ricker
Martin Ricker
Emmanuel Wilhoit
William Carter
Elijah Harrison Dockery
Andrew J. Massey
John Tyler Williams
Anderson "Ance" Miller
Glenn Allen Waddell, Sr.
Sparling Bowman
George Washington Cannon
Andrew Jackson Carlisle
John Madison Carver
James W. Cornwell
Emmanuel Crum
Moses Cutshall
Jacob Marion Glance
Alexander Lamb
John Oliver Lamb
Riley Harland Lamb
William Mills
Zebedee William Morris
Edward M. Nolen
Elbert Southerland
Greene Allen Waddell
Jacob Welty

NONE of these men owned slaves. They fought for Independence! Stan has this much or more who also fought.

Summer Days

Summer days, drifting away....


Savannah and Will, our grandniece and grandnephew, enjoying popsicles on their porch.

4th of July

Our grandniece, Savannah, was rocking the look for July the 4th! We always get together at Stan's sister's house for a big cookout. Stan and Luke made hash, Eddie made smoked boston butts and hot dogs. Then we had all the sides you can think of. She has a pool but this year it was a little cool for in the pool. But we enjoyed her big yard and a tent for shade. I will add more 4th of July scrapbook pages to this post as I make them.

Vanny



Our grandnephews, Brett and Ryan, and grandniece, Brooke, celebrated the 4th of July out in California with some friends. Jenny sent us these photos of their 4th of July.



Our grandnephew, Cash, has his first 4th of July!



Mom and Dad were invited to Kathi's and they enjoyed it.



My mother-in-law, Peggy, on the 4th of July



Our grandnephew, Will, on the 4th of July







Genealogy Forms

I found a website that has genealogy forms and charts for free. So FYI, check it out!
http://www.byub.org/ancestors/charts/

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Morris Monroe Scott and Bessie White Harris

This couple is not in my husband's line. Bessie White Harris Scott was the sister of Stan's direct ancestor, Edward Boyd Harris.

Bessie White Harris was born 4/16/1892 in Union County, SC to Gamewell Calhoun Harris and Sarah "Sallie" Clementine Brakefield Harris. Gamewell Calhoun Harris was born 5/26/1853 in Union County, SC to Fleming Matthew Harris and Augusta Ann Harris and he died 10/21/1933 in Union County, SC. Sarah Clementine Brakefield was born 4/18/1860 in York County, SC to James M. Brakefield and Sarah Emmaline Roach. She died 3/6/1930 in Union County, SC. They are both buried at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 373 Wesley Chapel Road, Union, Union County, SC.

South Carolina Delayed Births, 1766-1900
Handwritten 15-1203
Bessie White Harris
DOB: 4/16/1892 in Pinckney, Union County, SC
White, American
Present address: Mrs. Morris M. Scott, Route 3, Union, SC
Father: Gamewell Harris, American, White, Deceased, 80 yrs old at death, Born in Pinckney Township, Union County, SC
Mother: Sarah Brakefield, American, White, Deceased, 75 yrs old at death, Born in Union County, SC

State of SC, County of Union
Personally appeared before me, Gordon P. Godshall, who, being first duly sworn, deposes and says that he is 72 yrs old; that the date of birth is based on deponent's best memory, information and belief; that deponent definite and positive of the above facts as to the date and place of birth, and that the statement of birth so given is true. (Friend of family)
Sworn and subscribed before me on this 31st day of May, 1955
Emil Godshall - Notary
Signed Gordon P. Godshall
Union, SC

State of SC, County of Union
Personally appeared before me, H.J. Kirby, who, being first duly sworn, deposes and says that she is 83 yrs old; that the date of birth is based on deponent's best memory, information and belief; that deponent definite and positive of the above facts as to the date and place of birth, and that the statement of birth so given is true. (Friend of family)
Sworn and subscribed before me on this 31st day of May, 1955
Emil Godshall - Notary
Signed H.J. Kirby
RFD 3, Union, SC


1900 U.S. Census of Pinckney,  Union County,  South Carolina; Roll:  T623_ 1544; Page:  17A; Enumeration District:  72, Lines 15-27, "Ravenell Harris" (sic)
Ravenell Harris, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born May, 1853, 47 yrs old, Married 23 yrs, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer, Owns farm, mortgage
Sallie Harris, Wife, W, F, Born Apr, 1861, 39 yrs old, Married, 11 children with 9 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Boyd Harris, Son, W, M, Born May, 1878, 22 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm Laborer
James Harris, Son, W, M, Born Apr, 1881, 19 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm Laborer
May Harris, Daughter, W, F, Born May, 1883, 17 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm Laborer
Paul Harris, Son, W, M, Born Apr, 1888, 12 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, At school
Florrence Harris (sic), Daughter, W, F, Born May, 1890, 10 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, At school
Essie Harris, Daughter, W, F, Born Apr, 1892, 8 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, At school
Carl Harris, Son, W, M, Born June, 1894, 5 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Cass Harris (sic, looks like Voss Harris and is actually Wallace Harris but Ancestry.com has him indexed as Cass Harris), Son, W, M, Born Mar, 1898, 2 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Bernice Wix, Daughter, W, F, Born June, 1884, 15 yrs old, Widowed, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Cotton mill weaver
Dusky A. Harris (sic), Mother, W, F, Born May, 1813, 87 yrs old, Widowed, 1 child with 1 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Havanah Harris, Sister, W, F, Born Feb, 1851, 49 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC


The Union Times, 2/27/1903, Page 7, Image 7, "Monarch School"
Monarch School
1st Grade-Bessie Harris, Willie Johnson, Grey Brewington, Arthur Becknell, Howard Huddleston
Bessie would have been 10 yrs old in 1903, is this her?


1910 U.S. Census of Union, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: T624_1474; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 123; Image: 1061, Lines 12-18, "Boyd E. Harris"
Boyd E. Harris, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 30 yrs old (DOB 1880), First marriage, Married 5 yrs (DOM 1905), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Can read and write, Engineer in cotton mill, Rents home
Ida M. Harris, Wife, F, W, 27 yrs old (DOB 1883), First marriage, Married 5 yrs, Born in NC, Father born in England, Mother born in Maryland, Can read and write
James M. Harris, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1905), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Walter E. Harris, Son, M, W, 2 yrs old (DOB 1908), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Clyde Harris, Son, M, W, 11/12 mos old (DOB 1909), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Bennie Harris (sic, looks like Bernice Harris which is correct but Ancestry.com has her indexed as Bennie Harris), Sister, F, W, 24 yrs old (DOB 1886), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Spooler at cotton mill
Bessie Harris, Sister, F, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1895), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC


Union County, SC Marriage Records from Early Newspapers: 1851-1912 Marriage Registers, Deed Bks, Probate Records by Tommy J. Vaughan and Michael Becknel, Pg 136, marriage record of Bessie Harris and M. M. Scott in The Progress 4/21/1911.


Morris Monroe Scott (aka Maurice Monroe Scott) was born 2/14/1889 in SC to John Thomas Landy Scott and Clara E. Fowler. John Thomas Landy Scott was born 3/1855 in SC and died 12/26/1908 in Union, Union County, SC. Clara E. Fowler was born 7/18/1858 in SC and died 5/12/1900 in Jonesville, Union County, SC. Morris was the 5th of 7 children. His siblings were Ardison Scott, Herbert Scott, Lulu Scott, Mildred Scott and Florence Mae Scott.


The Union Times, 11/23/1906, Page 8, Image 8, 1st column, "Monarch School"
Monarch School
1st Grade - Arthur Hix, Dewey Kenneth, Gladys Parks, Cary Rook, Lillian Williams, Morris Scott, Edgar Hart, Bertha Parris, Pascal Wade.
Morris Monroe Scott would have been 17 yrs old in 1906 so this probably isn't him.


Union County, SC Marriage Records from Early Newspapers: 1851-1912 Marriage Registers, Deed Bks, Probate Records by Tommy J. Vaughan and Michael Becknel, Pg 136, marriage record of Bessie Harris and M. M. Scott in The Progress 4/21/1911.


Morris Monroe Scott and Bessie White Harris had 6 children that I'm aware of:

1) Ophelia Scott (DOB 3/18/1912 in Union County, SC; DOD 8/24/1996 in Union County, SC) married Robert Hix Lamb (DOB 12/1/1908 in SC; DOD 12/22/1973 in Union County, SC).

2) Dorothy M. Scott (DOB 1/1/1914 in Union County, SC; DOD 1/12/2003 in Wallace Thomson Hospital, Union, Union County, SC) married Miles S. Jolly (DOB 3/22/1911 in SC; DOD 11/5/1964 in Union County, SC).

3) Gladys Scott (DOB 8/28/1916 in Union County, SC; DOD 12/26/1992 in Union, Union County, SC).

4) Wilson Thomas Scott (DOB 9/20/1918 in Union County, SC; DOD 12/29/1945) married ?.

5) Charles B. Scott (DOB 8/15/1920 in Union County, SC; DOD 12/9/1989 in Union, Union County, SC) married ?.

6) Mildred Scott (DOB 11/30/1923 in Union County, SC; DOD 1/1997 in Buffalo, Union County, SC) married Paul James Malone (DOB 5/28/1923 in Buffalo, Union County, SC; DOD 9/22/2004 in Buffalo, Union County, SC).


U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Union County, South Carolina; Roll: 1877684; Draft Board: 0
Form #1621, No. 146
Morris Monroe Scott
Home Address: Frances, Union County, SC
DOB: 2/15/1889 in Union County, SC
Occupation: Mill operative at Monarch Mills, Union, SC
Dependents: Wife and 3 children
Married, White
Do you claim exemption from draft? Wife dependant
39-2-22-A
Short, Slender
Brown eyes, Dark hair, Bald? Yes
Signed by him at Monarch, Union County, SC, on 6/5/1917


1920 U.S. Census of Osborne St, Union,  Union County,  South Carolina; Roll:  T625_1713; Page:  11A; Enumeration District:  142; Image:  884, Lines 43-48, "Norris Scott" (sic)
Norris Scott, Head, Rents house, M(ale), W(hite), 39 yrs old (DOB 1881), Married, Can read & write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Second Hand in cotton mill
Bessie Scott, Wife, F, W, 28 yrs old (DOB 1898), Married, Can read & write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Fidgel Scott (sic, Ophelia Scott), Son (sic), M (sic), W, 8 yrs old (DOB 1922), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Dorothy Scott, Daughter, M, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1923), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Gladys Scott, Daughter, F, W, 4 yrs old (DOB 1926), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Welima Scott (sic, Wilson Thomas Scott), Son, M, W, 1 yrs old (DOB 1929), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC


The Union Times, Vol LXXII, No. 1383, 5/19/1922, middle of 6th column, "Court of General Sessions Closes"
Court of General Sessions
Court of general sessions closed yesterday....
A special term of court will be held for two weeks, beginning on May 29. This will be a court of common pleas. Thomas McDow of York has been appointed special judge to hold this court.
The jury list for the first and second week of this special term of court is as follows:
...
Second Week
..., M.M. Scott, ...


1930 U.S. Census of Osborne St., Union,  Union County,  South Carolina; Roll:  2215; Page:  9A; Enumeration District:  22; Image:  296.0, Lines 16-22, "Morris Scott"
Morris Scott, Head, Rents home for $4/month, M(ale), W(hite), 41 yrs old (DOB 1889), Married at age 34 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Loom fixer at cotton mill
Essie Scott, Wife, F, W, 37 yrs old (DOB 1897), Married at age 19 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Dorothy Scott, Daughter, F, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1914), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Fill battery at cotton mill
Gladys Scott, Daughter, F, W, 13 yrs old (DOB 1917), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Wilson Scott, Son, M, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1919), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Charles Scott, Son, M, W, 9 yrs old (DOB 1921), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Mildred Scott, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1924), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC


1940 U.S. Census of Church Street, Ottaray-Monarch, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: T627_3843; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 44-23A, Lines 20-27, "Maurice M. Death" (sic, It's actually Maurice M. Scott (sic), but Ancestry.com has him as Maurice M. Death)
Maurice M. Death, Head, Rents home for $12, M(ale), W(hite), 31 yrs old (DOB 1909), Married, Attended school thru 7th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Loom fixer in cotton mill
Began Death (sic, Bessie Scott), Wife, F, W, 38 yrs old (DOB 1902), Married, Attended school thru 6th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Housework at home
Daroth M. Death (sic, Dorothy Scott), Daughter, F, W, 26 yrs old (DOB 1914), Single, Attended high school 1 yr, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Battery filler in cotton mill
Gladys Death (sic, Gladys Scott), Daughter, F, W, 24 yrs old (DOB 1916), Single, Attended high school 4 yrs, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Battery filler in cotton mill
William Death (sic, Wilson Scott), Son, M, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1918), Single, Attended high school 1 yr, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Blow Off Hand in cotton mill
Charles B. Death (sic, Charles B. Scott), Son, M, W, 20 yrs old (DOB 1920), Single, Attended high school 1 yr, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Battery filler
Michel Death (sic, Mildred Scott), Daughter, F, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1924), Single, Attends school, Attended high school 3 yrs, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Bernice L. Hart, Sister-in-law, F, W, 55 yrs old (DOB 1885), Widowed, Attended school thru 6th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Housework in home


Obituary of Morris Monroe Scott, 23 Nov 1959, The Index-Journal from Greenwood, South Carolina, Pg 5

Morris Monroe Scott, 70, of Rt. 3, Union, died at his home Sunday (11/22/1959) after a long illness. Mr. Scott, a retired textile employee, was a member of Bethel Methodist Church and the Woodmen of the World Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bessie Harris Scott; four daughters, Mrs. Robert Lamb, Mrs. Miles Jolly and Miss Gladys Scott of Rt. 3, Union, and Mrs. Paul Malone of Buffalo; a son, Charles B. Scott of Rt 3, Union; three sisters, Mrs. J. C. Lowe of Rt. 3, Union, Mrs. J. B. Foster of Gaffney and Mrs. J. H. Sparks of Greenwood; two brothers, C. Maxwell Scott of Rt 3. Union, and Herbert W. Scott of Lancaster; six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services were conducted today at 3 p.m. at Bethel Methodist Church by the Rev. J. Edgefield and the Rev. W. A. Home. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery.


Social Security Death Index
Name: Bessie Scott
SSN: 248-15-****
Last Residence: 29379 Union, Union, South Carolina, United States of America
Born: 16 Apr 1892
Died: Dec 1974
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (1973)


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