Poetry Time: Baby Baby Cotton Seed (1860)

Original poem by: B. Jones Who Were America’s Enslaved? A New Database Humanizes the Names Behind the Numbers DATABASE WEBSITE: Enslaved Peoples of Historical Slave Trade The Genealogy Situation Room

Tracing History: Pattie Lundy Phipps, The Dressmaker

I’ve shared a bit about Pattie Lundy Phipps, my third great-aunt, in a previous post about the Lundy family. The eldest daughter of Emeline Potts Eppes, my maternal fourth great-grandmother, Pattie was a dressmaker in Greensville County, Virginia. During the early 1880s, Pattie received schooling at Saint Augustine’s Normal School and Collegiate Institute in Raleigh,… Read more “Tracing History: Pattie Lundy Phipps, The Dressmaker”

Historical Family Photos: Mary Eliza Balkcum Aldridge (1829-1924) and Fannie Kennedy Aldridge (1870-1920)

Here we have a wonderful photo of a matriarch and her daughter-in-law, taken in 1924. Mary Eliza Balkcum was born in 1829 in Sampson County, NC, to Nancy Balkcum, a white woman, and an unknown black man. Mary Eliza would marry Robert Aldridge (1819-1899) in 1850. They would have at least eleven children. Their son… Read more “Historical Family Photos: Mary Eliza Balkcum Aldridge (1829-1924) and Fannie Kennedy Aldridge (1870-1920)”

Historical Newspapers: Dr. John Jefferson Smallwood

Dr. John Jefferson Smallwood (1863-1912), born enslaved in North Carolina, attended Hampton University, Shaw University, and Wesleyan Wilbraham Academy. After his schooling, he went back South and found his mother, Mary Eliza, a daughter of Nat Turner. He took care of her until her passing, defying brutal odds, as they had been separated during slavery.… Read more “Historical Newspapers: Dr. John Jefferson Smallwood”


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