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1930 Census~Porter Johnson~Itawamba County, MS

Below is the information from the 1930 Census of Robert Porter Johnson.  These records are transcribed exactly as they were recorded on the census.  Many times the people who went from house to house taking the census could barely read and write, spelling names to the best of their ability,  while others among them were very literate and had beautiful handwritings as they correctly spelled the names of the people they were enumerating.  The enumerator for this particular page of the census was Roscoe C Friday.

  Note: Given names without surnames listed in the parenthesis of the neighbors are the same as the first surname that is head of the household.  The 10 households(neighbors) enumerated before this family with head of household listed first and the rest listed in parenthesis along with ages and relationship to head of household:

10.  Umfress, James W-30 (Audie M(wife)-30; R C(son)-11; Eula M(daughter)-9; R B(son)-9; Edith(daughter)-4-5/12; Loraine(daughter)-2-2/12)
09.  Underwood Fredie C-34 (Ethel(wife)-25; Bernice(daughter)-12; Harlis(son)-8; Elton(son)-5; Melogene(daughter)-3-1/12; Ollis(son)-5/12)
08.  Swindle, Austin B-20 (Martha(mother)-57; Roy(brother)-14)
07.  Hampton Willie C-35 (Effie(wife)-35; Dalton(son)-13; Beatrice(daughter)-10; Ruby(daughter)-7; Erlene(daughter)-1-7/12)
06.  Findle, William-20 (Lona(wife)-18; Evalene(daughter)-1-5/12)
05.  Ragsdale, Edward W-25 (Vestie(wife)-20; Una N(daughter)-3-3/12; Daisy A(daughter)-1-7/12)
04.  Swindle, Alton O-25 (Nona(wife)-22; Unis(son)-5; Mavis J(daughter)-3; Fay(daughter)-11/12)
03.  Swindle, Millard F-35 (Pearl(wife)-29; Hubert(son)-12; Audrie(daughter)-9;  Eula(daughter)-7; Erastus(son)-3-10/12; Beauford(son)-1-4/12)
02.  Cummings, Columbus C-43 (Gertrude(wife)-38; Clyde(son)-14; Ida Lee(daughter)-12; Howard(son)-9; Ray O-(daughter)-7; John E(son)-5; Claro F(daughter)-3-2/12)
01.  Graham, Jack-64 (Minnie(wife)-54)
Name: Johnson, Robert P
Age at last birthday:  43
Sex:  male
Home owned or rented:  Rented
Value of home if owned or Monthly rental:  15
Does family live on a farm: yes
Age at first marriage: 21
Occupation:  farmer
Education:  Could not read or write
Ownership of Home:  Rented farm
Number of farm schedule:  263
Place of Birth: Mississippi
Father’s Birthplace:  United States
Mother’s Birthplace:  United States

 
Name: Johnson, Lou V (wife)
Age at last birthday:  53
Age at first marriage: 31
Sex:  female
Place of Birth:  Mississippi
Father’s Birthplace:  Mississippi
Mother’s Birthplace:  Mississippi
Education:  Could read and write

Name: Johnson, Dora L (daughter)
Age at last birthday:  20
Sex:  female
Place of Birth:  Mississippi
Occupation:  Farm Laborer

Name:  Johnson, Robert A (son)
Age at last birthday:  16
Place of Birth:  Mississippi
Occupation:  None
The 10 households(neighbors) enumerated after this family with head of household listed first and the rest listed in parenthesis.  Age is listed after each name.

01.  Moore, William R-51 (Cara(wife)-39; Verda M(daughter)-19; Jewel M(daughter)-17; W J(son)-10; Earnestine(daughter)-8; Cathalene(daughter)-5; Gene(daughter)-3; Robinson, Bruce H(Lodger)-25; Moses, Atto(lodger)-24; Cooper, Duran(lodger)-25)
02.  Anderson, Vallie T-27 (Eva(wife)-21; Rogers, Orva(stepson)-5; Anderson, John R(father)-56; Mary R(mother)-53; Leona(sister)-16; Mosie(brother)-14; Earnest(brother)-12)
03.  Maxcy, Mary M-71 (Kirby L(son)-42; Irby(son)-40, Trulove, Anthene(lodger)-55)
04.  Cromeans, John Y-49 (Joshie(wife)-48; Adley(son)-20; Canyada(daughter)-18; Dewie(son)-17; Ruby(daughter)-12)
05.  Mexcy, Erla B-46 (Kenneth(son)-16; Ruthford(son)-8; Chism, Fannie(mother)-69)
06.  Painter, Martin V-21  (Estelle A(wife)-20)
07.  Swindle, James W-34 (Ola(wife)-31; Gither(son)-13; Erschell(son)-10; Oren(son)-8; Euesd(son)-6; Kennis(son)-4-4/12; Ralph(son)-3-3/12; Royce(son)-1-3/12)
08.  Maxcy, Grover C-45 (Rosa A(wife)-39; Erline(daughter)-19; Rex(son)-17; Clarence(son)-15; Charles(son)-13; Evelyn(daughter)-11; Murray(son)-8; Fredie L(son)-2)
09.  Kent, Travis-35 (Fronia(wife)-31; Pearline(daughter)-12; Euvil L(son)-10; Ruthford(son)-3-1/12; Ruble(son)-1-5/12)
10.  Pearson, George R-49 (Virginia B(wife)-50; Bennie(son)-24; Dock(son)-19; Luoma(daughter)-16; Earlassa(daughter)-12; Maxine(daughter)-7)
Source:  United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls, Itawamba County. Enumeration District 1,Pages 13-B, 14-A, and14-B.

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1910 Census~Porter Johnson~Alcorn County, MS

Below is the information from the 1910 Census of Porter Johnson.  These records are transcribed exactly as they were recorded on the census.  Many times the people who went from house to house taking the census could barely read and write, spelling names to the best of their ability,  while others among them were very literate and had beautiful handwritings as they correctly spelled the names of the people they were enumerating.  The enumerator for this particular page of the census was Herman L. Reynolds.

  Note: Given names without surnames listed in the parenthesis of the neighbors are the same as the first surname that is head of the household.  I normally only post 10 neighbors on each side of the main household I find on the census but upon further review I am assuming I found the father of Porter Johnson as the 11th neighbor but would like to find further documentation for proof and chose to list him.
The 11 households(neighbors) enumerated before this family with head of household listed first and the rest listed in parenthesis along with ages and relationship to head of household:

11.  Johnson, George T-55 (widowed with birthplace in Mississippi; father from North Carolina, and mother from Ohio)
10.  Watkins, Henry P-69 (Lobra(wife)-67; Ellen(daughter)-30; Henry(grandson)-11; Potts, Robert(ward)-13)
09.  Weathers, Odell-19 (Mandy(wife)-20; Bonnie(daughter)-11/12)
08.  Kennedy, John W-23 (Vinnie(wife)-24; Nolan(son)-2; No Name(daughter)-4/12)
07.  Baine, William F-38 (Mary E(wife)-33; Willie(son)-15; Arthur(son)-13; James(son)-11; John(son)-8; Clara M(daughter)-5)
06.  Baine, David C (Margaret M(wife)-54; Pearl(daughter)-16; Earle(son)-13)
05.  Burns, Raphael A-74 (Lydia E(wife)-64)
04.  Baine, George W-35 (Millie(wife)-32; Maudie(daughter)-10; Henry L(son)-8)
03.  Hendrix, Albert K-24 (Addie(wife)-20)
02.  Hendrix, James S-57 (Margaret A(wife)-43; Simeon(son)-20; Gus W(son)-18; Llewelyn(son)-14; Charlie C(son)-11; America R(daughter)-7; Nellie C(daughter)-5; Theodore(son)-3)
01.  Rider, John D-40 (Josephine(wife)-35; Euley(son)-16; Eva(daughter)-11; Looney(son)-8; Tandy(son)-5; Napoleon(son)-2)

  • Name: Johnson, Porter
    Age at last birthday:  23
    Sex:  male
    Number of years of present marriage:  3
    Occupation:  farmer/ working on own account
    Education:  Could not read or write
    Ownership of Home:  Rented farm
    Number of farm schedule:  83
    Place of Birth: Mississippi
    Father’s Birthplace:  Mississippi
    Mother’s Birthplace:  Mississippi
  • Name: Johnson, Louisa (wife)
    Age at last birthday:  32
    Sex:  female
    Number of years of present marriage:  3
    How many children born:  2
    How many children living:  2
    Place of Birth:  Mississippi
    Father’s Birthplace:  Mississippi
    Mother’s Birthplace:  Mississippi
    Education:  Could read and write
  • Name: Johnson, Lola (daughter)
    Age at last birthday:  2
    Sex:  female
    Place of Birth:  Mississippi
  • Name:  Johnson, No Name (daughter)
    Age at last birthday:  2/12
    Place of Birth:  Mississippi

The 10 households(neighbors) enumerated after this family with head of household listed first and the rest listed in parenthesis.  Age is listed after each name.

01.  King, Thomas-28 (Alice(wife)-25; Maggie(daughter)-2; Parker(son)-7/12)
02.  Burcham, Levi-41 (Mead(wife)-41; Ona(daughter)-18; Lona(daughter)-16; Ruby(daughter)-14; Gethie(daughter)-12; Minnie B(daughter)-10; Berry(son)-8; Georgia(daughter)-5; Norah(daughter)-3; No Name(son)-1)
03.  Vest, Mattie-55 (widowed)
04.  Duncan, Price-47 (Louisa(wife)-44; Neily(daughter)-16; Leah(daughter)-12; Ishmael(son)-10)
05.  Burcham, Elijah-37 (Mollie(wife)-34; Robert(son)-15; Dora(daughter)-7; Moore, Minnie B(niece-in-law)-2)
06.  Leggett, Demosthenes-36  (Jimmie(wife)-28; Henderson(son)-10; Rotie(daughter)-8; Lucile(daughter)-5; Leatra(daughter)-3; Georgia(daughter)-1-7/12)
07.  Maness, Melrose (Sarah(wife)-25; Perry(son)-7; Elsa(daughter)-5; Major(son)-4)
08.  Baine, James M-50 (Lucretia(wife)-50; Kenneth(son)-18; Luther L(son)-11; Kilcrease, Wesley(step-son)-23; Carpenter, Susanna(sister-in-law)-52)
09.  Jenkins, Nelson O-62 (Catherine(wife)-73; Wallace, Ethel(granddaughter)-17)
10.  Wheeler, Olander W-31 (Luxola(wife)-32; Annie K-(daughter)-7; Wyndom(son)-6; Neoma L(daughter)-4; Osbon(son)-1-11/12; Wallace, Mary(niece-in-law)-12)
Source:  Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. Beat 2 Alcorn County, Mississippi

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Wordless Wednesday – Mammaw and siblings

Lola Pearl Johnson Kennedy with her sisters and brother

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Mystery Monday ~ Charity Baker aka Charity Denby Eley

Well, well, well….(I know…don’t remind me…mighty deep subject for such a shallow mind) I solved one mystery this weekend for myself but lawdy have mercy did it ever create more!!  I kept wondering why things did not tally out on my 5th great-grandmother, Charity Baker, born 1757, Franklin, North Carolina, married Josiah Eley and died in 1803. She listed herself as Charity Denby when she married Josiah in 1771 but according to court documents it wasn’t until Feb 1771 that James Denby was given guardianship over Charity.  If that, being the case, it means she married at 14 and at age 19 James Denby was listed as her guardian.  Her biological father died in 1776. She is listed in James Denby’s will but not individually as his children were.  Josiah, her husband was also one of James executors of his will.  So many trees on different sites has James Denby listed as her father and Patience Norfleet, his wife listed as her mother, which according to the documents are wrong, unless they are accepting them as her adoptive parents. 

The following questions now arise – Why was James Denby given guardianship of Charity at age 19 when she was already married?  Who is William Baker and where did he come from.  Who is Charity’s biological mother? Does this mean I no longer have to search out the James Denby and Patience Norfleet lines but get on the trail of Baker?  And last but not least….how the sam thunder do I list all this in my tree in order for it to be correct?  Scratches head and sighs……I need a blame time machine to go back in time and be a fly on the wall during Charity’s life!!!

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Surname Saturday – Johnson

This post will be to remind myself that I am thankful my mother decided to marry my dad. When she was in a little shop looking for a dress to get married in, she overheard two little old ladies that ran the shop, yackin’ about someone they knew. One proceeded to say, “Yano? When a blonde headed and black headed person marries, their children will be red-headed.” My mother was horrified!! She’s blonde and my Dad has black hair(Well, he did until he turned grey.) She almost backed out of getting married! Why she didn’t want a red-headed child, I don’t know if I ever will find out, but I keep my grey hairs covered up with red hair dye just to remind her (not really lol) of that incident. She married and had 4 kids and none were red-headed except for hints of red in my hair before I decided to go a medium auburn. She was a Kennedy and her mother was a Johnson and that is the name I will talk about today – the Johnson surname.

After the Norman conquest of 1066, a lot of people started using the surname Johnson. Johnson means son of John and this name could possibly go all the way back to John the Baptist in the Bible. The Johnson clan became involved in a war with the Maxwells over land rights near the border of Scotland and Britain and soon British military disbanded both clans. The Johnsons were continually trying to protect and defend their lands, but as losses came here and there, they would have to move to another area and once again start over defending what they had obtained building strong fortresses wherever they were at. in hopes of it withstanding attacks

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Tombstone Tuesday – Greenberry Bonds

Greenberry Bonds, my third great grandfather, was born on 22 Sep 1805 in Williamston County, Tennessee, to Wright W Bonds and Priscilla Eley, and he died on 31 Jan 1890 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi at the age of 84.  He was laid to rest in Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Tishomingo County, Mississippi. I can find him on the 1850, 1860, 1870, and the 1880 censuses in Tishomingo County, Mississippi.

Greenberry married Mary Patterson 3 Jan 1828 in Lawrence County, Alabama. Mary was born 21 Mar 1811 in Alabama and she died on 10 May 1901 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi and buried in Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Tishomingo County, Mississippi.

Children from this marriage were:
Louvina Bonds born 18 Jul 1829, Alabama – died 7 Sep 1863 Iuka, Tishomingo County, Mississippi;
Sarah Bonds born 30 Nov 1830 Alabama – died 27 Nov 1912 – buried in Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Tishomingo County, Mississippi.Another name for Sarah was Sallie; ;
James Wesley Bonds born 1832 in Alabama;
Mary Bonds born 3 Sep 1833 in Alabama – died 1860 in Mississippi;
Nancy Bonds born 20 Mar 1835 in Alabama – died 13 Mar 1920 and buried in Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Tishomingo County, Mississippi;
William Thomas Bonds born 4 Sep 1836 in Alabama – died 18 Sep 1922 Tishomingo County, Mississippi – buried in Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Tishomingo County, Mississippi;
Elizabeth Ann Bonds(Eliza) born 1837 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi, died in 1919 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi.  She was buried in the Helton-McCoy Cemetery, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi.  Eliza married James A. McCoy 20 Feb 1859. James was born 8 May 1839 – died 6 May 1879 – buried in Helton-McCoy Cemetery, Tishomingo County, Mississippi.  This is where my line comes in.  Eliza and James are my great great grandparents.  Their daughter Louisa Evaline McCoy(1877-1953) married Robert Porter Johnson, who are my great grandparents.  Louisa and Porter’s daughter, Lola Pearl Johnson(1908-1983) married William Dolphus Kennedy – my grandparents on my mother’s side of the family;
John King Bonds born in 1840 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi;
Robert Alexander Bonds born in 1841 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi;
Martha E. Bonds born 20 Feb 1843 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi, died 3 Aug 1917 in Tuxedo, Jones County, Texas and buried in Fairview Cemetery, Jones County, Texas;

Greenberry Bonds II born Mar 1844 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi – buried in Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Tishomingo County, Mississippi;

Alvira Jane Bonds born 1846 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi;

Frances Angeline Bonds born 5 Dec 1847 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi – died 23 Dec 1929 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi and buried in Highland Cemetery, Wichita County, Texas;
Joseph Eli Bonds born 14 Mar 1848 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi, died 31 Oct 1928 in Holcut, Mississippi and buried in Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Tishomingo County, Mississippi;
David E. Bonds born 8 Jun 1851 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi, died 17 Jan 1935 and buried in Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Tishomingo County, Mississippi;David married Mary Elizabeth Glenn. Mary, born 12 Mar 1853, died 8 Sep 1932 and buried in Mt. Gilead Cemetery, Tishomingo County, Mississippi;
Samantha Bonds born in 1852 in Tishomingo Co., Mississippi.

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Sentimental Sunday…Mammaw’s Biscuits

 

Lola Pearl Johnson Kennedy

 

I am sitting here wondering where and how to start about my grandmother. First of all, this is not the McGlothlin’s or Alderetes, whom are on my father’s side. The grandmother I am referring to is Lola Pearl Johnson Kennedy. My Dad’s father died in January of ’58 and his mother died when I was about 18-19 months old. To remember her, my dad’s mother? I don’t… but I have heard stories of how she doted on me. Now…back to Lola Pearl….better known as Mammaw. There are so many stories on her that this may have to be continued over several Sundays before I move on to another person. One of the earliest memories of her is when we would go to visit them. Usually when some of the other brothers and sisters of mom  heard we were coming they would try to make plans to come in also…..and of course practically all 8 kids and their families showed up for our family reunions on Labor Day weekend. A tradition that my grandmother started but sad to say is no longer recognized. We would arrive – now picture this….a car pulls up to a house – a husband and wife, four kids, and a dog is falling out of the car to see who could get to the one bathroom in the house first after the 4 hour drive and our grandparents are at the door trying to  greet us! The first thing my Dad usually had to do was fix the t.v. for my pappaw. He wouldn’t let anyone else touch it except for my Dad. Now this is Dad’s father in law who had at least one son that I know of that was trained in electronics but no one could touch that t.v. except my Dad and it didn’t matter if they sat there 6 months before we could get there with a broke t.v. or not. Only dad was allowed to work on it. Now let’s get back to my grandmother – It didn’t matter what kind of meal she cooked, every pot and pan was used – nothing was ever clean when she got thru and all condiments were brought out. My first memory I could just barely see over the table, totally fascinated by her hands kneading and rolling out the biscuit dough and cutting it into neat little circles, not realizing that those circles made the hot biscuits with butter and jam that I loved so well. I remember my mother fussing at my grandmother and instructing her not to be giving any of us biscuit dough when she would make biscuits for breakfast. Just as soon as mother would turn her back and walk away, Mammaw, with a twinkle in her eye and a soft chuckle, would pinch off some biscuit dough and sneak it to me. “SHhhhhhh…Don’t let your mama know I gave you some!!” And of course, I was right in there, being the staunch supporter of my grandmother, diligently keeping my floured covered mouth shut as I wolfed down the tidbit of dough. Both of us learned to perfect the most innocent look when it came to my mother even tho’ we were guilty as sin!   And OMG, when we sat down to eat breakfast – eggs, sausage and bacon, gravy, grits, every kind of jelly or jam you could imagine that Mawmaw had canned, and those lovely hot fluffy buttered biscuits that she so lovingly made melted in your mouth as you ate until you hurt at Mammaw’s breakfast table.

 

Lola Pearl Johnson Kennedy

10 Aug 1908 – 24 Sep 1983

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