Ben SLEDGE

1900-1930 Mississippi census
1900-1930 Mississippi Census

PROFILE:

Name: Ben SLEDGE

Known AKA: none that I know of

Surname Variations: SLUDGE/SLUDG/SLADE

DOB: 4 Jan 1891 in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA

DOD: 22 Jul 1934 in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA

Father: Donoma* SLEDGE

Mother: Mima** MOSLEY

Siblings: Sittie, Christopher, Matilda, Minnie, Lawrence, Angeline/Angiline/Angie, Prince, Walter, Jesse/Jessie/Jessey

Wife: Lucy Maria BUCK

Children with Lucy Maria BUCK: Lucy B “Mom B”, Lillian Claudell, George W, Angeline/Angaline/Angie S “Lyle”, Everlena/Everlynia/Evalina, Betty, Minnie Bell

*Donam/Donum/Donham
**Mimie/Mimey/Minerva/Minva/Minnie

Top: WWI Draft Registration Card. Bottom: WWI Report  For Military Duty
Top: WWI Draft Registration Card. Bottom: WWI Report
For Military Duty

TIMELINE:

4 Jan 1891: Birth in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1917-1918 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA WWI Draft Registration Card)

12 Jun 1900: Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1900 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

11 May 1910: Resident of Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1910 Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

5 Jun 1917: Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA 1917-1918 WWI Draft Registration Card)

18 Jul 1918: Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA 1917-1918 WWI Report For Military Duty)

10 Jan 1920: Resident of Macon City, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1920 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

15 Apr 1930: Resident of Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1930 Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

22 Jul 1934: Death in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi USA (Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Death Certificate; Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi Military Grave Registration)

23 Jul 1934: Burial in Colored Methodist Cemetery*** in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi USA

***Now known as United Methodist Cemetery

Camp Funston in Kansas, Missouri circa 1918
Camp Funston in Kansas, Missouri circa 1918

NOTES:

I never got the chance to ask Grandmama Lillian SLEDGE what her father was like or to ask my mother if she ever told any stories about him. As you can see from his military grave registration, Papa Ben was a private in the Army. Aunt Edna said that he got shell shock as a result of the war. I have a Fold3 membership but there doesn’t appear to be any records available for him there so I plan to order them from NARA. Who knows, maybe there is a picture of him on file. I was unable to find a marriage record for Ben and Lucy (online) who could have married anytime after 1910. A visit to the Noxubee County courthouse would have to be made to search on a marriage license, pending my arrival stateside. Unless my Macon family would like to help me out with that…hint, hint . Ben was Lucy’s second husband (on the 1910 Noxubee County, Mississippi census she is listed as the wife of Lee QUINN and a Noxubee County marriage license was located for them…more on that when I get around to creating a profile page for her). It is possible that if Lee QUINN wasn’t deceased (a death record search request for him is pending), she never divorced him (or did she?) and spent her life with Ben as a common-law wife. I’m optimistic that they were legally married however in genealogy, that has to be proven with documentation. Ben’s occupations were as a laborer employed by Henry M. JONES in Macon, Mississippi; a baker and a farmer. The latter two he possibly worked at simultaneously and apparently he was working on his own account as an employer from 1920 up until 1930 when he was listed as being a farmer. Although his last occupation on his death certificate was given as a baker which ended the year of 1931. Perhaps he had stopped farming and continued as a baker but then stopped working altogether after 1931 due to illness? Ben died from a hemorrhage caused by piles. There was no indication of the duration for this illness on his death certificate because he had no doctor and in fact, no doctor was ever asked for. We can only speculate as to the why and how of his death with no attending physician: was there no doctor available at the time? Did he live too far away from a clinic or hospital where he could not travel because he lacked transportation or was not feeling up to the traveling? Did he not like doctors and was into curing himself with natural medicine? Or he knew his time had come and felt no doctor could help him? Whatever the case, I hope that he did not suffer.

12 August 2013 update: Cousin Alton CHANEY did some investigation of Papa Ben’s military company on Google and came across two sources of information. One was Wikipedia and the other was the A3Genealogy (A3G) blog of a Kansas City, Missouri professional genealogist, Kathleen Brandt. She wrote about her discovery of a great-uncle who served in the 805th Pioneer Infantry nicknamed the “Bearcats”. They were an all-Black infantry and coincidentally, Papa Ben also served with them in Company G (see the image of his military grave registration). Prompted by Kathleen’s description of the book her great-uncle was mentioned in, I tracked it down on the website of Archive.org, an incredible powerhouse of FREE “universal access to all knowledge”. Unfortunately, we did not find Papa Ben anywhere on the pages dedicated to Company G in this book, titled, “Victory: History of the 805th Pioneer Infantry American Expeditionary Forces”. There is an explanation offered that might explain why only a small amount of soldier’s names made it to print, “It is not the purpose of this history to make individual mention because space will not allow. Company ‘G’, since its inception, has been ‘on top’ all the way through. The men have been loyal to themselves, their officers, and non-commissioned officers, and their country, and they hold a place of high esteem in the eyes of their officers. They can return to civil life with a consciousness of a task well done and carry with them always the memories of their various careers as members of Company ‘G’, of the 805th Pioneer Infantry, the most efficient colored regiment in France” (page 136). I have put in a request for the retrieval of Papa Ben’s military records from NARA through A3G. Meanwhile, I will continue reading the Victory book to see if Papa Ben’s name appears. Stay tuned for another update provided that happens and/or his file is found!

WWI Final Payment Roll number 1-2
WWI Final Payment Roll number 1-2

2 September 2013 update: I have completed reading the book, Victory: History of the 805th Pioneer Infantry. I did not find Papa Ben’s name mentioned anywhere, not even in the captions of pictures. Now I am waiting for the notification of any records that Kathleen Brandt of A3G found or did not find at NARA.

28 September 2013 update: I added a collage of three scanned images received from Kathleen via NARA and the transcription. See “1918-1919 WWI Final Payment Roll”. This was the only thing found in Papa Ben’s military file and does not indicate if he served overseas. It was nice to see that he was paid upon discharge. $82.50 in 1918 is equal to $1,277.80 in 2013 when adjusted for inflation (see the screen capture of the US Inflation Calculator). That was a lot of money back then. I am sure it must have came in handy for him and his family and I hope it lasted for a while.

17 February 2014 update: A 1918 “Local Military Report For Duty” has been added to Papa Ben’s profile. His occupation is listed as a baker. His brother younger brother, Walter, was also a baker and called up for military duty at Camp Pike in Arkansas serving with and discharged from the 839th Company TC (TC=transportation corps?), while Papa Ben went to Camp Funston in Missouri. My thought is that they were possibly chosen for their culinary skills to work in the kitchen. Two other WWI documents located for Papa Ben and Walter were the “Statement Of Service Cards” and a 1917-1919 “Mississippi Veterans List” which have been transcribed below. I wonder how they felt being separated from each other during the war.

Left: WWI Final Payment Roll Number 3. Right: How much  $82.50 would be worth in 2013, adjusted for inflation
Left: WWI Final Payment Roll Number 3. Right: How much $82.50 would be worth in 2013, adjusted for inflation

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS

1900 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, Macon, Beat 3
Supervisor’s District No. 5, Enumeration District No. 65, Sheet No. 9A
Enumerated on 12 Jun 1900
Lines 6-13
Image 17 of 40 on FamilySearch.org
Image 779 of 1145 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
Family Search http://bit.ly/12nkNBM
Internet Archive http://bit.ly/NZqOz9

Notes: Sludg=Sledge. Minnie=Mimmie or Mimie?

DONAM SLUDG: head of household, # dwelling visited 179, # family visited 179, Black, male, b. May 1860, 40yrs, married, number of years of present marriage: 13yrs, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: farmer, could read/write/speak English, ownership of home; owned or rented: rented, ownership of home; farm or house: farm, number of farm schedule: 112

MINNIE SLUDG: wife, Black, female, b. Apr 1870, 30yrs, married, number of years of present marriage: 13yrs, mother of how many children: 8, number of these children living: 7, born in MS, both parents born in MS, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it

MINNIE SLUDG: daughter, Black, female, b. May 1885, 15yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: farm laborer sharer, could read/write/speak English

LAWRENCE SLUDG: son, Black, male, b. June 1887, 12yrs [number 13 scratched out], single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: day laborer, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it

BEN SLUDG: son, Black, male, b. Jan 1890, 10yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it

ANGELINE SLUDG: daughter, Black, female, b. Apr 1892, 8yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it

WALTER SLUDG: son, Black, male, b. June 1895, 5yrs [number 5 written over 4], single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it

JESSIE SLUDG: son, Black, male, b. Mar 1898, 2yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it

Left: Mississippi WWI Veterans List. Right: WWI Statement  Of Service Card
Left: Mississippi WWI Veterans List. Right: WWI Statement Of Service Card

1910 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, Township 14, Beat 2 (part of)
Supervisor’s District No. 1, Enumeration District No. 82, Sheet No. 15B
Enumerated on 11 May 1910
Macon and Cooksville Road
Line 66
Image 255 of 1345 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
Family Search http://bit.ly/15Rwii6
Internet Archive http://bit.ly/1ci1Z9P

BEN SLEDGE: head of household, # dwelling house visited 202, # family visited 202, male, Black, b. 1889, 21yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, could read/write/speak English, occupation: farm laborer, industry: working out, whether an employer, employee or working on own account: W, whether out of work on April 15, 1910: no, number of weeks out of work during 1909: 16, ownership of home; owned or rented: rented, ownership of home; farm or house: house

1917-1918 United States World War I Draft Registration Card
http://bit.ly/15lqhLr
Registration Card No: 206
Name: Ben Sledge
Age in years: 26
Home address: Macon, Miss
Date of birth: Jan 4 1891
Are you (1) a natural born citizen, (2) a naturalized citizen, (3) an alien, (4) or have you declared your intention: (1)
Where were you born: Macon, Miss, U.S.
What is your present trade, occupation or office: laborer
By whom employed: Henry M Jones
Where employed: Macon, Miss
Have you a father, mother, wife, child under 12, or a sister or brother under 12, solely dependent on you for support: none
Married or single: no
Race: Negro
Do you claim exemption from draft: no
I affirm that I have verified above answers and that they are true: Ben Sledge [signature]
Registrar’s Record
Tall, medium or short: medium
Slender, medium or stout: medium
Color of eyes: brown
Color of hair: black
Bald: no
Has person lost arm, leg, hand, foot or both eyes, or is he otherwise disabled: no
Signature of registrar: Chas Strong
Precinct: Macon
City or county: Noxubee
State: Miss
Date of registration: 6/5/1917
Affiliate Publication Title: World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards
Affiliate Publication Number: M1509
GS Film number: 1682943
Digital Folder Number: 005151818
Image Number: 05690

Left: 1934 Mississippi Death Certificate. Right:  Military Grave Registration
Left: 1934 Mississippi Death Certificate. Right:
Military Grave Registration

1918 WWI Report For Military Duty
Image 152 of 1132 on Ancestry.com
http://ancstry.me/1iOFFqj
Form 1029 PMG
ORIGINAL
When completed to be mailed by Military Authorities to the Provost Marshal General, Washington, D.C.
Local Board for the County of Noxubee, State of Miss., Macon, Miss.
Sheet No. 1
Date: July 18, 1918

The selected men herein described, having ben inducted into military service on July 18, 1918 have this date been entrained for Camp Funston, Kansas. This statement consists of 3 sheets.

1. Order no: 976
2. Serial no: 782
3. Name: Ben Sledge
4. Call no: 838
5. Primary industry: baker
6. Classification I: A
7. Failed to report to military authorities:

1919 Statement Of Service Card
Mississippi World War I Statement of Service Cards and Indices
Series 1713: Mississippi World War I Statement of Service Cards, 1917-1919
Army
Alphabetical By Name
Shelton, J-Smith, C
Image 803 of 1075 on Mississippi Dept. of Archives & History
http://bit.ly/17SwEsD
1
Surname: Sledge
Christian name: Ben
Army serial number: 3,784,539
White, colored: colored
Residence: Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi
Enlisted *R.A. *N.G. *E.R.C. * Inducted at: Macon, Miss on July 18, 1918
Place of birth: Macon, Miss
Age or date of birth: 27 6/12 yrs
Organizations served in, with dates of assignments and transfers: Co G 805 Pion Inf to disch
Grades, with date of appointment: Pvt
Engagements:
Wounds or other injuries received in action: none
Served overseas from: Sept 1/18 to Feb 28/19 from _____ to _____
Honorably discharged on demobilization: Mch 29, 1919
In view of occupation he was, on date of discharge, reported: 0 per cent disabled
Remarks:
Form No. 724-1, A.G.O.
Nov. 22, 1919
*Strike out words not applicable
Dates of departure from and arrival in the U.S.
3-7362

1919 WWI Final Payment Roll
Retrieved by NARA (Reproduced at the National Archives-STL)
Received from Kathleen Brandt (A3Genealogy aka A3G)
Voucher no: 2516
Name of quartermaster: Joseph Goldman
Paid: March 1919
Final payment roll of
Organisation: Cas Co. 1
Regiment: Ret. and Cas. Camp
Discharged on: March 29, 1919
Appropriations
Pay, etc., of the Army, 1919: $2842.24
Pay, etc., of the Army, 191_:
General appropriations, Q.M. Corps $1919: 353.45
Pay of the Army, deposit fund:
Amount: $3195.69
Collections
Quartermaster: $376
Post Laundry: $7.75
Paid in cash: $3184.18
Total: $3195.69
Post laundry collections hereon paid by checks on Treasurer of the United States dated _____, as follows
Ft. __ston, $4.50, No. 7131
Ft. Lee Va, $325, No. 7120
A-15 Original
Station: Camp Shelby, Miss.
Date: March 29, 1919
I certify that the men borne on this roll were discharged this date; that this roll exhibits the true pay status of each man borne herein on such date; that the entries opposite the name of each man borne herein is entitled to travel allowances and to foreign service pay to include _____, 191_ (date of arrival in U.S.), and was last paid to include Feb. 28, 1919 by 1st Lt. J.M. Rosar, Quartermaster

__________
2nd Lt _____
Personnel Adjutant

I certify that I witnessed the payment of this roll and that prior to the signing of this certificate each man received the amount set opposite his name, with the exception of those men marked “not paid.”

Harry W. Short [signature]
2nd Lt _____ U.S.A.
Commanding organization

Note–This certificate to be signed on on the copy of the pay roll which bears signatures of the men for payment in cash.

I certify that this roll is a true copy ov the roll upon which payment, witnessed by me, was made, excepting as to the signatures in the receipt column and the certificate as to witnessing the payment thereof.

__________
_____
Commanding organization

Note–This certificate to be signed only on the copy of the roll not receipted, and which constitutes the quartermaster’s retained voucher.

Reproduced at the National Archives- STL
Page 4

War Department
Form No. 371-A
Approved by the Comptroller of Treasury Nov. 21, 1918

[Line number]: 20
Soldier’s initials typewritten: B.S.
Army seal number: 3784539
Grade: J.T.
Date and place of acceptance for enlistment, or place of receipt of notice for active duty, by reservist; inducted; reporting for duty as National Guardsman under caller draft by the President, to which entitled to travel allowances: July 18/18 Macon Miss
Enrollment paid: 1
Total amount of pay: 60.00
Q.M.: 29.00
Allotments: Class A and B: 14.50
Total amount of allotments: 14.50
Credits net pay: 74.50

Reproduced at the National Archives- STL
Page 5

[Line number]: 20
Travel pay: 8.00
Total credits: 82.50
Balance paid to soldier: 82.50
Received payment in cash of: Sledge, Ben [signature]
Name of quartermaster: Harry W. Short witness _____

1917-1919 Mississippi WWI Army Veterans Index
Mississippi Department of Archives & History (MDAH)
Mississippi World War I Statement of Service Cards and Indices
Z/0291.000/S: Master Alphabetical Index of World War I Army Veterans (Mississippi)
R-Z
Image 103 of 351 on MDAH
Accessed 7 Nov 2013
http://bit.ly/17SwEsD

EX-SERVICE MEN OF MISSISSIPPI

Name: Ben Sledge
Race: C
Serial no: 3,784,539
Address: Macon
County: Noxubee

1920 Mississippi Census
Macon City, Noxubee County, Beat 3
Supervisor’s District 3, Enumeration District 80, Sheet ?A
Enumerated on 10 Jan 1920
Walnut St
Lines 35-40
Image 269 of 1106 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
Family Search http://bit.ly/13iNQjP
Internet Archive http://bit.ly/1en519n

Notes: Number dwelling in order of visitation 125. Charley=Charlie

BEN SLEDGE: head, rented house [2], head of household, b. 4 Jan 1891, 29yrs, male, Black, married, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a baker

LUCY SLEDGE: wife, b. 1892, 28yrs, female, Black, married, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a worker at home

ALBERT LONG: nephew, b. 1899, 21yrs, male, Black, single, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a truck driver

LUCY B SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1916, 4 10/12yrs, female, Black, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

LILLIAN C SLEDGE: daughter, b. Dec 1918, 2 1/12yrs, female, Black, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

CHARLEY QUINN: step-son, b. 1909, 11yrs, male, Black, did not attend school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

1930 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, part of Beat 3
Enumeration District 52-10, Supervisor’s District 7, Sheet 11A
Enumerated on 15 Apr 1930
Shuqualak and Cockrell
Lines 34-41
Shuqualak and Cockrell
Image 885 of 1155 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
Family Search http://bit.ly/TxQH5D
Internet Archive http://bit.ly/M93ptK

Notes: Minerva=Mima and Evelynia=Everlynia.

BEN SLEDGE: # dwelling house visited 214, # family visited 237, rented house, lived on a farm, head of household, b. 1892, 38yrs, male, Black, married at 28yrs, did not attend school, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a general farmer, class of worker was O, was at work the day before census, not a veteran

LUCY SLEDGE: wife, b. 1890, 36yrs, female, Black, married at 21yrs, did not attend school, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

LUCY B SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1915, 15yrs, female, Black, single, attended school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

LILLIAN SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1918, 12yrs, female, Black, single, attended school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

ANGALINE SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1922, 8yrs, female, Black, single, attended school, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

EVERLYNIA SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1925, 5yrs, female, Black, single, did not attend school, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

GEORGE SLEDGE: son, b. 1927, 3yrs, male, Black, single, did not attend school, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

MINERVA SLEDGE: mother, b. 1862, 68yrs, female, Black, married at 21yrs, did not attend school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, father born in NC, mother born in GA, occupation: none

1934 Death Certificate
Vital Records & Statistics
Mississippi State Department Of Health (MSDH)
www.HealthyMS.com

STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi State Department of Health
Vital Records
10826033

Bureau of Vital Statistics
Standard Certificate Of Death
Mississippi State Board of Health
State File No. 34-11662

1. PLACE OF DEATH
County: Noxubee
Registered no:
Voting precinct:
Or village:
Or city: Macon
No:
St:
Ward:
(If death occurred in a hospital or institution, give its NAME instead of street and number)
Length of residence in city or town where death occurred?
Yrs:
Mos:
Ds:
How long in U.S. if of foreign birth?
Yrs:
Mos:
Ds:
2. Full name: Ben Sledge
(a) Residence:
No:
St:
Ward:
(If nonresident give city or town or state)
PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. Sex: male
4. Color or race: Black
5. Single, married, widowed or divorced: married
5a. If married, widowed or divorced HUSBAND of (or) WIFE of: Lucy Sledge
6. Date of birth (month, day, year)
7. Age:
Years: 43
Months:
Days:
8. Trade, profession: baker
9. Industry or business
10. Date deceased last worked at this occupation: 1931
11 Total time (years) spent in this occupation: 15
12. Birthplace: Nox Co. Miss.
13. Father name: Donoma Sledge
14. Father birthplace: unknown
15. Mother maide name: Mima Mosley
16. Mother birthplace: Miss
17. Informant (and address): Lucy M Sledge
18. Burial, cremation or removal
Place: Methodist
Date: 7/23, 1934
19. Undertaker: HR Dare & Co
20. Filed: 7-23, 1934
Registrar: Ora H. Bethany
MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
21. Date of death (month, day, year): 7/22, 1934
22. I hereby certify that I attended the deceased from ____ 19__ to _____ 19__. I last saw h_____ alive on _____ 19__. Death is said to have occurred on the date above, at 3 p.m.
The principal cause of death and related causes of importance in order of onset were as follows: hemorrhage caused from piles
Date of onset:
Contributory causes of importance not related to principal cause: no doctor R.F.C. helping him but no doctor ask for in time
Name of operation (if any was done):
Date of:
What test confirmed diagnosis:
Was there an autopsy: no
23. If death was due to external causes (violence) fill in also the following:
Accident, suicide or homicide:
Date of injury:
Where did injury occur (specify city or town, county and state):
Manner of injury:
Nature of injury:
24. Was disease or injury in any way related to occupation of deceased? If so, specify: had no physician
(Signed) _____ M.D.
Address:

1934 Military Grave Registration
Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951
Noxubee County Military Grave Registrations 1917-1941
Box 11108
http://bit.ly/ZAmwxx

Notes: The word “finished” is scrawled diagonally across the page.

Work Sheet No. 222 [check mark in upper right hand corner]
Col W-W.
County: Noxubee
City or Twp: Macon 3-T-15 R-17.
Cemetery: Colored Methodist
Name:
First: Ben
Middle:
Last: Sledge
[432 written on left side]
(A) FIELD CHECK
1. Grave no:
Lot no:
Block no:
2. Marker:
Flat:
Upright:
None: none
3. Information on marker: (copy exactly):
Andrew W. Sullivan (field foreman) [signature]
(B) CEMETERY RECORD DATA
4. Grave no:
Lot no:
Block no:
5. Date of burial:
Remarks: overseas from 9-1-1918 to 2-28-1919
6. Book no:
Page no:
(clerk)
(C) DEATH CERTIFICATE DATA
Certificate no: 11662-34
7. Address:
Street:
City or town: Macon
State: Miss
8. Date of death: 7-22-1934
Place: Macon, Miss
Cause: hemorrhage
9. Date of birth: 1891
Place: Macon, Miss.
10. Next of kin:
Name: Mimie Sledge (m)
Address: Macon, Miss
Charles H. Barnes (clerk) [signature]
(D) SERVICE RECORD
11. Date enlisted: 7-18-1918
Date discharged: 3-29-1919
Serial no.: 3,784,539
12. Branch of service: Army (WW)
Rank: PVT
13. Company, outfit or ship: Co. G. 805th Pion. inf. to disch.
14. Sources: a, e
(clerk)
[OK written to the right side]
Sources: (a) Inspection of burial plot (b) section or cemetery record (c) death certificate or burial permit (d) patriotic organizatiion (name) (e) official U.S. records (f) other (specify)
[OK written to the right side]
Form No. 3

Burial

Find A Grave Memorial
http://bit.ly/WLR4Pb
Name: Ben Sledge
Birth: Jan. 4, 1891
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Jul. 22, 1934
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Bio: http://bit.ly/16vgaVF
Family links:
Spouse: Lucy Maria Buck Sledge (1888 – 1951)
Children: Lillian Claudell Sledge (1917 – 2013)
Burial:
United Methodist Cemetery
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: Tara R. Gregory
Record added: Mar 21, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 107033991

Obituary/Funeral Program:

None available as of this writing.

Photo Credit: Camp Funston 1918, GG Archives, Ancestry.com, Family Search, Internet Archive

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Lillian Claudell SLEDGE

Left: Muh Dear with a joie de vivre smile. Right: Page 1 of funeral program
Left: Muh Dear with a joie de vivre smile. Right: Page 1 of
funeral program

PROFILE:

Name: Lillian Claudell SLEDGE

Known AKA: Muh Dear, Lil Woman

Surname Variations: SLUDGE/SLUDG

DOB: 2 December 1917 in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

DOD: 30 January 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Father: Ben SLEDGE

Mother: Lucy BUCK

Siblings: Lucy B “Mom B”, George W, Angeline/Angaline/Angie S “Lyle”, Everlena/Everlynia/Evalina, Betty, Minnie Bell

Half-sibling from mother Lucy BUCK and Lee QUINN: Charlie/Charley QUINN

Partner: Oliver BELL Sr (common-law husband, information from Aunt Edna Z. DAVIS nee BELL through my brother, Billy J. SLEDGE)

Children with Oliver BELL Sr: Carlene E, Edna Z, William Loyd “Cot”, Mabel Roy, Oliver “Fat” Jr

Partner: Sam WILLIAMS Sr

Children with Sam WILLIAMS Sr: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

Partner: Unknown, UNKNOWN

Children with Unknown, UNKNOWN: Wade SLEDGE Sr

Partner: Unknown, UNKNOWN

Children with Unknown, UNKNOWN: Eunice Jean/Gene SLEDGE

Page 2 and 3 of funeral program.
Page 2 and 3 of funeral program.

TIMELINE:

2 Dec 1917: Birth in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA (Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Birth Certificate)

10 Jan 1920: Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1920 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

15 Apr 1930: Resident of Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1930 Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

1 Apr 1935: Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1940 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

25 Apr 1940: Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1940 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

1941-2010 Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA

2010-2013: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA

30 January 2013: Death in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

8 February 2013: Burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Macon, Mississippi, USA

Page 4 and 5 of funeral program.
Page 4 and 5 of funeral program.

NOTES:

“Muh Dear” was a “Lil Woman” but feisty! I can remember Mama telling me that even though Grandmama Lillian was much older than her, she could not keep up with her as they were walking through Macon one day. Before passing, Grandmama Lillian had outlived three of her eight children (Mabel Roy, Oliver Jr, Margaret Ruth) and all but one of her siblings (Minnie). Despite the fact that she was afflicted with Alzheimer’s, she would still give someone “the business” according to my sister. She was in and out of the past and I had hope to get back home one day to catch her on one of her lucid days so she could tell me about the good old days and our ancestors. For now, let me recount some of her past from what my mother had passed on to me and from my own memories of her.

Page 6 and 7 of funeral program.
Page 6 and 7 of funeral program.

There was a dirt road that ran in front of Grandmama’s house and she lived in an area called Baptist Hill. Her house was made of wood, a tin roof and had a wide front porch that was shared with her next door neighbor, Bessie Ann(?), whose house was separated from hers by a wall. Mama was fond of saying, “these walls are paper thin”, meaning the neighbors can hear everything that goes on in your house. When you came through the front door of Grandmama’s portion of the house, there was a big room that doubled as the bedroom and living room. She always had 2 large sized beds on either side of the walls, with a window between them. When you left that room, you walked into a small kitchen. From the kitchen door, you stepped out onto another wooden porch with a pump. There you would find the bathroom to your left with a large tin tub and a modern toilet. I was always scared to go to the bathroom because Mama or Grandmama told me to check the toilet before I sat down in case there was a snake in the water. One day me, my sister and a cousin were out playing on the back porch and I don’t remember who broke the water pump because we all blamed each other. I think we scattered when Grandmama started fussing. What was we gonna stick around for, a whupping? She had some pet peeves with us children: no doing stomping cheers on her back porch that made the boards creak or scraping the plates with eating utensils. We used to get on her nerves but she was very loving and sweet (you can see a hint of her lively spirit shining through in the above picture). My only memory of her food was cooking us either rice or grits with butter and sausage. I thought eating rice for breakfast was strange but maybe it was a Mississippi thing or maybe that was all she had at the time. I do not know all of the jobs that my grandmother had. The 1940 census lists her as a doing housework in the home but doesn’t specify whether it was the residence she lived or some other residence. However, Mama told me that Grandmama used to work as a maid for a White family and for some reason added that she had to go through the back door. I assumed this was required because she was Black. Although in other cases if there were service workers, they would also enter through back doors of houses. Mama also told me that when she was with her mother walking down the streets of Macon, if you passed by White people sitting out on their porches, you had to speak to them first and it was never the other way around. One exception to this was that the young usually spoke first to the elders regardless of whether they were Black or White. You may wonder why I mention this but I want to impart everything I remember and not shy away from the fact that Grandmama lived in a Southern state and during a time period when Jim Crow Laws were the norm. Grandmama Lillian was the common-law wife of Oliver BELL Sr but they were never legally married (according to one of her children with him, Edna Z. DAVIS nee BELL). I do not know if he died while they were together or they went their separate ways. She had three partners after him whom she never married. She was a single mother who raised eight children which was hard to do in those times. But she was a strong woman and she persevered by the grace of God. I fervently pray that I have a chance to see her one last time before she leaves this earth. She is my grandmother but like a mother and the closest that I will ever get to my own mother again in this world.

Left: Page 8 of funeral program. Right: Grandmama's obituary in The Dispatch online newspaper
Left: Page 8 of funeral program. Right: Grandmama’s obituary in The Dispatch online newspaper

1 February 2013 update: The last of my parents is gone. I have no more parents or grandparents on this earth. Grandmama Lillian died on the night of 30 January 2013. She took a deep breath and died while Aunt Edna was in the room with her. I hope that she has found peace, is now in a better place and has been reunited with the loved ones who have preceded her in death. Last time I saw Grandmama Lillian was in 1994. For 18 years I have been missing her and I am still missing her. Deep down I had a feeling that I might never see her again and it has come to pass. Initially I was angry that I can’t be in St. Louis and it also dredged up dormant feelings of sadness and guilt at being in another country when my mother died, but I can’t keep dwelling on it. Instead, I must celebrate the long life that Grandmama Lillian lived and turn her death into something positive such as continuing to document her life story. Yesterday while doing a household chore, I was imagining the dream conversation that I’ve always wanted to have with her. I’m praying that the answers to the questions that I had planned to ask her will turn up in her records. And I also have carbon copies of her in her children, my aunts and uncles, who I am sure have memories galore to fill in the blanks of what the records can’t! Please pray for Grandmama Lillian and her family, thanks.

Left: A sharecropper house in Mississippi. This is almost similar to the one Grandmama lived in. Right: Headstone in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Macon, Mississippi
Left: A sharecropper house in Mississippi. This is
almost similar to the one Grandmama lived in.
Right: Headstone in Odd Fellows Cemetery
in Macon, Mississippi

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

1917 Mississippi Birth Certificate
State File No: 37825
Name: Lillian Sledge
Date of birth: 2 December 1917
Birthplace: Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi
Father:
Father birthplace:
Mother: Lucy Buck
Mother birthplace: Macon, Mississippi
Informant:

1920 Mississippi Census
Macon City, Noxubee County, Beat 3
Supervisor’s District 3, Enumeration District 80, Sheet ?A
Enumerated on 10 Jan 1920
Walnut St
Lines 35-40
Image 269 of 1106 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
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Notes: Number dwelling in order of visitation 125. Charley=Charlie

BEN SLEDGE: head, rented house [2], head of household, b. 4 Jan 1891, 29yrs, male, Black, married, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a baker

LUCY SLEDGE: wife, b. 1892, 28yrs, female, Black, married, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a worker at home

ALBERT LONG: nephew, b. 1899, 21yrs, male, Black, single, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a truck driver

LUCY B SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1916, 4 10/12yrs, female, Black, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

LILLIAN C SLEDGE: daughter, b. Dec 1918, 2 1/12yrs, female, Black, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

CHARLEY QUINN: step-son, b. 1909, 11yrs, male, Black, did not attend school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

Top: 1920 Mississippi census. Middle: 1930 Mississippi census. Bottom: 1940 Mississippi census
Top: 1920 Mississippi census. Middle: 1930 Mississippi census. Bottom: 1940 Mississippi census

1930 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, part of Beat 3
Enumeration District 52-10, Supervisor’s District 7, Sheet 11A
Enumerated on 15 Apr 1930
Shuqualak and Cockrell
Lines 34-41
Shuqualak and Cockrell
Image 885 of 1155 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
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Notes: Minerva=Mima and Evelynia=Everlynia.

BEN SLEDGE: # dwelling house visited 214, # family visited 237, rented house, lived on a farm, head of household, b. 1892, 38yrs, male, Black, married at 28yrs, did not attend school, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a general farmer, class of worker was O, was at work the day before census, not a veteran

LUCY SLEDGE: wife, b. 1890, 36yrs, female, Black, married at 21yrs, did not attend school, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

LUCY B SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1915, 15yrs, female, Black, single, attended school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

LILLIAN SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1918, 12yrs, female, Black, single, attended school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

ANGALINE SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1922, 8yrs, female, Black, single, attended school, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

EVERLYNIA SLEDGE: daughter, b. 1925, 5yrs, female, Black, single, did not attend school, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

GEORGE SLEDGE: son, b. 1927, 3yrs, male, Black, single, did not attend school, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation: none

MINERVA SLEDGE: mother, b. 1862, 68yrs, female, Black, married at 21yrs, did not attend school, could not read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, father born in NC, mother born in GA, occupation: none

1940 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, Macon, District 3, Block Nos 32-34
S.D. No 1, E.D. No 52-7, Sheet 25B
Enumerated on 25 Apr 1940
Baptist Hill Negroe Settlement
Lines 72-78
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Notes: Lillian Bell nee Sledge and Oliver Bell Sr were never legally married, she was his common law wife. Source: Edna Z. Davis nee Bell.

HATTIE ANN BELL: head of household [x inside a circle means she gave information for her household], # of household in order of visitation: 516, Home owned (O) or rented (R): rented, Value of home, if owned, or monthly rental, if rented: 2, Does this household live on a farm? (Yes or No): no, Sex: female, Color or race: Negro, Age at last birthday: 54, Birth year: 1886, Marital status: widowed, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 6, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same place, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, Was this person SEEKING WORK? (Yes or No): no, If not seeking work, did he HAVE A JOB, business, etc.? (Yes or No): no, Indicate whether engaged in home housework (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot): home housework, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 0, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

JOHNNIE BELL: son, Sex: male, Color or race: Negro, Age at last birthday: 19, Birth year: 1921, Marital status: single, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 7, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same place, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): yes, Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 35, Occupation: yard boy, Industry: private home, class of worker: PW, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 52, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 156, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

MARTHA BELL: daughter, Sex: female, Color or race: Negro, Age at last birthday: 17, Birth year: 1923, Marital status: single, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 7, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same place, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): yes, Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 30, Occupation: nurse maid, Industry: private home, class of worker: PW, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 52, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 104, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

WILLIE BELL: son, Sex: male, Color or race: Negro, Age at last birthday: 32, Birth year: 1908, Marital status: married, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 4, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same place, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): yes, Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 48, Occupation: yard boy, Industry: private home, class of worker: PW, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 52, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 156, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

FLORENCE BELL: wife (daughter-in-law), Sex: female, Color or race: Negro, Age at last birthday: 22, Birth year: 1918, Marital status: married, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 4, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same place, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, Was this person SEEKING WORK? (Yes or No): no, If not seeking work, did he HAVE A JOB, business, etc.? (Yes or No): no, Indicate whether engaged in home housework (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot): home housework, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 0, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

OLIVER BELL: son, Sex: male, Color or race: Negro, Age at last birthday: 25, Birth year: 1915, Marital status: married, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 4, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same place, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): yes, Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 48, Occupation: gardener, Industry: private home, class of worker: PW, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 16, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 80, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

LILLIAN BELL: wife (daughter-in-law), Sex: female, Color or race: Negro, Age at last birthday: 20, Birth year: 1920, Marital status: married, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: H-1, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same place, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, Was this person SEEKING WORK? (Yes or No): no, If not seeking work, did he HAVE A JOB, business, etc.? (Yes or No): no, Indicate whether engaged in home housework (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot): home housework, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 52, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 152, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

Burial

Find A Grave Memorial
http://bit.ly/XA94aj
Name: Lillian Claudell “Muh Dear” Sledge
Birth: Dec. 2, 1917
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Jan. 30, 2013
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-8f
Family links:
Parents:
Ben Sledge (1891 – 1934)
Children:
Mable Roy Bell Chaney (1938 – 1982)
Oliver Bell (1940 – 1982)
Margaret Ruth Sledge Gregory (1950 – 2006)
Inscription:
Lillian C. Sledge
1917-2013
Courtesy of Lee-Sykes Funeral Home
Note: Temporary marker transcription
Burial:
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: Tara R. Gregory
Record added: Feb 08, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104819388
Headstone photo added by: Tara R. Gregory
Headstone photo credit: Alton Chaney Sr
Cemetery photo added by: NatalieMaynor

Obituary/Funeral Program

PAGE 1

Celebrating The Life Of Lillian C. Sledge
Sunrise: December 2, 1917
Sunset: January 30, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013, 11:00am
Second Baptist Church, 301 East Street, Macon, Mississippi, 39341
Rev. William Thomas, Pastor

PAGE 2

Remembering Mama

For as long as I can remember, Mama was always there to love us and make us feel safe. She was there to hug and kiss away the pain, whether physical or emotional. Mama was a mentor and gave advice to those she loved. Her wisdom directed our paths into adulthood and it is an honor to share her wisdom with our own families.

Mama was a great provider. There were eight of us to feed and clothe. She did this on just $7.00 dollars a week! Mama loved God and I am sure that it was Him that assisted her in performing this miracle.

Mama was a disciplinarian, but she spared the rod. She would punish us with words, always explaining the consequences of the behavior we exhibited.

I know that we alll often wondered wat we would do without Mama, but now I know that we will be fine because she taught us, by example, to stand up on our own.

Love you Mama, William

PAGE 3

Life Reflections

Lillian Claudell Sledge was born December 2, 1917 to the late Ben and Lucy Sledge in Macon, Mississippi. She was one of seven children. She transitioned from this life on January 30, 2013, at the blessed aged of 95 under the care of her daughter, Edna Davis.

Lillian accepted Christ at an early age. She became a member of Second Baptist Church, and served as church secretary until she was no longer able to do so. Lillian earned her education in the Noxubee County School District. She worked hard and tirelessly to take care of her children and menbers of the family. She was a witty, funny and generous person that was always full of laughter, especially during her “story telling”. Lillian was adored by her family, friends, as well as her church family. The mother of eight children, Lillian was proud of them all.

Three children preceded her in death; Mable Roy Chaney, Oliver “Fat” Bell, and Margaret Ruth “Ree” Gregory.

Lillian leaves to mourn her passing, five children: Eunice J. Holman of Memphis, TN; William L. “Cot” Bell (Elaine Bell) of Memphis, TN; Carlene E. Graham (John Graham) of Macon, MS; Edna Z. Davis (Billy Davis) of St. Louis, MO and Wade Sledge of Macon, MS. Lillian also leaves behind a loving sister, Minnie Holman of Macon, MS.

Lillian had a host of grandchildren, 4 which preceded her in death and 32 remain to cherish and honor her beautiful memory. Further treasuring Lillian is a wealth of great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Lillian C. Sledge will be missed and treasured by everyone who ever crossed her path in life.

PAGE 4

Order Of Service

Processional…..
Scripture…..
Prayer…..
Musical Selection…..Grandchildren — Song Melody
Acknowledgement of Expressions of Sympathy…..Tina Gregory
Tribute…..
Selection…..”I Always Love My Mother”
Condolences …..
Life Reflections (Read Silently)…..Soft Music
Solo…..
Eulogy…..
Parting View…..
Recessional…..

The 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul.
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, thoug I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.
They rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies,
Thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

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Pictures

PAGE 8

Pallbearers: family and friends
Flower bearers: family and friends
Interment: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Brooksville, Mississippi*
Repast: Second Baptist Church, Macon, Mississippi

[*Correction: Odd Fellows Cemetery in Macon, Mississippi]

Acknowledgements

The family of Lillian Sledge would like to express sincere gratitude for prayers, food, flowers, thoughts, and all other acts of kindness that were shown to us during our time of bereavement. May God continue to bless you, is our prayer. The Family

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Notes: Submitted a comment to The Dispatch as follows, “In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Mable Roy Chaney, Oliver Bell and Margaret Ruth Gregory”. Correction: Mable, Oliver and Margaret are not the siblings of Lillian, they are her children.

Obituary For Lillian Sledge

MACON — Lillian Claudell Sledge, 95, died Jan. 30, 2013, in St. Louis. Services are Friday at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church in Macon with William Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Oddfellow Cemetery. Visitation is today from noon to 5 p.m. at Lee-Sykes Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. Sledge was born Dec. 2, 1917, to the late Ben and Lucy Sledge. She was a member of Second Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Mable Roy Chaney, Oliver Bell and Margaret Ruth Gregory, Survivors include her sons, William L. Bell of Memphis, Tenn., and Wade Sledge of Macon; daughters, Eunice J. Holman of Memphis, Carlene Graham of Macon and Edna Z. Davis of St. Louis; sister, Minnie Holman of Macon; and 32 grandchildren.

Tribute To Mrs. Lillian Sledge
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Photo Credit: Alton CHANEY Sr, Family Search, Internet Archive, The Dispatch

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Sam Jones WILLIAMS Sr

Obituary courtesy of Cousin Earl WILSON
Top: Page 1 and 4 of funeral program; courtesy of cousin Earl WILSON

PROFILE:

Name: Sam Jones WILLIAMS Sr

Known AKA: none that I know of

Surname Variations: none

DOB: 23 Jul 1892 near Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

DOD: 1 Aug 1979 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Father: Jack WILLIAMS Sr

Mother: Elizabeth/Bettie/Lizzie SMITH

Siblings from Jack Sr and Elizabeth: Lula, Cleveland/Clevand, Jack Jr, Essie, Teran “Tennie”, Bettie, German, Bob Will

Sibling from Jack Sr and unknown woman: Robert

Spouse: Mattie Lee SMITH

Children with Mattie Lee: Scot, Bessie, Laura Vell/Larvell/Lovell/Larnell, James V, Olivia Delores “Lee”, Woodrow/Woodie/Woody, Earnest, Sam/Sammie Jr, Hardie, Odell “Red/Pain”, and Ruth O

Partner: Lillian C. SLEDGE

Children with Lillian C: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

Partner: Ida FRIERSON

Children with Ida: Florence Jean “Jean” FRIERSON

Spouse: Flora WINDHAM

Obituary courtesy of Cousin Earl WILSON
Page 2 and 3 of funeral program; courtesy of Cousin Earl WILSON

TIMELINE:

23 Jul 1892: Birth in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA (Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA death certificate; WWI Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Draft Registration Card)

13 June 1900: Resident of Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1900 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

20 Apr 1910: Resident of Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1910 Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

15 Jun 1917: Resident of Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA (1917-1918 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA WWI Draft Registration Card)

4 Feb 1920: Resident of Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1920 Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

1930: can’t locate him on a census or on the city directory.

1 Apr 1935: Resident of Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1940 Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

1938: Chicago, Illinois (1994 obituary of his son, Sam WILLIAMS Jr)

6-8 Apr 1940: Resident of Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1940 Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA Census)

1 Dec 1941: Resident of Detroit, Michigan, USA (Social Security Application)

27 Apr 1942: Resident of Chicago, Illinois, USA (Chicago, Illinois, USA WWII Draft Registration Card)

1 Aug 1979: Death in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA (Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Death Certificate; United States Social Security Death Index)

6 Aug 1979: Burial in Macon, Mississippi, USA (Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Death Certificate)

Left: Front of WWII draft registration card. Right: Back of card
Left: Front of WWII draft registration card. Right:
Back of card

NOTES:

I did not know grand-daddy Sam. Mama said we met him when we were babies but of course I don’t remember him. I’ve been able to get to know him through the historical records that I have accessed and put them together with what Mama has told me. According to his WWI draft registration card, he was born near Macon, Mississippi. Allegedly, he is the descendant of “Chief White Cloud” (from an unknown tribe, possibly Choctaw) through his father, Jack Sr. This was relayed by my mother’s cousin Lucille CALLOWAY from Chicago. She wrote it in a letter to Mama so I will need to find it and see if Mrs. Lucille gives her source. I would like to verify this oral history with a goal to either confirm or negate it. Jack Sr had a brother named Jeff Sr and Jeff Sr had a son named Jeff Jr. There is a lead on a “Chief Jeff” or “Little Chief” which I am attempting to investigate. As noted on his funeral program, grand-daddy Sam attended New Hope School, probably up until the 6th grade as the highest level of education he completed is listed as grade 6 on the 1940 census. He was employed by his father as a laborer on a farm during the years 1917-1918. Grand-mama Lillian lived on Baptist Hill Rd and behind her backyard was a fence which bordered the farm of grand-daddy Sam. During our 1985 trip, I distinctly remember a horse coming to the fence and my mother commenting that it was her father’s favorite horse, Jack. I’ve always wondered if he named it after his father. She also told me that this horse had bit her father which I took as a warning not to mess with it. Grand-daddy Sam owned a grocery store but I don’t recall the name of it or its location. It shows that he was a stockman in the grocery industry on his death certificate. He was both a farmer working on his own account and as an employer of a general farm as indicated on the 1920 and 1940 censuses. I have not yet found him on the 1930 census or city directory and I think this is because he and his family were on the move to Chicago, Illinois. On the obituary of one of his sons, Sam Jr, it says that the family moved to Chicago in 1938. The Social Security application that he completed in 1941 was for a Detroit, Michigan address but no employer was listed. That would have thrown me for a loop had I not known his sister, Lula ALLEN nee WILLIAMS died there in 1949 and some of the WILLIAMS family still lives in Detroit today. A Chicago address was given on grand-daddy Sam’s 1942 WWII draft registration card. His employer at this time was the National Tea Company, a grocery store chain (see 3rd picture below). I assume that he and his family lived in Macon, Mississippi during the summer to farm their land. Grand-daddy Sam died of prostate cancer in 1979 and I still remember the day that Mama left to go to Chicago. We were living on St. Louis Ave at the time and daddy took care of us, even combing our hair. What I don’t remember is whether Mama went to see her ailing father in the hospital or just to attend his funeral. Grand-daddy Sam left Mama two acres of land after he died. It might not sound like much but it meant a great deal to her. Unfortunately, 1985 was a year of hard times so my mother had to sell it to a cousin on her mother’s side. He said that he planned to build a gas station there. I want to return to that piece of land and see how it has fared since then. I will take some of its earth, hopefully it will be that red clay Mama liked to eat and put it in a glass jar, an earthly reminder of my mother and her father.

Top: 1900 Mississippi census. Bottom: 1910 Mississippi census
Top: 1900 Mississippi census. Bottom:
1910 Mississippi census

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

1900 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, Beat 3
Supervisor’s District No. 5, Enuermation District No. 65, Sheet No. 11B
Enumerated on 13 June 1900
Image 22 of 39 on FamilySearch.org
Image 784 of 1145 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
Lines 82-93
Family Search http://bit.ly/11cmJKC
Internet Archive http://bit.ly/1npUWhm

JACK WILLIAMS: head, # dwelling visited 240, # family visited 240, Black, male, b. Jan 1860, 40yrs, married, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a farmer, 0 months unemployed, could read/write/speak English, rented farm house, # farm schedule 154

BETTIE WILLIAMS: wife, Black, female, b. May 1865, 35yrs, married, had 14 children of which only 9 were living, born in MS, both parents born in MS,

LULA WILLIAMS: daughter, Black, female, b. Aug 1879, 20yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a day laborer

JACK WILLIAMS: son, Black, male, b. May 1882, 18yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a day laborer

CLEVAND WILLIAMS: son, Black, male, b. Jun 1884, 16yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a day laborer

ESSIE WILLIAMS: daughter, Black, female, b. Jul 1886, 14yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a day laborer

BESSIE WILLIAMS: daughter, Black, female, b. Sep 1887, 12yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a day laborer

SAM JONES WILLIAMS: son, Black, male, b. Nov 1889, 10yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS

BOB WILLIAMS: son, Black, male, b. Oct 1891, 8yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS

TERRY ANN WILLIAMS: daughter, Black, female, b. Apr 1894, 6yrs, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS

BETTIE WILLIAMS: daughter, Black, female, b. May 1900, 4/12 (4mths), single, born in MS, both parents born in MS

HARRIET WILLIAMS: mother, Black, female, b. May 1840, 60yrs, widowed, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a share (sharecropper?), 0 months unemployed, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it

Top: 1920 Mississippi census. Bottom: 1940 Mississippi census
Top: 1920 Mississippi census. Bottom: 1940
Mississippi census

1910 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, District 3 – Part of,
Supervisor’s District No. 1, Enumeration District No. 85, Sheet No. 3B
Enumerated on 20 April 1910
Image 351 of 1345 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
Lines 77-83
Family Search http://bit.ly/1c0ECAA
Internet Archive http://bit.ly/1gmFgcs

JACK WILLIAMS: head, # dwelling visited 70, # family visited 70, male, Black, 53yrs, b. 1857, married, 1st marriage, born in MS, father born in United States, mother born in NC, could read/write/speak English, occupation as a farmer on a general farm, classified as an employer, owned farm free, farm schedule 61

ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: wife, female, Mulatto, 50yrs, b. 1860, married, 1st marriage, had 11 children of which only 8 were living, born in MS, father born in SC, mother born in MS, whether out of work on 15 April 1910: no, number of weeks out of work during 1909: 0, could read/write/speak English, occupation as a farm laborer on a home farm, classified as a worker

JACK WILLIAMS: son, male, Mulatto, single, 25, b. 1885, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, whether out of work on 15 April 1910: no, number of weeks out of work during 1909: 0, could read/write/speak English, occupation as a farm laborer on a home farm, classified as a worker

TEREAN: daughter, female, Mulatto, single, 19yrs, b. 1891, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, whether out of work on 15 April 1910: no, number of weeks out of work during 1909: 0, could read/write/speak English, occupation as a farm laborer on a home farm, classified as a worker, attended school any time since 1 Sep 1909: yes

SAM WILLIAMS: son, male, Mulatto, single, 17yrs, b. 1893, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, whether out of work on 15 April 1910: no, number of weeks out of work during 1909: 0, could read/write/speak English, occupation as a farm laborer on a home farm, classified as a worker, attended school any time since 1 Sep 1909: no

BOBBIE WILLIAMS: son, male, Mulatto, single, 13yrs, b. 1897, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, whether out of work on 15 April 1910: no, number of weeks out of work during 1909: 0, could read/write/speak English, occupation as a farm laborer on a home farm, classified as a worker, attended school any time since 1 Sep 1909: yes

GERMAN WILLIAMS: son, male, Mulatto, single, 10yrs, b. 1900, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it, no occupation, attended school any time since 1 Sep 1909: yes

HARRIETT WILLIAMS: mother, female, Black, 90yrs, b. 1820, widow, 7 children of which only 4 were living, born in NC, both parents born in NC, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it, no occupation

National Tea Company, 1000 Crosby St. in Chicago, Illinois
National Tea Company, 1000 Crosby St. in
Chicago, Illinois

1917-1918 Mississippi WWI Civilian Draft Registration Card
http://bit.ly/12gJjVl
REGISTRATION CARD
No: 233
1. Name: Sam Williams
Age: 24
2. Home address: Macon, Miss
3. Date of birth: 23 July 1892
4. Are you (1) a natural-born citizen (2) a naturalized citizen (3) an alien (4) or have you declared your intention: (1)
5. Where were you born: near Macon, Miss, U.S.
6. If not a citizen, of what country are you a citizen or subject:
7. What is your present trade: laborer on farm
8. By whom employed: Jack Williams
Where employed: 3 miles N.E. of Macon, Miss
9. Have you a father, mother, wife, child under 12, or a sister or brother under 12, soley dependent on you for support: : wife and 3 children under 12
10. Married or single (which): yes
Race: Negro
11. What military service have you had? Rank: —– Branch: —– Years: —– Nation or State: —–
12. Do you claim exemption from draft (specify): yes, support family
I affirm that I have verified above ansers and that they are true: Sam Williams [signature]
REGISTRAR’S REPORT
1. Tall, medium or short: medium
Slender, medium or stout: medium
2. Color of eyes: black
Color of hair: black
Bald: no
3. Has person lost arm, leg, hand, foot, eye or both eyes or is he otherwise disabled (specify): no
I certify that my answers are true, that the person registered has read is own answers, that I have witnessed his signature, and that all of his answers of which I have knowledge are true, except as follows:
Chas Strong (signature of registrar)
Precinct: Macon
City or county: Noxubee
State: Miss
Date of registration: 6/5/1917

1920 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, Beat 3 (part of)
Supervisor’s District No. 1, Enumeration District No. 87, Sheet No. 2B
Enumerated on 4 February 1920
Image 230 of 1106 on Archive.org [Internet Archive]
Lines 61-66
Family Search http://bit.ly/WcIsAj
Internet Archive http://bit.ly/1dcXcHG

Notes: Quttie Lee=Mattie Lee.

SAM WILLIAMS: head, farm, # dwelling visited 48, # family visited 48, male, Black, 26yrs, b. 1894, married, could read/write/speak English, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a farm operator on a general farm, classified as an employer, farm schedule #42

QUTTIE LEE WILLIAMS: wife, female, Black, 24yrs, b. 1896, married, couldn’t read/write English but could speak it, born in MS, both parents born in MS, occupation as a laborer on a general farm

WOODROW WILLIAMS: son, male, Black, 8yrs, b. 1912, single, attended school any time since 1 Sep 1919, born in MS, both parents born in MS, could speak English, no occupation

EARNEST WILLIAMS: son, male, Black, 6yrs, b. 1914, single born in MS, both parents born in MS, could speak English, no occupation

LEE WILLIAMS: daughter, female, Black, 4yrs, b. 1916, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, no occupation

SAM WILLIAMS: son, male, Black, 2yrs, b. 1918, single, born in MS, both parents born in MS, no occupation

1940 Mississippi Census
Noxubee County, Beat 3 S.D. No 1, E.D. No 52-8, Sheet No 4A
Enumerated on 6-8 Apr 1940
Image 7 of 32 on FamilySearch.org
Lines 25-30
Family Search http://bit.ly/13BnMVA

Notes: O.D.=Odell. Transcriber on Ancestry.com wrote J.D. but I see J.V. aka James V

SAM WILLIAMS: head of household, # of household in order of visitation: 53, Home owned (O) or rented (R): owned, Value of home, if owned, or monthly rental, if rented: 500, Does this household live on a farm? (Yes or No): yes, Sex: male, Color or race: Neg, Age at last birthday: 47, Birth year: 1893, Marital status: married, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 6, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same house, On a farm? (Yes or No): yes, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): yes, Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 60, Occupation: farmer, Industry: farm, class of worker: OA [own account], Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 52, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): yes

MATTIE WILLIAMS: wife, x inside circle: she gave information for the household, Sex: female, Color or race: Neg, Age at last birthday: 44, Birth year: 1896, Marital status: married, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): no, Highest grade of school completed: 7, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same house, On a farm? (Yes or No): yes, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): yes, Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 50, Occupation: laborer, Industry: farm, class of worker: NP [nonpaid family worker], Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 52, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

O.D.: son, Sex: male, Color or race: Neg, Age at last birthday: 15, Birth year: 1925, Marital status: single, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): yes, Highest grade of school completed: 7, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same house, On a farm? (Yes or No): yes, Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov’t. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): no, Was this person SEEKING WORK? (Yes or No): no, If not seeking work, did he HAVE A JOB, business, etc.? (Yes or No): no, Indicate whether engaged in home housework (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot): S, Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 0, Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0, Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary? (Yes or No): no

LAURA VELL: daughter, Sex: female, Color or race: Neg, Age at last birthday: 12, Birth year: 1928, Marital status: single, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): yes, Highest grade of school completed: 7, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same house, On a farm? (Yes or No): yes

RUTH DELL: daughter, Sex: female, Color or race: Neg, Age at last birthday: 10, Birth year: 1930, Marital status: single, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): yes, Highest grade of school completed: 4, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same house, On a farm? (Yes or No): yes

J.D.: son, Sex: male, Color or race: Neg, Age at last birthday: 8, Birth year: 1932, Marital status: single, Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940? (Yes or No): yes, Highest grade of school completed: 2, Place of birth: MS, In what place did the person live in 1 April 1935? City, County, State: same house, On a farm? (Yes or No): yes

1941 Michigan Social Security Application (SS-5)
Social Security Administartion (SSA)
Received 10 Dec 2013 from Kathleen Brandit of A3Genealogy
http://www.ssa.gov/online/ss-5.pdf
APPLICATION FOR SOCIAL SECURITY ACCOUNT NUMBER
FORM SS-5
TREASURY DEPARTMENT
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
(Revised June 19__)

1. First name: Sam
Middle name: —–
Last name: Williams
2. Full name under which you work:
3 Home address: 912 Theodore
Detroit Mich
4. Have you ever before had a social security account number card: no
5. Age at last birthday: 49
6. Date of birth: 7-22-1892
7. Place of birth: Noxubee Miss
8. Sex: male
9. Color or race: Negro
10. Married
11. Name of employer:
12. Address of employer:
13. Father’s full name: Jack Williams
14. Mother’s full name: Elizabeth Smith
15. Last occupation: farm
16. [can’t read]:
17. Date signed: 12-1-41
18. Signature: Sam Williams

1942 U.S. WWII Draft Registration Cards
Front of card; Image 5538 of 5976 on Family Search http://bit.ly/TrX8oO
Back of card; Image 5539 of 5976 on FamilySearch.org http://bit.ly/NuQu6g
FRONT OF CARD
REGISTRATION CARD (Men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897)
Serial Number: 931
1. Name: Sam Williams
Order number:
2. Place of residence: 634 E. 51st St, Chicago, IL
(THE PLACE OF RESIDENCE GIVEN ON THE LINE ABOVE WILL DETERMINE LOCAL BOARD JURISDICTION; LINE 2 OF REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE WILL BE IDENTICAL)
3. Mailing address: same as (2)
4. Telephone:
Exchange: Dorex
Number: 8875
5. Age in years: 49
Date of birth: 22 July 1892
6. Place of birth:
Town or county: Macon
State or country: Miss.
7. Name & address of person who will always know your address: Mrs. Mattie Williams (wife), 634 E. 51st St
8. Employer’s name & address: Boyd O. Avants, 3300 W. 55th St
9. Place of employment or business: National Tea Co., 1000 Crosby St., Chicago, IL
I AFFIRM THAT I HAVE VERIFIED ABOVE ANSWERS AND THAT THEY ARE TRUE
Registrant’s signature: Sam Williams
BACK OF CARD
REGISTRAR’S REPORT
DESCRIPTION OF REGISTRANT
Race: Negro
Height: 5’7″
Eyes: brown
Weight: 147
Hair: black
Complexion: dark brown
Other obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification: none
I certify that my answers are true; that the person registered has read or has had read to him his own answers; that I have witnesed his signature or mark and that all of his answers of which I have knowledge are true, except as follows:
Signature of registrar: Lydia Coffey
Registrar for local board:
Number: 7
City or county: Chicago
State: Ill.
Date of registration: April 27 1942
Local board no: 7
Chicago City

1979 Illinois Death Certificate
State file no: 617058
Name: Sam Williams
Date of birth: 23 Jul 1892
Place of birth: Mississippi
Date of death: 1 Aug 1979
Place of death: Chicago, Cook County, IL
Name of father: Jack Williams
Name of mother: Not available
Informant: Adm. Clerk [private]

United States Social Security Death Index
http://bit.ly/vJreK0
First name: Sam
Middle name:
Last name: Williams
Name suffix:
Birth date: 22 July 1892
Social security number: XXX-XX-XXXX
Place of issuance: Michigan
Last residence: Noxubee, Mississippi
Zip code of last residence: 39341
Death date: August 1979
Estimated age at death: 87

Cook County, Illinois Death Index, 1908-1988
http://ancstry.me/UW0a62
Name: Sam Williams
Death Date: 1 Aug 1979
Death Location: Cook County, IL
File Number: 6017058
Archive collection name: Cook County Genealogy Records (Deaths)
Archive repository location: Chicago, IL
Archive repository name: Cook County Clerk

Burial
Find A Grave Memorial
http://bit.ly/QHrzrY
Name: Sam Williams, Sr
Birth: Jul. 23, 1892
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Aug. 1, 1979
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-6U
Family links:
Parents: Elizabeth Smith Williams (1860 – 1942)
Spouse: Mattie Lee Smith Williams (1894 – 1976)
Children:
Florence Jean Frierson Riley (1910 – 1996)
Hardie Williams (1920 – 1984)
Margaret Ruth Sledge Gregory (1950 – 2006)
Burial:
New Hope Cemetery
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: Tara R. Gregory
Record added: Oct 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98893175

Obituary/Funeral Program

In loving memory of
Sam Williams

Saturday, August 4, 1979
Wake: 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.

A.R. Leak Funeral Home
7838 So. Cottage Grove Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60619

OBITUARY

“Remember me as you pass by, for as you are now, once was I. As I am now, you soon shall be. Prepare yourself to follow me.”

Sam Williams was born July 23, 1892 in Macon, Miss. to the parents of Jack and Elizabeth Williams. Sam accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized and united with the New Hope Methodist Church, which he was a member until he departed this life at 11:00 p.m. on August 1, 1979.

Sam was educated at New Hope School in Macon, Miss. He was a happy and friendly person. His love and devotion for fellow-man never ceased. He became ill and came to Chicago, Ill. on the first of April, 1979, to make his home with his children. He entered Mercy Hospital on April 4, 1979.

Recently, Sam quoted that he was going home, because he had to go, we all have to go sometime. He knew that everythings was done to the best, and did not want anyone to cry. He said, what will be, will be; and God will take care of it all, just rejoice.

Survivors include: his wife, Flora Williams; his devoted children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; nephews, nieces, one sister, Essie Thatcher of Memphis, Tenn.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

ORDER OF SERVICE
Macon, Mississippi

Organ prelude
Processional……Congregation standing
Hymn…..[“#207 God will take care of you” was handwritten on my mother’s copy of the obituary]
Prayer
Scripture
Selection…..”Precious Lord”
Resolutions
Acknowledgements…..[“Mrs. Essie D. Spann” was handwritten on my mother’s copy of the obituary]
Obituary…..[“Mrs. Guineva D. Brown” was handwritten on my mother’s copy of the obituary]
Remarks…..[“Mr. Julius Mason” was handwritten on my mother’s copy of the obituary]
Selection…..”He’ll understand and say well done”
Eulogy…..”Rev. James _____, Pastor” was handwritten on my mother’s copy of the obituary]
Reviewal
Recessional

Interment
New Hope Cemetery
Macon, Mississippi

Cockrell Funeral Home, In charge
Macon, Mississippi

PALLBEARERS

Friends

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The family wishes at this time to extend their sincere thanks and deep gratitude and most of all appreciation for the many expressions of sympathy, and the act of kindness and consideration shown them in their hours of bereavement.

“LOVING MEMORIES”

Dark shadow fall in the lives of us all. Sickness and sorrow come to us all; but through it we grow and learn to stand tall. His gentle face, a patient smile with sadness we recall, he had a kind word for each, and died beloved by all.

Although I have left you in this life, I have no more pains, struggle, or strife, so please do not cry, do not worry or grieve. God knows what is best, and He will comfort the bereaved.

Daddy, you are not forgotten, nor will you ever be; as long as life and memory last, we will remember thee. Our hearts are sore, as time goes by, we will miss you more; your loving smile, your gentle face, no one can fill your vacant place.

-The family

A.R. Leak Funeral Home
7838 So. Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60619

(No known obituary is available in the newspaper)

Photo Credit: Earl WILSON, Library Of Congress, Family Search, Internet Archive

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William Lloyd SLEDGE

Noxubee County hospital where William was born. I wonder how it looked in the 60's
Noxubee County hospital where William was born. I wonder how it looked in the 60’s

PROFILE:

Name: William Lloyd SLEDGE

Known AKA: none

Surname Variations: SLUDGE/SLUDG

DOB: 22 Jun 1967 in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

DOD: 22 Jun 1967 in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

Father: Lee JOHNSON

Mother: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

Siblings: Billy, Tara, Tina

Spouse: none

Children: none

TIMELINE:

22 Jun 1967: Birth in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1967 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA death certificate)

22 Jun 1967: Death in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA (1967 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA death certificate)

23 Jun 1967: Burial in unknown cemetery in Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA (1967 Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi, USA death certificate)

NOTES: Mama was six months into her second pregnancy and while out walking, she went into premature labor with William. He only lived for two hours and the loss was so painful that she could not bear to look at him. I do not know if he had a funeral but she said his father buried him [somewhere in Macon, Noxubee County]. When we visited Mississippi in 1985, we visited his grave and took pictures of the simple marker. There were so many tall grasses and weeds, we were told to be careful where we stepped because of snakes. I immediately thought of the cottonmouth moccasins for some reason although I didn’t know if the cemetery was near any water. For obvious reasons, Mama did not like to talk about William’s death so I could glean very little information from her. However she told me a lot about his father, if only I could remember his name. I hope one day, if he is still alive, he will read this page and contact me. I have so many questions that need answering and sadly Mama is not here to help me.

2 September 2012 update: Thanks to my brother Billy for asking Mama’s sister, Edna, for the name of William’s father. Thanks also to A’Edna! I hope to find out next if William’s surname is SLEDGE or JOHNSON.

21 September 2013 update: At last I now know my brother’s full name and that he survived 9 more hours than was previously thought. Maybe I heard Mama wrong or she forgot. Even though Mama is actually a WILLIAMS, her mother gave her the Sledge surname. My brother Billy is really a SANDERS and William is a JOHNSON but Mama gave them the SLEDGE surname. There is something about that SLEDGE name! But I think the shocker was that it appears she named William after her brother, William Lloyd BELL (Uncle Cot). Its highly possible since Mama named Billy (Lil Bill) after Aunt Edna’s husband, Billy DAVIS, due to his being in the Vietnam War. Maybe Mama did the same for Uncle Cot if he was in the Vietnam War? I will have to ask Aunt Edna.

16 October 2013: My sister Tina asked A’Edna and Uncle Cot if Mama named William after him. A’Edna then talked to Uncle Cot but either one of them knew. A’Edna and Tina think Mama did this because Uncle Cot was in the military at the time. I guess we’ll never really know but its nice to think she would do that for her brother.

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS

1967 Mississippi Death Certificate
Name: William Lloyd Sledge
Date of death: 22 Jun 1967
Place of death: Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi
Father’s name:
Mother’s maiden name: Margaret Sledge
Informant: Margaret Sledge

Find A Grave Memorial
http://bit.ly/1dzhbf5
Name: William Lloyd Sledge
Birth: Jun. 22, 1967
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Jun. 22, 1967
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Bio: http://bit.ly/1fOElRk
Family links:
Parents: Margaret Ruth Sledge Gregory (1950 – 2006)
Burial: Unknown
Specifically: Cemetery indicated as unknown on death certificate
Created by: Tara R. Gregory
Record added: Feb 09, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 124846907

Obituary/Funeral Program
None available as of this time.

Photo Credit: Noxubee County Economic and Community Development Alliance

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Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

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Left: Mama (about 12 years old) with her sister Mable Roy in Macon, Mississippi. Right: page 1 of funeral program

Name: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

Known AKA: Ree, Reese, Red, Lil Margaret

Surname Variations: SLUDGE, SLUDG

DOB: 21 Feb 1950 in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

DOD: 27 Oct 2006 in St. Louis, Florissant, Missouri, USA

Father: Sam WILLIAMS Sr

Mother: Lillian C. SLEDGE

Siblings from her father and Mattie Lee: Woodrow/Woodie, Earnest, Lee, Sam Jr, Hardie, Odell “Red/Pain”, James, Ruth O., Olivia (all siblings have the surname WILLIAMS)

Siblings from her father and Ida Frierson: Florence Jean/Jean

Siblings from her mother: Mable Roy BELL, Oliver “Fat” BELL, Edna Z. BELL, William Lloyd “Cot” BELL, Wade SLEDGE, Jean/Gene, Carlene

Spouse: Curtis Allen GREGORY

Children with Curtis Allen GREGORY: Tara, Tina

Children with Joseph K SANDERS: Billy

Children with Lee JOHNSON: William Lloyd

TIMELINE:

21 Feb 1950: Birth in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

1950-1968: Resident of Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, USA

1972: Marriage to Curtis Allen GREGORY

1987: Divorce from Curtis Allen GREGORY

1968-2006: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA

27 Oct 2006: Death in St. Louis, Florissant, Missouri, USA

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4 Nov 2006: Burial in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

NOTES:

Mama grew up in the small town of Macon, Mississippi where everyone knew your business before you did. I do not know exactly how her parents met but I do know that parts of his land bordered the back of Grandmama Lillian’s house and she worked in his grocery store.

Mama loved to tell stories of life in the old days. She and her cousins had an amazingly carefree life coming of age in the Jim Crow South. They swam and fished in the creeks, eating turtle and frog legs (yuck). They paid a dime for a hamburger and ate it at the movie theater, paying a quarter for admission. They played softball in the fields where she broke her wrist. It was an even less than memorable occasion because her father was passing by at the time and at the moment when she broke her wrist, she said “shoot” and he thought she said, “sh*t” so he whupped her for that. My favorite recollection of Mama’s childhood memories was of her picking cotton. A truck would come to pick them up at dawn before school to take them to a cotton pickin’ farm. They would put rocks at the bottom of their bags to make it weigh more and get more wages. While it was not an honest way to make extra cash, I understand how they could do it in the context of survival. Farmers just did not compensate them enough for their hard earned labor and some probably cheated them too.

At seven years of age, Mama was a student at a segregated school in Macon. Integration of schools in Noxubee County did not happen until 1970! Billy’s paternal grandfather, Reverand Benny SANDERS Sr, was one of the bi-racial committee members serving on the Noxubee County Board of Education trying to find a solution for the boycott against public school integration. It was a mess but I digress. Mama’s favorite subjects were math and history. She was on the basketball team. The woman loved her sports! Watching basketball, football and baseball with her were always full of laughter and fun.

Mama had wanted to go to college to play the piano and be a singer. She had a lovely voice and if I close my eyes now, I can still hear her singing.

By 1967, Mama was a young mother to my brother Billy. Her second child, William, was born prematurely and only lived about 11 hours. A short time afterwards, she migrated to St. Louis, Missouri with her sister, Edna. She got a job working at White Castle as a car hop and met Daddy this way. They were married 14 years before divorcing. However they continued to have an amicable relationship while raising me and my siblings.

Daddy wanted Mama to stay home and take care of us. She thought that was one of the best things she could have done for her children. Being a stay-at-home mother allowed her to be very involved in our education. While going to public schools, we didn’t ride buses but we usually lived within walking distance of our schools and she was very devoted at walking us to and from. Just to have that kiss and hug before school was comforting and the excitement at seeing her face again at the end of a long day of learning was everything. Two incidents which she liked to revisit and have us laughing at were: 1) being called to Simmons-Marshall School when my brother Billy would fall out on the playground playing dead one too many times 2) the day she couldn’t walk me to school and it fell upon Billy and his friends to drop me off. That day she opened the door to find that I had walked home from school at only 4 years of age because he had left me at the school’s gate instead of taking me inside. Mama said I had an angel guiding me…I wonder if it was that man I encountered along the way and stopped to talk to. I wish I could remember the conversation! (I vaguely remember Charles Henry Turner school but Billy says it was actually St. Matthew’s Catholic church school).

Mama volunteered at McKinley Elementary School where me and my sister, Tina, were enrolled. This eventually landed her a job as the ice cream lady working in the cafeteria where she could also see me and Tina when we came to eat. We could get ice cream on the days she didn’t have any money…on credit…then it came out of her check haha! Credit was also extended to teachers and staff because she was nice like that and the administration trusted her. In the end, she always collected from whoever owed because the trust was mutual and she was an excellent bookkeeper. The other jobs that she held were as a car hop and cashier at White Castle (where she first met Daddy), a cashier at Uncle Richard’s liquor store, Woolworth, La Merite Bridal Shop, Family Dollar, Burger King and a fast food pizza restaurant inside the famed Admiral boat. She worked mostly in retail and food service which suited her talkative and lively personality.

Mama died of pneumonia and cirrhosis of the liver (not related to alcohol) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She was always a beautiful person, inside and out, kind, caring and forgiving. She was also a people person with a great sense of humor, just like my father, and was quite the talker. Many a time she cracked us up with her sayings, of which there are way too many to list here. Family was dear to her and she kept in touch with hers and my father’s. There are two holes in my heart that can never be patched up, one for my father and one for her.

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Top left: page 4 of funeral program. Top right: headstone in Calvary Cemetery. Bottom: burial index, Archdiocese of St. Louis

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

1950 Birth Certificate
State of Missouri
State file no: 123-50
Name: Margaret Ruth Sledge
Date of birth: 21 Feb 1950
Place of birth: Macon, Noxubee County, Mississippi
Name of father:
Birthplace of father:
Name of mother: Lillian Sledge
Birthplace of mother: Noxubee County, Mississippi
Informant:

1957 Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
LIST OF EDUCABLE CHILDREN
County: Noxubee
Town: Macon
Street or R. F. D.:
School Dist.:
Attendance Center: Macon (Separate) Col.
Race: Negro
Names of Parents or Guardians (Family Name): Sledge, Lillian
Names of Children (GIven Name): Sledge, Margaret
Line number: 24
Age: 7
Month Born: Feb
Sex: female
School:
Ward:
Address:
Sec. T. R.:
Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957
Digital Folder Number 004625773
Image Number 01249

2006 Death Certificate
State of Missouri
State file no: 124-06203663
Name: Margaret Ruth Gregory
Date of death: 27 Oct 2006
Place of death: St. Louis, Missouri [county]
Name of father: Sam Williams
Name of mother: Lillian Sledge
Informant: [private]

United States Social Security Death Index
first name: Margaret
middle name: R
last name: Gregory
name suffix:
birth date: 21 February 1950
social security number: XXX-XX-XXXX
place of issuance: Mississippi
last residence: Florissant, Saint louis, Missouri
zip code of last residence: 63032
death date: 27 October 2006
estimated age at death: 56

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“My mama was a shining example of forgiveness ever since I can remember. If someone hurt her, she would usually not respond in kind and turn the other cheek” (TRG)

Obituary/Funeral Program

Margaret Ruth Gregory February 21, 1950 – October 27, 2006. Birthplace: Macon, Mississippi. Resided In: St. Louis MO. Funeral Home: Austin Layne Mortuary [7239 West Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63136, E-mail: info@laynemortuary.com, Web Site: http://www.laynemortuary.com. Visitation: 4-7pm, November 03, 2006. Service: 9am, November 04, 2006. Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery [5239 W. Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63115, 11:15am, November 04, 2006].

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Margaret Ruth Gregory
Saturday, November 4, 2006, 9:00am
Austin Layne Renaissance Chapel
7302 West Florissant Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63136
Reverend E.G. Shields, Sr., Pastor
Mount Beulah M.B. Church, Officiating

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Margaret Ruth Gregory was born on February 21, 1950 to Lillian Sledge and the late Sam Williams, in Macon, Ms. She departed this life on October 27, 2006.

1957 Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children
1957 Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children

Margaret was educated at Macon High School, in Macon, Mississippi. Margaret enjoyed her school career, often mentioning the pride she felt at being named valedictorian in junior high school. Showing her athletic ability, Margaret played basketball for Macon High School and also played in neighborhood softball games when she could. An equal fan of nature, Margaret remarked on the numerous adventures she had during the spring and summer months.

Margaret confessed hope in Christ at an early age at Second Baptist M.B. Church of Macon, MS. In later years, she continued her faith at St. Peter’s A.M.E. Church in St. Louis. Margaret was a devoted reader of Scripture and loved to sing, especially gospel.

In March of 1966, Margaret gave birth to her son, Billy Johann Sledge. In 1968, she and Billy made the journey to St. Louis, Missouri. During this time, one of her first jobs was a ‘carhop’ at White Castle. It was there she met her soon to be husband. Margaret Ruth Sledge and Curtis Allen Gregory were married on March 24, 1973. Curtis was very proud to become the father of Billy and soon all three welcomed the births of Tara Renee Gregory in January of 1975 and Tina Nicole Gregory in March of 1976.

1.  The house on 3915 St. Louis Ave where at only 4 years old, I mysteriously found my way back to it from my school 2. Simmons-Marshall School where Billy attended, it was right down the street from our house 3. The front of Charles Henry Turner School, where I went to head start? It looks so familiar, especially on the side where the gate leads to the playground. I wish Mama were here to confirm 4.  The side of Charles Henry Turner School. You can see the Simmons-Marshall School in the background 5. The front of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades KG-3 with gym on 2nd floor and cafeteria in the basement 6. The back and side of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades KG-3, attached gymnasium in foreground 7. What used to be the front of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades 4-6, administration, music and library. Now demolished as of 2011. I spent my last year in 4th grade here before being bused the next school year to a predominantly white school in Fenton, Missouri for participation in the "desegregation program". I was SO happy at McKinley and was sad to leave but I understand that Mama just wanted a better education for me and Tina
1. The house on 4925 St. Louis Ave where at only 4 years old, I mysteriously found my way back to it from my school 2. Simmons-Marshall School where Billy attended, it was right down the street from our house 3. The front of Charles Henry Turner School, where I went to head start? It looks so familiar, especially on the side where the gate leads to the playground. I wish Mama were here to confirm 4. The side of Charles Henry Turner School. You can see the Simmons-Marshall School in the background 5. The front of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades KG-3 with gym on 2nd floor and cafeteria in the basement 6. The back and side of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades KG-3, attached gymnasium in foreground 7. What used to be the front of the McKinley Elementary School building for grades 4-6, administration, music and library. Now demolished as of 2011. I spent my last year in 4th grade here before being bused the next school year to a predominantly white school in Fenton, Missouri for participation in the “desegregation program”. I was SO happy at McKinley and was sad to leave but I understand that Mama just wanted a better education for me and Tina

Margaret’s life was full of loving and nurturing her children. She worked diligently as a housewife to make sure that they had the necessary comforts in life, often doing without them herself. Margaret also worked in the retail industry and volunteered at her children’s schools. In later years, Margaret’s volunteer work in the field of education turned employment. This led to a lifelong love of helping and creating joy in the life of each child she met. Margaret worked for Emerson Family YMCA and also Normandy School District.

Although divorced from Curtis, she was saddened by his death in 1994. Margaret’s love of people knew no bounds. If you talked to her for five minutes, you knew her and she never forgot you. She felt that three of her greatest accomplishments were her children and she shared tremendously in their success, watching each one graduate from college. Her latest joy was being able to help raise her first grandchild, Omar Nafel Alenazi.

Margaret leaves to mourn her passing: a loving mother, Lillian Sledge of Macon, Ms; three children, Billy of St. Louis, MO, Tara of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Tina of St. Louis, MO; her grandson, Omar of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Five siblings (born to Lillian Sledge), Jean Holman and William Bell of Memphis, TN, Carlene Graham and Wade Sledge of Macon, MS, and Edna Davis of St. Louis, MO; also leaves, siblings born to her father, Sam Williams a multitude of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Order of Service

Processional
Scripture
Prayer…..Rev. Robert Houston
Selection…..Evlean Colyer
Acknowledgment of Expressions of Sympathy…..Tina Gregory
Tribute…..Tina Gregory
Condolences
Selection…..Rev. L.P. Colyer
Obituary (Read Silenty)…..Soft Music
Eulogy…..Reverend E.G. Shields, Sr. Mount Beulah Missionary Baptist Church
Parting View…..Austin A. Layne Mortuary
Benediction
Recessional

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Acknowledgement

The family of Margaret Ruth Gregory wishes to express their gratitude and appreciation for not only this time of need, but for each moment that you have given her and us over the years. Thank you for your expressions of kindness and love offered through cards, floral arrangements, phone calls, visits, and other equally important acts. May God continue to bless each and everyone. ~The Family

Dear Mama,

Are you really gone? It is difficult, at the very least, to believe. You would be overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and support. It equals the love and support you so willingly bestowed upon each of us, day after day. You never complained and you always gave, even if you didn’t have it to give. You were (and still are in our hearts), one of the best people to have graced this earth. Your intelligence, humor, warmth, and beauty are everlasting. Thank you, thank you, thank you. WE LOVE AND MISS YOU ~Billy, Tara, Tina, and Omar

Pallbearers: Family and friends

Interment: Calvary Cemetery

Services entrusted to:
Austin A. Layne Mortuary, Inc.
7239 West Florissant Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63136
(314) 381-6900

BURIAL:

Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010
Inter #: 512253
Cemetery: CALVARY
Name: Margaret R Gregory
M/F: F
Burial date: 4 Nov 2006
Age: 56
Section: 033
Row:
Lot: 0182

Find A Grave Memorial
Name: Margaret Ruth “Reese/Ree” Sledge Gregory
Birth: Feb. 21, 1950
Macon
Noxubee County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Oct. 27, 2006
Florissant
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-2q
Family links:
Parents:
Sam Williams (1892 – 1979)
Lillian Claudell Sledge (1917 – 2013)
Spouse: Curtis Allen Gregory (1946 – 1994)
Inscription:
Margaret R Gregory
Feb 21, 1950
Oct 27, 2006
Mother of perpetual help pray for us
Note: Age 56
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 033, Lot 0182
Maintained by: Tara R. Gregory
Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: May 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52805669

SOURCES:

Oral history from Margaret Ruth GREGORY nee SLEDGE and Tara Renee GREGORY

1950 Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi birth certificate –> copy of certified copy of birth record from the personal collection of Tara Renee GREGORY –> State of Mississippi –> State Registrar of Vital Statistics –> Jackson, Mississippi –> 19 March 1968 –> http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/31,0,109.html

1957 Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children –> “Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6D-3HRT : accessed 25 September 2015), Margaret Sledge, 1957.

Mississippi Civil Rights Project, History County-By-County –> School Desegregation in Noxubee County –> http://fur.ly/cd57

Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) –> Sovereignty Commission Online –> Sanders, Rev. Benny –> Pages 1-6 –> Elbert Hilliard to MDAH Board, January 24, 1977, Series 1250: Minutes and Related Material, folder “Regular Quarterly Meeting, January 28, 1977,” box 5531, MDAH; Erle Johnston, Mississippi’s Defiant Years, 1953-1973: An Interpretive Documentary with Personal Experiences (Forest, Miss.: Lake Harbor Publishers, 1990), 379-380; Katagiri, The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, 415-418; “Department of Archives and History, Minutes of a Meeting of the Executive Committee Board of Trustees, March 11, 1977,” Series 1250, folder “Executive Committee Meeting, March 11, 1977,” box 5331; Laws of Mississippi, 1977, Chapter 320, 447-448; Clarion-Ledger, January 28, 1977, March 3, 1977, March 7, 1977, March 20, 1977, May 22, 1977; Daily News, January 28, 1977. –> http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/sovcom/colldesc.php

2006 St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri death certificate –> copy of the certified copy of the original from the personal collection of Tara Renee GREGORY –> State of Missouri –> Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> Jefferson City, Missouri –> 1 November 2006 –> http://health.mo.gov/data/vitalrecords

2006 Funeral program –> original from the personal collection of Tara Renee GREGORY –> also published in Obituaries at FuneralNet http://bit.ly/zO4MHB

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VS9G-G2F : accessed 9 November 2015), Margaret R Gregory, 27 Oct 2006; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010 –> Home –> Catholic Cemeteries –> Burial Search –> Calvary –> Lot: 0182 –> http://bit.ly/1aKTgyE

Find A Grave –> Memorial for Margaret Ruth “Reese/Ree” SLEDGE nee GREGORY –> Maintained by TaraG, member #47897707 –> Created by T.V.F.T.H., member #6496806 –> http://bit.ly/MVBVoH

Screen capture of the front of McKinley Elementary School, St. Louis, Missouri (building for grades KG-3 with gym and cafeteria) –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbtd

Screen capture of the side/back of McKinley Elementary School, St. Louis, Missouri (building for grades KG-3 with gym and cafeteria) –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbta

Screen capture of the front of McKinley Elementary School, St. Louis, Missouri (now demolished building for grades 4-6, administration, music and library) –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbti

Screen capture of Simmons-Marshall School on St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbtv

Screen capture of 3915 St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbty

Screen capture of the front of Charles Henry Turner School, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbuk

Screen capture of the side of Charles Henry Turner School, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbum

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Curtis Allen GREGORY

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Top left: Easter in early 90’s. Top right: headstone in Calvary Cemetery. Bottom: burial index, Archdiocese of St. Louis

PROFILE:

Name: Curtis Allen GREGORY

Known AKA: Big Curtis

Surname Variations: none

DOB: 20 Aug 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

DOD: 9 Aug 1994 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Father: Willie Bob GREGORY Sr

Mother: Mary Louise BROUSSARD

Siblings: Sandra, Deborah, Linda, Willie Bob Jr

Spouse: Margaret Ruth SLEDGE

Children: Billy, Tara, Tina

TIMELINE:

20 Aug 1946: Birth in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

1972: Marriage to Margaret Ruth SLEDGE in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

1987: Divorce from Margaret Ruth SLEDGE in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

1946-1994: Resident of St. Louis, Missouri, USA

9 Aug 1994: Death in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

16 Aug 1994: Burial in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

My father was born at this house on 4628 McMillan Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri
My father was born at this house on 4628 McMillan Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri
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The doctor who delivered my father either lived at 4619 McMillan Avenue or had his practice there…or both!

My father was a people person with a big heart and humorous disposition. He was a dapper G and dressed up in suits just to go to the theater to watch a movie. Apparently, my father was born at home and was delivered by a doctor who lived or whose medical office was on the same block, right across the street. He only weighed 2lbs so my grandmother fattened him up with her cooking. He was larger than life and at 6’2, a big man. I loved his big belly…he was a lot to love. They called him Big Curtis and my 5’1 mom, Lil Margaret.

An older picture of Scullin Elementary?
An older picture of Scullin Elementary?
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A more recent picture of Scullin Elementary. We always waited for the Bi-State bus in front of it on North Kingshighway or across the street on the Lee Avenue side of it.

If I am recalling correctly, Daddy went to Scullin Elementary School which was located down the street from Grandmama’s house on Lee Avenue. Coincidentally, my brother Billy and two GREGORY cousins, Doom and Tonya went there too! The school is a casualty of the public school system’s ineptitude, closing its doors to students a final time in 2003. I do not know where Daddy went to middle school but I do know that he graduated from Beaumont High School on Natural Bridge Rd in St. Louis, Missouri where he was a member of the swim team, track team (shot put) and vaguely remember from looking through his yearbook, football.

Top: Beaumont High School on Natural Bridge Road. Bottom: Florissant Valley Community College
Top: Beaumont High School on Natural Bridge Road. Bottom: St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley

Due to a weak heart, he was exempted from serving in the Vietnam war. He met Mama at White Castle when she was working as a car hop and wooed her with roses and record albums. Romantic right? She said he would open up the trunk of his car and show them to her. They were married in 1972 at Grandmama Mary Lou’s house at 4877 Lee Ave, a short time after he had suffered a stroke which made one side of his face droop slightly. It shows up clearly in the wedding photos.

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Uncle Richard’s liquor store, now a day care center. The facade used to have stones on the bottom half. It looks like it has been bricked and painted over. His house is directly in the back separated by an alley, you can see a light brown roof peeking out behind it.

Daddy was multi-skilled and was able to work at various jobs: manager of a theater which was right up his alley since he loved movies, photographer (earned an associate degree in photography from St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley), contractor (all levels of construction and helped his best friend Richard SLEDGE…no relation to my mother that I know of…build his liquor store on Lucas & Hunt Road in Normandy, St. Louis, Missouri from the ground up), hunter (he hunted deer and rabbit with both guns and crossbows), archery, fishing, Boy Scout master, good with fixing cars, a bouncer in nightclubs and a private investigator.

My father indulged in good food (the saltier the better) and would wash it down with his favorite drinks, either Pepsi or Coke. He ended up with kidney problems and an even weaker heart. When the doctors told him to stop smoking, drinking (alcohol/soda) and eating unhealthy food, he told my mother that he could stop drinking but not smoking and eating. Even though they gave him only 6 months to live, he would not give them up. I guess it was his way of enjoying life before death.

During the last days of his life, he went to visit his father’s grave where I hope he received some solace and made peace with death. He made sure that he went to visit his BROUSSARD family in Texas as that was probably the last time he would see them. It was after that his health started to decline drastically. After being in the hospital for two weeks, he died of multiple organ failure at Jewish Hospital (now called Barnes-Jewish Hospital). A good man, gone too soon.

TRANSCRIPTION OF RECORDS:

1946 Birth Certificate
State of Missouri
State file no: 46956
Name: Curtis Allen Gregory
Date of birth: 20 Aug 1946
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri (city)
Name of father: Willie Bob Gregory
Birthplace of father: Houlka, Mississippi
Name of mother: Mary Louise Broussard
Birthplace of mother: Port Arthur, Texas
Informant: Willie Gregory

1994 Death Certificate
State of Missouri
State file no: 94-203944
Name: Curtis Allen Gregory
Date of death: 9 Aug 1994
Place of death: St. Louis, Missouri (city)
Name of father: Willie Bob Gregory
Name of mother: Mary L Broussard
Informant: Mary L Gregory

United States Social Security Death Index
first name: Curtis
middle name:
last name: Gregory
name suffix:
birth date: 20 August 1946
social security number: XXX-XX-XXXX
place of issuance: Missouri
last residence: Missouri
zip code of last residence: 63115
death date: 9 August 1994
estimated age at death: 48

United States Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
Name: Curtis Allen Gregory
[Curtis Gregory]
SSN: XXXXXXXXX
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Birth Date: 20 Aug 1946
Birth Place: St Louis, Missouri
Death Date: 9 Aug 1994
Death Certificate Number: 203944
Type of Claim: Original SSN.
Notes: Sep 1966: Name listed as CURTIS ALLEN GREGORY; 19 Jun 1998: Name listed as CURTIS GREGORY

BURIAL:

Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010
Inter #: 457157
Cemetery: CALVARY
Name: Curtis A Gregory
M/F: M
Burial date: 16 Aug 1994
Age: 47 [incorrect; he was 46 at the time of his burial]
Section: 017A
Row:
Lot: 0495

Find A Grave Memorial
Name: Curtis Allen “Big Curtis” Gregory
Birth: Aug. 20, 1946
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Death: Aug. 9, 1994
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Bio: http://wp.me/p2v72Z-2l
Family links:
Parents:
Willie Bob Gregory (1913 – 1970)
Mary Louise Broussard Gregory (1924 – 2001)
Spouse: Margaret Ruth Sledge Gregory (1950 – 2006)
Inscription:
Curtis Allen
1946-1994
Mother of perpetual help pray for us
Gregory
Note: Age 46 [age incorrectly given as 47 on website of Archdiocese of St. Louis website]
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 017A, Lot 495
Maintained by: Tara R. Gregory
Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: May 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52805636

OBITUARY/FUNERAL PROGRAM:

There is a funeral program but it is not in my possession at this time. So far no obituary has been located in the newspapers.

SOURCES:

1. Oral history from Margaret Ruth GREGORY nee SLEDGE and Tara Renee GREGORY

2. 1946 St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri birth certificate –> VitalCheck, A LexisNexis Company –> Birth Certificates –> Bureau of Vital Records of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> http://bit.ly/1aKW0fv

3. 1946 St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri birth certificate –> Derivative copy from original –> From the personal records of Tara Renee GREGORY –> Bureau of Vital Records of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services –> http://health.mo.gov/index.php

4. “United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J1RG-CMZ : accessed 4 November 2015), Curtis Gregory, 09 Aug 1994; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

5. Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007 –> http://bit.ly/Mabvjx

6. Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007 –> http://fur.ly/cbl2

7. Burial Index of Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1700-2010 –> Home –> Catholic Cemeteries –> Burial Search –> Calvary –> Lot: 0495 –> http://bit.ly/1bb1FWZ

8. Find A Grave –> Memorial for Curtis Allen “Big Curtis” Gregory –> Maintained by TaraG, member #47897707 –> Originally created by T.V.F.T.H., member #46496806 –> http://bit.ly/Of7ew2

9. Screen capture of Uncle Richard’s liquor store –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbqj

10. Screen capture of 4619 McMillan Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbql

11. Screen capture of 4628 McMillan Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri –> Google Maps –> http://fur.ly/cbqm

12. Black and white image of Scullin Elementary, North Kingshighway, St. Louis, Missouri –> St. Louis Landmarks, Association of St. Louis, Inc. –> St. Louis Public Schools: A Look at Buildings Affected by Closings –> Milligan Schools –> http://www.landmarks-stl.org/images/uploads/scullin_thumb.jpg

13. Color image of Scullin Elementary, North Kingshighway, St. Louis, Missouri –> Built St. Louis –> Site navigation: site map/search the site –> The Ittner / Milligan Legacy –> Scullin –> second picture –> http://www.builtstlouis.net/schools/images/scullin2.jpg

14. Image of Beaumont High School, Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Missouri –> Built St. Louis –> Site navigation: site map/search the site –> The Ittner / Milligan Legacy –> Beaumont High School –> first picture –> http://www.builtstlouis.net/schools/ittner07.html

15. Saint Louis Public Schools –> Surplus Properties –> Scullin School –> http://www.slps.org/Page/27728

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Welcome To My Genealogy Blog

This blog was created to help me organize my genealogy research and act as a backup system and repository for all of the information I have collected thus far and will continue to collect. I will be adding more to the family tree as they are found. BROUSSARD, GREGORY, SLEDGE and WILLIAMS are the main surnames in my family tree but are not excluded to those particular surnames (see the image below). DUCK and SANDERS are the surnames that I am researching for my brother (he has a different father). I intend to upload photos, certificates, newspaper articles, etc., with or without transcription. If you’d like to keep up with new posts, either click “follow by email” or enter your email address (located on the sidebar). Feel free to email me if you have additional information on any of these families or have questions: taragregory.bgsw@yahoo.com

Regards,

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We have family in LA, TX, MO, CA, SC, VA, TN, IL, MS, PA.

All surnames in the family tree so far are in the image below. Can you spot your surname? If not, submit it by following the instructions on this page, COLLECTION OF NAMES FOR FAMILY TREE.