Thursday, October 21, 2010

Different Races

I had this idea to blog on different races. As I look at my family lineage, there are a varieties of ethnic groups that make up where my background comes from. There are Black Americas, Black Africans, African Americas, American Indians, Mulattoes, Whites, and so forth that are connected with my lineage.

I can't recall when I knew that there were different races in our family. On my mother's father's side: I heard that Great Grandpa Robert L. Lankford had a half sister named Mamie. She was half white. She was said to have been daughter of slave master Morton.

There is little know of Mamie Morton. She was born in Ky. She did keep contact with Great Grandpa Robert.

What's so amazing, some of the Mortons lived in the city where Great Grandpa Robert resided in MO. When my mother's father Leo, ( Robert's son) passed away, one of the Mortons attended his funeral in Sept of 1954.

I don't know when the Lankford family came from KY to MO. But Great Grandpa Robert's last name may have been changed. Morton was believed to have been the slave name.

Back in the days, people seemed to be hush hush about things. There were things people didn't talk about. I think that there are some who are embarrassed that the races mixed. Even more so had off springs.

While I was growing up, I can't recall when I first saw "mix" couples. When I looked at family photos. I noticed different "shades" of people. Some looked white.

I can say that I have relatives who are of another "color" than I am. I'm not embarrassed. I have white, mulatto and Mexican in laws and cousins. Yes, even nieces and nephews of other races.

I think it's in how we believe and see things in life. God created us in His image. God is HUMAN. We are of the HUMAN Race. I had a thought. We can't marry out of our race. There is only one RACE. That's the HUMAN RACE.

May we appreciate our family heritage. May we learn about our family history. May we see that the spirit of the person is what we should look at...

While On The Journey...
Different Races

There is ONE race.
That's the human race.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dade Connections: Mary Ann DADE MADISON

The Frances OVINGTON DADE Connections.

Frances was my mother's father's mother's mother
Frances had 14 children.
Through research, I have come across 4 of them.

(My mother's father's mother)
4.) Charlotta DADE LANKFORD
1852 - 1924

3.) Louis Newton DADE
1847 - 1937

1836 - 1921
I can't remember when I came across Mary Ann Dade.
I first saw her name on the MO death records.
One day I was searching of Dades in Lewis County MO.
That's when I found Mary Ann MADISON's Death Record.
I read who her parents were.
I saw the Frances OVINGTON DADE Connections

According to Mary Ann Dade Madison's death record, she was born on Nov 16, 1836. Through other research I can conclude that she was the daughter of Frances (OVINGTON) and Isaac DADE.

Mary Ann married George Madison om July 22, 1865.
On their marriage record they listed 2 children prior to the marriage.
Sarah Jane Madsion aot 5 and William Henry Madison about 2.

Mary Ann and George had a slave marriage in 1857.
Mary Ann was the mother of 7 children.
She died on Dec 24, 1921 in Canton MO.

After searching the census and marriage records this is was I came up with.
Mary Ann and George Dade on the MO census records. With their children...
Sarah Jane Madison 
born about 1860
William Henry Madison born about 1862
William married Hannah Jane Ashby on August 14, 1881

Margaret Madison
about 1865
Sarilda Madison
about 1869
Elizabeth Madison
 about 1869
Thomas Madison
about 1871
Unknown Madison

On the  1870 MO Census
Mary Ann age 27 MO born in 1843.
She was keeping house. White with 5 children

On  the 1880 MO Census
Mary A. was 45 born in 1835

On  the 1900 MO Census
Mary A. MAAISON was 63 MO in 1830
Mother of 7 with 2 living. Year of marriage 1857.
Her mother Frances Dade black/ white  age 101 KY Born was in her household.

On the 1910 MO Census
 Mary was a widow. Age 73 MO born in 1837.
Black living with daughter Essie M. Wilson MO born about 1890
 and granddaughter Opal Wilson  MO born about 1908

On the 1920 MO Census
Mary owned her home. age 84 MO born 1836 Black
Living with daughter Essie M. Wilson
and granddaughter Opal GAYNER born about 1909.

There's not much more that I have come across on
Mary Ann and George Madison.
I Believe that there are some descendants on Mary Ann and George Madison.

Maybe one day someone will have that desire to learn more about their family history. They will start their journey ontheir family history. They may even think that that's how far can they go back.

Staying On The Journey,

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Was Addison L. Lankford And Louis A. Lankford The Same Person?

This information came on: 8 June 2010. I was going through some records and found different spellings of Lankford surname. I was trying to figure out if my Great Grandparent's son, Louis Lankford and Add Lankford were two people. They appeared to be two people. But I found out that he was one person.

Well, that mystery is solved! Louis and Add were the same person. Louis Adward Lankford went by Add Lankford. Add was his middle name or his nickname Add.

On, I had Louis Lankford and Add / Addison Lankford as two different people. I had to transfer what information I had on Addison to Louis' profile. It was a task to do but I got it done.

While I was doing my research, I never thought that Louis and Add were the same person. But as I was doing my research things didn't match up. Until I talked with my Aunt Josie. She said she hadn't heard of a Louis Lankford. For some reason Louis went by his middle name.

This was what didn't match of on my research. I found an Addison S. Lankford... Addison L. Lankford. This made me think about Louis A. Lankford.

I only found Add or Addie on the 1900 census. Addison S. or Addison L. was born about 1881. I've searched the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 censuses.

Louis Addison born about Jan of 1882. I thought about some things after finding the 1900 census. The Lankford surname was spelled Sankford. What confusion.

All the L's were S's.  Addison S. could have been Addison L. Lankford.  That's when it hit me. Louis could have been his middle name.

The 1900 census states that Charlotta had 10 children. While the 1920 census appears that there were 11 children.  Only 9 children were living in 1900.  Jennie may have died before 1900. But there was a still born born in 1893.

The big question was
Was Addison L. and Louis A. Lankford the same person?

I though of things while on my search...Louis could have went by his middle name...  Indeed Louis and Addison were the same person. I'm glad that the mystery was solved.
So, I though that I needed to write something about Uncle Louis life. He played profession baseball during the negro league in the early 1900's. He was married to Virgie. They had no children together. Louis had children by two other women.  He was the father of 4.  Louis passed away in June of 1967 in New York.
Staying On The Journey,

I have learned so things about searching. I begin to see if the person had a nickname. Or what was their middle names. I have discovered there were some who went by their middle names.