Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Work on Negro School to Start Soon

The Alexander High School Football - Big 8 Champions 1939 of Brookhaven, Mississippi, standing in front of a building, which might be the new one referred to in the newspaper article below. The start of the new building was in 1936.

The next big project up for the WPA will be the negro school building, which will cost over $35,000 according to present estimates. It will be a modern, brick veneer building and one that should be a credit to the community. Work should be underway in the next two or three weeks.

The present school is badly in need of replacing and there are few who do not rejoice with our colored friends in the fact that this dilapidated building is to be replaced with an attractive, efficiently planned one.

1st row - George Evans - trainer, Earl Dickson, J.C. Blackwell, Willie McDaniel, Lamar Lenoir, John Dow, Mack Smith - trainer

2nd row - Leroy Wilson, John Collins, Joseph Levi, Leander Wells, Willie McGee, David Crump, James Crump

3rd row - Robert Wesley, Edward Spencer, Frank Cook, David Smith, Murray Crushon, Roscoe Brown, Jack Evans, Charles Hunter, Robert Green

4th row - Coach Robert Wolf, H.E. Brown - trainer, James Albert Davis, Robert Johnson, Sterling Culver, Gerald Smith, J. May, E.W. Wesley, Woodrow Coleman, Robert Green, Tommy Hill - trainer, and Head Coach C.N. Buchanan, and J.W. McDaniel, J. E. Smith

Photograph Courtesy of Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Library
100 South Jackson Street
Brookhaven, MS 39601

Lincoln County Times
Jan 11 1936
Brookhaven, MS

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day - 2015

Mozell Ball
World War II
Son of Alex Ball and Adla Jackson
Husband of Lue Dora Coleman

How does Mozell Ball connect to my family tree?
Lue Dora Coleman, Mozell's wife, was the daughter of Smylie Coleman and Joanna Benson.
Smylie Coleman was the son of Henry Coleman and Eudora "Dora" Markham.
Eudora Markham Coleman and my grandmother, Alice Markham Marshall, were sisters.

Photograph courtesy of Cory Broadnax
Private Collection of Jurlean Coleman Thomas

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Grant and Mary Lyons Markham
b. 1868

Grant Markham 1868-1947
Son of James Markham and Marilda Whitney

Mary Lyons 1868-1940
Daughter of John Lyons and Fannie

The couple's children were:
Addie, Susie, Lillie, Clara, Lucile, Rosa, Ora, Olian(Otis), and Bertrand.

How does the couple connect to my family?
Grant Markham was a brother to my great grandfather,
Monroe Markham.

Photograph Courtesy of Otis Markham, Jr
Direct Descendant of the Couple

Monday, November 2, 2015

Obituary of Ada Bessie Henderson Banks

Katie, Ada, Roosevelt, and Jean

Ada B Banks was born September 17 1919 to the late Walter, Sr., and Pinkie Markham Henderson.

She confessed Christ at an early age and was a faithful and dedicated member of the Zion Chapel AME Church.

She met and married Gilmore W Banks and to this union four children were born.

Ada was called home to receive her wings on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

Ada was preceded in death by her parents Walter, Sr and Pinkie Henderson; her husband, Gilmore W Banks; 5 brothers, Lee, Alustra, Evan, Herman and Walter, and 1 sister, Lenora H Bell.

She is survived by and will be deeply missed by her brother, Willie Lee Henderson (Luvenia); children, Katie Dillion, Roosevelt Banks, and Irma Jean Banks; 11 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

How does Ada connect to my family?
Ada's mother Pinkie Markham Henderson was the daughter of Jacob Markham and Caroline Johnson.
Jacob Markham and my great grandfather, Monroe Markham, were brothers.

Photograph Courtsey of Nathaniel Thomas

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday
Charlie Benson 1878 - 1962

Son of James Benson and Laura Mae Pierce
Husband of Lula Young and Dora Henderson
Father of Joanna, Nannie, Nathaniel, Louada, R W, Laura, Charlie Ray, and Helen

How does Charlie connect to my family?
Charlie's daughter, Joanna, married Smylie Arthur Coleman.
Smylie was the son of Henry Coleman and Eudora "Dora" Markham.
Eudora and my maternal grandmother, Alice Markham Marshall, were siblings.

Photograph courtesy of Cory Broadnax
Direct Descendant of Charlie Benson

Monday, October 26, 2015

Negro Woman Beaten to Death
Officers Believe
June 1936

Cleo James, 25, negress, who was found in a serious condition on railroad tracks just north of town several days before died yesterday in the King's Daughters hospital from head wounds. At first negress claimed she had been struck by a train but Chief-of-Police Smith learned that she later told friends she had been violently beaten by George Humphreys, a negro with whom she had been going and was thrown on the tracks by him following the beating.

Humphreys is in jail here charged with murder.

Cleo's death certificate lists the cause of death , struck by locomotive at Brookhaven, Miss.

How does Cleo James connect to my family tree?
Cleo's accused murderer is on my tree. George Humphrey's descendant married into my Markham family. There are four George Humphreys on my tree. I am not sure, which one of a possible two is the accuser.

Newspaper article from:
Lincoln County Times
Thursday June 18 1936
Brookhaven, Mississippi
Microfilm Number: 30718
Microfilm found at Mississippi Department of Archives and History