January 1 1863
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
In 1863, she was a slave likely in Franklin County, MS
Mary Jane Byrd Markham was born about 1855. At the end of the Civil War, she was motherless, homeless and alone. My great grandfather Monroe Markham knowing Mary was alone made the decision that she would be his wife. Although Monroe's parents James and Marilda Markham separated during the War, his parents and siblings remained in the same general area.
The first of Monroe and Mary's 15 children was born in 1872 and the last one was born in 1903. They remained together until death.
Monroe and Mary were my mother's maternal grandparents.