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Juanita Spencer - Shepherd, by her Grandmother Emma Kendricks - Brooks Hainesville, Alabama (Lownes county) 1799 Birmingham, Alabama It was told to me by my Mother

Emma Kendricks was born two years before the end of slavery. Her Mother was a black woman, housekeeper to Mr. Kendricks. Mr. Kendricks fathered Emma, and took pride in letting people know that she was his child. He had one other child, a son name George. Mr. Kendricks wife was very jealous of Emma and the fact that Mr. Kendricks owned up to her birth. When, he died, his Father came and got Emma, took her to town and registered her land that her Father had left her because he knew that Mr. Kendricks' wife would not give it to her. Emma married Jasper Brooks, who was raised by the cook in his master house after his parents died. At age 12 he became the house boy and he lived in the big house with his master.

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