I love this picture of my Great Grandfather because up until the year of 1999, (When I was 33 years old) I didn’t even know my GG Grandfather’s name. I didn’t know where my paternal GG Grandfather was from. I didn’t even know that he existed.
My Nephew Ulysses (12 at the time and since deceased) had a Genealogy project due for his History class. He came to me for help and I was unable to help him past the second generation on both the paternal and maternal sides of the family. I questioned my parents and got nowhere. My Father told me that he thought his Grandfather’s name was Guy Brodie and that he died long before he was born. I was at a standstill, because I couldn’t go to my Grandfather (My Dad’s, Father) for information because he passed back in June of 1985.
To make a long story short, after 10 years of research, I not only found out who he was and from where he came, but I found a picture of him as well. I never thought I would see his handsome face or know much about him. Much to my surprise… I have tons of info, dating back to 1754. (I am still researching…)
Guy Brodie was born a slave in 1862 to Alfred Brodie b. 1830 (slave) and Margaret Corley Brodie b. 1823. Guy’s father Alfred was born to Thomas Brodie (b.1807, white, slave master’s brother) and Violet Kitchings Brodie (b. 1810/12 Slave). Guy was born on Oakgrove Plantation in Kitchings Mills (Aiken County) South Carolina. Guy Brodie could read and write and worked on a train. He married Mahulda Scott b. 1878. (Mulatto, could pass for white) They moved to Cook County, Chicago Illinois in 1898 to start their family. During their travels from SC to Chicago, Mahulda, his wife had to pretend that Guy was her servant to keep him safe from harm. They had seven children and a decent home in Chicago. Guy Brodie died May 6th 1913 to Stomach Cancer.
Mahulda Scott Brodie moved back to South Carolina shortly after Guy’s death to be near her family. Seven years later she remarried. This is why no one had much information about Guy Brodie. She took on her new husband’s last name and started a new life in Philadelphia. Her children kept Guy’s last
name, “Brodie” but left the history and name “Guy Brodie” buried in South Carolina.
Guy’s photo means a lot to me because my genealogical sleuthing paid off, BIG TIME. Funny thing is, my oldest Brother looks a lot like Guy. (The family resemblance is strong!) Just to see him and know about him makes me proud to be his GG grand-daughter. I know his soul must have sung the day I found him.