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The Rawls Family

Shirlen Baldwin February 22, 2012
The Rawls Family

The Rawls Family

The Rawls Family is my Mother’s side. This picture was taken around 1905 or 1906 in Pembroke, Ga. My Great Grandparents {Minnie Byrd & Handy Rawls} were married Nov.27,1885, they had 9 children{ Chester,Starling,Gerdell, Emory.Rhobena, Handy Jr., Elizabeth *My Grandmother*,Minnie,& Elminie} Handy aka Handy had 343 Acres of land in Nevils Georgia ( All of his land was paid off by 1901). He was a good business man,he had a Mill for grinding corn for meal for black and white folks,he used his pine trees For Turpentine he had contracts with the Turpentine Companies in Bryan County), he had a little store on his land for selling goods(He would go to Savannah, Georgia to get his supplies). And his Wife and Children would work on the farm and run the little store, he would work odd jobs to make sure that his family had what they needed.

Hamp (Handy)Rawls (1864-1918) & Minnie Byrd-Rawls (1862-1936)
Home Church :Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Brooklet, Ga

I have all the Deeds,Marriage Records,Death Records,one Will with the Rawls Slaves on it, and the half Brothers & Sisters.

Grandmother Hagans

Grandmother Hagans

On the picture my Grandmother is the 4th from the left (Mrs. Elizabeth “Eliza” Rawls- Hagans) Born Dec. 9,1896 – Jan. 15, 1954

The woman on the other picture is my Grandmother.

I have be bless to have research all four sides of my family and I can now tell my parents and other relatives about what I have found that they didn’t know about. And that feels Good.

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  • Dee McPhersonn

    April 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    What a wonderful story.

  • Garth Tuttle

    June 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    When I was still married, and my childrren were little (that’s relative ) we learned of hteir mother’s known ancestors, one of whom, Mary Amos (maiden name unknown) , my x’s 2g grandmohter, when her son Randal was young remarried to a George Bird (mind that I just assumed it was spelled with an i, whereas of course it could have been a y) – she, at least , was from Alabama – I think (alas htat I did not record it ) that the church MR. Amos later founded in FT. Worth was named for the town in Alabama they came from
    anyway, I wonder whether Mr. Bird Was from the same background as your ancestor …

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