Lives no less extraordinary
All of my life I’ve been intrigued by history. The history of people, places and things. When I was a little girl I would listen to the elders in my family talk about family members who had long ago passed on to the next life. They told serious stories, tragic stories and funny ones. I would imagine that I was there and living those lives.
Over the past ten or so years I’ve been engaged in tracing my family’s history. What has been most helpful to me is the fact that I remembered many of the names that I heard in the stories from my childhood. So far I’ve not found any connection to a king (except if you count my 3x great grandfather King Jones), but I have come across many fascinating stories about folks who to the naked eye appear to be quite ordinary.
My 4x great grandfather on my mother’s side was born and raised in New Bern, North Carolina in or about 1818. I have not been able to determine what year he arrived in New Orleans, but according to the 1870 Census, he is married to Fanny Jones and they have three daughters. He is later listed as a Preacher in the 1900 Census. Edmond Jones was the one of the founders of a community settled by former slaves here on the West Bank of New Orleans. The community is referred to as Lower Coast Algiers or Cut-Off. He founded the now 144 year old Second Baptist Church which is still going strong in that very same community. Many of the original families still reside in that community and attend the church to this day.
My father was born and raised in Silver Creek, Mississippi and his 3x great grandfather owned land in that town before slavery ended. Silver Creek was a hotbed for Klan activity and unfortunately many of the African American families who worked hard and purchased land after slavery were terrorized and had much of their land stolen from them, but to this day my family still owns a substantial amount of land in that same community.
There are so many stories that I could tell, but one of the greatest things that I’ve been able to accomplish in doing this research is find information on branches of my family that I never even knew existed. Take for example how I was able to find my great great grandmother’s maiden name, Duck(S)worth. Anna Ducksworth and her family lived in another community not far from the Hall branch in Lawrence County, Silver Creek, MS. Then there is the story of how both of my paternal great grandmothers were best friends and ended up being listed in one another’s households in the 1910 & 1920 census.
I have covered quite a bit of ground in my research, but there is still so much more I hope to discover. I’d like to know exactly when and under what circumstances did Edmond Jones come to New Orleans? According to New Bern, North Carolina history slavery ended there before other parts of the country and many of the former slaves helped the Union Army, so why would he come to a place where slavery was still going on? I’d like to know how and exactly when my 2x great grandfather die. He only shows up in the 1870 and 1880 census still living with his parents and siblings. I’ve been able to find information on his marriage to my 2x great grandmother Lucy Robertson, but I never find them in the census together as a family. I’d like to learn more about 2x great grandfather Marcus Oatis. He is listed in the 1870 census, but I have no clue about who his parents are. SOOO many questions!!
Grandfather’s side (Vincent “Pa”/”Jack Johnson” Noil)
His Mother’s side
Edmund Jones is born in May 1814 in New Bern, North Carolina (and so were both of his parents Charles and Betsy Ann Jones) He was married to Fanny Jones and his daughters were Rosaline, Amelia and Mary. According to the 1880 census he is already a widow living with his son Rene Jones. He is able to read and write and his occupation is listed as Preacher and he owns his own property. The founders of Second Baptist Church were former slaves from the surrounding plantations. On August 25, 1868, the founders met in a house on Ganacheau Plantation (Orleans subdivision). Brother Edmond Jones was subsequently ordained and installed as the pastor by the First District Baptist Association. Reverend Jones pastured 36 years and before his death, God directed him to select Bro. Reason Boyd to succeed him. Reverend Jones died on March 17,1904 and on October 2, 1904 Reason Boyd was ordained and installed as pastor. By 1900 his grandson Thomas Brown is living with him and son Rene. Thomas is also reported to be living with his aunt and uncle Rosaline & King Jones I.
King Jones I, born January 1855 in Louisiana, both of his parents were also born in Louisiana as well. King Married Rosaline (Maiden?) in 1884 and they had 3 children. His wife Rosaline was born May 1860 in Louisiana and both of her parents were born in Virginia. At the time of the 1900 Census their granddaughter also named Rosalie Jones was two years old and living with King and Rosaline (her grandparents). None of their children are still living at home at this time, but it is reported that Rosalie I gave birth to three children and all three were living. This census tells us that King and Rosaline has three other young relatives living with them at this time: Louisa Bell-niece, Thomas Brown-nephew, Gertrude Brown-niece.
William Jones, son of King Jones I and Rosaline Jones I (born March 4, 1878) married Theresa(Johnston) Jones (born December 12, 1881-Died October 9, 1940). They were married on June 12, 1897. To this union 13 children were born; Rosalie Jones, born Thursday, October 19, 1897. Christened at Second Baptist Church, the second Sunday in November 1897; Viola Mainette born November 22, 1898; Albertha Jones born Thursday, June 28, 1900; King Jones born Saturday, November 30, 1901; William Jones, Jr.,( called uncle B’ut) born Friday, September 4, 1903 was christened Sunday October 4, 1903; Errol Piercen Jones born Monday, September 17, 1906 and christened Sunday, October 28, 1906; Hammond Caster Jones born August 14, 1907; Ophelia Cora Jones (called aunt Mena) born Sunday July 4, 1909. All of the above were Christened at Second Baptist Church. Their ninth child, Hettie Jones was born April 13, 1911, but was not listed in the 1920 census. She would have been nine years old at the time, but my assumption is that she died because all the other children were home with their parents at that time. The other children who are not at home are married with families of their own. The 10th child, a boy, was born February 25, 1912, but died five minutes later. Child number eleven is Ralph Chester Jones, born March 3, 1913. Next is Edmund Carre Jones, born Sunday, April 25, 1915. He was christened by Rev. Robert Cole at Pilgrim Baptist Church at the corner of N. Liberty and St. Peters Street. A thirteenth child was born to this couple on July 29, 1916, but was born premature and died shortly thereafter. Theresa Jones, dear wife of William Jones died October 9, 1940 at Charity Hospital from serve asthma. Their oldest daughter was our Great-grandmother Rosaline Jones Noil.
His Father’s side
John Robinson (born 1805 in Virginia) married Charlotte (?) Robinson (born 1800 in South Carolina). They had a son named Robert Robinson in 1845. Robert Robinson married Kitty (maiden name may be Washington) Robinson (b.1855). To this union was born two daughters Sarah Robinson (1868) and Lucy Robinson (1872). NOTE: It is unknown whether Robert was the only child. It is quite possible that there were others who did not live with them, but Robert and Kitty did live with Robert’s parents and Robert and Kitty’s two daughters Sarah and Lucy.
Vincent’s grandmother Lucy Robinson Noel helped raise him, his brothers and sisters. To this day my mother still talks about the memories she has of her grandmother “Ma Maw Lucy.”
Honore’ Noel, born 1835 in Louisiana (No information on his parents). Honore’ married Octavie (maiden?) born 1840 and to this union was born Anne (b. 1860),Caroline(1862), Antoinette (1864), Vincent Noel who was only two months old at the time of this census 1870. According to the 1880 Census the following were add to this union between 1870 and 1880: Louisa (1873), Julia (1875), Emmanuel (1880) and Michael (1880). Honore’ is a farm laborer and Octavie is keeping house. They were residing in New Orleans 14th Ward, 5th District.
Vincent Noel I (born April 1870) and Lucy Robinson (born 1872) were married April 26, 1890. According to the 1910 Census she was 38 years old and already a widow. They had one son Herbert Noel. Information also included in the 1910 census is that she was born in Louisiana, but both of her parents had been born in Virginia. Alone with her 19 year old son she was also living with her 61 year old mother Kitty Robinson (widowed). There is some information to indicate that Kitty may have remarried after the death of Robert and that the second husband was a Washington, but I am not certain of this.
Herbert Noil (born Feb. 18, 1891) married Rosalie Jones (born October 19, 1897-June 18, 1982). They were married January 3, 1912 and to this union was born seven children:
Vincent; Napoleon (born May 27, 1913); Wilbert (Happy); Errian (Papa); Theresa Noil Franklin (b. March 1, 1922-d. September 12, 2007); Deloris(Delo) Noil Wells December 12, 1927-October 23, 2006); Genevieve Noil Wilson (October 19, 1930- still living in Harvey, LA).
Vincent Noil (born May 27, 1912) married Anita Davis (born November 1, 1912) and to this union were born eight children:
Vincent (Tommy) Noil Jr., Lucy Noil Ross, Mervin (Menine) Noil, Rosalie(Mae Wes) Noil Davis, Wilbert (Ted) Noil, William (Nomie) Noil, Anita (Pee-wee) Noil Robertson, Irvin Noil
Grandmother’s side (Anita “lil Ma” Davis Noil)
Her father’s side
William “Pa Buddy” Davis (born June 6, 1882) was the son of Eliza Casher and Bill Davis who was born in Tennessee/step-father Louis Harris/Fredrick. According to the 1900 Census he is 17 and single. Louis Harris is born in Louisiana, but both of his parents are born in Virginia. Louis and Lizza were married in 1890 and at that time William is 7 years of age. Lizza is born October 1853 in Alabama and both of her parents are reported to have been born in Alabama as well. She has only one child, William Davis. William reports that his father was also from Alabama, but I was unable to get a name. New development: The marriage certificate of William “Pa Buddy” Davis and Sophie Franklin (Married March 1955) says that his mother Eliza Casher Davis Fredrick was born in Alabama and father Bill Davis was born in Tennessee. He married Sophie Franklin at the age of 73.
Her mother’s side
According to the 1870 census Lemroy Hughes is living in Lowdnes County, Mississippi, Township 17. He was born in Virginia in or about 1837. Lemroy is a farm laborer and is married to Manervia (maiden?) Hughes who was born in Mississippi. Lemroy and Manervia have three children: George Hughes, Peter Hughes and Sallie Hughes.
Betty “Missy” Hughes (born April 1889) her parents are Peter and Victoria (maiden?) Hughes. At the time of the 1900 Census she was 11 years old and in school. She had 4 siblings (two brothers and two sisters). Peter is born in April 1856. Victoria is born August 1859 in Louisiana and both of her parents are born in Louisiana. Bettie’s brothers and sisters are Henry Hughes, William Hughes, Mary Hughes and Elvidi (Laddie) Hughes.
In the 1910 Census Bettie Hughes is 24 and is widowed. She’s living with someone named Buddy Howard (This person is identified as William “Pa Buddy” Davis). He is recorded as 25 years old, but they are not yet married. Also in the household is Bettie’s 4 year old son Henry Mitchell and her and “Pa Buddy’s” six month old son Calvin Davis. The following children were born to this union:
Josephine Davis Mcgee b. 1903 ( Father William Davis; Mother from North Carolina)
Henry Mitchell b. 1906 (Bettie’s son from a previous marriage).
William Davis Jr. b. 1907 (Father William Davis; Mother from North Carolina)
Ernest Davis b. 1907 (missing from the 1910 census)
Calvin Davis b. 1909
Anita Davis Noil b. November 1, 1913-3/12/2004
Solomon Davis b. 1915
Eliza Davis b. July 4, 1920/d. May 29, 1997
Louis Davis b. September 24, 1921-(still living in Lower Cost Algiers, Boyd Street)
James “Manna” Davis April 5
Amelia “Tae Tae” Davis Brooks b. March 6, 1925-March 26, 2005
Allen Robertson (1826-?) married Matilda(Robertson) Robertson (1830) to this union was born: Lewis (July 1846); Levi (Dec. 1848); Mildred (1850); Wylie (1853); Mary (1855); Joseph (1856); Lucy (1858); George (1860); David (1863); Ann (1875); Mollie (1877); Claudie (1879). note: Matilda was born in Virginia, but this is the furthest I was able to go in her line.
Wylie Robertson (1853-?) married Ellen (Fortenberry) Robertson (1856) on December 27, 1875 and to this union was born: Thomas (1876) Cora (Nov. 1879); John (March 1880); Frank(June 1881); Carrie (August 1883); Jesse (July 4 1885); Lee (June 1891); Lena (Sept. 1894); Babe (June 1897).
Edwin/Edward Hall born 1827 in Holiday (spelled Holleday in the 1880 census) Creek, Covington County, Mississippi. His father and mother Sophia Waddell Hall were both born in North Carolina, his father is not named, but his mother is living with Edwin and his family at the time of this census and is recorded as 80 years old, so she was born in or about 1800.
Edwin’s wife was Louisa/Eliza(?) Hall (b. 1838). Louisa is born in Mississippi and so was her mother, but her father is listed as having been born in Maryland. Edwin and Louisa children are as follows:
Markus(1850); Ambus or Ambrose(1854); Caroline(1856); Daniel Webster(1858); Anna L. Hall(1859); William(1862); Lizzie (Lizabeth) (1864); Mollie(1867); Sorintha(1869); Fannie(1870); Solomon(1872); Erasmus/Cornelius(1873); Mary Jane(1875); Estus(1878); Robert (1881); Alice(1882) also living in the home was their grandson Homer (1873). Both of his parents were born in North Carolina. It appears that his mother was one of the daughters (possibly Caroline), but his father is listed in another census as being from Ireland and he is listed as mulatto. As mentioned earlier Edwin’s mother Sophia Waddell lives there as well and her occupation listed in the 1880 census is nursing.
No information on the family of Louisa, but there is information on Edwin’s older brother Henry Hall who lives right “next door” with his wife and children. In order to keep with the direct line I am not adding their information here.
Isom Duckworth was born in or about 1844 in Mississippi. According to the 1880 census he was residing in Taylorville, Smith County, Mississippi with his spouse Jane Keys Duckworth, who was also born in Mississippi. Isom’s parents were both born in South Carolina. According to the 1880 census Isom and Jane have four children and they are: Jefferson (1871); Irvin (1873); Anna (1875); Marie or Mary Elizabeth (May 10, 1877-Feb. 7, 1947). (NOTE: The in depth information that I’m able to provide for this individual comes as a result of finding a Tennessee, Death Record, 1914-1955 for Marie E. Duckworth Morton in which her parents are listed as Isom Duckworth and Jane Keys). According to the 1900 census the following children are added to this union: Adline (1881); Osberry (1885); Senius (1887); Marvin (1889); Gavin (1890); Minie(1892).
According to the 1880 census Marcus(Markus/Mark) Hall is between 25 and 29 years old and he is married to Celia (?) Hall who is 23 (b. abt 1857). Celia and both of her parents are born in Mississippi. In 1880 the couple have 4 children: Richard (1875); Wellington & Willie or Wally( May 1876); Edwin (June 1874); by 1890 they had Mattie (Oct. 1884); Ida (Nov. 1886) and Katherine (Feb. 1888).
On September 17, 1891 Marcus Hall marries Anna Duckworth and the following children are born to this union: Bessie ( Sept. 1893); Jane (Oct. 1895); Johnnie (Oct. 1897; Evie; Earlie; Givens; R. V.; Rushell; Anna Marie.
Jesse Robertson (July 4, 1885-?) married Janie/Jane Hall (Oct 1895-1923/1924) to this union was born:
Andrew (1914-1/1974); Major (2/5/1915-1/1983) Died in Milwaukee, Wis. Jonathan (12/8/1916-8/16/2006); Howard (8/6/1920-9/9/1997); Clyde (1922-?)
Levell “Bumble Bee” Robertson February 15, 1942