Old Photographs Of African Americans - Unknown Faces (OPOAA)

African American Ancestry, Photographic Research.

Researcher M. Oakes

Photos Submitted to OPOAA: by, M. Oakes

Submitted 11/16/08

I recently made contact through a relative of
mine, with  a 80 year old African-American woman, Mary Forehand, in Dunn, LA who
had a picture of her grandmother and children.  It was not in great shape.  I
asked that they let me work on it in Photoshop, which I did.  I decided to do a
little genealogy for her since she had only her memory of the family.  I found
quite a lot in the census records and created a family tree for her.  I was
impressed that while they were  Mississippi farmers they could read and write.
The picture was from 1912 and between Mary Forehand's memory and the census
records we sorted everyone out.

Submitted 2/3/09

 I made contact with the daughter of Mary Freehand.  Her name is Linda Tait. Following a recent visit with her mother in Louisiana she sent me three wonderful pictures that should be added to your site. I think these pictures are really remarkable, I would think to have painted over photographs from this period would be unusual, especially in a state like Mississippi.  I would estimate the date of the photos of Dack and Maggie  somewhere between 1875-85.  Susie's picture is probably around 1900-05, she was born in 1883.

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The Photographs:

Susie Johnson Mills and her children.  They were in  Shubuta, Clarke,
Mississippi .  The husband, not pictured, was Williams Mills.  Susie died about
1918 in the influenza epidemic.  I have found her family in 1900 living in
Chuncky Village, Newton, Mississippi.  The second picture I found behind my
parent's wedding certificate after they died.  I suspect the young woman was
from Flora, MS

 The Census:

Census Research done by: M.Oakes:

Census Records of Williams and Susie Johnson Mills

1910 Census Living in Shubuta, Clarke, Mississippi
Williams Mills(32), abt 1878 in Mississippi
Father’s Birthplace –Mississippi
Mother’s Birthplace-Mississippi
Farmer, Owns farm, Can read and write.

Susie Mills(27) abt 1883 in Mississippi
Father’s Birthplace –Mississippi
Mother’s Birthplace-Mississippi
Second Marriage for  4 years, thus married about 1906
Farmer’s wife, Can read and write.
Had 4 children, 3 living.

Children: Iriner Hall(8) abt 1902, Stepdaughter, Born in Mississippi
Sephronia(Fronie) Mills(3) abt 1907, Daughter, Born in Mississippi
Ora Mills (0/12) abt 1910, Daughter, Born in Mississippi

1920 CensusLiving in Police Jury Ward 1, Richland, Louisiana
Will Mills(47) abt 1873, widowed.  Working his own farm.
Father’s Birthplace –Mississippi
Mother’s Birthplace-Alabama
Second Marriage for 4 years, thus married about 1906
Farmer, Rents, Can read and write.

Children: Sephronia(Fronie)Mills(12) abt 1908, Daughter, Born in Mississippi
Ora Mills (10) abt 1910, Daughter, Born in Mississippi
Cora Mills (8) abt 1912, Daughter, Born in Mississippi
Charlie Mills(5) abt 1914 Son, Born in Mississippi
Bessie (2 9/12) abt 1917, Daughter , Born in Louisiana

Added: 11/15/08 Contact Info: oakes@physics.utexas.edu

Other Census

1930 CensusLiving in Police Jury Ward 1, Richland, Louisiana
William Mills(54) abt 1876, Married.  First married at 21.  Working his own farm.
Father’s Birthplace –Alabama
Mother’s Birthplace-Alabama
Farmer, Owns farm, Can read and write.

 Nannie Mills(59) abt 1871. Age at first marriage 15.  Born in Louisiana
Father’s Birthplace –Louisiana
Mother’s Birthplace-Louisiana
Children: Bessie (13) abt 1917, Daughter , Born in Louisiana

1900 Census Susie Johnson Mills family. Family living in Beat 5, Chuncky Village, Newton, Mississippi
Says they have been married for 32 years.  Can’t be correct with Maggie’s age.  Maybe she is 45.  She reports 17 Children with 10 living. Everyone can read and write.  All born in Mississippi,

D. C. Johnson (53) b. Dec 1848 Father
Maggie Johnson(45 ?) Wife b. Reported Unknown,
Esquire Johnson(18) Feb 1882, Son
Susie Johnson(16) August 1883,Daughter
Charley Johnson(14) Feb 1886, Son
Annie Johnson(9) June 1890,  Daughter
Jeffery Johnson(8) Dec 1891, Son
Harrison Johnson(6), Sept 1894,  Son
Moseby Johnson(5) March 1895, Son
Warren Johnson(3) Nov 1896, Son
Nola Johnson(1) May 1899, Daughter

 1910 Census Susie Johnson Mills father’s family, Susie married by now.
Dack C. Johnson(61) b. in MS. In his 4th marriage, only married for 1 year.
Lou Johnson(30) wife, b. in MS. 1st marriage for her. 2 children 2 living.  Not sure whether these two were out of wedlock before her marriage to Dack.  Dack says his father born in South Carolina and mother in Georgia.  Lou say father born in Virginia and mother in Mississippi.  Dack says can’t read or write however Lou says she can and in 1900 Census Dack can read and write.  He owns his farm.

 Children:Harrison(16) Son
Warren (13) SonNola (11) Daughter
Roosevelt(9) SonArdela (7) Daughter
Mattie(3) Daughter                  

1880 Census Maybe family of Williams Mills living in Clarke, MS All can read and write.  He is a farmer.  Will born in MS. Father & Mother in Alabama. Malinda born in Alabama, Father in South Carolina, Mother in North Carolina Will Mills(59) Father
Malinda Mills(37)
Ella Collins(16) Stepdaughter
Henry Mills (13) Son
Nannie J. Mills(11) Daughter
Joanna Mills(8) Daughter
Mittie Ann Mills(6) Daughter
James W. Mills(5) Son. Could be Williams Mills.
Susan Ann Mills(2) Daughter

Added: 11/16/08 M. Oakes.

Updated 2/13/09

Other Photographs by Reseacher M. Oakes and Linda Tate can be view Here