Growing my roots:

Interlocked and Interwoven by common ancestry & DNA

Was Effie’s Delta blue?

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Effie Wilson was my great grandmother. She was born in about 1875 and spent most of her life in the counties of Claiborne and Jefferson, MS, in the Delta.  In 1920, she had 10 living children. They were Nancy, Willie, Lillie, Rachel, RT, Ibby/Abby, and Esther (later in life she would go by Estelle). They were all fathered by Willie Shorter. Her other children, Mariah, Frankie, and Fannie (my grandmother) were all fathered by Howard Pearl. Effie’s mother  was Abby/Ibby Tilgman and Whylie Wilson, and her siblings were Wiley, Thomas, Robert, Whylie, Bettie,  Jane, Henry, Lucy, Ibbie, Ida, Ollie, and  Charley.

Effie, born a Wilson, became a Shorter, then a Pearl, a Shorter again, and a Smith (via Robert Smith). There may have been some other name changes along the way. Following Effie through the decades on the census was interesting. I always knew when I had found her because she was always with her kids. She had enough of them with her for me to know that I had the right person. In a few censuses, her mom was with her.

I have not heard any oral stories about Effie. In fact I did not know her name until I was 26. I have one picture of her, which I also saw when I was 26.  Effie, you have not been forgotten. I hope your life was filled with joy and laughter.

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September 29, 2013 - Posted by | Reconnecting, The journey, Wilson | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. When Ancestors come Rese you never know where/when their stories will follow. Sometimes they just want to hear their name called. To be recognized. I had a recent experience with my Great Aunt Rosia Lee BARWICK, working through an image of another “Rosia Lee” to have her story restored – http://ourgeorgiaroots.com/renslers-revisited-well-i-did-say-stranger-things-have-happened.

    You NEVER know how or when they’ll come. But as long as you’re accepting — they have an open door.

    Proud of you… Luckie

    Comment by Luckie Daniels (@OurGeorgiaRoots) | September 29, 2013 | Reply

  2. And let me NOT forget my manners — nice to meet you Ms. Effie Wilson!:)

    Comment by Luckie Daniels (@OurGeorgiaRoots) | September 29, 2013 | Reply


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