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Genealogy Look Ups

22 Feb

I’ve been brainstorming ways that I could further my research on the Black community in the West Tennessee area. I’ve decided that with the amount of time I spend there that I should begin doing genealogy look ups. If you have information that you need assistance with that can only be found by actually visiting the West TN area, please let me know and I will be happy to assist. Please leave your details in the comments section.

I hope everyone has been enjoying their Black History Month so far.

– Tiffany


Jet Magazine – August 27, 1964

20 Jan

I hesitated before posting this particular clipping, but decided to anyway since it can be found in Jet Magazine. I couldn’t help but to giggle at the fact that Jet Magazine used to publish gossip.

Jet Magazine August 27, 1964

Jet Magazine August 27, 1964

I have an idea who this is about,  but I really wonder if they ever discovered that their gossip made it into Jet Magazine.


– Tiffany
– Source: Jet Magazine August 27, 1964

Newspaper Clippings – Haywood County Elected Officials

6 Jan

I came across this article about two African Americans being elected to office in Haywood County, TN. I was drawn to this article because Haywood County in the 1960s had a lot of racial tensions related to African Americans being allowed to vote.

The Gadsden Times August 5, 1966

The Gadsden Times August 5, 1966

Land owners in Haywood County had been forcing African Americans who attempted to register to vote off of their sharecropping farms. Many of those forced off of their farms ended up living in “Tent Cities”. In 1962 50 land owners in Haywood County settled out of court for violating the 1957 Civil Rights Acts because of their roles in voter intimidation among other things. These landowners had been using economic pressure to prevent African Americans from registering to vote. Under the 1962 settlements these landowners agreed not to interfere with African Americans who attempted to register to vote.



-Source: The Gasden Times August 5, 1966 edition

Newspaper Clippings – St. Petersburg Times 1/1/1961

4 May

Source: Google News Archive. St. Petersburg Times 1/1/1961



The Lynched List

4 May

Below is a list of Blacks lynched in the Lauderdale County, TN area. This is by no means a conclusive list. The true number of Blacks lynched during the post slavery era will never be known. I wonder if these individuals were guilty at all of the crimes that caused them to be sentenced to death. Some may have been, but some may have been innocent.

Henry Giveney (Gingery*) lynched Ripley Tennessee January 9 1900
Robert Giveney (Gingery*) lynched Ripley Tennessee January 9 1900
Anderson Ganse lynched Henning Tennessee January 16 1900
Louis Rice lynched Ripley Tennessee March 23 1900
Robert Alexander lynched Ripley Tennessee January 3 1904
Thomas Seacey lynched Haywood Tennessee April 29 1904
John Talley lynched Dyersburg Tennessee November 7 1913
William Thomas lynched Dyersburg Tennessee March 19 1916
Ligon Scott lynched Dyersburg Tennessee December 2 1917
Albert Gooden lynched Covington Tennessee August 17 1937
1 unidentified black man lynched Dyer Co Tennessee August 1869
N/A Thompson lynched Dyer Tennessee July 5 1891
Needham Smity lynched Tipton Co Tennessee November 10 1894
Richard Thurmond lynched Ripley Tennessee August 8 1898

-Source: The Lynching Calendar (

-* updated by me


SR Clay – Follow Up

23 Oct

A few months ago I wrote about Simeon “S.R” Clay on this blog. From that point on I wondered what had happened to Simeon. As we know he graduated from Meharry in 1899 and moved back to Ripley, TN. I found a US Census entry for him on the 1900 census, but had been unable to locate him on any further censuses.

 Well I found SR Clay and his family. While reviewing old photographs that I had taken of Canfield Cemetery in Ripley I came across a photo of his tombstone. He and his wife Mintie both passed in 1906 according to their tombstone, just six years after they had moved back to Ripley. What happened to them? The State of Tennessee did not require the completion of death certificates until 1908.

 I then began to look for their children. I easily found his daughter Nannie on the 1920 Census. She was listed as living alone in Ripley, TN. She was the head of her household and she owned her home. She also worked as a teacher in the public school. According to the tombstone she passed in 1924. SR Clay’s daughter Elvise died in 1919 according to the tombstone. I have not yet been able to locate any records on her.


– Tiffany

Source: Tombstone Picture – my own 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

Year: 1920;Census Place: Ripley, Lauderdale, Tennessee; Roll: T625_1751; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 94; Image: 685.

Honorable Mentions – Who’s Who of the Colored Race 1915

23 Aug

While browsing the book Who’s Who of the Colored Race published in 1915 I came across an entry mentioning Ripley, TN. The entry belongs to Edward Bailey, son of Edward and Peggy Bailey of Brownsville, TN. Edward left Brownsville, attended Fisk University and became very successful in the field of education. He married Fannie Virginia Perdue of Ripley, TN in 1894. Together they had 4 children. Edward Bailey went on to become the principal of Bruce High School in Dyersburg, TN. He also worked at Lane College, was principal of Covington Grammar School in Covington, TN, and also worked as principal of Gibbons High School in Paris, TX. He was a member of the National Teachers Education Association and the Tennessee Teachers Association.

– Tiffany


Who’s Who of the Colored Race Volume One 1915. Ed. Frank L. Mather. University of Michigan, 1915. 15. Google Books. Web. 23 Aug. 2011. <;.