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Fourth of July at the Lauderdale County Jail

2 Jul

In the spirit of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday I decided to see if I could find any information on past Fourth of July holidays in Ripley. Reading through the Lauderdale County Enterprise I found the article below discussing events at the Lauderdale County Jail on July 4, 1917.

Lauderdale County Enterprise July 6, 1917

Lauderdale County Enterprise July 6, 1917

Using the US Census I found two Horace Walkers living in neighboring Haywood County, Tennessee. They happened to be father and son. Horace Walker Sr. was born in 1846 in North Carolina and was married to Mary Walker. Horace Walker Jr. was born in 1880 in Tennessee. In addition to these two Horace Walkers I also found another Horace Walker born in 1876 in Haywood County son of Thomas Walker.  Thomas Walker (B. 1850 North Carolina) could possibly be brother of Horace Walker Sr. (Horace Walker Sr. also had a son named Thomas), but more information and research is needed to make that connection. To make this easier I found Horace Walker Sr. (father), Horace Walker Jr. (son), and Horace Walker (possible nephew/cousin). An interesting note is that Horace Walker (possible cousin/nephew – B. 1876) and his wife Nervie were living in Lauderdale County in 1920. With that being said its unclear which Horace Walker found himself imprisoned in the Lauderdale County Jail on the Fourth of July. It could have very well been another Horace Walker who did not appear on my search of the US Census.

I did not find an African American Charles Ed Moore on the US Census. I found a few white Charles Moores in Haywood County and one in Lauderdale County. This made me wonder if there was any separation based on race at the county jail. I would think that there was given the time period.

So on the Fourth of July 1917 at the Lauderdale County Jail shenanigans broke out amongst the prisoners. Looks like Charles Ed Moore might have gotten what was coming to him.





– Tiffany

– Source: The Lauderdale County Enterprise July 6, 1917 edition, US Census 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920


Mother’s Day

12 May

When I think about Mother’s Day in relation to my family in West Tennessee I think of my husband’s great-grandmother who died in 1927 at the age of 40 leaving behind 7 children, one of them only being 2. I think about all of those other nameless mothers from West Tennessee who were slaves, sharecroppers, and servants all hoping, wishing, and praying for a better life. I think about those mothers who were faced with the tough decision to let their children either go to school or work in the fields to help support the family. I think about those mothers who had no education, but tried their hardest to teach their children. I think about the happy moments with those mothers watching their children graduate, watching their children marry, and watching their grandchildren be born. I think of the mothers who had to watch their children be sold from them and I think of mothers who sadly had to bury their own children. When I think of these mothers I think of their strength, determination, and resolve. I think of my own mother in law and her stories and everything she has taught me.


Happy Mother’s Day to all of the West Tennessee Mother’s and to all of the mothers who read this blog. Lets continue to honor these mothers by telling their stories.



– Tiffany