Groom: Monk Fort
Bride: Julia Wadkins
Date: December 5, 1874
Place: Dallas County, Ala
Family Search.org: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FQFR-H2T
“Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FQFR-H2T : accessed 16 Jul 2014), Monk Fort and Julia Wadkins, 05 Dec 1874; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 1289634 V. H, J.
1880 Census: Monk and Julia Fort, Harrell’s Crossroads: http://inourhearts.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/1880-fort-family-harralls-road/
1920 Census: Julia Fort Family (the date of birth matches, as does the statement that her parents are from Georgia, as the ages/names of the children. The only difference is that Elijah is listed as Eloid and Elliot):http://inourhearts.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/1920-united-states-federal-census-julia-fort-ford-family/
Harrall’s X Road Precinct – 1880 Census – Dallas County, Ala
Harrall’s X Road or Cross Road later became the town of Harrell. Harrell is located 10 miles west of Selma off Highwy 80 and Highway 45. In 1895, it had a post office but no railroad service. For more information on the history of Harrell and it’s founding family, visit Harrell Archives: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/HARRELL/2010-06/1276289653
In 1880, the population of Dallas County was recorded as: 48,433; population in 1890, 49,350.
White, 8,016; colored, 41,334. Land prices range from $3 to $25 an acre.
|Laborer||Harrles Cross Roads, Dallas, Alabama||abt 1856||Alabama||Self (Head)|
|Julia A. Fort(surname may be Wadkins)||Laborer||Harrles Cross Roads, Dallas, Alabama||abt 1857||Alabama||Wife|
|Harrles Cross Roads, Dallas, Alabama||abt 1877||Alabama||Son|
|Elijah Fort (this may be Elliot Fort/Ford b. July 1879)||Monk,
|Harrles Cross Roads, Dallas, Alabama||abt 1879||Alabama||Son|
|Birth Year:||abt 1856|
|Home in 1880:||Harrles Cross Roads, Dallas, Alabama|
|Relation to Head of House:||Self (Head)|
|Spouse’s Name:||Julia A. Fort (Both parents born in Georgia)|
|Neighbors:||See FORT Family Below|
**** ALSO LISTED ON THE SAME PAGE… ****
|Julia Fort||Keeping House||Harrles Cross Roads, Dallas, Alabama||abt 1824||Parents from Virginia||Self (Head)|
|James Fort||Laborer||Harrles Cross Roads, Dallas, Alabama||abt 1856||Alabama||Son of Julia|
|Lizzie Fort||At School||Harrles Cross Roads, Dallas, Alabama||abt 1861||Alabama||Daughter of Julia|
|Homer Fort||Lizzie||Harrles Cross Roads, Dallas, Alabama||abt 1879||Alabama||Grandson|
Name: Julia Fort
Birth Year: abt 1857
Home in 1920: Mobile Ward 7, Mobile, Alabama
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Widowed
(NOTE: Husband Monk Fort/Ford, see here: 1880 Census: Monk and Julia Fort, Harrell’s Crossroads: http://inourhearts.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/1880-fort-family-harralls-road/)
Father’s Birthplace: Georgia
Mother’s Birthplace: Georgia
Home Owned: Rent
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: No
Julia Fort -Head
Homer Taylor- b. 1902, son, Laborer Ship Company
Rosetta Taylor- b. 1905, daughter-in-law
NOTE: The 1910 Census lists Homer Taylor as a grandson
Robert Allen- b. 1882, Son-in-Law, Laborer Garage
NOTE: Robert’s wife was Mary Fort/Ford she died in 1919 in Selma)
Homer Burke- b. 1901, Lodger, Mailer (?) Hotel
|Name:||Pettus Fort (Ford)|
|Date Sentenced:||29 Nov 1911|
|Race:||Negro (Black) ** or Mulatto **|
|Series:||State Convict Records|
|Volume:||Volume 07: 1908-1913|
|Archive Name:||Alabama Department of Archives and History|
|Archive Location:||Montgomery, Alabama|
|Archive Roll Number:||SG007463|
Crime: Grand Larceny (Theft, Taking Property over a certain dollar value)
Date of Sentence: November 29, 1911
Term of Sentence: 2 years, 2 days
Expiration of Sentence
Short Time: December 1, 1913
Long Time: August 1, 1913
Date of Discharge: August 1913
To Whom Assigned: Belle Ellen
Note: My Great-Grandmother Mary Ella Martin (Morton) was called by the nickname “Belle”. She lived in Dallas County, Alabama. My grandfather, her oldest child, Robert Martin Ford (“Bud”, “Spicey”) was born on January 1, 1910, he is the son of Pettus Ford.
Pettus Fort (Ford) also had a son, Wilber, with his wife Adelona (Addie) in 1911.
Source: Ancestry.com Library Edition
1920 United States Federal Census:
Pettus and Addie Fort (Ford) Family
Wilkinson Street – Mobile Ward 7
Visited # 154
Note: For some strange reason the 1920 Census is listing Grace Fort, the 14 year old niece, as the spouse of Pettus Fort. I believe this is an error.
The mother of Pettus and Elliot Fort (Ford) is Julia Fort (Ford) of Dallas County, Alabama. Julia was born in March 1859 in Georgia. Her children include William (Willie), Elliot, Pettus, Indie (Judie?), Pinkie, Daisy and Charlie.
I have heard a reference to a “Wilbur Ford” from family sources, he may have resided in Birmingham, Alabama.
Family stories say my uncle Wes Martin was a brick mason who helped build the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama…he died a year after it’s completion, leaving behind a grieving wife and four small children.
Tabernacle Baptist Church
Where: 1431 Broad Street Selma, Alabama
Visit Tabernacle Baptist Online: http://tbcselma.net
Listed on National Register of Historic Places: July 10, 2013
Significance: Eligible for listing in the National Registry of Historical Places for it’s significance to social history, religion, ethnic importance and architectural importance.
Social History: Tabernacle Baptist has connections to the Civil Rights Movement in Selma (1922-1968). It was the site for many of the meetings and rallies of the Civil Rights Movement,, working alongside other community groups, churches and organizations including the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Rev. Louis Lloyd Anderson opened the doors to Tabernacle Baptist for the first mass meeting for voting rights. Rev. Anderson later ran for political office in a segregated Selma. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Tabernacle Baptist on two separate occasions.
Religion and Ethnic Importance: Tabernacle Baptist was founded in 1885 and built its present building in 1922, it is an established place of religious, community and cultural significance in Selma. Tabernacle Baptist is also the home of four presidents of The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; the largest Baptist denominational group in the U.S.
Architectural Importance: The Tabernacle Baptist Church is a Classical Revival, designed in 1922 by a congregation member named David T. West, an African-American architect. According to the National Register of Historic Places program, “It is the most formidable Classical Revival design of any African American institution in Selma from the Jim Crow era.”
The Classical Revival style is based on the architecture of classical Greece and Rome.
For More Info:
Audience at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama, probably listening to Martin Luther King, Jr,. speak, Courier Photograph Collection (Image): http://digital.archives.alabama.gov/cdm/ref/collection/peppler/id/6469
National Register of Historic Places Program, Tabernacle Baptist Church: http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/13000469.htm
“Selma’s Tabernacle Baptist Church officially added to National Register of Historic Places” by Hannah Lane, WSFA Channel 12 News, 03/11/2014: http://www.wsfa.com/story/24860795/selmas-tabernacle-baptist-church-officially-on
“Tabernacle Baptist placed on National Register” by Katie Wood, Selma Times Journal, 07/19/2013: http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/2013/07/19/tabernacle-baptist-placed-on-national-register/
West Martin WWI Draft Card: http://inourhearts.wordpress.com/2008/02/25/wwi-draft-card-west-martin/
Wes Martin Death Certificate (Dallas County, Ala): http://inourhearts.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/wes-martin-death/
“When you remember me, it means you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are.
It means you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles stand between us.” — Frederick Buechner
FAMILY GENEALOGY ACTIVITY:
How do you want others, your family to remember YOU?
Your life, and memories are precious! Leave a legacy of love for your family with one of the following ways to prerserve your memory:
*Create a scrapbook with photographs, momentos, written comments, newspaper articles, recipes and other special items. Invite your family members to add to the scrapbook.
*Create a journal of important or memorable events in your life. OR purchase a journal– some journals include questions or prompts to write about, that can be helpful. A journal can be composed of written entries or may be a visual journal with photographs or clip art.
*Create an online blog, pinterest page, or use other social media to connect with family members and save precious memories
*Create a CD of music–especially music that was important or meaningful to you
*Reach out to family members to share, talk, play games…form a connection so they feel welcome to ask questions
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