Marriage Monk Fort and Julia Wadkins 1874, Dallas County Alabama

Event: Marriage

Groom: Monk Fort

Bride: Julia Wadkins

Date: December 5, 1874

Place: Dallas County, Ala



“Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 16 Jul 2014), Monk Fort and Julia Wadkins, 05 Dec 1874; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 1289634 V. H, J.


More Info: 

1880 Census: Monk and Julia Fort, Harrell’s Crossroads

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):


1870's Wedding ensemble.  Courvoisier  (French). Silk and Leather. Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Charles Iseley, 1964.

african american weddings in the 1930s | African American Programs with ceremonial broom

July 16, 2014 at 4:40 am Leave a comment

Fort Family Harrall’s X Road Precinct 1880 – Dallas County, Ala

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:

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.



Monk Fort
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
William Fort Monk,
Julia A.
Harrles Cross Roads, Dallas, Alabama abt 1877 Alabama Son
Elijah Fort (this may be Elliot Fort/Ford b. July 1879) Monk,
Julia A.
Harrles Cross Roads, Dallas, Alabama abt 1879 Alabama Son
Name: Monk Fort
Age: 24
Birth Year: abt 1856
Birthplace: Alabama
Home in 1880: Harrles Cross Roads, Dallas, Alabama
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Julia A. Fort (Both parents born in Georgia)
Father’s Birthplace: Alabama
Mother’s Birthplace: Virginia
Neighbors: See FORT Family Below
Occupation: Laborer



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


July 15, 2014 at 10:34 pm 3 comments

1920 United States Federal Census – Julia Fort (Ford) Family

Broad Street

Name: Julia Fort
Age: 63
Birth Year: abt 1857
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1920: Mobile Ward 7, Mobile, Alabama
Race: Black
Gender: Female
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
Father’s Birthplace: Georgia
Mother’s Birthplace: Georgia
Home Owned: Rent
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: No

Employment: Laundress

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

July 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm 2 comments

Pettus Fort (Ford) – Alabama Convict Records


Name: Pettus Fort (Ford)
Birth Year: 1886
Age: 25
Date Sentenced: 29 Nov 1911
County: Dallas
Race: Negro (Black) ** or Mulatto **
Gender: Male
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


Court: Circuit

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

County: Dallas

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.

Pettus Fort Convict


 Source: Library Edition


July 8, 2014 at 9:15 pm Leave a comment

Pettus and Addie Fort (Ford) – Mobile Alabama, 1920

1920 United States Federal Census:

Pettus and Addie Fort (Ford) Family

Wilkinson Street –  Mobile Ward 7

House #306

Dwelling #123

Visited # 154

Name: Pettus Fort (Ford)
Age: 32
Birth Year: abt 1888
Birthplace: Alabama
Home in 1920: Mobile Ward 7, Mobile, Alabama
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Addie Fort (Adelona Ford)
Father’s Birthplace: Alabama
Mother’s Birthplace: Georgia
Home Owned: Rent
Able to Read: No
Able to Write: No
Occupation: Trucke Driver (Transfer, Ames Transfer Company)
Household Members:
Name Age
Pettus Fort, Head, b. 1888 32
Addie Fort, spouse, b. 1891 29
Wilber Fort, son, b. 1911 9
Pinkie Fort, daughter, b. 1919 1
[1 6/12] 
Elliot Fort, brother, Mulatto, Driver Wagon (?) Contraction, b. 1881 39
Minnie Fort, sister-in-law, Laundress, b. 1889 31
Grace Fort, niece, b. 1906 14
Carrie Fort, niece, b. 1907 13
Bernice Fort, niece 12
Percy Fort, nephew, Laborer Cup Factory, b. 1905 15
Jasper Taylor,, Lodger, b. 1892 28

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.

1920 Census Pettus Fort Family

1920 Census Pettus Fort Family ( Library Edition)

July 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm Leave a comment

Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church added to National Register of Historic Places

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 Missionary Baptist Church (Selma, AL)

Tabernacle Baptist Church

Where: 1431 Broad Street Selma, Alabama

Visit Tabernacle Baptist Online

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):

National Register of Historic Places Program, Tabernacle Baptist Church:

“Selma’s Tabernacle Baptist Church officially added to National Register of Historic Places” by Hannah Lane, WSFA Channel 12 News, 03/11/2014:

“Tabernacle Baptist placed on National Register” by Katie Wood, Selma Times Journal, 07/19/2013:


West Martin WWI Draft Card:


Wes Martin Death Certificate (Dallas County, Ala):

June 26, 2014 at 6:08 am Leave a comment

Quote: When You Remember Me

“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




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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March 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm Leave a comment

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