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John & Louvenia Perry Family 1910

1910 United States Federal Census John Perry Family

Name: John Perry (Farmer)
Age: 42
Estimated birth year: abt 1868
Birthplace: Alabama
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father’s Birth Place: Alabama
Mother’s Birth Place: Alabama
Spouse’s name: Louvenia (Laborer)
Home in 1910: Marion, Perry, Alabama (Uniontown Road)
Marital Status: Married
Race: Black
Gender: Male

Household Members: Name Age
John Perry
42
Louvenia Perry

Ludie J Perry
5
Emma Perry
3
Alonzo Perry
2
Lizzie King (Hired Woman)
42

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John Perry “Big Poppa” and Louvenia (Lula) Perry are my great-grandparents.

Family stories say the Perry family is mixed with Indian and Black. Their Indian ancestors came from the land near the Warrior and Cohabee (Cahaba) Rivers, and were farmers and basket makers. I have visited some of the places mentioned in memory. Grandma Muggie is also said to have been mixed with Indian.

Their daughter, Ora Dee Perry, married Robert (Bud, Spicey) Ford (also called by “Martin”), these are my grandparents.

“Many Native Americans welcomed African Americans into their villages. Even as slaves many African Americans became part of a family group, and many intermarried with Native Americans. Many later became classified as Black Indians” In Alabama, some Indians married into Black families to avoid removal and persecution.

November 30, 2009 at 11:59 pm 2 comments

LOLA AND THE SWEET POTATO PIE (A Villanelle)

dalmation

When early morning cooking begins, Lola’s on the prowl
Across a cold floor is the click-clack of four spotted feet
Sniff, sniff…Lola’s tummy begins to growl

Morsel dropped on the floor, a sticky trail Lola will follow
Turkey, pie, stuffing and other tasty treat….
When early morning cooking begins, Lola’s on the prowl

Begging for just one bite, Lola will howl
Yummm… Thanksgiving dinner is almost complete
Sniff, sniff…Lola’s tummy begins to growl

Drool forms at her fuzzy jowl
The sweet potato pie never looked more sweet
When early morning cooking begins, Lola’s on the prowl

Lola jumps on the counter, Mommy’s face is crumpled in a scowl
Slurp slurp, Lola lunges for pie and meat
Sniff, sniff…Lola’s tummy begins to growl

The moon rose in the dark sky, in a lonely tree sits an owl
We are all hungry, there is not a bite left to eat
When early morning cooking begins, Lola’s on the prowl
Sniff, sniff…Lola’s tummy begins to growl

In Our Hearts, © 2009

Happy Thanksgiving from Our Family to Yours!

This is based on a favorite family story, when our Dalmatian, Lola, ate the sweet potato pie that I baked for Thanksgiving. I spent hours baking the pie, and sweetened it with chai only to have it completely destroyed when Lola jumped on the counter, both paws around the pie, and slurped it all up!!!

Thanksgiving Pie

 

November 26, 2009 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment


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