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Slave Narrative of Pet Franks

Interviewer: Mrs. Richard Kolb Person Interviewed: Pet Franks Location: Aberdeen, Mississippi Age: 92 Uncle Pet, 92 year old ex-slave, is the favorite of Ackers’ Fishing Lodge which is situated 14 miles north of Aberdeen, Monroe County. He is low and stockily built. His ancestry is pure African. Scarcely topping five feet one inch, he weighs about 150 pounds. Though he walks with the slightest limp, he is still very active and thinks nothing of cooking for the large groups who frequent the lodge. He has his own little garden and chickens which he tends with great care. “I knows all ’bout slav’ry an’ de war. I was right dere on de spot when it all happened. I wish to goodness I was back dere now, not in de war, but in de slav’ry times. Niggers where I lived didn’ have nothin’ to worry ’bout in dem days. Dey aint got no sense now-a-days. All dey b’lieves in now is drinkin’ an’ carousin’. Dey aint got no use for nothin’ but a little corn likker an’ a fight. I dont b’lieve in no such gwine-on, no sir-ree. Dat’s de reason I stays out here by myse’f all de time. I don’t want to have nothin’ to do wid ’em. I goes to town ’bout once a mont’ to git s’pplies, but I don’ never fool ‘roun’ wid dem Niggers den. I gits ‘long wid my white folks, too. All da mens an’ wimmens what comes out to de club is pow’ful good to me. “I was born up near Bartley’s Ferry right on de river. De way I cal’clates my...

Tatum Cemetery, El Dorado, Arkansas

A cemetery transcription of the Tatum Cemetery in El Dorado, Union County, Arkansas. 1½ miles south of Wilmington Landing. Gravestones Canvassed, November 1959, by Wade Tatum – non-member. Submitted to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, El Dorado, Genealogical Committee. MCDANIELS Crowell Wright, b. 15 Mar. 1882, d. 10 July 1888. Child of T. T. & M. E. McDaniels. TATUM B. F., Jr., b. 9 Jan. 1849, d. 16 Jan. 1879. B. F., Sr., b. 6 Aug. 1815, d. 9 Oct. 1896. Mother, Rebecca Tatum. Husband of S. M. Tatum. Rebecca, b. before 1800, d. after 1838. Birth place Alabama. S. M., b. 22 Sept. 1822, d. 28 Jan. 1901. Wife of B. F. Tatum,...

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