Studio shots, no. 27: Myrtie Clifton Haskins.

Myrtie Clifton Haskins per ths1369

James Clifton, 32, married Susan Clifton, 21, on 26 November 1889 in Franklin County at J.T. Clifton’s. Jackson Hunt and Bet Clifton witnessed.

In the 1900 census of Harris township, Franklin County: farmer Jim Clifton, 45; wife Susan, 31; and children Grant, 20, Matilda, 18, Susan, 16, John L., 14, Genievieve, 8, Tommie, 6, Mary, 4, Martha, 2, and Myrtle, 3 months.

In the 1910 census of Saratoga township, Wilson County: on Edmunson Road, farmer James T. Clifton, 52; wife Susan, 40; and children Genevieve, 18, Thomas, 16, Mary, 14, Mattie, 12, Myrtle M., 10, Eula P., 8, Minnie B., 6, Wesley, 3, and Leona, 2, plus lodger Arthur Bunn, 21. James reported that he had been married twice.

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 500 Spring Street alley, widower James Clifton, 53, lumber company laborer, and son Thomas, 25, lumber company laborer; daughter-in-law Ethel, 20; daughters Mattie, 22, Myrtle, 20, and Ella, 14, all tobacco factory laborers; and boarders Ella Mitchell, 22, a widowed tobacco factory laborer, and her children Dorothy, 4, Y.C., 2, and James, 3 months.

On 20 October 1920, Ernest Haskins, 22, of Wilson, son of Damp and Hester Haskins, married Susan [sic] Clifton, 20, daughter of James and Susan Clifton, in Wilson. Tom Clifton applied for the license, and Rev. C. Barnes, Free Will Baptist minister performed the ceremony in the presence of James Dawson, John Harris and George Farmer.

In the 1930 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: on Fence [Finch] Street, wholesale grocery truck driver Earnie Haskins, 31, wife Myrtle, 29, and children Susie, 6, Rudolph, 2, and Peggie, 0.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: tobacco factory worker Earnest Haskins, 40; wife Myrtie, 40; and children Susan, 16, Rudolph, 12, Peggie, 10, Alice, 9, Connie, 7, James, 5, Mary, 3, Bobbie, 1, and Robert, no age listed.

Mertie Clifton Haskins died 26 June 1970 in Wilson. Per her death certificate, she was born 11 January 1900 to Jim Clifton and an unnamed mother; resided at 521 South Lodge Street; and was married to Ernest Haskins.

Photograph courtesy of user ths1369.


    1. What do you mean by “slavery name”? It’s a European name that was adopted by this family of African descent. I don’t know if it was also the surname of a slaveowner who enslaved them, if that’s what you’re asking.

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