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Studio shots, no. 169: Genevieve Clifton Bass.

Genevieve Clifton Bass (1892-1990).


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.

On 16 December 1911, Jim Bass, 21, of Saratoga township, married Jennie B. Clifton, 19, of Saratoga township, in Saratoga, Wilson County.

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: on Raleigh Road, farmer Jim Bass, 32; wife Jenny, 27; children Lillie Clifton, 11 (stepdaughter), and Jennie V., Jr., 10, Charlie, 8, James, 6, Williard, 4, and Bonnie Bell Bass, 2.

Eddie B. Bass died 6 April 1926 in Wilson township, Wilson County, when he fell from a tree and broke his neck. Per his death certificate, he was 5 years old and was born in Wilson County to James Bass of Wilson County and Geneva Clifton of Wake County.

In the 1930 census of Taylors township, Wilson County: farm laborer James Bass, 39, farm laborer; wife Jennie, 38; and children Jennie V., 20, Charlie, 18, James, 16, Willard, 13, Vonnie B., 12, Adell, 6, Mildred, 4, Hattie M., 2, and Burnice, 11 months.

In the 1940 census of Taylors township, Wilson County: farm laborer Jim Bass, 48; wife Jennie, 46; and children James, 26, Virginia Bell, 21; Adell, 16, Mildred, 14, Robena, 12, and Helen, 7.

In 1940, James Bass registered for the World War I draft in Wilson. Per his registration card, he was born 24 May 1913 in Wilson; he worked for Doane Herring; and Jennie Bass was his contact.

James Bass Sr. died 29 May 1971 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was born 6 June 1892 to Charles L. Bass and Rhonda Bass; lived in Elm City, N.C.; was married to Genevieva Clifton; and had been a farmer. He was buried in Rest Haven cemetery.

Genevieve Bass died 5 August 1990.

Photograph courtesy of user ths1369.

Studio shots, no. 168: Lossie McCoy Barnes.

Lossie McCoy Barnes (1899-1988).


In the 1900 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: farmer George Bynum, 59; wife Tamer, 54; sons Robert, 18, and Jesse, 13; daughter Leesy McCoy, 25; son-in-law Willie McCoy, 22; grandchildren Joseph, 2, and Lossie, 1; and lodger Walter Taborn, 17.

In the 1910 census of Stantonsburg township, Wilson County: farmer Will McCoy, 34; wife Leesie, 32; and children Joe, 11, Lossie, 9, Nancy, 8, Robert, 4, and Mary, 3.

On 11 November 1916, John R. Barnes, 23, of Wilson, married Lossie McCoy, 15, of Wilson, in Wilson. Free Will Baptist minister E.S. Hargrove performed the ceremony in the presence of Oscar Williams, Tom Jones, and Ervin Spells.

John Davis Barnes died 2 June 1919 in Black Creek township, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was 1 month, 15 days old and was born in Wilson County to John Barnes and Lossie Coy.

In the 1930 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: farmer John A. Barnes, 32; wife Lossie, 25; and children Jessie, 12, John Jr., 7, Willie, 6, Robert, 3, and Joe, 1.

In the 1940 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: farm laborer John Barnes, 50; wife Lossie, 40; and children Jess, 18, Buddie, 16, Willie, 12, Robert, 10, and Joe, 8.

John Redmond Barnes died 26 October 1970 in Wilson. Per his death certificate he was born 9 August 1899 to Peter Barnes and an unknown mother; was married to Lossie Barnes; and was engaged in farming.

Lossie McCoy Barnes died in Wilson on 25 June 1988.

Photo courtesy of user Shawn Barnes.

Studio shots, no. 166: Wilbert Sharpe Sr.

Wilbert Sharpe Sr. (1952-2015), probably late 1940s.

In the 1940 census of Gardners township, Wilson County: farmer Larry Sharpe, 62; wife Bessie, 42; and children Edward, 17, Marie, 16, Lucinda, 13, Larry Jr., 12, Wilbert, 8, Aurther Lee, 8, Juanita, 3, and James E. Sharpe, 1, and Debbie Barnes, 19.

Photo courtesy of LeRoy Barnes.


Scrapbook chronicles: the return.

I knew we were related somehow to the Sherrods, but I was in college before I figured out how. Of course, I then wanted to visit Josephine Artis Sherrod, who, it turned out, was both my great-great-grandmother’s half-sister and my great-great-grandfather’s niece. (Yes, it was complicated.) My father took me by the house on Viola Street one evening when I was home over the Christmas holidays. We knocked, the door opened, and I stared into baby-blue eyes set in a caramel-brown face. This was Solomon C. Sherrod Jr., who, though just a few years younger than my grandmother, was my great-grandfather’s first cousin. He ushered us into the front room, and I spent a delightful hour or so with Aunt Josephine.

I was in Wilson this past week. Before I left, I knocked on another door on Viola Street. Cousin Solomon’s youngest son answered, and I placed in his hands the scrapbook Rita Elsner found on a Maryland street three weeks ago. As promised, the Sherrod family’s legacy has returned home.

Here are more gems from Alliner Sherrod Davis Randall‘s scrapbook. If you can help me identify the men and women depicted, I’d be grateful.

Alliner and Henry Randall, probably not long after their marriage in 1946. They made their home in Durham, N.C.

Elmer Lee Sherrod (1929-2002), Josephine and Solomon Sherrod’s youngest son. On the reverse: “To Mr. & Mrs. Randall with Love, Elmer Sherrod, 1401 N. 18th St., Phila 21, Pa.”

Minnie Sherrod Parker (1916-1996). [Thank you, Barbara Williams Lewis!]

Studio portrait of unidentified young woman.

Alliner Randall (1908-1992) and dog.

Unidentified snapshot of older man and young girl. Is this Solomon Sherrod Sr. (ca.1880-1948)?

Betty Cooper Sherrod, who married Solomon Sherrod’s eldest son Earnest E. Sherrod. [Thank you, Bonita Sherrod!]

Scene at a graveside funeral service, possibly in the 1950s.

Solomon Sherrod Sr., probably 1940s. [Thank you, Bonita Sherrod!]

Scrapbook chronicles: Jessie Lee Davis.

Alliner Sherrod Davis Randall had a son Jessie, born in 1932, and a daughter Gaynelle, born in 1941. Jessie Lee Davis, my father’s childhood playmate, was 14 years old when he was struck and killed while riding on the handlebars of a bicycle.

Alliner Sherrod Davis and son Jessie Lee, circa 1933.

Jessie Lee Davis, perhaps about 13 years old.

Jessie L. Davis as a drummer in the Darden High School marching band, circa 1945. Jesse A. Henderson lounges beside him. For a photo take just moments before or after this image, see here.

Studio shots, no. 162: Annie Finch Cotton Ricks.

Annie F.C. Ricks (1880-1977).


On 10 January 1899, Lumas Cotton, 21, of Nash County, son of John and Puss Cotton, married Annie Finch, 19, of Nash County, daughter of Z.D. and Minnie Finch, in Oldfields township, Wilson County.

In the 1900 census of Bailey township, Nash County: farmer Lumis Cotton, 20, and wife Annie, 19.

In the 1910 census of Oldfields township, Wilson County: farmer Lumis Cotton, 31; wife Annie, 30; and children Chester A., 10, Onnie, 8, Claudie, 7, Lillie M., 5, George W., 3, and John G., 9 months.

In the 1920 census of Oldfields township, Wilson County: on Wilson and Raleigh Road, farmer Lumas Cotton, 39; wife Annie, 39; and children Arthur, 19, Ormie, 18, Claud, 16, Lillie May, 14, George W., 11, John S., 10, Joe Brandice, 8, Velmer, 6, Thelmer, 4, Maggie Lee, 3, and Minnie Ann, 1 month.

Loomis Cotton died 19 March 1924 in Bailey township, Nash County. Per his death certificate, he was born 18 March 1881 in Nash County to John Cotton of Wilson County and Charity Taylor of Johnston County; was married to Annie Cotton; and was a farmer.

In the 1930 census of Bailey township, Nash County: farmer John Z. Cotton, 21; widowed mother Annie, 52; and siblings Joe B., 19, Thelma, 16, Maggie, 13, Menda, 11, and Dosie M., 8.

In the 1940 census of Wilson township, Wilson County: laundry presser Richard Tarbor, 26; wife Doshie, 24; sister-in-law Maggie Perry, 24, widow; niece Mary Harris, 6; and mother-in-law Annie Ricks, 59, widow. The women all worked as housekeepers.

Annie Finch Cotton Ricks died 6 March 1977 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Baltimore Afro-American, 25 May 1974.

Photo courtesy of user profitbrown.