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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

I have one friend, Mrs. Massie, in Royal Oak Manor Neighborhood in Northwest Atlanta, Georgia, whose grandmother was great grandmother’s peer, and she worked for Confederate Brigadier General Beauregard during the War between the states to keep them slave peers

Posted August 4, 2016
Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

Mrs. Massie’s grandmother, on her father’s side, reached great heights in her work. She was a nurse for General Beauregard who was placed in command of the forces in Charleston, South Carolina, during the War between the states, 1861-1865 over our ancestors because the South didn’t want them to be free. I hope all of America wants you and me free and will keep us free. Nevertheless, when “freedom broke,” she was a grown woman.

Later she migrated to a community in Georgia that was later named for the family because her grandmother and family were its first settlers. A wooden fence, with a gate, surrounded the house and, if the children swung on the gate, she would say, “If you don’t stop swinging on that gate, I’ll break your neck.” In `1927, her hair was white, and she wore long dresses and high top shoes, the Negro fashion at that time and, when she died in 1944, she was said to be 117 years old.

From my great grandmother’s peer, there are many lessons. First learn your work, nursing or whatever, good enough to be selected to the highest position and fight, kindly with authority for what you earn. The second lesson is never speak negatively about children or anyone. Yes, negative words, like “breaking neck and laughing one’s self to death,” need to be weeded completely out of our language.

After I talk in two more blogs, about great grandmother’s Julie’s peers, the war between the states will be over, and I will tell you a lot more about the Shaw family. Please stay with me.

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