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

Granddaddy Adam and Grand Mama Courtney organized and reorganized my daddy, aunts, and uncles, in different jobs, like corporations

Posted Oct 11, 2016

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

As a farmer, Granddaddy insisted that Grand Mama, Daddy, and his sisters and brothers work on his land with him in an organized way.

Grand Mama plowed corn, cotton, and peanuts. Her specialties were cleaning out the middles [between rows], by plowing them, and picking cotton. Daddy and my uncles and aunts were the remainder of Granddaddy’s farm staff.

From time to time, Granddaddy reorganized his farm staff to get the highest productivity. Because Daddy was the oldest, starting around eight or nine years-old, he cooked the dinner meal. That was reasonable because Grand Mama could accomplish more work in the fields than Daddy could, at his young age. So, around eleven o'clock, Grand Mama sent Daddy home to cook dinner, while she, Granddaddy, and the younger children worked in the cotton, corn, and peanut fields. When Aunt Willie Lee and Aunt Rosa got old enough to cook, Grand Mama gave the cooking job to them. Then, Daddy and Grand Mama were better field workers than younger Willie Lee and Rosa.

For Granddaddy to get the best work out of his farm staff, at age thirteen, he appointed Daddy, a seasoned farm worker, the farm overseer, and the Shaw family under-patriarch. Then, Granddaddy’s farm business was completely organized.

Granddaddy teaches us a good lesson, organization because when we are organized, we clean our houses better, make higher grades in school, become leaders of organizations, and our lives flow, which is a good thing. Let’s get better organized in everything we do, and it will, also, be easier.

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