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

My Granddaddy and Grand Mama provided abundant food on the table for mealtime

Posted Oct 21, 2016

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

In addition to farming, my grandparents kept an abundance of food on the table for twelve children and themselves.

Grand Mama kept on hand hundreds of chickens in an enclosed chicken yard. On Sunday mornings, before going to church, she fried golden brown chicken and baked hot biscuits for breakfast. Granddaddy had an equal hand in keeping an abundance of food on the dining table. He kept twenty to thirty hogs on hand and always had hams, shoulders, and other parts of hogs, available for the table. The same was true about beef. Granddaddy kept twenty to thirty cattle on hand. He used two for milking, killed a few for beef to go on the table, and sold the others.

Fathers and Mothers, always provide enough food for your children to eat and that will keep them from stealing to satisfy their hunger. Also, take time and prepare a tasty meal, like Grand Mama, for your children will enjoy mealtime because a plentiful meal is family fun at the dining table. Don’t miss it!

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