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

Annie Bell Rutherford, my mama, when she was twelve-years-old, started a new life in a new place, Cohassett, Alabama, where Daddy lived

Posted Nov 3, 2016

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

Annie Bell turned twelve years old and she was sent by bus from Macon, Georgia to Cohassett, Alabama.

Annie Bell’s brother, Uncle Sam, and his wife, Sarah, whom Annie Bell called Mama Sarah, told her relatives in Macon they wanted his sister's daughter to live with them in Cohassett, Alabama, where Great Grandmother Julie, on my father’s side, lived. That crashed Annie Bell’s world, and she didn’t ever forget what the white Catholic Sisters offered her and that she wanted the college education they promised. Annie Bell lived with our Uncle Sam and Aunt Sarah, whom we called Mama Sarah, her guardians, from age twelve to twenty.

Mama Sarah was a tall, statuesque, stern woman, and Uncle Sam was a stout, warm, and loving man. I am so pleased that I remember them both and cherish my time with Uncle Sam. Moreover, his funeral was the first one I ever attended. Daddy and Mama took me out of school that day and carried me with them to attend it in Florala, returned me to school, and I grieved for the first time, though I didn’t know that was what I was doing.

In Cohassett, Annie Bell went to school a few days, out of a few years, but never completed the fourth grade.

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