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

Daddy and I prepared him to travel by bus back home and, though he could not read, with his first-grade education, he had an excellent memory and travelled back to his beloved second wife without making a mistake

Posted Feb 20, 2017

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

Soon after the conversation with his brothers, Daddy called me to the hall in our home. He said, "Annie Lee, I'm happy! I'm ready to go home."

Our family motored on to Toledo and tried to get Daddy to keep travelling with them. He told them he had seen all he wanted to see—Annie Lee’s and Annie Bell’s homes. He added, "I wanted to see them for myself. I'm satisfied.”

Afterward, I bought Daddy a Trailways bus ticket to Florala, Alabama and told him how to make bus connections. Daddy had never been out of Alabama, could not read, and had never ridden a bus. Nevertheless, with his excellent memory, he followed my directions and returned home, without missing a bus connection.

I invited Daddy to stay with me two weeks, but he only wanted to come and see, where Mama and I had been so many years, separated from him. I was satisfied and very happy that Daddy visited Mama and me here in the north.

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