Monday, February 12, 2018

James Norman Sauls, Jr. (1874-1948) Bible

Photo of James Norman Sauls, Jr., courtesy of Chad Truett

Transcription: This is to Certify That James Norman Sauls And Miss Emma Jane Rodgers Were united by me in the bonds of Holy Matrimony At Home on the 22 day of December in the year of our Lord 1892 Signed Rev. J. M. Weaver

Transcription: Births James N. Sauls son of E. G. and E. J. Sauls borned October 4, 1874 Emma J. Rodgers daughter of J. F. and M. A. Rodgers borned October 8 1873 Adrian A. Abrams daughter of R. F. and Florence M. Abrams borned June 29 1909 Adrian A. Abrams adopted by J. N. Sauls and E. J. Sauls Martha E. Abrams adopted by J. N. Sauls and E. J. Sauls Born Sept. 20, 1924

Transcription-- Deaths: J. Norman Sauls Born 1814 Died Aug 18 1948 
Emma J. Sauls Born Oct. 8 1873 Died July 30, 1950

Transcription: Marriages Raymond L Truett and Martha E Abrams May 16, 1943 
Central Methodist Church, Florence, South Carolina

Minnie Lee (Bryan) Sports Bible 2

Cover of Minnie's Bible

The Combination Holy Bible
D. E. Luther Co.
Atlanta, Georgia

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Minnie Lee (Bryan) Sports Bible

Minnie Lee (Bryan) Sports (1909-1932) Bible

A Holley Bible given to M. L. Bryan by her Father E. L. Bryan

This is to certify that Minnie Lee Bryan and Dudley Sports were united by me in the bonds of Holy Matrimony at Kingstree, S. C. on the 22 day of August in the year of our Lord 1927 in the Presence of Mrs. J. E. Sports and Mrs. L. B. Bryan Signed Judge Snowden

Births: E. L. Bryan was born March the 3d 1861 Anner Rebecca Bryan was born April 7 1872 E. A. Bryan was born Jan 24 1891 W. C. Bryan was born Sept 17 1893 L. B. Bryan was born Sept 17 1893 M. E. Bryan was born July 23 1898 L. D. Bryan was born Oct 19 1901 M. E. Bryan our Mother was born March 21 1834 L. N. Bryan our Father was born April 27 1833 M. L. Bryan was born March 14 1909 H. W. Bryan was born Feb 2 1912 L. D. Sports was born Jan 6 1906 L. D. Sports, Jr. was born July 11, 1928 Baby Sports was born Oct 27 1929

Deaths Of M. E. Bryan who Departed this life the 17 July 1900 E. A. Taylor who departed this life April 1? 1909 Ruby Belle Taylor daughter of W. T. And E.A. Taylor died May 13 1909 W. C. Bryan died Sept. 16 1910 A. R. Bryan died March 28 1914 H. W. Bryan died April 23 1914 L. N. Bryan our Father died October the 12- 1893 T. D. Bryan died the 28 of Feb 1919 Baby Sports died Oct 27 1929 [Notes not legible in Bible: Ella A. Bryan Taylor died April 18 1909]

Marrriages E. L. Bryan and Anner Rebeca Johnson was married Dec 19 1889 E. L. Bryan and O. A. Taylor was married the 22 of Feb 1916 L. D. Sports and M. L. Bryan was married August 22, 1927 [Notes: These are the marriages of Minnie and her father. After her mother died, Emory married Oceana A. Browder who was previously married to William Calvin Taylor]

Minnie Lee (Bryan) Sports

Minnie Lee (Bryan) Sports was born in Williamsburg County, South Carolina, the daughter of Emory L. Bryan and Anna Rebecca Johnson. She married Joseph Dudley Levi Sports (Levi Dudley) 22 August 1927 in Kingstree, Williamsburg County, SC. She died of pulmonary tuberculosis 18 August 1932 in Florence, Florence, SC.

Name: Mrs L D Sports
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 22
Birth Date: 1910
Birth Place: SC
Death Date: 18 Aug 1932
Death Place: Florence, Florence, South Carolina, USA [Outside city]
Father: Evely Bryont [Emory Bryant] b. NC
Mother: Don't know
Informant: J. E. Sports, Effingham, SC
Burial: Aug 19, 1932 Tabernacle [Methodist Church]
Certificate Number: 012120
Volume Number: 23
Cause : Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Love Letters to Margaret Abrams

After 60 years, found love letters still mesmerizing
By F.T. Norton
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 12:48 p.m. 
Catherine Britt thumbs through old letters that she found in her home many years ago and has held on to them in hopes of finding the family of Margarette Abrams, who they are written to and return them. 
Margarette Abrams was stunned in early January when her past came rushing back in a phone call from a stranger. 
"You have what?" she squealed upon hearing the news. 
Love letters found buried for nearly six decades beneath attic insulation in Wilmington stirred memories long forgotten. The words on the dusty, crumbling papers – penned by a beau named Roger – were mesmerizing. 
Dec. 3, 1946: "The radio is on, and right now, ‘You Keep Coming Back Like a Song,' is playing. It doesn't take music to remind me of you, though, since you are in my mind every minute of the day. I go to sleep thinking of you and wondering if you are thinking of me. I wake up wondering if I am going to get a letter from you that day..." 
Roger's heartsong was enchanting. He spoke to and of Margarette with such a whispering gentle love, an innocence that seems foreign in the modern world. 
He wrote nearly every day of songs on the radio, classes he was taking, the view from his University of South Carolina dorm window - all to his muse, a precious high school girl in the Port City. 
March 25, 1947: "Dearest, did I ever tell you how wonderful you are? Did I ever tell you how very, very much I love you? Or why it is that I love you so very much? Sometime when you have about a week to do nothing but listen to me talk I will tell you all of these things. It may take longer than a week..." 
Catherine Britt found the letters in the attic of their Glendale Drive rental home in 2003, and she and her husband Jeremy toted the brittle correspondence around for a decade, wondering who the lovers were. 
The mystery drove the Britts to the library where they were able to find Margarette's class picture in the 1948 New Hanover High School yearbook. 
But beyond that, Margarette was an enigma. Sixty-six years later, the odds of finding her seemed insurmountable. There was no way to know if she or Roger were even still alive. 
"We kept the letters because we felt her or her family would like a part of her history," Catherine said. "When we moved from that house we had packed them up and had forgotten about them until I came across them going through some old totes." 
Each letter ends almost the same, "Yours and yours alone, Roger." 
And as abruptly as the letters began, they ended. Nothing was resolved. In addition to wondering who the people were, the outcome of their relationship also was a mystery. 
The letters from Roger begin in 1945. 
Dec. 28, 1945: "I had wonderful Christmas but there was still one thing missing -- we'll discuss that when I see you again." 
The last indication of contact between the two was an empty envelope postmarked March 1948. 
There were no public records in Wilmington, outside of the yearbook, that listed Margarette Abrams. And property records for the house where the letters were found proved useless. Short of driving to Florence, S.C., records for Roger proved fairly elusive too. But elusive and impossible are two different things. 
The Past Meets the Present 
The Internet, which has made almost obsolete hand-written love letters like Margarette's, helped unlock the mystery. 
Through obituaries, birth records and newspaper clippings, Margarette and Roger were found. 
"I can't believe it," Margarette, 84, sighed from her home in Asheboro when she learned her love letters were still around. The last she knew she'd left them with her sister in Wilmington when she moved away. She'd been meaning to ask Martha what happened to them, but never got around to it. And now Martha is gone. Margarette's best guess is that Martha put them in the attic to store them, and the proclamations of enduring love were accidentally left behind. 
Roger, 86, married and retired, was also surprised that the letters existed. 
"I've often thought of Margarette," he said. 
He said a mutual friend would occasionally mention speaking with her, but the two had no contact since 1948. 
Beyond that, he was uninterested in rehashing the past. Margarette, a private person by nature, was also initially reluctant to speak publicly. But after giving it some thought, she said, she had a change of heart. 
"I was really hoping that this could be something beautiful. People are clamoring for something from the old times. And that's the reason why I will talk about it," she said. 
Margarette was 3 years old in 1932 when her mother died following the birth of the last of her six children. Seven years later, when she was 10, she lost her father and the Abrams children were parceled out to family. 
In 1944, after Margarette's sister Martha married and moved to Wilmington, Margarette joined her. The letters in the attic cache proved other suitors courted the beautiful Margarette through post, but Roger, a school mate she left behind in Florence, was the most prolific and lasting. 
"He said the most wonderful things," she recalled. "I think the reason why I never forgot him is because he treated me like a lady. He was the most gentlemanly human being I'd ever met." 
Oct. 15, 1947: "I love you darling. You are always uppermost in my conscious mind. You are the most important thing in my whole life, and always will be. You are my inspiration and my spirit and I am thoroughly convinced that you are the only one in the world who could handle that position... I'm looking forward to the time when I can give you a big promotion." 
Courtship in the 1940s was unlike the modern era. Most girls didn't do anything more than hold hands and snuggle, Margarette said, and she was no exception. 
"Now if a person dates for two months, the guy expects you to go to bed with them. It would be so good for the young people to see how it used to be," she said. 
For Roger and Margarette, marriage seemed in the cards. But she was still in high school in Wilmington and he was in college 127 miles away. 
Then something happened that was not explained in the letters. 
Even to this day, Margette didn't need a letter to remind her. 
"His friend told him I was unfaithful," she said with a growl. 
At first Margarette pleaded with Roger to believe her, but he cut off all communication. 
"I was miserable," she said. 
After three weeks of silence, her brother-in-law arrived with a letter for her. It was from Roger. 
In it, Roger apologized for disbelieving Margarette, she said. 
"He said that he just couldn't stand it anymore and he was sorry and that he would just like me to forgive his jealous rage," she said. 
Margarette's reply - she is convinced - changed her life forever. 
"I wrote him back and said, ‘You should have thought about that three weeks ago,'" she recalled, her voice catching in her throat. "I've regretted it ever since." 
Life Goes On 
Shortly after the devastating break up, Margarette met and married a dashing and equally smitten boy she worked with at the Walgreens in Winston-Salem, where she lived after graduation. From that union came two boys, Jody and Scott. 
Margarette is now a grandmother of three. Her husband, David, died in 1998 after 49 years of marriage. Four years later, she lost her Jody to cancer. She's been around the world and not strayed far from home. She's welcomed dozens of babies and said goodbye to some. She's lost everything to a hurricane and has rebuilt her life. 
She's happy, and funny, and active and kind. 
In her immaculate home Monday, with her face nearly touching the yellowed pages so she could see, Margarette held the letters in her hands for the first time this millennium. The news of their discovery brought back memories of a time gone by. 
"I feel 15 years old all over again. I look in the mirror and I'm trying to see myself as I was then," she said. 
She's still beautiful, but her strawberry blond hair is white now and her bright blue eyes are failing. 
She began to read aloud one of Roger's letters, then stopped and hid her tears behind the page. Even the countless moons that have passed since she first received the letters have done nothing to dull her love for the boy who adored her so. 
"I was so awful to him," she said. "I never got to explain. I was so angry that he didn't believe me and I cut off my nose to spite my face. 
"I wouldn't want to see him again, because I want him to remember me as I was, but if I could talk to him on the phone to explain..." 
Some things time doesn't heal, she said. 
A broken heart is one. 
"He was my first love. And you never forget your first love." 
F.T. Norton: 343-2070
On Twitter: @FTNorton
Copyright © 2013 — All rights reserved. Restricted use only. Wilmington, NC
Reprinted in The Daily Advance, Wilmington, NC, Sat. Mar 30, 2013

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Robert Thomas Abrams, Sr.

Robert Thomas Abrams married (1) Florence Maybell "Minnie" Grier and (2) Carrie Louise Abrams.

This is a photo of Robert Thomas Abrams, Sr.--back row, 3rd from right, holding stick.

If anyone knows anything about the date, location, and others in the photo, please let me know. I think this may be when he was working on the railroad. Could be SC, NC, or FL.

All Rights Reserved
July 5, 2017
Teresa McVeigh

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dora Icie (Warwick) Ivie Monograph (26 April 1961, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia)

Dora Icie Warwick Ivie Monograph

Written by her daughter Luna Ivie Long as told by Dora Icie Warwick Ivie 26 April 1961 at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA when Dora a patient for duodenal cancer

Mrs. Dora Icie Warwick Ivie b. Jan. 10, 1890 in White Co. about 5 miles from Cleveland. Name after Nora Robinson who stayed with her mother Mary Hannah Potts Warwick during this birth. Dr. (Uncle) Dick Jarrett delivered, who lived near Mossy Creek Church.

Mother had a baby who died of whooping cough. Also was given a baby of Aunt Jane Warwick (sister-in-law). Aunt Jane died when the baby was about 3 weeks old, so her baby was given to Hannah Warwick. So both babies were about the same age and boys. Both caught the whooping cough and died.

When Aunt Bertie was born, Dora and Mamie went to spend the night with Uncle John Nix. When Bernice was born, Dora, Bertie and the other children went down in the "bottoms" to plant corn. John Wesley Warwick (husband) when to Cleveland--he rode a horse about 5 miles--to get a doctor. When they returned, Baby Bernice was already born. Aunt Calley, sister of John Wesley, was holding the baby.

Dora went first to Chattahoochee School until it burned. Then to Macedonia Church while the school was being built. First teacher was David Autry. He had real long hair. The children would pull his hair and jump out the window. He would jump out after them. He was fired--could not keep order. Next teacher was a woman named Leila Brownlow. Schoolhouse was rebuilt. At first it was one room with a big stove. Grades 1 through 7. Mother went through 7th. Sister Mamie went to school one year in Cornelia High School--rented a room from Mr. Sellers to live in.

The house was on about 75 acres and had 8 rooms. The living room was wallpapered. Had 4 head horses. Went to Gainesville one time, paid $500 for 2 work mules. Kept 1 buggy horse, 4 or 5 cows, a few sheep, raised pigs and hogs, chickens, geese and ducks.

Belonged to Zion Methodist church--went every Sunday. Carried dinner and spread tablecloths on ground to Quarterly meetings. Dora would recite poetry or special talks at Sunday School programs. (Dora went with Lester Irvin--or rather he walked home from church with her--her first boyfriend.) Preachers were always coming to the house. Daddy (John Wesley) was a Stewart in the church. Preachers came mostly for Sunday dinner. Have all day singings on Sunday. Always had Saturday meetings once a month at Church. Mother (Hannah) would go on Saturday as she stayed home with John W. Warwick's mother, Mary Ann, on Sunday. She lived with them for 13 years. John W. Warwick's mother and daddy lived in a log house, a big house and backroom through porch to kitchen. Kept milk and butter in the springhouse. Asbury and Mary Ann were moved in because their house was cold and they were getting old. Mary Ann was about 77 and lived to be 90. Asbury lived there about 5 years, then died of pneumonia.

John Wesley would go to Habersham to the Mills to get cloth. Hannah did weave cloth, bedspread. Knitted all stockings (up above knee), dye white stockings with green walnut hulls. Hannah made a suit for father-in-law Asbury Warwick.

Hannah's Mother and Daddy--Melinda (would sit in the corner and smoke a pipe made of clay) and Posey Potts lived at Mossy Creek. Several of their boys lived in Texas so they sold out and moved to Mart, Texas. Hannah's sister Ellie Potts married Jim Hamp Ivie.

Met W. D. Ivie in 1913. W.D. Ivie had gone to work for Floyd Kenimer. John Kenimer brought W.D. to house meet. Met him one Sunday morning--he was wearing a red tie and straw hat.  Walked to Macedonia Church with him and John K. Married 1 year later--Feb. 1, 1914, first day and first Sunday in Feb. Married by Preacher Patterson in home. Made an altar of honeysuckle. Went to church at Zion after a 10:00 wedding. Back home for dinner. Went to W. D. Ivie's home for supper and night.

Brother Wylie and brother Charlie had supper there too but returned home. The third day Dora and Dallas got a two horse wagon to come to Cornelia to buy a bedroom suit, wood range (stove), rocking chair. Also rode in first car that day--belonged to Ed Barr. Next day to Dora's home to get a bed, can stuff, lard, flour. Her daddy gave her $5 and a cow.

Moved to Cornelia--Hill's Mill Road--and lived there 5 years. Then to Cornelia 1 year--Henry was born. Back to Hill's Mill Road on the hill and lived there 5 years. House burned down. Dora and W.D. went to Florida--Vera Beach. W.D. went ahead and Dora came on the train with Henry (6 years) and Luna (18 months). Came back to Cornelia in March--moved to Galloway St.