Friday, October 10
Picture of 4th great grandmother and grandfather .........
This is a picture of my 4th great grandparents ; Marianne Clopton Reid and Andrew Reid . My g.fathers first wife committed suicide after giving birth to twin boys.According to the dates they weren't even 6 weeks old . I have heard that she stabbed herself with a pair of scissors.My father said that such things weren't talked about much back then because it was shameful. Andrew was left with the infants to raise alone. One died at 10 months old and the other at 3 years old.The remaining twin died after his marriage to Marianne.
Marianne and Andrew had a seamstress named Mary Harris,she was unmarried, and had a son named Joel Chandler Harris. Andrew gave them a home behind their home on the plantation and paid for Joel's education. You might recognize the name of Joel ; he went on to be the famous writer of the popular stories called "Uncle Remus".
Harris was certainly not the first writer the Clopton family had patronized or influenced artistically. This ancient family which can prove its lineage back to the days of William the Conqueror,and rubbed shoulders with William Shakespeare.
Thank you for letting me share this piece of history with you.
Posted by Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey at 9:06 AM