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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.

20 comments:

MARIA said...

Thank you Theresa so much for sharing this story. I like to read old family story, yours is interesting.

Have a blessing weekend!

Shelia said...

Morning, Theresa. Oh, my, what a story!! Poor lady...stabbing one's self with scissors must've hurt like the dickens!! Poor thing. Your ancestors were very handsome folks and to think they were so wealthy and famous!! May I continue to come to your blog, oh one of famous ancestor? lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Smilingsal said...

Theresa, you've got some interesting history!

jeanne said...

Theresa, Your family history is so interesting. Keep it coming girl. A lineage to be very proud of.

I just have to wait and see about my knee. I am supposed to be looking for redness, soreness, and heat around the incision. Sigh. It scares me so much. I am heavy hitting the prayers.

Love...Jeanne

Judy said...

This is so interesting. I hope you post more.

Joanne Kennedy said...

Wow! How interesting. How did you get the photos? I love to find out info on my family history. Just started to learn more and more.

You are lucky to have so much information on your family.

Hugs,
Joanne

judicreations said...

What an interesting story to share with us! Isn't that something. Now I bet those books would never even have been written had it not been for your great grandfather!
Thats how some things happen out of the goodness of others.
Have a lovely weekend.
Judi

Kimonos and Sushi said...

What a great piece of family history. My mother has compilesd all my husbands family history. Some information is just wonderful to know about.Thanks again for sharing a snippet of your history. If Family history isn't passed on them the next generation has holes to fill.
You have a great weekend
Hugs
:)Andrea

krystyna said...

Hi Theresa!
Writing Family History is a good idea.
I'd like to know my ancestors history. Maybe some day sombody will write.

And photos are fabulous.
Thank you for sharing!

Have a blessing weekend!

krystyna said...

Your template with this black ground looks wonderful. Pics on black look nicer. Good idea.

Lorrie said...

Hi Theresa what an interesting story. I love family stories like this one. You're so fortunate to have these pictures and so much information--many times that all gets lost.

I dropped in to visit your blog and I really like it a lot!

Lorrie

Jan and Tom's Place said...

I find family history, the best!!! And yours is no exception!!

jeanne said...

Theresa, I stopped in to say hello my friend. I am still waiting for more of your fabulous family history. I bet you are busy putting it all together. Your photos are wonderful.

Love...Jeanne

Dawn said...

Old family stories are so much fun to read. I can't imagine stabbing myself with scissors (though I did sit on a pair when I was younger..ouch!).

That was an interesting bit of family history.

take care,
Dawn

Marie Antionette said...

I could never be bored with pictures and stories like this.Your family history is wonderful and exciting.I love looking to see what people wore and where they lived.I know you must be very proud.you should be.I bet she had posr patom depression.They did not know about such things like that.I love this.Thanks for sharing. hugs Marie Antionette

jeanne said...

Theresa, how do I get to your paper doll website. I have been looking, but no luck.

Hugs...Jeanne

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Hi Theresa,
I think you should write a book...not to many families know that much about their long lost ancestors...how many years back has you family been in the US....I really have no history here in the US mine is from Ireland and Portugal via Hawaii....I love your stories.
Hugs,
Mo :-)

emily said...

I love to hear old family stories! I wish I knew more about mine way back then, I guess I will have to investigate :)
emily

Nancy said...

Theresa,I always enjoy your history stories! I LOVE to read about past times! nancy

The W.O.W. factor said...

How interesting! Journals of families, I'm finding is crucial, however, I've yet to find much on my families!