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Sarah Miller and Lee Brannon

I wasn’t able to find many documents that provided information on Sarah Miller, especially documents that I could prove were her. I was able to find her in the 1920 and 1930 censuses, but I wasn’t able to find anything … Continue reading

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Irwin Loray Mill – Thomas Jackson and Emma Miller

Though both of these names are extremely common, I was able to locate both of these people, at least at one point, in records. According to the information I was able to find, Thomas Jackson was born around 1896 in … Continue reading

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Henry Chambers

After searching for Dail Lathan on ancestry.com and repeatedly coming up with nothing I decided to move on too the household of Henry Chambers. I was able to track Henry Chambers and his family back to South Carolina in the … Continue reading

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Loray Project: Nettie Sandifer

As part of our class’s attempt at analyzing why so many of the black families living in the Loray Cotton Mill were from South Carolina, I began to research both Rebekah Ruffin and Nettie Sandifer. Although I used many different resources … Continue reading

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Loray Mill Project

The first village occupant of the Loray Mill that I researched was an African American male named Ben Adams. From my initial research (the 1920 census), I was able to find out that Ben was an office man at the … Continue reading

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George Roseborough and Fred Murray

The first family I was assigned to was that of George Roseborough (24), his wife Fannie (22), and his daughter Mary (4). In the 1920 census I found that all three of them were born in South Carolina and had … Continue reading

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Lonnie Barber

I began my search by trying to find “Silver Miller,” but perhaps because his name was Miller and he lived in a “mill town” I had a lot of trouble finding him. Lon Barber was somewhat easier. According to the Federal Census, in 1920 … Continue reading

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Tom Jackson, Ernest Chamblin, Jessie S Sanders, Loray Mill

Tom Jackson Tom Jackson was born in 1878 in Bethel, York, South Carolina to parents Bill and Ella Jackson. The 1900 Census tells us that Tom was the older brother to siblings Venia Jackson and Lee Jackson. At age 17, … Continue reading

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Crockett and McKennie Families

The Crocketts lived in Gastonia for the first half of the twentieth century. The first record of their residence in Gastonia exists in the 1910 Federal Census. According to the 1910 Federal Census, Lawrence Crockett and Mattie McKennie were born … Continue reading

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Loray Mill: Irvin Lindsay and Alex Adams

I began my research on Irvin Lindsay by analyzing the 1920 census (above).  In 1920 Irvin Lindsay was living with his wife Henrrietta in Gastonia. They had been married for about 13 years.   Lindsay lived in a rented house.  … Continue reading

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