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200 years of Family History

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  • Hi anony family member; It would be nice to get some pictures of my Sisters. I plan to add more pictures as we go. keep in mind that we have over 500 family members in the Rockford area alone and we are growing every year. Love to you
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  • i wish that there were pics of wanda jean and sweet pea or atleast one of their kids sad but thats the fam for u good job maybe next year
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  • THIS IS Mattie Cross/Woods; She and her sister Aunt Sally Cross/Jones looked like twin. THIS IS HOW AUNT SALLY WOULD HAVE LOOKED.
  • David Jones was called “CROD JONES”
  • Pat & Clifton Daye
  • Tonisha Hall, Mahogany Woods & Donnie Ray Woods
  • JESSIE (JOE) JONES SALLY CROSS/JONES SON LOWER RIGHT IS MARGERT JONES
  • LC, HENRY CLAY AND OTHER WILSON MOM. (LUCY JONES/CROSS) AUNT SALLY CROSS/JONES DAUGHTER
  • Joe Jones and Linda (Johnny) Jones (AUNT SALLY CROSS/JONES SON)
  • MATTIE RUBY AND SIMON WOODS
  • MATTIE & SIMON KIDS left to right top; Jessie, Robert, Joe David. Lower; Tina, Grace, Ruby & Ozie
  • 712 newport
  • FAMILY AT MOM MATTIE FUNERAL
  • LONNIE WOODS, GRACE POWELL AND JOE DAVID WOODS
  • VERLEE, DESIRE & FOUR OF JOE DAVID DAUGHTERS; RUBY RAY, VIOLA, MATTIE & THELMA
  • UNCLE JOE AND UNCLE JESSIE STAYED IN TENN
  • ROCHELL (Aunt Tina son), GRACE & JODY (Uncle Jessie son). AUNT LIT BIT WELCOME HER NEPHEWS TO ROCKFORD
  • UNCLE JESSIE GRANDSON ON THE LEFT; TYRONE WOODS
  • TINA IS FIRST ONE ON THE LEFT, FOLLOWED BY RUBY & OZIE
  • TINA WITH HUSBAND, Willie and her three sons; James Lewis, Rochelle & Steve
  • LOUISE HATES TAKING PICTURES; I STILL GOT THE SHOT
  • LONNIE AND GRACE ( MOD SQUAD)
  • JAMES, DONNIE, ALEX & CARIE WOODS
  • LOVE AND MISS YOU MY FAMILY
  • UNCLE MANGUN AND MATTIE CROSS
  • UNCLE MANGLAE AND AUNT RUBY AT MOMERIAL DAY COOKOUT AT ALEX WOODS HOME
  • Mangle Cross daughter Delores Cross and her daughter Marilyn and family
  • UNCLE MOSES AND AUNT JENNIE AT BETHAL CHURCH BEFORE APRIL 6, 1945
  • Ruby Mae and Sylvester Powell
  • TINA, RUBY AND OZIE; BEAUTIFUL BLACK COUNTRY GIRLS. MY AUNTS ARE THE FINEST WOMEN THAT GOD EVERY MADE
  • DADDY (ROBERT AND TESSIE) AT AGE 25 (1956)
  • THE 2007 FAMILY REUNION COMMITTEE
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    • 1. 186? – 2009 OVER 140 YEARS CROSS WOODS - JARETT - JONES- HALL-WILSON- HUDSON – WHITEHORN FAMILY HISTORY
    • 2. THIS IS OUR PRESENT TO YOU FAMILY
    • 3. HIS NAME WAS JESSIE CROSS THIS IS HIS STORY IT STARTED WITH A CROSS
    • 4. HIS NAME WAS JESSIE CROSS
      • JESSIE WAS BORN 186?
      • Jessie was born in the south east part of the Missouri Territory.
      • Family members say that it was around the St Louis area.
      • Missouri was admitted as a slave state in 1821 as part of the Missouri Compromise
      • This lead us to believe that Jessie MIGHT have been born a slave or he was a baby when the slaves were freed in 1863
    • 5. JESSIE CROSS WAS BORN IN MISSOURI AROUND 1863
      • The area where Jessie was born had a concentration of African Americans slaves, Creoles of French ancestry and some Indians.
      • Family members say that Jessie was an Indian, with skin that was a blazing red complexion.
      • HISTORICAL EVENTS AROUND THE TIME OF JESSIE BIRTH
      • 1860 Nov 6th - Abraham Lincoln elected 16th president of U.S.
      • Jan 1st 1863- Emancipation Proclamation (ending slavery) issued by Lincoln
    • 6. Jessie History
      • Family members say that Jessie was a Blackhawk, although the Indians of the area were; Osage, Sac, Fox, Shawnee, and Delaware.
      • Life was rough on the Blacks & Indians during this time
      • The freed slave Had nothing. The union army would come around their plantations and pass out bread and meat.
      • The Indians were forced off of their land and were forced march to the Oklahoma area.
      • Jessie grew up in the southern Missouri area. Little is know about his childhood. Sometime around 1880, he met and married Emma Hull, who was a Black woman.
    • 7. JESSIE CROSS GOT MARRIED
      • Jessie Cross married Emma Hull around the early 1880’s.
      • Life must have been rough for Jessie and his new wife in Missouri.
      • Jessie heard about a way to make a living in Tennessee call sharecropping.
      • Sometime around 1891, JESSIE, with his wife Emma and their (3) kids left Missouri and moved to Tenn.
      • They moved to Hardman County. Jessie lived around the Bolivar & Whiteville, Tennessee area.
      • Jessie and Emma other two kids, Essex & Jennie were born in Tenn.
    • 8. JESSIE AND HIS FAMILY WORKED AS SHARECROPPERS IN TENNESSEE
    • 9. SHARECROPPING
      • The forty acre and a mule was a lie.
      • Freed slaves didn’t have land of their own. The freed Black & deprived Indian had to make a living.
      • Sharecropping was a practice that emerged following the emancipation of the African-American slaves.
      • Jessie was drawn into a system where he worked a portion of the land owned by whites for a share of the profit from the crops.
      • It became the new form of slavery.
    • 10. 1865/1920’s Jessie had a family to feed
      • JESSIE would get all the seeds, food, and equipment they needed from the company store, which allowed them to run a tab throughout the year. He had to settle up once the crops, usually cotton, were gathered.
      • The white landowner was Sam Norman, whom they called boss
      • When accounting time came, JESSIE was always a few dollars short of what he owed Sam Norman , so he had to began each new year with a deficit.
    • 11. JESSIE CROSS FIRST MARRAGE WAS TO EMMA HULL THEY HAD A TOTAL OF 5 CHILDERN
      • THE KIDS BORN OF EMMA HULL/CROSS
      • JESSIE JR (est. 1883)
      • SALLY CROSS 1885
      • MATTIE CROSS 1888
      • JENNIE CROSS 1891
      • ESSEX CROSS 1893
      • ( Jessie wife Emma Cross died around 1893 or 1894
      • After her death, Jessie married again. He married a lady called Aunt Mis Cross , from which a son named Mangum Cross was born
    • 12. JESSIE CROSS 2 nd MARRIAGE WAS TO AUNT MIS THEY HAD 2 CHILDERN
      • Jessie & Aunt Mis kids were Mangle Cross & Neisse Cross
      • Sally, Mattie & Mangle had Jessie Cross Indian feature
      • Jessie Jr & Jennie had their mother Emma Cross features.
    • 13. JESSIE CROSS FIRST SET OF KIDS DID NOT GET ALONG WITH THEIR NEW STEPMOTHER
      • Emma kid’s hated Aunt Mis because she mistreated them.
      • JESSIE had to stop the kids from throwing her into the fireplace.
      • This is why Mattie was raise by her aunt
    • 14. (JESSIE &Emma oldest son) JESSIE CROSS JR. HAD 6 CHILDERN
      • ECHART CROSS
      • EMILY CROSS ???
      • WILLIAM CROSS
      • ESSEX CROSS
      • LINDALE CROSS
      • LUCILLE CROSS
      • JESSIE CROSS JR was called
      • (Buddy)
    • 15. SALLY CROSS MARRIED DAVE JONES THE JONES/WILSON/HALL CONNECTION
    • 16.
      • Salley & David KIDS
      • SALLY AND MATTIE LOOKED LIKE TWINS
      • EFFIE MAE JONES
      • GEURTRUDE JONES
      • LUCY JONES(L B WILSON)
      • JESSIE (Joe) JONES(Marge Buchanan)
      • DOROTHY JONES
      • MATTIE JONES(Willie Hall)
      • Casey, Henry Clay, LC Wilson, are Sally Grandkids
      • Aunt Sally moved to Jackson Tenn. where she stayed.
      • IN 1950, Her son, Jessie (Joe) Jones and his cousin, Stone Polk moved to Rockford. They got a job working on the railroads.
      (Jessie & Emma oldest girl Sally) SALLY CROSS MARRIED DAVE JONES
    • 17.  
    • 18. JABBO CROSS
    • 19.
      • LUCY JONES MARRIED
      • L.B. WILSON; THEIR KIDS
      • MATTIE JONES MARRIED WILLIE HALL; THIER KIDS
      • CASEY WILSON
      • OZELLA WILSON
      • LUCILLE WILSON
      • HENRY
      • AUDREY
      • L.C.
      • RAYMOND
      • MAE OLA WILSON/CRUTCHFIELD
      • GERTIE WILSON/MARTIN
      • CALVIN
      • GREG
      • AVERIL
      • CLIFTON (BUCK) DAYE
      • PATRICIA HALL
      • LISA HALL/WILKINS
      • JAMES HALL
      • TIMOTHY HALL
      • VICTOR HALL
      SALLY CROSS/JONES DAUGHTERS GOT MARRIED
    • 20. Pat Hall and family
    • 21. Hall & Daye
    • 22. COUSINS
    • 23.  
    • 24.  
    • 25. Joe Jones
    • 26.
      • JESSIE (JOE) JONES married Margret Gaston
      • JOE JONES KIDS
      • Ivory-
      • Dave-
      • Johnny-
      • Mike -
      • Ralph-
      • Lonnie-
      • Jimmy-
      • Kenney & Frances
      SALLY JONES/CROSS GRANDKIDS
    • 27.  
    • 28.  
    • 29. HENRY CLAY & LUCILLE WILSON
    • 30.  
    • 31. THE JONES
    • 32. MATTIE CROSS MARRIED SIMON WOODS THE WOODS CONNECTION
    • 33. (JESSIE &Emma 2 ND girl) MATTIE CROSS married SIMON WOODS
      • Mattie was born March 18 TH , 1888
      • She died at the age of 91
      • Mattie mother, Emma died when Mattie was only (5) years old.
      • Mattie was raised by her Aunt , (Annie Mae or Aunt Kelsey)
    • 34. MOM MAT MATTIE CROSS/WOODS
    • 35. MATTIE HUSBAND SIMON WOODS
      • Mattie married Simon Woods in 19??
      • SIMON FATHER WAS DAVE WOODS,
      • SIMON MOTHER WAS ADIE WOODS
      • SIMON WAS BORN MARCH 25 TH 1875 around the Whiteville & Bolivar area.
      • Simon (Papa Suge) Woods die March 1 st , 1977. He was 101 years old when he died.
      • Simon had (4) sisters and (1) brother. They were Fannie, Martha Ann, Daisy Bell, Altie and Ben Woods
    • 36.  
    • 37. Mattie & Simon History
      • Mattie and Simon were married around the early 1900. She was around 17 years old when they were married. They had (8) kids. She was 42 when her last son was born Nov 10 th , 1930.
      • They sharecropped for a White man name Sam Norman. It was hard getting Simon to go to the field.
      • They lived in Whiteville, on a dirt road called ???
      • Their son, Robert and Jennie lived up on the hill above them. They worked the field all week & went to town on Saturday to shop and socialize.
    • 38. MATTIE CROSS & SIMON WOODS had (10) CHILDREN & 60 grandkids
      • JOE DAVIS WOODS (6 Girls-2 Boys)
      • RUBY MAY WOODS (1Girl (Adopted)
      • JESSIE WOODS (6B-6G)
      • WILLIE WOODS (Died from a gun accident. Shotgun accidently went off) (He was only 12 years old)
      • LIL SISTER WOODS (Died young)
      • OZIE WOODS (2B)
      • ESSEX WOODS (BOCAT) (9B-3G)
      • ELLEN Christina (TINA) WOODS (4B-4G)
      • ROBERT WOODS (PRE) (8B- 7G)
      • GRACE WOODS (LIT BIT) (1B-1G)
    • 39. Taken in 1977 at Mom Mat funeral
    • 40. Simon & Mattie Cross/Woods oldest son Joe Dave Woods married Rena Mae (They had 8 kids & 30 grandkids)
      • Joe & Rena kids
      • Ruby ray (4G-4B)
      • Roscoe (3B- 4G)
      • Mattie (1B-1G kids)
      • Thelma (1B-1G)
      • Viola (3girls)
      • Virginia (2boys 1 g)
      • Bennie Ruth (1G)
      • Joe Jr (Pete)(2G-2B)
      • Joe was
      • Born Oct 29 th 1910
      • Died 3-16-1994
      • Rena Mae was born
      • May 20 th 1919
      • Died 8-30-2004
    • 41. Ozie & Mattie Woods
    • 42. Mom Mattie & Lonnie woods
    • 43. Popp (suge) Simon Woods, Ruby Mae & Meagan
    • 44.  
    • 45.  
    • 46.  
    • 47. Joe Dave Daughter
    • 48. Simon & Mattie Cross/Woods (2 nd ) Son Jessie Woods married Louvennie Crowder (12kids)
      • Lennie mae
      • Jodie
      • Sadie mae
      • Zenova
      • Shirley
      • Jessie Jr
      • George T
      • Timothy
      • Doris
      • Jerry
      • Elizabeth
      • Forrestine
    • 49. Uncle Joe & Uncle Jessie stayed in Tennessee
      • The other brothers and sisters moved North to Rockford
    • 50.  
    • 51. Jody and grandkids ?
    • 52. Jessie Woods grandson, Tyrone Woods & family
    • 53. Life goes on. Thank God I was born a; (Woods/Cross/Jones/Jarrett) (Family Reunion 2007 Rockford Il)
    • 54. Simon & Mattie Cross/Woods 3 rd son Essex Woods married Velvet Rose (11 kids & 17 grandkids)
      • Le’aseter (1B-1G)
      • Desire (1B)
      • Leon (2G)
      • Charles Frank (1B)
      • Chester (2B-2G)
      • Larry (2G-2B)
      • Emma (3G)
      • Mansfield (0)
      • Terrance (2B)
      • Teresa (0)
      • Bruce (3G)
    • 55.  
    • 56.  
    • 57. Essex with (5) Generations
    • 58. FRANK & FAYE WOODS
    • 59. Simon & Mattie Cross/Woods 2 nd oldest daughter Tina Blake married Willie Blake (8 kids/18 grandkids)
      • Rochelle (0)
      • James Lewis (0)
      • Genève (3B)
      • Steve(1B)
      • Jean(2G)
      • Bridge(1B-1G)
      • Willie (June Bug)(1B-2G)
      • Buranett (Pumpkin)(2G-5B)
    • 60. TINA BLAKE
    • 61. Tina oldest daughter; Genève and husband Pete Woods family
    • 62.  
    • 63. JAMES LOUIS , CARIE, & LEON (BO) Wife Maggie and daughter cerrina
    • 64. TINA daughter , Jean and granddaughter
    • 65. Tina daughters, Jean and Buranett (Pumpkin)
    • 66. Peg looks just like Tina
    • 67.
      • Len dell 3b-2g
      • Alvin 1b-2g
      Simon & Mattie Cross/Woods daughter Ozie Woods Loved Priton Murphy (2kids/8 grandkids) Born 5-23-1921
    • 68.
      • Lindale Married Betty
      • They had (5) kids
      • Alvin married
      • He has 1 boy & 2 girls
      • Ronnie
      • Jerry
      • Timothy
      • 2 daughters
      Ozie had (2) kids
    • 69.
      • Jerry and family
      Ozie grandson and great-grand daughter
    • 70. Ozie grandson Jerry Woods
    • 71.
      • Verlee (Polly) married Bobby They has 3 boys & 2 girls
      • Lonnie married
      • They has 1 boy & 2 girls
      • Leris Moore
      • Shandia
      • Mele
      Mattie & Simon youngest daughter Grace She has 1 girl & 1 boy
    • 72. Simon & Mattie Cross/Woods Grace Sowell 1b-2g
      • ? Verlee (3B-2G) & Chie Chie ?
      • LONNIE 1B-2G
    • 73.  
    • 74. Grace and her 2 daughters (Verlee husband Bobby)
    • 75. Lonnie Woods (three generations)
    • 76. Simon & Mattie Cross/Woods Robert Woods Married Jennie Perry (15kids(29+18 =47 grandkids)
      • 8 Children/ Jennie Perry
      • Carrie (2B-1G )
      • Margaret (3B)
      • Alex (1B-4G)
      • Donald (Donnie) (3B-5G)
      • Lillian (Peg) 1G-2B)
      • James(2G)
      • Juanita (2b)
      • Delores 2G-1B)
      • 7 Children/ Tessie Holliman
      • Joe (0)
      • Louise( Sweet Pea) (2B-1G)
      • Wanda (2G-1B)
      • Robert (2B-3G)
      • Marvin (Molly) (1B2G)
      • Alberta (1B)
      • Brian (2B-1G)
    • 77. Robert Woods
    • 78.  
    • 79.  
    • 80. Donnie & Ellen with 3 generations
    • 81. Jennie Woods as a Teenager
    • 82. OLD SCHOOL (1970’S) G’S
    • 83. Alex, Wife Mary (Eve) & Pastor Lee Crowder
    • 84. MAHOGANY AND ALEX WOODS 7-18-2009
    • 85. ALEXANDER LAMONT WOODS BORN9-21-70 DIED 11-30-93
    • 86. TIAUNA & ALEXANDER LaMONT THE THIRD
    • 87. Alexander Lamont Jr daughter Tiauna Woods
    • 88. CARIE AND DONNA WOODS
    • 89. Carie & lit Cora
    • 90. JENNIE CROSS MARRIED MOSES JARRETT THE JARRETT CONNECTION
    • 91.
      • Jennie & Moses had 4 Kids
      • History note
      • THOMAS JARRETT (3G)
      • EMMA LEE JARRETT (1B) Her son Robert, Died in Viet Nam)
      • PAUL JARRETT (Lives in Kankakee)
      • ROBERT JARRETT (Vezalla 1B-1G)(Jannie (2B)
      • PAUL JARRETT WAS FIRST FAMILY MEMBER BORN IN ROCKFORD
      (JESSIE & Emma (3 rd ) girl) Jennie Cross married Moses Jarrett
    • 92.
      • The first to move to Rockford
      • Jennie Cross/Jarrett
      Uncle Moses Jarrett & Aunt Jennie Jarrett
    • 93.
      • They had three Girls
      • Thomas become Sheriff
      • Debra
      • Jennifer
      • Toni
      • Aunt Jennie was the first family member to die in Rockford. She is buried in Cedar Bluff cemetery.
      • Uncle Moses died 1978, he is buried in Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
      • Tommy became one of Rockford first Black Sheriffs in 1956 at the age of 30.
      • Had many gun battles, arrested Whites and delivered babies .
      • Cousin Thomas is a bad mother, SHUT my mouth.
      THOMAS JARETT Married Pearl
    • 94.
      • LC WILSON, DEBRA JARRETT & DESIRE
    • 95.
      • ROBERT HAD (?) KIDS
      • THOMAS JARRETT, ROBERT JARRETT & JIMMY C
      ROBERT JARRETT
    • 96. MANGLAE CROSS MARRIED SAVANNAH TAYLOR THE CROSS CONNECTION
    • 97. ESSEX CROSS (Jessie second son)
      • NO KIDS
    • 98.
      • MANGLAE CROSS had 6 kids
      • ( Savannah Taylor) daughter
      • JENNY LOU CROSS
      • ROBERT CROSS(Bubba)
      • MAUDE BEA CROSS
      • PERCY LEE CROSS
      • ESSIE BEA CROSS
      • DELORES CROSS
      • ROSIE BELL CROSS (Neely)
      (JESSIE & Aunt Mis youngest son) MANGLAE CROSS MARRIED Savannah Taylor
    • 99. BROTHER AND SISTER
    • 100.  
    • 101. Mangle Cross Son ROBERT (BUBBA) CROSS
    • 102. Bubba married Cynthia Gurily They had (7) kids
      • TOMMY (1g) (1B)
      • BRENDA JEAN (2b)
      • RONNIE (4B) (2G)
      • DERRICK (2G)
      • GREG (2B) (2G)
      • SHARON (2B)
      • MICHELL (3G)
    • 103. Robert (Bubba) Cross son; Tommy (stone) Cross & Alex Woods
    • 104. Tommy, Lee and Viola
    • 105. BUBBA DAUGHTER MICHELL & HER DAUGHTER ?
    • 106. Bubba grandson Barnet Cross
    • 107. Bubba wife Cynthia Mae and Derrick
    • 108. Marilyn Herring and family
    • 109. (JESSIE & Aunt Mis youngest daughter) NESSIE CROSS ()
      • No kids
    • 110. WILLIAM (JABBO) CROSS DAUGHTER MARRIED A HUDSON ROSALYN CROSS (TAGES MOTHER) MARRIED A HUDSON THE HUDSON CONNECTION
    • 111. Jessie Cross was Jabbo Cross Uncle
      • Sally, Mattie, Jennie and Mangum was William (Jabbo) Cross First Cousin
      • Do not know if Jabbo was Jessie Cross sister or brother son.
      • I believe that Jessie Cross looked something like Jabbo Cross. Jabbo has strong Indian features
      • Jabbo married a Hudson
    • 112. William (Jabbo) Cross Jabbo Cross Kids
      • Hudson Blood line
      • Rosalyn Cross (Tages Mother) married a Hudson
      • Candy Cross
      • Essie Cross
      • Methuen Cross
      • William Cross Jr.
      • Rosie Gibes
    • 113. TAGES HUDSON (looking like Jabbo)
    • 114. PICTURE OF Ms HUDSON
    • 115.  
    • 116. THE WHITEHORN CONNECTION
    • 117. JESSIE CROSS HAD A NEICE NAMED MARTHA ANN CROSS. MARTHA ANN DAUGHTER (CECILIA) MARRIED A WHITEHORN
      • Mattie Cross cousin, Martha Ann cross.
      • Had a daughter named Cecilia Jones.
      • Cecilia married Oscar Whitehorn; They had a Daughter named Ray Whitehorn/Woods
      • Cecilia Jones father was Red Jones
    • 118. Ray Whitehorn
    • 119.
      • THE POLK’S,
      • STONE POLK & ROBERT POLK
      • ARE MATTIE WOODS FIRST COUSINS
      THE POKE CONNECTION The Poke’s were Mattie’s Cross/Woods first cousin
    • 120.
      • OUR FAMILY STARTED THE GREAT MIGRATION NORTH IN THE EARLY 1920’S.
      • JESSIE KIDS WERE TRIED OF THE BACK BREAKING LABOR OF PICKING COTTON WITH NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT.
      • THERE WAS TALK OF GOOD PAYING JOBS IN THE NORTH
      THE GREAT MIGRATION NORTH
    • 121. WHY OUR FAMILY MOVED NORTH
      • When accounting time came, Jessie was always a few dollars short of what he owed the landowner.
      • As that deficit grew , Jessie found it impossible to escape from his situation. The hard, backbreaking work was physically destroying their lives.
      • Jessie also had to deal with the unbeatable figures at the company store. The new whip was the pencil.
      • Those with the courage to match their imaginations escaped to the North, the land of opportunity.
      • That person in our family was Jessie & Emma youngest daughter, Jennie.
      • .
    • 122. THE LORD WILL MAKE A WAY
      • Jessie & Emma (baby girl); Aunt Jennie had a dream.
      • Jennie, born in 1891, was the youngest & saw how the life of a sharecropper led nowhere.
      • She saw how it has beaten her Mother & father down.
      • She was an eyewitness to what it was doing to her family
      • Jennie and Moses prayed for the courage and with only their faith in the Lord, they left the south.
      • SHE WOULD LEAD HER FAMILY TO THE PROMISED LAND UP NORTH.
    • 123.
      • The first to move to Rockford
      • Jennie Cross/Jarrett
      Uncle Moses Jarrett & Aunt Jennie Jarrett
    • 124. JENNIE & MOSES JARRETT
      • Moses and Jennie was married in 19??.
      • When Jennie was around 29 years old, They moved back to the Missouri area where Jessie Cross was born.
      • They moved to E. St Louis, Illinois in 1920’s. We don’t know if Jennie had family members still living there. There is a good chance that she did.
      • Moses got a job as a cook on a steamboat. He traveled up & down the Mississippi river.
      • Their kids, Tomas Jarrett was born 1-19-1926 and Emma was born in (1-15-1928) in E. St Louis Il.
      • Moses & Jennie, later on, moved their family to Rockford Il in the spring of 1929.
      • They rode in the back of a Greyhound Bus to Rockford.
    • 125. The great depression hit the U.S. in Oct of 1929
      • Moses and Jennie arrived in Rockford (7) months before the Great Depression hit.
      • When they arrived in Rockford, the City was not yet feeling the effects of it.
      • During the Depression, life was very difficult for farmers, but it wasn’t much better in the cities.
    • 126. In (1929 ) Moses & Jennie Jarrett were THE FIRST TO MIGRATED NORTH TO ROCKFORD
      • The "Great Migration," as it came to be called.
      • Thousands of African-Americans left the South to escape sharecropping, the great depression, and the lynch mob.
      • They sought higher wages, better homes, and political rights.
      • Between 1930 and 1970, the Great migration transformed the country's African-American population from a predominately southern, rural group to a northern, urban one.
    • 127. ROCKFORD 1929
      • The Great Depression affected Black Americans
      • No group in America were more adversely affected by the Depression than Blacks. Blacks who had difficulty getting jobs in prosperous times had ever more problems as competition for a dwindling number of jobs intensified.
      • This was the life that Moses & Jennie faces in Rockford.
      • Many of night when the bills were due and the funds were low, they prayed to the lord to make a way.
    • 128. ROCKFORD (1930); THE ROCK RIVER VALLEY
    • 129. ROCKFORD 1930’S Black could not walk on the same side of the street as the Whites. They had to step aside and let the Whites pass.
    • 130. Moses and Jennie lived at many different places in Rockford; Mostly Southside
      • Their first home was on Ferguson St, in the middle of block on the west side of street.
      • From Ferguson they moved to Hulin.
      • They left Hulin Ave. and moved to corner of Court St and Cedar St. (across from the Black owned Bridge Hotel).
      • Next they moved to Winnebago St, next to the Montague library.
      • Later on they brought their first home on Stanley Ave. Many family members came afterward and stayed with them.
      • Uncle Moses drove a truck, picking up scrap metal during the depression.
      • Trusting in the Lord, Moses became a deacon at Bethel Baptist Church on Harrison Ave.
    • 131.  
    • 132. America enters world war 2
      • December 8, 1941 was the date of the U.S. declaration of war, but in fact the U.S. was at war December 7, 1941 at about 7:55 AM when the Japanese attacked. This war, while not unexpected, was not the war the U.S. wanted to be in because it was felt that Germany was the greater threat. Hitler didn't declare war against the U.S. until December 11,1941.
      • The U.S. was in the war long before it was declared.
      • The U.S. was supplying the British army in their war with Germany
    • 133. Uncle Jessie Woods & Thomas Jarrett both served in WWII
      • Jessie Cross grandson, Jessie Woods and great-grandson Thomas Jarrett, were our first family members to serve in WWII
      • Jessie was a foot soldier station in Italy.
      • Thomas Jarrett was only (18) in 1943 when he join. He was in the Tank division stationed in Germany.
      • He was in the battle of Africa.
      • His ship was nearly hit by torpedo.
      • His tank was hit by German rocket.
      • His Mom (Jennie ) died while he was fighting in the war. It took the Army (4) months to find him to tell him of her death which was (4-6-1945) when Aunt Jennie died.
    • 134. PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT NEW DEAL HELPED END THE GREAT DEPRESSION
      • World War two lasted from 1939 to 1945.
      • President Roosevelt wife, Mrs. Roosevelt, was concerned about the special difficulties Blacks encountered by racism.
      • She worked to make sure that Black were included in and benefitted from the New Deal programs.
      • For the first time since Reconstruction, Black Americans began to feel they had friends in the White House.
      • As a result, Blacks in the North began voting strongly Democratic for the first time.
      • A new age of prosperity was returning.
      • There was now JOBS and more JOBS in the cities
    • 135. DURING & AFTER THE WAR, JOBS WERE AVAILABLE. JENNIE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS CAME TO ROCKFORD
      • Jennie niece, Aunt Ruby Mae and Sylvester Powell took a bus to Rockford in 1942. They moved in with Moses & Jennie.
      • Next came Jennie niece, Ozie Woods, she rode the bus in 1945.
      • Her niece, Tina Woods came in 1950.
      • Then nephews, Robert and Essex Woods came in Dec 1956.
      • Her nephews, Robert (Bubba) Cross, Jessie (Joe) Jones & niece, Grace Sowell came later in the 1950’s.
    • 136.  
    • 137. TINA, RUBY AND OZIE BEAUTIFUL BLACK COUNTRY GIRLS
    • 138.  
    • 139. Life goes on. Thank God I was born a; (Woods/Cross/Jones/Jarrett) (Family Reunion 2007 Rockford Il)
    • 140. THE FAMILY THAT PRAYS TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER (2007)
    • 141. TO BE CONTINUE EVERY OTHER YEAR
      • Bring me pictures and more information about our family. It will be added to 2011 Family Reunion presentation.
      • ARE YOU WILLING TO BE ON NEXT YEAR’S FAMILY REUNION COMMITTEE ?????????
      • 2011 in Rockford Il
      • Contact Alex Woods at 815-222-2567
      • Or by e-mail
      • [email_address]

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