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.
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
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.
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
(JESSIE &Emma oldest son) JESSIE CROSS JR. HAD 6 CHILDERN
EMILY CROSS ???
JESSIE CROSS JR was called
SALLY CROSS MARRIED DAVE JONES THE JONES/WILSON/HALL CONNECTION
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.
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
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.
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
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.