Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Jerry

Farmer And Mule by Fpg

Jerry McQueen had more than dna in common with his Scottish-born father, Alexander "Marcus" McQueen, a love of the land and an eye for the ladies.

Jerry McQueen was born November 12, 1848 in Montgomery County, North Carolina, in what was called "Holllingsworth District". He was the oldest son of Linda "Len" or "Lindy" McQueen. His mother, Lindy, was a slave, and his father, Alexander "Sandy" McQueen was the Scottish-born man who held her in slavery. The racially mixed Jerry McQueen, was born into slavery, as it did not end until he was a teenager.  I believe the below record probably refers to Lindy and Jerry.

Gender:Female
Race:Black
Age:19
Birth Date:1831
Residence Date:1850
Residence Place:Montgomery, North Carolina, USA
Name of Slave Owner:Alexr Mc quean
All Enslaved People:
GenderAge
Female19
Male1


Sandy McQueen had a legal wife, Sarah Batten McQueen, who was of his own complexion. Together they had born and raised 9 children. The youngest of those 9 legitimate children was Neil McQueen. Neil was 8 years younger than his youngest full sibling, Sarah. He was also born in 1848, the same year as Jerry. As an adult, Neil McQueen would record the various platitudes of his family in a Family Bible, as was typical of the day. He recorded his grandparents arrival in Wilmington as immigrants from Scotland. He recorded the births and marriages of his siblings. But what was quite unusual for the time, Neil also recorded the birthdates of his mixed-race half-siblings, with his own father listed as theirs. His father had 12 children with three enslaved women, Hannah, Lea and Lindy. Jerry was one of them.

In the 1870 census, the first in which formerly enslaved people are listed by name, Jerry is seen working as a laborer in Mineral Springs, Richmond County.


Name:Jerry Mcqueen
Birthplace:North Carolina
Dwelling Number:82
Home in 1870:Mineral Springs, Richmond, North Carolina
Race:Mulatto
Gender:Male
Post Office:Rockingham
Occupation:Field Hand
Cannot Read:Y
Cannot Write:Y
Household Members:
NameAge
Richmond Yates50
Nancy Yates70
Jerry Mcqueen



The Yates family he is working for lives right next door to the family of his half-brother, James Murdock McQueen, so there is the connection to Richmond County.


Name:Jerre Mc Quen
Gender:Male
Marriage Date:1871
Marriage Place:Montgomery, North Carolina, USA
Spouse:Clara McCaskill
Spouse Gender:Female
Event Type:Marriage



The very next year, in 1871, Jerry would marry his first wife, Clarice "Clara" McCaskill, daughter of  Alexander "Sandy" Morrison and Violet McCaskill. Together, they would have 8 children:

1873: Louisa (or Sarah Louisa)
1876: Cornelius
1879: Sarah (yes another Sarah)
1883: Robert
1887: Eliza Roxanna
1887: Archibald aka "Archie"
1889: Mollie
1889: Stella

It appears Clara was prone to have twins.


Name:Clarise Mc Queen
Age:30
Birth Date:Abt 1850
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1880:Hollingsworth, Montgomery, North Carolina, USA
Dwelling Number:46
Race:Mulatto
Gender:Female
Relation to Head of House:Wife
Marital status:Married
Spouse's name:Jerry Mc Queen
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Occupation:Keeps House
Cannot Write:Yes
Neighbors:
Household Members:
NameAge
Jerry Mc Queen31
Clarise Mc Queen30
Sarah Mc Queen7
Coranelious Mc Queen4
Sarah Mc Queen1
Calvin Jones15




In 1880, they are living in the Hollingsworth Township section of Montgomery County, where Jerry grew up. Clarice is also listed as mulatto, so she was, like Jerry, of mixed race. Fifteen year old Calvin Jones is listed as a nephew. Their 3 oldest children have been born. Jerry is a farmer, but the record holds other surprises. Both other children are noted as having attended school and can read and write, and right next door is a McCaskill family and the head of the household, Darions, is only a year older than Clarice. Could he be her brother?

Also nearby is the septigenarian Cager Brewer, who keeps coming up amongst or near the families I have been researching.


Name:Mary J. Ward
Age:23
Birth Date:Abt 1857
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1880:Hill, Montgomery, North Carolina, USA
Dwelling Number:26
Race:White
Gender:Female
Relation to Head of House:Niece
Marital status:Single
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Cannot Read:Yes
Cannot Write:Yes
Neighbors:
Household Members:
NameAge
Darcas Brewer35
Annette Brewer10
Mary J. Ward23


Shortly after this census, Jerry McQueen would establish a long-term relationship with Mary Jane Ward. Mary Jane was a granddaughter of Micajah "Cager" Brewer, a child of his daughter Elizabeth Brewer and her husband, Henry Ward. There was another factor in the relationship of Jane Ward and Jerry McQueen, besides the fact she was a single woman and he was a married man. Against all social norms of the era, Jerry McQueen being half Scottish and half African, was a man of color. Mary Jane Ward was of European decent, and white.


It would be really interesting to be able to look back in time and  see the dynamics of these relationships. Did the women know about each other? I'm sure the mistress, Jane, must have known about the wife, Clara. Did Clara know Jerry was spending time with Jane? Did he rotate from one to another?

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The first child of Jerry McQueen and Jane Ward was  a daughter, Alice, born in 1883, the same year as his fourth child with his wife Clarice, Robert.

1887 was a very busy year for Jerry. He had twins Eliza Roxanna and Archibald with wife Clarice, while also fathering a second child, Lillie, with Jane.

Clarice would pass away sometime after the birth of Mollie and Stella in 1891, and before 1893.

Jane also had a child in 1891, Rebecca and a son, Ollie, the next year in 1892. This did not mean that Jerry was now all hers or true to her. The last child of Jerry McQueen and Jane Ward was James Eldridge, born in 1894. And that did not mean their relationship was over.

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Name:Mariah Morrison
Gender:Female
Marriage Date:7 May 1894
Marriage Place:Montgomery, North Carolina, USA
Spouse:Jerry McQueen
Spouse Gender:Male
Event Type:Marriage





Jerry married his second wife, Mariah Jones Morrison on May 7, 1894. Mariah was a widow, having been married previously to Robert Benjamin Morrison. She had been born Mariah Jones, the daughter of Charles and Harriett Jones, and with R. B. Morrison had 3 sons who would travel the country.

1) Rev. Theodore Washington Morrison (1881 Goldston, NC - 1956 Lakeland, FL).
2) John Robert Morrison (1883 Goldston, NC to 1960  Alleghany, Pennsylvania).
3) Daniel Arthur Morrsion (1886 Carthage, NC to 1935 Nashville, Tennesee).




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Daniel Arthur Morrsion



With Jerry McQueen, Mariah Jones Morrison McQueen would have 3 daughters: 1893 Isabelle, 1896 Mary and 1898 Minnie. Jerry was 50 years old when his last daugther, Minnie was born. He's had 7 children with his wife, Clarice McCaskill McQueen, 5 children  with his mistress, Mary Jane Ward and 3 daughters with his wife, Mariah Jones Morrison McQueen.




Name:Jerry Mcqueen
[Len Mcqueen] 
Age:50
Birth Date:May 1850
Birthplace:North Carolina, USA
Home in 1900:Hollingsworth, Montgomery, North Carolina
Sheet Number:1
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation:17
Family Number:17
Race:Black
Gender:Male
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital status:Married
Spouse's name:Mariah Mcqueen
[Mccaskill] 
Marriage Year:1893
Years Married:7





The 1900 census of Hollingsworth Township, Montgomery County, North Carolina is very faint and barely legible. From what I have been able to decipher looking at the actual document, I see Jerry McQueen 50, with his wife Moriah 35, having been married 7 years. It appears his mother "Len" might have been living with them. Also listed are Theo W, 17 and John R. 16. Although they are listed under McQueen, these were Mariah's sons and they were actually Morrisons. Daniel Arthur was


Also in the household was Rebecca McQueen 15. Rebecca was, oddly, the daughter of Jerry McQueen by Mary Jean Ward. Then there was Archibald M 13 and Stella, 10 and Mary 4. The illegible names must have been Isabelle and Minnie, and perhaps Mariah's son, Daniel.




Jerry recieved a grant, in December of 1905, for 273 acres in Hollingsworth Township, on both sides of Cabin Creek.
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Cabin Creek is located near the Montgomery/ Moore County lines and near the present town of Biscoe.




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But despite having remarried and having children with his wife, Jerry had apparently not left Jane alone. She had inherited land from her father, and by some means, it ended up in Jerry's name.




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The Montgomerian
Troy, North Carolina
18 Jun 1908, Thu  •  Page 2




The above court case was in 1908. Jerry was taxed for 273 acres on Cabin Creek the same year.


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The Montgomerian
Troy, North Carolina
02 Apr 1908, Thu  •  Page 2

Mariah must have had the last word, as two years later, in 1910, the family had relocated to Florida. 
Name:Jerry Mcqueen
[Jessy Mcqueen] 
Age in 1910:59
Birth Year:abt 1851
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1910:Precinct 9, Santa Rosa, Florida
Race:Mulatto
Gender:Male
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital status:Married
Spouse's name:Mariah Mcqueen
[Florena Evans] 
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Native Tongue:English
Occupation:Cooper
Industry:Naval Stores
Employer, Employee or Other:Own Account
Home Owned or Rented:Rent
Farm or House:House
Able to Read:Yes
Able to Write:Yes
Years Married:15
Neighbors:
Household Members:
NameAge
Jerry Mcqueen59
Mariah Mcqueen45
Florena Evans16


Several of Jerry's children went with them, because they married in Florida and several stayed. Jerry worked as a Cooper in a Naval Store and Florence Evens, (seen here as 'Florena', was Mariah's niece by marriage, her mother being Emma Morrison. 

Mariah didn't live in Florida for very long. She died May 22, 1911 and is buried in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida. She was 55 years old. The sons mentioned on her tombstone are her 3 sons by Robert B. Morrison.Jerry returned to North Carolina, fairly quickly it appears. Some of his children remained in Florida and several of them traveled far and wide across the country. 


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The Montgomerian
Troy, North Carolina
18 Apr 1912, Thu  •  Page 4



In 1912, Jerry was again paying taxes for property on Cabin Creek.


Name:Jerry Mcqueen
Gender:Male
Race:Colored (Black)
Age:73y
Marital status:Married
Occupation:Farmer
Birth Date:1842
Birth Place:Montgomery, N. C.
Death Date:6 Aug 1915
Death Place:Uwharrie, Montgomery, North Carolina
Father:John Mcqueen
Mother:Lindy
Reference ID:fn 121 cn 199
FHL Film Number:4215237


Jerry died on August 6, 1915, of Chronic Nephritis at the age of 73. It was also noted that he had Bright's Disease. The informant on his death certificates name is illegible and not recognizable, "Haddin Kavedbush" is the closest I can get and there is no such person, nor was there a "John" McQueen. Often times, the name John served as an unknown first name, much in the way of "John Doe".

Jerry McQueen had a large family with 3 different women. His relationship with Jane Ward requires closer scrunity and his brother, also of mixed race, married her sister Susan, which was also very unique for the time. The McQueens continue.