Forgotten Trails: Reader request for Black family history filled

Published 10:25 pm Wednesday, July 2, 2008

By Staff
A week or so ago I received a telephone call from Charles Black. He is tracing his family tree and would love to have more information. I told him I was going to look at some of my material that I have at home to see if I had anything new for him I thought I would write what I have in my column, just in case anyone else has connections to this family.
William Henry Black was born between 1807 and 1811in Georgia. It appears that he was the son of Henry J. Black (1780 in Virginia-after 1860) and Nancy Danner. He married Nicey Minchew, daughter of Jacob Minchew and Sarah Holmes, who was also born in Georgia in 1807. They apparently were in Alabama at least by 1831, when their son Abraham was born.
Other children of Henry J. Black and Nancy Danner were Edmond Black, Vicey Jane Black, Rial C. Black, Martha Black, Henry J. Black, Abraham Black, Dorinda Melissa Jane Black, Andrew Jackson Black, Daniel Black and Catherine Black
The children of William Henry Black and Nicey Minchew were Martha Black (1829-1912) who married first, Trussa Graves, and second, Elmira ?. Abraham B. Black (29 March 1831), Nancy Black (1834-1898) who married John S. Gatwood, Henry Black (1836) who married Mae M. Bird, Rebecca Black (1837/38) who married John Edins, Willam Henry Black Jr. (1839/40) who married Mary Jane Stephenson, Issac Black (1842-1901) who married Arkansas Odom, James P. Black (1844), Edmond Black (1845-1923) who married Margaret Thompson, Sallie Elvira Black (1847) and Mary Magdalene Black (22 July 1850).
Abraham Black was born 29 March 1831 in Barbour County. He married Clarissa “Clara” Odom who was born 25, May 1834. Their children were Clarissa Black (14 Sept. 1860), Abraham Black (1866), Elizabeth Black (1869), George Black (1871), John I. Black (1876), Kenneth Black, Mary Louisa Black and Lizzie Black. Abraham Black is the one who settled in the area of Escambia County. Many of his relatives either moved to Florida or stayed in Pike County, where they had lived for a while.
Abraham and his wife are buried at Black Cemetery. This is a small cemetery located on a dirt road off County Road 55, about nine miles from Brewton. This was formerly known as Douglasville. The plot is enclosed with iron fence and both Abraham (Co. E, 15 Confederate Cavalry) and Clara C. Brown (25 May 1834-13 March 1907) are buried there along with John I. Black's wife, Nannie (7 April 1881-10 Oct. 1935.
Isaac and his family could be the ancestors of Charles Black who wrote to me. It would appear that Issac Black and his wife, Arkansas moved to Florida. Their children are listed as Frederick Black (July 1867) who married Emma Ball, Polly Black (7 Sept. 1869) who married Ben C. Thompson, Henry Black (Feb. 1872), Nicy Ellie Nora Black (9 Nov. 1873-25 Jan. 1911) who married Blake P. Burnham, Estella Black (1876), Lizzie Black (1879) who married Edward Ludlum, Frank Black (1882), John Black (1886) and George M. Black (1889). Some of these children are buried in Santa Rosa County.
If this is at all useful to Charles, please call me again.
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Until next time, Happy Hunting!