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|1||A Letter To The Editor of Charleston's Post and Courier.|
This response was in reference to an earlier article posted about the significance of naming schools after famous civic activists.
|2||AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND RACE RELATIONS|
This document was originally found here:
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND RACE RELATIONS
The image below was cut out from that list. It shows here that the LaSaines benefitted, at least partly, from a grant (probably a Rockafeller Grant) that alloted them opportunities in the medical field
|3||Alex Person - Death Certificate|
|4||Alex Person - WWI Draft Card|
|5||Algie Day, Death Certificate|
|6||An Insert in the Obituary by his daughter, Anita.|
It's hard to read the text but the text reads:
If tears could build a stairway
And memories build a lane
I'd walk right up to heaven
And bring you back again - Anita
|7||Annie Gray Death Certificate|
|8||Annie Mae Person, Death Record|
|9||Annie Person - Death Certificate|
|10||Another Mary Alice Lasaine Bio.|
Excerpt from Profiles of African-American Females in the Low Country of South Carolina - Lois Averetta Simms.
|11||Anthony Finley and Rose Billings Marriage Certificate|
|12||Anthony Finley Sr's, Death Certificate|
|13||Anthony Finley Sr, Birth.|
|14||Anthony Person, Death Certificate|
|15||Baby Boy Person - Death Certificate|
|16||Baby Wilson Death Record|
|17||Bettie Person - Death Certificate|
|18||Bruce Mitchell - Death Record|
|19||Celeste Person - Death record|
|20||Celestia Watson - Death Certificate|
|21||Charles Billings Newspaper Obituary, 1942 - Chicago Defender|
|22||Charles Edward Billing's Obituary|
This is one insert on the inside of Charles Edward Billing's Obituary. The front has a single picture of him and displays his birth and death date.
The text below was copied from another insert:
Obituary text is as follows:
On May 25, 1951, Charles Edward Billings, Jr. became the first blessing of the union of Charles and Beatrice Billings in Chicago, Illinois. He was baptized at an early age at Ward Memorial Baptist Cnurch in Chicago, IL under the leadership of Reverend Swansey.
Charles graduated valedictorian from Louis Chaplain Elementary School before entering Englewood High School. He, then, worked his way to a position in management at Best Foods Company and realized his dream of retirement before reaching the age of 50.
While working at Best Foods, Charles attended school nightly at Chicago State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1986. In 1992, he was awarded a Certificate in Production and Inventory Control from DePaul University. After retiring from Best Foods Charles became a substitute teacher for School District 149 in Dolton, Illinois.
Charles was an unusual sportsman - he favored fishing, golfing and bowling. He later, developed an interest in landscaping and was particularly proud of the pond and cobblestone walk-way he designed and built in his own backyard.
Charles felt that his life was incomplete and after much deliberation, he married his adult sweetheart, Sharon Byron. This union combined two households, including pets, "Buttons" and "Sir Charles" (Charlie). This union brought together a fully extended family.
Charles, or "Junior" as he was fondly called, loved and adored his family and although not in the best of health, "Junior" was a family man at heart.
God, in His mercy, called Charles from labor to reward on April 24, 2003. He will be greatly missed by his closest family and friends.
Fond memories of Charles will be cherished by family, friends, and all that knew him: his wife, Sharon Billings; 3 step-children, Dr. Rudy V. Byron (Maritza); Randy V. Byron, Shaunte Byron; an adopted son, Nolan 'Skip " Billings; a stepdaughter, Erica Jenkins (Eric) a grandson, Rudy V. Byron HI; his mother, Beatrice Billings; 1 brother, Gregory Billings; 1 sister, Karen Smith (Kenneth); 2 uncles, Alvin Byrd (Norma Jean) and Robert Byrd, Sr.; 4 aunts, Dolores Bolden (Rudolph) of New Orleans, LA, Margarite Williams, Mai/me Jones; and Katherine Estelle (John), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
|23||Charles F. Billings Death Cert.|
|24||Charles Tillery Death|
|25||Charleston Evening Post article about Dr. Mary Alice Person Lasaine|
Charleston Evening Post article about Dr. Mary Alice Person Lasaine:
Keywords: Evelyn B. Hayes, Morris Brown Church
|26||Charleston News and Courier Editor Talks about Dr. Mary Alice LaSaine.|
|27||Charlotte Person, Death|
|28||Child of Bruce and Keturah Mitchell|
|29||Daniel Edgar Day's Obituary, Outside Cover.|
Daniel Edgar Day's Obituary, Outside Cover.
|30||Dicey (Person) Parker's Death Certificate.|
|31||Dr. Thomas LaSaine Jr - Death Certificate|
|32||Early Person Draft record WWI|
|33||Elizabeth Person - Death Record|
|34||Eva Alston Death Certificate: May 03, 1975|
A page of the family Bible where Rosa Bertha Billings mentions the Finley side of the family.
|36||Fred Tillery Death|
|37||Freddie Finley's Death Record|
|38||George Chatman Jr's - WWI Draft Record|
|39||George Martin, Death Record|
|40||George Person - WWI - Draft Reg. Card|
|41||George Person - WWII Draft Card|
|42||Gertrude B. Cherry's Obituary|
Gertrude B. Cherry's Obituary. This is the front portion of the A-Card.
|43||Gertrude Ford Day's Death Certificate|
|44||Guy Finley Birth Record|
|45||Harriett Morgan Death Record|
|46||Henry Person Death Cert.|
|47||Herbert Lowe Sr, WWI - Draft Registration|
|48||Hezekiah Billings and Elsie Ann Dr. Marriage Certificate|
|49||Inside of Gertrude Cherry's Obituary|
Inside of Gertrude Cherry's Obituary
|50||Inside the Obituary for Daniel Edgar Day|
Inside the Obituary for Daniel Edgar Day
|51||John Lee Person Death Cert.|
|52||Johnny Person's Death Record|
|53||Kate Death Certificate, 1916|
|54||Katie Keyes Death Certificate, 1922|
|55||Keturah's Death record|
|56||Larry E. Person - Death Certificate|
|57||Looks like we may have found another WWI Draft card for Wilson Finley|
|58||Lottie (Morgan) Finley Death Record|
|59||Lucy (Williams) Person, Death Certificate|
|60||Lula Tillery Person, Death Record|
|61||Mable Person - Death Certificate|
|62||Margie Wright Death Certificate|
|63||Marion Brassell's WWI Draft Registration Card|
|64||Marriage Certificate for Anna L. Judkins and Edward Smith.|
|65||Marriage Document for George and Josephine Johnson|
This document shows that George and Josephine Johnson really were married:
CHATMAN, GEORGE 13-Nov-1909 5768 JOHNSON, JOSEPHINE
CHATMAN, GEORGE - JR 07529 LEBLANC, JEANETTE
It appears that a Junior is listed here as well getting married. It's possible that George and Josephine officially married or simply renewed their vows.
|66||Martha Person - Death Certificate|
|67||Martha Person, Death Certificate|
|68||Martin Obituary Inside|
Martin Obituary Inside
|69||Martin Obituary Outside|
Martin Obituary Outside
|70||Mary A. LaSaine - Charleston Post Death Notice Long|
|71||Mary Alice LaSaine - Death Notice 1|
|72||Mary Person Hill, Death Record|
|73||Matt Person - Death Certificate|
|74||News Article about Murray-LaSaine Elementary and the value of naming schools after great civic leaders. .pdf format|
South Carolina's "The Post and Courier" did a story concerning naming schools after community leaders. The article mentioned Murray-LaSaine as the lead part of the story. -
|75||News Item, Pickens and Willie Mae Patterson, abt 1968|
|76||North Carolina Birth Index shows an M. Vernard Wright with Thelma Person.|
There are many lines of evidence that support the idea that John T. Wright is John T LaSaine Sr. We shall go line-by-line to review the supporting evidence. We will continue to build this list until evidence is universally sufficient to remove doubt. I think there is presently.
1.) Finding Martha Person and John T. Wright together on the 1930 census. I was informed by John T. Lasaine Jr that his father told him that he lived with his grandmother for a little while at a young age. Thomas Jr also said that he remembers his Dad saying that her name is Martha. We see this in the 1930 census.
2.) John is the age we would expect him to be on the census if he was born in 1923. Around 7.
3.) We'd expect to see the first name and middle initial the same at least. We do. "John T."
4.) Martha claims John is her grandson. We'd expect to find some evidence that one of her daughter's married a "Wright". We do.
5.) The evidence would be even stronger if actual birth dates match up. We find out they do. With a one day discrepancy, April 10th, 1923 vs April 9th, 1923 as reported on the document.
6.) The North Carolina Birth Index shows a not-named-yet "Wright":
a: Born in Halifax Co., which is where Weldon is.
b: Mother is "Thelma Lee Person", Martha has a daughter with the same name.
c: Father is "M Vernard Wright", Our John's Last Name on the 1930 Census.
d: Born, April 9th 1923 - Same is John Sr
e: Is born the year he should be to match the census.
7.) Recent evidence revealed, family tradition stated that John Sr's sister's name was Margie or Marjorie. We finally found the 1930 Census for the Lasaines. Marjorie is living with them. She's listed as Marjorie Wright (8yrs).
All together, this is very strong evidence that John Thomas Lasaine Sr is the son of Thelma and M Vernard Wright.
Source: North Carolina Birth Index 1800-1900.
Document: NCVR_B_C047_66001 - 1913-1949
|77||Obituary and News Item|
Obituary and News Item
|78||Obituary For Emmett Gaylor|
|79||Obituary for Lyman Excell Collier Sr|
Lyman Excell Collier Sr.
Was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II
Lyman Excell collier Sr., 71, 462 E. 38th St., died Thursday, Nov 9, 1995, at St. Vincent Health Center.
He was born in Memphis, Tenn., Feb 5, 1924, son of the late Marvin Reed and Mamie Dismukes Collier.
Mr. Collier was a resident of Erie for 51 years; was a retired bricklayer and a member of International Union of BAC, Local 9 Pa.,and had also been a self-employed masonry worker; and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa Lee Watkins Collier; two sons, Lyman Excell Collier Jr. and Ronald Collier; and two brothers, Raymond and Charles Billings.
Survivors include two sons, Elder Christopher C. Collier of Erie and Wendell Collier of Chicago; four daughters, Mrs. Vivian (Barbara) Beason and Rosalind McCullum, both of Erie, Mrs. Robert (Jacqueline) Carter of Austin, Texas, and Beverly Collier of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Catherine Estells of Chicago and Ann Crawford of Erie; 19 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at Law Funeral Home, 1861 Buffalo Road, Monday from 7 to 9p.m., and Tuesday from 11a.m. to the time of a service there at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dwane Brock officiating.
Burial will be at Erie Cemetery.
|80||Odelia Billings Powell McLemore Obituary|
Odelia Billings Powell McLemore Obituary. The Inside of the program with Obituary.
|81||Odelia Powell Billings McLemore Obituary|
Odelia Powell Billings McLemore Obituary. This is the outside cover.
|82||One of Dan Day's cartoons, abt. 1930|
|83||Patience Person's - Death Certificate|
|84||Proof of Marriage Date and Actual Name of Charles' Wife, Rosa Dorothy.|
The traditional date of marriage states early 1900's, but this documents clearly shows, much earlier.
It appears that Dorothy's Real name is:
ROSENA DOROTHY GAYLOR
|85||Rachael (Johnson) Day Death Certificate|
|86||Richard Day Sr's Death Certificate|
|87||Richard Person Death Cert.|
|88||Robert Person's WWI-Draft Record, 1917|
|89||Robin R. Rosa - Death Certificate|
|90||Rosena D. Gaylor Billings Death Cert.|
|91||Sarah Person Tillery, Death Record|
|92||Savior Johnson Jr's WWI - Draft Registration Card.|
|93||Sparticus Brassell's WWI Draft Card|
|94||Stewart Person, Jr - Death Certificate|
|95||Thelma Person's - Death Certificate|
Her husband's name was M. Vernard Wright according to the birth record of John T. Wright. However, her death record filled out by her sister Mable, shows a stark contrast with her husband's name as what appears to be, Walter Wright.
|96||Thomas & Gertrude Marriage License|
A then, 2 months pregnant Gertrude Ford marries Thomas Day, officiated by Reverend ? R. Fountain.
A special thanks to Carolyn Mitchell, a Ford Descendant, for obtaining this for us from the Montgomery, Alabama Probate Court.
|97||Thomas A. Lasaine Sr - Death Record|
|98||Thomas Day Jr's Obituary, 1979|
|99||Thomas Day Jr, Obituary Front, June 1979|
|100||Thomas Day WW-I Draft Record|
Interesting Find! Thomas reports that he was born Jan 03, 1892. That he has a wife and two children and that he is from Mount Meigs, Alabama. So our Days moved to Birmingham! The record states that Thomas is tall and slender, and apparently has something wrong with his feet. A mashed toe perhaps. The company he works for is listed as T.C1 and he worked in Ensley which is a few miles West of Birmingham. TC1 is most likely the, "Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company" now called Birmingham Southern Railroad.
The Date of Registration is June 05, 1917 which means that Gertrude was alive at least until that time.
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|101||Thomas J. Person's Death Certificate|
|102||Thomas Lasaine's WWI - Draft Record|
|103||Thomas Parker Death, 1915|
|104||Thomas Robert Day, Death Certificate 1969|
This is Thomas Robert Day's Death Certificate.
|105||Tom Person - Death Record|
|106||Tommy Trimble's Family Bible|
Our new found cousin, at the time "possible" cousin, Tommie Trimble pulled out her family Bible and to our amazement, noticed that Thomas Day, whom I suspected was Richard Day's brother all along was confirmed. To the right of the page you see Thomas Day and Lue Day. Under Thomas Day Sr you see under "Brothers", Richard Day! It's now official, the Finley Days have found some of their cousins in Mount Meigs, Alabama!
|107||University Newsletter Mentions Thomas Alonzo LaSaine.|
The Spring 2003 Johnson C. Smith University Newsletter mentions that Dr. Thomas Alonzo LaSaine was a professor at Meharry Medical College and also attended JCSU.
TEXT of it:
He and his wife, Loretta, met at
Meharry Medical College and were married
in 1959. They share fond memories of
friends they knew from JCSU. Both of them
enjoyed a professor at Meharry, Dr. Thomas
LaSaine, who attended JCSU with Dr.
|108||Vernard Wright's WWI - Draft Card|
|109||William Jordan, Death Certificate|
|110||William Person Jr - Draft Card|
|111||William Person, Death Certificate|
|112||Wilson Finley Draft Registration Card|
|113||Wilson Finley Jr Birth Record|
|114||Winfield and Josephine Gaylor marriage certificate.|
Winfield and Josephine Gaylor marriage certificate.
New genetic information concludes that the paternal Day line is directly from Africa, No European paternal blood in the mix. Provided via Ancestry.com.
The Sorenson Database.. shows that our Day line markers most resemble the people from Cameroon West Africa. - R. Finley Sr 03-35-2009
Genetic sequence for future researchers below: