BURNT CORN, ALABAMA

FANNIE LEE!

Fannie Lee was born in Virginia in 1814. She was born into slavery and served as a house servant. She was sold without her child a boy a named Charles. It is passed down that she gave Charles one of two cookies she had prepared for trip to Georgia to prevent him from crying as her new master led her away. She never saw Charles again. Once in Griffen, Georiga she had a daugher named Jane and a son named Allen. Once again she was sold again into Alabama and was forced to leave Jane. Jane was about 12 years of age when Fannie was sold in Georgia. Dr. William Cunninghan of Burnt Corn bidded $1500 for Fannie but was later outbidded by Enoch Salter of Green Street. He paid $2000 for Fannie and $200 for her young son Allen.

In Alabama, Fannie was forced to work in the fields but later her master rented her out to Francis P. Clingman, who ran a boarding house in Burnt Corn and used her as a cook. She was required to walk from Green Street to Burnt Corn everyday. She return often to find little Allen hiding under the house trying to escape abuse from his master.

Fannie met and married Joe Lee, by the traditional of "jumping the broom" ceremony. The had a baby girl named Nellie shortly after the slaves were freed. Fannie continued to work for the Clingmans. During the post war era, some plantation owners sought to retain "free labor" by force or other means such as night-riders who blacken their face and beat ex-slaves. Fannie related an incident that happened to her when the night-riders attacked her and began beating her. Each time one of the riders hand went up and down, she noticed a glistening of his ring in the darkeness. Sometime later while working at Clingman Boarding House she recognized that ring on the finger of one of diners at the boarding house. There were traces of soots still on ring worn by by her ex-master Enoch Salter She reported it to her Mr. Clingman and she was never attacked again.

Fannie work diligently to find here daughter she left in Georgia. With the help of the Clingman she finally contacted Jane and later they were able to go to Georgia to meet her. Fannie lived frugally, saved, and purchased 40 arces of land. Fannie died at the age of 104.

The Clingmans' daughter, Nancy, was married to D.M. O'Brien, a teacher who taught at Burnt Corn Academy. Their children, Bettie and Mary, taught Fannies's daughter young Nellie to read, write and do arithmetic. While a teenager, Nellie passed the teacher's exam and was certified to teach in Alabama. With her earning she brought five arces of land.

Fannie died on April 27, 1918 and is bury in the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetary.

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