This family started with a slave woman by the name of Fannie. It is not known exactly what Fannie’s last name was
on her first plantation in Virginia. We do know that she had child by the name of Charles while on that plantation,
when she was sold to another plantation in Georgia and was forced to leave her child (and, perhaps a husband) behind.
However, she eventually married a man by the last name of McCarter on the plantation in Georgia and they had two
children: Jane and Allen. When she was sold again to a plantation in Alabama she married a slave by the name of
Joe Lee and they had one child, Nellie and this is where the Marshall Family began.
Fannie & Joe Lee
Fannie Lee was born in Virginia in 1814. She was born into slavery and served as a house servant and at the time
had one child. It is not known whether she was married or not. 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 the trip to Georgia
to prevent him from crying as her new master led her away. She never saw Charles again.
Once in Griffin, Georgia, Fannie married a slave by the last name of McCarter, it not known what his first was.
Fannie and McCarter she had a daughter name Jane and a son name Allen. Once again, she was sold into Alabama
and was forced to leave Jane and her husband McCarter behind. Jane was about 12 years of age when Fannie was
sold in Georgia to some bidders out of Alabama. Since Jane was about 12 years old, this leads us to believe
that she spend at least twelve (12) years on the Griffin, Georgia Plantation. Dr. William Cunningham of
Burnt Corn bided $1500 for Fannie but was later outbid by Enoch Salter of Green Street area of Burnt Corn,
Alabama. He paid $2000 for Fannie and $200 for her young son Allen.
Once in Alabama, Fannie was forced to work in the fields which Fannie was always a house slave doing the cooking
and other house chores. She wasn't a very good field slave, so her master, Enoch Salter rented her out to Francis
P. "Frank" Clingman, who ran Boarding House in Burnt Corn and used her as a cook. She was required to walk from
Green Street to Burnt Corn every day. She returns often to find little Allen hiding under the house trying to
escape abuse from his master.
In the final days of slavery, Fannie met and married Joe Lee by the traditional of "jumping the broom" ceremony.
They had a baby girl they named Nellie shortly after the slaves were freed. When slavery ended, Fannie continued to work
for the Clingmans and had brought Nellie along with to work at the Boarding House. During the post-civil 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 one night. She recalled each time one of the night riders hand went up and down to hit her, she noticed
a glistening of his ring in the darkness. Sometime later while working at Clingman Boarding House she recognized that
ring on the finger of one of the diners at the boarding house. There were traces of soot still on ring worn by her
ex-master Enoch Salter She reported it to her current employer, Mr. Clingman and she was never attacked again.
Fannie never forgot her daughter Jane she was forced to leave behind in Georgia nor her son Allen she left behind in Virginia.
She works diligently to find her daughter she left in Georgia and son that was left in Virginia. With the help of the Clingman,
she finally contacted Jane and later they were able to go to Georgia to meet her.
The Clingmans' daughter, Nancy, was married D.M. O'Brien, the Head Master and teacher who taught at Burnt Corn Academy.
Their children, Bettie and Mary, taught Fannies’ young daughter Nellie to read, write and do arithmetic. While a teenager,
Nellie passed the State teacher's exam and was certified to teach in Alabama. With her earning she brought five acres of
land in Burnt Corn.
Fannie was a devout churchgoer. She joined the Bethany Baptist Church as a slave and a member until her death. Bethany
Baptist was organized in 1821 and slaves made up a part of their congregation until after the civil war and then they
became separate churches. It suspected that slaves were required to attend church services to attend to the slave owner's kids.
Around 1840, they build the first Bethany Baptist Church where both slaves and slaves’ owner worshipped. After the civil war
and when slaves were freed during re-construction, circa 1872, the white people built new church closer to town and move most
of their graves to the new church location and sold the old church to the "colored members" (ex-slaves).
Fannie was approximately 49 years of age when all slaves were freed in 1863. That meant that she was born into slavery in
Virginia and spend half of her life in slavery. She was free for 50 years before she died at age 99. The 1860 Census estimated
that 3.9 million slaves were freed by July 1865. Although the Proclamationwent into effect January 1, 1863 but most southern
states including Alabama resisted until Union troops ensured their freedom. by July 1865. Texas was the lasthold out, until
June 19, 1865 when it was announced that slavery is abolish. That is the reason were celebrate Juneteenth. The Emancipation
Proclamation of 1863 state to free the slaves, because the Proclamation did not make slavery illegal. It took another two
years for the 13th Amendment of December 18, 1865 officially made slavery illegal. Alabama resisted because 45% of Alabama's
population were slaves.
Fannie lived frugally, saved, and purchased forty acres of land. Fannie enjoyed an exceptionally long life, and apparently
remained in good health for many years; She died on April 27, 1918, at the age of 104 and is bury in the Bethany Baptist
Fannie Lee: 1814 – 1918
Husband1: Unknown in Virginia
Husband2: Unknown McCarter in Georgia
Husband3: Joe Lee in Alabama born: 1795 - ?
Parents: Unknown Slave Mother and Father
Charles ??-?? in Virginia
Jane McCarter ??-?? in Georgia
Allen McCarter 1862- ?? in Alabama
Nellie (Lee) Marshall 1864 -1963 in Alabama
Ann & Bill Marshall
Ann Marshall -
Little is known about Ann except that she worked on the plantation of Bill Marshall and she is the
mother of George Marshall. Apparently, Bill Marshall a white slave owner who would have forced sex with Ann who lived in a
little shack in the back on his plantation. It was passed on that Ann didn't care for Bill Marshall and apparently he didn't
care her either except for the forced sex. However, Bill Marshall cared for his offspring George, and treated him better than
other slaves and his mother. He gave George preferential jobs at the "big house" and ensured that he had shoes. He ensured
George had plenty to eat and George often sneaks food and tasty treats to his mother. He gave George preferential jobs at the
"big house" and ensured that he had shoes. George Marshall would become a house boy and carriage driver for his father Bill.
He ensured George had plenty to eat and George would bring desserts and other tasty foods (that were served in the Master's home)
for his mother Ann who had to remain in the slave quarters where the food was meager and plain.
With some research, it believed Ann full name may have been Ann Waddell , born circa 1834. It is safe to assume that she may
have been a Marshall since her slave master name was Marshall. It was common that slaves assumed the slave owners last name.
Ann later married Abe Marshall which reported to be on that same plantation. Ann and Abe Marshall had two children: William
Henry and Lizzie. George, however was raised by his aunt Roberta, who married Baylor Johnson. It is assumed that Roberta
was the sister of Ann and that because George was a “malotte” and because Abe was not George’s real father is the reason that
he lived with his aunt.
a white plantation owner and a slave girl named Ann give birth to a son they named George Marshall.
It is past down that Ann did not care for Bill Marshall who evidently did not care for her either except for forced sex.
However, Bill Marshall care for his son George and treated him better than his son's mother Ann and others slaves. George
Marshall would become a house boy and carriage driver for his father Bill. George would bring desserts and other tasty foods
(that were served in the Master's home) to his mother Ann who had to remain in the slave quarters where the food was meager
Due to some research, it believed that the slave girl Ann was named Ann Waddill born circa 1834. There is little known about
Bill Marshall, except that who was listed in the 1860 Census in Burnt Corn.
George Marshall is the "Father" of the Marshall family. He was born into slavery to a slave girl known by the name of Ann
and his father is said to be the slave master by the name of Bill Marshall. Because young George was the slave master son,
it reported that he received better treatment than that of his mother and other slaves.
The George Marshall family can be traced no further than 1814 to Virginia which they referred to as "Ole Virginny,” George
Marshall is considered the "Father" of the Marshall family. George Marshall who was born circa 1857 in the final days of
slavery in Flat Creek, Alabama, a community in North Monroe County near present day Tunnel Springs, Alabama. George was
born to a slave girl named Ann and her slave master by the name of Bill Marshall. His father, Bill Marshall, was a plantation
owner; his mother Ann, was a slave girl on Marshall’s plantation.
George often remarked that he was the only one of the slave children who had shoes because his father was his "Master."
Because George was the slave master’s son he received better treatment than that of his mother and other slaves. Little
is known about George’s mother, Ann except that she worked on the plantation of Bill Marshall and that she is the mother of
George Marshall. Apparently, Bill Marshall a white slave owner who would have forced sex with Ann , a slave girl who lived in
a little shack in the back on his plantation. Ann didn't care for Bill Marshall and apparently he didn't care her much for
her either except for forced sex. However, it is said that Bill Marshall cared for his offspring George, and treated him
better than other slaves and his mother. He gave George preferential jobs at the "big house" and ensured that he had shoes.
George Marshall would become a house boy and carriage driver for his father Bill. He ensured George had plenty to eat and
George would bring desserts and other tasty foods (that were served in the Master's home) to his mother Ann who had to remain
in the slave quarters where the food was meager and plain.
George eventually met and married Nellie Lee the daughter of another slave named Fannie Lee in 1884. George and Nellie moved
to Flat Creek, Alabama and lived there for a short time before moving back to Burnt Corn. The first house was just on the out
skirts of Burnt Corn not far from the Old Robinson Store just across from the Gristmill. Apparently, the white people of Burnt
Corn thought that were too close to them and too close to town and they were forced to move. They then moved into a house
farther up and off the road in another house that they made home. The house is still standing today.
Ann later married a man by the name of Abe Marshall and they had two children: William Henry and Lizzie. Abe Marshall, George’s
step father was also a slave on Bill Marshall’s plantation. George, however was raised by his aunt Roberta, who married
Baylor Johnson. It is not clear what happen to George’s brother Williams Henry and his sister Lizzie.
Nellie Lee Marshall
Nellie was born March 4, 1864 while her mother Fannie Lee was still a slave. Nellie (Lee) Marshall is considered the "Mother"
of the Marshall family. Nellie is the daughter of a slave named Fannie Lee. Nellie learned to read, write and do arithmetic
while her mother Fannie worked at the Boarding House while she playing with the Boarding House owner’s grandkids who taught
her to read and write. While a teenager, Nellie passed the teacher's exam and was certified to teach in Alabama. With her
earning as a teacher she brought five acres of land.
Nellie also had a brother name Allen McCarter who along with their mother Fannie had been sold to Enoch Salter of Green Street
area of Burnt Corn. Fannie was sold for $2000 and Allen was sold for $200.00. Allen had a son named Joe McCarter that later
as an adult sent Turkeys to the President of the United States on Thanksgiving. Allen also had a daughter named Fannie Mae
Nellie met and married George Marshall and they moved to Flat Creek, Alabama and live there for a short time before moving back
to Burnt Corn. Their first house was just on the out skirts of Burnt Corn not far from the Robinson Store that sit on the
Federal Road sometime called on Stage Road just across from the Robertson Gristmill. The white people of Burnt Corn thought
that was too close to them and forced them to move. It past down that Mr. Herbert Ellis purchased the house from the Marshalls.
They then moved into a house farther up and off the road in another house and that is where they their made hom for the rest of
their lives. The house is still standing today. It is not clear on how George Marshall and Fannie Lee met, but we know that they
did and the rest is history. They met and married, live in Flat Creek for a short while, move back to Burnt Corn and purchased
a home and were forced to move because white folks was uncomfortable with them living too close. They build another house and
had eleven children in the process. Nellie died February 2, 1963 at the ripe old age of 99.
The Children of George and Nellie Marshall
George Marshall and Nellie Lee both born into slavery and met and married in Burnt Corn, Alabama. George’s mother (Ann Marshall)
was a slave but his father (Bill Marshall) was a slave owner. Nellie’s mother (Fannie Lee) and father (Joe Lee) were slaves.
George and Nellie Marshall had 11 children: Irene, Carlie, Johnnie, Roberta, Rosie Lee, Annie Coleman, James “Jimmy,” Nellie,
George, Margaret, and Pauline.
Irene Marshall (Tait) was the oldest child of George and Nellie Marshall. Married Jim Tait. They had nine children: Ruby,
Garfield, John D., Roger, Anne, Maggie, Earlene, Hettie, and Verlie. Irene joined the New Hope AME Zion Church along with her
father George Marshall. She is remembered for being an excellent housekeeper with a beautiful yard, She loved wearing jewelry
and makeup even into her late nineties.
1. Ruby Tait, is the first child of Jim and Irene Tait. Ruby passed away at the age 21.
2. Garfield Tait is the second child of Jim and Irene Tait. Garfield died at the agr of 35.
3. John D. Tait, married Alice Rankins, they had two children: John, Jr. and Edward. He later married Callie and had one
4. Roger Tait is the fourth child of Jim and Irene Tait. Roger married Lucille Rankins and had no children
5. Anne Tait Foster is the fifth child of Jim and Irene Tait. Anne married Lewis Foster and they had two children:
Stanley and Roger.
6. Maggie Tait Preyear is the sixth child of Jim and Irene Tait. Maggie was born August 16, 1913. Maggie married John H.
Preyear and they had four children: John, Roger, Carvin, and David. Maggie passed away on August 15, 2003. She is remembered
for passion for grooming beautiful plants.
- - (1) John D. Preyear, Maggie and John Henry (Shag) oldest child married Dorothy, and they have on daughter, Johnya, who
was in college.
- - (2) Roger Preyear moved to California and passed away leaving no children.
- - (3) Carvin Preyear their third child and only daughter has two children: David Garfiled and ______.
- - (4) David Preyear (Scooter Bill) married Lena Richardson and they have two children: Mitzie and Kristie. He also has
two granddaughters: Averie and Emerie. David is a Water Treatment Operator.
7. Earlene Tait Agee the seventh child of Jim and Irene Tait. Earlene had a first marriage and then married Cleveland Agee
and they lived in Mobile, Alabama
8. Hettie Irene Tait Watsonis eighth and second youngest child of Jim and Irene Tait. Hettie married Joseph Lee Watson and they
had eleven children :
- - (1). Alfred Mobley Watson, born July 1939 and married Kathy Keesee and they have one son, Chris Booker born in 1957. Alfred
also has one daughter, Valerie Cunningham, born 1962. Chris Booker was born in 1957. Chris was adopted. Valerie Cunningham was
born in 1962 Valerie married a Stubblefield while serving in the U.S. Army and they had two children: Brandon, born 199 and
Brittany born 1994.
- - (2) Margaret Louis Watson Vawters , born February 1941 and married Ulysses Vawters, they have three children: Ulysses Jr.,
born 1961, Sherry born 1962, and Micah, born 1971. Ulysses Vawters Jr. married Kim Buford, they have four children: Trisan,
born 1982, Ryan, born 1983, Seth, born 1984, and Lyle Ann born 1991. Sherry Vawters married Holland Kevin born 1963 and they
have two children: Aziza Louise born 1962, and Malachi, born 1998. Micah Vawters married Sherma Frett, they have two children:
Logan Joseph, born 1997 and Kennedy, born 2000.
- - (3). Joseph, Watson Jr. born February 1943 and he married Liz __________. Liz had two children from a prior marriage,
Elaine and Jackie. Joseph Jr. and Liz eventually divorced. Joseph later has a with daughter Jenny Nettles, Shada Vertessa,
- - (4) Dorothy Watson Henderson born February 1945 and married David Duritte Henderson and they have two children: Debra
Elaine, born 1964 and David Jr., born 1971. Debra Henderson married Kelvin Holloway, they have two children: Kelvin Jr.,
born 1992 and Jamel, born 1994. David Henderson Jr,. married Mary Jane Becker, they have three children: Duprise Yvonne,
born 1992, David III, born 1994, and Dominique Marie, born 1997.
- - (5) Gloria Watson, born 1947 and passed away when she was almost two years old in 1948.
- - (6) Betty Ann Watson Moore , born December 3, 1949 and married Barry Moore and had no children, they live in Cleveland,
The Watson family was blessed with (two sets of twins back to back)
- - (7) Vernon Watson, (twin to Vernetta) born on September 30, 1951, He has a daughter Terra Betts out of wedlock with
Denise Betts. Terra was born December 2, 1972. Vernon marries Mary Lynn Lambert in Pensacola, Florida on April 26, 1976.
They have two children: Vernon Terrance, II, born 1984 and Monique Lynetta, born 1991.Terra Betts has one child Jasmine Kidd.
Terra married ……. Vernon Terrance Watson, II has three children: T’Anna Mariah, born 2002, Vernon Tyrek II, born 2006, and
Darious Kyree. born 2015. Monique Lynette Watson has no children
- - (8) Vernetta Watson Blackburn born Septmeber 30, 1951, (twin to Vernon) and she married Freddie Blackburn and they have
no children. Vernetta was school teacher until she retired.
- - (9) Annette Watson, born August 23, 1953, (twin to Paulette). Annette never married and had no children.
- - (10) Paulette Watson Williamsborn 1953, (twin to Annette) born August 23, 1953 married Johnny Williams and they had
two children: Justin, born 1988 and Megan, born 1991.
- - (11) Donald Ray Watson, born December 21, 1958 . Ray had son out of wedlock name Shawn born 1980. Ray later married
Denise and they had two children: Jasmine, born 1987 and Jeremy, born 1989. Ray and Denise divorced, he later married Gloria
Barber and she has one child, Sterling Barber, born 1992.
(9) Verlie Tait is eleventh child of Jim and Irene. Verlie died at a very age of 11.
Carlie Marshall Abney, the second daughter of Nellie and George. It was said the she was born Tunnel Springs, Alabama in
February 1887, and later moved to Burnt Corn. Tunnel Springs and Flat Creek are believed to be the same area. Most of the
Marshall children were a member of the Bethany Baptist Church; however, Carlie joined the New Hope Methodist Church.
She married William Osborne Abbey of Monroe Station and that’s where they lived for the rest of their lives. They had eleven
children: Sheppard, Rosalee, Lavester, Estelle, Nannie, Lucille, Wilbert, Elbert (who passed early childhood), Williams, Osborne,
and George. Carlie and William Osborne farmed for a living and together they could pick a bale of cotton a day. Carlie passion
was making quilts and canning. Her daughter claimed Carlie canned 300 jars a year. William Osborne died in 1950 and Carlie
passed in 1955 at the age of 72.
One of their children, William "Pete" Abney, was a prominent farmer of Monroeville. Carlie's
daughter, Sheppard, who lives in Pensacola, remembers Fannies babysitting the great grandchildren.
William Osborne Abney and Carlie Marshall Abney Children:
1. Sheppard Abney
2. Rosilee Abney
3. LaVester Abney
4. Estelle Abney
5. Nannie Abney
6. Lucille Abney Lucille Abney married Willie E. McCorvey in 1941, and they moved to Mobile, Alabama where they raised three
children: Georgia Mae, Willie E. Jr. and Ellen.
(1) Georgia Mae Smith was born February 7, 1942, She graduated from Southern Normal High School in Brewton, Alabama and Florida
A&M University, Alabama State University, and Norfolk State University. She married Reginald M. Smith and they had one daughter:
Patricia Ellen Smith
Patricia Ellen Smith, born September 1, 1979.
(2) Willie E. Jr. (Butch) married Bernestine Pears. They have three children: Kenneth, Phillip, and Kimberly.
1. Kenneth graduated from Murphy High School and Jacksonville State University. Kenneth married Marion Adams and they have one
daughter, born May 15, 2002. Kenneth is the Assistant Manager of a Sherwin Williams Company Store in Dublin, George.
2. Phillip was born January 5, 1973. He graduated from Williamson High School and the University of Mobile. He married Angela
Ferret., Ph.D who is an English teacher. Kenneth and Angela lives in Suitland, Maryland.
3. Kimberly was born February 23, 1981. She graduated from Williamson High School and Bishop State Community College. She is
a medical records secretary.
(3) Ellen the youngest of Lucile and Willie children was born December 1, 1945. She graduated from Southern Normal High School
and Jackson State University in Jackson Mississippi. She also attended the University of Arkansas, North Carolina Agricultural
and technical college and Henderson state University in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Ellen married John Lee and they have three
children: John Lee, Jr., Patrice, and Andre.
1. John Lee, Jr. attended the University of Arkansas and North Carolina Agricultural and technical College. He is employed in
Jackson, Mississippi and plans to work on a Ph,D.
2. Patrice Lee Stanley and her husband have four children:
(1) Jermaine, born November 15, 1988;
(2) Christopher Jr., born June 24, 1994;
(3) Ebony, born March 12, 1996 and
(4) Mayanna, born March 3, 2002.
7. Wilbert Abney
8. Elbert Abney (Passed away early childhood)
9. William “Pete” Abney was born in Monroeville, Alabama on October 5, 1922. He was one of four sons born to Osborne and
Carlie Marshall Abney. He married Julia Royster of Burnt Corn on May 16, 1942. They were blessed with two daughters,
Jacqueline and Marion. (1) Jacqueline married Orin C. Odom; they have two children: Orin Clayton Odom, Jr., and Bryan Odom.
Orin Jr., married Shirley Themes; they have two sons: Trey and Ross.
(2) Marion married Alex McCreary; they have two children: Alex Jr,. and 2, Kimberly. Marion and Alex have four grandchildren.
Pete was an active member of the Morning Star Baptist Church, Monroeville, Alabama where he served on the Trustee Board of
many years. He was a self-employed farmer for over 40 years. During his farming years he was named “Black Farmer of the Year”
by then Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University. Pete died in January 1995 and Julia died in February 2000.
Johnnie Marshall was the third child born to Nellie and George Marshall. He joined the Bethany Baptist Church and attended the
local schools. Later he enrolled at Fisk University to complete his secondary education. It has been passed down that he played
baseball for Fisk University. He enrolled at the same time as the renowned singer Roland Hayes. During the summers, Johnnie
worked as railroad car porter to earn money for college. Perhaps he was one of the “Pullman Porters”. He left college in 1913
to marry Carlie Robbins, daughter of Hattie Robbins Dubose.
The oldest child, George Washington, was born to the couple on
March 13, 1914, to earn a living for his young family; Johnnie farmed and taught school at the one room school, called
Puryearville in Burnt Corn. Eventually he and Carlie had nine children. Two of those children died at an early age, Edison
Bennett at two, and Frank James at fourteen. Both were accidental deaths.
The oldest son, John Marshall, attended Fisk University and was certified to teach school and taught in Burnt Corn at the
school known as The Puryearville School. Mary Marshall Tucker of Monroeville is his daughter. Carlie died from complications of
child birth in 1930. Johnnie then married Pauline Watson McMillan in 1932. Six children were born to that union. He began
purchasing a farm in the Lennox Community in Conecuh County in 1937 through a Federal Government program. Johnnie passed away
in 1945 at Dr, Carter’s Hospital in Repton, Alabama from complications following an appendectomy. After his death, the family
was not able to keep the farm.
Johnnie was the father of a total 15 children: George, Bernice, Frank James, Carlie, John
Pershing, Edison Bonnette, Lucille, Mary Louise, Evelyn Blanche. Judge, Theodore, Willie Edward, Roland, Charles, Ruth.
Johnnie and Carlie (his first wife) had nine children: George Washington, Bernice, Frank James, Carlie, John Pershing, Edison
Bonnette, Lucille, Mary Louise , and Evelyn Blanche.1. George (Johnnie) Marshall was the first born of Johnnie and Carlie. He
was born March 13, 1914. He attended the local school, Puryearville, where his father was the Principal. He also attended
Nichburg Junior High School. When his father brought a car, he became his mother’s driver. At eighteen he joined the Civilian
Conservation Corp (CCC) to help his family during the Great Depression. After leaving the CCC, he married Myra Poindexter. For
a while they farmed, but then moved to Moss Pointe, Mississippi where George worked in the shipyard. In 1943, they moved to
Cleveland, Ohio where George obtained a job at Republic steel and later was promoted to foreman. Myra passed away in March 1949.
George then married Dealer Shepard in 1952. George passed away February 22, 1997. He had one daughter, Terrlyn McClammy.
Terrlyn Marshall McClammy graduated from the public schools in Pensacola, Florida in 1976 and Tuskegee University in 1980 she
teaches fourth grade at Sherwood Elementary in Pensacola, Florida.
2. Bernice Marshall Johnson was the second child of Johnnie
and Carlie. She joined Bethany Baptist church and attended the local school also the city school in Brewton, Alabama. She
married John Henry Johnson and they had two children: Willie Frank and Johnnie Mae Johnson. Bernice passed away March 1950.
Willie Frank married Acie Lee and they had five children: Victor, Tenna, Renee, Timothy Lee, Frannette and Kevin.
Johnnie Mae Johnson was the daughter of Bernice Marshall Johnson and John Henry Johnson. She went to live with her aunt
Carlie in Cincinnati after her mother’s death. She later joined her father in Cleveland where she finished high school. She
married Joe Tate and they had four daughters: JoAnn, Lisa, Audrey and Carla. Johnnie May passed away in 1997.
Grandchildren of Bernice: Victor Johnson, Tenna Johnson, Tenna Johnson, Timothy Lee Johnson, Franetta Johnson, and Kevin Johnson.
Joann Lucas, Lisa Baker, Audry Dobbins, Carla Tate.
Great Grandchildren: Demetrious Canyon, Shelia Johnson, Cacie Johnson-Doss. Cassie Johnson, Pierre Johnson., Darrell Lucas, Jr.,
Devin Lucas, Darance Lucas, Victor Ryan Baker, Nicholas Baker, Chad Baker, Mi-lin Tate, Josiah Tate. Great Great: Davon Canyon,
Javon Canyon, Cashmere.
3. Frank James Marshall was the third of Johnnie and Carlie. Not much is known about him except that he died of an accidental
death at age fourteen.
4. Carlie (Lit) Marshall, the fourth child of Johnnie and Carlie was born June 28, 1919. She attended the local schools and
joined Bethany Baptist church. At a young age, she married Conner Lett. They were divorced and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and
she then married Jacob Poindexter. They had no children, but they helped raise her sister Bernice’s daughter, Johnnie Mae.
She passed away June 17, 1966.
5. John Pershing is the fifth child of Johnnie and Carlie, born January 1923. He joined the Bethany Baptist Church at a very
early age. He graduated from Nichburg Jr., High School and was drafted to serve in World War II before completing graduation
requirements at Southern Normal High School. Returning from the Arm, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio. He married Regina Jackson
and they have two daughters: Deidra and Susie, In Cleveland, John worked for Ford Motor company as a supervisor and a
metallurgist, John retied from Ford, but has a small construction company and owns significant real estate in Cleveland.
(1) Deidra Marshall is the oldest daughter of John and Regina. She live is employed as a public school teacher. Her daughter,
Calista, has a BA degree in art and works as a graphic artist. Christopher Gaddis is the youngest son of Dietra Marshall
Gaddis and is a college student. David is a rising college senior. Jonathan is a college graduate and is employed in
(2) Susie Marshall is John’s other daughter, she is a college graduate, lives in Cleveland and is employed there.
6. Edison Bonnette Marshall was the sixth child of Johnnie and Carlie. I don’t have any information on this child except
that he died at an early age of two years old from an accidental death .
7. Lucille, the seventh child born to Johnnie
and Carlie. Her mother passed away when she was four, and she along with her sister Evelyn, went to live with her Aunt
Lucille in Brewton, Alabama. She graduated from City Junior High School and southern Normal High School. She was the first
black to attend and graduate Central College, Pella, Iowa. She also earned a Master’s degree from Tuskegee University in
counseling. She married Marshall Harvey and they became the parents of two children: Brenda Marshall and Stephen Cornell.
She taught English at Southern Normal High School and worked as a counselor for Job Corp in Cleveland, Ohio. She served as
a counselor for Upward Bound at Southern Normal and was Director when she retired.
(1) Her daughter Brenda Harvey-Richie is a graduate of Southern Normal High School and Tuskegee University. She married
Lionel Richie a singer of the famed group, The Commodores. They move to Bel-Air, California. They had one adopted child,
Nicole, who has been featured on the reality show “A Simple Life.” Lionel and Brenda divorced; however, Brenda continues
to work in the music industry as a producer and manager.
(2) Her son, Steven Cornell Harvey is a graduate of Southern Normal High School and Tennessee State University. He also
received a degree in journalism from Auburn University. He works at the Atlanta Journal Constitution as an internet journalist.
He is married to Juanita (Tony) and they have one daughter Moncia.
Mary Louise Tucker Marshall
8. Mary Louis Marshall-Tucker, the eighth child born to Johnnie and Carlie, was reared by her Aunt Irene Johnson after her
mother died. She graduated from Nichburg Jr. High School; Southern Normal High School; and Troy State University. She taught
high school English and history and ended her career at Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville, Alabama. She married
John Abney Tucker on June 13, 1954. John was an educator who was the principal of Rosenwald Junior High School, Monroeville
Middle School and Monroeville Junior High School. Their children are Cynthia, born 1955 and Karen born 1960, Sheryl 1961 and
John Kevin, born 1964.
(1) Cynthia Tucker is a graduate of Monroe County High School, Auburn University, and she spent a year as a Neiman Fellow
studying at Harvard University. Currently, she serves as editorial page editor of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She was
one of three finalists in the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.
(2)Karen Tucker, is a graduate of Monroe County High School and the University of Alabama. She served as Vice-President for
public relations at Grady Hospital in Atlanta for several years. Currently, she is employed at the Atlanta High Museum of Art.
(3) Sheryl Tucker is a 1980 graduate of Monroe County High school. She also graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology and
the University of Texas. She is an assistant professor of architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans. She married Jose
Vagguez December 29, 1996. Jose, born in Sabina, Hidalgo, Mexico received his Ph.D from the University of Houston in engineering
and works as an engineer for Bennett and Associates Engineering Firm in New Orleans, Louisiana. They have one daughter, Irene,
fifth generation, born October 18, 1998.
(4) John Kevin Tucker is a graduate of Monroe County High School, Birmingham Southern College and Cornell University Medical
school. He interned at Massachusetts General and is currently employed as an instructor of nephrology and is an attending
physician at Bingham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also an instructor at Harvard University.
9. Evelyn Blanche Marshall Woods Watson was born January 11, 1929 and passed away July 25, 2000. Evelyn was the ninth and
youngest child of Johnnie and Carlie. She was reared by her aunt Lucille in Brewton after her mother died. Evelyn graduated
from City Junior High School, southern Normal High school and received a bachelor’s degree from Talladega College. She attended
Atlanta University, Louisiana State University and received a master’s degree in counseling from Troy State University. She
married Wilfred Woods and they had three children: twins – Connie and Carol, and John Reginald. She later married Whitney Watson.
Evelyn was a Mathematics and Science Teacher at Southern Normal High School, Brewton. Alabama; science Teacher at Wedgewood High
School , Pensacola Technical High School and Tate High school, Pensacola, Florida; Guidance Counselor, Escambia High School,
(1) Dr. Connie Elaine Woods Collins (twin) was born May 24, 1957. she graduated from Wooden High School, Pensacola, Florida,
Bethune Cookman College, University of West Florida, and the University of Central Florida. She worked as a Banker, Social
Studies Teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and currently a High school Principal. She is married to Edward Collins,
Jr. They have two children: Dr. Candace Lynne Collins, born November 2, 1978 and Michael Rory Collins, born March 11, 1984.
Candace Woods is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a degree in pharmacy. She works as a pharmacist at s hospital in
Atlanta, Georgia. Michael (Yogi) is a junior at Florida A&M University.
(2) Carol Faye Woods Alexander (twin) was born May 24, 1957. She graduated from Woodham High School, Pensacola, Florida,
Tuskegee Institute, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Carol has worked as an English Teacher, Guidance Counselor
in the Charlotte Mecklenburg schools, Charlotte, North Carolina. She is married to State Witherspoon Alexander, III. They
have two children: Evelyn N. Alexander, born October 10, 1981 and State Witherspoon Alexander, IV. Born January 15, 1987.
(3) Rev. John Reginald Woods is a graduate of Pine Forrest High School, Pensacola, Florida. He attended the University of West
Florida in Pensacola, Florida. He works for Amica Mutual Insurance Company, as an Insurance Claims Adjuster in Atlanta, Georgia
and is an Assistant Pastor, Christ Community AME Church, Clarkston, Georgia
Johnnie married Pauline Watson McMillan in 1932, after his first wife Carlie died from complications of child birth in 1932.
Pauline and Johnnie had six children from this union: Judge, Theodore, Willie, Roland, Charles, and Ruth.
10. Judge Marshall, no info except that he was the first child born to Pauline and Johnnie. But, the tenth child of Johnnie,
11. Theodore Marshall, no info except that he was the second child born to Pauline and Johnnie. But, the eleventh child of
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12. Willie Edward Marshall no info except that he was the third child born to Pauline and Johnnie. But, the twelfth child of
13. Roland Hayes Marshall. Sr. is the forth child of Johnnie and his wife Pauline, but the thirteenth child of Johnnie.
Roland attended Burnt Corn Jr. High School, Southern Normal High School and graduated from a High School in Cleveland, Ohio.
He also graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He owns five Burger King Franchises and owns several other businesses.
He I married to Avelyn and they have three children: R.J., Peter, and Jennifer. They are the grandparent of three – two boys
and a girl.
(1) Roland (RJ) Hayes Marshall, Jr. is the first child born to Roland and Avelyn, graduated from East Western Michigan University.
He married Marilyn Gardner July 11, 1998. He is co-owner and operator of Burger King Restaurants in southwestern Michigan.
(2) Peter Marshall, the second son of Roland and Avelyn, graduated from East Lansing High school. He gained early admission at
New York University at stony Brook and graduated from Brown University. He married to Raisa who graduated from East Denver
High School, Amherst College and Columbia University. They have one son, August Wilson. Peter is employed as a software field
engineer. They live in Francistown, New Hampshire. Picture is Raisa and August.
(3) Jennifer Marie Marshall Ledesma is the daughter of Roland and Avelyn. She graduated from East Lansing High School and
Lansing Community College. She married Juan Ledesma and they have two children: Morgan Marie and Juan Dadico. Jennie is head
of payroll and the human resources department in her father and brothers’ business.
14. Charles Marshall no info except he was the fifth child born to Pauline and Johnnie but the fourteenth child of Johnnie.
15. Ruth Jeanette Marshall Reed was the sixth and last child born to Pauline and Johnnie but the fifteenth child of Johnnie.
She was born on November 27, 1944. She attended Burnt Corn Jr. High School, in Burnt Corn, Alabama, John Adams High School,
Jane Addams school of Practical Nursing in Cleveland, Ohio. She received a degree in Applied Science in nursing from Cuyahoga
Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. She is married to Clarence Reed, Sr. Ruth is the Owner and Director of Ru-Clare adult
Day Care Centers, Beachwood, Ohio. They have two children: Clarence Darryll Reed, Jr. and Khendra Michelle Reed.
Clarence Darryll Reed, Jr. attended Lomond Elementary School, Bryan Jr. High School, Shaker Heights High School, and University
of Akron and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from Cleveland State University. He is employed as a Television
Production Technician, Adelphia Communications Corp. Cleveland, Ohio,
Khendra Michelle Reed was born November 28, 1974. she attended Mercer Elementary School,Moncini Montessori Jr. High School,
special education, shaker Heights Hight school, special education, and Cleveland Music school Settlement Assisting and Learning
Roberta Marshall Ridgill McMillan
Roberta Marshall Ridgill McMillan was the fourth child born to Nellie and George Marshall. She joined the Bethany Baptist Church
and attended local schools and Tuskegee Institute. She married Charles Ridgill of Manning, South Carolina and they moved to
Wheeling, West Virginia. Four children were born to this couple: Theola Ridgill Preyer, Charles Ridgill, Jr., George Ridgill,
and Nellie Mae Stallworth. Charles died at an early age. Roberta and her four children moved back to Burnt Corn, Alabama after
her husband Charles Ridgill died. Roberta later married Ezell McMillian and two children were born to this union: Fate McMillian
and Dubois McMillian.
1. Theola Ridgill Preyer. Theola is the first born child of Roberta Marshall Ridgill and Charles David Ridgill, Sr. he was born
June 8, 1914 in Atmore, Alabama.As a young child, Theola lived in Wheeling, West Virginia with her mother and siblings (Charles
David, Jr. (CD) and George). After her father's death, Theola, along with her mother and siblings moved to Burnt Corn, Alabama
to live with George and Nellie Marshall. At the time of her father's death, Mother Roberta was expecting her fourth child, and
Nellie Mae was born after they returned to Burnt Corn. After a few years, Mother Roberta married Ezell McMillan and moved to
Akron, Ohio. However, the Ridgill children remained in Burnt Corn with Grandpa George and Grandma Nellie. Fate (FB) and Dubois
were the sons born to the union of Roberta and Ezell. Theola attended schools in Conecuh and Monroe counties. She joined the
Bethany Baptist Church.
Theola married Prince Preyer, Sr. on January 28, 1934 in Burnt Corn in the "well kept" yard of her Aunt Irene Tait. She and
Prince made their home in Monroeville, Alabama where they became active members of the Morning Star Baptist Church. Together
they had 6 children: Prince Jr., Willie (Pat), Charles, Johnny, Ann and Mary Louise. Charles died as a young child. They were
always the proudest, most loving and caring parents to their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and their spouses.
Prince and Theola were married for 61 years until he passed away on January 28, 1995
(1) Prince Preyer, Jr. is 1st first and the oldest son of Theola and Prince, Sr. He was born December 8, 1934. Prince Jr.
graduated from Monroeville Rosenwald High, Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee Institute, and Iowa State University where he
completed his Ph,D. He married Mary Savage in 1962 and they had one son, Prince Anthony III, born in 1964. Prince taught
in Dallas County Public schools before accepting a position at Alabama A & M University. After retiring with over 18 years
of teaching at A&M, he was elected ti the Madison County (Alabama) Commission, District 6. He has proudly served his Huntsville
community in this capacity for the past 16 years.
Prince Anthony Preyer, III is the only child of Prince, Jr. and Mary. Anthony attended schools in both Huntsville, Alabama
and Ames, Iowa. He graduated from Alabama A&M in 1997. He is currently a high school agribusiness teacher with the Madison
County, Alabama school system. Anthony is a graduate student at Alabama A&M University. Anthony has one daughter, Desiree
who was born in 1982. He is married to Debbie (Brandon and they had three sons: Decoruise, born December 3, 1985 and is a
2004 high school gradute,. Kirsten, who is deceased, was born in December 1990. Devin Larry Prince was born June 2, 1996.
(2) Willie (Pat) Preyer is the 2nd second born son to Theola and Prince, Sr. He was born on October 27, 1937. Pat graduated
from Monroeville Rosenwald High School in 1956 and Alabama A&M University in 1963. He proudly served in the United States Army
during the Cuban Crisis. Pat taught in the Belmont, North Carolina school system before becoming a letter carrier with the U.S.
Postal Service. Pat married Mary Grier in 1967 (she passed in December 1988 and they had one daughter: Millicent Diane. Pat
and his family live in Charlotte, North Carolina. His youngest child, Tristian, was born August 1, 1992.
(1) Millicent Diane Preyer Boyd is the oldest child of Willie (Pat) Preyer. She was born on June 10, 1968. She graduated from
South Mecklenburg High school in 1986. Diane is currently employed with the school system in Clover, South Carolina. Alicia is
the only child of Millicent Diane and Denorris Boyd. She was born October 19, 1995 in Charlotte, N.C. She attended the Clover,
South Carolina school system
(2) Tristian Boyd Preyer is the youngest child of Willie (Pat) Preyer. He was born in 1992 in Charlotte, N.C. He attended the
Charlotte Public School system
(3) Charles Preyer was the 3rd third born child to Theola and Prince, Preyer, Sr. He was born October 28, 1942 and died at
the age of 16 months on February 28, 1944
(4) Johnny Preyer, Sr. is the 4th fourth child born to Theola and Prince, Preyer, Sr. He was born August 8, 1945. Johnny
graduated from Union High School in Monroeville, Alabama and Tuskegee University with a BS and a Master’s Degree. After
relocating to Irwinton, Georgia, he dedicated over 34 years to the Wilkinson County Georgia school system until retiring in 2002.
He married Lillie Joyce Myrick of Barnwell, South Carolina in 1969 and they have on son, Johnny Preyer, Jr. Joyce also dedicated
over 35 years of service to the Wilkinson County School system as a high school social science teacher until retiring in 2003.
Both Johnny and Joyce worked for the system part time after retirement.Johnny (JP) Preyer, Jr, the son of Johnny, Sr. and Joyce
was born March 19, 1970 in Irwinton, Georgia. He graduated from Wilkerson County High School in 1988. He received a B.S.
degree in mathematics from Georgia College in 1998. He did advanced studies in mathematics at the University of Georgia,
Athens. He married Tami Hillman on June 9, 2002 and they reside in Kennesaw, Georgia. J.P. is a computer system administrator
with S.P. Richards and Tami is a middle school science teacher in the Cobb County school system
(5) Ann Preyer Warren, is the 5th fifth and oldest daughter of Theola and Prince Preyer, Sr., she was born on December 30, 1947.
She graduated from Union High School, Monroeville, Tuskegee University, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio
and completes a dietetic internship from the V.A. Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She worked at the V.A. Hospital in Danville,
Illinois as a registered Dietitian. She returned to Alabama after accepting a position at Alabama A&M University to direct the
nutrition and dietetics program. Ann completed the course work for a Ph.D in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee,
Knoxville. She has worked 30 years as a profession in the Department of Family and Consumers sciences. Ann married Larry
Warren on November 8, 1975 ant they have two daughters: Angela Mary-Theola and Andrea Lartrice. Larry is employed with the
Army Missile Command at Redstone arsenal as a research chemist.
Angela Mary- Theola Warren, the oldest daughter of Ann and Larry Warren was born on June 17, 1980. she graduated from Huntsville
High school in 1998. she completed a B,S. degree in chemistry from Spellman College in 2002 and a master of Public Health (MPH)
from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in May 2004. She is employed as an Epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease
Control in Cincinatti, Ohio.
Andrea Lartrice Warren, the youngest daughter of Ann and Larry warren was born on April 13, 1982. She graduated from Huntsville
High School in 2000. She is enrolled in her last year at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta and completed
the requirements from Spellman College as a part of a dual degree program. In May 2005, she will received a B.S. in mathematics
from Spellman College and a B.S, in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.
(6) Mary Louis Preyer, is the youngest child to Theola and Prince, Preyer, Sr. was born on December 31, 1950. Louise graduated
from Monroe County High School in Monroeville, Alabama, Tuskegee University, and Alabama A&M University. Louise taught at
Headland High School, Headland, Alabama and is a dedicated and efficient family and consumer science teacher at Monroe County
High. Louise was married to Lawrence (Larry) Mayhand, Jr. She is known as “Aunt Weezie.” By her nieces and nephews, has always
been that special aunt with lot of love and support.
2. Charles Ridgill (CD), graduated from Conecuh County High school, Evergreen, Alabama. He received his Bs degree from Hampton
Institute, Virginia. Charles met and married Eunice Sykes while in Virginia. They moved to Los Angeles shortly their wedding.
They have four children: Charles, Edward, Calvin, and Bernice.
(1) Charles Ridgill, III. married Donna Page, they have two children: Steven and Jason
(2) Edward Ridgill, married Gloria, they have two children: Johnathan and Edward, Jr.
(3) Calvin Ridgill, married Monica Conley, they have four children: Kyle, Karolyn, Marley, and Janah.
(4) Bernice Ridgill McQueen, married Tyrone McQueen and they had twin sons: Carlton and Raymond.
3. George Ridgill, is the 3rd third child born in 1918 to Roberta Marshall Ridgill and Charles Ridgill, Sr. He attended public
school in Conecuh County, Alabama. He later moved to Selma, Alabama where he meet and married Gladys. He has two daughters:
Viola and Roberta. He later moved to Poughkeepsie, New York and was ordained as a minister of the Gospel. He served as Elder
of his denomination for many years. He passed away in 2002.
(1) Roberta Ridgill is married and they have five children: ?
(2) Viola Ridgill Smith married Burl Lee Smith and they had six children: Mattie, Kenneth, Pastoria, Eddie, Mary, and Charlie.
Mattie Smith Lyons married Jimmy Lyons and they four children
Kenneth married Ethel and they had four children
Pastoria Smith Wilson married Calvin Wilson and they had two daughters
4. Nellie Ridgill Stallworth, the 4th fourth child born to Roberta Marshall and Charles Ridgill, Sr. graduated from Conecuh
County High School, Evergreen, Alabama. Nellie relieved her Vocational Nursing Training after moving to Las Angeles. CA.
She married George Stallworth of Nichburg, Alabama. They were the parents of two children: Roberta and George, Jr.
(1) Roberta Stallworth Gist, married Author Gist, they have four children: Alisa, Darlene, Author, Jr. and Kimberly.
1. Alisa Gist Jones married Ronald Jones and they on child, Ronald Jr.
2, Darlene Gist Harvey married Tony Harvey and they have one child Tunisia.
3. Author Gist, Jr., married Ingrid and had two children: Brandy and Author III.
George Stallworth, III. Married Walterine and they had two children: George, IV and Stacey.
4. Kimberly Gist is married with two children.
5. Fate (FB) McMillan was born May 23, 1923 and passed away on July 2003. Fate was the 5th fifth child born Roberta McMillan
and Ezell McMillan. He lived in Burnt Corn most of his life.
Fate (FB) joined the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC Camp) as a young man. He met many friends there. He later lived in
Akron, Ohio. He lived with Pauline Marshall McMillan and Tate McMillan. Pauline Marshall McMillan and Roberta Marshall Ridgill
McMillan were sisters and they married two brothers; Ezell McMillan and Fate McMillan.
Fate (FB) returned to Burnt Corn and later married Ella Mae Stallworth. They were blessed with two daughters: Mildred and Maggie
Ruth. Ella Mae died shortly after Maggie Ruth was born. Fate (FB) worked in Mississippi at the shipyard. He also helped build
Ed Reid Trade School in Evergreen, Alabama. He retired from Macintyre Saw Mill in Evergreen, Alabama.
(1) Mildred Louise McMillan Griffins was born May 20, 1949. Mildred married Howard Griffins. She lived in East Brewton.
(2) Maggie Ruth McMillan Morrissette was born July 31, 1950. Maggie graduated from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville,
Alabama and Troy State University. Maggie has taught for twenty-eight years. Maggie is married Samuel Morrissette. Maggie
has on son Roderick DeWayne McMillan. Roderick DeWayne McMillan born November 23, 1974. Roderick works at Georgia Pacific.
He is married to Toya Bullard McMillan. They have one child, Skylark Nicole McMillan, born May 16, 2001. Skylar Nicole McMillan
is child of Roderick DeWayne McMillan and Toya Bullard McMillan. She was born May 16, 2001.
6. DuBois McMillan, was born June 2, 1927 in Akron, Ohio to the late Roberta Marshall Ridgill McMillan and Ezell McMillan.
He was raised in Burnt Corn, Alabama, after the death of his father, where he was formally educated. He moved to California
in 1947 and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1949. After serving in the Korean War, he received an honorable discharge in
Pursuing his childhood ambition of being an Electronic Technician, he entered the Frank Wiggins Trade School and learned
electronics. In 1953, DuBois married Eloise Wiggins of Tunnel Springs, Alabama and to this union six children were born.
His career flourished as an Electronics Technician as he become an entrepreneur and dedicated worker for Rockwell International. He was employed by Rockwell International for nearly 40 years. He received many rewards for his outstanding performance on such as the B1 Stealth Bomber and the Space Shuttle at John F, Kennedy Space & Rocket Center.
DuBois and Eloise had seven children: Sonja, Thomas Jeffery, Elbert, Valarie, Terrance, and DuBois Teddy II.
(1) Sonja McMillan is the 1st first child and the daughter of DuBois McMillan and Eloise Wiggins. She has one son, Gregory
Lamont Williams and one adapted daughter, Nora.
Gregory Lamont Williams is the son of Sonja McMillan
Nora Williams, is the adapted daughter of Sonja McMillan.
(2) Thomas Jeffery McMillan is the 2nd second child of DuBois McMillan and Eloise Wiggins. Jeffery is married to Sabrina.
He has three children: Tameca, LaTonya, Thomas Jeffery Jr. and one grandchild, Porsha (Temeca)
(3) Elbert McMillan is the 3rd child of DuBois McMillan and Eloise Wiggins.
(4) Valarie McMillan is the 4th child of DuBois McMillan and Eloise Wiggins and she has one adopted daughter, Oryonna.
(5) Terrance McMillan is the 5th child of DuBios McMillan and Eloise Wiggins. Terrance is married to Sharma and they have one
son, Terrance Jr.
(6)DuBois “Teddy” McMillan, II is the 6th child of DuBois McMillian and Eloise Wiggins. He is married to Dominique and they
have three children: Imani, Diane, and sir Teddy.
Rosa Lee Marshall Cunningham the 5th fifth child of George and Nellie. Rosie Lee was born February 1892. She received the
education available to blacks in the area at the time and joined her family in worshipping at Bethany Baptist Church. She
married Sidney Cunningham and they remained in the Burnt Corn community and farmed for a living. After serving time in the
Army during World War 1, they sought better opportunities in Detroit. They brought property there and invested in the Marcus
Garvey back to Africa movement. They returned to Burnt Corn and livd there for the remainder of their lives.
Annie Coleman Marshall Holt was born February 1893. She was the 6th sixth child of Nellie and George. She joined Bethany
Baptist Church and was an active member until her health declined. She attended the local schools and then enrolled in Tuskegee
Institute. She came home and married Tom Holt. They were successfully farmers and lived in the Burnt Corn Community until in
their nineties when they went to live with a daughter in Akron, Ohio. Tom passed away in 1995 at the age of 104. Annie, passed
in 1997 at the age of 105. They became the parents of four children: Dorell, John, Geneva, and Ethel Mae. Annie Coleman was
very active in the order of the Eastern Star. She established several Eastern Star chapters and was active on the District
as well as the State level. She served as Worthy Matron of her own chapter. She spent her final year along with her husband
in the home of her daughter, Geneva in Akron, Ohio.
James “Jimmy” Marshall, the seventh born to George and Nellie, Jimmy married Lorene Lee and reared his family in Burnt Corn.
They had ten children: Willie James, Clyde, Frizell, Ezell, Lorena, Leola, Fannie Mae, Edward, Quincy, and Benjamin, Leola and
Quincy are the living children. Jimmy attended the local public school, he was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and worked for
many years at the Peterman Pole Mill. His children and grandchildren remember with joy of their father.
1. Willie James Marshall is the 1st first child born to James “Jimmy” Marshall and Lorene Lee
2. Clyde Marshall was the 2nd second child born to James “Jimmy” Marshall and Lorene Lee
3. Frezell Marshall-Irwin is the 3rd third child and first daughter of James & Lorena Marshall and granddaughter George &
Nellie Marshall was born April 23, 1923. Married: Willie Irvin.
(1) Sadie Mae Irvin-Bell was eldest child of Frezell Marshall-Irvin on May 13, 1947. She had two daughters: Veronica
Irvin-Hayes and Dawn Renee Irvin. One grandson, Xavier Hayes. She married Maurice Bell. Sadie died on July 7, 2002.
(2)Louise Irwin is the second born to Frezell Marhall-Irvin. She had one son, Johnny Levell Irvin and two grandchildren.
She was involved with Life Banc and Children’s Ministry.
(3) Willie Irwin is the third child born to Frezell Marshall –Irvin. Willie is the owner of Dura clean Irvin in Lawndale,
California. He married Denise Young and they had five children and three grandchildren. He also married a lady by the name
(4)Patricia Averiette-Johnson is the fourth child born to Frezell Marshall-Irvin. She married Robert Averiette (Deceased) and
had one daughter, Lisa Averiette. She is a Bank Manager and has a degree in Business Administration and accounting. She then
married Raymond Johnson.
(5)Prentice Irwin is the fifth child of Frezell Marshall-Irvin. He studied the Art of Karate and work with standard breed horses,
Trotters and Pacers,
(6)Loretta Irvin is the sixth child born to Frezell Marshall-Irvin. She is a Physical Therapist. She has one son, Daniel Dashon
4. Ezell Marshall is the 4th fourth child born to James “Jimmy” Marshall and Lorene
5. Lorena Marshall is the 5th child born to James “Jimmy” Marshall and Lorene Lee
6. Leola Marshall-Irvin is the sixth child and daughter of James “Jimmy” and Lorena Marshall and the granddaughter of George
and Nellie Marshall. She married Johnny Irvin and has six children:(1) Carrie Irvin-Pruitt is the eldest child born to Leola
and work for Akron Public Schools. She married William Pruitt and they had two children and three grandchildren.
(2) Diane Irvin-Blash is the second born to Leola. She was a homemaker and lived in Akron, Ohio. She married David Blash.
(3)Deborah Irvin-Lopp is the third child of Leola. She works for Akron Hospital (Summa). She has two children and three
(4) Johnny Irwin, Jr. is the fourth child born to Leola. He is a construction worker and lived in Akron, Ohio.
(5) Clyde Irvin is the fifth child born to Leola. He works for Sterling Trucking Co and married to Cheryl (Sparkle} and
have two children.
(6) Elaine Irvin is the sixth child born to Leola. She works for Librarian Associate, Akron, Ohio
(7) Annette Irvin is the seventh child born to Leola. She works for Akron Beacon Journal and have one child.
7. Fannie Mae is the 7th child born to James “Jimmy” Marshall and Lorene Lee
8. Edward (Bit) Marshall is 8th eighth child born to James (Jimmy) and Lorena Marshall. He was born on October 17, 1919 and
passed away on July 10, 1997. He joined the Bethel Baptist Church and attended the local public schools. He was drafted and
served in the Army during World War II. After the war he worked at the paper mill in Pascagoula, Mississippi. He returned to
the Burnt Corn Green Street community and married Bertha lee Harris in 1946. They had nine children: Judy, Shirley Jean,
Marshall Hawthorne, Clara Marshall Lee, James Allen Marshall, Noemi Marshall, Willie Edward Marshall, Mary Katherine Marshall
Lee, James Allen Marshall, David Lewis Marshall, Woodrow Wilson Marshall, Coretta Marshall Thomas.
(1) Judy Marshall
(2) Shirley Jean Marshall Hawthorne married Mac Author Hawthorne, their children are: Vincent (Alcira), Terrence, and Brenda,
Grandchildren are: Brandon, Shakira, Desree, Kendreon Robertson and Kendreenna Robertson.
(3) Clara Marshall Lee married Grover Lee, their son is Eric. Eric has two daughters, Erica Cameon Lee and Chekara Lee.
(4) Naomi Marshall has one daughter, Nina Marshall
(5) Willie Edward Marshall has two children, Antwain and Sherry Marshall.
(6) Mary Katherine Marshall Lee. Mary married Norman Lee, they have two daughters, Erica and Flossie, Erica’s children are:
Terence and Aleria Lee. Flossie is currently stationed in Greece while serving in the Navy.
(7) James Allen Marshall has one son, James Allen Marshall Jr.
(8) David Lewis Marshall
(9) Woodrow Wilson Marshall has on child, Isiah.
(10) Coretta Marshall Thomas. Coretta married Willie Earl Thomas, they have three daughters: Dominique, Ashley, and Tiffany.
Corette and Willie earl have one grandchild, Ta’Keria Thomas.
Nellie Marshall Crook was the eighth child of Nellie and George. She joined New Hope AME Zion Church where her father was
a member. She married John Henry Crook, and the couple moved to Akron, Ohio. They had one son, John Henry Crook, Jr. Nellie
passed away in 1942.
George W. Marshall was the child ninth of George and Nellie Marshall. He married Donie Crook, sister of Lizzie Royster, and
they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where they spent the rest of their lives. They had no children, but was a father figure for his
Margaret Marshall Power, was the tenth child born to Nellie and George. She attended the local schools and joined Bethany
Baptist Church. She married George Powers, and they made their home in New York City, There she worshipped at Abysinnian
Baptist Church where Adam Clayton Powell was the pastor. Margaret worked as a sales clerk in a department store and played
for church choir. She performed a piano concert at Carnegie Hall. She and her husband had no children, however she claimed
all her nieces and nephews as her own and each Christmas mailed gifts all over the country to each of them.
Pauline Marshall McMillan was the youngest child of Nellie and George, She married Fate McMillan, brother of Ezell McMillan,
Roberta second husband. They made their home in Akron, Ohio. They were the parents of five children:
1.Annie Ruth McMillan
2. Heilda McMillan
3. Dorothy McMillan
4. Joann MacMillian and
5. Aurelins McMillan