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Thinking of Mamaw – today is her birthday…

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Rosa Ann Elizabeth Smith as a young woman. Cir. 1915. 

Photo of my grandmother as a young woman fresh out of nursing school at Rockefeller Hospital. Cir. 1915. She was born and raised in the Mississippi woods. She was the daughter of John George Smith and Mary Jane Rice of Seminary, Mississippi. Rosie was a private duty nurse and registered nurse at Kings Daughters Hospital and Gulfport Memorial Hospital. Her daughter, Jane Morris Estrada, was my mother.
BIRTH: 8 DEC 1895 • Seminary, Covington, Mississippi, USA

DEATH: 31 MAR 1984 • Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, USA

 

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The Ghosts of Gulf Gardens Come Alive in Daily Herald article by Geoff Pender

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A birthday party in Gulf Gardens, Gulfport, MS, for Tenderly Rose at 1711 Wisteria Street. Circa 1958.

I would like to personally thank Geoff Pender of the Daily Herald for this article. My mother, Jane Morris Estrada was interviewed in the piece. I learned things about the neighborhood I grew up in that I’d not been aware of and I also was reminded of the unique and very precious experiences I had as a child in this Gulfport community. Since the time this article was published, much has changed for this neighborhood and many of the fears of the neighbors have continued, even worsened. I can tell you Gulf Gardens was an American dream that bore amazing fruit. The Gulf Coast was a much better place to have had such a place called Gulf Gardens. The heartbreaking truth is that very little is left of the neighborhood I grew up. When I was born, I came home from Memorial Hospital to that home the Morrises built in 1935. That house and yard will always be my home. I had hoped to return to Gulf Gardens to finish my days there as both my grandmother and mother did. This is not to be. Cherish the old neighborhoods. Remember the folks who lived and loved there. Our spirits will never leave there. Gulf Gardens was truly “Home Sweet Home”.

We take for granted, sometimes, that which is steady and true…

— Tenderly Rose

Thomas Rawlings Rice 18__-1913

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 Thomas Rawlings Rice

18__-1913

My great great grandfather


Mary Jane Rice (1867 – 1947)
daughter of Thomas Rawlings Rice
 
Rosa Ann Elizabeth “Rosie” Smith (1895 – 1984)
daughter of Mary Jane Rice
 
Janie Lucille Morris (1935 – 2013)
daughter of Rosa Ann Elizabeth “Rosie” Smith
 Me
The daughter of Janie Lucille Morris
 

 

My research of Thomas Rawlings Rice is a work in progress…


A US Census for Thomas Rice’s daughter, Mary Jane Rice, states he was born in Georgia, but, there are different birth years on various documentation.


 

Thomas Rawlings Rice’s father is believed to be John Rice born in North Carolina, and I have not confirmed the name of his mother, but according to a 1900 US Census, it shows her place of birth as North Carolina.


Thomas married Francis Fidelia “Dilla” Barber on December 18, 1859, in Mississippi. They had nine children over 21 years. 

Harvey F. Rice 1861–
Thomas L. Rice 1864–1927
Mary Jane Rice 1867–1947 (my great great grandmother)
Ruhamer Elizabeth Rice 1870–1940
William H. Rice 1873–
Enoch Monroe Rice 1873–1941
Eugene V. Rice 1877–
Mattie Belle Rice 1880–
James Algie Rice 1882


1859 Record for Thomas Rice – U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 
1859 U.S. General Land Office Record for Thomas Rice
1859 U.S. General Land Office Record for Thomas Rice, Neshoba County, Mississippi
Name Thomas Rice
Issue Date 1 Oct 1859
Acres 80.2
Meridian Choctaw
State Mississippi
County Neshoba
Township 10-N
Range 12-E
Section 31
Accession Number MS1610__.224
Metes and Bounds No
Land Office Columbus
Canceled No
US Reservations No
Mineral Reservations No
Authority April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Document Number 39482

The 1860 U.S. Census shows Tom’s date of birth as abt 1836 and yet another spelling of Francis Fidella’s name.

1860 US Census for Tom Rice in Neshoba Mississippi
1860 US Census for Tom Rice in Neshoba Springs Post Office, Neshoba County, Mississippi
Name Tho Rice
Age 24
Birth Year abt 1836
Gender Male
Birth Place Georgia
Home in 1860 Township 10 Range 12, Neshoba, Mississippi
Post Office Neshoba Springs
Family Number 159
Household Members
Name Age
Tho Rice 24
Fidilla F Rice 17

 Tom Rice went to fight in the War Between the States.

Record for Thomas Rice – U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 National Park Service

Name Thomas Rice

Side Confederate

State/Origin Mississippi

Regiment 40th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

Company E

Rank In Private

Rank Out Private

Film Number M232 roll 34

40th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

This infantry fought on 19 Sep 1863 at Chickamauga, GA.

This infantry also fought on 20 Jul 1864 at Peach Tree Creek, GA.


The 1870 U.S. Census shows the family in Neshoba County, Mississippi. My great grandmother, Mary Jane, was only 3 years old then. The “K” for Tom’s middle initial is a transcription error.

1870 Tom Rice US Census Beat 3 Neshoba Mississippi USA
1870 Tom Rice US Census Beat 3 Neshoba Mississippi USA
Name Thomas K Rice
Age in 1870 45
Birth Year abt 1825
Birthplace Georgia (country)
Home in 1870 Beat 3, Neshoba, Mississippi
Race White
Gender Male
Household Members
Name Age
Thomas K Rice 45
Fidella F Rice 28
Harvey F Rice 9
Thomas L Rice 5
Mary Jane Rice 3
Ruhamer Rice 1

Tom’s date of birth is 1825 on this census.


The 1880 U.S. Census shows the family in Herbert, Mississippi. You can see a listing for my great grandmother, Mary Jane here:

1880 Tom Rice US Census Herbert Neshoba Mississippi USA
1880 Tom Rice US Census – Herbert Neshoba County Mississippi USA

Date of Birth for Tom Rice was 1844. 

Name Thomas Rice
Age 36
Birth Year abt 1844
Birthplace Georgia
Home in 1880 Herbert, Neshoba, Mississippi
Race White
Gender Male
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Francis F. Rice
Occupation Farmer
Household Members
Name Age
Thomas Rice 36
Francis F. Rice 36
Harrey Rice 20
Thomas D. Rice 15
Mary Jane Rice 13
Elizabeth Rice 10
William Rice 7
Enoch M. Rice 5
Eugene V. Rice 3
Mattie B. Rice 3m

The 1900 U.S. Census shows the family in Mogulusha, Mississippi:

1900 Tom Rice US Census Mogalusha Neshoba Mississippi USA
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Question I have – Year of birth would have been 1824 for Tom if the age on this census is correct. It lists him as 76 years old. About 20 years older than his wife. Error? Previous census listed 1844 as his date of birth.

Name Thomas Rice
Age 76
Birth Date 1824
Birthplace Georgia
Home in 1900 Mogulusha, Neshoba, Mississippi
Race White
Gender Male
Relation to Head of House Head
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Francis Rice
Marriage Year 1859
Years Married 41
Father’s Birthplace North Carolina
Mother’s Birthplace North Carolina
Household Members
Name Age
Thomas Rice 76
Francis Rice 55
Algie Rice 18

Thomas Rawlings Rice died on July 6, 1913 in Neshoba County, Mississippi, at the age of 69 and was buried there. 


Information from Arkansas, Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1935 for Tom Rice:
Name: Tom Rice
Spouse Name: Dilla Rice
Residence Location: Ashley, Arkansas
State Served From: Mississippi
Division: Infantry
Company: E
Regiment: Ashley
Death Date: 6 Jul 1913
Comments: widow applied 1915 / see Misc. roll 1
2 March 1915
Ashley County, Arkansas
Confederate Widow’s Application of “Dilla Rice” (Fidelia Francis Barber Rice also known as Dilla, Fiola – she was the youngest daughter of Gray and Charlotte Steadman Rice) where she applied for a pension based on the service of her husband, Tom Rice, in Co E 40th Mississippi Infantry. The application was rejected by the State of Arkansas on 21 July 1915 but the documents do prove that Fidellia was alive on these dates, that she was living in Ashley County, Arkansas and that she was the widow of Tom Rice who served in the Confederate Army from Mississippi. 

Mary Ann (Kynerd) Smith 1819–1911

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Mary Ann Kynerd 1819–1911

When Mary Ann Kynerd was born on May 13, 1819, in Alabama, her father, Jacob, was 22 and her mother, Rosanah (Taylor), was 20. She married George Rayford Smith on November 6, 1843, in Perry County, Alabama. They had 11 children in 19 years. She died on September 13, 1911, in Neshoba County, Mississippi, at the impressive age of 92, and was buried there.

 


Mary Ann KYNERD (1819 – 1911)
 my 2nd great-grandmother
 
John George SMITH (1861 – 1946)
son of Mary Ann KYNERD
 
Rosa Ann Elizabeth “Rosie” SMITH (1895 – 1984)
daughter of John George SMITH
 
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of Rosa Ann Elizabeth “Rosie” SMITH
 
Me
the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

Various spellings of Mary Ann’s last name exist.

 

Almira (Smith) Bosworth 1811-1834

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1811–1834

Birth 6 Jan 1811 Saratoga, Saratoga, New York, USA

Death 09 Dec 1834 Saratoga, New York, USA

my 3rd great grandmother

 


 
Franklin Smith BOSWORTH (1832 – 1919)
son of Almira SMITH
 
Frank Hunt BOSWORTH (1870 – 1919)
son of Franklin Smith BOSWORTH
 
Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S. (1905 – 1990)
son of Frank Hunt BOSWORTH
 
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S.
 
Me
the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II

Almira SMITH was born on January 6, 1811, in Saratoga, New York, the child of Amos. She married Benjamin Franklin BOSWORTH on January 12, 1832, in Buffalo, New York. They had one child during their marriage. She died as a young mother on December 9, 1834, in her hometown, at the age of 23.

Almira is one of my mystery ancestors. I want to know who her parents are. It is possible her first name was Amelia. She died of consumption so young, and with a child, it just tugs on my heartstrings.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin Bosworth was Almira’s husband.

I believe she was of the Methodist Episcopal faith. I would very much like to learn who Amelia’s parents were.


 

Franklin S. BOSWORTH – a native of Boston, Erie Co., New York, and son of Benjamin F. and Almira SMITH BOSWORTH.  The father was born in Greenfield, New York, and was the son of Alfred BOSWORTH, born in Bristol, Rhode Island, of English parentage.  Alfred came west in the fall of 1839, to Dundee, Ill. where he died in June 1861.  He followed the hatter’s trade, and later farming.  He married Olive CHILD of New York, and they had 6 children: Benjamin F., Oliver C., Increase C., Lucinda C., Mary C. wife of Harry WEED, Lucinda wife of Alfred EDWARDS and Abbie M, wife of Benj. SIMONDS; all are now deceased.
Dr. Benjamine F. BOSWORTH the father practiced medicine til his removal to Illinois; locating in Chicago in 1856, he engaged in merchandising in that place until his removal to McHenry, Ill where he conducted a mercatile establishment until his death in Sept. 1843. (transcribers note: these dates are as given. Perhaps reversed?)
His wife was the daughter of Amos SMITH, of NY. 
Franklin S. BOSWORTH, their only child, was born Dec. 17, 1832. He began merchandising in 1852, in connection with I.C. BOSWORTH, at Dundee, Ill. until June 1871, when he removed to Elgin.  There he pruchased interest in an east side hardware store, until Sept. 1883 when he sold to Metcalf and Reed.  1888 he purchased part of a coal and lumber yard – 1896 he became partners with his son Frank H. BOSWORTH.
Jan 1859 he married Miss Sarah E. HUNT of Dundee, daughter of Ward E. and Mary HUNT, her father a native of Vermont. 4 BOSWORTH children: Reuben H., Edward, married to Bertha McCLURE of Elgin;  Mary, wife of Walter SKEELE; and Frank H.
Mr. BOSWORTH was elected mayor of Elgin in 1880, for 2 terms.

Biographical Record of Kane Co., Ill.
S.J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill  1898

page 4

Bosworth Entries in the Biographical Record of Kane Co., Ill.

1898

Elgin, Kane, Illinois, USA

Biographical Sketch of Franklin Smith Bosworth, Alfred Bosworth, Dr. Benjamin F. Bosworth and families.

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Original data: Child, Elias,. Genealogy of the Child, Childs, and Childe families : of the past and present in the United States and the Canadas, from 1630 to 1881. Utica, N.Y.: Published for the author by Curtiss & Childs, 1881.

 

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Marriage records. Early Settlers of New York State, Vol. I April 1938, Marriage Records., Borland – Bowen. Taken from Buffalo Newspapers.

 

 

Jane “Janie” Morris Estrada 1935-2013

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Public and Private School Teacher, Principal of Coast Episcopal School


Jane “Janie” Morris Estrada

November 27, 1935-March 9, 2013

Gulfport

Jane “Janie” Morris Estrada, a descendant of the pioneer Morris and Harkness families of the Gulf Coast, led her last parade through downtown Gulfport this week. She called the band to attention and quietly passed on March 9, 2013, in Gulfport. She will be forever missed by family and loved ones. She was born on November 27, 1935 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Gulfport, and was a resident of Gulfport for most of her life. Jane was a 1953 graduate of Gulfport High School and was one of three Morris sisters to be head drum majorette of the Gulfport High School band. She was a champion baton twirler, and she and her sisters introduced fire baton twirling to the state of Mississippi. In national competition, she was the Midwest Fire Baton champion.

At Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jane was the first to serve as the head Perkette for two terms, and was Miss Perkinston Jr. College and the Annual Ball Duchess. She was also an editor of the Bull Dog Barks newspaper. Jane graduated in 1955 from Perk and received Elementary and Secondary Degrees in Education in 1958 from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she was a columnist for the USM student newspaper. After the death of her husband, Jim, she moved to Hattiesburg with her four children and received a Masters of Education from USM.

Jane was the widow of USAF Captain James Peter Estrada, who was killed at the age of 28 in a B-58 Hustler supersonic jet, which was the first bomber to reach Mach Two. She was President and a lifetime member of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Gold Star Wives, an organization chartered by the U.S. Congress for those whose husbands died on active duty in the U.S. armed services.

Mrs. Estrada was preceded in death by her parents John Harkness Morris and Rosie Smith Morris and her brothers Chancery Judge John S. Morris and U.S. Staff Sgt. David Harkness Morris, USAF, her great aunts Stella and Mae Harkness, an uncle, Gaston Robertson, Jr. and a sister Mary Elizabeth Morris, mother-in-law Angela Franquet Estrada and two beloved brother-in-laws, Dr. David Kelly and Shannon Slyfield. She is survived by her children Tenderly (Tom) Reininger, Angela Estrada (Ed Moleski), Alison Estrada and James Powell (Jan) Estrada.

Also surviving her are her grandchildren Evan Moleski, James Estrada, Jacob Estrada, Justin Dougherty and Kate Dougherty, and sisters Tommye LaNell Kelly of Austin, Texas and Rosie Slyfield of Mary Esther, Florida.

Mrs. Estrada served over 35 years as a teacher and a principal in Mississippi, Oklahoma and Indiana. She completed her teaching career from the Biloxi Public Schools in 1995. In 1985-86, she was selected as Teacher of the Year for the state of Mississippi by MPSEA private schools. In 1990, she was selected by former students for the initial edition of Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

As a college student, Jane worked in Washington D.C. for Meyers & Batzell, Attorneys and the AAA D.C. district. Her first job upon graduation from college was with Sam Owen at his realty office in Gulfport. She worked also in the law office of her brother John S. Morris.

She was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority at USM and a member of Kappa Delta Phi Educational Sorority. Her professional memberships included Past President, Harrison County Association of Educators, District 6, Mississippi Association of Educators, former Board member of MAE, seven year elected delegate to the National Education Association, President and Woman of the Year for the American Business Women’s Association, a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Past Royal Matron and Deputy Supreme Royal Matron of the Masonic Organization Order of the Amaranth, Past President of the Biloxi Education Association, appointed officer of the Coast Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. While serving as a leader of both Junior and Cadette troops of the Girl Scouts of America, Mrs. Estrada integrated the first Girl Scout troop in Gulfport.

She served on the Harrison County Democratic Executive Committee with Lucimarian Roberts, which was one of her greatest honors. She was a speaker on behalf of the mentor programs for disadvantaged children. In addition, at night she taught adults to read,after having taught school during the day.

Jane was a wonderful mother, daughter and teacher. After the death of her husband, she raised four children on her own, and sent them all to college. She was actively involved in the lives of her children, and took care of her mother in later years.

Mrs. Estrada lived her bucket list. After traveling extensively in the United States and Canada as a teacher, her sister Rosie took her on trip to Europe. She leaned on the Tower of Pisa, prayed at the Vatican, saw the blue birds over the White Cliffs of Dover, threw three coins in the Trevi Fountain in Rome, touched the feet of “The David” in Florence and smiled at the Mona Lisa. She rode the lifts in Switzerland and turned the windmills in Amsterdam.

A member of First Baptist Church of Gulfport for 70 years, she was converted and joined St. Thomas Catholic Church in Long Beach after a close relationship with the Holy Mother Mary. As a Baptist, she went to Satillo Mission in Mexico when Father Quin was there, and he is now being considered for sainthood by the Catholic Church. Father Quin named Jane “The Babolic”, a Baptist who travels with Catholics.

Friends and relatives will be received from 9-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Long Beach. A graveside service will follow at 11:30 a.m. officiated by Father Louis Lohan at Southern Memorial Park, where Jane will be laid to rest by her beloved husband, Jim.

The family wishes to thank the many wonderful doctors who helped Jane through her illness, especially Dr. David LaRosa, Dr. Edwin Davidson and Dr. Fred Pakron. They also wish to give thanks for the prayers of Father Louis Lohan, Father Pete Mockler and others, the many friends who gave of themselves, Deaconess Home Care and Cannon Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, people wishing to donate may contribute to St. Thomas Catholic Church, Saltillo Mission, c/o St. Thomas Catholic Church, 712 E. Beach Blvd. Long Beach, MS 39560 or The Gold Star Wives of America, 200 N. Glebe Road Suite 425, Arlington, VA 22203.


Note:

For the sake of genealogy the following information is provided.

Janie’s first husband was Capt. Frank Hunt Bosworth. Tenderly was her child with Frank.

Later, she married Capt. James Peter Estrada with whom she had three other children. Tenderly was adopted by Jim Estrada and she lovingly called him “Daddy Jim” and grew up as his child.

Tenderly’s name was legally changed to Robin Melissa Bosworth at the age of 19 years old.

Justin James Dougherty (Danielle Gilberg) was Janie’s first grandchild and Kathleen Margaret “Kate” Dougherty was her second grandchild. “Kate” is Janie’s only grandaughter. They are the children of Melissa and her first husband.They reside in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Janie also had two great grandchildren not mentioned in her obituary: Mackenzie Diane Dougherty and Brett James Dougherty, children of Justin and Danielle who reside in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.


Voice recordings of Janie on “Chirbit”: Christmas Letter by Jane Morris Estrada for Tenderly – You can listen to the files on “Chirbit” and they are downloadable. Much of the family history regarding Tenderly Rose and Janie before she married Jim Estrada are in these files:

http://chirb.it/be22mE

http://chirb.it/FNOf6e


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Janie Morris – abt1954 Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi Gulfport High School Majorette

 

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Birthday Party for Tenderly Rose abt 1958 Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Bama Smith Grayson, Tenderly Rose Bosworth held by Janie Morris Bosworth, Rosie S. Morris, Patsy Grayson Gendron and Helen Hoagland Bosworth Mason standing together on front yard of “Hungry Hill” at 1711 Wisteria Street.

 

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Janie and her grandkids, Kate, Justin and “EM” – 1990’s Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, USA at Hungry Hill, 1711 Wisteria Street.

Francis Fidelia (Barber) Rice 1846-1917

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Francis Fidelia “Dilla” BARBER

1846–1917

Birth 8 September 1846

Death 28 May 1917 Ashley County, Arkansas, USA

my great great grandmother

 

 
Mary Jane RICE (1867 – 1947)
daughter of Francis Fidella “Dilla” BARBER
 
Rosa Ann Elizabeth “Rosie” SMITH (1895 – 1984)
daughter of Mary Jane RICE
 
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of Rosa Ann Elizabeth “Rosie” SMITH
 
Me
the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

When Francis Fidella “Dilla” BARBER was born on September 8, 1846, her father, Gray, was 48 and her mother, Charlotte, was 49. She married Thomas Rawlings RICE on December 18, 1859. They had nine children in 21 years. She died on May 28, 1917, in Ashley County, Arkansas, at the age of 70, and was buried in North Crossett, Arkansas.
She resided at:
Ashville, St Clair, Alabama
Ashley North Crossett, Arkansas
Neshoba, Mississippi
Fidelia Barber Family Tree