Memoirists

In interviews with Rebecca Sharpless in 1986-1987, seven descendants of Lincolnville shared oral traditions passed down from their parents and grandparents and told of their own meaningful experiences in lives spanning the greater part of the twentieth century.

Although these seven have passed on, their stories remain alive and informative. The following abstracts reveal the rich historical treasures found in their oral memoirs.

 

 
Reunion1
Rowena Weatherly Keatts (l) and her sister, Ruth Weatherly Manning (r),
with two younger descendants of Lincolnville
Mayberry-Brown-Snow Reunion, Gatesville, Texas, July 1986

 


ADAMS, Deola Mayberry
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Bethlehem Baptist Church (Gatesville, Tex.); African Americans -- Coryell County (Tex.) -- History; Farm life -- Coryell County (Tex.) -- History; Lincolnville (Tex.) -- History

Interviewed by Rebecca Sharpless on 4 August 1987 in Gatesville, Texas. Deposited 2000. 1:40 hours. 42 pages. Family Life and Community History Project.

Deola Mayberry Adams grew up in and was a descendant of the founders of the African-American community of Lincolnville, located near Gatesville, Texas; parents; Bethlehem Baptist Church (BBC); siblings; grandmother’s house; kitchens; food preparation; cooking techniques; farm chores; hog butchering; clothing; quilting; education; religious heritage; church programs; importance of family; split in BBC; marriage to Lee Adams; work ethic.


 

HALL, Ophelia Mae Mayberry
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Bethlehem Baptist Church (Gatesville, Tex.); African Americans -- Coryell County (Tex.) -- History; Farm life -- Coryell County (Tex.) -- History; Lincolnville (Tex.) -- History

Interviewed on two occasions by Rebecca Sharpless on 26 May 1986 and 10 June 1986 in Gatesville, Texas. Deposited 2000. 2:30 hours. 67 pages. Family Life and Community History Project.

Ophelia Mae Mayberry Hall grew up in and was a descendent of the founders of the African-American community of Lincolnville, located near Gatesville, Texas; grandparents; parents; Juneteenth celebrations; birthday parties for Big and Dee Mayberry; siblings; cousins; funeral practices; food preparation; hog butchering; houses; schoolhouse; education; teachers at the Lincolnville school; fellow students at Lincolnville; livestock; kitchen gardens; race relations; family resemblances; transportation; integration of the Gatesville schools; childbirth and medical care; closeness and importance of family; religious practice; church attendance; childhood activities; housekeeping; working in Gatesville; Bethlehem Baptist Church.


 

JOHNSON, Eunice Brown
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Bethlehem Baptist Church (Gatesville, Tex.); African Americans -- Coryell County (Tex.) -- History; Farm life -- Coryell County (Tex.) -- History; Lincolnville (Tex.) -- History

Interviewed on two occasions by Rebecca Sharpless on 31 July 1986 and 14 April 1987 in Gatesville, Texas. Deposited 2000. 1:45 hours. 48 pages. Family Life and Community History Project.

Eunice Brown Johnson grew up in Gatesville, Texas, and was a descendant of the founders of the African-American community of Lincolnville, located near Gatesville; parents, Jim ’Green’ and Fannie Brown; siblings; Grims family; home in Gatesville; childhood memories; transportation; visiting relatives in Lincolnville; marriage to Frazier Johnson; Bethlehem Baptist Church (BBC); church attendance; childhood playmates; methods of discipline; Jay Brown, brother; origin of name; joining BBC; baptism; BBC’s first building; extended family; split in BBC; importance of religion; BBC Sunday school; cooking as an occupation.


 

KEATTS, Rowena Weatherly
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Bethlehem Baptist Church (Gatesville, Tex.); African Americans -- Coryell County (Tex.) -- History; Farm life -- Coryell County (Tex.) -- History; Lincolnville (Tex.) -- History; Paul Quinn College -- History

Interviewed on five occasions by Rebecca Sharpless from 5 May 1986 to 15 April 1987 in Waco, Texas. Deposited 2000. 6:15 hours; 183 pages; index, 2 pages. Family Life and Community History Project.

Rowena Weatherly Keatts grew up in and was a descendent of the founders of the African-American community of Lincolnville, located near Gatesville, Texas; childhood memories; father, Gus Weatherly; family’s migration to Texas; religious practices of slaves; Weatherly home and property in Lincolnville; grade school education; work squads from the state reformatory; farm work; transportation; origin of Juneteenth; cousins; siblings; transition from slavery; extended family; neighbors on the farm; quality of Weatherly property; crops; livestock; water supply; voting; Mayberry family; location of farmsteads; farming practices; family reunions; cooking; clothing; methods of discipline; Paul Quinn College, Waco, Texas; Bethlehem Baptist Church (BBC), Gatesville, Texas; BBC Sunday school; mission activities of Cliffie Squyres; teaching career; graduate education; attachment to family land.


 

MANNING, Ruth Weatherly 
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Bethlehem Baptist Church (Gatesville, Tex.); African Americans -- Coryell County (Tex.) -- History; Farm life -- Coryell County (Tex.) -- History; Lincolnville (Tex.) -- History;

Interviewed by Rebecca Sharpless on 25 April 1987 in Gatesville, Texas. Deposited 2000. 45 minutes. 28 pages. Family Life and Community History Project.

Ruth Weatherly Manning grew up in and was a descendant of the founders of the African-American community of Lincolnville, located near Gatesville, Texas; parents; grandparents; death of father; memories of Lou Mayberry; train service in Central Texas; siblings; childhood games; farm chores; livestock; move to Gatesville, Texas; high school; Lincolnville school; Bethlehem Baptist Church (BBC); religious practice during slavery; Sunday school attendance; joining BBC; contact with and memories of extended family; Weatherly land at Lincolnville; Coryell County courthouse; Weatherly home.


 

MAYBERRY, Louie Edward
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Bethlehem Baptist Church (Gatesville, Tex.); African Americans -- Coryell County (Tex.) -- History; Farm life -- Coryell County (Tex.) -- History; Lincolnville (Tex.) -- History;

Interviewed by Rebecca Sharpless on 19 March 1987 in Goliad, Texas. Deposited 2000. 1:20 hours 32 pages. Family Life and Community History Project.

Louie Edward Mayberry was a descendant of the founders of the African-American community of Lincolnville, located near Gatesville, Texas; early childhood memories; migration of Mayberrys and Cooks to Texas; parents; white Mayberry family; character of Celie Cook; employment; memories of nephew, John Gilbert Jordan; Squyres family; religious heritage; visits to Lincolnville, Texas; grandparents; Armistice Day in San Antonio, Texas; reasons for move to San Antonio, Texas; race relations; family reunions.


 

STAFFORD, Bessie Lee Barrens
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Bethlehem Baptist Church (Gatesville, Tex.); African Americans -- Coryell County (Tex.) -- History; Farm life -- Coryell County (Tex.) -- History; Lincolnville (Tex.) -- History

Interviewed by Rebecca Sharpless on 7 May 1987 in Waco, Texas. Deposited 2000. 45 minutes; 25 pages. Family Life and Community History Project.

Bessie Lee Barrens Stafford grew up in Gatesville, Texas, and was a descendant of the founders of the African-American community of Lincolnville, located near Gatesville, Texas; birth; parents; grandparents; siblings; extended family; Bethlehem Baptist Church, Gatesville, Texas; Sweet Home Baptist Church, Gatesville, Texas; attending church services; Methodist church in Gatesville, Texas; Lou Mayberry; cousins; education; teaching career; marriage; children; importance of maintaining family contacts.