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My Great-Grandfather Street Turner Sapp was born in Burke County in Millen, Georgia(1878-1962) to George Washington Sapp and Mary Perkins, but later moved to San Bernadino, California in the 1940s, after raising his children. He was one of 17 siblings.
In the 1900 census, in which he was 22 years old, he was unmarried and still living in the house with his parents. This was a bit unusual for a male of that age to still be at home and unmarried.
However, he lived next door to the Shumakes (Shewmakes),in which he later took one as his bride, Ella Shumake.
In the 1900 census Ella was only 11 years old, and this was actually his first and only wife to my knowledge, and the mother of his four children.
Judging from the 1910 census Street and Ella were married and had a 6 1/2 year old daughter, Wardeen. So they were probably married between 1903-04, when Ella was about 13-14 years old because by the time she was 15 she had given birth to her first child.
So Street didn't go far to find his bride, right next door. It is common knowledge that most blacks didn't marry any further than they could walk.
This also holds true for his father George Washington Sapp (1834-1914) who married Mary Perkins(b.1851) who his family lived next door too.
Here is a link to a story about where our Sapps possibly came from, which is Ireland.
This is a photo of Mary Perkins Sapp (c) with her two daughters Lillie(l) and Minnie(r)