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George Washington Sapp 1834-1914

Posted by Tonya Keitt Kalule



I have started once again on this genealogy research and as usually I always find something quite interesting. My Great-Grandfather Street Turner Sapp was born in Burke County in Millen, Georgia(1878-1962) but later moved to San Bernadino, California in the 1940s, after raising his children. He was one of 17 siblings. I discovered 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 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) In the 1880 census George and Mary were of course married with a family of their own, but they lived right next door to the Perkins family. Now Mary Perkins is listed as mulatto in the census, and that she was, but the Perkins next door are all listed as black. What is even more interesting is that there is no man in the Perkins household, there is Millie age 60, with several younger children and another older woman Elmirah,age 62. Again there is no adult male. Now I am inclined to believe that Millie is actually Mary's mother, because of the tradition of family names, Mary had a daughter named Minnie and the other named Lillie.
Now Mary is 35 years old in this Census and Millie is 60, which leads me to believe, because of her looks and listing as mulatto, and Millie would have been about 25 years old when Mary was born, that Mary is probably the Massa's child, or a white male in the owners household. The other children in the household would also be Mary's siblings.

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) 
 

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