James was the oldest son of my great grandmother Amanda. Born abt 1901 in Cotton Valley, LA. I never met my great uncle, but if you let my mom tell it, I did. I found this photo going through old photos and it turned out to be one of my favorites. It shows what a loving African American couple looks like.

When Amanda fell ill, rumor has it that James took her from state to state trying to get her help. On her death bed, Amanda made James promise to look after his sister Odessa, and that he did. Once Amanda passed away, James moved to New York where he met and married his wife Ruby. I was able to find out through census records that Ruby was from Virginia.

He lived the rest of his life there and passed away in 1975, Ruby later followed him in 1981. Although they never had any children, I can tell that they had a happy life together and really loved each other. Thats what this research leads us to believe. We find old photos that shows much happier times and no matter what our ancestors were, this is the way we always want to remember them, HAPPY!!

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