- James Monroe Abbot
- Betty Abernathy
- Hannah Allen
- W.C. Parson Allen
- Charles Gabriel Anderson
- Jane Baker
- Mary A. Bell
- William Black
- George Bollinger
- Annie Bridges
- Betty Brown
- Steve Brown
- Richard Bruner
- Robert Bryant
- Alex Bufford
- Harriet Casey
- Joe Casey
- Lula Chambers
- Emmaline Cope
- Peter Corn
- Ed Craddock
- Isabelle Daniel [TR: Mrs. Eli Daniel]
- Henry Dant
- Lucy Davis
- Mary Divine
- Mary Douthit
- John Estell
- Smoky Eulenberg
- Ann Ulrich Evans
- James Goings
- Rachael Goings
- Sarah Frances Shaw Graves (Aunt Sally)
- Emily Camster Green
- Lou Griffin
- Louis Hamilton
- Fil Hancock
- Dave Harper
- Clara McNeely Harrell
- Joe Higgerson
- Delia Hill
- Louis Hill
- Rhody Holsell
- Henry Johnson
- Hannah Jones
- Emma Knight
- Harriet Lee
- Mattie Lee [HW: Head]
- Wes Lee
- Perry McGee
- John McGuire
- Eliza Madison
- Drucilla and Richard Martin
- Hattie Matthews
- Letha Taylor Meeks
- Wylie Miller
- Lewis Mundy
- Malinda Murphy
- Margaret Nickens
- Eliza Overton
- Delicia Ann Wiley Patterson (Lucinda)
- Marilda Pethy
- Susan Rhodes
- Charlie Richardson
- Madison Frederick Ross
- Alice Sewell
- Perry Sheppard
- Frank Sides
- Mollie Renfro Sides
- Jane Simpson
- Clay Smith
- Gus Smith
- Ann Stokes
- Edward Taylor
- Tishey Taylor
- Louis Thomas
- Jane Thompson
- Sarah Waggoner
- Minksie (Minksy) Walker
- James Wilson
- Mintie Gilbert Wood
- Ellaine Wright
- Sim Younger
Interview with James Monroe Abbot,Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Interview with Betty Abernathy,Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Interview with "Aunt" Hannah Allen,Fredericktown, Missouri.God Got A Hold On Her
Interview with Aunt Hannah Allen,aged 107, Fredericktown, Mo.Interviewed by J. Tom Miles.
Interview with W.C. Parson Allen,aged 78, Fredericktown, Mo.Interviewed by J. Tom Miles.
Interview withCharles Gabriel Anderson,St. Louis, Missouri.Hale And Hearty At 119
Jane Baker,Farmington, Missouri.Interview with Chas. Baker.
Interview with Mary A. Bell,St. Louis, Missouri.(Written by Grace E. White.)She Loves Army Men
Interview with William Black,Hannibal, Missouri.He's Quit Having Birthdays
Interview with George Bollinger,Cape Girardeau, Missouri.He Saw Many "Hants"
Interview with George Bollinger[TR: by Mollie E. Smith].
Interview with Annie Bridges,age 81, Farmington, Missouri.
"Jesus in his chariot ridesHe had three white horses side by sideWhen Jesus reached the mountain topHe spoke one word, the chariot stopHe's the lily of the valley, O my Lord."
"I'm wandering down to Graybrook Town,Where the drums and fifes are beatingThe Americans have gained the dayAnd the British are retreating.My pretty little pink,I used to think that you and I would marry,But since you told me so many faultsI care nothing about you.I'll take my knapsack on my backMy rifle on my shoulderI'll open up a ring and choose a couple inTo relieve the broken hearted."
"I'll tune up my fiddleI'll rosin my bowI'll make myself welcomeWherever I goRye whiskey, rye whiskey,Ain't no friend of mine,He killed my old daddyAnd he injured my mind."
"Rain, rain, rain all aroundAin't goin' rain no moreAnd what did the blackbird say to the crow?You bring rain, and I'll bring snowRain, rain, rain all aroundAin't goin' a-rain no moreOld Hawk and buzzard went to roostThe hawk came back with a loosened tooth.Rain, rain, rain all aroundAin't goin' a-rain no moreI had an old hat and it had a crown,Look like a duck's nest sittin' on the ground.Rain, rain, rain all around,Ain't goin' a-rain no more."
"I love the cheerful summertime,With all the birds and flowers.I love the gentle flowing streams,I love the evening breeze,I love to go to school.To read, write and spellI love my teacher's smile againAnd get my lessons well."
"Hear the children gayly shoutHalf past four, school is outMerry, merry, playful girls and boysThinking of games and toysSlates, sleds, dolls and booksOh how happy each one looks'Now for snowballs', Harry criedAnd to hit his sister triedSister Flora full of funWith her little hand making oneAt her brother Harry threwSwift it flew and hit his nose'Have I hurt you brother dear?'Asked his sister running near'No indeed', said he'This is only sport for me.'"
"Savior, tender shepherd hear meBless the little lambs tonightThrough the darkness be they nearestWatch my sleep 'til morning lightBless the friends I love so wellTake me when I die to heavenHappy there with thee to dwell."
"'Dear mother,' said a little fish'Pray, is this naughty flyI am very hungry and I wishYou would let me go and try.''Sweet innocence', the mother cried,And started from her nook,'The hurried fly is but to hideThe sharpness of the hook'.So he thought he'd venture outTo see if it was trueAround about the hook he playedWith many a long look.'Dear me', to himself he said'I'm sure it's not a hook'So as he fainter, fainter grewWith hallowed voice, he cried,'If I had minded youI would not then have died'."
Riddle—'I rode over the bridge, and yet I walked.'Answer—'Yet I' was the name of the dog with me.Riddle—'Big at the bottomLittle at the top,Something in the middleGoes flippity flop.'Answer—Churn.Riddle—'Way down yonder in the meadow is a little red heifer.Give'r her some hay she will eat it.Give'r her some water she will die.'Answer—Fire.Riddle—'I went over Hefil SteepleThen I met a heap of peopleSome were k-nickSome were k-nackSome were the color of brown tobaccoThey were neither men, women, nor children.'Answer—Bees.
"If it hadn't been for Uncle AbrahamWhat would we a'done?Been down in de cotton field,Pickin' in de sun."
Interview with Betty Brown,Cape Girardeau Co., Missouri.
HR: Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th president, 1877-81.
Interview with Steve Brown,Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Interview with Richard Bruner,Negro preacher, Nelson, Missouri.
Interview with Robert Bryant,Herculaneum, Missouri.Slave Married 4 Times
Interview with Alex Bufford,St. Joseph, Missouri,by Carl B. Boyer, St. Joseph,Buchanan County, Mo.
Interview with Harriet Casey,aged 75, Fredericktown, Missouri.Interviewed by J. Tom Miles.
Interview with Joe Casey,Festus, Missouri.Sold Slave, Ill Luck Followed
Interview with Lula Chambers,St. Louis, Missiouri.(Written by Grace E. White.)
Interview with Emmaline Cope,Joplin, Missouri.
Interview with Peter Corn,Herculaneum, Missouri.Peter Tells How Slavery Began
Interview with Ed Craddock,Janitor, Saline County Court House,Marshall, Missouri.Veteran Janitor
Interview with Mrs. Eli Daniel,Marshall, Missouri.
Interview with Henry Dant,Hannibal, Missouri.Henry Says He's 105
Interview with Lucy Davis,Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Interview with Mary Divine,St. Louis County, Missouri.Was Nurse Maid At 4
Interview with wife of Charles Douthit,Farmington, Missouri.
Related by "Uncle" John Estell[Missouri], age 85.
Smoky Eulenberg,Jackson, Missouri.(Written from F.C.in Sikeston District.)
Interview with Ann Ulrich Evans,St. Louis, Missouri.Wed For Economic Reasons
Interview with James Goings,Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Interview with Rachael Goings,Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Interview with Sarah Graves,Skidmore, Missouri.Still Carries Scars From Lashes
"Sweet are the uses of Adversity,"Which like a toad, ugly and venomous,"Wears yet a Jewel in its head."—Shakespeare.
Interview with Sarah Frances Shaw Graves,R.F.D. #4, Skidmore, Missouri.
Interview with Emily Camster Green,Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Interview with Mrs. Lou Griffin,St. Louis, Missouri.
Interview with Louis Hamilton,Fredericktown, Missouri.Never Sold His Vote
Interview with Fil Hancock,Rolla, Missouri."Uncle" Fil Hancock
Dis Is My Buryin' Groun'Ask my Lord for mercy,Good Lord, gimme religion,Good Lord, gimme me a heart to b'lieve,Dis is de buryin' groun'.Amen, Hallelujah. Dis is de buryin' groun'.Tell your mother,Tell your father,Dis is de buryin' groun',Tell all your neighbors,Tell all your neighbors chillun,Dis is de buryin' groun'.
You, by word, now all we go,In fact we spoke both high and low,In the house and out of doors,Ebening in the baby's nose.When I was young an' in my prime,I'se a countin' courtin' them gals,Most all de time.Now I'm old and you will see,I'm not as young as I used to be.Now when the elephant moves aroun'The music begins to play,Oh, the boys aroun' dat monkey's cageI'd better keep away.Rock the cradle John,Rock the cradle John,Many a man is rockin' another man's sonWhen he thinks he's rockin' his own.
Interview with Dave Harper,Montgomery City, Missouri.Dave Is Cardinal Fan
Interview with Clara McNeely Harrell,Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Interview with Joe Higgerson,Sedalia, Missouri.(Written by Geo. K. Bartlett, Kansas City,from F.C. of Kathleen Williams.)How Did Uncle Joe Get Home?
Interview with Delia Hill,St. Louis County, Missouri.(Written by Grace E. White,St. Louis, Mo.)Smoked 'Em Upside Down
Interview with Louis Hill,age 78, Farmington, Missouri.
Interview with Louis Hill,Farmington, Missouri.He Swapped Liquor For Lessons
Interview with "Aunt" Rhody Holsell,Fredericktown, Missouri.Slaves Happy To Be Free
"Aunt Rhody" Holsell,Fredericktown, Missouri.Interviewed by J. Tom Miles.
Interview with Henry Johnson,St. Louis, Missouri.(Written by Grace E. White.)
Interview with Hannah Jones,St. Louis, Missouri.(Written by Grace E. White,St. Louis, Mo.)Bred Slaves Like Stock
Interview with Emma Knight,Hannibal, Missouri.Emma Was Really Rough
Interview with Harriet Lee,Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Interview with Mrs. Mattie Lee,aged 78, Fredericktown, Missouri.Interviewed by J. Tom Miles.
Interview with Wes Lee,Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Interview with Perry McGee,Festus, Missouri.Perry Is Right At 87
Interview with John McGuire,Herculaneum, Missouri.Bondage Was Great Burden
Interview with Eliza Madison,aged 75, Fredericktown, Missouri.Interviewed by J. Tom Miles.
An Interview with Drucilla Martin,age 102, and Richard Martin,age 92, Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Interview with Richard and Drucilla Martin,Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Interview with Mrs. Hattie Matthews,aged 58, Farmington, Missouri.
Interview with Letha Taylor Meeks,Smelterville, Missouri.
Interview with Wylie Miller,Cape Girardeau Co., Missouri.
Interview with Lewis Mundy,Hannibal, Missouri.Men Growing Weaker And Wiser
Interview with Malinda Murphy,Farmington, Missouri.Sent in by J. Tom Miles,Farmington, Mo.
Interview with Margaret Nickens,Hannibal, Missouri."Mag" Preaches Thrift
Eliza Overton, age 88.Interviews with Maggie Kennedy,John Franks, and Emma Body,Farmington, Missouri.
Interview with Delicia Patterson,St. Louis, Missouri.Delicia Had Some Temper
Interview with Marilda Pethy,Montgomery City, Missouri.Sold At 6 Weeks Old
Interview with Susan Rhodes,St. Louis, Missouri.She 'Members Stars Falling
When I can read my titles clear,To mansions in de sky,I'll bid fare well to every tear,And wipe my weeping eyes.Should earth against my soul engage,And fiery darts be hurled,Then can I smile at Satan's rageAnd face a frowning world.Let cares like a wild deluge come,And storms of sorrow fall.May I but safely reach my home,My God, my Heaven, my all.There shall I bathe my weary soul,In seas of heavenly rest.And not a wave of trouble rollAcross my peaceful breast.Tis faith supports my feeble soul,In times of deep distress,When storms arise and billows roll,Great God, I trust thy grace.Thy powerful arm still bears me up,Whatever grieves befall;Thou art my life, my joy, my hope,And thou my all in life.Bereft of friends, beset with foes,With dangers all around,To thee, I all my fears disclose;In thee my help is found.In every want, in every strait,To thee alone I fly;When other comforters depart,Thou art forever nighO! That I knew the secret place,Where I might find my God;I'd spread my wants before his face,And pour my woes abroad.My God will pity my complaints,And heal my broken bones;He takes the meaning of his saints,The language of their groans.Arise my soul, from deep distress,And banish every fear;He calls thee to his throne of grace,To spread thy sorrows there.
Interview with Charlie Richardson,Webb City, Missouri,by Bernard Hinkle, JasperCounty, Joplin, Mo.
Interview with Madison Frederick Ross,Commerce, Missouri.
HW: Probably 56th Ohio Infantry (?) [TR: 56th U.S. Colored Infantry, Helena, Arkansas]
Interview with Alice Sewell,St. Louis, Missouri.She Never Attended School
Interview with Perry Sheppard,Aged 94, Fredericktown, Missouri.Interviewed by J. Tom Miles.
Interview with Frank Sides,Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Interview with Mollie Renfro Sides,Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Interview with Jane Simpson,St. Louis, Missouri.She Was Sold 6 Times
Interview with Clay Smith,Hannibal, Missouri.Clay Has Vivid Memory
Interview with Gus Smith,Rolla, Missouri.Slaves Were Well Fed
Interview with "Aunt" Ann Stokes,91 Years old, Caruthersville, Missouri.
I"By'm by don' you griebe atter me(This line repeated four times)IIWen I'm gone don' you griebe atter me" " " " " " " "" " " " " " " "By'm by don' you griebe atter me.IIIDe Lawd has prepared de way anhas carried my soul away(This line repeated three times)By'm by don' you griebe atter me.IVWen I'm dead don' you griebe atter me(This line repeated three times)By'm by don' you griebe atter me."
"Oh, de win's in de wes',An' de cuckoo's in de nes',No lodgin' hyar foah you,By you baby by yoo.Oh, de devil's in de man,Cain't you unnerstan',No lodgin' hyar foah you,By you baby by yoo.(Repetition of the first verse.)"
Interview with Edward Taylor,St. Louis, Missouri.(Written by Grace E. White,St. Louis, Mo.)Born "Around 1812"
Interview with Mrs. Tishey Taylor,age 77, Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Interview with Louis Thomas,St. Louis, Missouri.Slave Hitched To Plow
Interview with Mrs. Jane Thompson,Fredericktown, Missouri.
Interview with Aunt Sarah Waggoner,Savannah, Missouri.(Written by G.K. Bartlett of Kansas City Officefrom FC by Dovie Rose.)
Abraham Lincoln was born in Larue County, Kentucky, February 12, 1809.
Interview with Minksie (Minksy) Walker,Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Interview with James Wilson,St. Louis, Missouri.James Lives Alone At 87
Interview with Mintie Wood,St. Louis, Missouri.Ex-slave Blind But Happy
Interview with Ellaine Wright,Springfield, Missouri.
Interview with Sim Younger,Sedalia, Missouri.Geo. K. Bartlett, Kansas City, Mo.Reference: FC by Kathleen Williams.
Bibliography: E. Miller, W.H., "History of Jackson County, Mo.", Kansas City, Mo., Union Hist. Co., 1881. 1006 pp., illus., map. Consultant: Pearly Smith English, Service Officer, American Legion, (colored), Nineteenth and Missouri Street, Sedalia, Mo.]