Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mary Virginia "Mollie" Blackman (1876-1945)

Mary Virginia "Mollie" Blackman was born in Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana on September 17, 1876 to the marriage of Virginia "Jennie" Smith and Joseph A. "Frank" Blackman.

Jennie died when Mollie was only two months old and Frank died two years later.

Mollie and her older sister, Nettie, were reared by their maternal grandparents, James Luther "J. L." and Henrietta Smith.

Nettie and Mollie Blackman
Nettie and Mollie Blackman

At the age of twenty-one, Mollie married Isham Alfonso "Al" Steele, of Limestone County, Texas.

The ceremony was held on April 13, 1898 in the home of  J. L. and Henrietta Smith and was performed by Rev. T. H. McClendon.  Witnesses were J. D. Usher, C. W. Fairbanks, and J. H. Knight.

The following children were born to the marriage of Mollie and Al Steele:
Edna, 1899-1899
Mary Allye (Edmonds), 1900-1969
Clara Lucille (Ogden), 1902-1993
Lena Juanita (Peck), 1915-1982
Mollie and Al Steele also reared Theodore "Teddy" Stockmon Steele (1909-1980) following the death of his mother, Laura Margaret Stockmon.  Although the 1920 census lists Teddy as an adopted son, he was never legally adopted by Mollie and Al Steele.

Mollie Blackman Steele with granddaughter, Evelyn Ogden

Mary Virginia "Mollie" Blackman Steele passed from this life on July 19, 1945.  She is buried alongside her husband in the Old Pine Hill Cemetery in Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.

Mollie Blackman Steele was one of my paternal great-grandmothers.

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