Friday, June 14, 2013

Sibling Saturday - Nettie and Mollie

Nettie and Mollie Blackman
Henrietta "Nettie" and Mary Virginia "Mollie" Blackman were the daughters of Virginia "Jennie" Smith and Joseph A. Blackman.

Nettie was born on June 13, 1874 and  Mollie was born on September 17, 1876. Their mother died several weeks after giving birth to Mollie.  The two young sisters lost their father just two years later in 1878.

Nettie and Mollie
Raised by their maternal grandparents, James Luther and Henrietta D. Smith, Nettie and Mollie grew up in Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.

Nettie married Henry Osborne Fairbanks in 1894 and had the following children:
Russell Usher (1895-1971; m. S. Knight)
Thomas Osborne (1897-1900)
Henrietta "Sister" (1899-1922)

Henry Fairbanks died in 1899 and Nettie married a second time to Dr. Henry J. Disch.  Children born to the marriage of Nettie and Dr. Disch were:
Willie Joseph (1902-1990)
Mary E. (1904-1953)

Mollie married Isham Alfonso Steele in 1898 and had the following children:
Mary Allye
Clara Lucille
Lena Juanita
Nettie died on October 21, 1932 and Mollie died on July 19, 1945.  Both are buried in the Old Pine Hill Cemetery in Sicily Island.

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