AfriGeneas Brick Wall Forum
Georgia (Page) Pride ~ Newport News ESS
First and foremost I want to thank you for speaking with me over the phone. As I said I have hit a brick wall concerning my Mother.
Her name is Georgia May (page) Pride, she was born, May 3, 1919, Newport News City, Virginia. My Mom passed away, July 2, 1988, never knowing where or to whom she belonged to. Her birth certificate shows mother's name was Mary Page. Regarding her father it only has a last name, Lopez, which we are led to believe may not be her father's name. She was married to my father, William Andrew Pride on, April 29, 1945, in Port Chester, NY. She told us the first time that she knew she anything different was at the age of six. The person whom she thought was a brother came to bring her inside. There were several people there, and Grandma Coles introduced her to a woman by the name of Mary Page, and told her that was her mother. My Mom said she ran outside to the person she knew as her brother and cried. The second time she saw her again was when she was 12 years of age (1931) and was coming to New York to live with Anna (Coles) Carvalho for good. A year later, my Mom was told by Auntie (Anna Coles Carvalho) that her mother had passed, and if she wanted to go back to Virginia for her funeral, she said no since she never knew her. When she came to New York she stayed with Anna (Coles) Carvalho.
She was raised in a family by the last name of Coles. The family members were: parents: Elvira & Daniel Coles, (we grew up with her telling us she called her Grandma Coles, and she was even in the bed with her when she passed away), their children were John, Walter (which I heard maybe her father), Luevina, Maggie(Blanche), Howard, Allie Bee, William, Georgia (whom she was named for), Leola, Viola, Anna, Purnell. All of them are deceased, and when questioned any of them they went silent and told us to stay in a child's place.
The only piece of information I have on my Mom is a page from a census record. The state was Virginia, County was Warrwick, incorporated place was Newport News City, ward of the city was the 2nd, 15th census of the United States:1930, population Schedule, Enumeration District No. 111-8, Supervisor District No. 13, Sheet No. 15B, on April 3rd, 1930, signed by L. Marion Poe. The Place of Abode info I can't read. On that sheet, #62 is the name, Maria Coles, relation, who was listed as Head,her age was 58. The next name was my Mom, Georgia Page, relation was Aunt, her age 10yrs old, neat was Robert Hayes (whom she always thought was her brother along with Walter and Edward,their Moms name was Georgia (Coles, Hayes, James, Irby), relation was Grandson, his age was 8. The other 2 names show lodgers, but one of the names Albert West was said to be the Father of other children she was raised with when she came to New York to live permanently.
My Mom was granted A Certificate of Literacy on, April 15, 1950, in Port Chester, NY, from the University of the State of New York Education Dept, certificate no.129008.
I have a letter in my possession that Viola (Coles) Bagley sent to my Mom when my Dad was killed. She address her letter My Dearest Nieces. In her letter she said she had a difficult time writing the letter, saying she knew that life had not been easy for her, and was concerned. Said she can only tell her as an Aunt to take care of herself and her children. She signed it Auntie Viola. It's stuff like this that makes me know she belonged in that family.
All our lives, my sisters and I, have called the Coles elders aunt and uncles, and their children our cousins. We always tried to talk to her about it and she would get sad, quiet and cry, (just as I'm doing now). Growing up when ever one of the elders passed away, and we would attend the funeral, my Mom would always stand to the back until Uncle's Robert (Hayes), Walter (James), and Edward (James) (Georgia Coles, Hayes, James, Irby's children) would make her stand by them, (they always looked out for my Mom until she passed away) and constantly remind her she belonged. When Uncle Robert was ill in the nursing home, I went a couple of times to see him. While visiting, he would call me Georgia May, and say sis are you OK. I would tell him I'm Arlene, and he would say I looked like his big sister.
I had a friend try through Ancestry.com and she got the same info. She did find info on a Peyton Coles who served in the Civil War as a baggage carrier for his master, Samuel L. Crute who was a private and a musician with the 18th infantry, Confederate States Army. Samuel enlisted January 20, 1864, and was paroled April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. It also shows Samuel was part of the 21st Virginia Infantry, enlisted June 20, 1861 at Red House. This was on the company roll dated, June 30, 1862. Peyton was trying to get his pension from the War, and filed an application on November, 1934. Samuel L. Crute was identified as his master. It was address to the Adjutant General in the War Dept, Washington, D.C.. The Date was July 19, 1912, #1936575. Peyton was 90 years old at the time of his application. Peyton resided in Darlington Heights, Prince Edward county. His annual income was $12.00. His first try was rejected because his witnesses only knew him for 45 years, he needed some to vouch for him being slave to Samuel L. Crute. Another letter received advised him that the children of Samuel crute was still alive it gave their names and where they lived, to get proof from them. They did send letters stating, Peyton belonged to their father as his body servant. This was sent to the Comptroller in Roanoke, Va, Jan. 28, 1935. On, February 2, 1935, comptroller sent the letters back to Peyton because the Crute children failed to get the letters notarized, and for him to get them notarized, it was apparently done. On February 28, 1935, Peyton received another letter from the comptroller stating that the form was signed, Peyton Coles but not by him, nor was Peyton's mark on the form, and that it appears that he did not dictate this himself. Was advised again to attend to the matter promptly and send back. Don't know if he ever received his pension before he died. She couldn't find any death records on him.
I'm so sorry for send such a long email. I promised my Mom I would find out all I could about her. I hope that she was part of Peyton Coles' family, that is a legacy I'm proud to have to share with my children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Again I thank you for your precious time. Hope to hear from you. My Telephone # is ///////////, my address is, Port Chester, NY 10573
Arlene (Pride) Cummings