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The Maggie Ponds Collection?
I too collect obituaries and town information from my little hometown of Morrilton, Arkansas. I have put together about 800 pages of information about black families in that town that includes churches, schools, and neighborhoods. As small as the town was (5,283) with a black population of about 12% they were divided into self-described neighborhoods. I lived in what was called Lee Town, named for a Henry Lee from South Carolina who was one of the town pioneers. Other neighborhoods were called Kissire Hill, West End, Oklahoma, St. Matthew Hill, Sally Town, Down Town, and Sand Town.
I have census records, military records, pictures, and obituaries etc. I call the collection Parallell Morrilton because that's what it was when I was growing up. The "colored" schools, businesses, and churches were another world from the other one. Our neighborhoods weren't segregated by race but everything else sure was.
I also have my grandfather's church records. He was church clerk from 1921 to 1928. It is handwritten in pencil. His penmanship was superb. Also I found just this year the 1917-1918 Sunday School Minutes from that same church, also written in pencil. I am in the process of transcribing those records before they fade away.
I wanted to publish several of the collections including histories of the Boozers, Ponds/Lytes, Thorntons, Rayburn-Perry Family - all with extensive information, especially Rayburn-Perry- my family of orientation. Since this wasn't possible I'm compiling it and plan to give copies to the Genealogical/Historical society in Conway County so there will be a record of our passing through there
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