It would be a terrific addition to the Poythress website to have a section focused on
family histories — oral histories (we can add audio files), handwritten accounts, diary
entries, family folklore/accounts passed down about the family’s life and ancestors.
If you send me jpegs or pdfs of Annie Kidd’s life story with a little writeup about how
she connects to the Poythress community and her life bio I can put the images of her
handwritten account in an image gallery annotated with your covering explanation. We could
add a transcription when/if it becomes available. It could be a nice beta test, so to
On Apr 8, 2019, at 8:45 AM, Julie Nielsen Cabitto
Jerry Poythress gave me Annie Kidd's life story she wrote in about 1960,
telling me I can share this. Annie Kidd, married Foxhall Poythress,...she
became paralyzed and local doctors couldn't figure out why. She spent a
month in the hospital in Richmond. It appears to me, that's when she wrote
her life sketch. It is a real treasure to me. Jerry was searching for old
papers of interest for the Bracey Community Project, gathering stories of
families and the history of the area. Jerry found it in a Bible, in an old
cedar chest, which so far examining (the Bible) it does not contain any
Foxhall's determination to make sure he got to marry Annie was really
enjoyable to read. I read Annie's story story to my mom & grandma last
night. It's about 26 handwritten pages, in Annie's handwriting. Not sure
yet how to share the format I have, but I'll talk to Al off list about it.
One of my favorite parts was Annie writing about how much she loved her
in-laws. Here's a page about her in laws Anna Ella Jones and William Lewis
Poythress I thought you might enjoy. I love the now a perfect family part.
Several people I've talked to that knew Annie, Foxhall & family...they all
talk of much love. Their marriage, love for their siblings, parents...but
to read it in Annie's word's I really love this. Note the death record for
Ella says 11 Jan 1915, not too bad remembering the date 45 years later.
Annie's father had died from heart problems in 1911, just 2 years before
this part of the story. This is using Annie's spelling & lack of
"In 1913 Fox mother and father moved in the house with us As their health
was bad and was not fit to stay by them selfus And then we had a perfect
family Her health got worse all the time I had two children and she was
sick all the time From April until the first day of 1914 She was very sick.
Some of her children staid with us most of the time. She pass away the 1th
day of January 1914. We were in debt them. Then his father had heart
trouble Dr said that she was going to die but he could not say which one
would go first In Mar 10, 1914 he pass away At that time we hardly knew
what to do As time went by Then in war? were working and trying to get out
of debt The war no 1 came I did not know whether Fox would have to go or
not And I felt I could not live without him. He did not have to go. We were
shucking corn when peace came And we were so happy for the others that had
to go for they were coming home. Then in 1919 we had another boy The flu
was going around and I had it And I did not get well until after my baby
was born Feb 4 1919 We named him Everette Luis Poythress"
*Julie Nielsen Cabitto*
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