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5th Edition of the Carnival of African American Genealogy (CoAGG): Rebirth: It’s Time for Revival !!!!

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My Grandmother’s Living Legacy

Mildred Schexnayder Muggah

My grandmother Mildred was a faithful member of the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland California, but I was a baby when she passed away and my mother was practically a child herself when my grandmother had passed. So I did not hear the family stories of the baptismal or the homecomings. I did not see any pictures of Easter Sunday bests. Grandmother’s children attended Sunday school and they learn the Beatitudes and they attended the summer camps. They had to recite scriptures on “Watch Night” programs. They said their prayers before bed. But I sensed my grandmother was very spiritual inwardly, because I believe that she had passed it down to my mother. Meaning my mother did not preach the bible, but she made it alive through daily living. One example was when my mother was fixing breakfast and asked my brother Oliver and I, what did we want to eat for breakfast. I had wanted pancakes and he wanted waffles. Our mother was only going to make one choice, so we had to decide which one. I demanded pancakes and Oliver demanded waffles, it appeared that there was no compromising. My mother said “I guess I am not making either one”  I told my mother that she can make the waffles. My mother chose to make my choice the pancakes and then she explain why she had made that decision by telling us the story of the “Judgment of King Solomon”, where King Solomon ruled between two women who both claimed to be the mother of this one particular baby. That breakfast moment with my mother had birthed my spirituality quest. Pancakes was by no means a comparison to a baby, but I felt the love and compassion my mother was teaching in that story. My quest to learn about the love of God had begun. My mother did not realize she had birthed to me what her mother birthed to her. As I hope to have birthed to my sons. We did not passed on “Religion”, but the love of God. It will be our personal choice how we follow that path. My grandmother’s spirituality has rebirth in her daughter and her granddaughter.

 My first gospel song my mother taught my brother Oliver and I.


See the little baby, amen. Lyin’ in a manger, amen. On Christmas morning,                                Amen, amen,  amen

See him in the temple, amen. Talking with the elders, amen. Who marveled at his wisdom   Amen, amen, amen

See him by the seaside, amen.  Talking with the fishermen, amen. Makin’ ’em disciples,       Amen, amen, amen

Marchin’ to Jerusalem, amen. Wavin’ palm branches, amen. In pomp and splendor                Amen, amen, amen

See him in the garden, amen. Talkin’ with the father, amen. In deepest sorrow                         Amen, amen, amen

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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in CoAAG, Muggah, Schexnayder


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Making a way out of Louisiana- Muggah-Haydel-Payne


Milton Muggah’s sister Landora Haydel migrated to Flint Michigan with her husband Robert Franklin at least by 1921. Listed in the Flint, Michigan, City Directory, 1921

Lendora haydel

Milton’s sister Cynthia (Muggah) Payne’s children and eventually her husband John Payne migrated to Flint Michigan.

Son: Nathaniel Payne He first migrated to Oakland California by 1817. He was a train porter for Pullman Company according to the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 . He resided in St. Paul Minnesota in 1935. He was residing in Flint Michigan in 1940 according to the Federal Census

Son: Theophilus Payne listed in the 1920 Federal Census Flint Michigan  Ward 6 District 0056. Occupation: Laborer in factory.

Son: Earl Erastuas Payne and wife Allie (Murphy) listed in the 1924 Flint Michigan Directory. He was an autoworker and lived 113 E. 15th

payne flint Directory

Daughter: Cynthia (Payne) Davis (51 years old). Widow. Her son Abner Davis (18) Grandfather John Payne (81) Uncle Robert Franklin (52) and Aunt Landora (53)

 1930 Federal census Flint Michigan

1930 Federal Census Flint City Michigan District 54


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Making a way out of Louisiana- Muggah



Case Study:  How did Milton and Julia (Schexnayder)  Muggah participated in the Great Migration?

Muggah 1920 census

1920 United States Federal Census had Milton Muggah (59 years old) living with his wife Julia (45 years old) and daughter Mildred (12 years old). They were residing in Patterson, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. His occupation was a laborer at the saw mill.

During the four decades following 1870, labor recruiters and promoters blanketed the south with literature enticing blacks to “Go West!”

“Black mill workers from the old South were a principal labor force in the wood products industry in at least three California counties between 1920 and 1960. Experienced Black mill workers recruited directly from the South are known to have migrated to lumber towns in Plumas and Siskiyou counties in the 1920s. Weed and Foresthill are two lumber towns that serve as examples of Afro-Americans’ critical participation in the industry. McCloud and a number of other towns share a similar history. Black settlements were established in Quincy and Weed during the 1920s by Louisiana-based sawmill companies that purchased existing California mills and recruited experienced workers from communities adjacent to the parent company’s home operation. Transportation costs were advanced, and housing was guaranteed for those willing to relocate. In the 1920s, when Southern Black mill workers entered the California lumber industry’s labor force, racial discrimination was flagrant throughout the industry.”                         

    Family oral history states that Milton Muggah migrated to McCloud California. I have not found any documentation as of yet to proved this location.  I believed that the family must have traveled by train to California. But when and where they step on California soil, is still a mystery!

I did find Milton Muggah in California, a registered voter in Kings County California, August 26 1924 primary elections. Address:220 S. Douty, Hanover, Ca. Party affiliation: Republican Occupation: Whitewasher

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 Milton Muggah’s death certificate index states that he died 26 Nov 1926. He died in Patterson Louisiana. Milton returned to Louisiana without his wife Julia and daughter Mildred. It was not a good parting of ways, if the death certificate was not found, the running story was that Julia had dumped Milton’s body somewhere in California.

In the Oakland, California, City Directory, 1926 listed Mildred Muggah as a factory worker living at 1167 8th.

Mildred city directory

In the Oakland, California, City Directory, 1928 listed Julia Muggah as a clerk living at 952 Chestnut St. Her daughter Mildred Muggah was also clerk and living at the same address.

Julia city directory

In the 1930 Federal Census Julia Muggah was living by herself in Oakland, Alameda, California. Widow Occupation: Canner at the Cannery.

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Posted by on November 17, 2013 in Muggah, Schexnayder


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Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)

A phenomenal event has been happening on Tuesday nights since October 22, 2013. On the PBS channel, a six-hour miniseries called “The African-Americans Many Rivers to Cross” written and presented by Henry Louis “Skip” Gates. It is a documentary of the past 500 years of African-American History. Well if that was not enough alone to stand on it’s on merit of being phenomenal, this additional fact will complete it. Due to social media people all over the United States discussed the series as it is be televised by using the platforms of Twitter, Facebook and blogging. I have personally been involved in all the platforms. Research groups such as African-American Genealogy and Slave Research (AAGSAR), African-American Genealogy Forum and Our Black History. Blogging groups such as Carnival of African-American Genealogy (CoAGG) and African Genealogy Blogging Circle. DNA groups such as DNA tested African Descendants. Blog talk radio with Research at the National Archives Beyond and Beyond. I am not a professional writer nor scholar and as you can tell I probably rate at a 9th grade level in my writing. But I am the evidence, that ancestors call on the ones that are the most passionate to tell their stories, the best way that they can. I feel very fortunate to have access to all the tools mention above and the great people involved.

Back to “The African-Americans Many Rivers to Cross’, the fourth episode of the series was about Making a Way Out of No Way portrays the Jim Crow era, when African-Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the harsh, narrow confines of segregation. At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African-Americans left the South, fleeing the threat of racial violence, and searching for better opportunities in the North and the West. Leaders like Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey organized, offering vastly different strategies to further black empowerment and equality. Yet successful black institutions and individuals were always at risk. At the same time, the ascendance of black arts and culture showed that a community with a strong identity and sense of pride was taking hold in spite of Jim Crow. “The Harlem Renaissance” would not only redefine how America saw African-Americans, but how African-Americans saw themselves.

Great migration

Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940) will be the heading of my future blogs about the migration travels of my ancestors. Most of my ancestors took the typical paths as described on this map.


Posted by on November 17, 2013 in AAGSAR CHallenge


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