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Yvette Schexnayder Calloway


Yvette Schexnayder

Yvette Schexnayder

On July 19, 2014 I attended the Schexnayder Family Reunion held in Houston, Texas. We were bless to have present my oldest living Schexnayder ancestor Yvette Schexnayder Calloway, she is 93 years young. She was escorted by her son Alfred Calloway. She was honored with a beautiful bouquet, love and admiration from everybody in the room.  Yvette was born in Patterson, Louisiana. Her parents McClennan Schexnayder Jr, and Sybil Chapman. She married Clarence Coleman Calloway around 1940. She had four sons and one daughter. She also had the honored several years ago by the city of Houston, by naming a park after her in the South MacGregor area.  Stated by Jennifer Friedberg, “Calloway earned the honor by serving as a precinct judge, civic club leader and organizer of a MacGregor cleanup crew. Yvette worked to keep the South MacGregor neighborhood clean, beautiful and safe, ensuring that South MacGregor be re-engineered to prevent cars from running into homes or the bayou,” stated by TIRZ board chair Zinetta Burney. Calling in via cellphone, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, thanked Calloway and her family.”They’re an institution,” she said. She cited Calloway’s “feistiness” and said she “is deserving of the admiration, respect and commendation of Congress. She is a jewel of Texas.”

Yvette Schexnayder Calloway

               Yvette Schexnayder Calloway        

Yvette's children

Yvette’s children:  Kenneth, Ercelle, Alfred and Clarence M. Calloway

Yvette’s son Troy Calloway


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23andMe DNA confirmed Muggah-Payne connection

Cynthia July 14, 2012, I started  corresponding with my new cousin  S.  Buckner on His great-great-grandmother is Cynthia Muggah Payne. She is the sister of my great-grandfather Milton Muggah. S. Buckner is one of several newly met cousins that I correspond from and Facebook. My adult sons would teased me about talking to strangers. But I would say they are not strangers they are my cousins, we just didn’t know each other for a couple of decades due to families moving away from Patterson, Louisiana, the Bayou Teche (Tesh) Well S. Buckner recently did the 23andMe DNA test. It confirmed that I and S. Buckner were cousins. We share DNA from Cynthia’s and Milton’s parents. The DNA could have been from mother Arabella Harper or the presumed father Muggah. I think S. Buckner was took back, when I said it was official, because in reality we already felt that we were cousins, it is the genealogist in us. But today as I was looking at the Facebook cousins that S. Buckner introduced to me last year, which I don’t talk to them on the same level as I do with S. Buckner…I saw them as my cousins…we share a 3rd or 4th great-grandparent. Cynthia and Rev. John Payne had about 8 known children.

Arabella Rosie Payne 1875

Cynthia Payne 1878

Evelina Payne 1880

Ella Payne 1882

John M Payne Jr. 1884

Nathaniel J Payne 1887

Earl Erastaus Payne 1889 – 1971

Theophius T Payne 1891 – 1965


Cynthia’s daughter Arabella Roxie Payne born 1875

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Cynthia’s son  Earl Erastaus Payne born  23 Jun 1889 in Patterson Louisiana. He worked in the Saw Mill for several years.  Earl married Allie Virginia Murphy. They had children Helen, Earl, Ada, Landon and Alice. Earl Erastaus Payne moved the family Flint Michigan by 1924.


Earl’s wife Allie Murphy as a child.

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                      Helen and her brother Earl Murphy Payne

Photos courtesy of S. Buckner                                                                                 


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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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