File District #6
Copied Clark County
1/15/41 Racial Group.
Ex-slave, 78 years.
"I wuz bawn in Mason County, Kaintucky, in 1859, en I wuz 78 my
last birthday, May 3. Mother en father wuz Mary en Henry Green. Ole
man Wallingsford owned mother, en my two sisters en me; father he be-
longed to Charles Dobbins."
"Wallingsford owned a fair size plantation, en he raised rye,
wheat, cawn, en cattle en sheep. He allus had bout 1500 sheep."
"Ole Miss wuz good ter us; but him, de devil wuz'nt no meaner."
"Us allus slep' in de kitchen en de winter, but wen de weather
got warm nough us slep' out on er porch. Mother wuz de cook, en done
all kine er wuk bout de place - washing', iron', weavin', all else
what dey tole her ter do. Den she died, en us chilluns wuz left ter
de care er Ole Miss. She wuz jus' as sweet - lak er angel."
"I doan guess none er de slaves knowed whut it wuz ter have much
clothes, us went bar'foot fum March ter November whilst Ole Marse
lived, but Ole Miss wuz heap mo' considahrat; all de same us went
bar'foot mos' all er time en good weather."
"Us nebber had no books, en nebber played no games 'cept marbles
en mumblin' peg."
"When us went to church us goes ter de white folks church en set
en er back seats. Dey wuz Ironside Baptist. Dey uster sing a song
called "Come Ter De Ole Church Yard."