Angeline Jones

Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson

Person interviewed: Angeline Jones

Near Biscoe and Brinkley, Arkansas

Age: 79

[Date Stamp: May 31 1938]

"I was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Mother was cooking. Her name was

Marilla Harris and she took my pa's name, Brown. He was Francis Brown.

I was three years old when the surrender come on. Then grandma, my

mama and pa and me and my brother come with a family to Biscoe. There

wasn't no Biscoe but that's where we come to anyhow. Mama and grandma

cooked for a woman. They bought a big farm and started clearing. Some

of it was cleared. Mama's been dead forty years. I farmed all my whole

life. I don't know nothing else.

"Grandma had a right smart to say during slavery times. She was

cooking for her mistress and had a family. She'd hide good things to

take to her children. The mistress kept a polly parrot about in the

kitchen. Polly would tell on grandma. Caused grandma to get whoopings.

She talked like a good many of 'em. She got sick. The woman what

married grandma's brother was to take her place. She wasn't going to

be getting no whoopings. She sewed the parrot up. He got to dwindling.

They doctored him. She clipped his tongue at the same time so he never

could do no good talking. He died. They never found out his trouble.

Grandma said they worried about the parrot but she never did; she

knowed what been done. Grandma come from Paris, Tennessee but I think

the same folks fetched 'er. I don't think she said she was sold. She

said slavery times was hard. Mama didn't see as hard times as grandma

had. Grandma shielded her in the work part a whole heap to get to

live where she did. They loved to be together. She's been dead and

left me forty odd years. I works and support myself, and my kin folks

help all they can."

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