52 Ancestors #14 Favorite Photo Charlie Matthews

Charlie Matthews (1896-1941)  my grand-father on my paternal side portrait style photo is my favorite picture.  He’s well dressed and looks little prosperous.  Date of photo is unknown.

Charlie Matthews

He was the son of John Matthews and Amanda Allen-Matthews both of Barnwell, South Carolina.  Charlie Matthews was the youngest of six (6) Children.  He was born August 29, 1894 in Savannah Chatham, Georgia.

His US World War I Draft Registration Card revealed that he was living at the family home in Savannah Georgia.   The 1920 Census showed that he was 23 years old.  Charlie  married Anna Harris;  his occupation was a Tinner (roofer).  This same census also showed that his home was mortgage free.

Great Migration Image by Jacob Lawrence

Great Migration Image by Jacob Lawrence

Between 1920-1922 Charlie Matthews, alongside his wife and mother joins what is known as The Great Migration.  This migration is when a substantial number of  African Americans moved from the Rural South to the Urban North.

In 1922, Charlie and Anna Matthews first child is born in Harlem, New York.   I don’t know whether they left Savannah via Train, Boat or Bus; what I do know is that they were among the many migrants that anticipated a better future for their family. In 1941, Charlie Matthews died a Widower at 45 years old.

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sources:

1920; Census Place: Savannah, Chatham, Georgia; Roll: T625_240; Page: 41B; Enumeration District: 58; Image: 1151

New York State Census, 1925

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  4 comments for “52 Ancestors #14 Favorite Photo Charlie Matthews

  1. Janet
    April 25, 2015 at 7:12 am

    As usual…fascinated by the depth of your findings. He was a handsome young man !

    Like

  2. Mary Gustafson
    April 25, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Hi Shelley–I keep on loving your Blog–what a handsome man! Mary

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  3. April 27, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Mary:
    He is quite a looker. It appears that heading to the Big City was a different kind of stress he and and his wife died young. Thank you for your follow.

    Like

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