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Surviving the Patterrollers

Surviving the Patterrollers

Chapter:
(p.3) Chapter 1 Surviving the Patterrollers
Source:
Can Anything Beat White?
Author(s):
Elisabeth Petry
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617033209.003.0001

This chapter presents the story of the family of Willis S. James. Willis grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and escaped the “patterrollers” in the early 1860s as war raged around the city. He married Anna Estelle Houston in 1874. Anna died from a lingering illness on November 19, 1894, and life in the James household began to change. Bertha later married Peter Lane in the spring of 1896. Helen went off to school at Hampton Institute and Normal School in Virginia. In 1899, brother Willis enlisted in the Army, Harold enrolled at Hampton, and Harriet enrolled the next year.

Keywords:   Willis S. James, Anna Estelle Houston, Bertha James, Helen James, Harold James, Harriet James

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