Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, Art and Community

Day: August 14, 2012

First Church Ancestor, John Thomas Gayton, Washington State Pioneeer

Born a few months after the end of the Civil War, John Thomas Gayton drove to Seattle by stagecoach in 1888 from Yazoo City, Miss. A year later, as Sheriff’s Deputy, Gayton helped fight Seattle’s Great Fire During his first years here, J.T., as he […]

First Church Ancestor, William Benjamin Reynolds

William Benjamin Reynolds is the grandfather of Miss Simone Reynolds Anicette. Simone’s mother, Suzzanne Reynolds Anicette, writes: “I have included a photo of my father, the ancestor my daughter chose to memorialize. I’ve also included a photo of the historic Congregational church in Guyana, South America where my father attended.  He […]

First Church Ancestor: William A. Morris, II, Educator

William A. Morris, II

This is a photo of my father, the late William A. Morris, II (Howard University Class of ’36) taken around 1951. My father at the time was a Regional Director with the Afro-American Life Insurance Company covering the South Georgia/North Florida region. He eventually became principal for many years of S.H. Dunlap Elementary School in Thomasville, GA. One of his teachers while at Dunlap Elementary was Mrs. Jean Childs Young, late wife of Rev. Andrew Young  as Rev. Young was Pastor of Bethany Congregational Church in Thomasville during my father’s early years as principal.

My father went on to become the first African-American elected official in Thomas County Georgia, serving on the Board of Education until his death in 1986. –Danny Morris

William A. Morris, II, Educator