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Hannah Carr

Visits Old Black Mammy.

Dr. Kit Williams, of At Last, the new town of Gainesmore, was in town again last week, (especially to see his "old black mammy,") well known in Matagorda as "Aunt Hannah Carr," who is now growing very feeble. "Aunt Hannah" is highly esteemed by old and young, and few there are who do not know her personally, for she has lived here about three-quarters of a century, in fact has been a member of the Methodist (Southern White) Church here nearly that long. During slavery times, as was the custom, her name with other Negro slave Methodists was on the roll with the white folks. Hers is the only name of her race on it today, and there as an honest, faithful and respectful old Negress and a consistent Christian, she is respected by all, yea, by many, loved--an impressive lesson to the race and a just rebuke to the mistakes statesmanship which tried to force social equality. Until recently when blindness overcame her the care of the church was her especial pride and pleasure. Aunt Hannah lives alone in her own nice little house just across the street from the Culver home and with her chickens and household work passes away the time.--Matagorda News

Matagorda County Tribune, November 1, 1912

Hannah Carr--colored--an old land mark, was found dead Sunday morning by Mr. G. B. Culver whose home is just across the street. She had evidently been dead for several hours and the general supposition is that she froze to death. She was Mr. Kit Williams', deceased, old black mammy and old residents here say she was 100 years old if she was a day. She was a strict and faithful member of the white Methodist Church having been brought up in that denomination by her "white mistress." For years she kept the interior of the church in perfect order and was a familiar figure at services, always taking her seat down by the door. The Methodists took charge of the remains and took the casket to the church she loved so well and Rev. T. S. Williford conducted the funeral services Monday morning at 10 o'clock. She left all her property and cash to the church. God "hath no respect of persons" and we feel certain this aged darkey whose life of usefulness here is over and has gone to a rich reward.

Matagorda County Tribune, December 14, 1917      [The 1880 Matagorda County Census indicated Hannah was 48 years old.]


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