I'm looking for descendants of Henry Baines and Pinkey Mobley, or any descendants of David C. Shannon and Milly Bartlett that would have knowledge of my g-grandmother.I have reason to believe that my g-grandmother, Dossie Belle Newman, was the granddaughter of Henry and Pinkey Baines.She may have been the daughter of their oldest Daughter Nancy.
As far as I know from birth records of her children, and family history, Belle Newman was born 1867 in Jackson, Hinds, Mississippi, possibly while her parents were enroute to Arkansas or Texas. Her grandson claimed that she was 1/2 Native American, and her son claimed to be 1/4 Native American.Family lore claimed it to be Cherokee.
The 1880 Travis County Texas census lists Pinkey Baines with three grandchildren with the last name of Numama living with her.The Numama name is incorrect, as there were no other Numama's in the United States during that era, but may well have been Newman. The granddaughter Belle, age 13, fits the right age and birthplace as my Belle Newman.
The Baines family of Greene County Alabama that migrated to Mississippi, was allied somehow with the Walker, Bass, and Newman families, and they may have all traveled together in a wagon train from Itawamba County Mississipi going West in the late 1860's. They were not on the 1870 census that I could find anywhere in the country.Some of the families were known to be in Arkansas, where people of all four names were living either together, or nearby.Some ended up in Texas.Pinkey and her children settled in Travis County Texas.Henry may have died earlier as he doesn't show up on the Texas census. I'd like to find the names of Belle Newman's parents, and confirm that the Baines family were the correct ancestors.
Belle Newman married Jefferson Charles Shannon in Georgetown, Williamson, Texas, in the early 1880's, but they lived in Round Rock, Texas for many years before moving on to Ft. Worth where Belle died shortly before 1910. Jeff Shannon died in 1948 in Dallas. Their son Charles Fletcher Shannon, who died in 1924, was my grandfather. He had several surviving brothers and sisters named Laura, Alice, Andrew, Lola May, Rosa Lena, Admiral Togo,and Kitty. If anyone has any knowledge of the Baines family and their three grandchildren, or of the Jeff Shannon family, please share the information with me.