Rowlett married women

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Jane Johnson Endsley, who was born a slave in Jefferson, Texas, inrose to a successful life as a businesswoman and community leader in Dallas. After spending her childhood on a plantation in Jefferson, she married Moses Calloway in in Jefferson. Moses had also been born a slave, in Tennessee. They moved to Rowlett, Texas, sometime between and The Calloways became sharecroppers but ultimately acquired their own acre farm there.

They had eleven children. She regularly delivered her own cotton to the local cotton gin. On one occasion, a White man attempted to steal her bale of cotton by grabbing it as it emerged from the gin.

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According to family s, a White man who witnessed the accident apparently took the blame for it, thus protecting her from prosecution. In she married C. After eleven years of marriage they divorced, and she married Alonzo Jones. That marriage also ended in divorce.

She entered into her fourth and final marriage to H. Endsley, a tailor, in Around that time she sold the family farm in Rowlett but kept the timber rights to the land and set up a railroad-yard coal and log business in the heart of Dallas.

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Jane Endsley ran the business with the assistance of her sons, Joe, Lube, and Emmett. The family company provided much-needed fuel for many Dallas residents and was considered the largest business of its kind in the city.

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The Endsleys acquired another portion of land close to the site of the present State Fair of Texas. Their wealth enabled them to build a fine home on Collins Street, with a veranda stretching the length of the house front, and to purchase a new Model T Ford. In the s she helped establish a women's lodge called the Household of Ruth, for which she rented a building.

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The lodge provided funeral insurance for African Americanswho could not acquire insurance from White companies at the time. The Household of Ruth also offered them a network of "trusted friends" in time of need. Endsley had the only telephone in her neighborhood for a long time and welcomed her neighbors to use it.

During the Great Depression she and her youngest daughter, Maggie, worked to feed hungry, homeless people.

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She also spent time "ministering to the sick and elderly. In the s her descendants still had regular family gatherings and maintained records of the family roots. She died at her home on Collins Street in and was buried in the family plot in Rowlett. The Handbook of Texas Women project has its own dedicated website and resources. The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry. Visit Website. Published by the Texas State Historical Association. This entry belongs to the following Handbook Special Projects :.

Rowlett married women

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