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File Identification:Outlaw-005 Date Scanned:2006 Source of Scanned Image:W.H. Outlaw Jr.
Original Source of Image:Christine W. Outlaw Digital Archiver:W.H. Outlaw Jr. Image Restorer:
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Estimated Date of Original Image:1900 Basis for Date Estimate:They look to be in their early 30s Unreduced File Size(px):1172 x 1399
Location:unknown Background:makeshift studio Activity:pose
Unreduced File Size(MB):2.0 Reduced File Size (px):573 x 800 Reduced File Size (KB):134
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Subjects:William "Willie" Luke and his wife Margaret Ann "Maggie" Outlaw Luke
(W.H.H. Outlaw, Mary Outlaw, W.H. Outlaw, Christine W. Outlaw, Mack Luke, Mattie Luke, Marion Luke, Stella Luke, Lilla Luke, Robert Earl Griffin)
Comments:The following information, mostly abstracted from public records such as the Federal Census, is in no way represented as the sum of her life. There might be additional information on Southern Matters.

Willie Luke, Maggie's future husband, was born Dec 11, 1867. Maggie was born Feb 6, 1869 (both from grave markers). [My second greatgrandmother Mrs. John D. Boykin was born Julia Luke, Irwin Co. I have not determined whether or how she and Willie might be related.]

In the 1870 FC 1-year-old Margarett (sic?) A. Outlaw is enumerated as the second child of my greatgrandparents Wm. H. and Mary F. Outlaw. Militia district 1157, Family 61. At that time, the only other child in the family was John W. Several family trees on indicate her middle name was Ann. She went by Maggie. [Nearby were enumerated John and Mary Webb (related on my Webb side) and David S and Nancy [nee Fountain] Robinson (related on my Fountain side), as well as Parrishes, Taylors, Swindles, Shaws.]

In the 1880 FC, Margaret (11) was again enumerated in her parents' family (William H. and Mary Outlaw) in 1157. Other children enumerated were John (13), Mary [=Elzie] (9), Lucius (7, my grandfather), Fannie (5) and James (1). John and Mary Webb still lived nearby as did other recognizable surnames.

[The Federal Census of 1890 was mostly destroyed.]

Maggie Outlaw married Willie Luke in Mar, 1891 (The 25th, according to J.H. Paulk, Berrien Co. Marriage Records Index . . . . and confirmed by another scholarly record. A different date is given on family trees on, and, consistently, by the transcription of the marriage recording. However, that recording appears to me to have originally been the 23d , and then changed to the 5th, but it is difficult to say.)

In the 1900 FC, Maggie A. Luke, age 31, lived with her husband, Willie Luke (32), son Marion (7) and daughter, Lilla (4). Their residence was in Connells Mill, Berrien Co., Georgia. Willie farmed and owned his farm clear and free. Enumerated as Family 124, they appear to be have been near her parents (Family 99) and her Webb connection (John and Mary Webb were Family 101).

Maggie's mother, Mary F. nee Carroll Outlaw died Nov. 25, 1905 (grave marker) and her father William Henry Harrison Outlaw moved in with his son Lucius (my grandfather)(1910 FC). W.H. died Jul 28, 1910 (grave marker)at 70, an age he attained despite a war-related disability.

In the 1910 FC, Maggie and Willie continued to live at Connells Mill, Berrien Co., Georgia, where he was still engaged in general farming, and son Marion worked as a farm laborer. A new addition to the family, son Mack (7) is enumerated. The family location was the Hahira-Cecil-Milltown Road, Connells Mill.

Of medium height and build, brown hair, and hazel eyes, Marion R. Luke registered for the WWI draft.

In the 1920 FC, Maggie is enumerated as Margaret A, and all three children remained unmarried and at home. Marion is enumerated as Marion R., Lilla as Mary L., and Mack as Charlie M. Willie continued to farm, apparently assisted by Mack. As indicated by a separate Farm Schedules, Marion had a separate farming operation. This census shows them located on Settlement Road, Rays Mill, but I do not know whether they moved or if the apparent enumeration difference was an artifact. (W.H. Outlaw's farm was off Possum Creek Road, and his 1900 FC enumeration was listed in Connells Mill.)

Marion Luke married Stella Griner (b. 1905) on Dec 23, 1922. The family tree entitled "Descendants of William Henry Westbrook" indicates she was the daughter of William Thomas and Calista Luke Griner. It also indicates that Marion's middle initial, R., was Rayford; and Stella's M., Mae, known in my family as Cousin Stella.

Willie died Mar 6, 1930 (grave marker).

Widowed Maggie Luke is shown as a farmer in the 1930 FC; Lilla (33) and Mack (27) were still at home and helping her farm.

[Through visits (as told to me by my father) and letters (the first from her survived--Suppl A) Daddy depended on Maggie for emotional support following the murder of his mother (Outlaw-194, which is overdue for reworking). btw, the new school at Deep Ditch did not materialize. I suspect that Daddy was thinking about a job following completion at Berry. I know that my mother, father, and grandfather Watson attended school at Deep Ditch and reason that most other family members of that era did, too. See Outlaw-441.)

Mack Luke married Mattie Etheridge on Dec 10, 1933. (b. 1912 d/o William and Mary J. Etheridge, enumerated in Lois, Berrien Co. , 1930)

Lilla did not marry; she is shown in the household of Marion in the 1940 FC as a farm laborer with no income, indicating she worked for Marion.

Willie and Maggie, son Marion and daughter Lilla are buried at Pleasant, near her parents. Mack is buried at New Ramah, near Ray City, GA, where Miss Mattie's parents rest.

Add. Of course, official records are merely a scaffold of a person's life and times; indeed, they can be misleading as transactions are often private, and the records usually fail to reveal adequately a person's character. In this vein, I relate via Jerry Griffin an account of his late brother, Robert Earl (who married Mack's daughter). On visiting Marion, Robert Earl found him distraught and working on a crib. Marion had bottled his wine, and then fermentation kicked in anew and the bottles exploded. Robert Earl didn't mention whether Marion was distressed about the damage to the building, but Marion did lament the loss of the wine. He dreaded the long winter ahead without his tonic. I feel his pain, as I have been negligent in my fermentation duties lately and we're running low. Fortunately, I have friends.

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