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Re: J.W. Milam

Craig Blyeth (View posts)
Posted: 1054343752000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Milam, Bryant
I was just teaching a class on the Emmett Till case today in my 11th grade U.S. history class and became curious about J.W. Milam's family. Here's what I was able to find in the 1920 and 1930 census records. There were several Milam famlies in Tallahatchie Co., some white and some African American - read into that what you will about slavery's legacy.

The 1920 record was faint and some ages were impossible to read. The 1930 record confirms the Milam family marrying into the Bryant family. The age for John W. more or less matches J.W.'s (he was 36 in 1955); Roy Bryant, 24 in 1954, hadn't been born yet. It frankly gave me the chills seeing these benign census records while knowing what J.W. later did. It's been written that Emmett Till was the sacrificial lamb that prompted the Civil Rights Movement, and I suppose in a strange way we have J.W and Roy to thank for their senseless acts of race-based hatred and violence for helping African Americans at least gain some civil and economic rights, thought the struggle is far from over.

1920 Federal Census
ED 132, Beat 3, p. 2B, res. 41
Tallahatchie Co., MS:
Milam, Eslie, 28?, MS, farmer (probably Leslie based on son's name in 1930 census)
Eula, 24?, MS
Henry, __, MS
Spencer, 2, MS
John, __, MS
Cook, Bailey, nephew, 17, MS

1930 Federal Census
ED 3, Beat 3, p. 18A, res. 115
Tallahatchie Co., MS:
Bryant, Henry E., 20, 1st married at 18, MS, farmer
Eula E., 32, 1st married at 16, MS
Milam, Edward, stepson,14, MS
Spencer, stepson, 12, MS
John W., stepson, 10, MS
Daniel L., stepson, 8, MS
Leslie F., stepson, 5, MS
Bryant, Mary L., dau., 7/12, MS

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