The couple in the center are my parents, Hasker Nelson Sr. and Irma Lee Young-Nelson. The two people on the left end are my father's mother and father, Mary Anne Trotter-Nelson and Coleman Nelson. On the right end are my mother's parents, Rev. Ira and Sallie Combest-Young.

I knew both my grandmothers, who both lived into their 90's, but grandpapa Coleman died fairly young in 1920. His only son, my father was the oldest child and at age 12 he had to quit school (what little there was in Jasper County, MS) to become the family's primary bread winner. He had a mother and two younger sisters to feed.

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Grandpapa Rev. Ira Young knew me but I don't remember him. Family oral history (mostly from my mother) said she had a difficult pregnancy with me, so her father got a doctor for the duration until I was delivered. Most of the other children were delivered by midwives or by other women who happened to be handy. It seems just about all his other daughters knew what to do. (He and grandmother had 20 children over a quarter of a century.)

Grandpapa Young was ill himself, but attended my mother every day. My mother said he had told her, he wound live long enough to see "that boy" born. After I was born, I'm told, he came by once or twice a day to see how we were doing. Then, on the 6th day, my mother said he told her that would be his last visit and that everything would be alright.

He passed away 7 days after I was born. He'd left instructions that my mother was not well enough to come to his funeral nor for the ride to the cemetery in the nearby town of Ellisville.  My mother's twin sister, Bessie Lee, I'm told, came over to be with my mother and me... and everything did turn out to be alright.

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