Another plausible theory has developed about the identity of the couple pictured here.
In the Sept. 1 Times, an Apalachicola resident who grew up in the house where the photo was found said she believed it to be her grandparents, Pleasant and Laurietta James. Pleasant James Jr. and his father, also Pleasant James, were both barbers and well-known in Apalachicola. The picture was found at 116 Seventh Street, formerly the James family home.
Last week we were contacted by Chuck Duncan, of Kokomo, Indiana and Apalachicola, who said he searched census records for 131 Avenue F, the address on the back of the photo.
Duncan said according to the Census Bureau, Jonas and Johanna Walker lived at 131 Avenue F, which they owned from 1910 to 1940.
Remember, the name Mrs. J.H. Walker and the address 131 Avenue F were written in pencil on the back of the photograph.
Both Walkers were African-American and born in Georgia. Jonas was an oysterman who had completed fourth grade. He also did odd jobs and was still working part-time at the age of 67 in 1940.
At various times the Walkers shared their home with relatives or boarders. In 1910, other residents of 131 Avenue F were four boarders, Joe Hill, Seth Walton, Jesse Jester and Adam F Clady.
In 1920, 22-year-old Willie Lee Bevins lived with the Walkers. She is described as a mulatto and Johanna Walker is named as her mother.
In 1930 Willie L. Biorus, 20, who is listed as the Walkers’ widowed daughter, and Charles Biorus, 2, who is listed as their grandson, both lived at 131 Avenue F.
In 1940 Willie Lee Bevins (Bivins), 29, step-daughter, and the Walkers’ grandson Charles Gadson, 12, lived with the Walkers. Both Johanna Walker and Bevins were working as laundresses.
Interestingly the picture was found by Rev. O. H. Walker who has owned the 116 Seventh Street house and lived there for some time. It is not his family home.
Were there two Willie Lees? Were there two grandson’s named Charles?
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