Bertha Claxton

[1] Between 1900 and 1912, she is not consistently listed in the directories. However, based on the Blue Book, she likely ran the brothel until 1912. She disappears from the records in Mobile after her mention in the Blue Book. 

[2] Jackson’s relationship to Claxton is listed as “servant” and her occupation as “bookkeeper.”

 

Bertha Clay

[1] Her address changes sporadically over the next seven years, which could be an error with the city directory or reflect the instability of women in the district. In 1907, the Directory lists her at 112 N. Cedar Street, the location of her brothel in the 1912 Blue Book. However, the 1908 Directory places her at 115 N. Cedar Street, and the 1911 and 1913 MCD at 513 St. Michael Street. Blue Book, MPL.

[2] “Bessie Clay Held to City Court,” Mobile City Register, January 3, 1913.

[3] Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Death Certificates, 1903–1982, iArchives, Orem, Utah, via Ancestry.com, Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982 [database on-line] (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013), accessed August 2016.

 

Cassie and Mary Fort

[1] Blue Book, MPL. US, Census, 1900, Mobile, AL, Ward 7, District 107, 15.

[2] Henry and Lucy Fort are one of many African American “Forts” living in Harrells, Dallas County in 1870. According to the 1860 Census, only one “mulatto” family and no free African Americans lived in Harrells. The census lists Charlotte Fort and her two sons (a white family) as owning a sizable plantation and 82 slaves. After the passing of the 13th amendment in 1865, it is probable that many of those enslaved on the Fort’s plantation remained in the area as tenant farmers, including Cassie’s parents. United States Bureau of the Census, Eight Census of the United States, 1860 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860), Harrells Beat, Dallas County, AL, 106, accessed August 22, 2016, http://www.ancestry.com. United States Bureau of the Census, Ninth Census of the United States, 1870 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1870), Dallas County, AL, PO Forts, 11, accessed August 22, 2016, http://www.ancestry.com.

[3] US, Census, 1900, Mobile, AL, Ward 7, District 107, 15.

[4] Blue Book, MPL. US, Census, 1870, Harrells, Dallas County, AL, 11. United States Bureau of the Census, Tenth Census of the United States, 1880 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880), Marion Junction, Dallas County, AL, District 63, 6, August 22, 2016, http://www.ancestry.com.

 

Mary F. Tartt

[1] Landownership Plat, 1909. Tax Rolls of Mobile County, 1909. Property Records, Deed Book 99, Page 165, Probate Court of Mobile County, Mobile, AL. R.L. Polk, Mobile City Directory: 1914 (Mobile, AL: R.L. Polk and Co. Publishers, 1914), 791, accessed July-December 2016, http://www.ancestry.com.

 

Agnes F. Roycroft

[1] Delchamps, Directory for 1909, 530-531. Landownership Plat, 1909. Tax Rolls of Mobile County, 1909. “Yesterday’s News,” Mobile Press Register, July 25, 2008, Prostitution Folder, History Museum of Mobile, AL.

 

 

 

 

 

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