Stoudenmire Family Search
My name is Mary L Stoudenire and as promised I have graduated and
can now seek the help of the group with my own family history
search! Most of the information I have been able to gather has been
from death certificates and marriage licenses as all of my father's
side of the family is dead except for my siblings (1 on whom I just
buried) and couple of first cousins.
This is what I have so far:
My paternal grandfathers name was David L Stoudenmire. According to
his death certificate he was born in Alabama around 1880 and would
have been known as a mulatto. From the only picture I have of him
he does not look African-American at all. His death certificate
only lists his father's name as Mar. Stoudenmire.
My paternal grandmother is an even bigger mystery. Her name was
Harriett King Hale Childers. She was born around 1880 also in
Her father's name was Geo. Hale; her mother's name was Zilla King.
I also found reference to her as Zilla Childers and Zilla
Childress. It has been said that Harriett was a descendent of
Ethopian royalty thru her mother. It has also been the story that
her mother did not come to this country as a slave but as an
indentured servant. Her (Zilla's)father fled the Amhara region of
Ethopia during an uprising.
Any suggestions as to where to continue to look for information,
short of going on a expedition thru Alabama, Mississippi and
Louisiana, would be helpful.
Mary S. aka megradnmay