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Bessie Magnolia Olive Alford
Birth: Aug. 9, 1879
Death: Oct. 26, 1970

91 years old
Bessie is the granddaughter of Amanda "Mandy" Payne. Mandy was a mulatto woman and former slave of Dr. G W Robards of Morehouse Parish. Mandy had three children by Thomas Payne, Dr. Robard's overseer.

Bessie's father is Mandy Payne's son, Alonzo Payne who took the name Alonzo Olive. Bessie's mother is Isabella Olive.

Brother - Berton Augustus Olive
Sister - Mary Belle Olive

Bessie lived in Gallion, Louisiana her entire life.

Bessie's daughters:
Lollie Bell Olive Jameson Cole (b.1904-d.1998)
Edrie Otella Davis Alford Olive (b.1907-d.1931)

Bessie later married Loyd Alford

Bessie has a double headstone with her 2nd and younger daughter, Edrie Otelia "Dootz" Olive, who was killed by a jealous lover according to local legend. Edrie died of a pistol shot to her head. For years, the tree under which Edrie died was known as the Dootz tree.

Bessie's 1st daughter, Lollie Bell, at the age of 16, was carrying the unborn son of Filmore Watt Daniel when Watt was butchered by the KKK on August 23, 1922. Lollie gave birth to Fillmore Watt Daniel, Jr., on Oct. 16, 1922.

Until an obituary for "Watt, Jr" was found on the internet in 2010, only Bessie and her kinsman, Ernest Alonzo "Son" Olive, knew of the existence of Fillmore Watt Daniels, Jr. By 2010 both Bessie and Son had died. Lollie found a life for herself and her son in Las Vegas. Lollie visited her mother yearly, until Bessie died.

1880 Census - Morehouse Parish - Ward 7
Bessie is shown as unnamed, 10 months old born August 1879 residing in the household of Alonzo Olive. Her relationship to household head is daughter. In the 1910 census, she is shown as the daughter, of Amanda Payne who is residing in the same household. An error as Amanda is her grandmother.

1910 Census - Morehouse Parish - Ward 7
Bessie Oliver - single, head of household
Two daughters, Lottie (Lollie) and Edna (Edrie) Davis and Bessie's mother is shown as, Amanda Payne

1920 Census - Morehouse Parish - Ward 7
Head of household, Loyd Alford, mulatto, wife, Bessie, mulatto, and two step-daughters: Lottie (Lollie) Belle and Edrie Alford. These two daughters had the surname of Davis in the 1910 census.

1930 Census - Morehouse Parish - Ward 7 HN 597
Bessie Alford, head of household
Estate value of $8000
Farm owner and operator
Daughter, Edrie Olive, age 22
Residing in neighboring HN 598 is Bessie's nephew?
Bert Augustus Olive, estate value $1000

1940 Census - Morehouse Parish
Bessie Olive Alford - divorced
Value $4000

Info gathered from census records, the grand children of Filmore Watt Daniel, Known Burials of Morehouse Parish and The Family History Club.
Family links: 
  Alonzo Olive (1850 - 1898)
  Isabella Olive (1855 - 1898)
  Lollie Bell Olive Jameson (1904 - 1998)*
  Edrie Otelia Olive (1907 - 1931)*
  Bert Augustas Olive (1874 - 1936)*
  Bessie Magnolia Olive Alford (1879 - 1970)
*Calculated relationship
Cooper Lake Cemetery
Morehouse Parish
Louisiana, USA
Created by: Bonnie Sisson Manning
Record added: Jun 13, 2011
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Bessie Magnolia <i>Olive</i> Alford
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Bessie Magnolia <i>Olive</i> Alford
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Bessie Magnolia <i>Olive</i> Alford
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