Cumie Talitha Walker was born on November 21, 1874 in Swift, Texas as the fourth child of William Wilson Walker and Mehala Ann Barron.
Two weeks after Cumie turned 17, she married Henry Basil Barrow on December 5th 1891 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Henry was one month shy of his 18th birthday. The young couple started having children in 1894. Cumie was the mother of Clyde and Marvin "Buck" Barrow, but she and Henry had seven children in all; Elvin, Artie, Marvin (Buck), Nell (Nellie), Clyde, Leon (L.C.) and Lillian (Marie).
Cumie was a housewife and domestic engineer for a big family of 9 in Telico, Texas.
In the early years Cumie hand her hands full working hard to take care of the children, preparing meals, cleaning and making ends-meat for her growing family. Her husband worked as a sharecropper farmer.
In 1921, when Cumie was 46, a decision with her husband was made to move her family (the remaining younger children) to Cement City (West Dallas as it's known today) in hopes of a better life. The family lived in a tent in an established campsite under the viaduct known as "The Bogg" for around a 5 year period of time until her husband could work and save enough to purchased a home.
The Bogg was primarily a wet-land area without any sanitation where raw sewage was exposed and mosquitoes were abundant. Life was difficult in the Bogg more so if the kids became ill. Cumie, at times, had her hands full with her own sick children and she was widely coveted in the Bogg for her own brew of special recipes to help sick children.
Sometime around the year 1926, Cumie and her husband Henry purchased a small house (built circa 1910) off of Eagle Ford Road (Singleton Blvd) to bring his family to. Shortly thereafter Henry began construction to add a front part to the home to serve as a store and petrol service station completed around 1930/31. Henry and his wife Cumie owned and operated the "Star Service Station" for about 10 years until around 1939 where it was sold in late 1942/43 shortly after Cumie's death.
Today the building known as "The Barrow Filling Station" still stands at 1221 Singleton Blvd, Dallas, a testament to Henry Barrow's craftsmanship on the front part of the building.
In 1934 Cumie and Henry attended the funerals for Bonnie Parker and then the following day for their son Clyde.
Cumie's started life as a housewife and then after the deaths of Bonnie and her son Clyde she co-authored a book with Emma Parker, Bonnie's mother named "Fugitives" in late 1934.
Having two of her adult sons turn outlaw, with so many deaths centered on her family name would have been a crushing blow to any mother that had raised her kids properly.
After the funerals of Bonnie and Clyde in 1934 the public backlash would have taken a toll on her and her family for their safety and business.
In 1936 during a random "backlash" episode at their Filling Station, Cumie was struck by a random bullet that was shot through the home and entered just under her right eye, surgery was performed but she lost sight in her right eye.
Cumie died of acute pancreatitis when she was 67-1/2 years old on August 14th 1942 in Dallas, Texas. She was buried in Western Heights Cemetery the same cemetery where her two sons Buck ( DOD:July 29, 1933) and Clyde (DOD:May 23, 1934) were buried earlier. Fifteen years later, in 1957, her husband Henry would be buried beside her.
"Talitha...While not originally a name, it's origin as a name is like due to the Biblical passage in which it's found: 'Taking her by the hand he said to her, 'Talitha cumi,' which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.' (Mark 5:41). This passage is also the origin of the use of Talitha as a given name."
Henry Basil Barrow