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Edens, William


Collected by M.C. Parler William Eden and Max Hunter Monte Ne, Ark. January 11, 1960 Reel 324, Item 1 W.E. I am ninety-six year old. I was borned in 1863, the year that Abe Lincoln declared the niggers free.So I guess I’s free borned then. MCP: What was your father’s name? WE: James Eden; James Alexander. MCP: Your mother’s name? before she was married? WE: Nancy Jane Jones. MCP: And you’ve lived around here all your life, except when you went to California one time? WE: No, no. I’ve not lived right here. I lived pretty near thirty years in Oklahoma... I just only lived from Westville and Tallequah and and Stillwell was our county seat, a county that I lived in part of the time. MCP: Were you farming most of that time? WE: I did part of the time, not all of it around Tallequah. I did around Westville and Christy and in that country and around down there. MCP: How many children do you have? WE: Four. Three boys and a girl. And all are living now, far’s I know. Two of era in California, one of em at Enid, Oklahoma, and the other one here. MCP: Mr. Eden, did you learn songs back when you were a child? WE: Did I! Why, the first song I ever learned in my life, I was just small. And I can recollect the first speech I ever said. Us children, when we went to school, our teacher had us...
Parler, Mary Celestia; Hunter, Max
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1960 01 11
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