Amanda (Blount) McDavid
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Amanda C. (Blount) McDavid (1872 - 1931)

Amanda C. "Dutch" McDavid formerly Blount
Born in Texas, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of , , [private sister (1880s - 1960s)], , [private brother (1880s - 1960s)] and [private sister (1900s - 1950s)]
Wife of — married 26 Dec 1900 in Houston, Texasmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 58 in Houston, Harris, Texas, United Statesmap
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Biography

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Amanda (Blount) McDavid is a part of US Black heritage.

Yet a work in progress, Amanda was born in 1872 based on her death certificate. By the 1910 census, she was the oldest living offspring and daughter of William Blount and Clara Richardson. [1]

2/11/12, Inquisitive and a great lover of the natural world, she was first in the Blount Family to teach at Wheatley High School in Houston. [1] As a math teacher, she was often encouraging her son Percy McDavid to gain his teaching credential. Bittersweet ironically After she died in 1931, it was Percy who obtained her teacher's position (opening) and this was the means by which he came to Wheatley to teach, establish and develop the greatly renowned music school so recognized in the South and by Duke Ellington. El maestro specifically visited that dept. in 1935. Inquisitive yes, but little did she know- Amanda would have been so proud of what transpired.

In the summer of 1957, the family of Amanda's grandson Wendell McDavid, now living in Los Angeles, had gone back to Houston to visit. One of the priorities and amongst the things they wanted to do-- it was Percy's fervent desire to see the old family homestead. We speculate that was either 2206 Edmundson St. that was noted on two of her sisters' death certificates or 611 Robin St.

J.C. Taylor, no relation to the family, a boarder who lived with a family member, offered to take Percy and his son Wendell to see the family homestead. It was important to do this quickly because the new I-10 freeway was being constructed and the house could be torn down any day. With great remorse, when J.C. Taylor took them to see the house, they were one day late. The only remains was a big pile of rubble. Everyone was aghast and upset. Wendell also states that his father was not the same the rest of the summer.

Coincidentally, I tried to find this address on Google Maps a few days before talking with Wendell and there was no house there, only a freeway entrance or exit. So I suspect, this was one and the same family homestead spoken of.

Based on the death certificate, Amanda was buried in Olivewood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States with a death date of 23 Sep 1931.[2]

Sources

  1. Entered by Bobby Bailey, Feb 11, 2012
  2. Memorial: Find a Grave (has image).
    Find A Grave: Memorial #91035971 (accessed 19 June 2022)
    Memorial page for Mrs Amanda C. Blount McDavid (14 Oct 1872-23 Sep 1931), citing Olivewood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA; Maintained by James Triplett (contributor 47179842).




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On the up coming of your anniversary of your journey to heaven.I just want to publicly thank you for being such a awesome Auntie. I wish I could have met you but I know that you were a beautiful woman inside and out. I thank you for being a dedicated wife to Uncle Fountain and a dedicated mother to Wendell, Russell & Percy . Until we meet you in Heaven .

Your Niece, Sharon Haywood

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