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Lemon Jefferson is Notable.
Lemon Jefferson was born September 24, 1893 to parents Alec Jefferson and Clarissy (Banks) Jefferson. His parents were sharecroppers.
His WWI Draft Registration shows that he (or the draft registrar) filled in September 24, 1894 as his birth date and Wortham as his birth place. Its notable exemption on it: "Blind from birth". His address at this time was 1803 Preston, in Dallas, which is now the southwest corner of a shopping center at Preston & Park Blvd.
Around 1917 he moved to the Deep Ellum section of Dallas, playing on street corners by day and in honky-tonks and brothels at night. Jefferson was known to perform almost daily at the corner of Elm Street and Central Avenue (now covered by Central Expressway) in Dallas.
For a time he partnered with Lead Belly and later gave guitar lessons to a young family friend, T-Bone Walker who was recruited to lead Lemon around the Central Avenue area.
Sometime after 1920, Lemon met Roberta Ransom. They married in 1927.
Lemon died in Chicago on Dec 19, 1929.
Jefferson was buried at Wortham Negro Cemetery (later Wortham Black Cemetery). The grave was unmarked until 1967, when a Texas historical marker was erected in the general area of his plot, the precise location of which is unknown.
"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3G4-749 : accessed 22 March 2018), Lemmom Jefferson in household of Alex Jefferson, Justice Precinct 5 (all southeast of Big Tehuacana Creek), Freestone, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 37, sheet 3A, family 52, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,636.
"United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZX3-V2X : 13 March 2018), Lemon Jefferson, 1917-1918; citing Dallas County no 2, Texas, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,952,850.
"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MH1D-BXJ : accessed 22 March 2018), *It C Banks, Kirvin, Freestone, Texas, United States; citing ED 24, sheet 3A, line 26, family 42, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1805; FHL microfilm 1,821,805.