Born in South Carolina, Margarette Richey Blount was known as Maggie during childhood, as Gran Margarette and G.M. in later years by her grandchildren, and still others called her Miss B. The 1900 Census lists the Richey Family living at 4835 Dearborn St. and in 1910 at 4421 Evans Ave, both addresses in Chicago. In 1920, Margarette was 20 yrs. old and a teacher at a boarding school.
We the family, are eternally indebted and grateful to Gran Margarette for it was she initially and subsequently my mother Richey who later saved and maintained the core photographs, letters, and in several instances, drawings, and mementos. All of this was discovered long after they were gone. As decades passed, because of death, transfers, and storage, this collective became further and further removed from our knowledge and memory. To the extent that we no longer knew it existed. If not for her, much would have been lost regarding the Blounts and Richeys.
The hard and complex part of all of this, and Gran Margarette made it much easier, is to fill in the blanks and empty spaces of our family record. We have no vivid colors here, just muted tones and brief sketches which we are still non the less so grateful to have.
It was astonishingly significant to discover, that decades after the fact, possibly 77 years later, that in 1930. it was Margarette who was a census taker in one of Houston's nine wards where the family lived. Overjoyed with the fruits of our research and the seeds of the internet; We saw with our own eyes... the entries were in her own handwriting and her name indelible for history.
Both Granny Billye and Gran Margarette planted seeds of learning.
Ah! Sun-flower By William Blake
Ah Sun-flower! weary of time, Who countest the steps of the Sun: Seeking after that sweet golden clime Where the travellers journey is done.
Where the Youth pined away with desire, And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow: Arise from their graves and aspire, Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.
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