Mary Elizabeth Black

Brief Life History of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Black was born on 6 September 1855, in Coaling, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States, her father, Daniel Marion Black, was 32 and her mother, Margaret Kyzer, was 22. She married Samuel Smith Mellown on 1 November 1873, in Coaling, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Jefferson, Alabama, United States in 1880 and Election Precinct 14 Coaling and Jones (Smith), Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States for about 10 years. She died on 12 January 1917, in Wilkes, Jefferson, Alabama, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Midfield, Jefferson, Alabama, United States.

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Samuel Smith Mellown
Mary Elizabeth Black
Marriage: 1 November 1873
Fannie Elizabeth Mellown
Maggie Jane Mellown
David Smith Mellown
Katie Catherine Mellown
Robert Henry Malone
Winnie Euginia Mellown
John Meadow Mellown
Lavina Edna Mellown

Sources (10)

  • Elizabeth Black in household of Daniel Black, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Mary Elizabeth Black - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Mary Elizabeth Black
  • Lone Elizabeth Black Mellown, "Find A Grave Index"

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Name Meaning

English and Scottish: chiefly from Middle English blak(e) ‘black’ (Old English blæc, blaca), a nickname given from the earliest times to a swarthy or dark-haired man. However, Middle English blac also meant ‘pale, wan’, a reflex of Old English blāc ‘pale, white’ with a shortened vowel. Compare Blatch and Blick . With rare exceptions it is impossible to disambiguate these antithetical senses in Middle English surnames. The same difficulty arises with Blake and Block .

Scottish: in Gaelic-speaking areas this name was adopted as a translation of the epithet dubh ‘dark, black-(haired)’, or of various other names based on Gaelic dubh ‘black’, see Duff .

Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames directly or indirectly derived from the adjective meaning ‘black, dark’, for example German and Jewish Schwarz and Slavic surnames beginning with Čern-, Chern- (see Chern and Cherne ), Chorn-, Crn- or Czern-.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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