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Collection Number: 05082-z

Collection Title: Wylie Family Papers, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)

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Size 117 items.
Abstract The marriage in June 1905 of African Americans Jessie Early and Thomas A. Wylie united the Early family of Peoria, Ill., and the Wylie family of Coulterville, Ill. The collection consists chiefly of family photographs taken in Illinois and Kentucky between 1893 and 1982, with most dating between 1900 and 1940. Early photographs document members of Jessie Early Wylie's family in Peoria, Ill., and the family of her husband, Thomas A. Wylie, of Coulterville, Ill. Thomas's sister, Mary Wylie Blakeley, is the most frequent subject. There are also many images of Jessie Early Wylie and Thomas A. Wylie's children, especially Minnie Wylie Graves. Other extended family represented include Payne and Reed cousins. Some photographs are formal portraits; others are casual snapshots. Notable images depict Everett Wylie in his World War II uniform; Mary Wylie Blakeley's restaurant in Paducah, Ky.; E. Payne Wylie, a Cherokee Indian who was Thomas A. Wylie's cousin; and Bernice Wylie as a bridesmaid in a 1933 wedding party. Also included are copies of newspaper obituaries, an 1890 prayer card, a photocopy of an 1896 marriage license, and a postcard from the Union Depot in Coulterville, Ill.
Creator Wylie family.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Wylie Family Papers #5082-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Albert Wylie III of Peoria, Ill., in January 2001 (Acc. 99127), March 2002 (Acc. 99205), and August 2003 (99598).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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The marriage in June 1905 of Jessie Early and Thomas A. Wylie united the Early and Wylie families. Jessie Early was the daughter of Joshua Early (1857-1915) of Nashville, Tenn., and Mattie Washington Early (1864-1935) of Farmville, Va. Joshua and Mattie Early were married in 1880 in Springfield, Ill., and moved in 1884 to Peoria, Ill. They had four daughters: Minnie, Elizabeth, Pinkie, and Jessie. Pinkie Early married Arthur Stewart in 1900 and had two daughters: Verlie (b. 1902) and Thelma (b. 1904). She became seriously ill with strep throat and died in 1908.

Thomas Wylie (1855-1890) and Emmaline Reed of Coulterville, Ill., had three children who lived to adulthood: Mary, Millie, and Thomas A. Mary Wylie married William Blakeley and owned a restaurant in Paducah, Ky. The extended Wylie family included cousins Marvin and Herbert King; J. Finley Wilson; and Elizabeth Gillis, who lived to be 114 years old. It also included E. Payne Wylie, a Cherokee Indian who was Thomas A. Wylie's cousin.

Jessie Early Wylie (b. 1887) and Thomas A. Wylie (b. 1884) had several children of their own, including Minnie Wylie Graves (d. 1994), Bernice Wylie, Irma Wylie McGavock, Everett Wylie (1921-1944), and Albert Wylie. Everett Wylie served in World War II and was killed at Guadalcanal on 20 July 1944. Albert Wylie died of pneumonia and liver failure in 1930.

Biographical information was provided by Albert Wylie III.

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The Wylie family papers consist chiefly of family photographs taken between 1893 and 1982, with most dating between 1900 and 1940. The majority depict the African American family in Illinois and Kentucky in the first half of the 20th century. Early photographs document members of Jessie Early Wylie's family in Peoria, Ill., and the family of her husband, Thomas A. Wylie, of Coulterville, Ill. Thomas's sister, Mary Wylie Blakeley (sometimes spelled Blakely; also identified as Mary Wylie Cannon Blakeley), is the most frequent subject. There are also many images of Jessie Early Wylie and Thomas A. Wylie's children, especially Minnie Wylie Graves. Other extended family represented include Payne and Reed cousins. Some photographs are formal portraits; others are casual snapshots.

Notable images depict Everett Wylie in his World War II uniform; Mary Wylie Blakeley's restaurant in Paducah, Ky.; E. Payne Wylie, a Cherokee Indian; and Bernice Wylie as a bridesmaid in a 1933 wedding party. Also included in the collection are copies of newspaper obituaries of Everett Wylie and Elizabeth Gillis, an 1890 prayer card for Alice Bell Wylie, a photocopy of the 1896 marriage license of Emmaline Wylie and Milton Beauford, and a postcard from the Union Depot in Coulterville, Ill.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940).

44 items.

The Wylie family papers consist chiefly of family photographs taken between 1893 and 1982, with most dating between 1900 and 1940. The majority depict the African American family in Illinois and Kentucky in the first half of the 20th century. Early photographs document members of Jessie Early Wylie's family in Peoria, Ill., and the family of her husband, Thomas A. Wylie, of Coulterville, Ill. Thomas's sister, Mary Wylie Blakeley, is the most frequent subject. There are also many images of Jessie Early Wylie and Thomas A. Wylie's children. Some photographs are formal portraits; others are casual snapshots.

Notable images depict Everett Wylie in his World War II uniform; Mary Wylie Blakeley's restaurant in Paducah, Ky.; and E. Payne Wylie, a Cherokee Indian. Also included in the collection are copies of newspaper obituaries of Everett Wylie and Elizabeth Gillis and an 1890 prayer card for Alice Bell Wylie.

Folder 1

Papers #05082-z, Series: "Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)." Folder 1

Folder 1/P-5082

Photographs: Early family #05082-z, Series: "Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)." Folder 1/P-5082

P-5082/1: Mattie Washington Early, undated #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 1/P-5082
P-5082/2: Joshua A. Early and Jessie Early Wylie, 1893 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 1/P-5082
P-5082/3: Jessie Early Wylie, Minnie Wylie, and Albert Wylie, 1911 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 1/P-5082
P-5082/4: Pinkie Early Stewart, 1906-1907 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 1/P-5082
P-5082/5: Arthur Stewart, Verlie Stewart, and Thelma Stewart, 1910 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 1/P-5082
P-5082/6: Arthur Stewart, undated #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 1/P-5082
Folder 2/P-5082

Photographs: Wylie family #05082-z, Series: "Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)." Folder 2/P-5082

P-5082/7: Emmaline Reed Wylie, 1900 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/8: Sara Reed, 1935 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/9-10: Thomas A. Wylie, 1905, 1906 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/11: Minnie Wylie Graves, Thomas A. Wylie, Mary Wylie Blakeley, and Mr. Graves, undated #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/12: Millie Wylie, undated #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/13: William Blakeley, 1898 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/14-16: Mary Wylie Blakeley, 1898-1928 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/17: Mary Wylie Blakeley and friend, 1933 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/18: Mary Wylie Blakeley and friend, 1935 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/19: Mary Wylie Blakeley, 1939 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/20: Mary Wylie Blakeley and Thomas A. Wylie, 1950 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/21: Mary Wylie Blakeley and friend, undated #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/22: Restaurant owned by Mary Wylie Blakeley, 1900 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/23: Mary Wylie, undated #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/24: Marvin King and Herbert King, 1929 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/25: J. Finley Wilson, 1925 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
P-5082/26: E. Payne Wylie, undated #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 2/P-5082
Folder 3/P-5082

Photographs: Jessie Early and Thomas A. Wylie family #05082-z, Series: "Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)." Folder 3/P-5082

P-5082/27-28: Albert R. Wylie, 1906, 1928 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 3/P-5082
P-5082/29: Albert Wylie and Herbert King, 1929 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 3/P-5082
P-5082/30: Jessie Wylie and friends, 1932 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 3/P-5082
P-5082/31: Jessie Pickett Wylie, 1929 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 3/P-5082
P-5082/32: Bernice Wylie and friends, 1933 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 3/P-5082
P-5082/33: Bernice Wylie, 1933 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 3/P-5082
P-5082/34-35: Irma Wylie McGavock, 1947, 1948 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 3/P-5082
P-5082/36: Everett Wylie, Mary Wylie Blakeley, and Thomas A. Wylie, 1939 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 3/P-5082
P-5082/37: Everett Wylie in uniform, 1943 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 3/P-5082
P-5082/38: Minnie Wylie Graves, 1934 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 3/P-5082
P-5082/39: Minnie Wylie Graves, Mr. Graves, and Mary Wylie Blakeley, undated #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 3/P-5082
P-5082/40: Minnie Wylie Graves, 1979 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 3/P-5082
P-5082/41: Minnie Wylie Graves with friends and relatives, 1982 #05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 3/P-5082
#05082-z, Series Original Deposit, 1893-1982 (bulk 1900-1940)., Folder 3/P-5082
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73 items.

The addition consists of more photographs of the Early and Wylie families, a photocopy of the 1896 marriage license of Emmaline Wylie and Milton Beauford, and a postcard from the Union Depot in Coulterville, Ill. Many of the photographs are of Mary Wylie Blakeley (sometimes spelled Blakely; also identified as Mary Wylie Cannon Blakeley), and of the children of Jessie Early and Thomas A. Wylie, especially Minnie Wylie Graves. Other extended family represented include Payne and Reed cousins. Some photographs are formal portraits; others are casual snapshots. Of note is a photograph of Bernice Wylie as a bridesmaid in a 1933 wedding party.

Folder 2

Papers #05082-z, Series: "Addition of 2003." Folder 2

Folder 4/P-5082

Photographs: Early family #05082-z, Series: "Addition of 2003." Folder 4/P-5082

P-5082/42: Joshua Early, 1913 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 4/P-5082
P-5082/43: Minnie Early, 1902 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 4/P-5082
P-5082/44: Pinkie Early and Arthur Stewart, 1905 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 4/P-5082
Folder 5/P-5082

Photographs: Wylie family #05082-z, Series: "Addition of 2003." Folder 5/P-5082

P-5082/45: Millie Wylie, 1899 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 5/P-5082
P-5082/46: Millie Wylie, 1902 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 5/P-5082
P-5082/47: Millie Wylie, 1904 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 5/P-5082
P-5082/48: Emmaline Beauford, ca. 1913 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 5/P-5082
P-5082/49: Milton Beauford, undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 5/P-5082
P-5082/50: Mary Wylie Cannon Blakely, ca. 1900 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 5/P-5082
Folder 6/P-5082

Photographs: Wylie family #05082-z, Series: "Addition of 2003." Folder 6/P-5082

P-5082/50-54 Mary Wylie Cannon Blakely, 1906 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 6/P-5082
P-5082/55: Mary Wylie Cannon Blakely, 1907 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 6/P-5082
P-5082/56: Mary Wylie's lunch room (Paducah, Ky.), 1910 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 6/P-5082
P-5082/57: Mary Wylie Blakely and friends, 1925 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 6/P-5082
P-5082/58: Mary Wylie Blakely and Mr. Jones, 1925 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 6/P-5082
P-5082/59: Mary Wylie Blakely, 1933 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 6/P-5082
P-5082/60: Mary Wylie Cannon Blakely, 1934 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 6/P-5082
P-5082/61: Mary Wylie Blakely and friends, 1935 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 6/P-5082
P-5082/62: Mary Wylie Blakely, 1936 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 6/P-5082
P-5082/63: Mary Wylie Blakely, Everett Wylie, and Thomas Wylie, 1939 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 6/P-5082
P-5082/64: Mary Wylie and husband F. Cannon, undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 6/P-5082
Folder 7/P-5082

Photographs: Wylie family #05082-z, Series: "Addition of 2003." Folder 7/P-5082

P-5082/65: James Williams, friend of Mary Wylie Blakely, undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 7/P-5082
P-5082/66: Friends of Mary Wylie Blakely at Coulterville, Ill., undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 7/P-5082
P-5082/67-68: Friends of Mary Wylie Blakely at Paducah, Ky., 1922 and undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 7/P-5082
P-5082/69-70: Tillie Brown and family?, cousins of Mary Wylie Blakely, 1915 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 7/P-5082
P-5082/71-72: Cousins of Mary Wylie Blakely, undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 7/P-5082
Folder 8/P-5082

Photographs: Wylie and Early family #05082-z, Series: "Addition of 2003." Folder 8/P-5082

P-5082/73-74: Albert Wylie, 1906 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 8/P-5082
P-5082/75: Everett Wylie, 1921 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 8/P-5082
P-5082/76: Everett Wylie, 1942 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 8/P-5082
P-5082/77: Bernice Wylie and friends, 1929 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 8/P-5082
P-5082/78: Bernice Wylie, 1933 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 8/P-5082
P-5082/79: Bernice Wylie, 1934 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 8/P-5082
Folder 9/P-5082

Photographs: Wylie and Early family #05082-z, Series: "Addition of 2003." Folder 9/P-5082

P-5082/80-81: Irma Wylie, 1939 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 9/P-5082
P-5082/82: Irma Wylie, Jessie Early Wylie, and Ramona, 1947 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 9/P-5082
P-5082/83: Irma Wylie, 1948 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 9/P-5082
P-5082/84: Thomas Wylie and Bev Graves, 1957 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 9/P-5082
P-5082/85: Thomas Wylie and friends at work for Caterpillar, 1949 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 9/P-5082
P-5082/86: Inez Wylie, undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 9/P-5082
Folder 10/P-5082

Photographs: Wylie and Early family #05082-z, Series: "Addition of 2003." Folder 10/P-5082

P-5082/87: Minnie Wylie, 1920s #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 10/P-5082
P-5082/88: Minnie Wylie and friends (5 pictures on a photo album page), undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 10/P-5082
P-5082/89: Minnie Wylie and cousin, 1930 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 10/P-5082
P-5082/90: Minnie Wylie Graves and husband, Harold Graves, 1940 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 10/P-5082
P-5082/91: Minnie Wylie Graves, 1941 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 10/P-5082
P-5082/92: Minnie Wylie Graves, 1950 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 10/P-5082
P-5082/93: Minnie Wylie Graves and Sylvia Ellis, 1952 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 10/P-5082
Folder 11/P-5082

Photographs: Payne family #05082-z, Series: "Addition of 2003." Folder 11/P-5082

P-5082/94: Clarence Payne and wife, undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 11/P-5082
P-5082/95: Clarence Payne and son Harold Payne, 1937 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 11/P-5082
P-5082/96-97: Clarence Payne and family, 1939 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 11/P-5082
P-5082/98: Clarence Payne, undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 11/P-5082
P-5082/99: Sara Payne and daughter, undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 11/P-5082
P-5082/100: Cousin Payne, 1915 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 11/P-5082
P-5082/101: Cousin Payne, undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 11/P-5082
Folder 12/P-5082

Photographs: Reed family #05082-z, Series: "Addition of 2003." Folder 12/P-5082

P-5082/102: Cousin Reed and wife, undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 12/P-5082
P-5082/103: Cousins of Reeds and Paynes, undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 12/P-5082
P-5082/104: Cousin Reed, 1910 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 12/P-5082
P-5082/105: Cousin Reed, 1900s #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 12/P-5082
P-5082/106: Cousin Reed, undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 12/P-5082
Folder 13/P-5082

Photographs: Miscellaneous #05082-z, Series: "Addition of 2003." Folder 13/P-5082

P-5082/107: Cordell Watson and Sultan, 1945 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 13/P-5082
P-5082/108: Cousin Corine, 1927 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 13/P-5082
P-5082/109: Jessie Penson, undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 13/P-5082
P-5082/110: U. S. Grant, 1860s #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 13/P-5082
P-5082/111: Mary Wylie Blakely home, undated #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 13/P-5082
P-5082/112: Workplace of Thomas Wylie, ca. 1911-1912 #05082-z, Series Addition of 2003., Folder 13/P-5082
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