A Biscuit for Your Shoe: A Memoir of County Line, a Texas Freedom Colony

A Biscuit for Your Shoe: A Memoir of County Line, a Texas Freedom Colony


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A Biscuit for Your Shoe captures the lore of a community which began as a freedom colony west of Nacogdoches in East Texas, through the eyes of Beatrice Upshaw. The book is a memoir, but it shares more than merely family memories of significant events. It tells of beliefs, home remedies, folk games, and customs, as well as the importance of religion and education to a community of like-minded people. The narrative is a rich source of colloquial language and proverbial sayings that help define a group of people and their strong sense of place.

Richard Orton was first introduced to County Line by F. E. “Ab” Abernethy, the Secretary-Editor of the Texas Folklore Society for nearly four decades. Richard’s introduction explains the value of the stories Beatrice Upshaw presents; they are personal, but the overall narrative speaks collectively about the perseverance and innovation of many people who found a way to not only survive, but to thrive in East Texas.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781574418125
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
Publication date: 11/23/2020
Series: Texas Folklore Society Extra Book , #28
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

BEATRICE UPSHAW lives in the Upshaw Community, where she serves as one of the County Line Baptist Church musicians. Longtime photographer RICHARD ORTON was born and lives in Nacogdoches. He is the author of The Upshaws of County Line: An American Family.

Table of Contents

Foreword Frances B. Vick vii

Family Tree x

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Rural East Texas 16

Chapter 2 The Hill 24

Chapter 3 Lilbert 34

Chapter 4 Church Establishments 44

Chapter 5 The Church Minutes: Home Missionary Society 60

Chapter 6 Holiness Church 66

Chapter 7 Louisiana, Alabama; Church Roots 72

Chapter 8 Cousin Gillis, Pete, and Cooking 78

Chapter 9 The Local Landscape 84

Chapter 10 Injuries 106

Chapter 11 Born and Raised: Big Heads, Big Feet 122

Chapter 12 The Sassafras Expedition 128

Chapter 13 Mama and Her Green Thumb 136

Chapter 14 Sister Girl and the Snake 148

Chapter 15 Aunt Annie Bell 154

Chapter 16 Uncle Hadie's Houses 164

Chapter 17 Chee-Chee and Charlie 174

Chapter 18 Faye, Byrd, and Sister Girl's Skirt 178

Chapter l9 The Beautification of the Young and Foolish 184

Chapter 20 Toys, Play-Pretties, and Other Amusements 194

Chapter 21 Jokes, Tales, and Other Lies 200

Chapter 22 Dr. Maye and the Innocent Frog 206

Chapter 23 James Brown 214

Chapter 24 Wash Day 218

Chapter 25 Adult Basic Education 224

Chapter 26 The More Things Change 230

Epilogue 234

Appendix: Glossary 236

Acknowledgments 243

Index 244

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