My search for Stella has been a very
challenging reward in the search of finding my ancestors!
She was my Great Great Grandmother and she was a slave. Just from
looking at her picture I can see that she was a very strong and
courageous woman. I don't know a lot about her because there are
only two of her grandchildren that I know of still living and I haven't
been able to get a lot of information from them. However, through
papers and oral history being preserved by her Grandson Booker T. Upton,
I have been able to put some stories together. Stella has been the
center of my search and has connected me with new found family, lots of
travel to and from Texas, documents and soooooo much more. I hope
you'll enjoy reading this as much as I have enjoyed researching and
putting it together. It has given me a sense of self and a desire to
carry on the legacy for my lost but not forgotten ancestors.
Stella was born December 11, 1854 and
I'm not sure at this time if she was born in the "Blackjacks", but it is
known that she lived and grew up there at a fairly young age. She
had three brothers and one sister according to relative Elaine Scott
Booker, documented records and a family register.