They were simple farmers and stockmen. I haven't found much about them in newspapers. I think they were of the ilk that a gentleman's name should be in the papers just three times. When you are born, get married, and when you die.Have you looked in newspapers from the era? Sometimes if your folks' area had a local correspondent, they might mention your folks in passing. Even if you read through and got a feel for what was going on in the area, you might run across some mention of them.
According to at least one place I've seen this famous and often reproduced photo, it does NOT show Klansmen, but rather government agents wearing Klan outfits to demonstrate what they looked like. (A subtle difference, perhaps; but no doubt important to the men in the photo!)
My people were river rats and farmers -- weren't making the big bucks at all. But they were pretty popular with the correspondents because they wrote about them a lot. Which was very helpful in my genealogy! So it's worth a shot. Some of those little rural communities are pretty tight, but they really had a lot going on, such as ice cream socials, clubs, musical gatherings, dinners. I was impressed, reading about them.They were simple farmers and stockmen. I haven't found much about them in newspapers. I think they were of the ilk that a gentleman's name should be in the papers just three times. When you are born, get married, and when you die.
When I was in high school back in the 1960's living in a small Dallas suburb, I found in a big junk shop a complete Klan outfit consisting of robe and hood, still in its tarred canvas (made like a haversack!) issue bag. All pieces were marked with a serial or issue number in black ink. Unfortunately, I couldn't afford the $3 it was priced, but a friend of mine could, so he bought it. Unfortunately his stupid mother couldn't stand to have it around as it was and put it in the washing machine where naturally, the black-and-red embroidered patch on the robe bled. My friend died prematurely, now quite a long time ago back in the 1980's and I have NO idea what became of the outfit - and none as to what it might be worth today.A lot of people don't realizes just how much the Ladies were involved. I have many items in my KKK collection but my favorite is below. Th hood, cape and banner were worn by a Lady that is in the photo...
I'll buy that. What I noticed is how different the original klan robes look compared to the stereotypical white robes.According to at least one place I've seen this famous and often reproduced photo, it does NOT show Klansmen, but rather government agents wearing Klan outfits to demonstrate what they looked like. (A subtle difference, perhaps; but no doubt important to the men in the photo!)
That's about what the one I found was like, though it actually looked better than this one; after the washing only the patch had bled onto itself. I figured it was probably ca. 1920's or so.Here is another I have in my collection, This one is from the early 1900's. This one also bleed the red from the emblem. It also has his initials DM in sewn red thread. You can date these by the hood. If it has a removable face mask then it from after 1963.
Here is my reading....Very interesting! The only thing I can add now is that the note wasn't written by Forrest. Here is a note he wrote himself, responding to a person seeking autographs:
Forrest's handwriting is excellent in this example - one can almost read it! He had the long sloping typical of a left-handed person writing with his right hand, which he did.
That's very good! Forrest had a bit of humor in there - the letter Mr Morris had written to request these signatures addressed him as General Forrest!Here is my reading....
March 30, 1869
Mr R A (Morris?)
Sir I have no signatures of any distinguished gentleman or of any other persons that I feel would add to your collection but send you mine hoping you may fill your collection to your satisfaction.
I am respectfully,
N B Forrest