Attached is a photograph
of my great-grandfather John Edward Rattley (1855-1946) which was taken
when he was twenty-one years old. John entered the Biddle
Preparatory School in 1869 and graduated from Biddle
Memorial Institute in 1877. Upon graduation he was offered the position of tutor
at Biddle, but declined it to accept the position of principal of the 7th
Street Presbyterian Church Parochial School in Charlotte. When
it merged with the newly established Myers Street School in 1882, John
became its first principal. He held that position until 1891 when he
moved with his wife and children to Washington DC.
John earned two more degrees in his lifetime. He
earned his second degree in 1898 from the Howard University School of
Dentistry and his third degree in 1913 from the Howard University School
Attached is an 1870's
photograph of my great-grandmother Sarah Hutson Butler (1860-1895).
In the 1880 Census her occupation is listed as "teacher".
I have no idea where she taught. Sarah was born in Biddleville
to Joseph Butler (1822-1891) and Nancy Davidson (1829-1901).
|I don't have a date for this
photograph, but I believe it may have been taken in the latter 1880's.
This is the Biddleville home of Joseph (1822-1891) and Nancy Davidson
Butler (1829-1901). According to Aurelia T. Henderson, the
late and last surviving daughter of Thaddeus L. Tate (Thad is also
mentioned on your website), the rocking chair on the front porch was
Joseph Butler's favorite chair. Click
here to see Tate House.
Joseph and Nancy Butler were Sarah's parents and my
great-great-grandparents. Joseph was a brickmason. Both were members
of Clinton Chapel in Charlotte.
| This photograph
was taken in 1887 of the children, teachers and principal of Myer's Street
School. The bearded man in the middle rear is the principal
John E. Rattley.