Did you know the first black professional football player Charles Follis was born in Virginia? My Follis families lived in Colonial Virginia. Have you tested your yDNA? Join our Follis DNA Project if you have tested, or get a discount price joining through a project before you test your Follis yDNA.
In 1995 I called all of the less than a dozen FOLLIS names in the Indianapolis, Indiana phone book. I did not find how we are related to any of them at that time. I believe some of their families may have come from Kentucky and some had been in Indiana for a while so may connect to my line from Ohio. One family was obviously African-American. In one conversation someone had talked to Lewis FOLLIS in the 1970's and recalled Lewis said he was a slave descendant of FOLLIS' of Louisiana. I suspect they meant Isaac FALLIS and Susannah MARTIN's line in St. Charles County, Missouri which was a part of the Louisiana Purchase April 30, 1803. This is my first instance of a descendant of this FALLIS line using FOLLIS rather than FALLIS. Isaac, who died before April 3, 1806, had at least a 1,000 acres of land so probably used slaves in running his large farm. I've read his burial site was washed away by Mississippi River flooding. Missouri was a border state during the Civil War mostly supporting the South and Slavery. Two FALLIS names have been found on the Union side from Missouri.
In the Highland County, Ohio Register of Blacks 1827-1859 page 69: "Highland County, Ohio. Hissborough August 23, 1859. Martha FOWLIS now the widow MITCHELL and sister-in-law of Biddy FOWLIS the mother of Mary HUGHES wife of John HUGHES who applies for free papers says that Biddy FOWLIS who was the wife of her brother, Winston FOWLIS were both at the time and prior to their marriage in the possession of their freedom and that Mary FOWLIS, daughter of Winston and Biddy FOWLIS, now wife of John HUGHES was born a free child of free parents in Halifax, County, Virginia. (Signed) Martha (her mark) MITCHELL. Wit: Jn. (mark) HUGHES, J.W. TUCKER. Recorded (not given). (111)" I have seen Halifax County, Virginia mentioned in different FALLIS-FOLLIS family records, but do not know which FALLIS-FOLLIS family was there. Biddy Freemond married Winston Fowles March 25, 1822 in Halifax County, Virginia.
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Where do these FOLLIS' fit into the FALLIS-FOLLIS Family Tree?
- Charles FOLLIS, the "Black Cyclone", the first Black Professional football player born in Roanoke, Botetourt County, Virginia, his obituary, is on Ohio Memory, another article based on Ohio History Central has his 1899 Wayne County Public Library High School photo information says born Cloverdale, Virginia, 1879-1910 The Complete Collection of Black American with photo and here is his Wooster Cemetery tombstone. The Professional Football Researchers Association had an extensive article mentioning him in his first year in 1904. Find-A-Grave has his tombstone photo. Not sure how or if Charles Follis is related, but seems likely since my Follis' were in 1700's Virignia. Wikimedia has an article, Time Machine: Charles Follis, even a couple Charles Follis videos. I
assumeFollis Field at Wooster High School is named for Charles Follis.
The more Follis succeeded, the more bitter his opponents became. He was the target of knuckles, knees, and harsh words.The ridicule and injuries had taken its toll by 1906 when Charles Follis was forced to quit discussed under the heading Trivia in an article The lady knows the game in the December 31, 1988 Indianapolis Recorder, Indianapolis, Indiana newspaper on page 19 on the Hoosier State Chronicles Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program.“The Black Cyclone” story continues at Mount Vernon by Brittany Schock published January 27, 2016 on Richland Source. Mentioned around 1:00 in Before the League - Trailer posted October 6, 2015 on Time Warner Cable Sportschannel YouTube preview.
- 1919 Fort Wayne, Indiana city directory Celeste FOLLIS colored had a house at 352 Melita Street
- 1946 Fort Wayne, Indiana directory Willie FOLLIS was a driver for Old Fort Supply residing at 1213 S. Lafayette St.
- Harry Fallis 22 year old born in Ohio or Virginia an African-American coal miner
- My September 10, 1999 MOAFRAM query did not specify Lewis FOLLIS from above.
- Funny poem - When I Born, I Black
- William Fowlis, born in Clark County, Ohio, died October 11, 1863 after enlisting in the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, Disbrow-Franklin in the Civil War.
- 1880 Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio Benjamin Fallis born Virginia - Black, spouse Jane, child Curtis
- 1920 Chester, Pennsylvania John Fallis - born Virginia - Black, spouse Estell, children: Cathrine, Iomma, Hanford
- 1920 Isle of Wright, Virginia Mark Fallis - born North Carolina - Black, spouse Isabell
- 1920 Norfolk, Virginia William Fallis born North Carolina - Mulatto, spouse Carrie, children: Bessie, Alice, William
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