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All We've Ever had Is Each Other 

There was no fan-fare. No fireworks. In fact, our beginning was quite humble and ordinary.


It all began with Hattie Ellis, or at least as far back as we can remember, it began with her. She was born in 1892. In 1910, she married Eddie Kinnard. On November 12, 1913, she gave birth to identical twin girls, a rarity at the time. She named the girls Estelle and Myrtell. She was the mother of ten children. From those ten children, at the time of her death in 1987, her descendants were 38 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren and 33 great-great-grandchildren; none of which were allowed to call her grandmother, granny, nor grandma. She was affectionately known as Bo-Bo.


Our focus is on one of the twins, Estelle Kinnard. As fore-stated, she was born November 12, 1913. Being a twin, she was an anomaly in Utica MS for many years. Neighbors visited the Kinnards just to see the twins. In spite of being the object of public scrutiny, little Estelle grew up a happy child. She enjoyed playing various tricks on her father. Since she was identical to her twin sister, he was not able to distinguish who he was looking at or conversing with at any given time. Therefore, she would refuse to answer or move if he looked at her and used her sister’s name.


As Estelle grew up, a young man named Dan Crum caught her attention. They fell in love, and were later married. The product of their love and marriage was a little girl born on January 7, 1930. She named her baby girl, Hattie Ida Mae. The marriage was ill-fated and she later married J. S. Dixon. No children were born to this union; however, they reared four of their grandchildren and were known as momma and daddy to them. J.S.(Daddy) died in 1981. Estelle departed this realm in 1990 At the event of her demise, from this ONE baby girl, her progeny consisted of 9 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. To her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she was known as grandmomma.

As aforementioned, little Hattie Ida Mae Crumb was born January 7, 1930. She was precious and adored by many. She was an only child, but there was no loneliness, because she had cousins all around and a few of her aunts and uncles were about her age. She attended school and played on the basketball team in Jr. High and High School.


She, being the precocious child she was, began her family before anyone was prepared, especially her. She, in rapid succession, gave birth to four babies: Bettye Crumb Thomas, Johnnie Crumb, Priscilla Crumb Terrell and Henry Crumb. Thus began a new generation of Crumb children.


Hattie began working in Jackson. There she met the great love of her life, Milton Harris. They were married shortly thereafter. The five Harris babies arrived so immediately, they were almost quintuplets. They are Mildred Harris Vance, Milton Harris, Jr., Kenneth Harris, Dwana Harris and Sylvia Harris Phillips. Consequently, happily, this was the inception of the:

Crumb § Harris Clan.

Written June 2007


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