In the 1920 census, they were living on Edmunds St. By 1930, they had six children, including twins John and James. They lived on a farm in the Birch Creek section of Halifax County, near South Boston. Florine died in 1981, at the age of 83, leaving six children, 21 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.
in South Boston, no more than a few hundred feet from the Halifax mill. I located and interviewed a granddaughter, Beverly Ault, through a family tree posting on Ancestry.com; and corresponded with Florine’s grandson, James Weaver.
The mill was demolished about 10 years ago, except for the tower and a smokestack.
She was one of 12 children born to Captain William Fuqua and Rebecca “Mollie” (Edwards) Fuqua. Three of the children died either at birth or in early childhood.
Apparently, her father’s first name was actually Captain. A veteran of the Spanish-American War, he was 15 years older than she.
My caption: Florine Fuqua (standing), 13, South Boston, Va, June 1911. The original two-story brick factory still survives.
(L-R): Florine, Mattie, Mollie (mother), Pearl (in Mollie’s lap), Jerry (boy, despite wearing what appears to be a dress), Etta, James. A larger rectangular structure punctuated by rows of tall segmental-arched windows on both floors, its most characteristic feature is a tall square brick entrance tower centrally positioned along the building’s principal façade.
Finally, I began to appreciate how poor they looked. ’ My sister was shy, so she’d just blush and turn away. My father told me that he was more afraid of her than his father; well, not really afraid, but you know what I mean.
JM: The caption states that she was taken out of the mill because she was bothered by the lint. I remember my dad saying that she could ‘make gravy out of water and biscuits out of flour.’ He said that she was strict and demanding, but he always knew his parents loved him. BA: No, and I’m pretty sure my grandmother didn’t either.At least two houses are 1 ½-story New England saltbox-type dwellings with central brick chimneys and full-length five-bay front porches.Situated on general lots, these houses were probably inhabited by foremen or managers of the cotton mill and their families.But in the 1970s, when times were tough here, he used to get laid off a lot, and he would take part-time jobs such as working for a butcher. She could make clothes by cutting a pattern out of newspaper and then putting it down on cloth and sewing it by hand. JM: What do you think about the fact that the photograph was used to influence public opinion about child labor? To think there was a man out there in 1911 concerned enough about child labor to take these pictures; that astounded me. ************************** “My grandmother, Florine Fuqua Weaver, was a very pleasant, fun person. I’ve been told she could play the banjo and the harmonica or Jew’s harp. She never mentioned her days as a child, only that she lived in South Boston. She was a good Christian woman, and she was a wonderful blessing.” -James Lee Weaver, grandson of Florine Fuqua.I asked him how he knew how to do all that, and he said that his parents taught him how to do all kinds of stuff. She always handed out compliments and could tell jokes one after the other. And she never mentioned that she worked after she got married. In 1897 the Century Cotton Mill, later known as Halifax Cotton Mill, was established along Railroad Avenue, southwest of town.