Saturday, November 9, 2013

The History of the Temple Men of Amite, Louisiana

Jim Temple, Sr. 
The Temple family has been in Amite, La., since the 1800s. The history starts with Jim Temple, Sr.,  Jim fought in the Civil War according to the oral history that has been passed down to his descendants and their offsprings. Jim Temple first wife was Margaret Amacker and to their union eight children were born, five daughters and three sons. His sons Charlie, Jim, Jr., John all stayed in Tangipahoa Parish. After Margaret passed away, Jim married Othell Butler and to their union four children were born: Walter, Hollis, Robert and Bernard.

His son Charlie was born abt 1875 in Tangipahoa Parish. Charlie passed away on December 13 1965 at the age of 89. In his early age he united with the Church of God in Christ in Amite, Louisiana but stayed away after becoming ill. He was led to Gordon Chapel Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Elder Alexander Richardson.
Charlie Temple

He was joined in Holy Wedlock with Eliza Marshall, to this union five children were born: Margie Jones, Stanley Temple, Augustine Atkins, Elouise White and Ellis Temple. After Eliza died he joined in Holy Wedlock with Aline Vining. To their union six children were born: Caretha Cutrer, Doretha Smith, Mary Noil, Maude Fox, Jacob Temple and Willie K. Temple. At the time of his death he had ten children, thirty-one grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

Charlie purchased fifty-four acres of land for his family. He built a home and started a farm to take care and provide for his wife and children. The land has been in the family over 80 years.  Edwin was 2 years old when his grandfather Charlie passed away.

The log cabin home that Jim Temple, Sr., built is still standing tall and strong. The floors were beautiful hardwood and the wood burning fireplace warm the house.  Jim was a very wise businessman for his era. Jim and his offsprings are buried in the Temple Cemetery in Amite, La. off highway 1046. The Temple men have alway took pride in maintaining the family cemetery. Two of Stanley Temple's sons Alvin and Bobby Temple use to drive up from New Orleans, LA., to cut the grass. After Alvin passed away his brother Bobby, and nephew Shelby continue to cut and maintain the cemetery.
Stanley Temple, Sr.
Abt 1906-1966

Edwin Temple is the grandson of Charlie Temple who also help cut and maintain the family cemetery.  Edwin believes in taking care of the cemetery because his grandparents and other relatives were dear to him.

The Temple men are great providers for their family and many of them are very crafty and skilled men. From carpenters, to mechanics, artist, truck drivers, military men, husbands and fathers.

Stanley met and married Cora Wheeler Temple. To their union nine children were born; Shirley, Betty, Stanley, Bernard, Bernell, Butrand, Stine, Bobby, and Alvin Temple. Stanley and Cora raised their family in New Orleans, Louisiana. One day my son Bernard Temple will appreciate this family history of his male lineage. The Temple family is one of the many pioneering African American families of Tangipahoa Parish. Many of the Jim's offsprings still live in the Amite, La area.