Jamal Mashburn

MASHBURN-JamalJamal Mashburn is, without doubt, the most famous and financially successful Mashburn. His accomplishments on the basketball court has been greatly superseded by his accomplishments as a businessman.

Wikipedia Article on Jamal Mashburn

Since slavery was never a widespread institution in the upper South, I initially suspected that Jamal was probably connected to the Mashburns of Onslow County, NC or their close cousins, the Mashburns of South Georgia,

To my surprise, it appears that Jamal may indeed be connected to the western Carolina branch (my branch). I am not 100% certain so please do not post this information on Ancestry.Com as of yet.

I started my search by getting Jamal’s biography from the Internet which also gave me the name of his father, Robert “Bob” Mashburn. Since Bob was a professional boxer, I was able to find from the boxing records that he was born in 1943 and that he resided in New York. However, the boxing records did not give the place of his birth.

Ancestry.Com gave me little help in tracing Bob. Although, I found much data on Jamal’s maternal ancestors, I could find little Mashburn information that gave me a lead.

I then tried to contact Jamal and his wife Michelle through Facebook but they did not responded. Not surprisingly — I am sure people worth 80 million dollars get all sorts of scammers contacting them.

However, searching the Internet, I found the following Facebook message:

FACEBOOK POST
Minister Fred Mashburn‎ to Jamal Mashburn
December 8, 2009 ·

HELLO JAMAL ITS FRED, YOU MAY NOT KNOW ME BUT, YOUR MY UNCLES GRANDSON. HIS NAME IS JAMES MASHBURN. YOU ARE ON MY DADDY SIDE OF THE FAMLY MASHBURN SIDE. . .

I attempted to contact Rev. Fred Mashburn but have not received any response. From his Facebook, I found out that he was born in Asheville, NC in 1945. [UPDATE: on May 6, 2015, Rev Mashburn added me to his Facebook — I hope to hear from him soon]

If Rev. Fred is correct about James being Jamal’s grandfather, then we have the following data:

Jamal-beginning-data

Next I searched the 1940 (the latest census available) looking for James:

1940 Federal Census

Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina

HH #93 (Hazzard St.)
BENNETT, Clarence Neg 31 b. FL 7th grade, grocery truck driver
Daisy Neg 21 b.NC HS 1 year, cook in private home
MASHBURN, James Neg 20 b.NC nephew, 7th grade, waiter in hospital

NOTE: Since this is the only black James of the right age in North Carolina and he is living in Asheville, NC, the home of Rev. Fred Mashburn, I am confident that this is the James that Rev. Fred Mashburn is referring to.

1930 Federal Census

Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina

HH #247
MASHBURN, Rebecca Neg 44 b. NC f. NC m. NC read & write, laundry
Anna B. Neg 16 b. NC f. NC m. NC read/write
Nathanial Neg 14 b. NC f. NC m. NC read/write,attends school
James Neg 10 b. NC f. NC m. NC read/write,attends school
Fred J. Neg 08 b. NC f. NC m. NC read/write,attends school
Earestine Neg 07 b. NC f. NC m. NC read/write,attends school
JOHNSON, Alice Neg 44 b. NC f. NC m. NC laundry, boarder
Irea Neg 23 b. NC f. NC m. NC house servant, boarder
BLAIR, William Neg 28 b. NC f. NC m. NC steam RR, boader

NOTE: Listed in the household is a Fred J., which is further evidence that this is the right family. Rev. Fred Mashburn was probably named for this person. Unable to find a James in the 1920 census, we seek Rebecca.

1920 Federal Census

Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina

HH #6 (Grudger St.)
MASHBURN, Rebecca Mu b. NC f. NC m. NC widow, laundress, r/w
Maggie Mu  21 d b. NC f. NC m. NC maid, read/write
Annie Mu  17 d b. NC f. NC m. NC laundress, read/write
Edward Mu  14 s b. NC f. NC m. NC delivery boy, read/write
Daisey Mu  12 d b. NC f. NC m. NC attends school, r/w
Nathaniel Mu  03 s b. NC f. NC m. NC son
Robert mul 4/12 b. NC f. NC m. NC grandson
Frances mul  4/12 b. NC f. NC m. NC granddaughter

NOTE: This Robert is, no doubt, the James in 1920. His full name was probably James Robert Mashburn or Robert James Mashburn. He has a twin sister. Both of these infants are listed as grandchildren. Since I do not know who teh father is, I next looked for Rebecca on the 1910 census.

1910 Federal Census

Bibb County, Alabama

 HH #81 (Backtown)
 MASHBURN, Garfield B  26 b. NC f. NC m. NC  read/write, coalmine
 Lula B  22 b. AL  f. AL   m. AL  cannot read/write
 HH #82 (Backtown)
 MASHBURN, Ed B  34 b. NC f. NC m. NC cannot r/w, coalmine
Rebecca B  24 b. NC f. NC m. NC read/write
Maggie B  11 b. NC f. NC m. NC read/write, attends school
Nora B  10 b. NC f. NC m. NC read/write, attends school
Annie B  07 b. NC f. NC m. NC attends school
Edward B 05 b. NC f. NC m. NC
Daisy B 02 b. NC f. NC m. NC

NOTE: because the children are the same as the 1910 Census, we are certain this is the same family and that Rebecca’s husband is Ed (Edward). Garfield is too old to be Edward’s son – he may be a brother. Next, we seek Ed and Rebecca in 1900.

1900 Federal Census

McDowll County, North Carolina

 HH #77 (Old Fort)
 MASHBURN, Will  Neg  22 b. NC f. NC m. NC  cannot r/w, farm laborer
 BERGIN, Ida  Neg  20 b. NC f. NC m. NC  cannot r/w, sister
 Willie  Neg  06 b. NC f. NC m. NC  nephew
 Bessie  Neg  02 b. NC f. NC m. NC  niece
 HH #78 (Old Fort)
 MASHBURN, Edward Neg 22 b. NC f. NC m. NC cannot r/w, RR laborer
Becca Neg 20 b. NC f. NC m. NC  read/write
Maggie Neg 02 b. NC f. NC m. NC
Nora Neg 02 b. NC f. NC m. NC
Tempy Neg 43 b. NC f. NC m. NC mother, cannot r/w
Garfield Neg 17 b. NC f. NC m. NC  brother, r/w, railroad

NOTE: Edward’s mother was Tempy Mashburn. Although the index at Ancestry.Com misspells the name as Lempy the actual microfilm clearly shows Tempy. Tempy is a nickname for Temperance, a common name in this time and place.

1890 Federal Census

The 1890 Federal Census was lost in a fire in Washington, DC

1880 Federal Census

McDowell County, North Carolina

HH #39 Crooked Creek
MASHBURN, Jude  B 27 b. NC f. NC m. NC  single, domestic servant
James A.  Mu 10 b. NC f. NC m. NC
Elbert C  B 06 b. NC f. SC m. NC
William A  Mu 03 b. NC f. NC m. NC
Ida R  Mu 01 b. NC f. NC m. NC
HH #40 Crooked Creek
MASHBURN, Tempy  B 24 b. NC f. NC m. NC single, domestic servant
Julia R  B 05 b. NC f. NC m. NC
Alfred E.  Mu 03 b. NC f. NC m. NC
Robert B  Mu 01 b. NC f. NC m. NC

NOTE: The birth place of the father of Elbert C. is given as South Carolina.

1870 Federal Census

McDowell County, North Carolina

 HH #370 (Higgins)
 ELLIOT, Alney  W  38  b. NC  farmer
 Rebecca M.  W  65  b. NC  keeping house
 ALFRED, Janie  W  28  b. NC  domestic servant
 BIGGERSTAFF, Robert  W  13  b. NC  farm labor
 MASHBURN, Mary  B  40  b. NC   farm labor
Juda  B  22  b. NC  domestic servant
Tempy  B  14  b. NC  domestic servant
George  B  10  b. NC  farm labor
SIMMONS, Lucinda  B  24  b. NC  labor in house
Thomas  B  11  b. NC  farm labor
Clara  B  01  b. NC  at home

NOTE: Alney’s middle name was Bergin, a surname name that appears the 1900 census above.  We now must follow the white families in the census because blacks appear as slaves under their owner’s name. Therefore, I researched to see who these people were.

Alney Elliot

Elliot, Alney B.; Pvt.: Company F, McDowell County, born Auguest 1828, dies after August 1910. (Source Hardy, Michael. The Fifty-Eighth North Carolina Troops: Tar Heels in the Army of Tennessee, p. 202.)

Obituary
Alney Elliott died at his home near Dysartsville on the first day of February and was buried in Dysartsville Cemetery on the second, J. R. Denton holding the services. Mr. Elliott was a soldier in the confederate war. He lived to a good, ripe, old age being 86 years old at the time of his death. He leaves a wife and three sisters, Mrs. Matilda Allen, Mrs. Mirah Morris and Mrs. William England. He claimed to be a saved man. (Source: Marion Progress, Marion, North Carolina, Thursday, Feb. 6, 1913)

Alney Burgin Elliott
Son of Nimrod Elliott and Rebecca Gibbs
Husband of Cecil Walker

Alney B. Elliott, age 34, enlisted as a Private in Company F, North Carolina 58th Infantry Regiment, Confederate States Army, on July 14, 1862. Company F was comprised of men from McDowell County who were known as the “McDowell Rangers.” Alney was mustered out on

August 6, 1863.
A.B. Elliott, age 52, of McDowell County, NC, married Cecil Walker, age 43, of McDowell County, NC on May 10, 1881 in McDowell County, NC. Rev. John R. Denton performed the marriage ceremony.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=114865470

Rebecca M. Gibbs Elliot

Grand-daughter of Rev. John Gibbs, Methodist minister of Burke County, NC. (This area of Burke Co. later became McDowell County.) Rebecca M. Gibbs may have been named after her aunt Rebecca Gibbs who married a MASHBURN.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=15137413

For many years, I have felt that Rev. Gibbs was the Methodist minister to the Mashburns (and Killians, Longs, Sullivans, Garrets, etc.). How strange to find him in the context of researching Jamal!.

UPDATE – 6 May 2015

Having a better idea of the white families, I then found them on the 1860 Census. Interestingly, these families have the only slaves in western Carolina — and the slaves listed are all female. Because these blacks were sometimes listed as mulatto in later censuses, I suspect that they have Cherokee blood. In my opinion, there is a strong possibility that they are tri-racial.

1860 Federal Census

McDowell County, North Carolina

HH #741
ELLIOT, Rebecca 55 b. NC $2000 real property, $2000 estate
Alney 32 b. NC
Margret 18 b. NC
HARRIS, Clemons 25 b. NC
MASHBURN, Tempa 38 b. NC
Burton 16 b. NC
Abram  14 b. NC
John  13 b. NC
Nancy  10 b. NC
Drury  08 b. NC
Tempa  06 b. NC
John  70 b. NC
Nancy  68 b. NC

NOTE: No race is indicated. Notice the name Tempa.

1860 Federal Census (Slave Schedule)

McDowell County, North Carolina

Owner  Number  Age  Sex Identification in 1870
ELLIOT, Rebecca 1  18 Female
ELLIOT, Rebecca 1  11 Female Juda – listed as 22 in 1870
MASHBURN, John 1  34 Female Mary – listed as 40 in 1870
MASHBURN, John 1  04 Female Tempy – listed as 14 in 1870

This it appears that Jamal Mashburn is a direct descendant of Mary Mashburn, born about 1840, who can be identified as a slave in the 1860 Census of John Mashburn of McDowell County, NC.

In addition, there I a Drury Mashburn listed in the white household on 1860. I descend from an older Drury Mashburn on my mother’s side. I strongly suspect that this Drury Mashburn is named after my Drury Mashburn and that there is a close family connection there. That will be another project.

This page is submitted by Steve Mashburn, MGA webmaster.