Theresa Robinson was born on March 7, 1912, in Narcoossee, Florida.Her father John owned a 10 acre orange grove.John died before Theresa graduated from the local school but her mother was determined for her to have an education.Since the beginning of the county, Black education up to the eighth grade was available but those who wished to go to high school had to go elsewhere.Theresa’s mother sent her to Florida Normal College in St. Augustine, a high school level institution designed to train teachers for the Black schools.
April 15, 1904 is shown as the birthdate of Thomas Carroll Callahan on his headstone. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Callahan and was born in McCormick, South Carolina. Idella Thomas became his wife on June 24, 1930, in Hillsborough County, Florida. The same year, he joined the First Baptist Church of Lakeland, Florida. City directories and census records show the couple living in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida where T.C., as he came to be known, worked as a janitor, grocer, and yardman.
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