Jimmy Crawford Folsom, Sr., was one of the first black men to vote in Union County in the 1930s. He was born in 1871 to parents who both had been slaves who purchased their freedom and later bought a farm in Union County. Folsom, like his father, George, was a farmer. He reportedly lent his land to not only sharecroppers, but also Native Americans who passed through Union County on their trek westward. In 1955, Folsom died at the age of 84.
According to J.C. Folsom’s great-great grandson, Benjamin Elmer Folsom, J.C.’s mother was named Mary Rivers Folsom, and she and George had another son, Elmer W. Folsom, whose son, John W. Folsom, is Benjamin E. Folsom’s father.
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