Ancestor Stories

Robert Allen Wade

Robert Allen Wade was a 1/2 brother to my great great grandmother Lucinda Attilla Wade Ray. He was a business owner, photographer, minister, and poet.


  • 13 November 1840 - Born Henry Co, TN
  • 1860 - enumerated in Cottage Grove, Henry Co, TN with father and mother
  • 15 March 1862 - Married Martha E Albritton, Henry Co, TN
  • Served in the Civil War as a Confederate
  • 1870 - enumerated in Henry Co, TN
  • 1880 - enumerated in Paris, Henry Co, TN
  • Owned Wade's Crystal Palace
  • Moved to Georgia, Baptist Minister
  • 1900 - enumerated in Macon, Bibb, Georgia
  • 1910 - enumerated in Macon, Ward 3, Bibb, Georgia with daughter Emma
  • 1920 - enumerated in 1920 Census Orlando, Orange Co, Florida with son Ernest
  • 1922 - died in Orlando, Orange Co, FL


1850 Henry Co, TN Census

Allen Wade 50
Mary Wade 46
William Wade 22
Louisa Wade 19
Josiah Wade 17
Emily Wade 15
Eliz Wade 12
Robert A Wade 10
Joel Wade 7
Sarah J Wade 5

1860 Cottage Grove, Henry Co, TN Census

Allen Wade, age 60, Birthplace: North Carolina
Mary Wade 55
Laima Wade 29
Allen Wade 19
John Wade 17
Sarah J Wade 15
Alonzo D Wade 8

1870 Henry Co, TN Census

R A Wade 29, male born TN
M E Wade 24, female born KY
C E Wade 3, male
L V Wade 3/12, female

1880 Paris, Henry Co, TN Census

R. A. Wade 39, born TN, photographer,
Martha Wade 35
Ernest Wade 13
Verda Wade 10
Minnie Wade 8
Ebber Wade 6
Bonnie Wade 2

1900 Census Macon, Bibb, Georgia

Robert A Wade 59, preacher
Martha E Wade 55, wife
Minnie A Wade 27, daughter
Tom Wilson 20, boarder
Jennie Wilson 17, boarder

1910 Census Macon Ward 3, Bibb, Georgia

Robert A Wade, age 69, widowed, born 1841, TN, father, father born NC, mother born KY
Charlie P Wilcox 45, head of household
Emma Wilcox 35, wife, born TN
Leon D Hendricks 15, born Alabama, son of Emma Wilcox

1920 Census Orlando, Orange Co, Florida

C Ernest Wade 50, born TN, father born TN, mother born KY
Vida K Wade 42, wife, born
James M Wade 11, son, born
Ernest W Wade 5
Robert N Wade 3 [3 1/12]
Robert A Wade 79, born TN, father, widowed, father born TN, mother born TN

Robert Allen Wade's Family

wife, Martha E. born 1844 in Kentucky
C. Ernest Wade, Son, born 1867 in Paris, Henry, Tennessee, died Orlando, Orange Co., Florida
Verda Wade, Daughter, born 1870 in Paris, Henry, Tennessee
Minnie A. Wade, Daughter, born JAN 1872 in Paris, Henry, Tennessee
Ebber Wade, Son, born 1874 in Paris, Henry, Tennessee
Bonnie Wade, Daughter, born 1878 in Paris, Henry, Tennessee

source: "Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic", Dec 12, 1936 page 1

Wade’s Crystal Palace Advertising Card

This card was found on line at:

Wade’s Crystal Palace.
Paris, Tenn. (Henry County, TN)
To all lovers of the Fine Arts.

Light beaming from the radiant morn
With lightening swiftness hither borne,
In glowing splendor lingers nigh,
To paint the maidens flashing eye.

Her queenly form, her waving hair,
And soul-lit features serenely fair,
Are pencilled with the purest ray,
That floods the gilded orb of day.

Old age, and youth, and all may come,
Within my Crystal Palace Home,
And get their pictures well portrayed
By the pure light, and R. A. Wade.

Come every body, Gallery on
South side of Public square, up
stairs. Albums for sale, and
all styles of pictures taken.

R. A. Wade