My mother became pregnant with my oldest sister before she was married. She said she had a "shotgun wedding." She was then sent to live with her Uncle Malcolm Castellaw in Peoria, IL. From this point forward, Mama referred to herself as the "black sheep" of the family and did her best to live up to that reputation.
Her second child, a son, was given up for adoption, probably in Chicago, Illinois.
In the 50s/60s, she lived in Tennessee for short periods of time. In the early 70s, she moved back to Tennessee for about two years, and then on to Dallas, Texas, where she lived until her death in 1992.
Mama stated often that she had been married five times. It's possible she was including an annulled marriage in this total. It's also possible that she married my father, Wayne Straight, twice. I remember her telling me she married him twice and I remember her saying my first marriage was the same day their divorce was finalized--January 11. The divorce I have listed in the sources below is the only one I found a paper for and it was not finalized on that day.
My mother changed her last name back to Straight after her divorce from Mike Wilson. She said that Wayne Straight was the love of her life.
Mama mentioned the boy given up for adoption many times. Unfortunately, this was while I was young and I didn't question her about it or pay much attention to it. Memories are vague about the details she shared. This is what I remember:
David is the name I think of when remembering her talk about him.
Danny Silverstein is the name I think of when remembering her talk about the father.
She said the family of the father forced her to adopt the boy out. She didn't have the money to fight it. I don't know if he was adopted by them.
These pictures belonged to my mother, Julia Castellaw. They are provided courtesy of my brother, Wayne Straight, and my niece, Shana Moon.
Julia Laverne Castellaw - abt 1937 with brother Thomas Neil Castellaw, mother Vonnie Louise Raines Castellaw, and father Thomas Jefferson Castellaw. Julia is far right with her brother to her right and her mother center. Also pictured could be an aunt and cousin.
Thomas Neil Castellaw and Julia Laverne Castellaw - 1946 or later. The baby is Judy R (maybe Judy Raines, daughter of Elroy Raines)
Julia Laverne Castellaw - This was one of her favorite pictures, taken about 1948. We placed this picture on her headstone.
Wayne Straight and Julia Castellaw Straight - abt 1960, with Julia's daughters Linda Carver, Pam Domenico and Judy Domenico
Julia Straight - abt 1966 with daughter Cheryl
This autograph book belonged to my mother, Julia Castellaw. It's provided courtesy of Shana Moon.
Julia Castellaw High School Autograph Book:
Albertine | Alice | Evelyn | Grace | Pat | Skip | Skipper | Sybil | Betty Jean C | Mary Ann Andrews | Marie Austin | Marian Booth | Ann Castellaw | Athene Cobb | Pamela Hughes | Betty Jean Kendrick | Mary Grace Kerr | Bobby Laster | Ardith Martin | Josephine Moses | Annie Laurie Pierce | Bobbie Sanford | Gloria Stuart | Marian Williams | Marjorie Williams
Julia Castellaw Book of Memories, provided courtesy of Shana Moon.
Book of Memories - Julia Laverne Castellaw - Cover
Leaves of Memories
Book of Memories - Julia Laverne Castellaw - In Memory Of
name, birth and death dates, final resting place
Book of Memories - Julia Laverne Castellaw - Family Record
Thomas Jefferson Castellaw, Vonnie Raines Castellaw, Linda Carver Brogdon, Judith Domenico Moon, Pamela Domenico, Cheryl Straight Peters, Wayne Straight, Dale Straight, Wanda Straight, Tina Buchanan Marshall, Lisa Buchanan, Jeff Buchanan, Angel Brogdon, Dallas Brogdon, Joey Johnson, Shana Moon, Tina Swindle Parker, Valerie Earls, Cortney Parker, Kasey Parker, Tiffany Marshall, Candy Straight
Book of Memories - Julia Laverne Castellaw - Services
Humboldt Funeral Home - Rev Davis of Holly Grove
Book of Memories - Julia Laverne Castellaw - Music
How Great Thou Art
Book of Memories - Julia Laverne Castellaw - Society Attending
Dallas - Dallas Brogdon left his mark here not to be forgotten age 5 (year 1992)
Book of Memories - Julia Laverne Castellaw - Relatives and Friends
Bill Bailey, Larry and Judith Moon and daughter Shana, Johnny and Linda Brogdon and daughter Angel and son Dallas, Nell Barger, Canova Barger, Jerry W Barger, Cheryl L Straight and son Joseph Johnson, Tina Marshall, Rebecca Barron, Wayne and Linda Straight, Sarah Jackson Conley, Mrs Jacquelyn Ward, Mrs Alice Blurton, Lisa Buchanan, Charles and Annell Cox, Shine Ballentine, Angel Brogdon
Book of Memories - Julia Laverne Castellaw - Relatives and Friends
Sean Patrick Carroll, Janice Lewis Davis, Mozelle Morgan, Peggy Williams, Ann Reid, Wanda Straight, Jeffrey A Capell, Dale T Straight
Book of Memories - Julia Laverne Castellaw - Floral Tributes
Debbie and Kim Sawyer, Darin, Tina and Tiffany Marshall, The Buchanan Family, Aunt Leecie, Nell and Canova Barger and Family, Mildred and Lisa Winchester, Josey Barrientos and Family and Dolly, The Children of Aunt Iva and Uncle J F ( Betty Ross, Ann Reid, Jamie Castellaw, Don Castellaw, Dwayne Castellaw ), Mozelle Morgan, Rebecca Barron, Center Methodist Church, Peggy Williams, Rosie Raines
Book of Memories - Julia Laverne Castellaw - Biographical Notes
The Floral Sympathy Cards
Josey Barrientos and Family and Dolly, Aunt Leecie, Nell and Canova Barger and Family, Mildred and Lisa, The Children of Aunt Iva and Uncle J F ( Betty Ross, Ann Reid, Jamie Castellaw, Don Castellaw, Dwayne Castellaw ), Darin, Tina and Tiffany Marshall The Buchanan Family, Mozelle Morgan and Rebecca Barron
The Floral Sympathy Cards 2
Peggy Williams and Rosie Raines, Center Methodist Church
Cheryl Lea Straight, daughter to Julia Castellaw
Wayne Arthur Straight, son to Julia Castellaw
Judith Ann Domenico, daughter to Julia Castellaw
Linda Diane Carver, daughter to Julia Castellaw
Shana Marie Moon, granddaughter to Julia Castellaw
Jacquelyn Stewart, first cousin to Julia Castellaw
ancestry.com - Haywood County, TN 1930 US Federal Census (image)
ancestry.com - Haywood County, TN 1940 US Federal Census (image)
Marriage License - Ernest Domenico and Julia Carver, courtesy of Shana Moon
Marriage Certificate - Ernest Domenico and Julia Carver, courtesy of Shana Moon
Baby Domenico - notation, courtesy of Shana Moon
Certificate of Marriage - Wayne Straight and Julia Domenico, courtesy of Shana Moon
Marriage Receipt - Wayne A Straight, courtesy of Shana Moon
Page 2 from divorce decree - Julia and Wayne, courtesy of Shana Moon
Book of Memories - Vonnie Louise Raines - Biography, courtesy of Shana Moon
Cemetery Headstone, courtesy of Wayne Straight
Thomas Jefferson Castellaw obituary, courtesy of Shana Moon
Vonnie Raines Castellaw obituary, courtesy of Shana Moon
Julia Castellaw Straight obituary, courtesy of Shana Moon