Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The SoburDruncs in my mind would be a night-time television drama spin off of the movie “Beatrix Cobb”.
Beatrix Cobb! I’ll assimilate a timeline of her life events then conclude with a synopsis.
1916-Born Beatrix Mae Cobb - Rosehill NC- Parents Leon and
Maggie Cobb - Father- Saw Miller Worker and Gambler
1919-Age three prohibition starts and Beatrix is learning to write
1921-Age five father begins sexually abusing her
1923-Age seven she witnesses the murder of her mother.
Beatrix tells her mother what her father is doing to her.
Maggie confronts Leon they struggle Maggie is killed. Leon
gets away with murder and blames Beatrix for her mother’s
1924-Age eight the abuse stops. Leon is remorseful feeling sorry
for Beatrix having no mother, Leon remarries. Beatrix gets a
Stepmother who is good to her.
1925-Age nine Anne ( stepmother ) is with child, father looses his
job, heavy drinking, gambling and abuse starts again.
1926-Age ten Beatrix becomes a big sister to Elizabeth - Delivered
by Young Midwife - Miss Alley Fields
1928-Age twelve Anne dies and Beatrix is left to care for her two
year old sister
1929-Age thirteen Beatrix is pawned off by her father Leon to
Bootlegger Jimmy Toad to settle his drinking and gambling
debt. Unbeknownst to her or Toad she was also impregnated.
The abuse continues only this time it's Jimmy Toad. Later
that year Beatrix murders her father getting away with it.
The only eye witness is three year old sleepy Elizabeth.
Mr. Leon's body was found the next day by Alley Fields.
Alley took care of Elizabeth after Beatrix was pawned and
after Leon's death. Could Alley have witnessed Leon's
murder too? Jimmy Toad has no clue Beatrix is a
murderess. Toad also promises to treat her more kindly
when they both learn she is with child.
1930-Age 14 Beatrix gives birth to a daughter, she and Jimmy
assumes to be his. The baby is born looking like Leon.
To both their surprise, disgust and torment they hate the
baby. She hates herself and doesn’t care for Jimmy. She
tries smothering the baby but her heart wouldn't let her.
She attempts to kill herself after Jimmy nearly beats her to
death. Jimmy assumes that Beatrix knew she was pregnant
when she was traded to him. Jimmy soon realizes Beatrix
is too naive to have known. This is Leon's plan Jimmy
declares. It's as if he's getting even from his grave. Jimmy
swears revenge. Beatrix names daughter Leona against
1934-Age 18 The year after prohibition ends Jimmy starts abusing
Leona to get back at Leon. Being mother and sister Beatrix
takes four year old Leona up North and leaves her on the
doorstep of a home she feels content with. She is gone for a
month. Upon her return she tells Jimmy that he'll never
find her. She also makes him promise he will never search
for the child. Also if he changes his wicked ways she'll
marry him. She explains she's grown fond of him and can
learn to love him as her husband. Jimmy loves Beatrix, she's
a beautiful young woman in spite of her past. They stage
their deaths. Jimmy has a modest fortune. They assume new
identities vowing to bury their dreadful past and start anew.
They flee to Savannah GA as Mr. & Mrs. SoburDruncs
1935-Age 19 Prestigious Beatrix arrives in Savannah GA with
husband but under her new name Mrs. Mae SoburDrunc
As years past the SoburDruncs become a pillar in their community. Rearing four children two boys and two girls, who grew to become outstanding citizens of the community. Lawyer, Doctor, Chief of Police, and Judge. Soon after the youngest daughter is appointed ADA Jimmy SoburDruncs dies suddenly. His untimely death takes a toll on his family especially Mrs. Mae. She begins sinking. Successful children and no grandchildren it was hard for Mae to keep her thoughts off her past life. It is her two sisters that trouble her. So she sets out to find them.
Meanwhile back in Virginia with a twist of fate Elizabeth and Leona attend the same college becoming best of friends. Leona becomes a Teacher and Elizabeth-Psychiatrist-PHD. The troubled women discover that neither know their families and go on a quest together to find them.
Simultaneously in Savannah Mae begins searching for her sister's that took her various places over a lengthy time, but only lead to dead ends. Mae holds a family meeting with children confessing she has two lost sister's who she's been searching for and doesn't want help from them. Up in age and failing health, she ends her search and instead writes memoirs. Leaving strict instructions to her baby daughter (ADA). Should I pass away and passages lead them to me see that these sensitive papers reach their hands only.
Back in Virginia Elizabeth and Leona’s search lead them to a midwife in North Carolina. Birth records of Negro families during the early 1900’s were recorded in the family’s Bible by the midwife. The women find Miss Fields but it’s one month too late. Alley took the Cobb’s family Bible among a few other trinkets from the home and instructed her daughter that if a lady name Elizabeth ever comes asking for me see to it that she gets these trinkets and tell her in these words “I tried to wait lil Lizzy” The name lil Lizzy slightly jogs her memory. They learned from this information that Lizzy has a big sister somewhere named Beatrix Cobb and her father and mother’s names and dates of births & deaths. Leona is happy for Elizabeth that she may finally find her family. But as they’re leaving town they see Miss Alley’s daughter who mentions she forgot to tell them that town talk was Beatrix had married. Leona comforts Lizzy. Continuing their search back at home they stumble upon the location of an old chapel turned registry in the town of Scottlandneck ( It’s a town that links NC to VA) that may have records of Beatrix’s marriage. They take a trip there where they find more than what they are looking for. An elderly woman greets them with a smile she knew it had to be them after hearing the life story of Mrs. SoburDruncs which she vowed to take to her grave. She tells them a woman Beatrix Mae SoburDruncs who lives in Savannah GA over a year ago was right here looking for you two. She said she remembers well because the name was so unique she would spell it over and over to herself so she would not forget.
The day had come that Elizabeth was going to meet her sister. Little did they know it would be on her death bed. Devoted Leona along for support had no idea this meeting would impact her life too. Beatrix’s bedside a tearful occasion. Beatrix orders her children to leave the room. She presents Elizabeth with an envelope and then she presents Leona with an envelope to both their surprise. Beatrix looks Elizabeth in the eyes and says “Yes I am your big sister” and then she looks at Leona and says “Yes I am your Mother and Your big sister. Leona faints. Elizabeth is in shock and Beatrix nods her head my sisters. It’s all in the letters. Promise me lil Lizzy these children of mine must never know nothing other than we are sisters and takes her final breath.
Elizabeth lets out a whale of a scream!!!!
*FootNotes When Beatrix is at the chapel in Scottlandneck she spends the day with elderly woman telling her life story sparing no details
Yes Alley Field does witness the murder-she felt he got his just rewards and took it to her grave.
Alley and Leon have a daughter as a result of him raping her.
Jimmy Toad never suspects Beatrix of murder
Johnny Ridge- The Town Loan Shark- Beatrix- Biological
Leon prostituted Maggie when he needed money.
Jimmy SoburDruncs dies of a sudden heart attack after
daughter's ADA ceremony overwhelmed with joy.
Mr. & Mrs. SoburDruncs ruled their family with an iron
fist. Mae is a woman of stature and Jimmy a man of
Beatrix Mae Cobb-Toad- SoburDruncs never drank a
drop of alcohol
**** SoburDruncs pronounced Sober Drunks
SoburDruncs in plural SoburDruncses
*The name SoburDruncs was contrived by Beatrix Last part a constant reminder of her past and Sober as in sobriety is what she and husband built a strong family foundation on renouncing alcohol*
*Appendix- Characters Ethnic Backgrounds:
Leon Cobb- Black of Congo Decent
Maggie Cobb- Native American Indian
Beatrix Mae Cobb- Anglo Saxon, Native American Indian
Johnny Ridge- Anglo Saxon
Jimmy Toad- Black of Congo Decent, Anglo Saxon
Elizabeth Cobb- Black of Congo Decent, Native American Indian
Leona Toad- 50 percent Black of Congo Decent, 25 percent Native American Indian,
25 percent Anglo Saxon
Alley- Black Of Congo Decent
Should The SoburDruncs Saga Continue ?????
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