Monday, September 26, 2016

A Great Life Lesson

A Great Life Lesson --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


This past weekend I attended a fencing meet at my alma mater Binghamton University and I have to say that I didn't perform as well as I think I could have. With that said, I still had a blast.

There's something wonderful about spending time with people who share the same love for the sport of fencing. Fencing speaks to me on a primal level. It speaks to my senses. I love the sound of blades clashing and watching fencers in motion. I even love the smell of fencing equipment. Hold on. Let me re-phrase that. I love the smell of relatively clean fencing equipment.

During the tournament, I sat down and chatted with a fellow fencer, named Tom who I hadn't seen since the Spring.  We started talking about how it is now to fence as opposed to when we were younger. Another friend of mine puts it best, "The body ain't like it used to was." We're not as fast or flexible as we used to be. Tom shared a real gem with me. He talked about his own personal fencing goals. Then he said that he was just going to keep fencing until he couldn't and then that would be that. 

To live is to learn and when we stop learning, we stop living. That's what I gleamed from the conversation I had with Tom. Just because we grow older doesn't mean we're supposed to stop making goals. It doesn't mean we stop doing the things we love because we no longer are able to stand at the top of the podium. Perhaps the podium we aim for as we get older is one that only exists in our own minds. The reward isn't a physical medal, but rather a feeling or a knowing that you are right where you are supposed to be. Open to learning. Open to Joy. Open to Soar. 



A Great Life Lesson --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

David Sampson Made Quite An Impression On People

David Sampson Made Quite An Impression On People --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
David Sampson
Close up of an image courtesy of the New Bern-Craven County Public library.

"Hey Andrea. Camp Bryan, isn't that where one of your ancestors was from or something? You have that picture, don't you? Or I've seen it somewhere on your blog or from your research?"  I peeked my head around the corner from the kitchen, pausing from making dinner. My husband was watching Antiques Roadshow and they were featuring items that were linked to Babe Ruth onscreen. One of the items happened to be a hunting picture. Babe Ruth posed leaning against a car with the animals he had killed resting on top of it. You'll can view the episode of Antiques Roadshow here.

If you are new to my blog then I should explain that I have a distant connection to Babe Ruth. That connection is through my 2nd great grand uncle David Sampson of Riverdale, NC.

You can read more about David in these posts:


Dave Sampson a True Riverdale Character --Part one

Dave Sampson a True Riverdale Character --Part two


Mappy Monday: Camp Bryan, NC and "The Savory Dishes Of An Aged Negro."

You can also check out this post by John B. Green III of The Kellenberger Room blog here.


David Sampson was married to my 2nd great grandmother Rosa Mitchell Jones's sister Mary. You can get a better understanding of our connection with this visual.

David Sampson Made Quite An Impression On People --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


David Sampson worked as a cook for many years at Camp Bryan in Craven County, NC. While working there he befriended many famous people including Babe Ruth. Seeing this particular segment of Antiques Roadshow that mentioned Babe Ruth and my 2nd great grand uncle's prior place of employment made me wonder. Could I find anything new on Dave by doing some Googling?

Guess what? I did.

This time I changed things up a bit and did a very simple search. 

I plugged in "cook," "Dave," and "Camp Bryan." 

With just those three words, I came across this article from 1913 that was featured in the Saturday Evening Post Volume 186, Issue 2.


David Sampson Made Quite An Impression On People --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


I wasn't exactly a fan of how Dave was described here, you know the whole "small yellow person thing" but none the less here was my Dave Sampson. It's good to know he could think fast on his feet. 

I tried another simple search using "David Sampson" and "negro cook" as my search terms.

This time I found an article that was on page 1 of  the Raleigh, NC News and Observer dated Sep 13, 1920. 


David Sampson Made Quite An Impression On People --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

So now I know that for a period of time David Sampson worked as a cook at Camp Glenn. I bet there's other stories about him out there waiting to be found from this time period. I will have to keep digging. 


David Sampson Made Quite An Impression On People --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Camp Glenn, N.C., 1916 by Wootten-Moulton. Source Collection

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Yo, Where The Genealogy At?!




Okay, so you might not have worded it that way, but if you've been by recently to visit you might have thought uhhh...Where's the genealogy?  Sigh. Life gets busy sometimes y'all. School starts. Kids get settled in with their sports and practice schedules. I've taken on more responsibility at the Fencing Club I'm a part of. Then there's the decluttering process with the house that still going on. Yadayadaya. Genealogy, I've had to put on pause. 

However, it hasn't been a complete pause. With all this stuff going on, I've actually figured out a couple of DNA connections that are kind of exciting. Just have to find the time to write about them. 
So if you can bear with me a little longer, I'll have some posts out soon. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Something About Me Saturday: First Day Of School 2016

Okay let's face it. He's going to be taller than me by next year. Sigh. How did my little peanut turn into this handsome young man so fast. He started middle school this year. He was a little nervous which made me of course a little nervous but once I saw him emerge from the school bus on his return home from school, all my worries faded away. 

Something About Me Saturday:  First Day Of School 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

And then there's this young lady. She is blooming. She's so much more confidant than she was last year. I think she's going to have a great year.


Something About Me Saturday:  First Day Of School 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

My family is growing up.


Something About Me Saturday:  First Day Of School 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Okay, yes technically it is now Sunday but I started this post on Saturday so that counts for something.   :)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thankful Thursday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip --Part Two

Sometimes, I like taking pictures of the family when they are unaware of me doing it. Very thankful to have had the chance to capture these pictures while we were away in July.


Thankful Thursday:  Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip --Part Two --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Thankful Thursday:  Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip --Part Two --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Thankful Thursday:  Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip --Part Two --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Thankful Thursday:  Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip --Part Two  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Thankful Thursday:  Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip --Part Two  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey








Thankful Thursday:  Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip --Part Two  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey






Thankful Thursday:  Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip --Part Two  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Thankful Thursday:  Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip --Part Two  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Thankful Thursday:  Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip --Part Two  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Thankful Thursday:  Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip --Part Two --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey








If you missed Part One click here.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Genealogy Blog Potluck Picnic: Don't Forget To Check The Register Of Deeds!

Genealogy Blog Potluck Picnic:  Don't Forget To Check The Register Of Deeds! How Did I Get Here?  My Amazing Genealogy Journey

If you are not familiar with the Genealogy Blog Party, be sure to stop over to host Elizabeth O'Neal's blog Little Bytes of Life for more information. 

August theme:

Elizabeth O'Neal is hosting a Genealogy Blog Potluck Picnic!  All are invited to bring a dish, and by dish she means a favorite genealogy resource.


One of my favorite things to do is to check the register of deeds for whatever county I am currently researching. Many have online portals where you can look up deeds and sometimes vital records of your ancestors.

I have to give a special shout out of appreciation to two offices in particular both of which are located in North Carolina. The Sampson County Register Deeds and New Hanover County Register of Deeds online portals each provided with me with the means to make some amazing discoveries about my ancestors. 

In my post 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #17 Gabriel Kerr --Putting Together The Pieces Of His Story, I was able to extend out a timeline of my paternal 2nd great grand uncle Gabriel Kerr life by tracking the purchases and sales of land he made in his lifetime in Sampson County, NC. I was also able to learn the name of his wife and child. Their names I would have never learned if I hadn't been able to look at land records of my Kerr ancestors. 

Another great discovery I made was thanks to a resource at the New Hanover County Register of Deeds. In my post What A Great Resource! Slave Deeds Index At The New Hanover County Register Of Deeds, I wrote about how I found a slave named Jacob listed in an index. This slave was sold by a man named John Herring to another man named James Kerr. That James Kerr it turns out owned my paternal 3rd great grandfather Jacob Kerr of Sampson County, NC. Perhaps, I may be able to someday identify the names of Jacob's parents by studying further the family of John Herring. 

When researching your ancestors, don't forget to check the register of deeds!

If you wish to participate in the Genealogy Blog Potluck Picnic, there's still time. You have until August 29, 2016, at midnight, to add your favorite genealogy resource to the August potluck picnic collection.  Joining the party is simple: visit this link to enter your post information. Don’t forget to visit the posts of at least three other party goers and leave a comment.  You can see what other bloggers have brought to the pot luck here.










Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --Part One

I am a bit behind posting pictures from this Summer. These are some pictures from a trip we took in late July to Connecticut and Rhode Island. We stayed at Foxwoods Casino by night and had fun in the sun at Misquamicut State Beach during the day. I can't believe Summer is almost over. I hope everyone out there has had time to make a few memories with their families.


Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

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