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52 Ancestors: #10 --Mortimer Mitchell --In Search Of Opportunity And Security

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I am participating in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge put forth by Amy Johnson Crow of the blog No Story Too Small. If you aren't familiar with the challenge be sure to check out her blog.

Something has been in the air this week. I think my Riverdale, NC ancestors have been working behind the scenes to provide me with information. It all started with me receiving a copy of a picture of my 1st cousins 3x removed, Annie and Effie Sampson.  That led me to corresponding with a few folks who grew up in the community. With all this Riverdale activity going on, I thought it would be the right time to highlight the life of my maternal 3rd great grandfather, Mortimer Mitchell.

Mortimer Mitchell was born sometime around 1835 in either Martin or Granville County based on information I found on the death certificates of two of his kids. The following marriage record that I found in the North Carolina, Marriage Index, 1741-2004 online database on Ancestry.com, I believe is for my ancestor…

Anna Maria Island Vacation 2017 --Part Two

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Oh how quickly a vacation goes by. Sigh. I'm feeling very thankful though for this time I had with my family. Here are some more pictures from the week.




























Anna Maria Island Vacation 2017 --Part One

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So I am on vacation this week with the family on Anna Maria Island, Florida doing two of my most favorite things in the world --relaxing with the family and doing a little genealogy research. Woohoo! Yay me. It amazes me to see what a little R&R and peace and quiet does to my brain. All of a sudden I have a chance to think and brainstorm on ways to possibly learn about my ancestry. Before I get into all that though, here are some pictures from the first day here with the family.

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Amanuensis Monday: Mortimer Mitchell Mentioned In Freedmen's Bureau Land and Property Records

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A couple of weeks ago, I was poking around on FamilySearch.org and found a labor contract that mentioned my 3rd great grandfather Mortimer Mitchell. Every so often I go back over folks on my family tree and try doing searches in databases that were previously not available. Thanks to the completion of the Freedman's Bureau Project, I was able to locate this particular record.




Citing this Record "United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Land and Property Records, 1865-1872", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2Q1-GMDC : 1 September 2016), Mestrumi Mitchel, 1865-1872.

Edward Mallett Plantation
About 10 Miles from NewBerne near Croatan 2500 or 3000 acres, 50 or 60 suitable for cultivation of cotton or corn. 4 Log houses occupied by old negroes. On Peter G Evans plantation nearby is a good two story house suitable to be used by persons who occupy this Mallett plantation.       Turpentine Lease for 60 bbls a season. Geo. Connor on land. Refu…

Friday Funny: A Trip To Kalahari Resorts --Mt Pocono, PA

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It's been a almost two months since we went to Kalahari Resorts in Mt Pocono, PA. You could say I am a little behind on posting for what's been going on in my life :)  Anyway, we had a blast hanging out together as a family. We also got a serious case of the sillies during mealtimes. We challenged each other into make really weird faces to see if we could make each other laugh. I haven't had a good laugh like that in a while. 
























Fearless Females: Three Generations Of College Educated Ladies

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In honor of National Women's History Month, I'm doing a couple of posts to honor fearless females in my family. Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog is hosting once again the Fearless Females Blogging Prompt Series. If you aren't familiar with these blog prompts, be sure to visit her blog for more information. 

March 26 — What education did your mother receive? Your grandmothers? Great-grandmothers? Note any advanced degrees or special achievements.





Each of these three lovely ladies attended college.
From left to right:  

Great Grandma --Ophelia Jones Bryant --A&T College The Negro Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, NC.

Grandmother --Mary Bryant Harrison Horton --Queens College
(She gets extra points in my book because she earned her degree when she was in her 60's.)

Mom --Hofstra University

I did my part in continuing the tradition and received my degree in 1994 from Binghamton University. Now it's up to my daughter to keep it going.




Tender Moment Shared by Ethel Smith Murrell

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In honor of National Women's History Month, I'm doing a couple of posts to honor fearless females in my family. Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog is hosting once again the Fearless Females Blogging Prompt Series. If you aren't familiar with these blog prompts, be sure to visit her blog for more information. 

March 21 — Describe a tender moment one of your female ancestors shared with you or another family member.

Ethel Smith Murrell was my paternal grandmother. She was a wonderful loving spirit that I've written about before on this blog. If you missed those posts, you will probably want to check out these links:  

The Book Of Me: Prompt 7 --Grandparents -- Part One

Wordless Wednesday: Ethel Murrell And Her Grandbabies.

Mom Mom and Granddaddy's House

Fearless Females --Favorite Holiday --March 7


Sometimes, it's not so much how much is said but rather the way it's said that strikes a chord with us. I remember one time in particular when my grandmother sp…

Fearless Females: Jonas Bryant Battled Breast Cancer

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In honor of National Women's History Month, I am going to try to do a couple of posts this month to honor fearless females in my family. Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog is hosting once again the Fearless Females Blogging Prompt Series. If you aren't familiar with these blog prompts, be sure to visit her blog for more information. 

March 13 — Moment of Strength: share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.

My maternal 2nd great grandmother Jonas Bryant was someone I would most definitely categorize as a fearless female. She was born March 15, 1867 in Morehead City NY to parents Henry Bryant and Caroline Ellison Bryant. She raised two children on her own and helped to raise her sister's son. She was a hard worker doing whatever was necessary to take care of her family. During her lifetime she worked as a clammer and as a maid. 

According to Jonas's death cerificate her cause of death was breast cancer. 


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