Thursday, July 23, 2015

More Cape Cod 2015 Vacation Photos.

You could say I am a bit late getting these out. We visited Cape Cod at the end of June and here are some more pictures from that trip. I love beach photos. They always put me in a happy place.


More Cape Cod 2015 Vacation Photos --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


More Cape Cod 2015 Vacation Photos --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


More Cape Cod 2015 Vacation Photos --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


More Cape Cod 2015 Vacation Photos --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




More Cape Cod 2015 Vacation Photos --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


More Cape Cod 2015 Vacation Photos --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


More Cape Cod 2015 Vacation Photos --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


More Cape Cod 2015 Vacation Photos --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


More Cape Cod 2015 Vacation Photos --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


More Cape Cod 2015 Vacation Photos --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


More Cape Cod 2015 Vacation Photos --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


More Cape Cod 2015 Vacation Photos --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
My son loves getting buried in sand.

More Cape Cod 2015 Vacation Photos --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Just look at that smiling face.




Wednesday, July 22, 2015

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #28 Lovie Ann Jones Watson

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #28 Lovie Ann Jones Harris Watson --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Amy Johnson Crow, the author of the blog No Story Too Small, is the host of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt series. If you are not familiar with the project please click on the following link:   Announcing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition.

Lovie Ann Jones Watson was my maternal great grand aunt. She was born in Morehead City, NC with her birth date being most likely January 14, 1883. Based on the records I've found thus far, she appears to have been the eldest child of my great grandparents Alexander Hamilton Jones and Rosa Mitchell Jones. 

Here's Lovie listed with her family in the 1900 Federal Census.


Source Information Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. 
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Source Citation Year: 1900;
 Census Place: Morehead, Carteret, North Carolina; Roll: 1186; Page: 14A;
 Enumeration District: 0022; FHL microfilm: 1241186


Lovie's two younger sisters Mary Jones Wooten Price and Ophelia Jones Bryant both became teachers. Lovey chose a different course. She decided to go into medicine like several other of the descendants of Cesar Jones, my 3rd great grandfather. You can learn about those other descendants of Cesar Jones who had medical occupations here.

My great grand aunt Lovie became a nurse.

She married a John M Harris on March 24, 1902 in Morehead City.

The only record of their union I've come across so far is an entry in the Carteret County Marriage Register Index:


Source Information Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Marriage Index, 1741-2004
 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. 
Source Citation Data Source: North Carolina State Archives

And yes they did list her name as Louie :) 



Okay, okay, I know completely random right. My brain and body are away on vacation with the family this week in Connecticut so you'll have to forgive me. Plus my mind has a tendency to want to tie in songs to whatever I may be working on. Just call it a weird quirk of mine.


Anyway, back to the marriage record. John Harris was from Goldsboro, NC and Lovie from Morehead City. How did they meet? Perhaps they met while she was in nursing school in Raleigh. Lovie attended Saint Augustine's Normal School and Collegiate Institute there. Here's the link to a page in the school's annual catalog for the year 1900--1901 that I found on Internet Archive. She was shown to be a second year student:
 https://archive.org/stream/annualcatalogueo18991914#page/n63/mode/2up/search/%22jones%2C+lovie%22

Lovie gave birth to the couple's only child Madeline Teresa Harris on June 23, 1905 in Morehead City. I have not been able to find any records that show where Lovie was living from 1902--1909. I am going to assume for now that she was finishing up her schooling in Raleigh and possibly working there. She shows up in the records again in 1910 on the Federal Census.


Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: White Oak, Carteret, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1095; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0002; FHL microfilm: 1375108 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
Image courtesy of Ancestry.com

Apparently the marriage between John M Harris and Lovie Jones didn't work out because Lovie's marital status was listed as divorced that year. She's returned to using the Jones surname. Lovie's daughter Madeline T. Harris was also living in the Jones household. So much for marriage number one. On to marriage number two.

"Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X51X-4XQ : accessed 21 July 2015),  Thos. D. Watson and Lovey Annie Jones, 11 Mar 1922; citing Northampton Co.,
 Virginia, reference Line 27; FHL microfilm 2,048,466.
Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org

Lovie married Thomas D Watson in Northampton County, VA on March 11, 1922. Her marital status was listed as widowed. Widowed probably went over better with most folks than divorced back in 1922. I can understand why she lied on her marriage record here. 


Source Information Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: North Carolina State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. North Carolina Death Certificates. Microfilm S.123. Rolls 19-242, 280, 313-682, 1040-1297. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Image courtesy of Ancestry.com

Lovie A.Watson died on June 2, 1948. She was listed as the widow of Thomas D. Watson. The thing is Mr. Thomas D. Watson was very much alive and living in Virginia. He didn't die until 1958. Here's his death certificate.

Source Information Ancestry.com. Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014 [database on-line].
 Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.Original data: Virginia, Deaths, 1912–2014.
 Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia.
Image courtesy of Ancestry.com

This is what I think may have happened. Thomas Watson's first wife was a Macon Goffigon Watson of Northhampton, VA. Macon died on January 13, 1922. Just two months later Thomas up and marries my great grand aunt Lovie. I believe that Thomas and Lovie were acquainted with each other before Macon died. 


Source Information Ancestry.com. Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014 [database on-line].
 Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Virginia, Deaths, 1912–2014.
 Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia.
Image courtesy of Ancestry.com

According to Macon Watson's death certificate, she was ill for 6 months prior to her death. Maybe Lovie was a nurse hired to assist with Macon's care?

Time to get back to Lovie and her daughter Madeline now. Madeline Teresa Harris was raised for the most part by her grandmother Rosa Mitchell Jones in Morehead City. In Rosa Jones's will, she even referred to Madeline as her "daughter" instead of granddaughter as further proof of this.

I find it especially sad that Lovie died from tetanus. Here she was a a registered nurse trained to help and heal others. A simple household accident of getting a splinter in her leg that went on to become infected would become the cause of her demise.

Lovie Annie Jones Harris Watson is buried at Bayview Cemetery in Morehead City, NC along with many other of my Jones ancestors.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Emerging From The Mist

On my last post, I featured a few of the pictures I took while visiting Marconi Beach on Cape Cod. If you missed that post, here's the link:  Wordless Wednesday: Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach. Here's a few more pictures that were taken on the same day as the others. If you look carefully you'll see a couple quite possibly a woman and a man walking in the distance. They gradually emerge from the mist. This is how I view my ancestors who I have yet to discover. They are out there waiting in the mist. They are waiting for me to find them and to acknowledge them. I think they wish to catch a glimpse of me as well. They want to know that their struggle was not in vain.

Emerging From The Mist --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Emerging From The Mist --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Emerging From The Mist --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Emerging From The Mist --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach

Wordless Wednesday:  Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach -- How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

It definitely wasn't a day for swimming but it was a beautiful day to be on the beach. Kids had fun getting their feet wet and digging in the sand. I love observing them, the scenery, and everything in between. These pictures were taken at Marconi Beach on Cape Cod.


Wordless Wednesday:  Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach -- How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday:  Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach -- How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey






Wordless Wednesday:  Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach -- How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
The waves were pretty crazy that day.

Wordless Wednesday:  Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach -- How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Wordless Wednesday:  Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach -- How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Angry seas...happy man.


Wordless Wednesday:  Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach -- How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday:  Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach -- How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday:  Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach -- How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday:  Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach -- How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday:  Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach -- How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday:  Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach -- How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Wordless Wednesday:  Cape Cod 2015 Pictures --Marconi Beach -- How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sylvia Sheppard Bryant's Story --Part three: A Ray Of Sunshine In Sylvia's Life

Sylvia Sheppard Bryant's Story --Part three: A Ray Of Sunshine In Sylvia's Life --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


If you missed parts one and two, here are the links:  

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #26 Sylvia Sheppard Bryant's Story --Part one


Sylvia Sheppard Bryant's Story --Part two: A Father Did The Best He Could.

I left off on part two mentioning that I believe Ethel French had quite the impact on my step grandmother Sylvia Sheppard's life. I came across the picture I have featured above and could imagine that little girl who had recently lost her mother writing something like this for the woman who took her in. 

A young girl needs a mother figure. She needs someone to emulate. Well, Sylvia Sheppard went on to become a school teacher when she grew up. I think she was inspired by someone truly special. That person was Ethel French.

What a surprise to come across an article such as this.


Sylvia Sheppard Bryant's Story --Part three: A Ray Of Sunshine In Sylvia's Life --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Sylvia Sheppard Bryant's Story --Part three: A Ray Of Sunshine In Sylvia's Life --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Sylvia Sheppard Bryant's Story --Part three: A Ray Of Sunshine In Sylvia's Life --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Sylvia Sheppard Bryant's Story --Part three: A Ray Of Sunshine In Sylvia's Life --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Sylvia Sheppard Bryant's Story --Part three: A Ray Of Sunshine In Sylvia's Life --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Sylvia Sheppard Bryant's Story --Part three: A Ray Of Sunshine In Sylvia's Life --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

The Free Lance Star, July 13, 1979, Pg 19.


Did you happen to catch Mrs. Ora Churchill's memory of Ethel French. "She recalls that Mrs. French owned a hat shop at one time." I have a feeling that Ethel indeed knew Sylvia's mother, Mrs. Sarah Jane Sheppard. If you recall, I mentioned in part one of this series that Sarah Sheppard's occupation was a milliner or hatmaker.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Closer, Mommy :)



"Take a picture of me, Mommy." She then proceeded to get as close as possible to the camera to make silly faces. I found these to be rather striking.








We went away to Cape Cod the last week of June and I'm now just getting around to posting pictures. These are the first of more to come.


Love my silly girl :)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #27 Eloise Thompson Bryant Grigsby

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #27 Eloise Thompson Bryant Grigsby
Eloise Thompson Bryant Grigsby
Caption reads: "Your baby sis, Eloise."

Amy Johnson Crow, the author of the blog No Story Too Small, is the host of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt series. If you are not familiar with the project please click on the following link:  Announcing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition.

Week 27 (July 2-8) – Independent: This is the week for Independence Day! Which one fought for (or against) America’s independence? Or which of your ancestors was independent?

When I think of someone who had an independent spirit, I think of my grand aunt Eloise. Eloise Thompson Bryant Grigsby was my maternal grandmother's youngest sister. She was born on July 5, 1927 in Morehead City, NC.  She was the last child born to my great grandparents, Frank and Ophelia Bryant.

Since learning of her middle name, I have often wondered, Why Thompson? Was there a family friend who had that name? I have yet to find any other family members with that middle name. For now, it's significance remains a mystery. 

Eloise was the most outspoken out of my maternal grandmother's sisters. She didn't mess around. If she had something to say about you, she would just come out and say it. She did not have a problem stating what was on her mind. You might, but that wasn't her problem. :)

I am very glad to have known my outspoken aunt.  I shared a couple of my memories of her on my post, The Book Of Me: Prompt 35 --Aunts and Uncles.


I believe Eloise's tough exterior came about as a defense mechanism she developed in her youth. Before she turned twelve, her mother/ my great grandmother Ophelia passed away from cancer. Eloise attended boarding school with her sister Rosa in Laurinburg, NC. This was all made possible through assistance from another sister, Loris, who was already married and living in Laurinburg.


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #27 Eloise Thompson Bryant Grigsby
Raymond Grigsby, Harkless Wooten, and Eloise Grigsby.
Harkless was Eloise's 1st cousin.

She married her childhood sweetheart Raymond Perry Grigsby and resided in Pittsburgh when my mother was a little girl. I believe they met while Eloise was at boarding school. They lived in New York when I was growing up but prior to that I think they had lived in a couple of other places. That's another one of those things I will have to check in with my mother about.

Anyway, Eloise and Ray never had children but they did babysit my brother and I from time to time. I liked her confidence and her sense of style. 

Eloise and Ray moved to Morehead City, NC if I recall correctly, a year or two before Ray passed away. They lived in Eloise's childhood home, 1400 Fisher Street. I wonder what that must of felt like after all those years away from home. Raymond Perry Grigsby died on December 30, 1989.  

After losing her husband, Eloise still maintained her independence. She never learned how to drive but she didn't let that stop her from getting around. She rode a bicycle to get to the places she wanted to go.

Eloise Thompson Bryant Grigsby died on May 9, 1999 from liver cancer. She was buried next to her husband at Bayview Cemetery, Morehead City, NC.  


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #27 Eloise Thompson Bryant Grigsby
Image courtesy of Find A Grave
Photo captured by Amy Robbins-Tjaden.
Bayview Cemetery, Morehead City, NC

Yes, it's true that husband and wife were both born on July 5th.



52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #27 Eloise Thompson Bryant Grigsby

This is one of my favorite pictures of my aunt.
Love that devilish smile!



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