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Those Places Thursday: Cemetery At Mt Olive AME Zion Church

On Sunday January 15, 2012,  I made a visit to an old African American cemetery located behind Mt Olive AME Zion Church to pay my respects to some of my ancestors. Last year a researcher friend from the New Bern area made the trek to this cemetery and sent pictures to me for which I am forever grateful for. Since I was in North Carolina for my Aunt Rosa's funeral, I made sure I took some time out to visit this special place. This land where this cemetery is located was I believe mentioned in my 3rd great grandfather Mortimer Mitchells deed for his land.

In his deed it describes his land as "a certain parcel of  land situate in the and bounded and described as follows lying on the North West side of the meeting house branch beginning where the main road (crosses) said branch thence down the branch to the great branch and with the great branch to the said Vine A Tolsons Corner to a marked bay. Thence the said Tolsons live to the main road thence with said to the beginning. In th…

State Championships 2017

This was our little lady's first year going to USA Gymnastics State Championships. Our Level 2 gymnast performed wonderfully.  At her level there's just a team award and her group took 3rd place among small teams. What a great year you had, ladybug :) Your hard work is paying off.

Floor:  9.050 Vault:  9.050 Bars:   8.200 Beam:  9.250

Happy Mother's Day!

A mother's love for her child  is like nothing else in the world.  It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.                                                    --Agatha Christie

Slave Name Roll Project: Estate Record of Peter G Evans

The Slave Name Roll Project's objective is to record information about named slaves whenever and where ever they may be found so that African-American genealogists and family historians may break through the wall that is the 1870 census. The project was originally maintained on Schalene Dagutis's blog, Tangled Roots and Trees but now it has it's own blog. You can learn more about the project here.

While conducting research on my 3rd great grandfather Mortimer Mitchell, I came across the names of slaves listed in the estate record for Col Peter G Evans. You can read more about who Col Peter G Evans was in my post Mortimer Mitchell Worked on the Lands of Peter G. Evans.

To assist folks who are looking for their ancestors, I am sharing these names here.

"North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 November 2016), Peter G Evans, 1863; citing Guilford, North Carolina, United States, S…

Anna Maria Island Vacation 2017 --Part Three

We've been back two weeks and I am just getting around to posting the rest of the pictures from our trip to Anna Maria Island, Florida.When I close my eyes and get real quiet, I find myself drifting back there.

If you missed Parts One and Two, here are the links:

Anna Maria Island Vacation 2017 --Part One

Anna Maria Island Vacation 2017 --Part Two

Mortimer Mitchell Worked on the Lands of Peter G. Evans

Mortimer Mitchel, Hezekiah Foster(col'd) wish to hire P G Evans plantation, have worked on these about 4 years. 

These words I featured in my post Amanuensis Monday: Mortimer Mitchell Mentioned In Freedmen's Bureau Land and Property Records. If you missed that post, you may want to read that one first before continuing. 

Mortimer Mitchell was my 3rd great grandfather who was born around 1835 in Martin County, NC. According to the 1870 Federal Census, Mortimer resided in Township 6, Craven County, NC that particular year. According to the land record I shared in my prior post, Mortimer's land contract on 10 acres of cleared land began around March 1864. Four years prior to this, he was working on the P G Evans plantation. Could I figure out where this plantation was located? 

Col. Peter Gustavas Evans
Picture is from "Histories of the several regiments and battalions  from North Carolina, in the great war 1861-'65," Edited by Walter Clark
First, I decided to investi…

Anna Maria Island Vacation 2017 --Part Two

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

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.