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Another Memory Board --Murrell Family

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On my post, The Book Of Me: Prompt 23 --Memory Board, I shared my first virtual memory board that featured my ancestors with ties to Morehead City, NC.  Last night while watching TV with the family I made this one which channels my Murrell family line.
(Left to right  -Top row:  Me and my paternal grandmother, Ethel Smith Murrell, My dad's sister Janice Murrell and my dad, pair of cats that used to sit on the fireplace mantle at my grandparents house, my grandma again with my brother. 2nd row:  My brother and my paternal grandpa, Harold Murrell, aunt Janice and my dad, my grandparents on their wedding day, them again a bit older, Janice and dad again. Bottom row:  Harold Murrell with his brother Rupert Murrell, Me, my dad and my brother sitting together at our house in Cambria Heights, My grandpa Harold with aunt Janice as a baby, grandpa again dressed in a suit, father and son (grandpa and dad), grandma Ethel and me as a baby.)
What do you think? Not bad right? I like this having …

I Love NY Cup 2018

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I am so incredibly proud of these girls. They work so hard every week. Congratulations going out to STGA Level 3 Gymnasts on your 1st place finish at the 2018 I Love NY Cup!


As for this young lady, she had a real solid performance. She even placed 3rd place in the floor exercise.


She scored a 9.0 here
Her bars score was an 8.550.

She received an 8.7 on beam and an 8.550 on vault. Her all around score was a 34.800. Way to go, ladybug :)

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2018 Edition: Week# 5 --Harold Berel? Really! No Really?!!

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If you are not familiar with the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt Series hosted by fellow blogger Amy Johnson Crow, please take a moment and check out the link here:  https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/

The Week 5 Prompt

The Week 5 prompt is "In the Census." What intriguing find have you made in a census? What has a series of census records shown you? Do you have an ancestor who constantly ages only 7 years between censuses? (Those are fun!)

Since my father's recent passing, I've fallen behind a bit on these prompts so I'm going to do the best I can to get caught up as quickly as possible. The following post originally appeared on this blog on May 16, 2014. It seemed appropriate to re-share since it fit this prompt so well. 

This post originally appeared on this blog on May 16, 2014

Okay, I have been all over the place lately with my research, finding a new nugget here and then finding a new nugget there. I am seriously in the throws of a Gene…

Reunited

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"I finally got my boy back." I bet that's what grandpa said to my dad on January 31, 2018. It must have been one heck of a reunion.

Harold Murrell Sr. and Jr.
I didn't have the words until now to write about the events of the last month. I'm still processing and taking it day by day. 
Rest in peace, Dad. 




52 Ancestors 2018 Edition: Week #4 An Invitation For Annie and Effie Sampson

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If you are not familiar with the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt Series hosted by fellow blogger Amy Johnson Crow, please take a moment and check out the link here:  https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/


Week 4 Prompt:
This week is "Invite to Dinner." Which ancestor would you most want to invite to dinner? Do you have a story of a memorable dinner with an ancestor? Is there a special recipe that's been handed down? 

I wish I could have met Annie and Effie Sampson, my maternal 1st cousins 3x removed. They were two self-sufficient ladies who lived their entire lives in the small community of Riverdale, NC. Their mother Mary Jane Mitchell Sampson was my 2nd great grandmother's Rosa Mitchell Jones' sister.  The land that they lived on was a portion of land once owned by my 3rd great grandfather Mortimer Mitchell.  



Image courtesy of Google Maps.
The land that the Sampsons lived on is marked in red.

If I could have the opportunity, I would love to ha…

52 Ancestors 2018 Edition: Week #3 Longevity of a Marriage --Harold Murrell and Ethel Murrell

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If you are not familiar with the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt Series hosted by fellow blogger Amy Johnson Crow, please take a moment and check out the link here:  https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/

I am a bit behind on these prompts so I am going to make this post brief.  

Week 3 Prompt:  
This week is "Longevity." You might write something about the oldest person in your family tree. You could explore the person that took you the longest to find. Maybe it's longevity in a job or career. 

I've decided to highlight the longevity of a marriage for this post. My paternal grandparents Harold and Ethel Murrell were married February 18, 1932 in Manhattan.  Their marriage lasted for 64 years until they both passed away in 1996. 

I've learned from being married myself for just shy of 13 years, that marriage is something that you have to nurture for it to be successful. 64 years is wonderful accomplishment.  


Ethel and Harold Murrell

You can learn m…

We Have A Teenager!

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Where did all the time go? This only seems like yesterday. This little guy has grown into being a fine young man.

Happy 13th Birthday Noah!

Something About Me Saturday: December 2017 Pictures

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I've been bad about posting pictures in a timely manner. So this post is a recap of some of the things that happened during the holiday season.

The first weekend of December my daughter attended the Syracuse Gymnastics Sports Fest, her second meet of the season. This year she moved up to become a level 3 gymnast. This was only her second time out competing at this level. No medals this go around but she walked away with more competition experience which is always a good thing. 











Then the kids had their Winter Concerts. Ladybug is a member of the 5th grade chorus.







While our big guy did a wonderful playing viola in the middle school orchestra.