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Fearless Females: Genealogy Trading Card For Rosa Mitchell Jones

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Lisa Alzo of the blog The Accidental Genealogist is back for the fifth year in a row with her list of 31 blogging prompts to celebrate the "fearless females" in our family trees in honor of Women's History Month. If you are not familiar with Lisa's blog or her prompts be sure to click on the link.

March 29 — Create a free Fold3 Memorial Page or a Genealogy Trading Card at Big Huge Labs for a female ancestor. Some of you may have created your own card back in September 2009 following Sheri Fenley’s post over at The Educated Genealogist. This time, the card is for your female ancestor. Tell us about who you’ve selected and why and then post a link to what you’ve created.

Last year I created a Genealogy Trading Card for this lady's daughter, Ophelia Bryant. I felt it only fitting to make one for Rosa Mitchell Jones, especially since I just did a post on her this past week. If you missed that post, here's the link: 52 Ancestors: #9 --Rosa Mitchell Jones.



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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My Blog Misses Me And I Miss It

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My poor lonely blog.  So sorry I have been away and not paying you proper attention. I know you miss me. This will change very soon. I miss writing and I miss doing research. I have to get things back into balance again.

To my followers, if you've been wondering why you haven't seen many new posts, these are some of the reasons why.



1) This is my new occupation. I am a taxi mom. I shuttle children back and forth to sports practices, games, and different school events. I am not complaining. Really, I'm not. This is just the way it is when you have kids who are active and have special interests.



2) Fencing! Fencing! Fencing!

This is the logo for the fencing club I am a member of. It was designed by my friend and fellow fencer Rosaleen Marion. Pretty cool, right?! If you are a newer reader of my blog, then you might not be aware that I do fencing to stay fit. I fenced in college for 4 years and then life happened. I am so grateful that after a long hiatus from the sport, that I f…

I Love NY Cup 2017

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Here's this year's gymnastics photo for our ladybug. We love our confident girl. 

A couple of weeks ago she competed in the I Love NY Cup gymnastics competition hosted by the Southern Tier Gymnastics Academy. She had a solid showing and took home a 4th place medal on bars and 7th place overall for her age group.

 Here's a few photos from competition day.

















More Pictures From My Son's Birthday Week

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Sorry, it's been a couple of weeks since my last post. January was a complete blur of a month and the first couple weeks of February have pretty much been the same way. I am at last posting some additional shots from my son's 12th birthday parties. We had a celebration with family one weekend and then he had a blast roller skating with his friends at a place called Skate Estate the following weekend. My baby boy is 12! How can this be?!

I love seeing these two crack each other up. 
I can't remember what she said...
but it sure must have been funny :)






I can explain this one. They were playing the game What ya mouth. If you aren't familiar with the game, you put a mouth guard in your mouth and then you have to say a phrase and then the other players playing the game have to guess what you just said. It's pretty hysterical. Anyway, the two of them  thought it would be a good idea to strike a pose with their mouth guards in .








When A Genealogy Book Arrives In The Mail

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I get such a rush when a genealogy book arrives in the mail. My eyes brighten and my heart beats faster. I think to myself, "There's stuff I might learn about my ancestors in there!" I just might get a better understanding of what their lives were like.



Here's the latest edition to my genealogy library, The Heritage of Sampson County, North Carolina. Editor: Oscar M Bizzell, Sampson County Historical Society. Specifically, I am looking for more information regarding the family line of a Patrick Murphy of Sampson County.

In my post, Finding The Right Connection --Murphy Line: Part One, I shared that I have a DNA cousin who I believe our probable common ancestor is Patrick Murphy born about 1720 in Scotland who eventually settled in an area that eventually became part of Sampson County, NC. 

The book looks like it will be a good read. At first glance, it appears to have quite a bit of information regarding the formation the Sampson County. In addition, it has some of the …