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A Little Boy's Story

The other night, I stumbled upon a little boy's story. Now that I think about it, it really is a story about how a family dealt with a terrible tragedy. I think it also is a story of how this little boy did not wish to be forgotten.

He snuck up on me late at night. I wasn't looking for him but he found me. Well, I had found his name on the census before and a death certificate, but he was really wasn't a person yet to me. He was just a name with some vague bits of information attached to it. He was a Hester. Specifically, his name was Cecil Ruth Hester. He was the son of Mott Hester Sr. and my 2nd great grand aunt, Sidney Bryant Hester of Morehead City, NC. Sidney Bryant Hester was one of my 2nd great grandmother Jonas Bryant's sisters.

Source Information: 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line].  Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.
 **Note on the 1910 census my Jonas Bryant was noted as Joanna and Jonas and Sidney's mother we…

Figuring Out Mortimer Mitchell's Neighborhood.

I cannot express enough how kind and generous fellow genealogists, researchers, and family historians can be. This week I decided to pay a visit to the Find A Grave website to see if there were any updates to one of my ancestral places, the area around Riverdale, NC. I saw the results of all the hard work that fellow researcher Nathaniel Glasgow had completed last year. He and I had connected last year via my blog post that had I had written about how I learned that my maternal 3rd great grandfather Mortimer Mitchell had worked the lands of Col. Peter G Evans from about 1860--1864. You can check out that post here. Nathaniel traveled around Craven County, NC photographing old cemeteries and uploaded his work to Find A Grave. Now you are probably wondering how this helped me figure out Mortimer Mitchell's neighborhood. Let me show you. 

Small family cemeteries are located on private property. Who's property? Well right now I couldn't give you the specifics of who owns these …

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition: Week 2 --Harold Murrell's Challenge

If you are new to the 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks Challenge, be sure to check out Amy Johnson Crow's website for more information. Here's the link:
Week 2: Challenge
What is genealogy without a little challenge? Two ways that you might interpret this prompt is to share an ancestor who was a challenge to find or an ancestor who faced his or her own challenges. 

I can't believe it's almost been a year since my dad died. The first part of 2018 was a bit of blur as a result. I put on hold researching my ancestors for a good chunk of the year. I needed time to process things. I needed time to just be. 

I still have a bunch of memorabilia from him I have to process. I created albums and filed a lot of paperwork. I enjoyed reading letters my dad wrote when he went through basic training. As far as I know, this was the first time my dad had spent a significant amount of time away from home and his family. His tone in these l…

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition --Week 1 Prompt: First

Okay, this year I'm going to do my darnedest to keep up with this challenge. First, if you are new to the 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks Challenge, be sure to check out Amy Johnson Crow's website for more information. Here's the link:

Week 1: First
Who was the first ancestor you found who you didn't personally know? Who was the first ancestor to arrive in the country? Who was the first child in one of your ancestral families? First to go to college? First husband out of a string of many?

Topics are vague for 52 Ancestors Challenge to allow for creativity and individual interpretation. I decided to write about the first ancestor that popped up in my mind for 2019. He's my maternal 3rd great grandfather Mortimer Mitchell. 

If you've been a reader of my blog, then you have probably read some of the posts that I've written about him. If you are new here then you can get acquainted with him by reading these:

52 Ance…

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!  Have fun, laugh a lot and make great memories  with your loved ones. 
P.S. I know my blog has been a bit genealogy light lately. I'm going to try to get back on the research train in the new year.

World Class Invitational 2018


Bars:  8.850 --7th place
Vault:  8.8 --9th place
Beam:  9.0 --3rd place
Floor Exercise:  9.6 --1st place
All Around:  36.25 --3rd place (New personal best!)

I was so happy that I was able to capture a picture of her winning 1st place on floor exercise. 

She was beaming!
Here's a video of her floor routine.

Congratulations to all the Level 3 ladies of STGA as well. They took 2nd place in the team competition.

The Kids and Their Sports

It's been awhile since I've shared about how the kids are doing in their individual sports. This whole running people around to their respective practices and games is serious business. People call me to make plans and the first thing I have to do is check my phone for my Google calendar to see where and when I have to be somewhere. My washing machine is constantly washing gymnastic leotards and soccer jerseys. I am not complaining. My husband and I are so proud of these amazing young people.

Noah with his dad.

Number 14 is our big guy. You can see how much he's grown.

These pictures are from a tournament that Noah participated in November with his indoor soccer league.

They took 2nd place! Nice job, guys!

Miss Alyssa has been doing her thing in regards to gymnastics. She just competed in her third meet for the season this past Saturday. For this post, I'm going to share pictures and results from her first two competitions. Tomorrow, if I get the chance, I'll share pict…

I Wonder What They Are Talking About Now

Retired Col. Trevathan McCarther, Harold Murrell, and Napoleon Sanders
My mother took this picture years and years ago, so I don't have any idea what they were talking about. My godfather, Trevathan McCarther, died unexpectedly on November 24, 2018. He was a true gentleman and friend to those who new him and will be deeply missed. My dad passed away earlier this year and my uncle Nat died in 2014. I imagine now that these three men are enjoying catching up with one another in heaven. Missing you all. See you on the other side. 

Retired Col Trevathan McCarther  April 28, 1945--November 24, 2018