Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Caroline Ellison Bryant --My 3rd Great Grandmother's Grave

Caroline Ellison Bryant
(August 4, 1844--August 1, 1920)
My 3rd Great Grandmother
Bayview Cemetery, Morehead City, NC
I love the inscription, "Mother We Honor Thy Memory"

*This post was originally published here on this blog on February 21, 2012.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Okay, Now I Got All This DNA Information...Now What?!

If you missed my last post, you may want to read that one first before preceding further. Here's the link: My MtDNA Results Are Back!

Just so you know, I want to say that I am extremely happy now to have an identification that ties me directly to Africa. Never in my wildest dreams during my childhood would I have thought I would have the opportunity to find out how and where specifically to what people I am connected to back in Africa. With that said, my identity regarding my West African roots is L3e3b. So now what?

Don't get me wrong, I am definitely appreciative of my results.  Every DNA test helps to tell a piece of my story. Right now, my impatient side is looking for the DNA Cliffs Notes that will allow me to cut to the chase and find out who my people are!

This when I smack my impatient side and say...okay slow down. You are so much closer it is ridiculous! Do you know why I say that? The reason is just simply look at the changes that have occurred in my lifetime in regards to technology. We have come so amazingly far in the last ten years regarding DNA technology. How fast things change will just continue to happen exponentially faster. I have to remind my impatient inner child to just slow down and take this moment in. If you think about it, I truly have no right to be impatient. Many of my most recent ancestors spent their lives enslaved, maybe they had the hope that things would be better someday...maybe they didn't. They didn't have the luxury to think beyond their daily chore of survival. So I think I should humbly remain patient.

Why? I will have a knowing that my prior ancestors did not have. From that knowing...oh I can feel it, an amazing power is being built up inside of me. My pride and sense of connection will be almost overwhelming for my spirit to handle, but my spirit will so willingly gobble up that knowledge. There simply has been this thirst for so many generations to just want to know where they come from and it will not be denied. I have no right to be impatient. I have to hold on just a bit longer to quench my thirst.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My MtDNA Results Are Back!

I was very excited to see in my email inbox the other morning, the results to my MtDNA Full Sequence test from FamilytreeDNA. For those of you who are unfamiliar with DNA testing, the MtDNA Full Sequence test will provide you with genetic information about your earliest maternal ancestor. Normally I would probably try to turn this into a cliffhanger event but then I thought...Naahh! Not this time. I got to change things up every so often. :)

So without further ado, here are my results:

Here's what Wikipedia says about the L3 Haplogroup: 

It is most common in East Africa, in contrast to others parts of Africa where the haplogroups L1 and L2 represent two thirds of mtDNAs.[8]
L3 is sub-divided into several clades, two of which spawned the macro-haplogroups M and N from which the vast majority of non-Africans are descended.
One of these lineages, defined by loss of the DdeI site at np 10394, represents only a few percent of the African mtDNAs but appears to be the progenitor of roughly half of all European, Asian and Native American mtDNAs."[9]
According to Maca-Meyer et al. (2001), "L3 is more related to Eurasian haplogroups than to the most divergent African clusters L1 and L2".[10] L3 is the haplogroup from which all modern humans outside of Africa derive.[11]

And here's what it says about L3e specifically:

L3e - West-Central Africa. It is the most common L3 sub-clade in Bantu-speaking populations.[15] L3e is suggested to be associated with a Central African origin and is also the most common L3 subclade amongst African Americans, Afro-Brazilians and Caribbeans[16]

The link to the whole Wikipedia entry regarding L3 is here: 

Now, I have only just begun to do some research on the L3 Haplogroup. Hopefully, I will be able to find out more information that will allow me to narrow down further from which people or country my DNA originates from. I will keep you posted on what I find out. Perhaps some of you out there have tested your MtDNA as well. Feel free to share in the comments your findings. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Harkless Wooten

Harkless Wooten 
My 1st cousin 2x removed.
(January 5, 1915--September 9, 1979)

Obituary from the Carteret County News Times Sept 13, 1979

The funeral for Morehead City caterer, Harkless Wooten, 64, is planned for Saturday at 1 p.m.in the St. Egbert's Catholic Church, Morehead City. Monsignor Louis Morton, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be conducted in Bayview Cemetery with Elk rites.

A rosary will be conducted Friday at 8 p.m. in Barrow's Funeral  Home, Morehead City, with Monsignor Morton officiating.

Mr Wooten died Sunday in Providence Hospital, Washington, D.C. He was a master chef at the Dunes Club, the Coral Bay Club, the John Yancey Restarurant all on Bogue Banks, and the Atlantic Hotel, which once stood in Morehead City.

Mr Wooten owned Wooten's Fine Foods, a catering service, and operated out of the Edgewater Motel and the Edgewater Hotel, which he owned and operated, in Morehead City.

He earned three degrees in the culinary arts from St Emma N.I. Institute in Rock Castle, Va. He was a chef in hotels from Mount Holyoke, Mass., to St. Petersburg, Fla., and was a consultant with the Chatterbox Restaurant chain in St. Petersburg and the Hot Shoppe chain in Washington D.C.

Mr. Wooten is a native of Wooten Town in Washington, D.C., and was named after his grandfather. He worked toward getting Calico Creek dredged for a harbor of refuge and attended a conference in Washington, D.C. to bring low income housing to Morehead City.

A memeber of St. Egbert's Catholic Church, he was a founder and organizer of Ocean Breeze Elks Lodge in Morehead City.

He is survived by his wife, Clifford Wooten: a daughter, Idella Fossie, Washington, D.C. two grandchildren: and great-grandson.

For more information on Harkless Wooten, here's a link: Talented Tuesday --Harkless Wooten

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy Birthday To Me! I Am Forty.

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So folks,  I have had a beautiful birthday today. I had lunch with my best friend at a restaurant called Burger Mondays in my hometown. Oh my goodness...Happy Birthday to me! This joint has the tastiest burger with homemade fries. Oh I am having heart palpitations right now reminiscing about it. Whoo! Okay...composure please return. Alright I am okay now. We laughed and laughed and it was really a beautiful moment because I looked at her and looked at myself and knew how far we had come. I have known her for over 20 years. We met in college in our freshman year and that was it. We speak the same language.

No big party today. That's okay, I am certainly not into all that and besides, there are really more important things. For example, my children's Open House at their school was tonight. I am already well acquainted with my daughter's teacher because she had my son in her class two years ago. My concern was with meeting my son's second grade teacher. I need to see the person who will be harnessing the power of my son's brain over the next year. I need to know she will challenge him and that she has his back. I am happy to say now after meeting her, I think she is up to the challenge.

I will definitely do something special, like go out to eat with my husband and family over the weekend. So don't worry Y'all, I am for real going to celebrate!

Anyway, I am now 40. I am so far really digging it because I feel now like I am truly a grown up. I don't worry so much about how others view me. I feel at home in my imperfect skin.

So now that I have joined the forty club, what sort of advice do you out there have for really making the most out of this age?

An interesting thing came up in conversation with my son as I was going through the whole bedtime routine. He said, "Mom, I know I will never know as much as you." He's a sweet kid who really loves his mommy. I appreciated the nod to me but I quickly told him something that I think is so important regardless, of what age you are or circumstance in life you're at. I said, "Son, that's sweet but you may very well eventually know a lot more than me. Frankly, I hope you do. The important thing is to never stop learning. You are never done with that."

I feel learning should always be on the "to do" list. So with that being said, I know there are a ton of people out there who have gained wisdom through life's experiences that I would love some feedback from.

What's your advice for someone who has just turned 40?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Joy Among The Pumpkins!

One of my favorite pictures of my son.
I think he was almost 3 years old when this picture was taken.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Clifford McGhee Wooten and Harkless Wooten grave site

Clifford McGhee Wooten and Harkless A. Wooten
Greenwood Cemetery, Morehead City, NC
Image courtesy of Find A Grave
Harkless Wooten was my 1st cousin 2x removed.
He was the son of Mary E. Jones Price.

For more on Mary E. Jones Price, click on this link: Not So Wordless Wednesday: What I Know About My Great Grand Aunt --Mary E. Price

Saturday, October 13, 2012

So Where In Africa Will My DNA Take Me?

Okay, so I finally put my pennies together and purchased the mtFullSequence test from FamilytreeDNA last month. Time to find out about my earliest roots. I can't wait to get my results. Let's see when they say the test will come back. 

UGGGHHH! November 7th!!! Okay I must have patience. (*sigh*) 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Not So Wordless Wednesday: What I Know About My Great Grand Aunt --Mary E. Price

Mary E. Jones Price
My great grand aunt

I have to start this post off by thanking another cousin of mine who had a copy of this image and shared it with me earlier in the week. Prior to this, I had never seen an image of my great grandmother's sister. Seeing it has brought me an amazing amount of joy. I just love seeing the similarities in facial features.

Here's a picture of my great grandmother:

Ophelia Jones Bryant

And now a picture of their mother:

Rosa M. Jones

According to the 1900 Census, Mary Jones was born in January 1888. She resided with her two sisters and parents in Morehead Township.

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Morehead, Carteret, North Carolina; Roll: 1186; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 22; FHL microfilm: 1241186.Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

She was still living at home in 1910.

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: White Oak, Carteret, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1095; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0002; Image: 894; FHL microfilm: 1375108. Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.

She married her first husband, an Allen Carney Wooten on August 17, 1913 in Morehead City and from this union my grandmother's 1st cousin, Harkless Wooten was born on January 5, 1915.

For the next two censuses Mary Jones Wooten is found residing in Long Acre, Beaufort County, NC and get this, she was a school teacher just like my great grandmother Ophelia. Awesome!

Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Long Acre, Beaufort, North Carolina; Roll: T625_1285; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 203.
Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Long Acre, Beaufort, North Carolina; Roll: 1673; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 9; Image: 679.0; FHL microfilm: 2341407.Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.

At some point the marriage between Allen Carney Wooten and Mary was dissolved. I haven't come across a divorce record yet to know when exactly this happened. In fact, the only way I knew how to look for Mary on the 1940 census was from information that I found in her mother's estate file.

Rosa Jones, Mary and Ophelia's mother died in 1931. In her estate record, I found out that Mary did remarry. Here's part of that file:

And indeed, Mary can be found just a couple doors down from the Bryant household in 1940. She can be found living at 1406 Fisher St with her husband David Price.

This is all I know about Mary Price, but hopefully this post will find someone who knows a bit more.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Riverdale Community Cemetery Survey

Where my ancestors are buried at Riverdale Community Cemetery.
Riverdale, NC

I keep going back to it. Over the last couple of days, I have found myself reviewing a survey of the individuals buried at Mt Olive Methodist Cemetery or as it is referred to now as Riverdale Community Cemetery. This isn't the first time I've reviewed these pages but I just get a feeling right now there is something I am supposed to figure out. Perhaps someone's story is about to be revealed.

Anyway, I decided that it would probably be a good idea to share this information because it is an older rural cemetery. There are many unmarked and/or sunken graves there. Due to the elements and time, more markers will be lost. So before their names are forgotten, here is the survey information.  This information was compiled by The Eastern North Carolina Genealogical Society and is from a book called "Craven County, North Carolina Cemeteries Vol. 2" (Please note, the handwritten notations are mine. These corrections are for people I have researched.)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: My Daughter The Cheerios Thief

"Okay, You caught me"

"Want some?"

The Cheerios Thief will be five this month. Guess what she had for breakfast this morning? :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Military Monday: World War I Registration Card for William Bryant

William Bryant's WW I Draft Registration Card
Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

William Bryant's was my 1st cousin 3x removed. Specifically he was the son of Rose Bryant, my 2nd great grandmother's sister. Rose Bryant I have found on only one census record and that is for the year 1880. I believe she may have passed away sometime before 1900 because I have only found her name listed only on one other document and that was on her son's death certificate. 

Here's the 1900 census for Morehead City featuring the Bryant household:

Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

The household consisted of Caroline, Jonas (referred to as Jane here),John, William and Frank. Jonas and John were Caroline's children, Frank was Jonas's son which leaves William but again no sign of Rose.
Perhaps Jonas, raised William like he was her own child.  That's me speculating, I don't know for sure what ever happened to her.

Recently, I decided to go through the process of reviewing records I had previously saved to my ancestors on my Ancestry.com family tree and really took a look further into the details listed on those records.  Specifically, I have really started looking at occupation information. 

According to William Bryant's WWI Draft Card, he was a laborer at a fish factory owned by R. W. Taylor.

When I reviewed this I remembered that I had purchased a fabulous book called "Morehead City" by Jack Dudley earlier in the year and I said to myself I bet there is a reference to this R.W. Taylor in it. Well guess what? There was!

Here's the cover to the book:

And here's a passage from the book which provides some information about the Menhaden fishing industry and the R.W. Taylor Fish Factory:

It's good to go back and review what you've researched from time to time. You never know what you might be missing.
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