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The Book Of Me: Prompt 22 --Daily Routine

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This week's prompt is - Daily Routine(s)

Do you have a daily routine?
Did your parents? Grandparents?
Why did they (or you ) have this routine?
Where did this routine take place?
Structure - Is this important to you? or your family?

I am a person who usually likes doing stuff in order but I have to say, I don't feel like writing about this particular prompt at this time. Now I could try I suppose and get something out but in the end I don't think it would come out right. So for now I am going to skip this one and go on to Prompt 22. That's not to say I won't return to this one at a later time.  

Besides, Prompt 23 is just looking way too intriguing to me right now. 

52 Ancestors: Week #5 -- My Great Grandfather Frank Linwood Bryant

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Frank Linwood Bryant My great grandfather
I am participating in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge put forth by Amy Johnson Crow of the blog No Story Too Small. If you aren't familiar with the challenge be sure to check out her blog.

This week's ancestor is my great grandfather Frank Linwood Bryant. He was the son of my maternal 2nd great grandmother Jonas Bryant and according to his World War I Draft Registration Card was born October 6, 1890 in Morehead City, NC.  One of the my brick walls on my family tree is that I do not know who Frank Bryant's father was.  His mother Jonas never married and had only one other child, Mamie Cole Bryant Johnson, who I featured here on this blog last week. I don't know who Mamie's father was either. The siblings may have had the same father or different fathers. I am still trying to figure this out. 

One of the things that I was told while growing up was that Frank had an angry streak in him. He was a functioning member of soci…

The Book Of Me: Prompt 21 --Hobbies

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This week's prompt is - Hobbies

Childhood hobbies & collections
Did you share a "passion" with a family member or friend?
Tell us about it - How, why, where
Do you still have any old hobbies - the ones that have been with you since childhood?

Do you still have those childhood collections?

One of my favorite ways to spend my time when I was really young was to make cards for family members. I think I did this practically every day. My paternal grandparents would babysit for me and my brother. My grandfather would pick us up from school and as soon as I got in the door of their house I would get to work making new cards. Not only for birthdays or holidays, I would make cards just wishing folks a nice day.  What's really cool for me to see these days is that my little girl…

My Daughter Has The Biggest Heart!

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This picture drawn by my daughter made my week! I love the caption, "Love is a Hart." Thank you sweetie :)

52 Ancestors: Week #4 --Mamie Cole Bryant Johnson Obituary

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I am participating in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge put forth by Amy Johnson Crow of the blog No Story Too Small. If you aren't familiar with the challenge be sure to check out her blog.
I am continuing on with sharing about my Bryant ancestors. So far I have shared about my 3rd great grandparents, Caroline Ellison Bryant and Henry Bryant and their daughter Jonas Bryant.  This post shows the obituary of Jonas's daughter Mamie Cole Bryant Johnson.  My mother recalls that my great grandfather's sister was usual referred to as "Sis Mame."  She was born December 11, 1891 in Morehead City, NC. She appears listed on the 1910 Federal Census listed as Mary in the household of her grandmother, Caroline Bryant.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
Sometime between 1910 and 1920 she married a Robert H. Johnson. I believe she moved with him and spent time in Philadelp…

The Book Of Me: Prompt 20 --The Feeling Of Home

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Prompt 20: The Feeling of Home

This week’s prompt is The Feeling of Home

Home means different things to different people, so this week we are going to explore what it means to us:

What does it feel like?
How do you recognize it?
What makes it home -people, place, time.

1) What does it feel like?

Here's a list of words that come to mind when I think of the feeling of home:

Safe
Warm 
Centered
Grounded
Hopeful
Protected
Honored
Cherished
Loved

It's a place where I can be the truest form of myself.

2) How do you recognize it?

You know it in your heart. Your senses know it. Touch, sight, sound, taste and smell are engaged and aware of it.  For example, it could be the loving touch from a parent or the smell and taste of a food cooked from a family recipe that brings about that feeling of home.  

3) Wha…

Wordless Wednesday: Morehead City Postcards

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I have been enjoying collecting postcards from places where my ancestors lived for some time now. Morehead City on the eastern coast of North Carolina is one of those places.  Recently, I found that I had so many postcards that I started an album to show them off in. Sometimes I find myself turning the pages and daydreaming about how things might have been. Here's a few to start. I will probably feature some more from time to time. 










A couple of pages from the album I started.

52 Ancestors: Week 3 --A Woman Named Jonas Bryant

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I am participating in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge put forth by Amy Johnson Crow of the blog No Story Too Small.  If you aren't familiar with the challenge be sure to check out her blog.

I have alway been curious about the origin of my maternal 2nd great grandmother's name, Jonas Bryant.  Why the name Jonas? I thought that was typically a man's name. It would seem to me that for her to be named this, there must be some sort of family connection, but to who? Jonas Bryant's parents were Henry Bryant and Caroline Ellison Bryant who I featured already in the 52 Ancestors Prompt Series.  I know who Caroline's siblings were and none of them were named Jonas. Could the name have been of significance to her father Henry?

From Wikipedia I found this information regarding the meaning of the name Jonas.

The name "Jonas" has several meanings, and the meanings vary depending upon the several origins of the name. The Hebrew version of the name means Dove; a symb…

The Book Of Me: Prompt 19 --Who Do You Miss Most?

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This week’s prompt is Who Do You Miss Most?

Having just gone through the Festive season our thoughts turn to those not with us.

Whether that is people who live elsewhere and that we will not see over the festive season
People that have passed away.
Who do you miss?
Why do you miss them?
Them as an individual
Something specific to them.

Talk about a tough question. I think the answer changes day to day based on the circumstances that particular day brings. I do have to say that I often find myself missing the hugs and kisses that my grandmothers would give.  When I was little I would call each of them Mom Mom. I had three grandmother’s so that would be three Mom Moms.  That sense of comfort that a hug from Mom Mom would bring is what I miss most when I am feeling down.  I miss the sound of my G…

The Kelleher Men

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My son is pictured in the center then clockwise is his father Tom Kelleher, his grandfather, John "Jack" Kelleher, great grandfather, Joseph Raymond Kelleher, great great grandfather, John J Kelleher, and great great great grandfather, Dennis Kelleher.

If you missed my post from yesterday, here's the link:  Thankful Thursday: So Thankful To Be Able To Create A Treasure Like This! I have been playing around with making collages using an online service called Fotor Photo Collage.  The collage I made yesterday featured my daughter's maternal lineage. I didn't want my son to feel left out so here are the Kelleher men.

Thankful Thursday: So Thankful To Be Able To Create A Treasure Like This!

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Pictured center is my daughter and then rounding clockwise you have me, my mother,
 grandmother, Mary Bryant Horton, great grandmother, Ophelia Jones Bryant,
  and great great grandmother, Rosa Mitchell Jones.

I am pleased as punch with myself for just finishing this collage! I used a free online service called Fotor Photo Collage and uploaded my images into one of their templates and Presto! There you have it. Oooh I am excited. I have a new toy to play with.

The Book Of Me: Prompt 18 --First Present Or Gift

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This week’s prompt is First Present or Gift

Can you remember it?
Who bought it for you?
Do you still have it?
Pictures or a description
Other special gifts?

For this prompt, I referred to my baby book for answers. I am so glad my mom took the time to fill out these pages. No I can't remember receiving these things but I think it is really cool to look at who were the people who were there to share in the joy of my parents new arrival --me! :)





Gifts To Welcome Baby

List gifts and from whom

Grandmother Horton -mattress & bumper for crib
Grandmother & dad Murrell outfit to come home for the hospital in. Grandfather & Mother Vadnie, bunting yellow & baby carry seat.
Aunt Rosa, crib sheets & blankets.
Aunt Janice, wool lacy pink dress
Margie Roachford - white wool dress & tig…

52 Ancestors: Week #2 --Henry Bryant

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I am participating in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge put forth by Amy Johnson Crow of the blog No Story Too Small. If you aren't familiar with the challenge be sure to check out her blog.

It seemed logical to continue sharing about my Bryant ancestors since I started the challenge with a post about my 3rd great grandmother, Caroline Ellison Bryant.  If you missed that post here's the link:  52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks #1 Caroline Ellison Bryant

Henry Bryant was my 3rd great grandfather and the husband of Caroline Ellison Bryant. According to the death certificate, of one of his children, it appears he was also from Beaufort County, NC, like his wife. I believe he was born sometime around 1830 based on the data I found on the Federal Census. 

On the 1870 and 1880 Censuses, Henry's occupation is noted as a laborer. Now I have a hunch that my 3rd great grandfather may have been associated with the Atlantic Hotel when it was in Beaufort and then later when it was rebuilt in…