Monday, March 31, 2014

Yesterday Was A Good Day!

Yesterday was one of those days when you get a surprise and you are just floored and excited all at the same time. I was having my morning coffee and checking into Facebook, reading my news feed when I noticed I had a new friend request. I didn't recognize the name but noticed we had a friend in common and they were from North Carolina so I accepted his request. A couple of minutes go by and then. Bam! There it was. I gasped and my hand went to cover my mouth as I stared in awe at two wonderful faces. Faces I've waited so long to see and there they were. There they were!

These ladies were two of the children of David Sampson and Mary Jane Mitchell Sampson. This is how I am connected to them. My 2nd great grandmother Rosa Mitchell Jones was their mother's sister. I have to send out a huge thanks to a gentleman by the name of Michael Grushinski who had this wonderful picture of my 1st cousins 3x removed.  Thank you for sharing your memories of them with me. This picture was taken on the family land sometime during the 1960's

You know I can't stop smiling!

You can read more about Annie and Effie in these posts:

Thankful Thursday: Thank Goodness For The Kindness Of Strangers --Part One

Thank Goodness For The Kindness Of Strangers --Part Two

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fearless Females: Genealogy Trading Card For Rosa Mitchell Jones

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.

Something About Me Saturday: Oh How They've Grown!

It's been awhile since I've done a Something About Me Saturday post so I thought I would put one out there. This whole motherhood thing has a way of making time fly. Today, I did a little reminiscing. I found an album that a lovely lady who used to watch my kids made. Initially, "Ms. Betsy" was my son's pre-school teacher when he was three. The summer before my son started kindergarten, Ms. Betsy was such a wonderful help. She watched my kids for me for part of the day so I could run my mommy errands and get a break. At the end of that summer she surprised me with a small album of photos. It amazes me how much they have grown since these pictures were taken. 

November 2013

Friday, March 28, 2014

52 Ancestors: #9 --Rosa Mitchell Jones

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.

When I think of my 2nd great grandmother Rosa Mitchell Jones, the Nike slogan, "Just do it," comes to mind.  I believe she was someone who if she put her mind towards doing something, she did it.

I think that early on Rosa had big dreams. I think she wanted something different from what her parents had. She wanted to be out of the woods and near the ocean. Her ambitious spirit was longing to see more sky. I think she may have also had an eye for nice things. She would need to go where there was opportunity.  As soon as she knew of the place, I bet she had eyes on Morehead City. That would be the place where she would create her new life.

Rosa Mitchell was born sometime around 1860 or 1861 to a Mortimer Mitchell and Annie Taylor of Riverdale, North Carolina. Riverdale is a small community just 9 miles south of New Bern. Here's the family group on the 1870 Federal Census.

 Source Information: 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009.

This is the only census that shows Rosa/"Raseter" living with her parents Mortimer and Annie in Riverdale. Two other siblings were listed at home, Alfred and Mary. Rosa's father would go on to purchase his own land in 1878. I think with his example to look up to, my 2x great grandmother was determined to go forth and become a property owner as well. 

It's noted in the North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979 Index and Images, that she married Alexander Hamilton Jones on June 4, 1880 at her parent's home. She was 19 at the time. Her name was noted on the Federal Census just 6 days later living with her husband and his family in Morehead Township. She had made it to Morehead and had begun crafting her life.

How would her life unfold? Would she become a property owner. The answer is yes! On this copy of an old Morehead City map I have highlighted in blue the properties that my 2nd great grandparents owned.

Rosa and Alexander Jones were both hard workers. He worked as a fisherman and she as a laundress, and landlord.They raised four children together -- Lovey, Cesar, Mary, and my great grandmother Ophelia. Besides being able to purchase property, they were able to earn enough money to further educate their children. Lovey Jones Watson became a professional nurse, while Mary E Jones Wooten Price and Ophelia Jones Bryant both became teachers. Their son Cesar M Jones died at the age of 12. If he had lived, I am sure he would have gone on to do great things.

After the death of her husband Alexander in 1915, she continued to collect rents and helped raise her grandson Frank Mitchell Jones and granddaughter Madeline T Harris.  

Rosa Mitchell Jones died on October 3, 1931 from acute gastritis.

She is buried at Bayview Cemetery in Morehead City. 

It's interesting to note that on her death certificate it shows her date of birth July 17,1880. Perhaps the month and day is correct, but certainly not the year. 

Rosa Mitchell Jones

You can learn more about my 2nd great grandmother Rosa Mitchell Jones on the following posts:  

Amanuensis Monday: The Will of Rosa Mitchell Jones

Some Answers...More Questions

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm.... My Native American Roots And Discoveries.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Book Of Me: Prompt 27 --Cars And Transport

Image courtesy of  ammer Stock Image - image ID: 100166798 /

If you are not familiar with this wonderful project that was created by Julie Goucher of the Angler's Rest blog, please refer to this link:

This week's prompt is - Cars and Transport

Did you have a car in your family while you were growing up?
What methods of transport were there? And what did you & your family typically use?
Your Driving Test
Where Did you learn? - Can you drive?
Your first car?
Your Favourite Car?
Do you name your cars?
Can you remember the registration details? 

1) Did you have a car in your family while you were growing up?

Yes, our family had a car while I was growing up. I remember vaguely, my parent's first car. It was an early 1970's gold two door Chevrolet Impala. I remember being fascinated with the fact it only had two doors and that you had to fold the front seat forward in order to sit in the back. 

The next car I remember was our dark green Plymouth. I think the model year was either a 1977 or 1978.  This car seemed so huge to me, like limousine huge. I was a little kid at the time so pretty much everything seemed huge. This car had a sense of "cool" about it, that is until it would stall out on us ever time we pulled out of our block in the morning. 

My parents leaning up against our green Plymouth.

The next car my parents bought was a red 1982 Oldsmobile Omega. My brother learned how to drive using that car. The last two cars I would ride in as a kid living at home with my parents were a blue 1984 Volvo GL Sedan and a silver 1987 Volvo DL station wagon.  I have to say this about those Volvos, they were very comfortable, well made and reliable. Whenever I think about those cars, I can't help but think about a certain scene from the 1990 movie Crazy People. 

2) What methods of transport were there? And what did you & your family typically use?

I grew up living in Cambria Heights, NY until I was almost 10. My mother would drive my brother and I to school in the morning when we both attended St Pascal's Elementary School in St Alban's, Queens, NY. When my brother started high school, she would drop him off near a city bus stop and he would take that to get to school. My mother, who worked as a social worker drove to work except for the days she had to go to court for clients in Manhattan. On those days she would take public transportation to get where she needed to go. My father worked in Manhattan and he would take the subway into work. Sometimes my paternal grandmother, Ethel Murrell, would take us to the city or my father's sister Janice would do the same. We would take the subway. I still fondly remember riding the E train to the last stop at the old World Trade Center.

Once our family moved to Lake Ronkonkoma, my parents then commuted to work on the Long Island Railroad. When they were off from work we used cars to get around Long Island or visit our extended family in Queens.

3) Your Driving Test

I took my driving test when I was in my junior year of college. I think it was in the Spring of 1993. Baxter's Driving School in Johnson City, NY had a package deal that you could get two lessons and then take the road test. It was the cheapest package they had and I was a poor college student so that was the one I signed up for. It worked out because I passed the road test on my first try.

4) Your first car?

My parents gave me that "boxy but good" blue '84 Volvo. That car was a tank and I had it until 2002.

5) Your Favourite Car?

I have owned only 3. 

The '84 Volvo, a white model year 2000 Toyota Corolla, and what I am driving now a silver 2007 Toyota Rav 4. I like what I am driving right now the best by far.

6) Do you name your cars?


Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Funny: Okay I Am An Idiot Because I Should Have Realized This Sooner

Friday Funny:  Okay I Am An Idiot Because I Should Have Realized This Sooner  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Okay, I am an idiot because I should have realized this sooner. What's this you may ask? The this I am talking about is that I am old enough to have a grown-ass child! Why didn't I realize this sooner?

I actually had this realization about a month ago when I was shopping at the grocery store. While I was waiting on line to pay, my ears couldn't help but pick up on the conversation taking place in front of me. A very nice older woman (well...older than I) was talking with the cashier.  The cashier looked to me to be about college-aged and as the two were chatting away about the day's events it soon came out that in fact, she was 19. She's adorable, petite, brown hair with big innocent eyes talking about how she'll speak to anyone. She was just brought up that way. Young or old it didn't matter. She found people interesting and liked to know what was on their minds. Well anyway, this sweet cashier continued talking and I am looking at her and that's when it hits me. She's 19. I am 41. I say to myself "OMG, I am old enough to be her mother." When the heck did that all happen?!

I used to be her. Young. Innocent. The world and my life all in front of me. I thought there was all this time before I would be in my forties. It was way off in the distance, like some island you can only catch a glimpse of while it sits in the mist on the ocean.

But now I am me. The lady hanging out, waiting to pay for groceries so she can feed her hungry family at home. I am the one making the lunches and kissing the heads of children as they get on the school bus in the morning. I am the woman who now has extra junk in her trunk but knows how to camouflage those extra pounds that have creeped up on her over the years.

Why now, was I realizing this? I had my first child at 32. Was it because I was later than most but earlier than some arriving to the world of motherhood? I don't know. I guess it was just meant to be that moment. 

I had a great time sharing with the cashier and the lady in front of me this revelation of mine. The older lady being checked out laughed and kind of looked at me like I was a little nut-zo. My cashier lady however smiled and laughed and we had a grand old time about it. I couldn't help but pass on the the cliched wisdom of "Enjoy every moment, because it goes by way too fast."  

Now my cashier friend and I usually see other at least once a week and she has kindly adopted me.  If she sees me on her line she doesn't miss a beat and says "Hi Mom. How's it going today?"  This usually brings about a few curious stares. We laugh and carry on a bit until she's done checking out the groceries. She makes it a point to throw in a "Take care, mom," as I head on out the door.

Anyway, I'm not having any crisis about my age. I am totally cool with being 41. But I am sure a lot of you out there can probably relate to this. There's those moments in your life when you say wait a minute, how did I get to be this age? Feel free to share your moments in the comments. 

© 2014, copyright Andrea Kelleher. All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

52 Ancestors: #8 --Alexander Hamilton Jones

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 post is regarding my maternal 2nd great grandfather, Alexander Hamilton Jones.

He was one of the 6 children of Cesar Jones and Mary H Mitchel Jones. Born in Swansboro, Onslow County, NC on or about March 5, 1852, he moved with the other members of the Jones family to Morehead City, NC by 1880. Although, I haven't been able to locate the family group on the 1870 Federal Census, I suspect that the Jones clan was living in or around the Riverdale, North Carolina area during this time.  This suspicion is based on the fact that he went on to marry my 2nd great grandmother Rosa Mitchell of that town on June 4, 1880. 

"North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 ," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Mar 2014), Alexander H Jone and Rosetta Mitchell, 04 Jun 1880; citing Craven, North Carolina, United States; FHL microfilm 000288302.

Date:  June 2, 1880 
 Mitchell, Rosetta  Race:  C Age:  19  Married by H. R. Pelham, at the Mitchell's Residence. Title:  --Bapt.  Date: June 4, 1880.  Witness:  Addie Williams.

 Jone, Alexander H. Race:  C Age:  27  Witnesses: William Allen, David Sampson.

**Here's an interesting side note regarding the witnesses. William Allen was a brother to a Chloe Allen Mitchell. Chloe Allen Mitchell was married to Rosa's older brother, Alfred Mitchell. David Sampson would go on to marry Rosa's younger sister Mary Mitchell in 1885.

Alexander and Rosa Jones were parents to 6 children but only 4 lived long enough to be found in any records. 

Lovey Ann Jones Harris Watson (January 14, 1883--June 2, 1948)

Cesar M Jones (December 6, 1885--June 3, 1898)

Mary E Jones Wooten Price (January 1888--1942)

Ophelia T Jones Bryant (November 20, 1894--February 20, 1939) 
--my great grandmother

By 1900, my 2nd great grandparents were property owners in Morehead City.  Evidence of this can be found on the 1900 Federal Census. It appears that Alexander was able to earn a decent income from his occupation as fisherman.

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

**Note that Alexander is shown living next door to his older brother Oliver Jones. Both own their homes free and clear.

Alexander Jones was still working as a fisherman in 1910. Sadly he didn't live long enough to make it to the next census. From all their hard work, he and his wife Rosa were able to acquire several properties in Morehead City before his death in 1915.  He and his wife's parents had land so it's great to see this tradition of owning property going forth into the next generation.

My 2nd great grandfather died of "Pernicious Anemia" on May 22, 1915.

I found a definition of Pernicious anemia on the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's website, here's the link if you would like to read more about it.

Pernicious anemia is a type of anemia. The term "anemia" usually refers to a condition in which the blood has a lower than normal number of red blood cells. In pernicious anemia, the body can't make enough healthy red blood cells because it doesn't have enough vitamin B12.

Without enough vitamin B12, your red blood cells don't divide normally and are too large. They may have trouble getting out of the bone marrow—a sponge-like tissue inside the bones where blood cells are made.

Without enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to your body, you may feel tired and weak. Severe or long-lasting pernicious anemia can damage the heart, brain, and other organs in the body.

Pernicious anemia also can cause other problems, such as nerve damage, neurological problems (such as memory loss), and digestive tract problems. People who have pernicious anemia also may be at higher risk for weakened bone strength and stomach cancer.


The term “pernicious” means “deadly.”  The condition is called pernicious anemia because it often was fatal in the past, before vitamin B12 treatments were available. Now, pernicious anemia usually is easy to treat with vitamin B12 pills or shots.

With ongoing care and proper treatment, most people who have pernicious anemia can recover, feel well, and live normal lives.

Without treatment, pernicious anemia can lead to serious problems with the heart, nerves, and other parts of the body. Some of these problems may be permanent.

To me it's sad that Alexander had to suffer with this disease which is so easily treatable these days. Makes me want to go take some vitamins right now. You know what I'm saying?!

Original Image courtesy of Find a Grave. Photo taken by Mojo Warren.
Modifications to photo done by me on

Alexander Hamilton Jones
(March 5, 1852--May 22, 1915)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Birthday In Heaven Grandma!

Vadnie Randolph Sutton Harrison
(March 17, 1924--January 27, 1998)

Happy Birthday in Heaven Grandma!

You can read more about my grandma Vadnie on the following posts:

The Book Of Me: Prompt 26 --Technology

First flight, 120 feet in 12 seconds, 10:35 a.m.; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 
First flight, December 17, 1903
Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

If you are not familiar with this wonderful project that was created by Julie Goucher of the Angler's Rest blog, please refer to this link:

This week's prompt is - Technology
What technology changes did your ancestors see?
What technology changes have you seen?
Did your family own one of those early changes? - such as television
Do you like or dislike technology?
What do you think has been the best technological change in your lifetime and historically?

What technology changes did your ancestors see?

So much has changed in regards to technology through the years that it seems almost impossible to talk about it all. I am going to use my paternal grandfather Harold Murrell as an example for this exercise. He was born on August 16, 1903 in St Philip Parish, Barbados, so the changes he saw in technology until his death in 1996 were just absolutely astounding. 

He went from this in the early years of his life...

"Labourers Heading Cane To The Mill"
Image courtesy of the book Bygone Barbados by Ann Watson Yates
(My grandfather is not pictured here but this gives you an idea of the life he left behind when he left the island.) this.

Me and grandpa sitting on the front steps of his house.
(Picture was taken in the mid 1980's)

Here's a timeline of some things that occurred during his lifetime:

1903 --First Flight by the Wright Bros.

1908 --First production Ford Model T left the factory on September 27, 1908

1913 --Crossword puzzle invented. (Good thing too, because my grandpa loved doing his crossword puzzles.)

1919 --Pop-up toaster was invented Charles Strite.

1928 --Penicillin discoverd by Alexander Fleming

1938 --The ball-point pen patented by Ladislo Biro in Paris

1945 --First atomic bomb test.

1951 --Video tape recorder invented by Charles P. Ginsburg.

1958 --The first computer modem.

1962 --Philips invented the Compact Cassette medium for audio storage. (cassette tapes)

1972 --Word processor invented

1975 --The laser printer.

1981 --MS-DOS

1985 --The introduction of Microsoft Windows operating system.

1989 --High definition Television

1993 -- The Pentium processor.

1996 --Web TV

**Information for this timeline came from the following website:

If I could just go back in time and have one more conversation with him, one of the things I would ask is what he thought about all the changes he had seen during his lifetime.

What technology changes have you seen?

Did your family own one of those early changes? - such as television

Here are 5 things that I grew up with that you no longer see:

Black and white TVs --my brother used to have one in his bedroom when we were kids. My first TV set that I purchased on my own was black and white. This was back in 1990 when I was a freshman in college. 

Rabbit Ears (Antennaes) for the television --Now most people have cable or satellite television so clear reception really isn't much of an issue anymore.

Mix Tapes --The art of creating the perfect Mix Tape. Ahh yes I remember those days. You would go through your music collection (which was also on cassette tape) and pick and choose the perfect songs and record them on yes another cassette tape in just the right order so you would have the perfect mood music for a date or hanging out with friends. Now we have iPods and Pandora to do this for us. 

Rotary Phones  --We were rotary phone hold-outs.  Touch-tone service cost more money so we stuck with those old school phones until I think the mid 1990's. I will have to double check with mom on this one.

Typewriters and Word-Processors  --I had both. The first typewriter I ever used was an old green one my parents had. I don't even know what brand it was. When I reached high school, my parents bought me an electric Smith Corona typewriter and then before I went away to college I moved up to a Word Processor. It had a little four inch screen and had it's own little hard discs to save my work on. I thought I had arrived when I received that thing. Now those pieces of equipment are things of the past. I can't live without my laptop now.

Do you like or dislike technology?

I love technology. Anything that makes my quality of life even better, I can get on board with.

What do you think has been the best technological change in your lifetime and historically?

In my lifetime --personal computers and the internet. 
Historically  --Penicillin (Can't do much if you're dead.)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Another Memory Board --Murrell Family

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.

Another Memory Board --Murrell Family  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
(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 all these faces together in one spot. I like visiting with my ancestors through pictures. Too bad the pictures can't give hugs. :)

© 2014, copyright Andrea Kelleher. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

52 Ancestors: Week #7 --Mary H Mitchel Jones

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 I've decided to continue on with my Jones family line and do a post on my 3rd great grandmother, Mary H Mitchel Jones.

I remember the first time I ever came across her name was on the death certificate for her son, my 2nd great grandfather, Alexander Hamilton Jones.  What a great moment to have at last a name. I wanted her to grow and become so much more to me, so I continued digging.

Source Information: North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975 [database on-line]. 
Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.

I have often wondered if this entry from the North Carolina County Marriage Index is for my 3rd great grandparents.

Source Information: North Carolina, Marriage Collection, 1741-2004 [database on-line]. 
Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.

Name and address of intended husband:  Cesar Jones 
Name and address of inteded wife:  Mary Hawkins
Date issued:  12-20-1838
Date of Marriage: 7/7/1866

I've wondered if the middle initial "H" was for Hawkins. Perhaps this record was for another couple altogether.

Mary and Cesar Jones became property owners before 1900, a fact of which I am quite proud of. I learned of this when I reviewed Mary's will.  Upon their deaths, my 3rd great grandparents were able to pass down a house and a lot, as well as 9 shares of Shepard's Point Land Company stock to their kids.  You can read about the details of her will on my post Amanuensis Monday: The Will Of Mary Mitchel Jones.

Here's an example of a Shepard's Point Land Company Stock Certificate.

Image courtesy of the book, "A Pictorial History Of Morehead City, 1714-1981"

To learn more about the Shepard's Point Land Company and the formation of Morehead City, click on this link:

If you missed my post about her husband, Cesar Jones, you can click here.

Original Image courtesy of Find A Grave. Photo taken by Mojo Warren

Mary H Mitchel Jones
My 3rd great grandmother
Stone reads:  Mary M. wife of Cesar Jones, Born Jan. 21, 1823, died Feb. 22, 1900.
I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.

Bayview Cemetery, Morehead City, NC

Fearless Females --Gone Too Soon --March 11

**This post was originally featured here on this blog on March 11, 2013.

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 11 — Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

Ophelia Jones Bryant
November 20, 1894--February 20, 1939
Age at time of death:  44

Carrie Whitney Harrison
October 11, 1897--August 1, 1939
Age when she died:  41

Both of my maternal great grandmothers died before my mother was born so sadly she didn't get the opportunity to know them. When they passed away, they left children who still needed rearing. The ages of Ophelia Bryant's three youngest were 16, 13, and 11. The three sisters, Mary, Rosa, and Eloise were going be sent to live with different relatives, until their older sister stepped in to help. With the assistance of her husband Luther Gywnn, my aunt Loris was able to enroll Rosa and Eloise, at Laurinberg Boarding School. My grandmother Mary attended Fayetteville Teacher's College, but but didn't complete her studies there. Eventually she made her way to New York and met my grandfather Lemuel Harrison. I'd bet there was an immediate sense of connection felt by my grandparents upon meeting. They had in common the experience of losing their mothers at a young age. Both of their mothers died in the same year no less --1939.

When my great grandmother Carrie Harrison died, things in her household became very difficult. According to the 1940 census, there were five children still living with their father, John Harrison. Their ages were 6, 7, 8, 13, and 16. An infant son was raised by my great grandfather's sister Betty. There were two other children, James and Earl, who would have been under the age of 18 at the time of Carrie's death. I haven't been able to find them on the 1940 census. Perhaps they were living with another relative at that time to ease the burden on their father. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Book Of Me: Prompt 25 --Love

If you are not familiar with this wonderful project that was created by Julie Goucher of the Angler's Rest blog, please refer to this link:

This week’s prompt is Love

Love comes in varying shapes and sizes
I love you
I love ice cream
I love the smell of rain, Spring, toast
I love my (insert your family member, pet etc)
There is no right or wrong way to love….or is there?
Define what love means to you.

This week's prompt I've decided to tackle by just letting my mind babble out what first comes to mind when I think of love.

What does love mean to you?

Love is what makes this thing called life all worth it. 
It's the glue that keeps families together.
It's what a mother feels as she smells the top of her newborn baby's head.
It's the hug and comfort a crying child needs.
It's roses presented to the man or woman you love.
It's a declaration.
It's devotion.
It's being open even when someone else's heart is closed.
It's the essence of being alive.
It's why we are here. 
It's love.

There is no right or wrong way to love….or is there?

If your love is conditional, then you're doing it wrong.

These are some of the things I love in no particular order.

I love...
my husband
my kids 
my family
my best friend
the colors green, blue, and purple
the beach
blue skies with big fluffy clouds
being in love

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wedding Wednesday on Thursday: My Grandparents Marriage License Reveals A Surprise!

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

Yesterday was one of those days for me when simply there's just not enough time in the day to get everything you want done accomplished. So here we go folks with Wedding Wednesday on Thursday! (Smile)

Last year I shared on my post called Fearless Females --Marriage Records --Ethel Smith and Harold Murrell, a little about the wedding of my paternal grandparents. When I wrote that piece, I had not obtained yet a copy of their marriage record from the New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives.  Well this past December I decided to remedy this and sent off a request for the document. Guess what came in the mail last week? That's right and I found a nice surprise when I opened the envelope.



I learned from my father a few years ago that Adam Clayton Powell Sr. had married his parents Harold Murrell and Ethel Smith at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. Sure enough, there's Powell Sr.'s signature on the line labeled "person performing the ceremony."  The surprise I found out was that along with my great grandmother Ella Dixon being present, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was also a witness to the marriage. 

Now how cool is that!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

52 Ancestors: Week #6 --Cesar Jones

Cesar Jones
(Born about 1814--1821--died August 14, 1899)
My 3rd great grandfather
Bayview Cemetery, Morehead City, NC

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've decided for this week to highlight a different branch of my family tree. This ancestor is from Jones family line. His name was Cesar Jones and he was my 3rd great grandfather.

This is what I know of his life. From the 1880 Federal Census it was noted that he was born in Onslow County, North Carolina sometime around 1814.   According to his son Alexander Hamilton Jones's death certificate he was born in Swansboro. I believe he was a slave of one of the wealthy Jones families, of that county prior to the Civil War. and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. 
Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. 

He and his wife Mary H. Mitchel Jones had at least 6 children together. 

Louis Oliver Jones (January 14, 1838--December 28, 1925)
Violet Ann Jones Devaughn (October 21, 1845--December 2, 1880)
Alexander Hamilton Jones --my 2x great grandfather
(March 5, 1852--May 22, 1915)
William Henry Jones (July 5,1854?--October 30, 1919?)
Elizabeth Jones (about 1863--May 17, 1946)
Caroline Jones (born?--died?))

A number of the descendants of Cesar and Mary Jones went on to become medical professionals. On my branch of the tree, a daughter of my 2x great grandfather Alexander Hamilton Jones, a Mrs. Lovie Jones Watson went on to become a registered nurse. Three of the sons of William Henry Jones were dentists (Oscar Dunn Jones, Caeser N. Jones and James Edward Jones) and another was a promising medical student before he died (William Thomas Jones.) I wonder if the seed for this was planted by my 3x great grandfather. Did he stress the importance of education with his children and then successive generations passed it on from there?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fearless Females: March 3rd -- Unique or Unusual Female First Names In My Family Tree.

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 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you've come across in your family tree.

I don't share a first name with any of my female ancestors. At least that's what it looks like as of now. The name Andrea was just a name that both my parents liked.

On my family tree there are a couple of woman who have unique first names. Two in particular stand out in my head. 

The first name that I think of as being a bit unusual would be my the name of my maternal 2nd great grandmother, Jonas Bryant. The only other woman named Jonas I have come across would be Jonas's granddaughter, Jonas Barco. I get the feeling that there was some sort of prior family significance to this name. Perhaps my 2x great grandmother was named after a male relative from an earlier generation. I am still searching for the answer to this.

You can read more about Jonas Bryant here: 

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

The Earrings

The other female relative with an interesting name in my tree would be the wife of my 1st cousin 2x removed Harkless Wooten. His wife's name was Clifford McGhee Wooten. She was a kind and talented lady. Harkless and Clifford built and ran the Edgewater Motel in Morehead City. 

To find out more about Clifford McGhee Wooten, take a look at the following posts:

Sunday's Obituary: Clifford McGhee Wooten

Talented Tuesday: Clifford and Harkless Wooten

(And yes today is March 4th. I did a big ol' one of these last night so that's why this post is coming out a bit late.)

Image courtesy of  David Castillo Dominici/

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Fearless Females: March 2nd --Post A Photo Of One Of Your Female Ancestors --Ophelia Jones Bryant

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.

I participated last year in some of the prompts. I am going to try again this year.  In her own words from her blog, Lisa Alzo says "you can choose to do some of them, or all of them--there's no pressure--it's meant to be a fun exercise to focus on the women and make sure their stories are told! What's nice about participation is that there is no pressure."

Ophelia Jones Bryant
(November 20, 1894--February 20, 1939)
My great grandmother

March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?

Plain and simple without this photo, I would not have begun this genealogy journey of mine. My great grandmother Ophelia's photograph struck a chord in me somewhere long ago. There's just something about that gaze that gets me every time I look at it.  It's as if she's saying to me, "Do you see me? Do you really see me? I see you."

This photograph was taken when my grandmother Mary (the baby in her lap) was about six months old. That would make the year it was taken 1923.

The Book Of Me: Prompt 24 --Favorite Color

If you are not familiar with this wonderful project that was created by Julie Goucher of the Angler's Rest blog, please refer to this link:

Prompt 24: Favorite Color

This week’s prompt is Favorite Color

Do you have a favorite color? and if so why?
Do you like vibrant colors or darker colors?
Do you associate anyone with a particular color? If so who and why?
Does your favorite color reflect your personality?

Do you have a favorite color? and if so why?

I love me some green! To me, green is the color of life.  It means growth and opportunity to me. I love all shades of green, well maybe except army green or the color of pea soup (the movie The Exorcist kind of messed me up on the latter one.) Anyway, I love seeing the greening up of the lawn as the weather warms up as Spring creeps in. I love how lush and green everything looks come summertime. I also love seeing the last few hold outs of green leaves on the trees in the Fall. Where there is green, there is life and that is where I want to be. 

My other favorite color would be blue. I love the different hues of blue that can be seen in the sky or in the ocean.  Blue to me is the color of daydreams and I am certainly a day dreamer. 

I could just stare at water like this all day!

Unfortunately, water looks more like this right 
now where I live. Oh well. (sigh)

Do you like vibrant colors or darker colors?

I lean toward more vibrant colors when looking at art or in nature. Jewel tones I am drawn to. I think those tones look fabulous on people of color. For my home surroundings, I favor warm neutrals. This gives me a peaceful sort of vibe when I return home from a busy day. I am not a fan of dark colors on interior walls. Living in the northeast I crave every piece of light I can get in these winter months. I don't need to be in an environment that is unnecessarily dark. No sir. Give me light, PLEASE!

Do you associate anyone with a particular color? If so who and why?

I associate the color green with my Aunt Janice, my father's late sister. She was a wonderful lady. She had a great sense of humor and a wonderful laugh that I will always remember. I mean when she found something funny she would just go with it and just laugh and laugh. I just loved this. Oh how I miss her now. Well anyway, green reminds me of her.  I had asked her when I was little what her favorite color was and she surprised me when she answered green. I couldn't quite understand it. My world was all about the pink at that time. My bedroom was pink. My favorite stuffed animal was pink. Even bubble gum was pink. I mean how could she not like pink? Then she explained to me why.

She liked being outside and looking at the trees and grass. The color made her feel happy. I was intrigued but at that time she couldn't change my mind about how I felt about pink. Eventually, I did come around though.

Does your favorite color reflect your personality?

I think green relects my personality. I've been doing a lot of work on myself this past year.  My mind is definitely in a happier and healthier place due to changes I've made in my life. Green is a happy color and though Kermit the Frog may say, "It isn't easy being green," I am enjoying it rather much these days.
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