Not So Wordless Wednesday : Fletcher R White --Another Role Model For Sylvia Sheppard Bryant

Not So Wordless Wednesday:  Fletcher R White --Another Role Model For Sylvia Sheppard Bryant --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

In the beginning of July, I wrote about my step great grandmother Sylvia Sheppard Bryant. Her early years were not easy ones due to her mother's suicide. If you missed those posts, here are the links:  





Thankfully there were two sisters who took in and cared for young Sylvia Sheppard.  I featured in part three of my series on Sylvia a news article regarding Mrs. Ethel Riddick French. The other lady who helped my step great grandmother was Mrs. Fletcher Riddick White.


Not So Wordless Wednesday:  Fletcher R White --Another Role Model For Sylvia Sheppard Bryant --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information Ancestry.com. Virginia, Death Records, 
1912-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Virginia, Deaths, 1912–2014. Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia.


Fletcher's death certificate shows that she was about 76 years old at the time of her death. That would make her birth year approximately 1885. Based on the information found on the 1900 Federal Census, it was something closer to November 1877.

Not So Wordless Wednesday:  Fletcher R White --Another Role Model For Sylvia Sheppard Bryant --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Western Branch, Norfolk, Virginia; Roll: 1720; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 0047; FHL microfilm: 1241720

In any event, Fletcher Riddick worked as a "coypyist in an office" that year. She would spend a few years teaching prior to her marrying a William White of Portsmouth, VA.  She was a teacher just like her sister Ethel French. I guess we know for sure where my step great grandmother Sylvia got her inspiration to become a teacher from.

By 1930, Fletcher had changed occupations once more and was shown to be working as a seamstress according to the census for that year. She would continue on in this occupation for the rest of her life. 

For the life of me, I don't know where I placed some newspaper clippings I found and printed up a few years ago that mentioned Sylvia visiting the home she grew up in at 1502 King St in Portsmouth. I did find one I had saved to my computer from back in the day. I will take this as a sign that I must do some housekeeping and get better organized with the things I've printed up.
Not So Wordless Wednesday:  Fletcher R White --Another Role Model For Sylvia Sheppard Bryant --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Personal Mention from the Norfolk Journal and Guide,
 December 28, 1946, Pg. C14

Fletcher R White passed away on May 14, 1961. She's buried at Mount Olive Cemetery in Portsmouth City, VA. What a wonderful surprise to find on the Find A Grave Memorial for Fletcher that fellow genealogist Nadia K. Orton had taken the photograph for it.

Thanks so much Nadia for all that you do regarding the restoration and preservation of African American cemeteries of Portsmouth, VA. Be sure to check out her website: The African American Historic Cemeteries of Portsmouth, Virginia

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