52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #38 Riverdale, NC --My Favorite Place To Research
Amy Johnson Crow, the author of the blog No Story Too Small, is the host of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt series. If you are not familiar with the project please click on the following link: Announcing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition.
Week 38 (September 17-23) – Favorite Place: What has been your favorite place to research? Which ancestor came from there?
Riverdale, NC has turned out to be my favorite ancestral place to research, thus far. The town is located approximately 9 miles southeast of New Bern.
Image courtesy of Google Maps
It's a small rural community. It always has been. I would have never known about it if I hadn't begun researching my great grandmother Ophelia Jones Bryant of Morehead City. Ophelia's mother Rosa Mitchell Jones came from this small town and so that's how my journey to learn more about Riverdale began.
I believe my 2nd great grandmother Rosa wanted a life that was different from the one her parents had. I don't think she like the isolation of the small farm community she grew up in. She moved to Morehead City in 1880 with her husband Alexander Hamilton Jones and made a life there.
Here's a list of some of my other Riverdale, NC ancestors:
3rd great grandparents Mortimer Mitchell and Annie Taylor Mitchell
Siblings of Rosa Mitchell Jones: Mary Jane Mitchell Sampson, Alfred Mitchell, Maggie Mitchell Thompson.
David Sampson --husband to Mary Jane Mitchell Sampson and their children Annie, Effie, Alfred, Eva and Rosa Sampson Blake.
My 2nd cousin 2x removed Mary Jane Gatlin.
My favorite memory regarding researching my ancestors from this area revolves around my visit to Mt. Olive Church Cemetery in Riverdale a few years ago. It is also known as Riverdale Community Cemetery. You can see pictures I took from that visit here.
I am still lagging behind on these prompts. UggghhhHHHH! (Said A-la Charlie Brown.) One day soon I will catch up. Honestly. Well...at least I'll try :)
On to #39!