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This Came Monday And Of Course Now I Have More Questions

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My great grandmother  Ophelia T Jones Bryant
I have to start this post off by saying that my mom is so cool about me calling her about all my random genealogy questions. Thanks mom for putting up with me :) 



SS-5 Application for Ophelia Jones Bryant
This form came on Monday and I have to say, I completely forgot that I had made a mail request for my maternal great grandmother Ophelia Jones Bryant's Social Security Number Application. I think I sent off for it about three months ago. Well anyway it's neat to see something that she filled out herself. Back in July of this year on my post, The Little Details Can Mean So Much, I mentioned how at last I was able to learn what Ophelia's middle initial T stood for. By doing a search for her in Ancestry.com's U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 , I found out her middle name was Thomson/Thompson. 

Now that I have a copy of this form, I have a couple of new questions. My great grandmother Ophelia was born …

Thankful Thursday: Wishing Everyone A Very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Something About Me Saturday: Wish Me Luck! I'm Going To Another Fencing Tournament Tomorrow

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Here are a couple of pictures from the event I attended in October. Sending out a big thanks to my best friend for capturing these. Tomorrow's event is at Binghamton University again. Last time, I fenced foil and came in 10th out of 17 fencers. Wish me luck! Hoping I can at least do that or better this time. We'll see what happens.







No matter what, I know I will have fun!




52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #43 Charles H Whitney --Ooops I Thought I Had Already Written About You

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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 43 (October 22-28) – Oops. An ancestor who made an “oops,” or one that you made while researching one of them. (We’ve all done it, believe me!)

My first oops here is that I am a tad behind on these prompts. (Sigh) Well, I'll get caught up when I get caught up. 

The second oops is that I thought I had already written a blog post about my 2nd great grand uncle, Charles H Whitney. I've written about his siblings, Augustus and Samuel. Samuel Whitney was my 2nd great grandfather. You can read about him and his brother Augustus in these posts:


52 Ancestors: #15 Samuel Whitney --Who Or What What Were You Driving Around?

Juneteenth Junction: Paying Tribute To Augustus Whitney

But what about Charles H Whitney? What was his story?

I believ…

Her First Gymnastics Competition!

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All of her hard work has certainly paid off.
 1st place on floor  2nd place on beam 4th place on bars 4th place on vault 2nd place overall
So very proud of you ladybug!



Those Places Thursday: Old Brunswick County Courthouse --Where Thomas Duke Harrison Married Lizzie Hynes

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Location of Old Brunswick County Courthouse. Old courthouse is now Southport's City Hall Image courtesy of Google Maps.
Old Brunswick County Courthouse, Davis and Moore Sts. Southport, NC Author:  BSLRed. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
In my post 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #42 Thomas Duke Harrison --Makes Me Proud!, I featured the marriage certificate of my 2nd great grandfather Thomas Duke Harrison to his first wife Lizzie Hynes.  The pair were married on September 2, 1881 at the old courthouse in Smithville, NC. The town of Smithville was later renamed Southport. That courthouse building where the wedding took place is featured above. The building served as the Brunswick County Courthouse from 1854-1978. It is now used as Southport's City Hall.

To Dad And All Our Veterans...Thank You!

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To All Our Veterans,  Thank You For Your Service!

Proud Of Our Boy!

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On Friday, I was taking a break from doing housework when I looked down at my phone and saw the number for my children's school flash on screen. I thought to myself, "Oh no. Someone's sick." Not the case at all. My son was on the line. His teacher had let him use the phone to call. Apparently, it had completely slipped his mind to tell us that he was going to be awarded student of the month at Friday's assembly. Thankfully, his father and I were able to make it up to the school in time to see him get his award. 




Love the expressions on my husband's and daughter's faces here. Dad's like, "That's my boy!!" She's like, "Yeah,whatever."

Everyone was genuinely happy and proud of our boy.

Wordless Wednesday: Halloween 2015

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C'mon mom, we got to get more candy!

Catch me if you can.




Hey, I found an eyeball.

See, mom?
Cool!!


Darth Vader


Cat woman












52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #42 Thomas Duke Harrison --Makes Me Proud!

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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 42 (October 15-21) – Proud: Which ancestor did something that made you proud? Which ancestor are you proud of finding?
I am proud of most of my ancestors. One that stands out in particular would be my maternal 2nd great grandfather Thomas Duke Harrison.  Although born prior to the end of slavery, he was able to get and education and became a Methodist minister. He eventually became a property owner in Wilmington and later New Bern, NC. 
He was born sometime around December 25, 1856. The day is based off what was noted on his death certificate. The year is based off an early marriage record I found for him.  A few years back, I remember I had a conversation with my grand aunt Carrie Taylor of New Bern. She is a granddaughter of Thoma…