Friday, November 27, 2015

This Came Monday And Of Course Now I Have More Questions

This Came Monday And Of Course Now I Have More Questions --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
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 :) 


This Came Monday And Of Course Now I Have More Questions --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

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 and lived in Morehead City, NC. What was she doing in New York in February of 1938? The address 1400 Bergen St, Brooklyn wasn't familiar to me so you know I placed a quick phone call to my mom to see if she knew anything about it. She thinks Ophelia was probably visiting her son Frank Mitchell Bryant who lived in Brooklyn at the time. Ophelia had been sickly the last couple of years of her life with cancer. Could she have been seeking treatment while in New York? In any event, this may have been the last time Frank Jr. saw his mother alive. A little more than a year after she filled out her SS-5 form, Ophelia succumbed to cancer.

There's always more questions than answers it seems. 


This Came Monday And Of Course Now I Have More Questions --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Frank Mitchell Bryant
Eldest child of Ophelia and Frank L Bryant


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thankful Thursday: Wishing Everyone A Very Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful Thursday: Wishing Everyone A Very Happy Thanksgiving! How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Saturday, November 21, 2015

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

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.

Something About Me Saturday:  Wish Me Luck! I'm Going To Another Fencing Tournament Tomorrow --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Something About Me Saturday:  Wish Me Luck! I'm Going To Another Fencing Tournament Tomorrow --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Something About Me Saturday:  Wish Me Luck! I'm Going To Another Fencing Tournament Tomorrow --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

No matter what, I know I will have fun!


Something About Me Saturday:  Wish Me Luck! I'm Going To Another Fencing Tournament Tomorrow --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



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

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #43 Charles H Whitney --Ooops I Thought I Had Already Written About You  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


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 believe he was born sometime around August 5, 1854. I came up with this date based on the month and day that were shown on his death certificate and the age he listed on his marriage license to his first wife, Arrena Sheldon. Charles was one of three sons born to my 3rd great grandparents, Thomas Whitney and Margaret Merrick/Merritt Whitney. The Whitneys lived in an area of Hyde County known as Lake Comfort.


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #43 Charles H Whitney --Ooops I Thought I Had Already Written About You  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Image courtesy of Google Maps.
The Lake Comfort area is marked with the red star.

Here's what the family group looked like in 1870.


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #43 Charles H Whitney --Ooops I Thought I Had Already Written About You  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.
 Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

Charles Whitney and my great grandfather Samuel resided with their parents. Their older brother Augustus lived next door with his wife, Susan Ann Burns Whitney. Charles would go on to marry Arrena Sheldon on February 4, 1875 at Horace White's house, the home of a neighbor. Interesting to note that the maiden name of Horace White's wife was Merrick. My 3rd great grandmother Margaret's maiden name was Merrick or Merritt. The families were enumerated on the same page of the 1880 Federal Census. Possibly some sort of kin? Still trying to figure this out.

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #43 Charles H Whitney --Ooops I Thought I Had Already Written About You  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Source Information Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: North Carolina County Registers of Deeds. Microfilm. Record Group 048. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC.



52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #43 Charles H Whitney --Ooops I Thought I Had Already Written About You  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
 Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 
Charles Whitney household is noted with red arrow.
Horace White and his family are marked with the yellow star.

Charles and Arrena Whitney had at least 4 children together. Their names were Mollie, Thomas, Charles and Walter. Charles's wife Arrena passed away sometime prior to 1900. He resided in the Lake Comfort area of Hyde County through 1900 with his children. He was listed as a widower that year but would not remain one. On November 4, 1906, Charles married a Caroline Jones from Township 8 (New Bern, NC)


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #43 Charles H Whitney --Ooops I Thought I Had Already Written About You  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.


Hey, this is kind of cool. It looks like my 2nd great grandfather Thomas Duke Harrison of New Bern married them!

Things didn't work out so well for the couple though. By 1910, Caroline had returned home to live with her mother Zilphia. Her marital status was listed as divorced.


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #43 Charles H Whitney --Ooops I Thought I Had Already Written About You  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Township 8, Craven, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1104; Page: 8B;
 Enumeration District: 0021; FHL microfilm: 1375117

There was apparently a child born from this union. There's a James Whitney listed after his mother Carrie on this census entry. He would have been born sometime around 1906 or 1907. 

After 1900, I wasn't able to find Charles Whitney in the census again until 1930. He turned up in Philadelphia, which makes sense because that is where his daughter Mollie eventually settled with her family. 


Source CitationYear: 1930; Census Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2138; Page: 11A;
Enumeration District: 0494; Image: 639.0; FHL microfilm: 2341872

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #43 Charles H Whitney --Ooops I Thought I Had Already Written About You  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Image courtesy of Google Maps.
5239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA. 
Address where Charles Whitney and 
his daughter's family resided at in 1930.

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #43 Charles H Whitney --Ooops I Thought I Had Already Written About You  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Image courtesy of Google Maps.

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #43 Charles H Whitney --Ooops I Thought I Had Already Written About You  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Image courtesy of Google Maps.


Tragedy would strike come 1933. Do you remember that child that Charles had with his second wife Caroline Jones. His name was listed as James on the 1910 census. I suspect that James may have been a middle name. The reason why is because of this.

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #43 Charles H Whitney --Ooops I Thought I Had Already Written About You  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source InformationAncestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

I think this is James. He's the correct age, parents names match, and the proximity in which he lived to his father and half sister Mollie makes me believe that this is the same child that was listed on the 1910 census living with his mother Caroline. 

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #43 Charles H Whitney --Ooops I Thought I Had Already Written About You  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Image courtesy of Google Maps.

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #43 Charles H Whitney --Ooops I Thought I Had Already Written About You  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Image courtesy of Google Maps.

775 North 44th St, Philadelphia, PA.
Address where Charles "James" Whitney resided in 1933.


I bet this was quite the blow for my 2nd great grand uncle. Children are supposed to outlive their parents.  

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

At some point after 1930, Charles H Whitney moved to Norfolk, VA. Perhaps he relocated due to work opportunities. Perhaps he needed to leave Philadelphia to get away from the tragic loss of his son. Charles died on January 4, 1939 from acute myocarditis. He's buried at Calvery Cemetery in Norfolk, VA.




Sunday, November 15, 2015

Her First Gymnastics Competition!


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!



Thursday, November 12, 2015

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

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.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Proud Of Our Boy!

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.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Halloween 2015

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













Sunday, November 1, 2015

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


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #42 Thomas Duke Harrison --Makes Me Proud! --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


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 Thomas Duke Harrison. She said that she thought that Thomas had been married prior to marrying her grandmother Mary Jane Williams. About a year ago, I came across a copy of a marriage certificate for Thomas Duke Harrison and a Lizzie Hynes of New Brunswick County, NC. It appears that the oral history was correct!

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #42 Thomas Duke Harrison --Makes Me Proud! --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #42 Thomas Duke Harrison --Makes Me Proud! --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Source Information Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011 [database on-line]. 
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

Now what happened to Lizzie Hynes, I can only speculate on at this time. The marriage between Lizzie and Thomas took place on September 2, 1881. Thomas Duke Harrison went on to marry my 2nd great grandmother Mary Jane Williams on June 13, 1887. Although, I haven't found a death record yet for Lizzie Hynes Harrison perhaps she passed away before 1887.

After marrying for the second time, Thomas focused his energies on becoming a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. You can read more about his life and what church meant for my 2nd great grandfather here:  






He owned his own home located at 1510 Lincoln St in New Bern, NC. You can view the deed for when he purchased it here:  



One of the things that makes me most proud of my 2nd great grandfather is that as a minister of the church, he had to have been a good orator. He would have inspired people with the power of his own words as well as the word of God. I wish I could somehow go back in time to attend one of his sermons. Well, that's not possible but perhaps I can catch a glimpse of what it felt like if I close my eyes and daydream. 

New Berne Weekly Journal, October 7, 1910, Fri, Page 3








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