Showing posts from March, 2016

Fearless Females: Genealogy Trading Card for Carrie Ethel Whitney Harrison

Lisa Alzo of the blog The Accidental Genealogist is back hosting her list of 31 blogging prompts to celebrate the "fearless females" in our family trees in honor of Women's History Month. If you aren't familiar with these blog prompts, please check out the following link:  Fearless Females Blogging Prompts: Returning for Another Year to Celebrate Women's History Month

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.
Previous trading cards I created were for my great grandmother Ophelia Jones Bryant, my 2nd great grand mother Rosa Mitchell Jones, and grandmother Mary Bryant Harrison Horton. You can view those cards on these posts:

Siesta Key 2016 --Part Two: MOTE Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

If you missed Part One, here's the link:  Wordless Wednesday: Siesta Key 2016 --Part One

Yes, we are back in Florida again on vacation. I love this time we get to spend together as a family. Kids are more like mini people than kids these days. No need for sand toys at the beach anymore. They are too grown for that. Also, hand holding seems to be on the way out. Well that would be mostly with my daughter. My son is so sweet. He's eleven and about 5' 2". He looks more like he's 13 or 14. He still enjoys holding our hands. Such a sweetie he is. 

Here's some more pictures from our vacation. We went to MOTE Marine Laboratory and Aquarium this past Monday to look at all sorts of sea creatures.

Wordless Wednesday: Siesta Key 2016 --Part One

Time to relax :)

Chasing Jacobs --Part one

Well, all theories start somewhere. This one starts with the question, What if Jacob Kerr's father was also named Jacob?

If you've been following my recent posts then you know I have found what I believe is the bill of sale for my 3rd great grandfather Jacob Kerr of Sampson County, NC. From the records, I've found associated with him, his date of birth would have been around 1820. I've noticed that within the Kerr family line the tradition of passing down names to the next generation was a common practice. Jacob Kerr Sr. named one of his own sons Jacob. My goal here is to hopefully be able to go back another generation and find out the names of my 3rd great grandfather's parents. Looking at this hypothetical situation seems like a good starting point. 

I believe that Jacob Kerr was purchased from a John Herring in 1823. He was a child probably no more than 2 or 3 years old at the time. 

I've noticed among the descendants of Jacob Kerr certain naming practices. In …

Happy Birthday In Heaven Grandma Vadnie!

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

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

Thankful Thursday: My Step-Grandmother--Vadnie Harrison
And Then...That Was When I Felt It
Not So Wordless Wednesday: Their Hero Killed In Action In Korea

Something About Me Saturday: Guess Who Tied For 3rd At A Fencing Meet Today :)

That would be me! Can't stop smiling. 
I tied for 3rd in Foil at Binghamton University's Spring Open 2.

Date Night With My Silly Guy

Movie night with my son and his class this past Sunday. We had a blast hanging out together. His teachers sponsored the outing to see the movie Race (The Jesse Owens story.)

Two Children Purchased for $500.00

If you missed my last post, here's the link:  What A Great Resource! Slave Deeds Index At The New Hanover County Register Of Deeds. Reading that post will help with understanding this one.

As a parent, you spend so much time holding the hands of your children. I remember when my kids were babies I used to stare at their little hands and feet in amazement. Everything worked the same as mine, their parts were just smaller of course. I saw this picture of a child's hand and it made me think of the anguishing moments before my 3rd great grandfather Jacob Kerr's mother had her son taken from her to be sold off. Perhaps the other child documented on this bill of sale was hers as well. If she knew what was coming, she'd pore over every last detail of their faces and bodies. She would remember them. The memory of them is all she would be left with. She'd absorb all she could in those last moments and then they'd be taken. 
Image courtesy of the New Hanover County Regist…