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52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition -Week 8: Family Photo

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Harold and Ethel Murrell
If you are new to the 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks Challenge, be sure to check out Amy Johnson Crow's website for more information. Here's the link: https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/

I was sorting through more photographs that I inherited from my dad today. This one's really special because it's another view from my paternal grandparents' wedding day. If you missed their other portrait, here's the link: Wordless Wednesday: My Paternal Grandparents Wedding Photo. Harold and Ethel's marriage license revealed a very cool surprise. You can read about that here.


52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition -Week 7: I Love Creating Art With Family Pictures

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Pictured from left to right:  Rosa Jones, Ophelia Bryant, Mary Horton, Brenda Murrell, Andrea Kelleher and my kids Noah and Alyssa.
I am still playing catch up on the 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks Challenge. If you are new to it, be sure to check out Amy Johnson Crow's website for more information. Here's the link:  https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/ 


Week 7: Love
Valentine's Day is this week, but that doesn't mean you have to focus on romantic love. Besides the ancestral love stories, you could share an ancestor who you love to research. Are there any "love" names in the family tree, like Lovie or Valentine? (Come to think of it, "Amy" is based in Latin meaning "beloved"... ) 

I decided to take this week's prompt and put my own spin on it. I created a piece of art using family photos and an image I found online at Pixabay and I absolutely love the result. I used the online photo editor PicMonkey to make this creation. A …

Have To Make Time For Art

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I am feeling the itch to get back to some painting. It's been a couple of months. My husband and I have been in the thick of competition season for both kids with their sports: soccer and gymnastics. It's been wonderful seeing them compete but part of me is longing for some quiet time at home so I can recoup my energy. I think I'll try and squeeze in some painting time after the kids head out for school in the morning. In the meantime, here's a couple of things I painted in the fall. 





52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2019 Edition --Week 6: Surprise! They Had Another Child.

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If you are new to the 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks Challenge, be sure to check out Amy Johnson Crow's website for more information. Here's the link:  https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/ 

Week 6: Surprise
What is something surprising that you've found in your research? What is a surprise that one of your ancestor's had? Have you found something in a surprising place?

Back in May of 2016, I was surprised to discover another child of my maternal 3rd great grandparents Cesar and Mary Jones. His name was Carolina Hauckins. He was born February 23, 1844 in Onslow County, NC enslaved to a man who's surname was "Hauckins or Hawkins" You can read more about how I discovered Carolina in these posts: 

Carline, Are You Mine?

His Name was Carolina Hauckins -- Part One 

His Name Was Carolina Hauckins --Part Two 

His Name Was Carolina Hauckins --Part Three


Finding Carolina, reminded me that in any family that there are children that move away from where a famil…

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition: Week 5 --I Found Betty H. Reynolds at the Library.

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I am a little bit behind on these prompts so I am going to bust out two posts today and maybe another two tomorrow. We'll see what happens.  If you are new to the 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks Challenge, be sure to check out Amy Johnson Crow's website for more information. Here's the link:  
https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/ 

Week 5: At the Library
Some ways you could interpret this theme include: an ancestor that you discovered while researching at the library; an ancestor who was a librarian or an author; an ancestor who had a large book collection; an ancestor who you picture being in a library; or maybe a relative who took you to the library. 

Years ago, I took advantage of a great online source for tracking down ancestors in Craven County, NC. If you are not familiar with the resources available at the New Bern-Craven County Public library's Kellenberger room, check out for yourself what they have available here. I was able to obtain a couple of obit…

2019 NY Cup Gymnastics Invitational

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This past weekend my husband and I enjoyed watching our daughter compete in the 2019 NY Cup Gymnastics Invitational at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. She achieved a new personal All Around Best of 36.300. Awesome job Alyssa!








Beam Routine:  9.050 -10th place
Floor Routine:  9.40 -4th place
Vault:  9.250 -9th place
Bars routine:  8.6  -9th place

All Around Score:  36.300 6th place

We are very proud of our girl.  Her team had a great competition too. They came in 1st place.
Great job, ladies!

Visitations

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Yesterday, it was a year since my father's funeral. Last night, my husband and I attended my son's high school orientation. Feels like time is on overdrive these days. Live each day to it's fullest. Tell your family that you love them. Time stops for no one, so live your life y'all! :)

I don't know what other folks believe in but I believe that sometimes while we are living our lives we get little visitations from those who have passed on. People show up in dreams. You may all of the sudden feel their presence while doing day to day activities. You'll see a mannerism or expression in your kids that reminds you of something your departed loved one would do. When these moments happen to me, I make it a special point now to acknowledge them. I say thank you. It's like a special nod or wink from someone on the other side.

Anyway, a couple of months ago I had a visitation while I was painting. I am not a trained artist. I enjoy dabbling with paints and seeing what…

A Year Since You Left

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It's been a year since you left, Dad. Off you've gone on your next great journey. No need for luggage this time. I hope you left all that old baggage behind anyway. Stay light, stay free, stay true. Allow your heart to remain open. Love you.     

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition: Week 4 --I'd Like To Meet Frederica Augusta Inniss Murrell

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If you are new to the 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks Challenge, be sure to check out Amy Johnson Crow's website for more information. Here's the link:   https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/

Week 4: I'd Like to Meet
Which ancestor would you most like to meet? 

I'd like to meet Frederica Augusta Inniss Murrell. Who was she and why would I like to meet her? Well she was my paternal great grandmother. She was born in St Philip Parish, Barbados probably sometime around 1870. She was the mother of my grandfather Harold Osmond Fitzherbert Murrell. My grandfather was a very sweet gentle spirit and I am truly blessed to have known him. I imagine that some of that sweetness he must have inherited from his mother. I would love to ask her questions about her own childhood but of greater interest to me would be to learn more about her connection to her son. 


Lastly, I could then figure out for certain if this portrait that I inherited last year is of her. You can read ab…

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This little baby turned into  ....
...this handsome young man who is now taller than his father.
Happy Birthday Noah! Love you to the moon and back.

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition: Two Women Named Jonas

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If you are new to the 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks Challenge, be sure to check out Amy Johnson Crow's website for more information. Here's the link:  https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/

Week Three: Strange Name

On it's own, I don't find the name Jonas to be strange.  I think the meaning of the name is quite beautiful. According to Wikipedia, the name Jonas is of Hebrew origin meaning dove, peaceful being, accomplishing, and a gift from God. It's a common male name in some countries but it is unusual to find women with this name. I happen to have two women in my family tree who were named Jonas. 

The first was my maternal 2nd great grandmother Jonas Bryant. She was born March 15, 1867 in Carteret County, NC. You can read more about her life here.

Jonas Castleman Johnson Barco July 25, 1932--March 12, 2017
My other relative named Jonas was Jonas Castlemann Johnson Barco. She was my 1st cousin 2x removed. She was born on July 25, 1932 in Morehead City, N…

Janet Rothenberg 2019 --Another Solid Performance

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Thankfully, the Winter weather held off long enough for my daughter and I to make it to Mt. Pocono, PA this past weekend. No problems getting there on Saturday. Coming back, I was very thankful that I was among a caravan of folks traveling on I-81N behind a salt truck. Thank you Mr. Salt Truck for allowing us to make it home safely. How did ladybug do? She had a real solid performance and she even made a new personal best in vault of 9.450! Woohoo!





Looking a little worried. Cheer up ladybug, you got this. 




5th place on beam. Awesome job!


Here's another sweet picture. This was for all around. Alyssa tied for 9th place with one of her teammates while another teammate came in 7th on her left.
Her scores:
Vault: 9.450   Bars:  8.800   Beam:  8.800 Floor:  9.000 All around:  36.050
Awesome job, sweetie :)








Figuring Out Mortimer Mitchell's Neighborhood.

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I cannot express enough how kind and generous fellow genealogists, researchers, and family historians can be. This week I decided to pay a visit to the Find A Grave website to see if there were any updates to one of my ancestral places, the area around Riverdale, NC. I saw the results of all the hard work that fellow researcher Nathaniel Glasgow had completed last year. He and I had connected last year via my blog post that had I had written about how I learned that my maternal 3rd great grandfather Mortimer Mitchell had worked the lands of Col. Peter G Evans from about 1860--1864. You can check out that post here. Nathaniel traveled around Craven County, NC photographing old cemeteries and uploaded his work to Find A Grave. Now you are probably wondering how this helped me figure out Mortimer Mitchell's neighborhood. Let me show you. 

Small family cemeteries are located on private property. Who's property? Well right now I couldn't give you the specifics of who owns these …

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition: Week 2 --Harold Murrell's Challenge

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If you are new to the 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks Challenge, be sure to check out Amy Johnson Crow's website for more information. Here's the link:   https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/
Week 2: Challenge
What is genealogy without a little challenge? Two ways that you might interpret this prompt is to share an ancestor who was a challenge to find or an ancestor who faced his or her own challenges. 

I can't believe it's almost been a year since my dad died. The first part of 2018 was a bit of blur as a result. I put on hold researching my ancestors for a good chunk of the year. I needed time to process things. I needed time to just be. 

I still have a bunch of memorabilia from him I have to process. I created albums and filed a lot of paperwork. I enjoyed reading letters my dad wrote when he went through basic training. As far as I know, this was the first time my dad had spent a significant amount of time away from home and his family. His tone in these l…

52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks 2019 Edition --Week 1 Prompt: First

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Okay, this year I'm going to do my darnedest to keep up with this challenge. First, if you are new to the 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks Challenge, be sure to check out Amy Johnson Crow's website for more information. Here's the link:  https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/

Week 1: First
Who was the first ancestor you found who you didn't personally know? Who was the first ancestor to arrive in the country? Who was the first child in one of your ancestral families? First to go to college? First husband out of a string of many?

Topics are vague for 52 Ancestors Challenge to allow for creativity and individual interpretation. I decided to write about the first ancestor that popped up in my mind for 2019. He's my maternal 3rd great grandfather Mortimer Mitchell. 

If you've been a reader of my blog, then you have probably read some of the posts that I've written about him. If you are new here then you can get acquainted with him by reading these:


52 Ance…