Newspapers always have seemed to have a way of expressing hyperbole and extreme characterizations of individuals that they profile. One person that clearly illustrates the sway of journalists’ and the public’s opinion is a certain Thomas Wellington Thurston, Jr. Excerpted from Who’s Who of the Colored Race, Vol. I: THURSTON, Thomas Wellington, Jr., silk manufacturer,… Read more “Historical Newspapers: T.W. Thurston and The Silk Mill”
In 2013, I had the pleasure of learning more about my Williams family history. In addition to being introduced to a number of cousins and elders, I was also introduced to this lovely piece of artwork. This sketch hangs in the lovely home of my great-uncle. While I’m not sure who created the piece, I… Read more “Historical Family Artwork: Dock & Salusha Williams”
1810-The Will of Benjamin Turner Southampton County, Virginia, Will Book 7A, p. 109 In the Name of God Amen I Benjamin Turner of the county of Southampton & parish of St Lukes being in Sound Mind do make this my last will & Testament in manner and form following – First and principally I bequeath… Read more “The Last Will of Benjamin Turner|1810”
Family locations: Norfolk, VA—Lynchburg, VA—Harrisburg, PA—Wayne County, NC This precious historical family photo is courtesy of Jason B. The Genealogy Situation Room
Just who was Edward Butts, really? There is certainly more than his being the primary executor of Henry Harrison’s estate. While piecing together information in order to gain a wider perspective of how my Turner ancestors fared after being freed in Harrison’s last will, I recently ran across some really unbelievable facts about who this… Read more “Edward Butts of Southampton County”
It was a pleasure to have that discussion with Sydian Hammond regarding Jamaica and genealogy. We learned and shared lots of great information, in terms of tracing ancestral ties to Jamaica. As an update regarding my own ancestral lineage in Jamaica, I have found a family name in Jamaica associated with a number of my… Read more “UPDATE: Jamaica and Genealogy”
Regarding Netflix’s limited series, High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America, here’s a deep-dive of web links and recommendations from the show. High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America Bon Appetit’s review about the doc. Culinary creatives from the show are featured in this article, ‘High on the… Read more “There’s More: High on the Hog”
By all means, whenever you get an opportunity—be sure to watch Netflix’s High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America. This limited series, which features a total of 4 episodes, is high art on common ground, in terms of culinary broadcasting. The cinematography is sweeping, with engagingly profound dialogue, and poignant lessons sans… Read more “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America”
Remember to check historical family photos to unlock potential genealogical clues and family connections. In checking the records, I found that one of the bridesmaids, Vivian (sp—actually Vivienne) Spratley, was the daughter of AME minister, Rev. W.E. Spratley. The bride also was the daughter of a minister, Rev. R.J. Alston. Always remember the FAN Club… Read more “Historical Family Photos: The Thompson-Alston Wedding of 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia”
I humbly present this previously posted writing to you now, on this eve of July 4, 2021: The 4th of July has come and gone. My original intention was to write this post to coincide with the date, but I just couldn’t get the words together. I submit my effort now. Benjamin Harrison V, the… Read more “Regarding the 4th”
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