Historical Newspapers: 18 Oct 1924 Wedding of Joseph C. Turner and Mary B. Seals in Plymouth, Massachusetts

I recently happened across this fascinating write-up of the 1924 wedding between my third great uncle, Joseph Christopher Turner (son of Rev. John H. and Mrs. Bettie Turner) and Mary Benjamin Seals (granddaughter of Jabez B. Chummuck). According to the article, this was a huge event with nearly three hundred guests at the reception alone.… Read more “Historical Newspapers: 18 Oct 1924 Wedding of Joseph C. Turner and Mary B. Seals in Plymouth, Massachusetts”

SITUATION CRITICAL: Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report

On Wednesday, May 11, 2022 news broke that over 500 deaths have been identified at various Indigenous boarding schools across the country. In 2021, Secretary of the Interior, the Honorable Deb Haaland directed “Department of the Interior (Department) agencies to coordinate an investigation into the Federal Indian boarding school system to examine the scope of… Read more “SITUATION CRITICAL: Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report”

🕊60 Souls to wit: 1841

In the Greensville County Will Book #6, beginning on page 122, the 60 “slaves to wit” of the deceased Thomas Parham are noted. The names, ages, and “prices” of the sixty souls: Jesse 55 $300 Ned 58 $300 Primus 50 $300 Adam 40 $400 David 35 $500 Phil 38 $500 Ben—-diseased 32 $300 Wilkins 30… Read more “🕊60 Souls to wit: 1841”

1950 U.S. Census is HERE

Woot! 🥳 From the National Archives website: “On April 1, 2022, the 1950 Census was released, and users can access it for free through a dedicated website at This population census is the 17th decennial census of the United States. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has digitized and is providing free online… Read more “1950 U.S. Census is HERE”

Don’t Let That Distract You…

Recent news out of California bears paying attention to. From Los Angeles Times newspaper: “California’s Reparations Task Force voted Tuesday to define those who are eligible for reparations as descendants of African Americans enslaved in the U.S. or of free Black people living in the country before the end of the 19th century.” “After hours… Read more “Don’t Let That Distract You…”

Brickwall Breakthrough to 1778: Clara Mabry and Family

Great news! Most recently, I have discovered more important details in the story of our own Clara Mabry. Several 1856 newspaper articles referred to Clara as an “emancipated” woman, who was beholden to the “benevolent gentleman” for her “happy lot being cast.” While Clara was indeed fiscally indebted, per the historical records, by the same… Read more “Brickwall Breakthrough to 1778: Clara Mabry and Family”

1950|1890: U.S. Censuses

On April 1, 2022, the National Archives will release the 1950 U.S. Census. This is a landmark event for many everyday folk, historians, genealogists, and any other “ologist” you can think of. The laws of the land dictate that census records can only be released 72 years after the fact. So, here we are approaching… Read more “1950|1890: U.S. Censuses”

Historical Family Photos: Sallie John Turner

Sallie John Turner, my third great-aunt, was effectively lost around 1896, when she was taken to Liberty, MO by Presbyterian minister, William Frost Bishop, D.D. (1852-1913), to live with his family. Sallie was never seen by her family again. In 1936, her mother, Josephine Turner Hoxey, issued a clarion call to locate her daughter, via… Read more “Historical Family Photos: Sallie John Turner”


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