As we learn about our family history and review the records, photos, and circumstances surrounding their lives, it’s always interesting to learn more about related subjects. For example, the photograph that includes my third great aunt, Sallie John Turner, has piqued my curiosity about the fashion of the day. Sallie John Turner, born 1880 in… Read more “Aunt Sallie’s 1896 Fashion”
In the world of genealogy, primary sources are a type of best friend. They add weight to the credibility of our research and should be applied as much as possible to our work. What is the definition and what are some examples of primary sources? According to the Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts… Read more “Very Necessary: Primary Sources”
Yes, Virginia and America, There Was a Nat Turner and Revolters of the Despicable, Peculiar Institution of Slavery
Events of August 21-22, 1831 Historical References Brantley Association Southampton County Project The Confessions of Nat Turner…|UNC-CH Exclusive: Inside the Quest to Return Nat Turner’s Skull to His Family A GUIDE TO THE BENJAMIN TURNER WILL, INVENTORY, AND APPRAISEMENT, 1810-1812 A Guide to a Speech and Photographs Relating to Nat Turner’s “Insurrection” by Archival Resources… Read more “Yes, Virginia and America, There Was a Nat Turner and Revolters of the Despicable, Peculiar Institution of Slavery”
Samuel Nathaniel Vass, D.D. was born the year 1866 in North Carolina, the son of an enslaved woman and white father. He attended St. Augustine’s School in Raleigh, NC, and is profiled in a written history of the school, A Record of Fifty Years, 1867-1917. Rev. Vass was a missionary, like my forebear, Rev. John… Read more “FAN Club: Rev. Dr. Samuel N. Vass, D.D.”
This article is excerpted from the Richmond PLANET newspaper. There were numerous articles in many papers of the day that were similar in subject. People searching for their people. Let’s see what we can learn and glean from this article. Do You Know Them? ——— Harrison Mason, son of Squire Mason born in Hick’s Ford,… Read more “Historical Newspapers: Do You Know Them?”
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”
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”
You never know what treasures you will find online, especially on Ancestry.com. It was an absolute delight to finally see the sight of my 2nd great-grandfather, Joshua L. Brewington. It is a great photo with an antique frame. Not unlike many people of his day, Joshua looked away from the camera. Just who was the… Read more “Historical Family Photos: Joshua L. Brewington (1846-1931)”
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”
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 1950census.archives.gov. 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”
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