There is a well-spring of genealogical information contained in African-American funeral programs. The names and photos lovingly and conscientiously placed in these articles of sorrow and celebration are very important to consider in your family history search. According to the Georgia Public Library Service, “Funeral programs provide valuable social and genealogical information, typically including a… Read more “African American Funeral Programs”
The “Benevolent Gentlemen” of 1855: As previously posted, Clara Mabry entered into a legal agreement, a deed of trust, with several prominent men of Greensville County, Virginia. Here is a breakdown of just who these men were: Joseph Turner (1811-1856) Clerk of Greensville County Circuit Court (1841-1856) John Randolph Chambliss Sr (1809-1875) Lawyer, politician, plantation… Read more “The Benevolent Gentlemen: Clara Mabry Part 2”
Clara Mabry of Hicksford, Greensville County, Virginia is a fascinating person to learn about. She is worthy of more in-depth research, and I hope that sharing what I have found so far, will yield more amazing facts about her life. She’s truly a boss lady. In 2016, I joined a then-new, now-defunct genealogical research service,… Read more “THE BOSS LADY: CLARA MABRY Part 1”
An article dated January 27, 2021 article from The Atlantic, The Victims Left Behind by Genetic Genealogy, is a must-read for those with even a slightly casual interest in home DNA testing. From the article: “An Atlantic analysis of more than 100 cases using this powerful new policing tool found only four involving a homicide… Read more “Who’s Getting Left Behind by Genetic Genealogy?”
LAST WILL OF HENRY HARRISON I Henry Harrison of the County of Southampton and state of Virginia being in perfect health do make my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say1st I wish my Executors whom I shall hereafter appoint immediately after my deceased to advertise and sell all… Read more “The 1840 Last Will of Henry Harrison of Southampton County, Virginia”
Aged Record of First Emancipation Parade in Norfolk Uncovered 5,000 “Freed Men” Took Part In Great Event of 1863; Names of Langley and Cross MentionedPROCESSION ASSEMBLED ON QUEEN STREET Out of the obscurity of 63 years there came to the Journal and Guide this week through the kindness of James M. Harrison, prominent local citizen,… Read more “DAY 1: NORFOLK CELEBRATED EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION WITH PARADE”
Let’s see what information can be gathered based on this one particular photograph from July 30, 1921: W. H. Land, Walter Henry Land was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1869. He was the son of Marshall, a “power in the Baptist ministry,” and Sophia Land nee Harris. Walter Henry Land earned his law degree from… Read more “THAT’S LAW…”
The Revs. James A. Alston (1923-1990) and Percel O. Alston (1925-1988) were sons of Rev. Robert James Alston (1895-1983) and his wife, Louise Josephine Alston nee Harrison (1898-1954). They’re also my great-uncles, brothers of my late maternal grandmother, Virginia Alston Braswell (1918-1992). I do not recall ever having met either of these men of God,… Read more “These Two Men of God”
This discussion is about Americans, particularly descendants of slavery who unwittingly or perhaps knowingly have ancestral connections to Jamaica. Once we identify Jamaica as a point in our family history search, whether by oral tradition, DNA testing, or previous knowledge—-what do we do next? To give us insight and tips today we have in The… Read more “Discussion Time: Genealogy and Jamaica”
First and foremost, is an acknowledgment of the many souls held enslaved on the six plantations held by Benjamin Harrison IV. In his 1793 will, only fifteen of those many souls held in bondage were named. We think of them all and of those who are identified, we say their names. Patty. Levy. Sarah. John.… Read more “The Will of Benjamin Harrison”
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