Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Family Survey

For the last fifteen years, our family genealogist - cousin, wife, mother and grandmother; the inexhaustible, "Little" Alice Lindsey has been diligently working to extract information on the family from literally thousands of sources to create the "Lindsey- Watts" Family Story.

Now, it's our turn to help.

Please complete the following survey and email it back to me,

An easy way to do this would be for you to copy the questions, paste onto to a word document, type your answers beneath each question, save, then email them back to me.

Feel free to include any great family anecdotes, traditions, rituals, myths and old photographs that will stimulate memoirs and interest in the project.

1. What is your full name and why were you named it?
2. Were you named after somebody else? If Yes, whom?
3. Did you have a nickname as you were growing up?
4. If you did, what was it and why did they call you that?
5. Where were you born and when?
6. Do you remember hearing your grandparents describe their lives? What did they say?
7. Do you remember your great-grandparents? What do you know about them?
8. Who was the oldest person you can remember in your family as a child? What do you remember about them?
9. How is the world now different from what it was like when you were a child?
10. Do you remember having a favorite nursery rhyme or bedtime story? What was it?
11. What were your favorite toys and what were they like?
12. What were your favorite childhood games?
13. What school activities and sports did you participate in?
14. Did you and your friends have a special hang-out where you liked to spend time?
15. Where was it and what did you do there?
16. Were there any fads during your youth that you remember vividly?
17. How old were you when you started dating?
18. Do you remember your first date? Describe the circumstances.
19. Name a good friend that you have known for the longest period of time? How many years have you been friends?
20. How did you meet the person that you would later marry? Describe them?
21. How many children did you have all together?
22. What were their names, birthdates and birthplaces?
23. Do you remember anything that your children did when they were small that really amazed you?
24. What is one of the most unusual things that one of your children did regularly when they were small?
25. What advice do you have for your children and grandchildren?
26. Who was the person that had the most positive influence on your life? Who were they and what did they do?
27. Is there a person that really changed the course of your life by something that they did? Who were they and what did they do?
28. Do you remember someone saying something to you that had a big impact on how you lived your life? What was it?
29. Where have you lived as an adult? List the places and the years that you lived there.
30. Why are you living where you are today?
31. Do you wish you lived somewhere else (If so, where would it be)?
32. Do you have any health problems that are considered hereditary in nature? If so, what are they?
33. What church, if any, do you attend regularly?
34. What are your hobbies?
35. Are you aware of the location of family archives and materials?
Family bibles
Church records
Family documents (birth, marriage, and death certificates, divorce papers)
Military records
Diaries and journals
"In every conceivable manner, the family is a link to our past, bridge to our future.." Alex Haley 

The Primary Surnames for this Blog are the Lindsey and Watts.

Compiled and researched by, Alice Lindsey.

The Lindsey family and the Watts families are originally from Maryland, North Carolina and Missouri.

Our great-great grandfather Jacob Lindsey was a free black man from Maryland. He married Mary Coffin of Jamestown NC.

Mary Coffin is listed as the slave of Shubal Coffin in the 1850-1860 US census slave schedule.

The family story is that she was the daughter of Shubal and was listed as a slave to protect her from being kidnapped and sold.

Their oldest son Junius under the surname Coffin enlisted in the union army (see military record under official papers section below) during the Civil War. After the war he came back he and his family moved to Peru, IN.

His son, our great grandfather Henry Harrison, married Frances Porter, an orphaned Blackfoot Indian. They traveled the entire state of Illinois.

Our grandfather Harry Lindsey married Edith Watts; the family lived for a while in Peru, IN, and then moved to Chicago, IL. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Slaves in George Washington’s house

Whatever the idea..... a quilt expresses our sentiments....
The “President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in Making a New Nation” project involves quilters who will depict in fabric creations the overall theme.

I first learned about this last April 2010 at the Wilberforce Barack Obama Quilt Exhibit -- a chance meeting with Michele Flamer... who has been deeply involved with the project in Philadelphia, PA.

SIPUEL is the family name that I pay homage to!  Born abt 1895 - Martha Bell Smith (Anderson) was the daughter of a slave woman named Lucinda, whose place and date of birth is unknown via genealogical records.  Living in Arkansas as a free, college educated woman, she married T.B. Sipuel;.....

she gave birth to my mother Helen Sipuel Huggins in 1926.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Seeking my ancestors . . . .

“Who among us wants to throw stones at their own ancestors? I, for one, am intrigued by their battles—their victories as well as their defeats. … I am fascinated by what may seem the most commonplace of lives, because I have come to realize the excitement that is concealed in the commonplace.”

~ Arthur Bassett

Friday, October 29, 2010

Ah 'searchin . . . .

for Sisda in 1870, Sindia in 1880, Cinda, Cindy, Lucinda.... with the ever so common last name of Smith.    Born 1848.....  Died and buried......

Sindia Smith                               
US Census 1880                 
Wednesday, February 03, 2010

 Name                           Sindia Smith                                         Gender                         Female
Residence                     Railroad, Chicot, Arkansas                   Marital Status               Single
Birthdate                      1848                                                    Age                              32 years
Birthplace                     Louisiana USA                                     Occupation                   Cook
Relationship                  Head of Household (self)                      NARA Film Number    79-0040
Father’s Birthplace       Louisiana, USA                                    Page                             301
Mother’s Birthplace      Louisiana, USA                                    Page                             D
Race/Color                   Mulatto                                                Entry Number               2483                           
Ethnicity                       American                                              Film Number                1254040
                                     Children:                       Frank Smith
                                                                        Kittie Smith
                                                                        Loue Smith
                                                                        Nannie Smith
                                                                        Joseph Smith
                                                                        Gertrude Smith
This is one of the ways in which I orient my self into my search for my people.   Above is the referenced Mason-Dixon line my daddy often spoke of...

The last map becomes significant as I search  for heavily populated areas of USA and at certain time....

Borrowed Quotes

History is lived forward but it is written in retrospect.  We know the end before we consider the beginning and we can never wholly recapture what it was to know the beginning only." 
C. V. Wedgewood
"She is insane, of course.  The family history has become a mania for her."

quote source.... Nancy's Dead Relative"

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Northern Ireland & Revolutionary USA War 1776

The Ulster Plantation is modern day "Northern Ireland," which is part of the United Kingdom and the subject of much news over attempts to bring peace to this violence torn region. The Ulster Plantation was formed in the early 1600's by King James I of England (who was also James VI of Scotland).  What we today call "Northern Ireland" dates to c600 AD, and perhaps earlier, when Vikings overran this part of Ireland, and the fragmented Irish kings were unable to completely repel them.  These legends survive as oral tradition in modern day Ireland.  England since the time of the Normans had been unable to subdue the Irish - yet refused to withdraw from the island - for fear of giving its strong enemies - such as Spain and France - a friendly foothold, so close to its borders.

Elizabeth's soldiers - just prior to her death - subdued, in a very bloody fashion, an Irish rebellion in the north. James declared the property of rebel chiefs as forfeited to the crown, and offered to Scottish Presbyterians the opportunity to settle in the Ulster provinces. This solved multiple problems (in the short term) for James. The Scottish lowlands were horribly impoverished and overpopulated.  Scottish noblemen wanted more grazing lands for sheep herding. The Irish were Catholic, and James wanted protestants to secure his borders.  Hundreds of thousands of Scots settled in Ulster. Conditions were harsh, filled with war and famine.
Between 1700 and 1800, hundreds of thousands of these Scots came to America. They were called "Scots-Irish" (note by FOC, the Scots humorously refer to Scotch as only "the drink," not to themselves.  This is stated with a mandatory twinkle in the eye.) to distinguish them from the native, Catholic Irish. They were not Irish, but did come to America via Ireland.  At the time of the Revolution (1776), they represented about 10% of the population. They were poor, rugged and courageous settlers, who carved the frontier and bore the brunt of the Indian attacks on the colonies.

There are many reasons for immigration from Scotland to Ulster. The reason would typically depend on the time of their migration. The principal move of Scots to Ulster began when James I of England (also James VI of Scotland) made it policy to settle Scots in Ulster. His decision was an attempt to deal with a multitude of domestic troubles. Landowners in Scotland wanted fewer tenants. Crime and theft in the lowlands was becoming rampant as the clan orders were breaking down, food supplies dwindled. He also was faced with Irish Catholics who would not submit to English rule. His "solution" was to settle Scot Presbyterians in Ulster. This would free up tenancies, give land to Scots and create a counter force to the ever troublesome Irish.
However, Northern Ireland proved a temporary home for many of the Ulster Scots. Most did not receive land as promised. Conflict with the Irish was constant (even though the Scotti migrated out of Ireland to what is now Scotland c600 AD!).
In 1700, the English mercantile policies effectively destroyed the woolen industry of Ulster, and a huge number of Scot-Irish migrated to America.  Given this mixed background, one might expect the Scot-Irish to do anything in the revolutionary war, as opposed to "real" Irish, who were patriot to their dogs.  The real Irish were Catholics, having been converted from Druidism to Catholicism by Saint Patrick beginning in 433.

Nature of the Struggle.  The origin of the American Revolution  -- 1776 was intricately involved in the desire of the colonists to control their own political affairs, including the right to vote on taxes, and the desire to end England's interference with trade in and out of the colonies.  Most of the colonists had suffered the hardships of coming to a hostile new land because they had no future at home, and they wanted a chance at a better life.   These were people who were very poor, or third sons who would inherit nothing under the law of primogeniture.

Battle of Lexington.  19 April 1775 British Red Coats fired on local ("rebel") militia in Lexington, Massachusetts in the first overtly hostile act.  Later, at the Battle of Concord, the "rebels" sent the Red Coats into full retreat, and fired at them from behind every tree and boulder!  Herein lies the tale as seen, told, and experienced from South Carolina.   Many hesitating Georgians and Carolinians made up their minds after the Battle of Lexington and blood was spilled. As long as there was a chance for peace, it was a large step to begin a rebellion, but the choice was made for them by the British. When the news arrived that fighting had actually begun in Massachusetts, a number of men broke into the powder magazine in Savannah and took six hundred barrels of powder.

Charleston: First British Invasion of the South, 1776. South Carolina, ever the firebrand state, acting under the lead of Henry Laurens, seized the royal arsenal and munitions of war long before the news of Lexington and Concord had reached that colony

Defense of Charleston, 28 June 1776.  The British attacked on the morning of 28 June 1776, and bombarded Fort Sullivan (the palmetto log construct described above) from a fleet of war vessels, aided by a landing force of several thousand men under Sir Henry Clinton. The landing party was promptly repulsed by the guns of the battery at the north end of the island. The British fleet, however, began a heavy ten hour bombardment. The Americans returned fire causing great damage, while the shots of the British bounced off or sank almost harmlessly into the soft spongy, but strong enough!, palmetto logs

Declaration of Independence Signed.  And I bet you thought this started it all!  The Provincial Congress met again in January, 1776 to chose delegates to the Continental Congress to sign the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776.

  • Summary.  After the Battle of Lexington the hesitation of the majority of Georgians and Carolinians about entering the revolutionary movement ended.  The patriots organized, held meetings and Provincial Congresses, and in the summer of 1775 overthrew the royalist government at Savannah, by arresting the governor and expelling the royalist officers from the militia. They then sent delegates to the Continental Congress, at Philadelphia, and the delegates there signed the Declaration of Independence.  North and South Carolina likewise successfully threw out the British.
Campaigns in South Georgia 1778-1783.  In the early days of the war, the military activity of Georgia was directed against Florida. Florida had been ceded to Great Britain in 1763.  St. Augustine was strongly fortified and again threatened the safety of Georgia and South Carolina.  The southern border of Georgia was constantly raided by bands of British, Indians and royalists.

So Called Scots-Irish

the Irish, Welsh, and Scots (The Scots, or Scotti, were Irish immigrants to what we now call Scotland c600 AD) were the last remnants of the Celts (The pronunciation is Kelt, the earliest written reference, of which I am aware, is Greek Keltoi, and they definitely do not know how to pronounce it up here in Boston!  -grin), as they were pushed off the continent of Europe by more or less continuous invasions from the East, and nearly right off the British Isles, as we now call them, by successive invasions of Germans and Norsemen.

The English have been trying since c600 AD to obliterate all the Celts.  They conquered the Scots and Welsh, and the Irish, but the Irish rebelled and threw them out. 


 Upcountry Carolina

South Carolina.....Looming majestically beyond the low soft hills of the Piedmont, the Blue Ridge escarpment thrills the soul of the mountain lover. The Cherokees called these heights "the Great Blue Hills of God." The stream-laced foothills and rugged mountains of the Blue Ridge have helped shape the development of the state's most economically and geographically diverse region. Today the Blue Ridge provides a naturally beautiful backdrop for area attractions.
"When a great man dies
For years beyond our ken
The light he leaves behind him lies
Upon the paths of men."

Monday, October 11, 2010

“Speling Dusn’t Cownt,”

 .....first Golden Rule of Genealogy. There are nine other rules, but this is my favorite and helps clarify how important it is to ignore spelling in genealogy and focus in on how names sound. All ten Golden Rules are available for download at

credits to:  Lisa Lee:  A professional genealogist, Lisa B. Lee is the owner of, where she publishes a monthly newsletter, the Got Genealogy Gazette of my favorite free newspaper databases is the Library of Congress' Chronicling America. This is a rather small collection, at the moment, but more newspapers are being added all the time. You can search by name, by phrase or by keywords and the images are clean, and they highlight your search results, making them easy to find. These Search & Reward Notices are not limited to just black folks and were published in all sorts of newspapers. However, the Negro Press newspapers hold the lion's share of these notices and they're a good place to start. There are digitized/ searchable newspaper databases on a variety of Web sites and though it takes patience to search them, the information you may find within may prove to be priceless.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I kept thinking about that line in It’s a Wonderful Life where Clarence the angel tells George Bailey,

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

I've worked on Family Tree all week

and still didn't make a post until today////......

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Route of the Wilderness Road
Of Kentucky's 75,000 population in 1790, about 90% had arrived by way of the Wilderness Road.
The Cumberland Gap is about 510 highway miles from Washington D.C.

Located at the Virginia-Tennessee border, the little village of Cumberland Gap, TN, is about 25 miles farther west than the meridian of Detroit, Michigan. Today, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park  commemorates Daniel Boone and the surge of people who traveled westward after the Revolution.

Some suggest that the origin of the Wilderness Road was at Fort Chiswell (Ft. Chissel) on the Great Valley Road where roads converged from Philadelphia and Richmond.  Others claim the Wilderness Road actually began at Sapling Grove (now Bristol, VA) which lay at the extreme southern end of the Great Valley Road because it was at that point that the road narrowed, forcing travelers to abandon their wagons.  It moved through the Allegheny Mountains at Cumberland Gap, at what is now the junction of the State boundaries of
Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

Heading northwest, it splits at Hazel Patch--with one route creating Boonesborough, the other Frankfort.
Today one can follow the main route from Bristol, VA to Middlesboro, KY, then to Pineville, Mt. Vernon, and on towards Lexington on Interstate 75.

Scots Migrated to Northern Ireland

Estimated that 200,000 Scots migrated to N. Ireland,  They were Lowlanders, mostly coming from the border regions of Galloway, Dumfries, Renfrewshire, Ayrshire, Argyllshire and Lanarkshire in the west and Edinburgh, the Lothians and Berwichshire in the east.  They spoke English and were Protestant, specifically Presbyterian.   In turn, some TWO MILLION of their descendants migrated to America during the 18th -- 19th -- and during the early part of the 20th centuries.   I have to remember that translates to the 1700's -- 1800's and early 1910-1920's.  From ULSTER: IRELAND< < the primary ports of US entry were Boston, MA  into New York, into Philadelphia PA and into Charleston NC. 

By 1776 -- the year of America's Independence -- almost half of Ulster had crossed the Atlantic Ocean.  About one -out-of-every-seven colonists was Scots-Irish.

How should we describe these immigrants?  In Boston, they tended to be intolerant, rough, unruly and poverty stricken... via not a welcomed group.   Thus, they moved South to Philly.  In about 1760 -- Ben Franklin estimated that 1/3 of Philly was ENGLISH -- 1/3 was GERMAN -- and 1/3 was Scots-Irish.

Next,  they moved West through the Cumberland gap -- thru Virginia -- thereby heading west towards Missouri, and southward thru Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina.
Initial migration to Missouri was made by Scotch-Irish who came through the Ohio Valley, and most of these earliest settlers claimed to come from Kentucky and Tennessee.  One such settler, Daniel Boone, is thought to have started the stream of migration from eastern Kentucky through the Cumberland Gap (KY) sometime in the years 1769 through 1771 (Rafferty, p.54). 

The gap, named for the Cumberland County in northern England, made way for two hundred and fifty thousand people, most of whom were Scotch-Irish.  Groups that traveled along the Ohio River from Pittsburgh were mostly comprised of Ulstermen, as well (Gerlach, p.16).  Other groups came from the Old Southwest, traveled up the Mississippi River valley, and entered both Arkansas and Missouri river systems that led them into the Ozarks.

They settled in the Southwestern frontier .. bearing the brunt of Indian hostilities, they were clannish, fierce, wore coonskin caps, carried Kentucky rifles and were really fond of whiskey!  The were hot tempered, fighters, great boasters, and compulsive storytellers.   They had a keen ear for a striking phrase.   Some of the Scots-Irish moved south into Texas -- the most notorious being Davy Crockett at the Alamo. 

The Scotch-Irish Hillbillies made stills and brewed "moonshine." They used words like a-huntin, a=fishin, afeared, hex, plum right, plum crazy, and coined the expression of you-all.  (Information cited: McCrum, Robert ~ The Story of English, Penguin books, 1986)

There is an old Appalachian saying: When English settlers arrived they built a house, the Germans built a barn, and the Scotch-Irish built a distillery

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Scot-Irish Beginnings in the Sipuel family

Founding of Slavery 1600's

Excerpt from Article by Tavis Smiley // 
 . . . . . .This year marks the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Virginia - the first permanent English settlement in North America and where the first Africans set foot in America. While the slave trade in the 1700s is well documented, recent historical discoveries have shed light on the first Africans who arrived a century earlier.
Known as the site of the John Smith-Pocahontas legend, Jamestown has otherwise been overshadowed by stories of Pilgrims seeking religious freedom in Massachusetts' Plymouth Colony.

But many of the foundations of modern America, such as free enterprise, representative government and cultural diversity, began in Jamestown. Those first cultures included English settlers, Powatan Indians and the first Africans to set foot in America.

Historians had believed that the first Africans came from the West Indies on a Dutch warship. Now, new research has shown that the first documented Africans came from Angola and were not immediately enslaved. The Portuguese slave ship on which they traveled was raided by British pirates and arrived in Jamestown in 1619, where the Africans were traded for provisions.

While the institution of slavery did not yet exist in Virginia, White indentured servants from England were already common. Some of the first Africans worked side-by-side with English servants, clearing land, cutting trees and building houses.

Although the Africans' status was uncertain early on, and they were treated in a variety of ways, "there were some Africans that moved from indentured servant status to being free," says Dr. Rex Ellis, Vice President of the Historic Area at Colonial Williamsburg. During their indentured servitude, they were obligated to work for a master for 5-7 years and learned carpentry, blacksmithing or other skills. After that time, they became free and were usually given "freedom dues," such as a plot of land and supplies.

One Black man who gained his freedom was Anthony Johnson. His story is one of the only ones known about the first Africans in America. Called "Antonio the negro" in the 1625 Virginia census, he was brought to Jamestown in 1621 and worked on a plantation for a wealthy White family. He married, had four children and eventually became free. To proclaim his freedom, he changed his name to Anthony Johnson, because most servants did not have last names or used their master's name. Johnson soon owned land, cattle and even indentured servants from Africa.

In 1640, the same year Johnson bought his first property, one Black and two White indentured servants ran away from a farmer in Jamestown. When they were captured, the White men had their servitude extended four years. But John Punch, the Black man, was ordered to serve his master for life. He became the first documented slave.

Starting with John Punch, indentured servitude gradually evolved to lifetime slavery. By 1662, several Virginia laws were enacted that recognized slavery. One statute said that children would be born bonded or free depending on their mother's status, which began the transformation to slavery as we know it today.

Treasuring My USA History

"Jamestown VA changed the world in many ways, but perhaps it shaped our nation most profoundly the day Africans arrived."--Tavis Smiley

Monday, August 2, 2010

1790 ~ The First Census USA

On August 2, 1790, Federal representatives fanned out across the original 13 states, tabulating information on American households, just as they have every 10 years since. The information was used to estimate taxes, assign congressional representation and generally make demographic sense of U.S. society.

The enumerators (census takers) counted 3,929,326 people (later revised to 3,929,214 by some counts), “excluding Indians not taxed.” Of those counted, nearly 700,000 were slaves.

In Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina, slaves outnumbered free white men. Vermont, population 85,539, reportedly contained 16 slaves, a number later corrected to zero.

New York and Philadelphia were the new nation’s big cities, with 33,000 and 28,000 inhabitants respectively.

A complete set of the schedules for each state, with a summary for the counties, and in many cases for towns, was filed in the State Department, but unfortunately they are not now complete, the returns for the states of Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Virginia having been destroyed when the British burned the Capitol at Washington during the War of 1812.

You can read more on the Census Department's web site at

Monday Madness and with Gladness

Family Scrap album.... starting to rearrange & reorganize again -- today! These are actually my adopted darlings.... via Calvin...uhhhh... Oh yea-- Wilson!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Inaugural Poem Blair facility/library back in 2001


Some of what we came from came for a chance.
Others came indentured, others in chains,
to these potential--then united--states,
except for those who crossed the Bering Straits,
but they were immigrants, too, although they came
before there was a colony to name.
We're still astounded to find ourselves here,
children of brave and slave and musketeer,
coolie and buccaneer and wetback,
what we call white and yellow, red and black,
believing in living together and learning to.
Knowing how flesh can fail, minds misconstrue,
we have to wonder how we have come this far
toward what we want to be, being what we are.
Part of what keeps us restless and dreaming ahead
is paper printed with ink, words to be read,
thoughts to be spread about, newspapers and books,
journals and magazines--for lingering looks,
on slow strolls in the garden called the brain,
at long impressions where a truth has lain.
Miller Williams

Hi Tuesday - 2010 --- FPL stands for . . . .

Fayetteville Public Library -- Blair facility in Arkansas!

I dropped in, paid 30 bucks for an AR library card, and did my overview/research for about an hour!

........ i'll be back!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

ABOVE  Lancaster PA.
These Scotch-Irish people were prototypical of the Davy Crockett-type Alleghenies frontier Americans that have figured so prominently in American folklore. After the American Revolution, these frontiersmen migrated to Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and even to Texas. It has been said that almost every prominent figure in the history of South Carolina until after the Revolution was born in Pennsylvania or Virginia and moved into the Carolinas during this period. Among these could be found the parents of Andrew Jackson, Andrew Pickens, Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, John C. Calhoun, Wade Hampton, Thomas Sumpter and numerous others. It is very likely that some of our ancestors were part of this mass migration of Scotch-Irish to the Carolinas.

Below: SC map

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Generation No. 2 

Children of John Anderson and Margaret are

1. Elizabeth Anderson
2. Francis Anderson
3. John Anderson, born Bef. 1714; died Abt. 1787 in Augusta Co., Virginia.
4. James Anderson, born Bef. 1719; died 1779 in Barren County, Kentucky.
5. George Anderson, born Bef. 1720; died Bef. April 21, 1789 in Augusta Co., Virginia.
6. William Anderson, born Abt. 1721; died Bef. June 1794 in Augusta Co., Virginia.
Generation No. 1 
Anderson, John  born abt 1690 Ulster, Ireland       married in Ulster, Ireland abt 1710 to Margaret  born abt 1695 Ulster, Ireland d: 1761-1764 in Augusta, VA

Wordless, Speechless -- Wonderful Wednesday

I found some of the 1690 generations of Andersons!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Read any good books lately????


     [1] David Blight, in Thomas C. Holt and Elsa Barkley Brown, eds. “The Burden of African-American history: Memory Justice, and a Usable Past,”Major Problems in African American History, Volume 1: From Slavery to Freedom, 1619-1877 (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000),    

Frederick Douglass believed that history shapes the identity, the motivation, and the meaning of a person

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bowl it along!

Every experience deeply felt in life needs to be passed along -- Whether it be through words or music, chiseled in stone, painted with a brush, or sewn with a needle -- It is a way of reaching for immortality!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Just reminding myself.....

A surname can be called a last name, a given name, or a family name.
In much of Western Europe and the US, the surname is the last name of the father, or in the absence of married parents, the last name of the mother

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I didn't forget....

But it was late evening... Also, there was a buzz in the OKC air, ponds and newscasts via the flash flooding around town. So I was at home all day, and didn't log=in as this is my usual diary @ the workplace.

JUNE 14,

Howard Huggins moved from earth to eternity on 06-14-1997:

Aunt Hattie moved on 06-14-2000: and Sis AnnieMae Anderson moved onto glory 10:30pm 06-13-2010.

I took Mama out to dinner Thursday evening @ the new Golden Corral.... enjoying each day given to me!

Friday, June 11, 2010

National Archives blogsite....

The National Archives blogsite....

is a good site I'll add to my reading list. They highlight "Facial Hair Friday" !!
along with history tidbits. Here at Prologue, we’ve been collecting these “Pieces of History” — from hero pigeons to FDR’s globe — and have built up quite a stockpile! Join us as we share and discover what’s inside the National Archives.

Freedom seekin' Fun Fridays

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Born 12-29-1930: Pearl Myrtle was a 5-yr old child back in 1935 just like this Great-Grandson of hers' - forward generation 2010... a child ponders a gravesite / / /

And then to imagine WHEN Pearl was a little girl: we treasure the foot-stepping onto her headstone! we imagine sacredness - family connections!

As I was saying... WORDLESS

Wordless Wednesday 2010.....

Wordless but pictures say it best...

oh well... the photo upload is not working at the moment....

Friday, June 4, 2010

the REAL Burial Ground

Now, let's recall the REAL Burial Ground!
Which we visited my daddy's great soul - he is laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma.

Death-like Fun Friday

Why was I among the tombs, today??? I finally fulfilled three FIND-A-GRAVE requests from my zip code area. Feelin pretty useful!

Then, backtracked on my brother's info that our daddy - Howard Huggins Jr - purchased two lots at Chapel Hill Cemetery, 8801 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK County, OK

The area is called "Garden of Everlasting Life"


Purchase deeds are dated September 11, 1980 purchase of two lots total sum of $260.00 (a pymt plan no less)

My only problem is that 30-yrs ago, the place was not yet enlarged... so not this part of the original Chapel Hill is located in the very far-far back seat - area!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cotton pickin

Cotton pickin times
....slaves developed not only a spirit of self-reliance but experienced a measure of autonomy. These skills, when added to other talents for cooking, quilting, weaving, medicine, music, song, dance, and storytelling, instilled in slaves the sense that, as a group, they were not only competent but gifted.
Slaves used their talents to deflect some of the daily assaults of bondage. They saw themselves then as strong, valuable people who were unjustly held against their will rather than as the perpetually dependent children or immoral scoundrels described by so many of their owners. Indeed, they found through their artistry some moments of happiness, particularly by telling tales which portrayed work in humorous terms or when singing satirical songs which lampooned their owners

My old Mistis promise me
Dat when she died, she gwine set me free.
But she lived so long and got so po'
Dat she lef me diggin' wid er garden ho'.

-- plantation song recalled by Abram Harris, former slave from near Greenville, South Carolina

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I think I'll link this blog into the preparation of our Tulsa 2011 Family Reunion!

Wordless Wednesday! May 2010