Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Dr. Boyce: Three Reasons Why I Loved “Django Unchained”

If you want to understand this film, imagine a mainstream version of the John Singleton film, “Rosewood,” with a lot more action. To be honest, only a white guy could have made this movie and convinced so many white people to pay money to see it.

No matter how we feel about “Django Unchained,” we should be sure to remember that the best way to have our stories told is to tell them ourselves.  

 I don’t think that every depiction of slavery has to be a purely educational endeavor which turns the movie theater into a history class. It’s OK to laugh, fight, love, live and learn, all at the same time. Even Quentin’s liberal use of the n-word in the film didn’t seem in the least bit out of context,

But I had my own reasons for loving “Django Unchained,” and here they are:
1) There was a legitimate African American hero: Jamie Foxx, who played Django, was one of the few serious black heroes ever produced by Hollywood, a place that tends to put black people in a box. Django wasn’t just a sidekick or comedic buffoon. He didn’t have some ridiculous set of character flaws like Will Smith’s conflicted hero in the movie “Hancock.” He didn’t need a white man to save him, like most other fictional or non-fictional accounts we see on screen. Instead, Django was simply a strong, brave, highly-skilled black man who loved his wife enough to put his life on the line to save her. In fact, I dare say he was downright inspirational, which is more than you can say about the black men in “T’he Color Purple.”
2) It had a beautiful portrayal of black love: Far too many Hollywood films enjoy highlighting the incessant conflict between black men and women. We live in a world where love and marriage are consistently replaced with abuse, addiction and baby mama drama (just watch nearly any VH1 show or listen to the radio to see at least 25 examples of what I’m talking about). Django’s’ deep love for his wife and desire to save her from her slave masters struck a cord with anyone who has had a first hand experience with such overwhelming emotion. It was beautiful to watch a black man show bravery to protect his family.
3) An in-your-face portrayal of slavery: Most of us are given the polite story about slavery when we’re in school. It’s as if the period of bondage was but a moment in history, followed by Abraham Lincoln giving us our freedom, and Martin Luther King giving us a speech. This film, to the extent that it is historically accurate, probably mortified many of the people in the audience by showing the depths of dehumanization that took place during the greatest holocaust in American history. Unfortunately, this film will be the best education on slavery that many of the audience members will ever receive, but it’s certainly better than nothing.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

My Travis Family ~ Mississipi

I think I'll begin my looking at my oldest living Travis descendant..... yes... a good place to start!

Thursday, December 6, 2012



They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
When you go home tell them of us and say -For your tomorrow we gave our today

~ ♥  ♥ ~

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Life - Line of T. B. Sipuel

GA Census 1880 Parents

(1825) Alfred Anderson -55
(1852) Elizabeth Anderson-28

Born:   1877           AGE:  2 yrs    Sipuel Anderson
Race: BLACK Series: T9 Roll: 160 Page: 122
Town 462 ¾ Militia Dist in the County of Newton State of GA

Tral Sifieol          Certificate of Marriage …..
Birth:   abt 1877    AGE:  28

Date: 1905 - (Oct 29)                 Location:   Halley, Desha, Arkansas
SPOUSE: Belle Smith   Age: 19
Born: abt 1886

Tracie Sipuel

United States Census, 1910   
Birth:  1875   AGE:  35 yrs
Residence: 1910 Bowie, Chicot, Arkansas
SPOUSE: Belle Sipuel
Born: 1885                         Location: Arkansas

T. B. Sipuel   COGIC
Birth:    1877       AGE:  37 yrs
Faulkner City Arkansas
YR : 03-27-1914 Ministry License

Trave Sipuel

United States Census, 1920
Birth:   1873      AGE:  47 yr
Residence: 1920 , Chicot, Arkansas
SPOUSE: Belle Sipuel      Born: 1885      Location: Arkansas

Travis Sipuel & Martha B. Sipuel
Tulsa, Oklahoma    YR : 05-31-1921  TULSA RACE RIOT

Travis B. Sipuel

United States Census, 1930
Birth:  1875        AGE:  55 yr
SPOUSE:   Mariah Sipuel     Location: 1930 Chickasha, Grady, OK
Born: 1885        AGE: 45 yr      Location: Arkansas
Mother of 4 Children / 3 Living

Lemuel Travis (1922) Ada Lois (1924) Helen Marie (1926)

T. B. Sipuel   COGIC
Overseer State of – Oklahoma   
Born  1877:         AGE:   66 yr
Bishop: 01-15-1944   /   09-16-1946
SPOUSE: Martha B. Sipuel
Born: 1885             Location: Arkansas

T. B. Sipuel
Death Certificate  09-24-1946    Oklahoma
Born:   1877      AGE:     68 yrs 
Martha B. Sipuel-Caver
Death Certificate   03-17-1971  Oklahoma
Born:   1885     AGE:  86 yrs

Monday, October 29, 2012

US Presidents during my mother's Lifetime....

1945–48 Harry S. Truman Democratic    (no Vice President,

1949–53) Harry S. Truman Democratic  (Alben W. Barkley, 1949–53)

1953–61 Dwight David Eisenhower Republican Richard M. Nixon

1961–63 John Fitzgerald Kennedy Democratic Lyndon B. Johnson

1963–65 Lyndon Baines Johnson Democratic (no Vice President, 1963–65)
1965-1969 Lyndon Baines Johnson Democratic  Hubert H. Humphrey, 1965–69

1969–73 Richard Milhous Nixon Republican Spiro T. Agnew, 1969–73

1973-74      Gerald R. Ford   (no Vice President, Oct. 10, 1973–Dec. 6, 1973)

1974–77 Gerald Rudolph Ford Republican   Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1974–77

1977–81 Jimmy Carter Democratic Walter F. Mondale

1981–89 Ronald Wilson Reagan Republican George H.W. Bush

1989–93 George Herbert Walker Bush Republican J. Danforth Quayle

1993–2001 Bill Clinton Democratic Albert Gore, Jr.

2001–9 George Walker Bush Republican Dick Cheney

2009–2012 Barack Hussein Obama Democratic Joseph R. Biden, Jr.


Who served as US Presidents during Lucinda's Lifetime?

Looking over her lifetime (1848 to abt 1908 or so....   she never had the right/privilege of voting


1850–53 Millard Fillmore Whig

1853–57 Franklin Pierce Democratic

1857–61 James Buchanan Democratic

1861–65 Abraham Lincoln Republican

1865–69 Andrew Johnson Democratic/National Union

1869–77 Ulysses Simpson Grant Republican

1877–81 Rutherford Birchard Hayes Republican

1881 James Abram Garfield Republican

1881–85 Chester Alan Arthur Republican

1885–89 Grover Cleveland Democratic

1889–93 Benjamin Harrison Republican

1893–97 Grover Cleveland Democratic

1897–1901 William McKinley Republican

1901–9 Theodore Roosevelt Republican

Thinking about LuCinda Smith . . . .

my great-grandmother....born about 1847-48 in Lousiana....

This picture might be what she looked like and how she lived as a young girl....

Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)
Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)
James Buchanan (1857-1861)
Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)
Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)
Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)
Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)
James A. Garfield (1881)
Chester Arthur (1881-1885)
Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)
Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)
Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)
William McKinley (1897-1901)
Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)
William Howard Taft (1909-1913)

A Nickle in the Horse-tracks. . .

Just an old saying from my daddy..... the stories he used to tell.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Don't believe everything u see!

My friends at RECLAIMING KIN wordpress:  

The only way to be sure that what we are recording is accurate is to correlate each piece of evidence and closely examine every document and rationally explain any conflicts. Every document has the potential to contain inaccurate information. Viewing records in isolation and accepting what they purport as true can’t be our practice.

...........examples kept me going in the wrong direction for years. It is only by researching many different document types (census, vital records, deed records, court records, military records, bible records, etc. etc.) that we can we begin to form an accurate picture of our ancestor’s lives and flesh out the data that is incorrect.

Elizabeth Shown Mills has a new website online, and her Quick Lessons should be required reading. Check them out when you have time if you haven’t already.

"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."

-William Faulkner

Quotably so !

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living ...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Legacy of Prayer in our Family

Just as each of us has a family genealogy, each of us has a prayer genealogy. My heard my brother speak of our granddad Travis as a faithful - no-playing man of God.  His prayers are alive in us today!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Grandmothersaid Blogspot

Grandmother knows.... my sister has taken ill.... a setback... but recovery is coming.  Slowly,,,circular fashion.... but it's a'comin Good Lord!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Bipolar disorder, which used to be called manic depressive illness or manic depression, is a mental disorder characterized by wide mood swings from high (manic) to low (depressed).

 Periods of high or irritable mood are called manic episodes. The person becomes very active, but in a scattered and unproductive way, sometimes with painful or embarrassing consequences. Examples are spending more money than is wise or getting involved in sexual adventures that are regretted later. A person in a manic state is full of energy or very irritable, may sleep far less than normal, and may dream up grand plans that could never be carried out. The person may develop thinking that is out of step with reality -- psychotic symptoms -- such as false beliefs (delusions) or false perceptions (hallucinations). During manic periods, a person may run into trouble with the law.

Marja Bergen is the author of Riding the Roller Coaster: Living with Mood Disorders (Northstone, 1999) and a new book for Christians about living successfully with bipolar disorder (to appear). She is the founder of Living Room, a faith-based Mood Disorders Association of BC support group. Her blog,, deals with mental health and faith issues.

Depression and Bipolar Disorder: Your Guide to Recovery by William R. Marchand (Kindle Edition - Aug 1, 2012) - Kindle eBook

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness[Paperback]

Kay Redfield Jamison (Author

My value system.....

God values character over comfort, faith over fear, mercy over judgment, justice over injustice, people over possessions, truth over falsehood, humility over pride, hope over despair, love over apathy......

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A loving Sister and a Manic-Depressive invades our Family

Where can I express and explore what is going on in this Huggins/Kirk/Brothers-Bradford Family....    It's just me and my sister that have inserted married names into the picture!

And my great love for my sister is the pathyway to praying and not being bitter about the Bi-Polar  trauma of 7-14-2012 . . . August and September events....   Another year of what??

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s mother, Jacqueline Jackson on 7-13-2012 - told a Rainbow/PUSH conference Friday that her son has suffered years of “enormous disappointment.”

“I’m not ashamed to say ... he thought he was going to be a senator. He thought he was going to have a chance to run for mayor. And young people don’t bounce back from disappointment like me and my husband,” she said.Mrs. Jackson also asked for prayers and privacy.

“My son is unwell, and he needs a moment to heal. And I ask you to pray for me without cease. Do for me what I’ve done for you. I want you to respect that. Give us a moment. Most of all for him.”

Lithium is a ~  Mood Stabilizer
The best-known and oldest mood stabilizer is lithium carbonate, which can reduce the symptoms of mania and prevent them from returning. Although it is one of the oldest medicines used in psychiatry, and although many other drugs have been introduced in the meantime, much evidence shows that it is still the most effective of the available treatments.Lithium also may reduce the risk of suicide.

If you take lithium, you have to have periodic blood tests to make sure the dose is high enough, but not too high. Side effects include nausea, diarrhea, frequent urination, tremor (shaking) and diminished mental sharpness. Lithium can cause some minor changes in tests that show how well your thyroid, kidney and heart are functioning. These changes are usually not serious, but your doctor will want to know what your blood tests show before you start taking lithium. You will have to get an electrocardiogram (EKG), thyroid and kidney function tests, and a blood test to count your white blood cells.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Daddy's Quote ~ The New Moon

Crescent Moon (waning crescent/45-0 degrees/18% illumination) 
There is balm in Gilead, To make the wounded whole;
There's power enough in heaven, To cure a si
n-sick soul...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Looking for a way to organize this blog.....

My first reading....  ROOTS REVEALED   
Then on to....

In Mississippi to Africa, A Journey of Discovery, written by Melvin J. Collier ---- you will follow a roots-tracing journey of discovery that faced:
        • The Great Black Migration
       • Slavery / slave-owners
       • Surname changes
       • Miscegenation
       Oral histories
       • The Civil War
       • Family separations during slavery
       A plethora of historical records
       Slave documents
       • DNA testing
       Transatlantic slave trade (Middle Passage)
       • West African peoples & cultures

the sources that enabled Melvin Collier to document 7 generations include:

Bills of sale (slaves)
Census records
Church records
City directories
County history books
Court records
Death records
Deeds of gifts (slaves)
Diaries / memoirs
Educable Children school records (Mississippi)
Freedmen’s Bank applications
Land records
Linguistic books
Marriage records
Military pension record (Civil War)
Newspaper articles
Probate records
Slave inventories
Slave narrative
Slave schedules
Social security applications
Southern Claims Commission records
Tax digests
Transatlantic slave trade data
.                                                               World War I draft registration card

I found interesting fact in the AFRICAN ANCESTRY BLOG (
excerpt from Hugh Thomas’ book, “The Slave Trade,” that are worth noting:

Senegambia (in Arguin), Sierra Leone 2,000,000
Windward Coast 250,000
Ivory Coast 250,000
Gold Coast (Ashanti) 1,500,000
Slave Coast (Dahomey, Adra, Oyo) 2,000,000
Benin to Calabar 2,000,000
Cameroons/Gabon 250,000
Loango 750,000
Congo/Angola 3,000,000
Mozambique/Madagascar 1,000,000
Here are a few other interesting stats:
Brazil 4,000,000
Spanish empie (including Cuba) 2,500,000
British West Indies 2,000,000
French West Indies (including Cayenne) 1,600,000
British North America & U.S. 500,000
Dutch West Indies (including Surinam) 500,000
Danish West Indies 28,000
Europe (including Portugal, Canary   Islands,
       Madeira, Azories, etc) 200,000
TOTAL 11,328,000

sharing a few more facts from African Ancestry blog...... 

Africa is the world’s second largest continent after Asia; Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the most populous black country in the world, with about 140 million people; and that Africa is said to be the first continent where human fossils were found.  

  • Africans are some of the most educated immigrants in the world, and one of the most educated men in the world is Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe who holds seven degrees – two of them are Master’s degrees.
  • Eighteen people from Africa have been awarded the Nobel Prize.  Coincidentally, two of them have houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, South Africa:  Nelson Mandela, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
  • While there are between 2,000 and 3,000 languages spoken in Africa, with possibly as many as 8,000 dialects, Somalia is the only country in the world where all citizens speak one language, Somali.
  • Even though diamonds are abundant in Sierra Leone, the largest diamond in the world was the Cullinan, found in a mine near Pretoria, South Africa in 1905.  It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut.  In fact, half the world’s diamonds come from southern and central Africa.
  • The Nile River is the longest river in Africa and in the world.  It’s over 4,000 miles long. And while it’s often associated with Egypt, it actually touches Ethiopia, the DRC, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Sudan, as well as Egypt.  This is a picture I took of it from my recent trip to Uganda.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Remembering: Psalm 143 verse 5

"I will remember the days of old.... I meditate on all thy works:  I muse on the works of thy hands......(KJV)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


  • (The) African American Experience in Ohio: The African-American Experience
  •  in Ohio 1850-1920 is a digital collection brought together from a number 
  • of individual sources specifically for this project. These sources include 
  • manuscript collections, newspaper articles, serials, photographs, and 
  • pamphlets. (Includes a plantation account book for Eustatia Plantation in MS)
  • Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations From the Revolution 
  •  Through the Civil War: Series J: Selections from the Southern Historical 
  •  Collection Part 6: Mississippi and Arkansas
  • LSU Plantation Records Collection (Lower MS): manuscript collections
  •  documenting plantation society and economy in the Louisiana and Lower
  •  Mississippi Valley. The plantation records and personal papers of planters, 
  • factors, merchants, and others whose livelihood came from plantations 
  •  provide a wealth of documentation supporting research in plantation e
  • conomy, slavery, and the social history of Southern landholding elites 

Baby Place
Bee Lake

Hideout Plantation: Hughes(R.B.) Moor's Plantation: Moor
Pleasantview Plantation: Kearney
Rising Son Plantation: Whittington
River Bend Plantation: Pillow
Roebuck Plantation: Aron
Shellmound Plantation
Starwood Plantation
Wildwood Plantation: McLean, Merrill (Money Planting Co.)
Barry Place
Liberty Hall Plantation: Ervin


 Research Leads for Liberty Hall Plantation
  • Location: Lowndes Co., MS
    Constructed: 1835
    History: William Ethelbert Ervin owned Liberty Hall Plantation, near Columbus, in Lowndes County, Mississippi, near Columbus. He was born to William and Eliza Dick Ervin in Sumter District, South Carolina in 1809. The family moved to Lowndes County, Mississippi, about 1832. His father died there in 1839. William E. Ervin built Liberty Hall in 1835 on the east side of the Tombigbee River. After his home was built he returned to Sumter, South Carolina, and married Sarah McGee Kennedy.

    Associated Surnames: Ervin

  • Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations, Series J: William Ethelbert Ervin Diaries, 1839-1856, Lowndes County, Mississippi. This collection consists of two plantation diaries kept by Ervin between 1839 and 1856. Ervin included information on buying and selling slaves, hiring slaves owned by others, providing slaves with blankets, hats, and other clothing, and paying slaves for their "Christmas work." He made lists of slave birth (and some death) dates. In 1847, he wrote out the rules for slave conduct and punishments in case the rules were broken. There were rules for how to handle quarrels, duties of husbands and wives, absence from the plantation, and the obligation of slaves to be in their quarters by 9 p.m.

Other People Researching This Plantation
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Shields Plantation:    Shields Plantation
Location: Lowndes Co., MS
History: ----
Associated Surnames: Adams, Shields, Smith
Associated Plantations: Smith Plantation (Halifax Co., NC)

Associated Free White Names
  • Charles Shields: owner; resided in Scotland Neck, Halifax Co. North Carolina
  • Howel Adams: overseer at Shields Plantation in MS
  • William Ruffin Smith: executor of the Shields estate

Research Leads
  • Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations, Series J: William Ruffin Smith Papers, 1772-1959, Lowndes County, Mississippi; also North Carolina. Most of the papers in Series 1 relate to the Mississippi plantation of Charles Shields, William Ruffin Smith's neighbor in North Carolina. Shield bought a plantation in Mississippi and took an unspecified number of slaves there to operate it under the supervision of an overseer, Howell Adams, but died shortly thereafter. Smith, as executor of the estate, administered the property for Shields's heirs. 
Lowndes Co. Links

"When an elder dies, a great library and archives burn to the ground."

GREAT SITE  ////  while thinking of  my Mississippi TRAVIS Clan...
Last Sunday... 6-17-2012... Rayford Travis passed away..... b. 1932, living in Simpsonville SC.
left to right:  Erma Lena Frieson, Teen Henderson, James Travis, Dacron, Danada and Rayford Travis (photo 2010)

I googled a bit and found....
MISSISSIPPI TO AFRICA.... Mel's Roots Diggin' Site

I just love this tree... and Mel's researc tips!!!

Research, Study, and Analyze Federal Census Records
    Armed with names, dates, and places, head to the place that has census records. Such places include state archives departments, city libraries, libraries at some major universities/colleges, family history centers, national and regional archives, etc. Don't forget to take some money with you for copying purposes. Also, for a fee, you can access census records online at
     The 1940 census is the latest census that was made available to the public on April 2, 2012. See Work from the known to the unknown by starting with the 1940 census and continue to the 1930, 1920. 1910, 1900, 1880, and the 1870 census. Unfortunately, the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire. Censuses prior to 1870 only included whites and free people of color. If you are viewing microfilmed census records instead of the digital images on, a soundex is available for the 1930, 1920, 1910, 1900, and 1880.  Locate your family in the soundex first, which will tell you exactly where to find them on the county census records. However, the 1880 soundex only contain families with at least one child who was 10 years old or younger. If you can't find your folk in the 1880 soundex, then browse through the 1880 county census. Also, be aware that a lot of county boundaries changed. It is possible that families found in the 1870 census were in the 1880 census of another county and they never moved.
     When you find your family in the census, make photocopies of that page and several of the pages before and after that one. Pay attention to their neighbors. It was common for family members to live close to each other. Plan to go back and view the census records again and again and again. Trust me, you won't regret it. I've found many family members just browsing the census in a specific area where I knew most of my family lived. Ask older family members about the names of the other families you will find living near your ancestors. They may be able to identify them. Also, record all of the families that have the same surnames as your ancestors who were living in the same county, especially the same district.
The following information was recorded in the 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, & 1940 Census records:
• Name (head of household)
• Names of the people in the household and the relationship to the head of household
• Sex, Race, Age
• Marital status
• Number of years married (may not have been asked in some counties in 1880) or the age when first married (asked in 1930 and 1940)
• Place of birth
• Place of birth of father and mother (not recorded in the 1940 census)
• Occupation 
The following additional information was recorded in the 1900 Census records:
• Month and year of birth
• Number of children a mother had given birth to and how many of those children are living (also asked on the 1910 census)  
The 1870 Census records only provide the following information:
• Names
• Sex, Race, Age
• Place of birth
• Occupation
Note: The 1870 census does not list the relationships to the head of household.
     The 1870 Census is very important in African-American genealogy research. It was very often the first official record that recorded former enslaved African-Americans by their first name and last name. It is also important because the 1870 census was done just five years after slavery. Therefore, for most African-American adults found in the 1870 census records, they were enslaved just five years prior.
     Many African Americans living together in the 1870 census had lived together earlier as a family group on their former enslaver’s farms/plantations and continued to depend upon these relationships even though some were not of blood relations. In 1870, you may often run across other families with the same last names as your ancestors. Some of them were blood relatives and some were not. However, it is very likely that all of them had labored on the same farm/plantation as slaves. Elderly family members may be able to determine which families were blood related.
The Ties That Bind: Finding a Link to
"The Beckley Five" of Pontotoc County, Mississippi

Researched and written by Melvin J. Collier

Search for other important documents.
Such important documents include:
  • marriage records
    death certificates
    birth certificates
    family obituaries
    pension records
    Social Security applications 
    Educable Children's Records (for Mississippi researchers)
    There are many more records to explore. Order Mississippi to Africa, A Journey of Discovery
       to gain more insight.
     From marriage records, maiden names can be learned. Also, in some counties, the marriage license applications can be found. Often, those documents list the parents’ names. Marriage records can be obtained from county courthouses and state archive departments.  Pay attention to the other names of witnesses on marriage certificates. Often times, they were family members.
     Death certificates are valuable because they contain information such as the name of the spouse, the father's name, the mother's maiden name, the birthplace, the birth date, the place of burial, etc. Also from birth certificates, the parents’ names and the place of birth can be learned.  Those records are typically found at state vital records departments and at state archive departments.
     If you have knowledge that an ancestor or relative may have fought in the Civil War, try to locate his pension records which are stored at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.  Over 200,000 African-American men served in the Union Army. The pension records of these soldiers often contain a wealth of information.  View the database at the USCT website.
     Social Security applications are valuable sources. They contain the father’s name, mother’s maiden name, birthplace, etc. Their database can be accessed on the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) website with instructions on how to order applications.
     The state of Mississippi did a census of all of the children called Educable Children's List.  These lists were started in 1878, recording all of the names of all school-age children between the age of 5 and 21 years old for each county.  The age and sex of each child were recorded.  Most of the records were taken every 4 years.  After 1878, the records were divided into districts and by household with the name of a guardian, typically a parent.  Also, after 1878, the lists were racially divided.  These records can be located at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and also at some county courthouses.  The 1885 - 1896 records are a good substitute for the 20-year-gap in the census that was caused with the destruction of the 1890 Census by fire.
     Once you are able to uncover names of more family members from these documents, plan to search for them in the census records as well. Not only trace direct ancestors, it can also be beneficial to trace other relatives that were known by family members. On one occasion when talking with a family member, she mentioned the name of one of my paternal great-grandmother’s older brothers. I was able to find this relative in the census records. In his household was his mother. Tracing this relative led me to the name of another ancestor, a great-great-grandmother.

Monday, June 18, 2012

“Better to write something now, than everything never.”

WHAT SHALL I WRITE ABOUT; hmmmmmmmmmmm   Borrowed inspiration from RECLAIMIN KIN blogsite.....

Here goes my list:

History of that city, or rural area
Example: The city of Tifton, GA (and the county) was named for Captain Henry Tift, who built large sawmills to harvest the lumber that would be central to this community. My great-great grandfather John Smith was born in Tifton. Many rural areas were named for large slaveowners.
Geography-what was the landscape like?
Example: Many of my ancestors from Hardin County lived along the Tennessee River, so that was a major influence on people’s lives. At the turn of the century, steamboat travel was frequent as were, according to the local paper, drownings of local citizens.
Migration patterns: where did most of the people that settled here come from? Where did many go to?
Examples: Most of the people in early Tennessee were a part of the westward migration from Virginia and North Carolina. This matches exactly the path of the slaveowner of my Tennessee ancestor, Malinda Holt. Also, I have mapped the migration of African-Americans from this county to Northern industries in the 1940s.
 Items from U.S. national history, State history, and/or county history
Hardin County, TN was the site of a large Civil War battle and in many ways that informed the experiences of many slaves who ran away and joined the war effort. Tennessee had more black volunteers than any other state.
Use slave narratives & autobiographies from that area to document the slave experience, even if its not your ancestor
Example: For my ancestors from Montgomery County, MD, I include excerpts from the autobiography of Josiah Henson who was enslaved there. For Hardin County, TN, I use the WPA slave narrative of Edward Bradley, who was enslaved there.
Laws relating to slaves and  freedmen
Example: After the Civil War, Maryland’s Eastern Shore utilized the apprenticing laws to basically re-enslave the children of their former slaves. The Freedmen’s Bureau had to fight to get their children back.  I discuss this in my write-up of my ancestors from Somerset County, MD.
Illnesses and deaths
Example: There was a smallpox epidemic in 1873 in Jacksonville, FL, where my dad’s family lived, which forced many people to temporarily flee the city. Also, the 1918 flu pandemic touched just about every community. Use mortality census records for this topic as well.
Prominent People (both black and white)
Example: Harry Hooks amassed a fortune as a freed black shoemaker in Hardin County, TN before the Civil War, even enabling him to purchase his wife & children. Also, many prominent whites in the county, like William Cherry, were Unionists during the Civil War, which created an interesting dynamic there versus other Southern cities.
Major African-American churches, schools & businesses
Example: My grandfather owned two successful pharmacies in the booming 1940s business district of Jacksonville, Florida, which in part explains why this family never migrated North along with so many others. I find this community he was a part of simply fascinating, and I have documented other black businesses that existed alongside his.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Shared Memories...

It's been 15 years since Daddy passed.... This is a Re-post of Facebook today....
Howard Jr Huggins in his early twenties...abt 1950
is more of how we remember daddy ..maybe in in forties ... abt 1970
I've visited by phone with Craig Huggins in Ohio....  relatives from the Howard Huggins Sr... side of the family.....

 Below is the Travis=Morgan=Huggins side of the family  
Mama Dooley and Sister Stafford .. maybe Frederick, OK...long ago

Uncle DD
Aunt Hattie

 Aunt Ruth

Monday, June 4, 2012

A June Wedding ~ 64 years ago!!!

There's a twinkle in daddy's eye.... and mama leans her head ever so sweetly....

Tana said that daddy's first cousin from Aunt Molly Travis-Clark is standing next to mama... the picture smudged him a bit... he is Paul Clark, his wife is seated in front of him??? and I can't remember who the children are....

Bruce Fisher has an old suitcase underneath a bed at Ada and Warren's House located at 4009 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City, OK.   Year and a half-ago... I stopped by and photographed....

This verifies that my mother, Helen Huggins did leave Langston University, OK ... I have a picture of her in a Freshman LU Class.....
she moved to Chicago to stay with one of Big Mama's sisters (an aunt)... and graduated from a business school in may 1947....

Then.....  this is a little bridal book page..... really sweet and sentimental ... (Dad Sipuel had passed in Sept 1946)... so Big Mama prepared a wedding announcement..   I notice that..yes... Daddy was already an ordained COGIC minister when marrying mama.

On.... June 18, 1948 in Chicago Illinois, Howard Jr. Huggins and Helen Sipuel were married...
I found something on Prayer Garden COGIC while scanning the COGIC internet a few days ago...

One more cute thing... whatever book this is with Daddy's handwriting... He had recorded five of US-Chillun.... Tana didn't come along until 1965!!!

Now.... lastly.. I wonder if Orville's middle name is spelled the same on his birth certificate... I always thought it was Thurston!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Clinton ~ Oklahoma

The houses we lived in . . . . where we grew up and played.....

Chickasha, Frederick and Geary, OK . . . .back to Chickasha... then to the big city.... 4916 N Wisconsin, OKC, OK ! ! !

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Just for Fun...

And... remember my family members are following this blog....

A blast from the past.... say late 1960's...... three great Huggins Boyz to Men!!!!!

As a picture does tell a story... I wonder what kind of little blue car were they standing in front of... the place was 4916 N Wisconsin, our first home... the one we grew up in Oklahoma City, OK!!!  I even wonder who was taking the picture????    Oh...  on the back it's marked 1971!!!!   something I encourage everyone to do is mark the back of a photo!!!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

1940 Census Form.... Excel format

If you are comfortable with Excel spreadsheet, there are some good forms here:

Free for personal use, donation requested.

Travis Women of Mississippi

NOTICE..... they are wearing their hats......

This is a picture Daddy left around the Woodridge house in a photo album....???   How and who and when did he think of a Family Crest Emblem.... words inscribed are Huggins.  
Uncle DD (James Charlie Morgan  -  brother of Howard Huggins, Helen (wife)  in MS??

This is a great Chicago visit... about 1966-67... Mama Dooley holding Tana!

Mama Dooley and a Church Friend... 

 and Low and behold.... this is Mama Dooley's cousin...from the Byrd and Molly Travis family tree..... she is Addie Travis Brookins!