Monday, May 30, 2011

Okay....Here We Go! LOL.

Okay, I finally did it. I have been on an incredibly journey over almost two years searching for my ancestors and I kept telling myself, I needed to document this. You need to write this information down and document the process, not only what I learned about the people who came before me, but how I felt as I made these discoveries. How this whole process has affected my life has been absolutely incredible. Until I started searching, I was under the impression that I would never know anything about my lineage beyond my grandparents. Being of African-American descent you think...oh hey, it's just not possible due to slavery to find anything out. And then August of 2009, I started asking questions of my parents. I started looking on-line through records and then I was hooked. I could find things out. For the first time I realized, there is information available, I could find out more. Names, faces on old black and white photos that suddenly were presented to me from long ago packed away boxes that had been closed up in closets or drawers for God knows how long. A conversation and subsequently an intimacy level developed with my parents that had never existed before. I feel blessed.


My ties are are to eastern North Carolina, with most of my ancestors associated with Carteret and Craven Counties. Family Surnames:  Bryant, Mitchell, Jones, Harrison, Whitney, Harris, and Taylor.

This picture is the picture that sparked my curiosity regarding family history. It hung in my maternal grandmother's bedroom when I was a child and I would always stop to look at it when I visited her.


Ophelia Jones Bryant
(Nov 20, 1894--Feb 20,1939)

My grandmother, Mary Horton, was 6 months old when this picture was taken. I treasure this picture so much.



10 comments:

  1. What a great treasure you have in that photograph! I hope you will keep digging, and keep finding wonderful things about your family.

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  2. Hi there,
    Just a quick hello to welcome you to the blogosphere. :) I read each one of your posts, and will continue to follow you. My ancestors also hailed from NC, but from counties further west than yours. Good luck as you continue your research. I look forward to reading more!

    Renate
    www.justthinking130.blogspot.com

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  3. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I will be following your blog as well. Wonderful information there. Thanks again.

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  4. Love your blog and your writing style. Welcome to Geneabloggers looking forward to reading more.

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  5. Gorgeous photo! You look so much like Ophelia. Welcome to the genealogy blogging community - I look forward to reading your posts.

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  6. I'm just wondering on your Bryant family here. We have a Genora or Genoah Bryant who married William Dove on 19 Jun 1879; daughter Josephine Dove married William Henry Carter on 29 May 1901. I don't have any Bryant info. Just wondering if there might be a connection.

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  7. Oh wouldn't that be something if there was a connection. No I don't have a Genora or Genoah Bryant on my line. Sorry.

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