AFRICAN ROOTS: NELSON & OLIVIA LOFTEN

My cousin posted this story about our distant cousin, Nelson Loften & his wife, Olivia.  Nelson was the grandson of our common ancestors, Nelson and Martha Taylor.  The story Patricia tells of Olivia is a story I heard from my father many times over the years.  When I met Patricia and introduced her to my father …

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AFRICAN ROOTS: Stirling Papers – Record of the Births of Negroes

(Continuing from my last post.  My cousin on another side of my family, Kirk Young, went to the LSU to find more info on his grandfather, Jeff Stirling, who was my grea-grandmother’s brother.  He found Jeff’s father, aunts, uncles & grandmother in these same papers, that my cousin Patricia mentions.  As it turns out, all of these …

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AFRICAN ROOTS: The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom 1750-1925

The following link navigates to my cousin, Patricia Bayonne-Johnson’s, blog describing information in a book detailing the history of our ancestors (Pre-Civil War Era).  Our common ancestor was my 3rd Great-Grandmother, Martha (Morgan) Taylor.  What stuns me about this book is that a few months prior to my knowledge of its existence, I created a rough …

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An Amazing Story…

On August 22, 2012, something amazing happened… This story actually begins with an email I received from a co-worker named Ruth, on July 18, 2012.  The email had an attached link to this NY Times Blog chronicling the photographic journalism of Gordon Parks during the Civil Rights Movement.  Gordon Parks’ photographs, famously printed in Life …

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A Word of Thanks…

I give thanks to my late mother and grandmother who started a work in me that has become a life long journey and passion.  My mother started the first family tree nearly 30 years ago and I’ve just expanded it.  My grandmother made me memorize all the matriarchs that span the the last 7 generations of …

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