Monday, March 13, 2017

February 25th Genealogy Showcase

Hey everyone, I know it's been several months since my last post.

I'm still not totally back to the genealogy but I am trying to at least stay active these days. On February 4th, I attended the the Spring Genealogy Conference, African American Genealogy: Overcoming Roadblocks, at St. Augustine University in Raleigh.

Later in the month, February 25th, the African-American Heritage Ministry at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, put on a Genealogy Showcase. I'm a member of both the church and the ministry. The ministry tries to plan activities throughout the year in order to try to educate the members of our church, especially our youth, about our history and heritage. However, most of our activities are centered around the month of February.

Several of these activities center around genealogy / family history. Last year, one of the other members of the ministry and I conducted a 1 1/2 hour presentation on getting started in genealogy.

This years event was the Genealogy Showcase. We invited the members of the church to participate and share part of their family's history. In addition we invited several of the local genealogy organizations, including AAHGS - AAGIG, Comprehensive Genealogical Services, and the Mecklenburg County Library. Guest speaker, via Skype, was Dr. Gina Paige of African Ancestry DNA.

Due to several events, such as the CIAA tournament, occurring that same weekend, attendance and participation was not what we had hoped for but it was still a nice event.

Here are some of the visual displays.

This first one is from my friend, Beatrice Cox. Mrs. Cox and I are the main two researchers in the ministry. She's the one I did last year's presentation with.

This next display is from our chair person, Cynthia Dumizo. Cynthia, as well as Mrs. Cox, are very active in a local group, Comprehensive Genealogical Services, which is active in finding local abandoned slave cemeteries.

This was the beginning of the display by another of our ministry members, Rosalyn Johnson. Originally, this was all that Rosalyn had planned to bring. She was planning to use a corner of my table but I ended up using my entire table, so Rosalyn ran back home and brought in some other materials. Since I was also doing a lot of running around (even going back home myself), I did not get a picture of Rosalyn's completed table.

The following tables were done by other members of the church and unfortunately, I didn't get their names.

And last but not least, here are the pictures of my table. If I had known we could use more than one table, I would have definitely brought more materials but for this being the first time of doing a visual display, I think it turned out okay. I got several tips from the Conference / Workshop earlier in the month that I employed in creating my displays.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sentimental Sunday - 2016 Perkins Family Reunion (June 17 - 19)

Wow, it's hard to belief that it's already been a month since I posted about my mother and I being excited about heading off to Arkansas to meet the descendants of my Great Grand Aunt, Penny Rome Perkins. As a reminder, Aunt Penny was my grandfather's, Oscar Lucillous "LC" Hosch, aunt and the younger sister of his mother (my Great Grandmother), Sallie Rome Hosch Coleman.

Outside of hearing about my Great, Great Grandparents (Wyatt and Alice Rome) and Granddad's Aunt, by marriage, Mamie Rome, and granddad's first cousin, Henry Rome, I don't ever remember hearing much about other relatives on the Rome side of the family. But thanks to old fashioned research as well as the Internet, I was able to determine what happened to this branch of the tree and have written about this previously.

While at the family reunion and also via the family's family reunion site, I learned that my Great Grand Aunt and her family ended up in Arkansas thanks to her father-in-law, Bill Perkins. Bill was born into slavery in Georgia. After emancipation, Bill saved then traveled to Arkansas where he purchased 40 acres of land and set up a grist and saw mill. Arkansas was selected because Bill had heard things were better in Arkansas than they were in Georgia. At some point in time, Bill became ill and sent for his son, Wesley Perkins, Aunt Penny's husband. Bill died in 1917, leaving all his assets to his son Wesley and as they say, the rest is history.

Via blogging, as well as Ancestry, I've had contact with several of Aunt Penny's descendants during the past 5+ years. So, as stated in my previous post, when mom and I found out about the 2016 Perkins Family Reunion. we just needed to go, even though it was on the same weekend as the Hosch Family Reunion.

So without further ado, here is a short pictorial story of mom and I meeting our cousins for the first time.

My mother meeting her 2nd cousin, Willie "Bam" Perkins for the first time at the Friday Meet and Greet. I have an entire other post that I need to dedicate to Cousin Willie "Bam". Seems that he is an famous Walmart Greeter.

Willie's father, Willie "Lane" Perkins, would have been my grandfather's first cousin.

Cousin Regina, who I also met at the meet and greet is my 3rd cousin 1X removed. Her dad was my 3rd cousin. Cousin Regina was funny. When I asked her who she was, she started spouting off all these names that I had never heard of. I had to slow her down and explain, who we were and that we didn't know them, yet.

Saturday, at the picnic at Perkins Park (part of the 40 acres that Bill Perkins purchased), we met even more cousins (some we actually met on Friday but I don't have any pictures of them from the Friday Meet and Greet).

Mom meeting her 2nd cousin Troy Perkins and his wife. I've been in contact with cousin Troy's sister, Viola, for several years. Cousin Viola is the one who passed on the information to us about the 2016 Perkins Family Reunion. Unfortunately, Cousin Viola was not able to attend, so I didn't get a chance to meet her in person which also means I don't have any pictures of her.

Mom and her 2nd cousin, Essie Mae

Cousin Essie Mae's sister, Unfortunately, I keep forgetting her name.

Cousin Essie Mae and her children, who would be my 3rd cousins

Cousin Kirk Perkins and his sister, Annette Perkins  Jones. They are my 3rd cousins. Cousin Kirk was one of the organizers and requested that I do a short speech on how I connected with / found this branch of my family tree.

Cousin Rhea, the oldest living of Aunt Penny's descendants, mom, and me. Cousin Rhea is mom's 2nd cousin.

This is cousin Dawn, my 3rd cousin 1X removed, and yours truly. Cousin Dawn and I have been in communication for several years through Ancestry. She is cousin Essie's granddaughter and agreed to help me procure her grandmother's DNA. Yes I came to the family reunion equipped.

Pictures of Aunt Penny's husband and 9 of her 11 children. Sadly, there was no picture of Aunt Penny. Looking at the pictures of my grandfather's first cousins I could see the family resemblance. Several of my cousins would tell me that I looked like someone and mom and I were doing the same.

At the banquet on Saturday night, I connected with another one of Aunt Penny's descendants, Carissa Davis, who I had recently met online through Ancestry.

That's me in the middle and Cousin Carissa on the right.

Unfortunately, the great time we were having had to come to an end. So while the others headed off to church on the final day, Sunday June 19th, mom and I had a goodbye breakfast with our cousin Vonda Perkins Douglas, one of the organizers of this great event.

By whatever means necessary, mom and I plan and hope to keep in touch with our new to us cousins. And somewhere in heaven, I just know that Great Great Grandpa Wyatt Rome, Great Great Grandma Alice Rome, Great Grandma Sallie Rome Hosch Coleman, Great Grand Aunt Penny Rome Perkins, Granddady Hosch and all of Aunt Penny's children where smiling. Just as I find gratification from finding the ancestors, I think I gain even more gratification from locating and connecting with the living descendants of long forgotten lines.

With the exception of the picture of cousin Carissa and myself, all of the pictures posted are owned by me, the owner of this blog.

The picture of cousin Carissa and myself was obtained through Annette Perkins Jones, via Facebook.

The history of Bill Perkins was obtained orally through the presentation presented on Saturday, June 18th, by Kirk Perkins and via the Perkins Family Reunion Site.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Perkins Family Reunion

In less than a week, my mother and I will get an opportunity to meet, in person, descendants of my grandfather's aunt, Penny Rome Perkins. That makes Aunt Penny my mother's Grand Aunt and my Great Grand Aunt.

I wrote about this branch of my tree way back in 2011, Surname Saturday - Perkins. It's hard to believe 5 years have passed since I wrote that post.

 Anyway, cousin, Viola Perkins Haymore, one of Aunt Penny's granddaughters, forwarded the information about their 2016 family reunion to me. Viola, my mother's 2nd cousin, had invited us to their 2011 / 2012 family reunion, also. But we were unable to make that one. This year both mom and I decided we had to go.

Mom. 87 years young, doesn't know how many more of these opportunities she is going to get and since outside her first cousins, she never really knew anyone on my grandfather's side of the family, she wanted to go.

Mom and I are both excited and from what I understand, our new found cousins are just as excited to meet us. I even have a spot on the program, to give a 5 minute presentation on how I discovered this branch of my family.

In addition to meeting my Perkins cousins, I'm hoping that I'll have an opportunity to explore Little Rock some. I've never been to Arkansas, much less Little Rock. Also hoping to do some along the way exploration as we will be driving instead of flying.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Year to Date - 2016

It's hard to believe we are already well into the second month of 2016. I had meant to start out the year with some fresh goals and ideas for what I planned to do this year with regard to my research but I've been busy so far this year. Although, I've not been working on my research, per say, I've been busy with the activities of the African-American Heritage Ministry at the church that I attend.

Last weekend, we sponsored an event to kick off our Black History Month activities. Although there weren't many young people in attendance, one of the goals of our ministry is to help the younger generation know of the sacrifices of earlier generations. While everyone knows of the noted historical African-American firsts, etc., the goal of the event was to make the congregation aware of those notable firsts within our own congregation. We started out by having people fill out a survey. From there there were some members of the ministry  that called the respondents to get some answers to follow-up questions.

One of the people that I got to interview was Don Hudson, who now resides here in Charlotte, NC. In 1971, Mr. Hudson became the first African-American football coach at a predominately white university when he became the coach at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. You can read more about Mr. Hudson here.

Today, our ministry gave a Beginning Genealogy presentation.I was one of the presenters and this marked the first time I did a presentation to someone other than family. While I was up to the 11th hour working on my portion of the presentation, I had fun preparing and giving the presentation. I'm thinking perhaps this may have marked the beginning of my next chapter in my genealogy journey.

The ministry has more events planned for the remainder of the month such as a visit to The International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC. However, I'm not involved in any more activities until the end of the month where I'll be leading a viewing and discussion of the movie Selma.

So, as you can see, while I've not been busy with my own research and history, I have been busy with other genealogical and historical activities so far this year.

Hopefully, after I get through this some what hectic month, I can get back to working on my research.

So, until next time.

Friday, October 16, 2015

AAHGS 2015 - Day 1 - James River Plantation Tours

Well, as promised, I'm hoping to get back on track with my blogging during the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Conference (AAHGS) in Richmond, VA.

Mom and I left in the wee hours of the morning. And yes I was working off of about 2 hours of sleep in the last 48 hours. We arrived in Richmond and at the hotel in the nick of time to to catch the tour that we had signed up for.

Shirley Plantation

Our first stop was the Shirley Plantation located in Charles City, VA. The Shirley Plantation is Virginia's first plantation. Shirley Plantation is the story of 11 generations of one family. The family continues to own and operate the plantation.

This building is the kitchen.

The laundry house.

The main house

The Pump House

The Root Cellar
Berkeley Plantation

The second stop on the tour was the Berkeley Plantation, which is also located in Charles City, VA. The Berkely Plantation. The first official Thanksgiving was held at Berkley Plantation in 1619.

The tour guides wore period costumes.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

2015 AAHGS Conference

This week the 36th National Conference of the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) will convene in Richmond, VA.

This will be my second time attending the National Conference and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with some of my genealogy buds.

And although my trusty side kick, that would be mom, has been having some issues of late, I’m bring her along, because I think it would do her a world of good to get  away for a few days. Plus, she seems to enjoy these activities as much as I do, especially when she becomes engaged in a conversation with someone and can reminisce about her childhood days.

While at the Conference, I hope to do a bit of blogging and post some pictures, so be on the lookout for those.

Hopefully, by the end of the week, provided life settles down, I’ll get re-energized to return to the hunt.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Obituary Sunday - Frances Hosch Parker Grier (1919 - 2015)

This year, our family lost one of the elder members of our family, my Aunt Frances, my mother's oldest remaining sibling. Aunt Frances lived a long and fruitful life. Still doesn't seem like she's gone. With Aunt Frances' passing, only 2 of my grandparents children now remain, my mother and her older sister, Lucille (momma was the next to the youngest).


On Dec. 3, 1919, in Monroe, Georgia, Mrs. Frances Hosch Parker Grier was born to the late Oscar Lucillous Hosch and Mary Magdeline Pierce Hosch. She peacefully transitioned from her temporary earthly home of ninety-five years to her everlasting heavenly home on Feb. 18, 2015, while at Kings Mountain Hospice House. 

Mrs. Grier graduated high school and furthered her studies at the Tidewater Community College. During her time here on earth, Mrs. Grier held several jobs throughout her life, including working at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Before retiring, Mrs. Grier worked for the Virginia Beach Police Department as a Criminal Records Clerk for twenty-four years. As the wife of a minister, she served faithfully as the first lady of the following churches: St. John AME Zion Church, Rocky Mount, NC; Light Oak Baptist Church, Shelby, NC; Piney Grove Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, VA; St. Paul AME Zion, Hereford, NC and St. Peter AME Zion, New Bern, NC. 

In addition to being one of the founders of Light Oak Baptist Church, her ministry service over the years included serving as the church clerk, teaching Sunday school, singing in the senior choir, leading the missionary ministry, and volunteering with the CARE Ministry. Mrs. Grier was also a member of the NAACP. 

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Grier was preceded in death by her first husband and the father of her children, James Bruce Parker; her second husband, Reverend Howard H. Grier; two daughters Vera Parker and Elizabeth Ann Parker Reid; her grandparents Cornelius and Fannie Pierce; three brothers, Willie Felton Hosch, John Robert Hosch , Melvin Hosch, Sr. (Dorothy Anderson); two sisters, Geneva Clayton Hosch Jackson(Cleveland Jackson) and Elmira Hosch Knox(Randolph Knox); one son-in-law, Max Oates; two brothers-in-law Reverend Eddie Evans and Earl W. Jones.

She leaves to cherish her memories one daughter, Ossie Mae Parker Oates of Shelby, NC; two sons, James Parker(Ann Maddox Parker) of Shelby, NC and Rufus Douglas Parker(Ruth J. McDowell Parker) of Grover, NC; two sisters, Mrs. Lucille Evans and Mrs. Ovella Jones both of Shelby; one godson, Reverend Charlie Benson of Chesapeake, VA; one son-in- law, Robert Reid of Camden, Delaware; two sisters- in-laws, Patty Mae Watson Hosch and Catherine Sims Hosch both of Shelby, NC; 19 grandchildren; 35 great- grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2 p.m., on Monday, at the church and at other times at the home of her son, Rufus Parker, 247 Roseborough Road, Grover. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at Light Oak Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Willie Dean Wray officiating and Rev. Jonathan Boyd delivering the eulogy. 

Burial will take place at Webb Memorial Lawns. 

Arrangements by Enloe Mortuary.