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.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Motivation Monday - June 29, 2015

The 6th month of 2015 is drawing to a close and even though I completely missed the mark on most of my goals (yes it means you'll see the same ones again next month), I am proud of myself for the dent I've made into the overall organization of my office.  You know if I didn't have to have a day job, I'm thinking this project would have been finished by now but knowing me, it probably still would not be done.

I think that is one of the reasons I'm contemplating an early retirement in say 5 1/2 years is that I want to have more time to focus on other things like my genealogy research, crafts, etc.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand.

While doing the office clean-up, I came across something that I know I didn't talk about last year. I guess I was a little disappointed when I received it. You see, last year, I had to give another presentation during the Hosch-Pierce family reunion, so I decided to splurge and do the PatriClan Analysis from African Ancestry for my maternal grandfather's line.

Several years ago, my first cousin, Larry Hosch, had done the yDNA test for me through Family Tree DNA (FTDNA). So, when I decided to splurge on the PatriClan Analysis, I ordered African Ancestry's Paternal Analysis Only, then emailed them the results from FTDNA.

I waited ever so patiently for the results to arrive. Checked with several online genealogy buds who I knew had already used African Ancestry, who all stated that the receipt of their results didn't take the amount of time that mine were taken. They all suggested that I contact the company, which I did. At this point in time I forget the reason why they were running behind schedule but they were behind schedule. So, I waited, and waited some more. Finally, the long awaited results arrived during the last week of August.

I vaguely remember being interested when they arrived but not jump up and down excited as I've been in the past when I received ancestral DNA results but I'm making up for that now.

So, I'm proud to announce that my maternal grandfather's paternal line descends from the Ibo people in present day Nigeria and the Ewondo people in present day Cameroon.

The letter that was received with the certificate states that the Sequence Similarity Score is 100%, which means that they are 100% confident in the result.

Obviously, I now have much research to do on these two groups of people, since we don't know anything past my great grandfather, Barto Hosch, for my grandfather's direct male ancestors.

I'm sure you are wondering why initially I was disappointed when I received the results. Trust me when I say it had nothing to to do with the actual results. The disappointment was the time frame in which I received the results. Based on the time frame given at the time of ordering when I would receive the results, I thought I would have the results in plenty of time to use in my presentation at the family reunion. Sadly, I didn't receive the results until several weeks (nearly two months) past the scheduled date of receipt, which was one month past the family reunion, hence, the major disappointment. However, I do have to give kudos to African Ancestry in that they provided me with two additional certificates, for free, to make up for the extended time in getting the results.

So, I had a certificate made up for one of my 2nd cousins, who's probably the better historian / researcher on this branch of my family tree, and also had one made up for my mother. And because I was initially disappointed, I've yet to forward any of the certificates to my family members and that includes my mother. But since I'm trying to get back on the genealogical research bandwagon, my goal is to rectify that this week. My mother will be receiving hers on Friday. I contacted my second cousin today via e-mail, so that I could get his address to mail him his. And hopefully, I'll see my first cousin sometime this week and present his copy to him.

Even with the delay, I'm hoping to do another splurge this year with African Ancestry, but on the paternal side of the family this time. If I can make it happen (I'm having some unexpected expenses this summer), you'll be able to read all about it over at Conversations With My Ancestors.

So once again, until the next post, whenever that may be.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

From 1998 - 2014 we communicated off and on and lived one county over from each other. This past December, we finally met each other. She, is Pat Freeman, 2nd great granddaughter of Matthew Hosch, the last owner of my 2nd great grandmother, Matilda Hosch, and my great grandfather, Barto Hosch.

This picture is from the the personal collection of the owner of this blog.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Motivation Monday - Last week of June 2015

Another year is flying by. It's hard to believe there are only seven more days left in the month of June.

And with that comes the realization, I'm no where close to completing the bulk of my goals for the month of June.

I've not done any blogging like I had planned to do. For the most part, the only thing I've been working on is getting the office organized. I've made a big dent in this project but I've got a long way to go, still. What do you expect, I'm finding junk mail as well as other papers, some important and some not, dating back to 2005. So, it's doubtful that I will get this project completed by the end of the month as I had planned. But I can say I've made a lot of progress.

Although these items weren't among my goals. I am proud to say that

  1. I registered my trusty assistant, that would be mom, and I for the 2015 Afro American Historical and Genealogical Conference in Richmond. I'm looking forward to attending and looking forward to reconnecting with some of my genealogy buds.
  2. I'm gotten back involved with the African American History Ministry at the church that I attend.

So as you see, not a whole lot but I do feel that I'm finally heading in the direction to get back to the research.

So, until my next post, whenever that may be.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Motivation Monday, June 2015 Goals

It's hard to believe today is June 1st. I had promised myself to get back to my genealogy this year, and so far, it's been like every year since my father died. No activity on the research front, busy with tons of other things, and plenty of excuses.

But once again, I'm going to try to put forth some effort, starting today to get back to it. Time is running out. My connections to the past are dwindling, rapidly. The saga of my ancestors needs to be ferreted out and brought to light.

So what do I hope to get accomplished during the month of June as I try to get back to my research.


Organization or the lack thereof is probably one of the main reasons, I've struggled to get back to the research. And actually, I've finally started working on this this past week. This goal has been fairly consistent over the past, however many months years.

  1. About 2 years ago, I began a redo of my office / craft room. I never completed it and things just kept piling up around me. So, this past week, I pulled most everything out of the room in hopes of completing this project. (Goal Date: 06/30/15)
  2. Ensure the folders I created for individuals and families are accounted for and organized. During the past few years, I've taken folders out but not necessarily always put them back in the file cabinet or taken material out of a particular folder but not always put the material back in the folder (Goal Date: 06/20/15)

  1. Not including this post, my goal is to do at least one post per week, which means a minimum of four posts.

  1. I have no clue where to begin on this one. When everything came to a screeching halt, I had several irons in the fire. So the first thing will be to actually figure out where I was with the research or at least what topics I was working on. (Goal Date: 06/06/15)
  2. Once I determine what I was actually doing the last time I actually worked on my research, determine a plan of attack to try to break down some of those brick walls.(Goal Date: 06/10/15)
So, once again, I'm trying to go with baby steps to get back into the flow of things. And hopefully, I pray, this will be the year that I return to my research in full force.

Until Next Time!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sentimental Sunday

On October 28th, 2014, I had to say goodbye to my faithful companion of the past 14 years. Unlike when her big brother passed in 2000, her death hit me hard because I didn't see it coming. Seemed like one day she was fine and the next she wasn't. By the time I realized something was seriously wrong, she was already in the last stages of kidney failure.

So, today, I thought I would remember my sweet Shelby on this Sentimental Sunday.

Until We Meet Again at Rainbow Bridge

All the pictures of Shelby are from my personal collection. The Rainbow Bridge video is from You Tube.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Goals for 2015

It's so hard to believe that another year has ended and new one has begun and I'm sure I'll be saying the same thing next year at this time. The older you get, the more time just seems to fly by.

Except for a few blog posts, I can honestly say I don't feel like I got much accomplished genealogically on the maternal side of my family.

So, I've got a few general goals to start out the new year. Later today or tomorrow, I'll list some specific goals for the remainder of the month.

So, here are a few goals for 2015. Many of these are similar to the ones posted on Conversations with my Ancestors.

  • Get back to blogging and researching
  • Get the nearly 30 years of research I've done organized. One of these days I hope to hand all this off to  someone and I would like for them to be able to figure out what I've done.
  • Plan a research trip to Greene County, GA to try to find more information on my Pierce line.
  • If time and funds allow, attend a genealogical conference, seminar, or class.
  • And most importantly, because life is so fragile and so short, do a better job of staying in touch with my family. 
I'm looking forward to 2015 and hope that you are too.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Funeral Program Friday - Cousin Bunt

Bernice Hosch Pebbles
July 7, 1928 - July 12, 2014

Of all my mother's paternal first cousins who passed this past year, it was her cousin Bernice's passing, that seem to strike me the hardest. Born in the same year, separated by three months a a few days, my mother and Bunt were essentially the same age and as far back as I can remember, always seemed very close.

As mom explained it to me, she and her brothers and sisters tended to buddy up with their Hosch first cousins based on age. So, it only made sense that she and cousin Bunt would have been the two that bonded. 

During my lifetime, I remember them writing each other, exchanging pictures of their children and in Cousin Bunt's case, grandchildren. I think this meant a lot to mom and especially cousin Bunt. Her daughter Pamela, whom I had never met prior to the funeral, thanked mom for all the correspondence with her mother through the years and told mom how much they meant to cousin Bunt.

After we got word that Cousin Bunt had passed, both mom and I recalled one of our most favorite times of visiting with Cousin Bunt and her family, Mom, Dad, and I were on the way back home from dad's college Alma Mater homecoming. Cousin Bunt's house was on the way home, and mom wanted to stop by and visit with her cousin. While there, her youngest daughter, at the request of dad the former band director, played her flute for us. Remembering that was a wonderful and precious remembrance and one I'll probably never forget even though at the time that it happened I think I was being a brat.

Cousin Bunt was laid to rest in the same cemetery where her parents and several of her siblings are interred.

And with Cousin Bunt's passing, it also brings the realization that mom only has one paternal first cousin left. And even though that is heart breaking but I'm also thankful that mom has gotten an opportunity to reconnect with her first cousins over these past few years and see most of them in person.

RIP Cousin Bunt. You will be sorely missed.


Funeral Card Friday is part of an ongoing series that was started by Dee of Funeral Cards & Genealogy.

Cousin Bernice's "Bunt" Funeral Program is part of my personal collection. In posting her funeral program, and due to privacy concerns, I chose to black out the names of her children and grandchildren.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Motivation Monday - October 2014

You know, even though I came no where close to meeting my September goals, and we are already almost half way through October, overall, I feel okay about my Genealogy activities during the month of September. I will say that most of those activities were performed on the paternal side of my family and you will be able to read about them, once I get them posted, on Conversations With My Ancestors.

So, the only goal that I seem to have gotten accomplished is I got back to blogging even if all my blogging was done using memes. But hey, it's a start to finally be seeming to get back into the groove.

Blogging wise, my goal was to do a minimum of 2 posts, not including Motivation Monday, for the month of September and I actually got 2 posts done. So, for the month of October, I hope to expand upon that and get three posts done, outside of Motivation Monday posts. But folks, I'm warning you ahead of time that most of these will probably be memes but like I said earlier, it's a way to begin again.

And yes, I still have those other two goals that have been hanging around for over a year and maybe I will get them done during the next month and a half.

In case you have forgot what they were.

In the area of Organization

  1. Get the Office / Craft room back in order
  2. Start organizing and making sure my citations are in order for my individual files
BTW, since we are already half way through October and I have tons on my plate, I'm giving myself until the end of November to get both of these accomplished, but hopefully, I will at least have made some progress by the end of October.

And in the area of actually getting back to the Research

  1. Read Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies by David H. Streets.
It occurred to me last month that I might have already read this but since I don't remember anything about it, I think even if I did already read it that it wouldn't hurt to go through it again.