Friday, November 30, 2012

My Great-Great Grandmother, Lizzie Taylor

I'm floored by this amazing photo!

I just acquired the second of two known photos of my great-great grandmother, Lizzie Taylor.  I'm dancing out of my shoes right now!  My father just got back from the Bayou Classic in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and came back with this wonderful photo.  He stopped by our cousin's house, Susie and she took him to see her sister, Irma Lee, who had the photo.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, DADDY!

The Original Photo of Lizzie Taylor

Thursday, November 29, 2012

AFRICAN ROOTS: Wakefield Plantation

AFRICAN ROOTS: Wakefield Plantation: I recently acquired this photo of theWakefield Plantation while visiting St. Francisville, Louisiana. It is also referred to as the Stirl...

AFRICAN ROOTS: Wakefield Plantation

My paternal Ancestors were slaves on this plantation:

AFRICAN ROOTS: Wakefield Plantation:          


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 on a 3-way call, it was amazing to listen to them share the details they both remembered of this incident.

AFRICAN ROOTS: NELSON & OLIVIA LOFTEN:                                                               
I lived with Nelson and Olivia Loften in Ne...

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 people came from the same plantation and were related. )

AFRICAN ROOTS: Stirling Papers - Record of the Births of Negroes: On June 30, 2012, Judy Riffel went to the library at LSU to examine the records of Lewis Stirling, the owner of a cotton and sugar plan...

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 pedigree chart for a few of our family members who were trying to piece together the nature of our relatinship.  This book already had a pedigree of my family with more names than I knew, including, my 5th great-grandparents, Leven & Judy Weathers, the first ancestors I've discovered born in the 18th century!!!!

AFRICAN ROOTS: The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom 1750-1925: I have had this book for years and did not know that my ancestors were included until a couple of weeks ago. As you can see, it is a used...