Posted on November 25, 2009 by rkb191
Got a great comment a few posts ago about my great aunt Chitika. She was, indeed, a beautiful child.
Great Aunt Chitika
Sadly, she did not live past the age of 6. Both she and her mother, my 2nd great aunt Violet Odahlia (namesake of my grandmother in the earlier post), are pretty tragic figures in our family’s history.
2nd Great Aunt Violet Odalia
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Posted on November 20, 2009 by rkb191
One thing I’ve become acclimated to since I began this hobby is finding new and interesting things about my family; most of which I would have never known except through this research. Usually these unexpected surprises happen 3 or 4 generations ago in the haze and grayness of the early 20th or late 19th centuries.
Recently, however, I’ve uncovered a “mystery” much closer:
"Uncle" Earl Bynum
Earl Bynum was the brother of M. J. Bynum, my Grandfather. He passed away when I was a young child. Lived in Lake City (which likely means that Dada was his father) and moved to St. Petersburg, FL with the rest of my father’s family. Here’s the mystery….I knew just about everyone mentioned in his obituary….but I have NEVER heard of him. Not a word or whisper of his name from my father, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. Just about everyone on that side of my lineage is now departed, so I can’t depend on answers from the family. My mother never heard of this man during their marriage; despite being very close to M.J. and his brothers and sisters.
To add to this mystery a little, no trace of Earl so far in any household records I have sourced or found on ancestry.com (although I admit, time has prevented me from making this an exhaustive search). Still digging….
UPDATE: My post got me thinking a bit and I checked the site for the cemetery where my family’s plot is located and sure enough….Earl Bynum rests there.
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Posted on November 12, 2009 by rkb191
Posted on November 4, 2009 by rkb191
Posted on November 1, 2009 by rkb191
Earlier this month, the subject of one of my Wordless Wednesdays was my Great Grandaunt, Ellen Lorrelle Brown. Ellen was born in Lacassas, TN. She was the daughter of the Hillery and Bettie Brown; one of fifth with two sisters and two brothers.
Ellen attended Fisk University in Nashville, TN and (according to family lore) was one of the Fisk Jubilee Singers in or about 1910.
The original Jubilee Singers introduced ‘slave songs’ to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals.
They broke racial barriers in the US and abroad in the late 19th century and entertained Kings and Queens in Europe. At the same time, they raised money in support of their beloved school.
For music historians and family historians alike, this would be a terrific connection to the past….if sourced. My problem is, so far, I can’t find a source to confirm or deny the story. Now, to be fair, I haven’t gone beyond internet and ancestry.com searches. I’m hoping some corresponence with the modern version of the group will yield some confirmation. If it does, you’ll see it here first.
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