Echoing cousin Margaret Holt Brown (may she rest in peace!) and wishing you a Merry Christmas!
My thanks to the worshippers of Village Church.
“This morning, at Village Church in Charlotte Court House, Virginia, we observed All Saints’ Eve by remembering and paying tribute to those who have gone before us, who helped shape our faith journeys, and whose walks on this earth offer illustrations of the life of Christ. A candle was lit in honor of Joseph R. Holmes, and his name was spoken aloud.” — Jim Watkins
I have not had great luck finding descendants of my great-grandfather John C. Allen‘s half-siblings, but today I found a promising clue for further searches for Major Alexander Allen, who was about ten years John’s junior. Major A. Allen registered for the World War I draft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, having joined the Great Migration north — and his registration card indicates that he had a child!
Irving Houser Jr. (1920-2001) was the youngest son of Irving and Emma McNeely Houser. Born and reared in Bayonne, New Jersey, Cousin Irving served in the United States Navy during and after World War II.
Special thanks to Todd D. Le Bon, Cousin Irving’s grandson, for sharing this photo.
My great-great-great-grandfather Lewis Henderson was selected to serve as a Superior Court juror in Wayne County, North Carolina, in 1877.
Goldsboro Messenger, 20 August 1877.
Ten years ago today, my family gathered to celebrate my grandmother’s 100th birthday. We were blessed beyond measure to have been loved so long by Margaret Colvert Allen.
Cousin Onra and her brother, Johnnie D. Henderson, 1940s.
Wishing my first cousin twice removed, Onra Henderson Camp Dillard, the happiest 98th birthday!
Cousin Onra and I at her home in Washington, D.C., 2016.
So grateful for the opportunity to speak about free people of color in Goldsboro, North Carolina, last night. Wayne County, you really showed up, and I appreciate that. I am descended from several free families from the Eureka and Dudley areas, and they led me both to my interests in genealogy and local history.
Some genealogical resolutions — or, at least, aspirations — for the coming year:
- Back up all files regularly.
- Organize and rename, if helpful, all files.
- Focus on making sense of my cluster of West Virginia Boone matches.
- Revisit each of my DNAnigmas to resolve and/or update.
- Create spreadsheets to compare and track my Henderson, Aldridge, Artis, Harrison and Colvert matches.
- Visit Westover and Charles City County.
- Visit the Virginia State Library.