52 Ancestors: #2 Thomas Jefferson Parker

Thomas Jefferson Parker was born around April, 1878 in Harris County, Georgia, the son of Isaiah Parker Jr. and Anne, a former slave. Isaiah and Anne, or “Charity Ann” as our older relatives used to refer to her, were a common law marriage because mixed race marriage was illegal then in Georgia. Thomas was one of the youngest of Isaiah and Anne’s 16 children together and my paternal great grandfather. The first reference I found to Great Grandpa Thomas wasRead more

52 Ancestors: #1 Someone No One Remembers Anymore

This is the first post in my 2014 weekly series of family stories as part of the 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks challenge. Sadly, this first story is about someone no one remembers anymore, someone whose name is never spoken РFrances Elizabeth Weaver. Frances was my maternal great-aunt. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 1, 1905 to my great grandparents, Jennie Daisy (Hood)  and Prince Albert Weaver who married in 1889. Their eldest daughter, Hazel Edna was myRead more