Make Black History Personal: #14 Three Generations of Women College Grads

Our family history of attending college was something that was drilled into my brain from my earliest years. What I think made our family unique was that we had three generations of Black women in America who graduated from college. I’m very proud of the history laid out for me by my mother and grandmother that led me to college and law school. My maternal grandmother, Hazel Edna Weaver attended college at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She started inRead more

Make Black History Personal: #8 My Grandmother’s Role in World War I

Although I have searched for male African-American ancestors who gave military service in America, I have yet to discover any who did. But my maternal grandmother, Hazel Edna Weaver stepped up during World War I to give service by answering the call to work for the Red Cross. The first Black woman to become a Red Cross nurse was Frances Reed Elliot Davis from Knoxville, Tennessee. She was initially rejected by the Red Cross but was later accepted into nursingRead more

The Mulatto Factor in Black Family Genealogy

Recently I was on hot on the trail of my great grandfather, Francis Walton Batchelor. This is my father’s father’s line and goes back through Harris County, Georgia. I have to admit, I’ve procrastinated on researching the Batchelors, in part because of the challenges of researching Black family genealogy back through slavery. I was blessed to have known my great grandfather. To my childhood eyes, he was a frail but handsome old man who loved to sit in the frontRead more