Recently, I was able to get beyond my nervousness and did just this. In fact, it was the week before last week. I started reviewing through some of my Morehead City folks on my family tree and decided to do some random Google searches and came up with an obituary for a cousin of mine. Specifically, his name was Frank Lluellen Johnson. Here's his obituary.
FRANK LUELLEN JOHNSON, 66, 2494 Ravanall Ave., Orlando, died Sunday, Jan. 3. Mr. Johnson was an industrial arts teacher for a junior high school in Norfolk, Va. Born in Philadelphia, he was visiting Central Florida. He was a member of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, Morehead City, N.C. He was an Army veteran. Survivors: wife, Margaret, Virginia Beach, Va.; son, Robert H., Morehead City; daughter, Frankie Jones, Orlando; brother, Jessie, Pittsburgh; sister, Jonas Barco, Chesapeake, Va.; three grandchildren. Mitchell's Funeral Home, Orlando.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, January 6, 1993
Now Frank Luellen Johnson's relation to me was this, my 1st cousin 2x removed. He was the son of my great grandfather Frank Linmore Bryant's sister, Mamie Bryant Johnson. The name that my eyes narrowed in on from the obituary was the name Jonas Barco, his sister. I had already identified in my family tree who the children of Mamie Johnson were but for whatever reason the name Jonas was the name my eyes focused on that day. You see, my 2nd great grandmother's name was Jonas Bryant and I knew that Mamie Johnson, my great grandfather's sister had named her daughter after her mother. On a whim, I pulled up the White Pages on the computer and within a few keystrokes I was able to find a phone number.
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To be continued.....