Friday, May 31, 2013

Together In Life And In Death

Jones Family Graves
Bayview Cemetery, Morehead City, NC

I featured this picture on this blog quite some time ago but I thought it would be good to highlight it again. I am so thankful for knowing where my Jones ancestors were buried. On my post, The Kindness of Strangers, you will find closeups of some these graves as well as how this picture came about.

Esther Lincoln Jones and Louis Oliver Jones --2nd great grand aunt and uncle.

Alexander Jones --2nd great grandfather
Cesar M. Jones --2nd great grand uncle
Violet Jones Devaughn --2nd great grand aunt

Cesar Jones and Mary H. Mitchel Jones --3rd great grandparents

Fred Douglas Jones --1st cousin 3x removed, child of William Henry Jones and Emma Shepard Jones.

Unmarked grave --unsure at this time who this was. I believe this may have been a child of William Henry Jones and Emma Jones due to the size of the cement slab and that the burial is right next to Fred Douglas Jones another one of their children.

Emma Shepard Jones --2nd great grand aunt


It is a blessing to know that they are all at rest together. Last week, I showed on Thankful Thursday: Thankful To Have Found Elizabeth Jones, the will of my 2nd great grand aunt. Currently, I don't know where Elizabeth Jones was layed to rest. Perhaps she was buried in Philadelphia, the city where she lived before she died. Or perhaps she is at rest somewhere near the rest of her kin at Bayview Cemetery. I will let you know if I find anything out.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Happy Second Blogiversary To Me!

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My blog is two years old! Wow! How did that all happen? It seems like it was just yesterday that I started. I wanted to share the discoveries I had made regarding my ancestors but I was well...you know, scared to get started. Finally I got the nerve, and began writing on May 30, 2011 with my first post, Okay...Here We Go! LOL. I don't know why I was scared because...Well...(That's right, I am going to turn all Sally Field on you now.)

You like me....You really like me! 


Two years and 344 posts later, I am still here and having a blast!

Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me along the way. I can't tell you enough how much I truly appreciate each and everyone of you who has followed me on my journey. 

And now....Let's Celebrate!



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Who Were The People Listed In Elizabeth Jones's Will?

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On last week's post, Thankful Thursday: Thankful To Have Found Elizabeth Jones, I found the names of several of my 2nd great grand aunt's relatives listed in her will.  Here's the page that contained the names:

Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina Probate Records 1735-1970; Carteret County Wills, 1925-1948 Vol. G

Now you are probably wondering who were all these people? Here's a refresher on the Jones family line. This is well help show how everyone was connected.

My 3rd great grandparents:  

Cesar Jones (b. 1821--d. Aug. 14, 1899) was married to Mary Mitchel Jones (b. Jan. 21. 1823--d. Feb. 22, 1900.)

To this union the following children were born.

Lewis Oliver Jones (b. Jan. 14, 1838--d. Dec. 28, 1925)

Violet Ann Jones Devaughn (b. Oct. 21, 1845--Dec. 2, 1880)

Alexander Hamilton Jones(b. Mar. 5, 1852--May 22, 1915)--my 2nd great grandfather

William Henry Jones (b. abt 1852--Oct. 30, 1919)

Elizabeth Jones (b. abt 1863--May 17, 1946)

Caroline Jones (Currently, I am unsure of when she was born. I believe she died sometime before 1900.)

Now back to Elizabeth's will. The relatives listed in it were her nieces and nephews.

Louie was actually supposed to be Lovie. Lovie Watson was the daughter of Alexander Hamilton Jones.

The following were the children of Lewis Oliver Jones:

James E. Jones
Benjamin Jones
George Jones
William Jones

These were the children of William Henry Jones:  

Elizabeth Jones
Henry C Jones
Ceaser N. Jones
Harvey Jones

Viola Jones was Harvey's daughter.

The great thing about this will is that I lost track of the individuals who left Morehead City when they grew up. Here were addresses! At last, they were found.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day 2013

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Thank you to all our veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
We honor you today.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Something About Me Saturday: Camp Pictures 1977--1980


I attended Robin Hood Day Camp from 1977--1980. I am not sure where the camp actually was. I lived in Cambria Heights, NY and I do remember that a yellow school bus would come and pick my brother and I up from our house in the morning and return us in the evening. I distinctly remember this being the first time I was around white and Asian people. I couldn't believe how straight their hair was and that they could just wear it out and not in braids.








Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Thankful To Have Found Elizabeth Jones

Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


How many of you out there can relate to this pose? I call this the "I just found it! Yeah boyeeeee!" pose. It usually happens when you come cross a really meaty genealogy nugget that provides answers to questions and tons of bonus information. Some folks out there may call it the "Damn, I'm good" pose. Whatever you may want to call it, this is the exact pose I held after finding Elizabeth Jones's probate record. 

For those of you who are new to Elizabeth Jones, she was my maternal 2nd great grand aunt. Here's how you get to Elizabeth Jones from me.

-- me 
-- my mom
-- Mary Bryant Horton(grandma)
--Ophelia Jones Bryant (great grandma)
--Alexander Hamilton Jones (great great grandfather)

Elizabeth Jones was Alexander Hamilton Jones's sister.

Now on a post I put out earlier in the week called, Mappy Monday: YooHoo, Elizabeth Jones Where Are You?, I found an Elizabeth Jones living at 2124 Fitzwater St in Philadelphia. How did I know that this was my Elizabeth. Well it took a little bit more digging. Specifically, I found on the FamilySearch.org website under the North Carolina Probate Records 1735-1970; Carteret County Wills, 1925-1948 Vol. G, my great grand aunt's probate record. 


(Part One)


(Part Two)

(Part Three)

(Part Four)

(Part Five)

(Part Six)

Lots of names are listed in this record. It's getting late and my eyes are kind of drowsy, so I will have to pick up with the who's who tomorrow. Until then, everyone have a good night. :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Pretty In PInk

Mary Bryant Horton --My maternal grandma looking pretty in pink.
Picture was taken  in the early 90's. She was seated on the front porch of her home
at 181-15 N. Conduit Ave. Springfield Gardens, NY.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Cesar M. Jones --My Maternal Great Grand Uncle

Stone reads, "Here lies our loving Cesar M. 
Son of  A. H. & Rosa Jones
Born Dec 6, 1885 Died June 3, 1898
Asleep in Jesus
Bayview Cemetery, Morehead City, NC

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mappy Monday: YooHoo, Elizabeth Jones Where Are You?

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If you missed my prior posts that mention Elizabeth Jones, my 2nd great grand aunt, here are the links:

On The Hunt For Elizabeth Jones

Sunday's Obituary: Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones

After figuring out that Elizabeth Jones was alive and living in Philadelphia as of 1943, I decided to see if I could locate her on the census.  Good news! I did.


Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.


I found an Elizabeth Jones on the 1930 census living at 2124 Fitzwater Street who I believe was my ancestor. She was listed as  single and owner of her own home. Three roomers resided with her, two of which were an Alexander and Daisy Jones. I bet you anything that they were related to Elizabeth in some way. I will get back to you on this one after I do some more research. Her age was listed as 50 years old which would have been off by almost 20 years but ages listed on the census were often just approximations.



Source Information:Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives
 and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.


In 1940 Elizabeth was still living at the 2124 Fitzwater St address. She had three different roomers this time and her age was recorded as being 68.

Here's what 2124 Fitzwater St, Philadelphia looks like today courtesy of Google Maps.




Here's the street view.


Images courtesy of Google Maps

It looks like the building was torn down some time ago. It's nice to see a garden there instead of just an empty lot.

So how do I know that this was my Elizabeth Jones?  


                                   To be continued...

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones

Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones
February 29, 1888--July 29, 1943
As you may already know, I am currently On The Hunt For Elizabeth Jones. In the midst of this hunt I remembered a mention of an Elizabeth Jones in my 1st cousin 3x removed obituary. Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones was the grandson of Cesar Jones and Mary Mitchel Jones.  His parents were William Henry Jones and Emma Shepard Jones. William Henry Jones was Elizabeth's brother.  After growing up in Morehead City, Oscar went off in the world and earned his degree from St Augustine's College. He studied dentistry at Howard University and was a well respected dentist in Baltimore, Maryland.

Here's his obituary. Pay special attention to the last sentence.


Image courtesy of ProQuest Historical Newspapers:  The Baltimore Afro-American (1893--1988) pg. 16

"...and an aunt, Miss Elizabeth Jones of Philadelphia"

This must be the Elizabeth Jones I've been looking for. There it was right there in an obituary I already had. Guess what? I found another mention of her in an article I featured on this blog last year.

Image courtesy of New Journal and Guide (1916--2003) January 10, 1942; ProQuest Historical Newspapers:  Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921--2003) 


I had made an assumption when I began researching my family tree that Elizabeth Jones had died shortly after 1880. Why you may ask? Well, I couldn't find her in any of the later census records for Morehead City. She wasn't to be found in the marriage records as well. Silly me just thought she had died. Why didn't I think she could have simply moved away? When I reviewed Mary Mitchel Jones's will recently and saw Elizabeth was indeed alive and well as of 1900, then it dawned on me what I had done. I had made a bad assumption. Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones died in 1943. Elizabeth Jones was alive and living in Philadelphia at the time of his death. You'll have to tune in tomorrow to see what I found on Miss Elizabeth Jones.





Saturday, May 18, 2013

Something About Me Saturday: Do You Remember The TV Show "The Phoneix"?

Okay this post came up in a completely random fashion today. I've been hanging out with my best friend chatting and somehow we got on the subject of 70's and 80's TV shows. Specifically, it started when she mentioned the show "The Phoneix."  Now don't ask me how this came up in the conversation. We've been laughing about random nonsense all afternoon. But that's when I thought to myself, I wonder how many other people remember this show?

Here's a clip.

"The Phoneix" circa 1982

This show description came straight up from Wikipedia:


The Phoenix is a 1982 television series starring Judson Scott which was on ABC for about one month. The plot revolved around an ancient extraterrestrial named Bennu of the Golden Light, who is discovered in a sarcophagus in Peru and awakened in the 20th Century. The series was first seen on a TV-movie on April 26, 1981


After viewing this, my friend and I got to talking about other TV shows we watched while growing up and we noticed a common theme emerging. It seems that we both grew up watching a lot of cheesy sci-fi. 

Here are a few we got to talking about.


"Shazam"  1974--1977


"Manimal" circa --1983

"The Powers of Matthew Star" circa 1982--1983

"Misfits of Science" circa 1985--1986

Now this last one is for my brother. I know he will laugh his butt off when he sees this.  

"Land of the Lost" circa 1974--1976




Wednesday, May 15, 2013

On The Hunt For Elizabeth Jones

Image courtesy of  Stuart Miles/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net




Well, I learned a lot from the will I featured last week on my post Amanuensis Monday: The Will of Mary Mitchel Jones


1) Mary Mitchel Jones owned property! She had a house and a lot that was inherited by her daughter Elizabeth Jones.

2) My 3rd great grandparents had a total of 6 children. Caroline Jones was a child I hadn't known about. I was not able to locate her on any of the Morehead City census schedules but there she was, plain as day, mentioned in the will. What happened to her? Why wasn't she shown living with the family group in 1880. Was she one of the older children of Cesar and Mary M. Jones?

The answer to that last question, I think one can sort of figure out from Mary's own words in the will.

"To which, I want devided among my six children Names to wit, - Oliver  Violet Ann  Caroline  Alexander, William & Elizabeth Jones"

I thinks she listed her children in birth order, so Caroline was the third oldest.  Still, more questions need answering. Had she already passed away when the will was probated. Or perhaps she had married and was going by another surname. So far I haven't been able to find out much on her, but I will keep you posted.

3) Elizabeth Jones appears to have been the youngest child and not married when the will was written. I know from the 1880 census "Lizzie" is shown still living at home with parents and her older brother William. Violet, Alexander and Oliver were all married and each headed up their own household.



Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Morehead City, Carteret, North Carolina; Roll: 956; Family History Film: 1254956; Page: 115D; Enumeration District: 024; Image: 0232. Source Information:  Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA

With the other children already established, perhaps my 3rd great grandmother wanted to make sure Elizabeth was taken care of when she was gone. Which leads to the question, what happened to Elizabeth Jones?

I knew from prior research that some of the Jones descendants had moved to Philadelphia. Would I find her there?




Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Violet Ann Jones Devaughn

Stone reads: Violet A. Wife of Warren Devaughn Born Oct. 21, 1845
Died Dec. 2, 1880 Asleep in Jesus
Grave of Violet Ann Jones Devaughn
My 2nd great grand aunt.
Bayview Cemetery, Morehead City

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Something About Me Saturday: Psst...I Have A Secret

Summer of 1995

Okay, I have a little secret. I used to have pet snakes. Now this snake in this picture wasn't mine but seeing this picture today reminded me of a certain period in my life when I did own snakes. What is it about when your young, it seems as if you always have something to prove.  For me, I have to admit that although I did love my snakes (yes I did just say I loved my snakes), I had them because I wanted to look cool. Snakes were cool to me...much cooler than a dog or a cat. 

The picture featured above was taken during the summer of 1995. I was working as a radio advertising executive for a local station. It was my first real grown-up job after graduating college.  We were doing a live broadcast from my client's place of business, a pet store. At the time, I was the proud owner of two baby corn snakes which for most people would probably be two snakes too many. 


Image courtesy of Wikipedia:  Description
This six month old corn snake is eating a "pinkie" (a baby mouse)
Author Dustin Miller

And yes I did have to feed them mice, but let's not go to much into that now.  I was feeling the need to expand "my family" and thought it would be cool to have a full grown corn snake. My client had a beautiful adult albino that I eventually adopted.  We lived together in beautiful snake harmony for about a year and half. The cool factor then wore off. The trials of snake motherhood began to get to me. Had to clean the tanks. Getting feeder mice became a chore. Then one of the baby snakes escaped it's tank. I must be getting old or something because I don't remember what happened to the other baby snake. The albino one who I lovingly named Ernie eventually died of a respiratory infection. So there ya have it. I once owned snakes. Anybody got a problem with that? LOL!


Friday, May 10, 2013

Dear Mom...Thank You


Dear Mom...Thank you. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.

Thank you for having had to grow up entirely too soon. For helping to raise your baby brother and for being the mother to your mom because she didn't know how to. For being "the mother" in that household when you were just a precious little girl. So sweet and innocent but so wise beyond your years. Thank you for your strength, your courage, your honesty. Thank you for being my friend when I have needed someone to lean on. Thank you for all the sacrifices you've made. Thank you for your honesty even when it meant sometimes telling me things I didn't want to hear. Thank you for the hugs, the love and tenderness.  Thank you for all of it and for all that is still to come. You are my precious mother and I love you. 


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Postcard View Of Morehead City


I collect postcards that show some of the places 
where my ancestors lived. Here's one from my collection. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Amanuensis Monday: The Will Of Mary Mitchel Jones

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This will is another treasure that I came across fairly recently. Let me give you some background on who's it is. Mary Mitchel Jones (Jan 21, 1823--Feb 22, 1900) was my 3rd great grandmother, wife to Cesar Jones (abt 1821--Aug 14, 1899.) My 3rd great grandparents died about 6 months apart. I wasn't surprised to see that their deaths were so close together. So often it seems that couples die this way. Anyway, after searching through North Carolina, Probate Records for Carteret County on Family Search.org, I came across the will of Mary Mitchel Jones.


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org: North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 Carteret Wills, 1898-1916, Vol. C Image 44


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 Carteret Wills, 1898-1916, Vol. C  Image 45


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 Carteret Wills, 1898-1916, Vol. C  Image 45





Carteret County:  In Superior Court 
In the Matter of the              } Before L. A. Gamer
Will of Mary M. Jones            Clerk Superior Court

Elizabeth Jones being duly sworn dost sage that Mary M. Jones late of said county, is dead, having first made and published her last Will and Testament; and that Elizabeth Jones is the proper person entitled to Letters of Administration on the estate of the said Mary M. Jones no execution being named in the will further, that the property of the said Mary M. Jones consisting of House & lot & 6 shares in the Shepards Point land Co. is worth about $250, so far as can be ascertained at the date of this application; and that Elizabeth Jones, Oliver Jones, Violet Ann DVaugn, Caroline Jones, Wm Jones, A. H. Jones M. City N.C. all over 21 years old, are the parties entitled under said will to the said property
Sworn to and subscribed
before me this 13th                                    Elizabeth Jones
day of June 1900
          L. A. Gamer
               Clerk Superior Court.
Morehead City N.C.
                                                                   Marcn 25th 1898
This certifies that I Mary M. Jones Do will & convey or give my House and Lot to my Daughter Elizabeth Jones To come in full possession and owner After my Death.

I have six shares in the Shepard Point Land Company in my name, three shears belongs to myself and Husband. Caesar & Mary M. Jones.
To which, I want devided among my six children Names to wit, - Oliver  Violet Ann  Caroline  Alexander, William & Elizabeth Jones
The other three Shears belongs to Oliver & Caroline Jones and Warren DVaughn, my son in Law.
               X
     Mary M Jones             }
     Alexander H. Jones     }          Witness
     Elizabeth Jones           }          Oliver Jones
     Rosa Jones                  }          W. H. Jones

State of North Carolina    } ss
        Carteret County       }  In the Superior Court. 

A paper purported to be the last Will and Testament of Mary M. Jones deceased is exhibited before me the undersigned Clerk of The Superior Court for said County by Elizabeth Jones and the dire execution thereof  by the said Mary M. Jones by the oath and examination of Alexander H. Jones and Rosa Jones the subscribing witness thereto who being duly sworn each depose and say and each for himself deposed and saith, that he is a subscribing witness to the paper writing now shown him, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Mary M. Jones that the said Mary M. Jones in the presence of this deponent subscribed her name at the end of said paper writing, which is now shown as aforesaid, and which hears date of the 25th day of March 1898 And the deponent further saith that the said Mary M. Jones the testatrix aforesaid did at the time of subscribing her name as aforesaid declare the said paper writing so subscribed by her, and exhibited to be her last Will and Testament, and this deponent did thereupon subscribe his name at the end of said Will as an attesting Witness thereto and at the request and in the presence of said Testatrix  And this deponent further saith, that at the said time when the said testatrix subscribed her name to the said last Will as aforesaid and at the time of the deponents subscribing his name as an attesting witness thereto, as aforesaid, the said Mary M. Jones was of sound mind and memory, of full age to execute a will, and was not under any restraint to the knowledge, information or belief of this deponent, and further these deponents say not
Severally sworn and                           Alexander H. Jones,
subscribed, this 13th day                           Rosa Jones
of June 1900, before me,
             L. A. Gamer 
                       Clerk Superior Court,
North Carolina          }ss
Carteret County        }          In the Superior Court
It is therefore considered and adjudged by this Court that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the last Will and Testament of Mary M. Jones, deceased, Let the said Will together with in probate be recorded and filed
     This 13th day of June 1900
                                    L. A. Gamer
                                                  Clerk of Superior Court

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Who Was Annie Marie Bryant Barnes?

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles Image ID: 10067213/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

On my post Friday Funny: Bryant Siblings Having Some Fun, I left off with the question, "Who was Annie Marie Bryant Barnes?"  Previously when I talked about the Bryant siblings in my family, I only referred to 7 siblings.  My maternal great grandparents Frank and Ophelia Bryant's children from oldest to youngest were Frank Jr., Linwood, Loris, Ray, Mary, Rosa and Eloise. Well, it turns out that my great grandfather Frank had an eye for the ladies and "Yadayadayada" Annie Marie Bryant was born. You're probably saying, "What?! What the heck, you yadayadahed the best part!"  In case you don't get this reference please refer to the following Seinfeld clip.



I guess I should try and explain a bit. Frank Bryant had an affair with a woman by the name of Carreta Bell.  She was born January 14, 1900 in Morehead City to James and Annie Bell. The Bell family lived in the same neighborhood as my great grandparents. Caretta never married but she had at least 3 children, one of which was fathered by my great grandfather.

Here's the 1910 census for Morehead City. Caretta's shown living with her widowed mother Annie and brother Andrew. If you look a little further down on the page, guess who you see? That's right, Frank Bryant's family.


 Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Morehead, Carteret, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1095; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0002; FHL microfilm: 1375108. Source Information:  Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 
Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.



In 1920, Caretta Bell was shown living with her mother who had remarried and her step-father Anthony Dudley.


Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Morehead, Carteret, North Carolina; Roll: T625_1284; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 3; Image: 866.
Source Information:  Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

Fast forward to 1925, and my great grandfather Frank welcomes not one but two children into the world that year.  Annie Marie Bryant was born on April 1st. Rosa Nezabeth Bryant's birth followed on September 17th.

Of course this situation poses all sorts of questions in my head. Did my great grandmother know about this other child? If she did, how did she find out? What about my grandmother and her siblings? When did they find out about this?  

I didn't find out about Annie Marie Bryant Barnes until I read about it on my aunt Rosa's funeral program.  It's funny sometimes how when you go ask people about something they react kind of like, "Oh I thought you knew." When I asked my mother about it, she said she didn't know about Annie until she met her while visiting Morehead City one year. That's when she remembered the picture I featured in yesterday's post. Here's a closeup of Annie.


Annie Marie Bryant Barnes

Now I know this picture was taken earlier than I previously thought because Annie died April 7, 1993.


Image courtesy of  FamilySearch.org: "North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994," index, FamilySearch
 (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FGX1-WJN : accessed 05 May 2013), Annie Marie Barnes, 07 Apr 1993.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Something About Me Saturday: When I Worked For Bath And Body Works

Me with coworkers, Wendy and Amy

Yes folks, that is me with the pink hat on. I worked in retail for many years. I can't believe that the time stamp on this picture says it is from May 13, 2000. That's crazy! It seems like it was yesterday. I have tons of good memories from that place. This picture was taken the Saturday before Mother's Day that year. 


Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Funny: Bryant Siblings Having Some Fun

Ray Bryant, Mary Bryant Horton (my grandmother), Annie Marie Bryant Barnes seated on couch. 
Eloise Bryant Grigsby seated on the floor. My Uncle Nat is kneeling on the right. 
(He's the husband to Rosa Bryant Sanders who isn't in the picture.)

The caption for this picture should read, "Come here you. I am going to cut that hair!"  

I love this picture because it shows clearly how the Bryant siblings enjoyed each others company. I am not certain what year this was. I thing it may have been 1995 or 1996. I spoke with my Mom this week about what was the story behind this photo. She said that out of all 8 siblings, Uncle Ray liked to clown around the most. He always had people laughing.

Wait a minute, I thought there were only 7 Bryant Siblings. Who was Annie Marie Bryant Barnes? Tune in tomorrow folks for the answer.