12 Days of My Family 2021 – Gladys Denson Mays

My paternal grandmother, Gladys Denson Mays was born on June 11, 1913 in Newport, Arkansas. She was the oldest of her siblings. She decided at a young age that her education was important, and she wanted to become a teacher. She moved to Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 14 to complete grades 10-12…

12 Days of My Family 2021 – Wayman Allen Mays

My father, Wayman Allen Mays, was born February 28, 1951 to Booker and Gladys Denson Mays. He was the youngest of their three children. He graduated from W. F. Branch High school in 1969 and Philander Smith College in 1973. After graduating with a bachelors in education, he worked in Little Rock for the Boys…

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 10 – Bachelor Uncle

NOTE: I accepted the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge headed by fellow genealogy blogger Amy Johnson Crow in January 2019. The idea behind this challenge is that you will receive email prompts, a word or phrase, every week, and you find something about your research or family history to write about. I write in…

Education and My Family….Cotton Plant Academy

I have fond memories of my maternal grandmother, Ernestine Wright Hatchett.  We called her Madear.  My memories of us include being in the kitchen together, of her famous caramel cake, and of her letting me eat shrimp for the first time.  I remember that she worked as a cook for the local country club and…