52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 17 – At Worship

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…

30X30 Challenge – January 2019

At the beginning of every year I always set some personal goals as well as genealogy goals.  This year one of my goals is to complete three 30X30 research challenges. So I thought what better way to start the new year than with my first 30X30 challenge of the year.  30X30 challenge is the brain…

12 Days of My Family – Day 11

These are my two heartbeats, my son Wesley and my husband, Phillip.  The sound of most people’s heart goes lub-DUB.  Not mine, my heartbeat is a very strong, loud, and pronounced Phillip-Wesley. I started researching because my son asked me questions about some family photos that I didn’t have answers to.  My husband has encouraged me to not only continue…

12 Days of My Family – Day 6

This is my great grandmother, Nona Skipper Wright.  She was born May 2, 1892 in Woodruff county, Arkansas to Jake and Josie Ward Skipper.  She died on January 10, 1992 in Newport, Arkansas

12 Days of My Family – Day 5

This is my paternal great grandfather, Wayman Alexander Denson.  He was born on January 21, 1896 in Alabama to John Denson and Charlotte McVay Denson.  He died on July 7, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri.  He was the father of Gladys Denson Mays, Wayman Denson Jr., and Brenda Denson Moore.

12 Days of My Family – Day 4

This is my dad, Wayman A. Mays (on the left) along with his sister, Ann James, and his brother Leslie Mays.  I like to call them the original Mays kids.  They are the children of Booker and Gladys Denson Mays.

12 Days of My Family – Day 1

This is my paternal great grandmother, Carrie Goodlow Flemming.  She was born in Jackson County, Arkansas on June 4, 1899 to Rufus Goodlow and Classie Moose.  She died in Arkansas on November 24, 1941.  She was the mother of Gladys Denson Mays, Wayman Denson Jr., Nathan Hensley, Henry Flemming, Mary Flemming Wilson, Martha Flemming Coburn,…

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…

AAHGS 2018 Conference – Day 2 Recap

Last weekend (October 12 and 13) I had the honor of attending the 39th annual Afro-American Historical and Genealogical conference in King Prussia, PA just outside of Philadelphia. After a long day of going to genealogy workshops, meeting fellow genealogists, and networking on Friday, I awoke Saturday morning from a good nights rest ready for…

AAHGS 2018 Conference – Day 1 Recap

Last weekend (October 12-13) I had the honor of attending the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society 39th annual conference in King Prussia, PA just outside of Philadelphia.  The conference actually started on Thursday, but I was only able to attend Friday and Saturday.  Since I have only been a member of this organization since…