Monthly Archives: August 2013

Ancestor Homage: Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICK

Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICKVery reflective today thinking of the swiftness of time and what I’d do if blessed with the gift of rolling it back.

For sure, I’d spend less time talking and more time listening to my Grandmother Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICK – 12.07.20 to 03.05.1992.

In my mere 47 years on this planet, her dignity, integrity and honesty remain unmatched. She was THE gem of all gems. And today I’d happily sit at her feet to take in all the wisdom she could offer me.

“Everybody’s trying to make a statement. I just wish I knew what the hell they were trying to say!” ~ Anbownes

My girl….:)

Luckie

{image: Fannie Louella Jackson 1938 at age 18. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED}

Oral History: BARWICK Sisters Reminisce About Their Rosie Lee!:)

Hannah & Lena BARWICKThis morning I woke with the goal of doing one thing — calling my Great Aunts Hannah BARWICK SLAUGHTER and Rev. Lena BARWICK HALL in Cincinnati! My Great Aunts are 92.5 and 91.5 years old respectively. They are the younger sisters, of Mom’s Father, William C. BARWICK.

I needed to alert my Aunts to the parcel that will show up at their doors soon. They needed the “story” of how I came into possession of a Rensler’s image, that I believe is their baby sister, Rosie Lee BARWICK.

I reached Aunt Lena first and what she shared allowed me to clearly see the real reason why Rosia Lee’s image flowed into my hands via an unwitting PhotoSmith from Cincinnati.

From Aunt Lena I learned their sister Rosie Lee (b. Jan 5 1929) was named after Aunt “Rosie” BARWICK (b. 1895) and Uncle Leroy “Lee” BARWICK (my Great Grandfather Raymond BARWICK’s siblings). That she was very sickly and died 1 day after her 11th birthday on January 6 1940 (confirmed by Ohio Death Certifcate). Although Rosie Lee’s cause of death was unknown, Aunt Lena told me the family always believed it was Tuberculosis. Aunt Lena said Rosie Lee’s personality was very much like their Aunt Rosie’s and that she was 18 years old, graduating from Woodward High School, when Rosie Lee passed.

Aunt Lena also shared that she thinks of Rosie Lee often and because there are no pictures of her, she can’t see Rosie […]

No Brick Walls Allowed: BOLTON & FAVER/FAVOR Ancestry Revealed

BOLTON, Henry & FAVER, AmandaI believe in the power of the spoken word. You have what you say. So in respect to tracing your Ancestry if you call problems, brick walls, road blocks and obstacles, they will surely answer you!:)

So in a nutshell, I speak what I WANT to happen – not what I DON’T WANT to happen. Hell, if it ain’t good why claim it? You follow me?!

Annie FAVER/FAVOR CARTER (b. 1848) was my 2nd GGG Grandmother from Washington-Wilkes, Georgia. Aside from the 1869 Marriage License  I have when Grandma Annie married Phillip CARTER and the 1900 Wilkes County Census, I’ve turned-up little else of my Annie.

I still remember Annie’s long braid preserved in a mason jar by her Granddaughter and namesake (my Great Grandmother), Annie CARTER JACKSON. She was said to be of  “mixed blood” (Native-American/African) and had a daughter, Anna WRIGHT (b. 1867) at the time she married my Grandfather.

I believe Annie FAVER/FAVOR CARTER died before 1910 and birthed at least 14 children. In the 1900 Wilkes County Census, 10 of those children were still living.

But I want to know more of my Annie’s story! So, I’m calling her and starting here — taking a deep look at all the FAVER/FAVOR and BOLTON clues I’ve picked-up over the years. The answers are here. I’m just looking past them, I can feel it.

Visiting my cousin Farrel Webb’s Facebook album, I was reminded of when I first stumbled on this

Rensler’s Photography Studio: Rev. Lena BARWICK HALL

Very encouraged after a polite email, folks at Black History Album contacted me, agreeing to take Aunt Lena’s Rensler image down from the Black History Album Tumblr! They asked if I’d ever consider featuring my family images for visibility to a broader audience and I explained, it’s not about visibility – it’s about restoring & preserving family.

I did suggest that Black History Album consider joining our Facebook African-American genealogy & Slave Ancestry research group and allow some of our researchers to assist in giving the MANY Ancestors that populate the BHA site their names and stories back!

Our Ancestors were more than eye-candy. They deserve more from us than a PIN, TWEET or POST.

LenaHallBarwickRev. Lena BARWICK HALL

{91.5 years young and going STRONG!}

By |August 23rd, 2013|Barwick, Journal|1 Comment

Rensler’s Revisited: Well… I Did Say Stranger Things Have Happened?!

RosaLee-RENSLER--2Early this morning I posted a few “non-related” Rensler Photography Studio images in the hope these Ancestors would eventually be noticed and reunited with a living descendant researching online. By this evening, to my surprise I had this comment to the blog:

“Wow! This is an unexpected surprise Rosia Lee Barwick! This is the aunt that I heard about but never saw her image until now. She was sickly and passed away in her youth is all I know of her. She was definitely a Barwick and very very lovely! This is indeed touching. Regards, Greg”

Greg is the youngest son of my Great-Aunt Hannah BARWICK SLAUGHTER. Aunt Hannah and William Charles BARWICK (my Grandfather) were siblings. The Rosia Lee BARWICK Greg is referencing is their younger sister who died as a young girl!

Now, neither I nor Greg have ever seen a picture of Rosia/Rosie Lee. Sure her features look McKENZIE/BARWICK and several of the Rensler images of the BARWICK siblings feature the same pedastal, but to be 100% sure we need validation. And the only folks alive to confirm this is our Rosia Lee are in Cincinnati — my 92.5 and 91.5 year old Great Aunts Hannah and Lena BARWICK, Rosia’s older sisters!

So what’s a genea-sleuth to do?! The scan of Rosia Lee will be in the mail first thing tomorrow morning for confirmation!:)

The coolest thing about this whole thing, should my Aunts confirm this is our Rosia Lee, is that I’d never seen the 3 images posted this morning or even knew they were coming before Brad sent them […]

ANCESTORS: Rensler’s Studio Images {Not Related}

Rensler's Photography StudioRensler’s Photography Studio {605 and 925 Vine Street} in Cincinnati, Ohio  was one of few studios willing to photograph African-American people at the turn of the century. After 83 years in business, Rensler’s closed its doors in 1989.

Both my Cincinnati (BARWICK & MCKENZIE descent) and Washington-Wilkes (WINGFIELD & DORSEY descent) Ancestors were photographed there, and I’ve been blessed to inherit many of their images that are so special to me.

Due to my interest in these rare vintage images, I’ve also been blessed to “inherit” Rensler images of Ancestors who though not related to me, are also very special. I would love to place these images in the hands of their descendants!

I’ll continue to post as I get them in the hope a face or name will spark familiar with one of my visitors, and we’ll be able to send these Ancestors home. I’ve been researching a VERY long time, trust me… stranger things have happened!:)

Luckie

Rosa Lee ~ Rensler's Photography StudioBack of image: To uncle with love Rosia Lee

Unknown Rensler 1

Unknown Rensler 3Back of image: Rensler’s Jul 18 1970 925 Vine St.

The Way Forward: What’s Next For OGR?

AlexHaleyFarm_ClintonTNWhenever I return from research hiatus (this makes my 3rd time in 14 years) I always start with a working genealogy “bucket list” of goals I hope to accomplish during the next go-round!

We encounter so much on the journey  digging through our family history “the list” helps keep me on task and stay focused. It’s also my way of alerting the Ancestors and Universe to my intentions, so they can continue to assist in unlocking the doors that have hold of their story.

So, what’s next for OGR? What would I really love to confirm or discover?

  • Did Madison CODY sell or loan Catie to Rev. James DICKEY? What was their (CODY/DICKEY) connection/relationship?
  • Does the journal of Madison CODY’s son have any clues helpful to our research?
  • What happened to Catie when Rev. DICKEY left Wilkes County in 1861? Can we confirm Catie continued to work at the Smyrna Church? Was she purchased by someone else or did he take Catie with him8?
  • Did cousin Elbert STRINGER know how he and cousin Blanche were related? Did Elbert realize Blanche was Ailey’s (Catie’s Sister) Granddaughter?
  • Information about and pics of Joe DORSEY, Catie’s 2nd husband; is there any record of his death?
  • Are there any STRINGER or DORSEY family bibles documenting our lineage?
  • Will I ever be given access to Rev. James Madison DICKEY’s artifacts in possession of his family?
  • Visit(s) to Warren County with cousin Gwen. I want that copy of Ailey’s picture! What other family history will we find there?
  • What other information exists about Pierce CODY (Ailey & Catie’s brother) in the WPA records? Was there ever a picture of […]
By |August 21st, 2013|Journal|2 Comments

Announcements: Facebook African-American Genealogy Research Group!

EufaulaSlaves ~ BARBOUR, ALSince it doesn’t appear the Ancestors plan to release me of my research responsibilities to this family any time soon, we might as well dive back in!:)

I’ve started a new African-American genealogy group via Facebook so we can connect with other online family members and friends in a forum that’s familiar!

If you’re already on Facebook you can join the group here: African-American Genealogy & Slave Ancestry Research. If you’re not currently on Facebook NOW is the perfect time to join!:)

By |August 20th, 2013|Announcements|0 Comments

Sonny & Gerrie BARWICK

Sonny & Gerrie Barwick Sonny and Geraldine BARWICK

By |August 19th, 2013|Barwick, Jackson|0 Comments

Marvelous! A Loving Tribute To My Gerrie!:)

It’s been 1 week since my family and I laid Mom to rest. In planning for her Homegoing Celebration, it was important to me Mama be remembered in the spirit she’d lived, and not the shell Alzheimer’s Disease left behind.

Animated. Brilliant. Loyal. So funny… Mama was my everything! She deserved much more than Alzheimer’s time-stamp.

So please enjoy a loving video tribute to our Mother, Geraldine BARWICK, set to her favorite Walter Hawkins song, Marvelous! She was everything our memories reflect and then some!

She was MARVELOUS!:)

Peace and ease Mama…

Luckie